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Easy Home-made “Sweet Potato” Dog Treats

posted Oct 24, 2013, 7:20 PM by Heather Hawthorne   [ updated Oct 24, 2013, 7:54 PM ]

With yet another news report of pets dying from contaminated pet treats, I thought I’d post my recipe for super-easy dog treats.  They are nutritious, inexpensive, and my dog loves them!  And since you make them yourself from “people food” you'll know they are safe.

Sweet Potatoes are a Super-Food

  • high in fibre
  • high in antioxidants
  • rich in vitamins & minerals - Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium & more

Recipe for Sweet Potato Dog Treats

These are so easy – is this really a recipe?

Step 1 – Bake some sweet potatoes:

·         Wash the sweet potatoes, poke some holes in the skin, set on foil or parchment paper (they will leak a syrupy stuff that will make a big mess if you place them right on your oven rack).  Bake them until they are tender when you poke them with a fork.  I like to do about 5 at a time – this makes a batch that is easy to manage but big enough to last a while. 

Step 2 – Slice the sweet potatoes:

·         After the sweet potatoes have cooled, slice them and lay them onto dehydrator trays (if you have one) or cookie sheets (if you don’t).  You can slice them thicker if you want a chewier treat, thinner if you want a crispier treat.  If you have a small dog, you may want to cut the slices in halves or quarters.

Step 3 – Dehydrate the sweet potatoes:

·         If you have a food dehydrator – great – just follow the directions that come with it for dehydrating vegetables.  If you don’t – no problem – just lay all your pieces out on cookie sheets and place them in your oven on its lowest setting (140F-170F) with the door propped open with a folded towel (to allow air to circulate and moisture to escape).  Allow to dry for several hours, flip them over and dry some more.  When they are no longer sticky, pack them into a container and pop them in the freezer.

Helping Your Pets With Homeopathy:

The two common remedies to think of in the case of food poisoning are Arsenicum album and Nux vomica.  These are available at many health food stores.  If you have pets in your home that you would like to help with homeopathy, consider taking a course and getting yourself a kit.