Ingredient Profile: Sweet Potatoes
By Kellie McCutcheon
For our pets, this root vegetable is as tasty as it is healthy. You will find sweet potatoes in a lot of pet food and healthy pet treats.
Sweet potatoes are naturally a wonderful source of vitamin A for our pets. Vitamin A helps to promote healthy skin & coat, clear vision, steady nerves, and muscle strength.
Fibre, fibre and more fibre. Sweet potatoes contain a rich amount of dietary fibre which makes sweet potato great for dogs with sensitive stomachs and promotes a healthy digestive system.
Vegetables with orange flesh, such as sweet potatoes, carrots or pumpkin contain beta-carotene. Beta-Carotene is great for our pets as it is a powerful antioxidant that helps ward off disease and cancer. Beta-Carotene also converts to Vitamin A in a dog’s body, which has tremendous health benefits.
Sweet potatoes are low in fat and contain vitamins C and B6, iron, potassium, manganese and calcium. Bursting with benefits and our pets love the taste, it’s no wonder we find this super ingredient in our pet’s food and treats.
Settle A Stomach
Sweet Potato, like Pumpkin, is excellent when used to help your dog’s tummy. Sweet Potato helps with all digestive upset, from constipation to diarrhea. When Lucy has tummy trouble we put a scoop on top of her food at each meal and it starts to help right away.
NOVEMBER IS SWEET POTATO AWARENESS MONTH. Celebrate by giving your pet a tasty and healthy sweet potato chew or let them chomp on a pet-friendly sweet potato fry.
Exercise more caution when feeding sweet potatoes to cats. Sweet Potatoes that have been prepared for cats can be very healthy for your pet, and given in small doses can have great digestive benefits. We do not recommend preparing the sweet potatoes yourself as raw sweet potatoes can be very harmful.