The main ingredients in this dog biscuit recipe include whole flour, sweet potatoes and carrots, with a touch of coconut oil and some cheddar cheese to add a bit more flavor and nutrients for your poochie.
This homemade dog treat recipe is high in vitamin A, dietary fiber, minerals (potassium, iron, calcium). Good for the eyes and digestive system. As this biscuit is a bit high in fat due to the cheddar cheese, if your dog is a bit pudgy, reduce the amount of cheese.
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins B complex and C, beta-carotene (precursor of vitamin A), and minerals (e.g. calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium). They also have powerful antioxidant properties.
It has been found that when in the GI tract, the antioxidants in sweet potatoes may be able to reduce the health risk posed by free radicals and heavy metals. Therefore, sweet potatoes are good not only for dogs with GI problems such as IBD and colitis, but also for healthy dogs since these antioxidants can reduce the potential risk caused by residual heavy metals in the dog's diet (e.g. mercury, arsenic, cadmium).
With high vitamin C levels, sweet potatoes can boost the immune system, making the dog's body stronger against infections, inflammations, and other diseases such as cancer.
The high fiber content of sweet potatoes slows the rate at which sweet potatoes are being broken down into glucose. This prevents an overly quick elevation of the blood sugar level. In fact, sweet potatoes have a much lower glycemic index than white potatoes. Furthermore, sweet potatoes contain a hormone (adiponectin) that modulates insulin metabolism, which leads to better blood sugar regulation. Therefore, sweet potatoes are safe even for dogs with diabetes.
Finally, the high level of vitamin A makes sweet potatoes a good food for eye support.
As this homemade dog treat recipe combines sweet potatoes with carrots, another eye-supporting root vegetable, this dog cookie is good for supporting the eyes as well as the digestive system.