Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?

By Cuteness Team

With the holidays coming around, you're probably wondering which of your treats is safe to give to your pup to eat. While most people-food isn't safe for your pet, especially with the high amount of seasonings, one of the best people-foods to give to your dog is sweet potatoes.

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Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which can help your dog grow healthy.
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Want to help your pup fight heart disease and other ailments? Sweet potatoes can help.
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Sweet Potatoes Are Rich in Beta-Carotene

This yellow, gold, and orange tuber gets its color from beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that, when ingested, converts to vitamin A — and vitamin A promotes healthy vision and skin. Supplementing your dog's diet with sweet potatoes is a great way to protect against heart disease and help fight cancer.

They're Filled With Other Vitamins and Nutrients

This starchy root vegetable is filled with nutrients, and actually many pet food providers already include sweet potatoes in many types of dog food. Sweet potatoes are a source of the vitamins B6, A, and C, potassium, and iron. Potassium is great for preserving muscle function.

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Feeding your dog sweet potatoes that are high in fiber and filled with vitamins can help them maintain a long and happy life.
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The sweet potato is also high in fiber and low in fat, making this root not only healthy for you, but for your pup, reports The Honest Kitchen.

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Baking a sweet potato is a great way to cook this nutritious root for yourself and your pup.
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How to Serve

When cooking for your dog, always remember to skip the seasoning. You can roast sweet potatoes whole in the oven and then peel them afterwards, or dice them and roast them on a baking sheet. You can also sautee them in a pan and serve a few cubes along with your dog's regular meal. Dehydrated sweet potatoes is a great way to give your dog a chewy, healthy treat.

Moderation

If your dog has any health conditions such as diabetes, you should consult with your veterinarian before changing your dog's diet significantly. Too much vitamin A can cause bone problems or result in the weakness of muscles.

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If your pup is begging at the table, you can go ahead and sneak him some sweet potatoes. They're good for him!
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If you're curious whether it's okay to sneak your four-legged friend some of your sweet potatoes during your meal, go ahead. Not only is it safe for them to eat, it's also very healthy! Just make sure you're not overdoing it.