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Ridiculously Easy Homemade Dog Treats

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dehydrated sweet potato dog treats

Easy Dog Treats

Edited to add: Someone on Pinterest said that sweet potatoes are toxic to dogs. Unfortunately, she left her terse comment without citing a source. I got the idea of sweet potatoes as a treat from various sources, as well as a veterinarian I trust (though may not always agree with), Dr. Becker of Mercola’s Healthy Pets. Of course, do a search on that site and on others to ease your mind. There are cautions against processed sweet potato treats (and dogs with a yeast infection shouldn’t have potatoes of any kind); however, anyone who is in to eating healthy knows that processed food is pretty much toxic anyway, and pet food is notorious for being a danger to pets!

Now on to the recipe…

These are ridiculously easy to make dog treats and so very healthy for your dog(s). All it takes is sweet potatoes (preferably organic) and a dehydrator. The dehydrator I have is the Nesco model, pictured below, and I’m pleased with it. I know lots of people swear by the Excalibur; one day I’ll get one of those.

Anyhoo, slice the sweet potatoes length-wise. I know it’s kinda hard since raw sweet potatoes are tough to cut through, but do the best you can. If you have a smaller dog, you can always cut in smaller pieces – not length-wise. Dehydrate at the lowest setting; mine is 95 degrees. When you dry at a lower setting, you’re retaining the vitamins, enzymes, and all the goodies that the food has. The treats will be done when they are crispy. It all depends upon how much humidity is in your house, how thick you cut the slices, etc. When they’re ready to get out of the dehydrator, cool and then put in a container.


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July 26th, 2013 at 2:16 pm