Most commercial dog foods contain dangerous chemicals, animal by-products, fillers, preservatives and an endless list of unpronounceable ingredients. Your best friend deserves better, and the simple, all-natural recipes in The Healthy Hound Cookbook (Adams Media, 2014) will make it easy to create healthy meals for your favorite canine. The following excerpt “Dehydrated Sweet Potato Chews,” from Chapter 7, provides a recipe for grain-free, Paleo-diet dog treats made from sweet potatoes.
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In the last few years, numerous dog deaths and illnesses have been attributed to tainted jerky chews made with ingredients from China. There’s absolutely no need to put your dog’s health or your own peace of mind at risk, though, because it’s super easy to make your own healthy jerky and chews for your dog. You’ll know just how the chews were prepared, and you’ll know they were created with human-grade ingredients.
Homemade jerky chews also have the advantage of letting you customize the thickness and chewiness of the chew based on your own dog. If you have a senior who is missing some teeth, create a softer chew. If you’re sharing your home with a young chewing machine, create a tougher chew. Even better—you can make them all for a fraction of the price you’d pay for chews in the store.
Dehydrated Sweet Potato Chews Recipe
Dehydrated sweet potatoes make a healthy and tasty chew that’s a safe substitute for rawhide. If you don’t have a food dehydrator, these dehydrated treats can also be prepared in the oven at 250°F for 3 hours.
• 2 medium sweet potatoes
1. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, being careful to remove any sprouts or green spots.
2. Slice the potatoes lengthwise no thinner than 1/4” thickness. Slightly thicker slices will be chewier for your dog (although they won’t dry out as well and will have a shorter shelf life, even in the refrigerator).
3. Arrange the slices on the dehydrating trays. Don’t allow the slices to touch one another or the edges won’t dry properly.
4. Dry the potatoes for about 14 hours (although this will vary by dehydrator).
5. Cool and refrigerate. Refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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Avoid the Evil Eye!
The green parts of sprouted potatoes contain solanine, a glycoalkaloid poison. It’s toxic not only to dogs but also to people (although poisoning is rare because of the bitter taste). Avoiding it is simple, though; just discard any green or sprouted part of the potato!
Excerpted from The Healthy Hound Cookbook: Over 125 Easy Recipes for Healthy, Homemade Dog Food—Including Grain-Free, Paleo, and Raw Recipes! Copyright © 2014 by Paris Permenter and John Bigley and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Buy this book from our store: The Healthy Hound Cookbook: Over 125 Easy Recipes for Healthy, Homemade Dog Food—Including Grain-Free, Paleo, and Raw Recipes!