Sweet potatoes are starchy root vegetables that provide plenty of nutritional benefits for our canine companions.
They are one of the best dietary sources of vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles in dogs. Vegetables with orange flesh contain beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent disease and infection.
Sweet potatoes are also a rich source of fiber, vitamins C and B6, potassium, calcium, and iron, among many other essential vitamins and minerals.
You can add a small amount of steamed or boiled sweet potatoes to your dog’s diet, or use dehydrated sweet potatoes as a sweet treat.
In addition, sweet potatoes are often added to pet foods and treats because they are gentle on a dog’s digestive system and naturally gluten-free. They’re a common ingredient in grain-free canine diets because they provide an alternative source of carbohydrates.
Pet owners should consult a veterinarian before feeding sweet potatoes to dogs, as too much vitamin A can cause bone problems and muscle weakness. And while they are lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes, you should still speak with your vet first if your dog has a health condition such as diabetes.