Can I Feed My Dog Sweet Potato?
Can I feed my dog sweet potato you ask? Well, let me give you a quick education on sweet potatoes before answering your question. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins like Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Manganese. For those of you who are like me and have no idea what Manganese is, here’s a quick definition. It’s a trace mineral that is in the body in tiny amounts. Typically, it’s found in bones, the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Manganese helps the body form things like connective tissue, bones, sex hormones and blood clotting factors. Ok, so now we’re caught up. Other than those fun vitamins sweet potatoes are also a beta-carotene, which when digested into the body turns into Vitamin A which has awesome health benefits too. Vitamin A can help with eye sign, bone growth, coat growth, and muscle strength. Super awesome! Rover may have a Vitamin A deficiency if you notice poor eye sight at night, poor coat condition or flaky / poor skin conditions. Give some sweet potatoes and you’ll be all caught up (please note, and it’s so sad that I have to say this, this blog post is not in any way meant to replace seeing your vet and getting his or her opinion).
So, can I feed my dog sweet potato, you’re yelling at the screen! I answered it above, but I’ll say it flat our now, YES! Well, maybe. Here’s why maybe. Dogs like people can have a variety of allergies, if your dog is known to have allergies then keeping a log of what he eats and has a reaction to is a great idea. That way if you add something new you know what’s causing the reaction or outbreak that wasn’t being shown before. So yes and no to answer “can I feed my dog sweet potato”. You can but again if allergies are a concern, keep the above tidbit in your back pocket. Ok, NOW! How to cook these gross looking things. Sweet potatoes should be either boiled or steamed to keep in all the above-mentioned nutrients. It also makes it easier to mash them up and then mix into your dog’s food and create a coating. Or, you can bake them. Baking however, unfortunately, may have you losing some of those fun benefits, such as the vitamins. Keep this in mind! Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, so start with less and then you can add. Not to mention you have no idea if Rover over there, is even going to like what you’re giving him. Once you’ve started with a teaspoon to a tablespoon keep an eye on Fido. Is he running to your backdoor and crossing his legs? Then you’ve probably given him to much, and you started everything flowing, have fun! But if he seems to be doing fine and you keep him on a regimen of this new sweet potato diet, keep an eye on his coat, his skin, and his overall attitude, do you notice a difference? Awesome, welcome to the world of a raw-cooked diet. Said to be amazing for a dog’s health and coat!