Are Sweet Potatoes a “yes” or a “no”?
“Waiting for our sweet potatoes”
Since the day we adopted Jake and Maggie, I have given them vegetables as part of their treats. They love organic baby carrots and zucchini. I decided to change things up a bit and grabbed some sweet potatoes at the grocery store. Several months back, we purchased a dehydrator from Amazon made by VonShef which includes 6 plastic trays, 1 lid, temperature control reaching a maximum of 159 degrees with a built in timer. Before giving anything to the pups that I’m not quite sure about, I always do my research.
While slicing up the potatoes into rounds, I accidentally dropped a few which were scarfed up by Jake and Maggie. I was concerned that consuming raw sweet potatoes would make them sick, so I called the vet. They assured me it was ok because it was only a few pieces. I also got online and looked up the benefits of giving your dogs these dehydrated treats. Consuming to many sweet potatoes, as to much vitamin A can cause bone problems and muscle weakness. Please tell your vet of any other health related issues so that he can better guide you as to what to feed your pet.
Sweet potatoes are starchy root vegetables and provide plenty of nutritional benefits:
- One of the best dietary sources of vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles in dogs.
- Vegetables with orange flesh contain beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent disease and infection.
- Sweet potatoes are also a rich source of fiber, vitamins C and B6, potassium, calcium, and iron, among many other essential vitamins and minerals.
- You can add a small amount of steamed or boiled sweet potatoes to your dog’s diet, or use dehydrated sweet potatoes as a sweet treat.
- Gentle on a dog’s digestive system and are naturally gluten-free.
- They are a common ingredient in grain-free canine diets because they provide an alternative source of carbohydrates.
There is really no recipe but to cut, dehydrate, steam, or boil the sweet potatoes. I filled all 6 trays and layered each try with the potatoes. I turned on the timer at 9:30 am and set it for 158 degrees. Still going strong but I was able to pick a handful of chips out to let cool. This is the first time I have ever made these so I’m taking a guess at how long it will take. I sliced the medallions very thin almost like a Lay’s Potato chip so it shouldn’t be to much longer. It’s 12:30 now. Jake and Maggie tasted their new treats for the first time today and LOVED them!! Jake is now 83 pounds and Maggie is 72 at a year and 4 months old. I just have to make sure that I don’t give them to many treats…yikes!
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