Are Sweet Potatoes Good for Dogs?
Okay, we have to say it... Potatoes are one of (if not) the most superior vegetables! They taste amazing in all different forms and they are such a delicious addition to meals. Here at Lord Jameson, we're especially fond of sweet potatoes! If you've ever Googled "are sweet potatoes good for dogs" then just know, the short answer is yes! Sweet potatoes have tons of different health benefits and this is one of the many reasons why we have sweet potatoes as a main ingredient in our Savory Sweet organic dog treats!
Adding sweet potatoes into your dog's diet can benefit them in many ways. In this blog, we're going to go over the multiple health benefits that this delicious vegetable has and why you should consider adding them into your dog's daily diet. So, without any further ado, let's discuss the health benefits of sweet potatoes!
3 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
1. They're high in fiber
Sweet potatoes are great because they're very high in fiber! Fiber is important for your dog because it plays a large role in their digestive health. So, if your dog eats foods (like sweet potatoes) that are high in fiber, it could help to encourage regular, healthy bowel movements. High fiber foods also help to relieve any constipation that your dog may have and it can also help to lower the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancers. Another great thing about fiber is the fact that it can help to deal with weight management / weight loss. Eating foods with a lot of fiber can help your dog to feel more full, resulting in them not eating as much food. Overall, it regulates your dog’s digestive tract.
2. They are low in fat and rich in vitamins
Sweet potatoes are both low in fat and rich in so many different vitamins. To name a few, they are filled with vitamins A, C, B6, potassium, calcium, iron, and more. Let's go over why these vitamins are essential:
Vitamin A: This fat-soluble vitamin helps to maintain healthy eyes, muscles, nerves, and your dog's skin. Vitamin A is also responsible for your dog's growth, fetal development, immune function, and cell function.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a very important antioxidant. This vitamin can be beneficial to dogs that have allergies. Vitamin C helps to fight inflammation and other types of allergic reactions that your dog may have. Another great thing about Vitamin C is that it can help to boost your dog’s immune system.
Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 is essential for your dog's health. It helps your dog growth it also helps to promote their overall well-being. Not only that, but it also helps to promote healthy brain function and the production of their red blood cells. According to Bullyade, vitamin B6 has been directly linked to heart health in dogs. They said: "Enough amounts of the vitamin in the bloodstream regulates the level of homocysteine. This is a chemical that has been associated with the hardening of arteries leading to heart failure in dogs."
Potassium: Potassium is an important mineral... It helps to strengthen and grow your dog's muscles and even boosts their metabolism. Potassium works together with calcium and phosphorus to promote healthy bones and teeth for your dog.
Calcium: Like potassium, calcium is another very important mineral. Calcium helps to build strong bones and helps to keep your dog’s nails, teeth, and coat super healthy!
Iron: Here we have another mineral that is essential for your dog's health! Iron is involved in the formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen and nutrients throughout your dog's body.
3. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene
Fun fact: Sweet potatoes get their beautiful orange / gold-ish color from beta-carotene! Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that helps to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. It also simultaneously provides protection against heart disease. Of course, this is all super beneficial for your dog. Dogs can even convert beta-carotene to more Vitamin A!
Conclusion of "Are Sweet Potatoes Good for Dogs?"
Those were some of the many health benefits of sweet potatoes! We only mentioned 3, however, there are so many more! Sweet potatoes are absolutely delicious and as you've just learned, they are great for dogs. Hopefully, you were able to learn more about this healthy vegetable in our blog.
If you're looking to spoil your dog with some delicious sweet potato dog treats, then make sure to check out our organic Savory Sweet treats:
Savory Sweet Organic Dog Treats
Our Savory Sweet dog treats are the perfect blend of sweetness and savory! They're made from pumpkins and of course, sweet potatoes! Not only that, but they're also made with handpicked superfoods including oranges, carrots, and fragrant coconuts. Our Savory Sweet dog treats are 100% organic and suitable for almost all diets including those that are plant-based.
Benefits and Ingredients of Lord Jameson's Savory Sweet Treats:
100% Organic Ingredients: Pumpkin*, Date Paste*, Gluten-Free Rolled Oats*, Roasted Peanut Butter*, Sweet Potato*, Oat Flour*, Coconut Shreds*, Carrot Juice*, Pumpkin Spice* (Cinnamon & Ginger), Brown Rice Syrup*
Human Grade Ingredients
No added preservatives, colors or flavors
Made in small batches
6 oz Stand Up Resealable Bag
Crude Protein - Min 10%
Crude Fat - Min 13%
Crude Fiber - Max 2.25%
Moisture - Max 15%
Overall, our Savory Sweet treats are the ultimate dog treat that maintains the ideal balance of delightful flavors and essential nutrients. They are made of gluten-free organic ingredients and are absolutely free of preservatives!
Click here for pricing and for more information on our Savory Sweet treats!
As we previously mentioned in this blog, our organic dog treats are also made with fragrant coconuts as an ingredient... So, if you'd like to read about the multiple health benefits of coconuts, then make sure to click here. Thank you so much for reading and we hope your dog enjoys snacking on foods made with sweet potatoes!