No, it is not advisable for dogs to eat raw sweet potatoes.
Sweet potato is a large, starchy tuberous root that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. It can have a yellow, white, purple, red, or brown exterior. Meanwhile, its flesh can range from white, orange, yellow, to orange red. PetMD states that the root vegetable is rich in fiber, which helps with digestion. It is also packed with nutrients such as vitamins A and C, potassium, manganese, iron, and antioxidants.
Dogs can actually eat sweet potatoes, but only in their cooked form. Eating raw, unpeeled sweet potatoes may cause a slew of health complications. Since the uncooked root vegetable is difficult to chew and swallow, it may cause choking. Plus, it may lead to an upset stomach and/or intestinal blockage.
What to do if your dog accidentally eats a raw sweet potato: Observe your dog closely for any signs of choking or intestinal discomfort. For airway blockage, watch for distress, salivation, pawing at the mouth, coughing, and gagging or retching. He may also rub his face against the floor or have cyanosis (blue mucous membranes). Contact your veterinarian immediately for advice on what to do next.
Meanwhile, an upset stomach may manifest as stomach pain, loss of appetite, and pacing. In more extreme cases, he may even vomit, experience bloody diarrhea, or get a fever.
In summary: Sweet potatoes may be a valuable addition to your pooch’s diet as long as they are cooked and unseasoned. Raw sweet potatoes should be stored properly so your pet dog doesn’t accidentally get his paws on them.
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