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Yes, dogs can eat canned sweet potatoes. However, it may have high sugar content, which is why it is best to offer your dog unsweetened canned sweet potatoes since they are contained in water. You can also use it to prepare homemade treats and snacks for your dog.

Canned Sweet Potatoes
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe if unsweetened
Nutritional Value Low-fat, rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron and magnesium
Potential Risks Diabetes, dental issues (in the long-term)
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Much Canned Sweet Potatoes

If your dog has eaten a lot of canned sweet potato, they will likely experience an upset stomach. Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber. Hence, excessive consumption can cause loose stools.

If your dog has eaten too much, they are likely to display certain signs like lethargy, panting, increased thirst, and restlessness.

How Many Canned Sweet Potatoes Are Safe for Dogs?

A teaspoon is enough for a small dog, while larger dogs can consume a tablespoon. The sugar content of canned sweet potatoes can vary. So, make sure to check the sugar level of the canned sweet potato to ensure it’s a safe amount for your dog.

TIP: Buy unsweetened canned sweet potato puree and use it to make yummy snacks for your dog’s next play date.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If your choice of canned sweet potato is contained in a sugar syrup, you can offer it occasionally. If unsweetened, you can offer a small amount daily.

  • If a dog eats too many sweet potatoes, they will experience digestive distress. They are also highly likely to pass loose stools because of the high fiber content.

  • You can mash sweet potatoes and mix some into your dog’s kibble. You can also make a homemade treat for your dog using fresh or canned sweet potatoes.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.