Sweet Potato For Dogs – Is It Good For Them?

Yes! Sweet Potato IS Good For Dogs

Are you looking for healthy treats for dogs? Sweet potato is a healthy food for dogs that has a sweet flavor that they love. Read on to learn of the health benefits to your beloved pooch, get some sweet potato dog treat recipes, along with a selection of sweet potato dog treats for purchase that are 100% natural.


Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes for Dogs

Sweet potatoes are naturally gluten-free, low-fat and high in dietary fiber which provides a great benefit to your dog’s digestive health – including correcting issues of loose stool and diarrhea. Fiber also contributes to feeling “full”, so sweet potatoes are good addition to a dog’s diet that may be on a weight management plan.

Rich in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene, sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is essential for your dog’s vision, muscle strength, and healthy hair and skin, and helps prevent disease and infection.

Sweet potatoes are also a good source of Vitamins B6, C, potassium, calcium, iron, and many other essential vitamins and minerals.


Sweet Potato Dog Treats


A simple way I’ve included sweet potato into my dog’s diet is by adding a small amount of the cooked tuber to her dry food. I’ve also made my own treats to give her as an alternative to rawhide chews, as well as a slow-cooker “wet” food that includes sweet potatoes, chicken, and a host of other veggies.

And I’ve also purchased sweet potato dog treats to use when I simply do not have the time to make them for her. I look for all-natural ingredients, and they provide the same health benefits as the ones I make myself.


Pet Eden Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Ingredients are 100% sweet potato and made in the USA, with no harmful additives, fillers or preservatives.




Brutus and Barnaby Thick-Cut Dehydrated Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Longer-lasting because of the thicker cut, these are 100% dehydrated sweet potato, made in the USA, with no harmful additives, fillers or preservatives.



Duck and Sweet Potato Jerky Twists

Why not throw in a meaty twist to your sweet potato treat?
These treats are made with sweet potato and lean duck breast. They’re high in protein, low in fat, and have no fillers, soy, grains, sugars, animal by-products, and no artificial ingredients, colors or flavors.



Make Your Own Dehydrated Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Here’s a recipe for homemade dog treats that is so simple, and when done in the oven instead of a food dehydrator, the yummy aroma fills up the house (I won’t use the oven method in the summer, but in the fall/winter when it’s cool enough for me to turn the oven on, that’s how I do it!)

The ingredients are – 1 thinly sliced sweet potato

Can’t really get any simpler than that!! Add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you want.

Slice the sweet potatoes the long way and space evenly in a dehydrator. Dehydrate for 24 hours.

Oven method – Place sliced sweet potatoes single-layer in a 200 degree oven for an hour and a half. Flip them over and bake for another hour. Allow to cool in the oven as the oven cools. Done!

If you’re in the market for a dehydrator, which can be used for many, many dog treats with veggies and meats, check out this one:

Hamilton Beach Dehydrator

  • 48 hour timer with auto shutoff and clear lid
  • Adjustable digital thermostat (100-160 degrees F)
  • 5 stackable trays
  • and more!



Frozen Sweet Potato Dog Treats

My dog loves, loves, loves Ice Cubes! They’re a “toy” for her to toss to herself, a “treasure” to bury in the garden, etc. You get the idea.

So why not turn that plain water ice cube into a frozen super-food treat for her?

Again, super-simple.

Ingredients – 1 cooked sweet potato!

Ok, so you also want to add a little something to thin the potato a bit. I use chicken broth or stock, or water, or some yogurt. Pretty much the sky is the limit for an additive here. Maybe some pureed apple and spinach leaves? Fresh cranberries? Put in a blender to liquefy, or whisk in a bowl until the desired consistency.

Fill ice cube trays with the mixture and freeze, and then you have a healthy frozen treat for your dog. If you want them to look like actual “dog treats” instead of cubes, check out these molds that can be used in the freezer (or the oven if you want to bake treats)

2-Pack Silicone Dog Paw and Bone Molds With Recipe Booklet

2 food-grade silicone molds – one shaped like bones, the other shaped like paws. Use in the freezer or the oven. And a bonus booklet of recipes for making treats for your pup!



