dog treat, sweet potatoes

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

I love making our family dog healthy and homemade treats and dog food. With all of the bacteria scares from imported dog treats and food, I want to make sure our pooch is being fed the healthiest food and snacks available! I care about what my family is eating and our dog is no different.

She loves raw carrots and apples and I give her both on a daily basis. And lately I have been cooking her sweet potato snacks and she LOVES them! They are very inexpensive and super easy to make!

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Wash and scrub the outside of a couple sweet potatoes. Slice 1/3 thick strips with either a sharp knife or a mandolin. Place on a greased cookie sheet ( I used coconut oil ) and place into a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for about 6 hours. Flip them at the halfway mark. Once they are done, turn off your oven and leave them in there to finish up. I left mine in the oven overnight to make sure they were nice and crunchy.

If you find your treats to be on the chewy side, not a problem! Your dog will NOT be picky with these and they are still a healthy and fun treat for your dog! You can even cut them into small bite size treats for smaller dogs.

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Have you ever made your dog treats before?

 

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Feeding your dog vegan + sweet potato snacks!

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Who says your dog can’t have tasty, healthy and vegan snacks.

I’ve done a lot of reading and research and dogs are healthier when you incorporate veggies and fruit into their diet, and lay of the bagged and canned food. In fact, those “kibbles n’ bits” that is known as “dog food” is really not that great! In fact, it is down right disgusting and disturbing. I did a quick google search and found some eye opening material and videos. Let me ask you one question: if YOU wouldn’t eat it, then why should you feed it to your dog?

There are questions whether or not dogs are meant to eat meat or not. Regardless, dogs should have an ample amount of fruits and veggies in their diet.

More and more animals are coming down with allergies just like humans. Could this be caused from their diet or environment? You bet! My mom’s dog has skin and tummy problems and they have to monitor his diet for the rest of his life. No gluten, no store bought food… lot’s of brown rice, carrots and food they buy at their vet. I am going to share some recipes (links below) with her as another food source for him. It’s perfectly fine to feed your dog a high vegetable diet. Just be cautious and make sure you are avoiding foods that are harmful for your dog. (link below) Start introducing at a slow rate. And always make sure you feed them in their bowl, not from the table.

Here are some great links about feeding your dogs a more whole, vegan diet:

Happy Herbivore’s Pugs are Vegan!

Foods that you should NEVER feed your dog.

Feeding your vegan dog (recipes, too)

Ecolife – homemade dog food ideas

The worst (and better) dog food brands

I have made dog treats in the past with peanut butter (very good for dogs) and flour… but I’m keeping it simple this time. These treats are 100% sweet potato slices. Nothing else. Trust me, your dog will thank you!

*This recipe/idea is from 17Apart* Show them some love and visit their site!
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1 large sweet potato, scrubbed with peel left on
baking sheet
oven or dehydrator

Slice rounds about 1/4 – 1/2 inch slices – don’t worry about them being perfect. I set my oven to 180 degrees F and let bake for 4-5 hours. I checked on them every hour and flipped them half way through. I turned the oven off and just left the sheet in the oven until they were cooled. The treats came out a bit soft still but firm. For more of a crunchier and chewier texture just up the time in the oven. I think next time I will bake these for 6-8 hours.

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Remember: your dog is loyal to you. And you should be loyal to them! If you are wanting to add a furry friend to your family, look at local pet and rescue shelters. Millions of animals die each day due to neglect. Save a life and gain a lifetime companion!

Healthy Eating!

tasha