Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Yucca Schidigera

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Yucca plant

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We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “Y”. Today’s ingredient is Yucca Schidigera.



What is Yucca Schidigera?

Yucca schidigera is a flowering plant that is native to the Mojave Desert, Chihuahuan Desert and Sonoran Desert of southeastern California, Baja California, New Mexico, southern Nevada and Arizona.


Common names for Yucca Schidigera

The most commonly used names include Yucca, Mojave yucca or Spanish Dagger.


Why is Yucca Schidigera included in dog food?

Yucca Schidigera is primarily used to help minimize stool odor. Yucca schidigera contains vitamins and minerals including vitamin c and iron.


Is Yucca Schidigera a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Yucca Schidigera is a fairly popular ingredient and is in about 20% of all dog foods.


Common benefits or risks of Yucca Schidigera

Yucca Schidigera is purported to have medicinal benefits.  Several studies indicate that Yucca Schidigera can reduce inflammation and help with the treatment of arthritis symptoms.


Yucca Schidigera might also ease the symptoms of diabetes due to its ability to ‘regulate’ glucose levels in the blood.


Miscellaneous facts about Yucca Schidigera

Yucca Schidigera leaves were used by Native Americans to make rope, sandals, and cloth and the roots were used to make soap.

Yucca has been used to treat dandruff, hair loss, and assorted ailments including headaches, bleeding, gonorrhea, arthritis and rheumatism.  We cannot say whether or not the treatments were effective.  😉


Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

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Yucca Schidigera gets the Slimdoggy Happy Face due to its potential benefits and anti-inflammatory properties .


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  1. NEVER heard of it before and well, this just reminds me how important it is to keep an eye out on the ingredients of the food we serve our furry companions and become familiar with them, doesn’t it? Glad to hear that it poses no health threat but rather helps fighting diabetes and arthritis.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Make sure they take the prickly things off before they put it in my food please 🙂
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  3. I have never heard of this ingredient. Interesting it is in 20 percent of foods. Will have to keep and eye out.
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  4. BOL! We could definitely use some stool odor minimizer here! My huskies STANK! haha!
    Interesting. And funny how I have never heard of half these ingredients until coming to your blog! Thanks for sharing, I love learning about this.
    ((husky hugz))
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  5. Thanks for all the interesting info!
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  6. Can’t say as I’ve ever heard of this one….great information. Thank you for sharing and I will keep an eye out for it now!
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  7. We eat a lot of yucca in my house but I don’t think it’s the same one as the schidigera. I believe it’s also known as cassava. I wonder if this yucca is just as tasty. 🙂
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  8. Honestly i’d never ever heard of something like Yucca Schidigera before. Thanks a lot for the great info.. keep up the good work (y) 😀
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  9. Very interesting, maybe the food I feed should contain more yucca so my doggy’s poop doesn’t smelly so yucky.
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  10. I had absolutely no idea that yucca schidigera was used in dog food, and it was so interesting to learn about its beneficial qualities. Now I’ll definitely look for it on labels. Thanks so much for the information!
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  11. We don’t feed kibble, but we do feed cooked yucca as a part of our diet Everyone at our house (dogs and peeps) likes it. It’s also said to be a free radical scavenger helping to combat the effects of oxidative stress.
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    • Good for you…we have a Yucc tree in our yard, we’ll have to see if we can eat any part of it.
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