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