Add sweet potatoes and yams to your dog's diet

Yep-- these are very popular with most dogs! Cheap and easy, too. Sweet potato dog treats.
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If you make your dog's food at home or want to give him tasty snacks, you can use sweet potatoes or white potatoes in moderation. Be sure to follow a few key rules. First, never give your dog raw sweet potatoes or potatoes. Potato skins, plants and leaves are toxic to dogs, so be sure to remove all of the skin and any plant parts before cooking the potatoes. Since sweet potatoes are more nutritious than white potatoes, many vets and pet nutritionists prefer sweet potatoes as an ingredient in your dog's diet or as a tasty treat. Second, since sweet potatoes are high in fiber, they should make up a only small percentage of your dog's diet. Dr. Mike Sagman suggests limiting your dog's daily fiber to less than 10 percent of his diet, so keep that in mind when choosing a packaged food or making food at home.
Dogs love sweet potatoes and they are a healthy snack, packed with vitamins and minerals.
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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 than white potatoes, you should still speak with your vet first if your dog has a health condition such as diabetes. The nutritious sweet potato is good for dogs and easy to prepare for treats.
Photo provided by FlickrMy dogs seem to like all orange vegetables…carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes!
Photo provided by FlickrYep-- these are very popular with most dogs! Cheap and easy, too. Sweet potato dog treats.
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Rawhide chews are a convenient, long-lasting treat that dogs love, and though they can do a great job satisfying a dog’s chew dry, they also have a reputation of being a choking and digestive blocking hazard.  Some natural alternatives are bully sticks, carrots, and, of course, sweet potatoes. Although they may not have the same lasting power of a rawhide chew, they are safe, healthy, and are the perfect ingredient for homemade dog treats.Sweet potatoes are rich in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene. Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in your dog’s body, which is essential for your dog’s vision, growth, and muscle strength. Symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency include night blindness and poor hair and skin quality.Sweet potato is safe for dogs, and can provide them a range of health benefits (and a sweet flavor they’ll love). Sweet potatoes are great for digestive health because they’re high in dietary fiber. They’re also low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese.If you want to add sweet potatoes to your dog’s diet, trying steaming or boiling them. These methods help retain more nutritional value than roasting. Start by giving your dog a small amount. Depending on the size of your dog, start with between a teaspoon and a tablespoon. A sudden increase in fiber could create gastrointestinal issues, so start slow.If you had to choose between the two, choosing sweet potatoes over white potatoes is almost always the better option, as sweet potatoes are much better for your dog’s health and well-being than white potatoes.Sweet potatoes are a source of dietary fiber and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Most dogs love the chewy sweetness of a delish dehydrated sweet potato treat. And you can rest easy knowing there’s no additives, preservatives or anything extraneous added.