Make This Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe for Your Dog

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smashed sweet potato in bowl

Make This Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe for Your Dog

While you're busy preparing your delightful Thanksgiving family feast, instead of tossing your dog scraps, why not also prepare a delicious holiday treat for them? And this recipe is a simple spin on one of the most popular traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

Mashed sweet potatoes for dogs is easy enough that it won’t take much time away from your main cooking efforts, and it can even be converted into something to serve to your human guests. Here's how to make this super-simple, one-ingredient dish.

Remember, if your dog has a history of dietary sensitivity, you may want to check with your veterinarian before deviating from his regular diet.

Yummy Mashed Sweet Potatoes for Dogs

Serving size:
1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup

Prep time:
10 minutes

Cook Time:
20-30 minutes

Small sweet potato


1Cut sweet potato into about 1-inch cubes.

2Dump the cubed potatoes into a pot and fill pot with water (do not use salt in water). The water level should be high enough to cover all of the potatoes.

3Put pot on stove, cover and set to medium-high heat.

4Once water reaches a boil, let boil on medium heat for about 20 minutes.

5At the end of 20 minutes, test the sweet potatoes for softness by sticking a fork into a few of the cubes. If the fork slides through easily, the sweet potatoes are done.

6Drain water from the sweet potatoes in a colander and place them back in pot.

7Mash sweet potatoes with a potato masher until they are of uniform consistency.

8Allow to cool and serve.

How to Serve to Dogs

These dog treats can be given in small servings on its own, used as a garnish for your dog’s food or mixed in with his dog food.

Depending on the size of your dog, give him 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup of the mashed sweet potatoes at a time.

How to Serve to Humans

If you would like to turn the leftover mashed sweet potato into a dish for people, add butter, brown sugar and salt to taste, but do not serve to a dog with these additions.
This recipe was designed for dogs and reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat, snack or food topper. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. Feeding too many treats can lead to nutrient deficiencies. If your pet has health issues (including food allergies or sensitivities to fats) or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.


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