Cooking for Dogs – Sweet Potato and White Potato

 

Cooking for your dog does not have to be a major chore that you devote hours and hours to a day. It doesn’t even have to be their main source of food it can be a topper to their food or a treat. You don’t even need to be good cook all you need is some very basic skills in the kitchen.

Today we are going to talk about Sweet Potato and White Potatoes which are both favorite grain free carbohydrates of my dogs. They will eat them separately or together and are so easy to make. In fact you can make it for your dogs at the same time you are making for your family. For this post I decided to boil them to make mashed potatoes but you can certainly bake them or cut them and then bake them if that is what your family is having that night. Remember the smaller the pieces you cut them into the faster the potato will cook. I made this for Davinia the other night because she wasn’t eating her food (she is fine she just prefers the treats grandpa has been giving her to the food I am providing).

I cut up one regular potato and one sweet potato of equal size leaving the skin on. You could even add some carrots to the mix and mash it into the potato and your dog will not even know it is in there (neither will the kids). Once you have boiled the potatoes and drained them I add less then a teaspoon of healthy oil you can use olive oil or flax seed oil or even Omega 3 if this is just for your dogs. I personally add a shake or two of garlic powder it makes it smell better for the dogs and will help keep away bugs. You could also boil a piece or two of garlic in the water with the potatoes as long as the garlic is cooked and you use a small amount it will not hurt your dog and is in many of the more premium foods. I save some of the water from boiling the potatoes to add back in when mashing. You can add more water if it is really dry in your house from the heat during the winter or if your pet doesn’t drink as much as you think they should. I also added a touch of salt (not really necessary when cooking for your pet) and some pepper (again not really necessary) but I was sharing these with Davinia and I didn’t overly spice them before giving her some.

 

 

Potatoes are a great base for the beginning of a home cooked meal or good topper for your pets food to add some fresh food into their diet. Potato is very gentle on their stomach so would be a good way to help get nutrients back into a dog that has been sick or one with allergies to grains. You can serve the potatoes slightly warmer then room temperature or room temperature. If you are used to feeding kibble remember that kibble is very dried out compared to food you will make yourself which will have a much higher water concentration so you will need to give more then what you would with a kibble.

Comments

  1. Oh nothing better than those potatoes
    Benny & Lily

  2. thanks for the reminder! this is something I need to do more regularly to supplement Dakota’s diet but it is something I always forget to do!

  3. Davyde Bolt says:

    I often home cook for our dogs. I find that red, green and yellow peppers are a favourite vegetable and always make the meal look tastier! (I am not sure if the dogs agree with me on that one)

    • Your dogs are very well taken care of. Milk in a saucer and Fried Rice. I know where Davinia and Indiana would go to visit if they could. I am sure they appreciate all the yummy food you give them.

  4. Kolchak and Jodi says:

    Yummy! The dog’s here love potatoes – sweet or white! Our trick? Boil them in chicken stock for an added doggy delight! Another bonus? Sweet potato can help relieve bathroom issues – whether the problem is too loose or too firm, SP can help!

    Thanks for sharing! Don’t forget to join us for Tasty Tuesday!!

  5. Woof! Woof! Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Thanks for joining our TT HOP. I LOVE potatoes especially sweet potato. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  6. Garlic is actually toxic to dogs and can cause all sorts of nasty problems!! instead to make it more appealing add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese! :)

  7. Garlic IS NOT unsafe to feed to you dog.
    Yes, it is of the onion family and as with any herbs we might administer to our pets, moderation is again the order of the day.
    If you believe that Garlic is harmful to our pets, then you need to do more online research and see that in fact adding Garlic to your pet’s food will have a beneficial effect on the health of your beloved pet/s as is honey!

    Armed with more up-to-date information, we can better provide the best of Nature’s remedies to out pets and provide them the best opportunities to overcome the many food responsible ailments that these Mega Pet Food Companies have inflicted on our helpless friends.
    Time we become responsible pet parents and give the the best to them as they give their best to us!
    Phil

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