Sweet Potato KONG Stuffing

Another sweet potato treat for your dog idea is making a “stuffing” for a KONG. If you’ve read this far, I’m sure you have a KONG, or at least know what a KONG is. If you don’t have one, you really should get one – it’ll provide hours of entertainment for your dog, much like reading a good book.

Ingredients – 1 cooked sweet potato, mashed with a spoonful of peanut butter. You can also add some rice or quinoa.

Fill the KONG with the cooled mixture and serve, or fill the KONG and freeze!

KONG Classic

All-natural rubber formula, ultra durable with an erratic bounce. Ideal for dogs that like to chew, while fulfilling a dog’s need to play. Insert a tempting treat to add to your pup’s fun with this toy.

Through the holiday season, sweet potatoes are dirt cheap (pun intended), so stock up for yourself and your dog, and experiment with some healthy sweet potato treat ideas!


See our selected holiday and Christmas treats that will make great stocking stuffers!




  • Chris

    It’s great to hear about a natural remedy for loose stool and diarrhea in your dog – I have left a comment on your site before regarding the stomach problems certain dogs have. 

    You’ve listed a lot of ready made sweet potato treats for dogs in your article, but I’m really pleased that you included a section on homemade treats as well. We’re much more comfortable in making our own versions of things. 

    How long do these homemade varieties last? Can they be stored easily?

    • Shannon

      The ready-made sweet potato treats I listed in my article were selected because they are 100% all-natural, with the only ingredient being sweet potato (or just sweet potato and duck!) with no fillers. Just the potato (and duck).

      I would store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or use an airtight container to store in the freezer for 6 months. I’ve never had them last more than a week..  🙂

  • Stefan

    I have never thought of that. Our dogs like to eat bananas once in a while but I haven’t tried sweet potatoes.

    We  actually have a lot of sweet potatoes here and cheap too. I want to try drying some in the sun, this might work due to having a lot of sun here.

    Do you think I can add sweet potato every day to the cooked rice with chicken bones they get normally?

    • Shannon

      You can also make dehydrated banana chews and treats! Same process, and super easy 🙂

      A bit of sweet potato added to their food would be an excellent source of dietary fiber. I would start, as with any new food addition, with a small amount.

  • Tim Bennett

    Hello Shannon,

    We are getting a dog next year as we will be moving to a large plot of land in the province.

    So this was an interesting post for me.

    I actually had no idea that dogs could eat sweet potatoes, so this was a real information packed article for me.

    It seems I had a lot to read up on before we actually get the dog.

    With all the treats dogs have, it seems it’s a good life for them.

    Is there a limit to how many times a week you can put sweet potatoes into the diet or can it be a daily addition?



    • Shannon

      Sweet potato is added to many top-tier dog foods, so it can be a daily addition in moderate amounts.

      Once you get your dog, if you’re like me, you’ll be looking for ways to spoil her! Store bought treats get expensive, and you really don’t know what you’re getting.

  • Jill

    Hi Shannon, What great ideas. I didn’t know that sweet potatoes were so good for dogs. The treats sounded so good, sure I could eat them myself. Have some grand-doggies which will love these treats for Christmas. Filling up the Kong should keep them entertained for hours as should the ice cube. You have really given me food for thought. 

    Strangely, as a child I loathed sweet potatoes but during my adult years found them to be one of my favorite vegetables. Perhaps, Percy, Lucky, and Scruff, will enjoy these special Christmas gifts.

    • Shannon

      My dog absolutely loves the chews that I make, as well as the frozen cubes with sweet potato. I often send some home with my son for my grand-puppies, and my son has confessed to trying the chews – which he said are very tasty! They should be, they’re 100% sweet potato! 🙂

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