September 11, 2013

Make Your Own Dog Treats

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Toby hardly gets treats, I can honestly say in his 1.5 years on this planet I can count the number of times he has had a treat on one hand. I am against the main ingredient in most dog treats and food, fillers. Fillers are ingredients that help hold dry pet food together. They also help manufacturers keep the cost down by taking up weight in the food. Unfortunately, they often do so to the detriment of our dogs. There are good and bad fillers, some aren’t really bad for pets, just useless calories that they don’t need.

A treat that I am willing to give him is dehydrated sweet potato chips. I found the receipe a while ago and am keen on giving it a go. Who knew, dogs like sweet potato as a treat!

Sweet potatoes are a source of dietary fibre and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Most dogs love the chewy sweetness of the sweet potato and the best part is there is no additives, preservatives or anything extraneous added.

The only ingredient you will need is Sweet Potato.

Steps

1. Slice the sweet potato

2. Preheat oven to 120° C.

3. Scrub the sweet potato, no need to peel

4. Cut it into thin slices (the thinner the slice the shorter the cooking time) and place on baking paper on a tray in a single layer

5. Bake in oven at 120° C for about 3 hours for slightly chewy treats or bake slightly longer to get them crunchy

Note: timing will vary according to the thickness of your slices; just keep an eye on them. Or, better yet, if you have a dehydrator, pop them in there instead of the oven.

And that’s it, a healthy, easy to do treat.

Do you have any dog treat recipes?