Jan 9, 2014

sweet potato dog treats

So, we've had our little Cooper for almost 4 years now.  He's always been pretty well-behaved, but he had this "quirk", as we called it.  He licked.  He would lick his paws and pits until they were raw.  It got old really quickly hearing his lick, lick, lick and we would yell at him constantly to stop already.

The vet said it was seasonal allergies.  He said to give him a Benedryl or two each day and he would stop.  He said it would end for the year with the first frost.

So, we started giving our little pup Benedryl everyday with breakfast, wrapped in a little piece of cheese.  He didn't seem to mind.  But, the licking continued.  It slowed, but it continued.

The first frost passed.  Nothing changed.  Lick, lick, lick.

So, one day we went to a new local pet store.  They gave us samples of their fancy, grain-free, high protein, potato-free stuff.  We gave Cooper the sample for dinner that night.  We went to bed and hubs turns to me,  "Do you hear that?"  "What?" I asked.  "Silence."

And just like that the licking stopped.  The change was immediate.  We'd apparently been poisoning our dog with food he was allergic to for the past 4 years and yelling at him when he tried to take care of himself.

So, the fancy food is nearly 4x as expensive as the regular stuff we'd been giving him.  Treats are just as bad.  No more Milkbones for our little furry friend.  At this new pet store, they were selling "hypoallergenic" treats.  100% sweet potato they said on their pretty little package.  They were literally dried sweet potatoes.  They were $8 for a tiny bag.

I had sweet potatoes in my pantry.  I made my own.  They cost about $1 for the same amount and required minimal work.  Coops didn't seem to notice that they weren't in a pretty little package.  Needless to say, we will not be buying the 100% sweet potato treats in the near future.

This recipe is so simple that it really isn't even a recipe.  But it is a healthy, tasty, and economical option for our canine friends.

Sweet potato dog treats
  • Sweet potato(es)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Slice sweet potatoes to about 1/2" thick (you don't even have to peel them).  I used skinny sweet potatoes, but if yours are larger, you can cut the sweet potato slices into about 1" squares.  Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper and scatter the potato bites on the prepared sheet.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  Flip the potato pieces over and bake for about another 15 minutes, until browned on both sides.  Cool well before serving.  Store leftovers in an airtight container and use within one week.  If you're not going to use them within a few weeks, you can freeze the leftovers for future use.

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