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Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipes: How to Serve This Superfood

Dr. Marty Pets Team
30th April 2024
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Unpeeling the Benefits of Sweet Potato For Your Pooch

Sweet potatoes are bursting with nutrition, which makes them an exceptional treat for your beloved dog. Packed with vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as fiber, calcium, and iron, sweet potatoes help support your pup’s immune system, gut health, cell growth, and more.1,2

Sweet potatoes are safe for most dogs (individual allergies aside), but remember that moderation is key to help prevent any digestive issues due to this veggie’s high fiber content.

Preparing the Perfect Sweet Potato Treat

To Peel or Not to Peel: That is the Question

When it comes to preparing sweet potatoes for your furry friend, peeling is the way to go. Though the skin is nutrient-rich for humans, it can be tough on their digestion. Always peel the potatoes before cooking them and serving them to your dog.

Cutting and Cooking Techniques for Healthy Snacks

For the perfect sweet potato dog snack, wash and peel the sweet potato, then cut it into slices around a quarter of an inch thick. This size ensures the treats are chewy (not too crispy), which is ideal for your dog's enjoyment.

Bake the slices at a low temperature (around 250°F) for 2 ½ to 3 hours. Flip them halfway through for even drying. Once cooled, you’ve got some nutritious superfood treats your dog will love.

For those looking to add a creative spin to traditional sweet potato dog treats, try integrating a sprinkle of dog-friendly spices, like cinnamon or ginger.

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipes

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Sweet potatoes are a treasure trove of vitamins and fiber, making them a fantastic ingredient in dog food.

Let’s take a look at some other ways you can use sweet potatoes to make some fun treats for your pooch.

Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

To mix things up, why not try a combination of sweet potato and peanut butter in a dog biscuit?

To get started, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 ½ cups coconut flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (make sure it's xylitol-free)

Now, let's make some biscuit magic:

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F.
  2. Puncture one large sweet potato with a fork, and microwave it until tender, which should take about 6 minutes.
  3. Let it cool, then halve and scoop out the insides. Discard any skin.
  4. Mix it with the coconut flour, eggs, unsweetened applesauce, and peanut butter until you have a dough-like consistency.
  5. Lightly flour your surface, roll out the dough to half an inch thick, and get creative—use cookie cutters for fun shapes, or a pizza cutter for strips.
  6. Arrange your creations on a baking sheet, and bake them for 25-35 minutes until the sweet potatoes are crisp.
  7. Allow the biscuits to cool fully on a wire rack before giving them to your canine companion.

Variations:You could also mix in other dog-friendly ingredients, like grated carrots, grated apples, a sprinkle of flaxseeds, or a pinch of cinnamon or turmeric. Just make sure all the additions are safe for dogs, and start with small quantities to gauge your pet's reaction.

Dehydrating Sweet Potatoes for Longer-Lasting Snacks

If you're looking for treats that last longer and have a chewy texture, dehydrated sweet potato chews are a great option.

  • Firstly, slice your sweet potatoes as you would for the oven-baked slices, and then arrange them in a single layer in a dehydrator.
  • Set the temperature according to the manufacturer's instructions—generally around 125 to 135°F—and let them dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours.
  • You'll know they're done when they have a chewy texture.
  • These chews are perfect for dogs who love a long-lasting, chewable treat.

Other Sweet Potato Recipes for Dogs

Here are a few other fun sweet potato treat recipes your dog may enjoy.

  • Frozen Sweet Potato Puree: Ideal for hot days. Simply blend cooked sweet potatoes, and freeze them in ice cube trays.
  • Sweet Potato Jerky: Cut into thin strips, and bake at a lower temperature for a longer time to create jerky-like snacks.
  • Mashed Sweet Potato Balls: Mix mashed sweet potatoes with a bit of coconut flour, form into balls, and bake until firm. You could also add in some cooked and pureed meat for extra protein.
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes: Create a simple pancake batter using sweet potato puree, a little coconut flour, and an egg. Cook these in a nonstick pan until they're golden brown on both sides.
  • The Meal Topper: Try topping your dog’s regular food with a little sweet potato pureé at mealtime.

Always introduce new foods slowly, and monitor your pet for any adverse reactions.

How Much Sweet Potato is Too Much?

While sweet potatoes are healthy, they should only be given to your dog in moderation due to their high fiber content. Typically, a few slices of cooked sweet potato a few times a week is plenty. For specific portion sizes based on your dog's size and dietary needs, it's best to consult with your vet.

And, while these treats are a tasty addition to your dog's diet, they shouldn’t replace a balanced canine diet.

This doesn’t mean you need to give up sweet potatoes at mealtime… read on.

Nature’s Blend Essential Wellness: A Premium, Balanced Diet

Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend Essential Wellness is a premium freeze-dried raw dog food that contains a fully balanced canine diet in every bag. Each serving contains premium REAL cuts of turkey, beef, salmon, duck, and organ meats, as well as seeds, fruit, and veggies – including sweet potatoes – with no artificial preservatives, additives, fillers, or synthetic ingredients.

Common Mistakes to Avoid While Making Sweet Potato Treats

When making sweet potato dog treats:

  • Avoid seasoning with salt, sugar, butter, or artificial additives.
  • Peel and toss the skin.
  • Bake at a low temperature to avoid charring.
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Can Dogs Eat Raw Sweet Potatoes?

Dogs should not eat raw sweet potatoes. They can be very tough to chew and digest, which could lead to stomach upset. Always serve sweet potatoes cooked, peeled, and in moderation to your dog.

How Can I Tell If My Dog Is Allergic to Sweet Potatoes?

The main signs of food allergy in dogs include gastrointestinal upset and itchy skin, paws, or ears.3 If you notice any unusual symptoms in your dog after introducing sweet potatoes, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.