Most pups enjoy a nibble of a tasty cooked sweet potato and these root vegetables are a healthy snack for pups. In fact, many pet food manufacturers include sweet potatoes in their dog food formulations. While the sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) is considered mildly toxic to our canine companions, the sweet potatoes and their skins are not.
Sweet Potatoes for Sweet Pooches
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the sweet potato vine contains LSD as its main toxin, which can cause hallucinations and diarrhea in our canine companions. Fortunately, the roots of this plant, namely the sweet potatoes themselves and their skins, are safe for your pup to consume. The Humane Society of the United States recommends dehydrating sweet potatoes with the skins attached to make some yummy jerky treats for Fido. If there is mold on the skins, it could harm your pup. Either scrub it away or remove the skins.
Heating Things Up
Before feeding sweet potatoes with or without their peels attached to your pooch, cook or dehydrate them. Raw sweet potatoes and peels contain trypsin inhibitors, which reduce your pup's ability to digest proteins, according to the Feedipedia website. Cooking or dehydrating the sweet potatoes and their peels with heat will get rid of these trypsin inhibitors, making them safe for Fido to eat.
- The Humane Society of the United States: Sweet Potato Jerky for Dogs
- Modern Dog Magazine: 10 “People” Foods for Dogs
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Sweet Potato Vine
- Feedipedia: Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) Tubers
- Woman's Day: 10 Surprising Human Foods Dogs Can Eat
- eXtension.org: My Dog Likes to Nibble on Sweetpotato Vines -- Will That Hurt Him?
- Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture: Heat Stability of Trypsin Inhibitors in Tropical Root Crops and Rice and Its Significance for Nutrition
Based in Las Vegas, Susan Paretts has been writing since 1998. She writes about many subjects including pets, finances, crafts, food, home improvement, shopping and going green. Her articles, short stories and reviews have appeared on City National Bank's website and on The Noseprint. Paretts holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.