I love sweet potatoes, they are a super yummy and really good for me; and they are a great alternative to rawhide chews, which you may not know are not very good for dogs.
Not only do they present a choking hazard, they don't digest very easily and could become lodged in the intestines creating a dangerous health hazard. In addition, many rawhides are processed with chemicals which aren't good for dogs either.
So what's a dog to do? Have your Mum make some yummy homemade sweet potato chews!
Here is the recipe we use, courtesy of The Dog Treat Kitchen:
Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs
- Wash a sweet potato (organic is best and we like to peel them).
- Cut down the middle lengthwise.
- Then cut long lengthwise slices about 1/3 to 1/4 of an inch wide and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet (use a stainless steel, for healthier cooking).
- Put in the oven at 250 degrees for about 3 hours.
This leaves them kind of chewy, but you could also bake them a little longer (about 20-30 minutes) to get them crunchy. Keep them refrigerated for up to three weeks. You can freeze them for up to 4 months.
Oh, and you can waffle cut them for more fun. Enjoy! And let us know how your dog likes them!