Yes. Sweet potatoes are a healthy, low-fat, complex carbohydrate for your pooch. Sweet potatoes are great for dogs, as they contain vitamin B6 and vitamin C as well as the antioxidant beta-carotene. These vitamins are great for a healthy diet and help your dog maintain good vision, healthy hair and skin and muscle growth.
How can I feed my dog sweet potato?
Your dog should avoid eating raw sweet potato since it can be a choking hazard. However when boiled, sweet potato can be a good treat for your pet. It’s important to only feed them sweet potato in small doses though, as they are high in sugar and carbs which can cause obesity, diabetes and pancreatitis in dogs.
As with most fruits and vegetable, sweet potatoes contain a lot of dietary fibre. A good amount of dietary fibre can be really good for your pet and can contribute to a healthy digestive system. However, if fed too liberally, excessive fibre intake can lead to diarrhoea, loose stools and general digestive upset.
Changing my dog’s diet
Every dog is different, so remember to introduce dietary changes slowly to see how your pet reacts. If you want to learn more about making changes to your dog’s diet, then take a look at our advice section. Alternatively, if you have other questions that are similar to ‘can dogs eat sweet potato?’ then join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – don’t forget to tag us @DogBuddyCo!