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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.