Sweet potatoes are indeed a safe and healthy addition to your dog's diet. This root vegetable (which isn't actually a potato!) is highly nutritious and exceptionally rich in fiber.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C, all essential for maintaining various aspects of a dog’s health, such as skin integrity, immune system strength, and nerve function. Vitamin A even plays a crucial role in promoting good eyesight.
Plus, sweet potatoes contain high amounts of dietary fiber, which helps prevent constipation and diarrhea, and boosts overall digestive health by adding bulk to the diet.
While sweet potatoes offer many potential health benefits when incorporated into a balanced canine diet, be sure to feed them to your dog cooked rather than raw or fried. Cooking helps break down the potato’s cellulose walls, making them easier on your pet’s stomach. And make sure you feed it to your dog plain, without any butter, oil, or seasonings.
It's also important to remember portion control: Like any treat or supplemental food item, sweet potatoes shouldn't constitute any more than 10% of your dog's total calories.
As always, consult with your veterinarian before introducing a new food item into your pet's diet! If your dog eats sweet potatoes (or any other food) and then shows signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. And if your dog does require veterinary care as a result of something they've eaten, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.