Can Dogs Eat Yams?

Can Dogs Eat Yams?

Author WDF Staff


Yams contain some healthy nutrients, and many people like to eat them. If they are good for people, they must be dogs, don't you agree? In this case, yes, yams are excellent for dogs if fed in moderation. Yams contain nutrients that can boost their immune system and offer them a lot of good. Let's look at everything you will have to know about feeding your dog yams.

Can dogs eat yams?

Loud and clear – yes. Dogs can safely eat yams, but only if fed in moderation. As with anything, too much of a good thing can be bad. The same thing applies to yams. Before you offer them to your dog, make sure that you cook them first. Cooking will remove all the elements that could be toxic for dogs, such as solanine.

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: You should never feed your dog with raw yams. Raw yams contain some elements that can poison your dog.

Nutritional value of yams

Yams are known to have many healthy nutrients that can enrich your dog's diet. By feeding them yams, you can ensure that your dog will get a boost to their immune system.

Yams contain these healthy ingredients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Fibers

All these mentioned ingredients will help with your dog's overall health.

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How many yams can I give to my dog?

When introducing any new food to your dog's diet, you must start slow. Offering only a small piece to your dog is a good start. You need to find out if they will like it, but also if the yams will cause a reaction from them.

If it seems that everything is all right, you can offer some yams from time to time to your dog, but remember that you only need to feed him in moderation. A good feeding chart you can stick to is one teaspoon for smaller dogs and one tablespoon for large and giant dogs.

Yams also contain high values of carbohydrates that can cause many problems for your dog if fed too much.


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What if my dog ate some raw yams?

The first thing you will have to do is remain calm. Raw yams can cause many problems for your dog, and you must watch for symptoms your dog could experience.

Symptoms to watch include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blockage
  • Excessive drooling

Since raw yams contain ingredients that can cause toxicity to your dog, your dog could experience problems with the kidney and nervous system.

If you suspect that your dog ate some raw yams, you should contact your vet and ask for help.

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Yams are absolutely good and healthy for dogs and will offer them a lot of nutritional value if fed in moderation. Make sure that you offer your dog only cooked yams since raw yams can cause many health problems for your dog and since they contain some toxic ingredients.

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