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Tillie's Sweet Potato Treats

Tillie posted that she gives her pup sweet potatoe treats that she makes and freezes. Well we just dug sweet potatoes from our garden and I wonder why she cooks and freezes them. I was just thinking that I could slice off a round every day and feed to Rosie (providing she will eat it). Can't help but think she would because she eats raw carrots. But before I do that, I need to know the recipe that Tillie and others use and like I said why cook. And I have feed enough babies sweet potatoes when they were constipated, so why don't they give dogs a runny stool?

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They have a lot of fiber. Zoey and Maddie eat baby carrots for their treats and they don't get the runs. I'll have to see if they like raw sweet potato. The only thing I notice is it doesn't brake down as well as cooked.

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I have dehydrated sweet potato and Quincy loves them. I dehydrate them with the skins on and all. He also likes his raw carrot or a slice of apple once in a while for a midday snack. He doesn't eat "lunch" per se, so I feel like the fruit/vegetable at least puts something in his belly in the middle of the day.
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I don't believe dogs can break down most veggies. (not sure if sweet potatoes are included in that) it won't hurt rosie, but she won't get any nutrients from it. and it could possibly cause some distress as it passes undigested.




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yeah Tammy will give you the recipe. Dogs have short digestive tracts. Fruit and veggies need to be cooked or pureed so they can be absorbed to give any benefit nutritionally.

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She told me all she does is boil them, mush them up, put them in an ice tray (with little square cubes...little ones) and freeze.

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oh yeah ,forgot another reason why the food doesn't get usable. Dogs don't chew their food. So it's not fine enough to be absorbed in the short trip through the digestive process. Our intestinal tract is much longer and nutrients have a better chance to be absorbed. Who knew that dogs don't really chew their food. No flat molars like humans. Not to mention the fact that their saliva does not have digestive enzymes .

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oh yeah ,forgot another reason why the food doesn't get usable. Dogs don't chew their food. So it's not fine enough to be absorbed in the short trip through the digestive process. Our intestinal tract is much longer and nutrients have a better chance to be absorbed. Who knew that dogs don't really chew their food. No flat molars like humans. Not to mention the fact that their saliva does not have digestive enzymes .
This is good to know, thank you, Dave. Quincy is teething so he seems to like chewing the carrot and apple. I don't give it every day, just once in a while. I hope I'm not doing him any harm
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Yeah I forgot about not being able to digest veggies because they don't break down in the digestive tract. Which begs the question, why do we give them something obviously not part of a dog's natural diet? Before I go through cooking sweet potatoes, I will give her a little of what I fix for ourselves to see if she will even eat them.

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This is good to know, thank you, Dave. Quincy is teething so he seems to like chewing the carrot and apple. I don't give it every day, just once in a while. I hope I'm not doing him any harm
there's nothing wrong with giving them raw , but if you're looking to add nutritional value they should be cooked or pureed.

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