Are Sweet Potatoes Good for Your Dog?

     

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    What Are the Benefits of Sweet Potato?

    Sweet potato is not only safe for dogs, but can provide our dog with great health benefits. Sweet potatoes are great for digestive health.  They are high in dietary fiber. Sweet Potatoes are low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese. 

    Sweet potatoes are rich in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene. Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in your dog’s body.  The conversion to Vitamin A is great for your  dog’s growth, vision, and muscle strength. In addition to all the health benefits, sweet potatoes are sweet and your furry friend will love them. So now that you know they are good for your dog, how to do you give your dog sweet potatoes?

     There are many dog foods that contain sweet potato and there are many manufactures making sweet potato treats. Our Boston Terrier loves Crumps Naturals, they are made in the Canada and have 1 ingredient. You guessed it Sweet Potatoe.  My dog loves the treats but it started to become expensive, so I started to research DIY recipes.  I found recipes that used a microwave.  I found other recipes that required a crock pot.  I also found a recipe that require slow cooking in the oven.

    After trying all, I found my dog loved the oven method.  It's a straight up simple recipe, and as an added bonus your house smells wonderful while they are cooking.  Peel, slice, and pop in the oven, when done put them in an air tight container or a zip lock baggy.  They will keep for about a month. Truth be told, my dogs eats them like candy and they never last a month.

    The hardest part of this recipe is deciding if you want to make round coin like treats or stick like treats.

    Instructions for Round Coin Like treats

    Step 1. Preheat oven to 250° F.

    Step 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Step 3. Peel Sweet Potatoes

    Step 4. Cut sweet potato down the center 

    Step 5. Cut no thinner than 1/4 round coin like pieces.

    Step 6. Repeat step 5 with the second 1/2

    Step 7. Place them on parchment papered baking sheet

    Step 8. Bake for 2/1 - 3 hours, turning half way through

    Step 9. Remove, cool and then place in airtight container or zip lock bag.

    Instructions for stick like treats:

    Step 1. Preheat oven to 250° F.

    Step 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Step 3. Peel Sweet Potatoes

    Step 4. Cut sweet potato lengthwise for stick like treats

    Step 5.  Cut the first 1/2 into 1/3 or 1/4 long sticks lenthwise

    Step 6. Repeat step 5 with the second 1/2

    Step 7. Place them on parchment papered baking sheet

    Step 8. Bake for 2/1 - 3 hours, turning half way through

    Step 9. Remove, cool and then place in airtight container or zip lock bag.

    I hope your furry friend enjoys them as much as our girl does.

     If you enjoy making these treats try the Home Made Chicken Treats 

     

     

     

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