Yes, dogs can eat sweet potatoes! These root vegetables are loaded with nutrients, such as the carotenoids, vitamin C and vitamin A, in addition to antioxidants and phytochemicals. They are high in pyridoxine, potassium, fiber and magnesium. They are also good sources of copper, iron and manganese—all essential minerals for dogs that perform myriad functions in cells, from transporting oxygen to assisting in the assembly of proteins. All this plus, they’re low in fat.

What’s in a Name?

While sweet potatoes are called “potatoes,” they aren’t related to white potatoes. They do come in many colors besides the more familiar orange. The Japanese sweet potato has a purple skin and yellow flesh, and its flavor is actually sweeter—something that dogs love—than the more popular orange varieties. It also is especially rich in phytonutrients. Although in the U.S., sweet potatoes…

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