Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes for dogs is one of my all-time favourite treats. This starchy root vegetable has many nutritional health benefits.
They are a great source of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Furthermore, for many dogs, Sweet Potatoes can be a yummy alternative from treats that are high in protein.
In this article, I’ll explain all you need to know about Sweet Potatoes for dogs. Why they’re good for them, how to make them, and how many Sweet Potatoes your dog can eat.
Are Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes Good For Dogs?
Yes, Sweet Potatoes in all forms can be good for your dog. All dehydration does is to remove the water content from the food item. This means that dehydrated Sweet Potatoes are still an excellent source of vitamins, fibre, and minerals.
Many dogs love the taste of Sweet Potatoes, which means they can be a healthy alternative to other treats. They’re also easy to make and often cheap to buy, which is another reason why many pet parents shift to dehydrated sweet potato treats for their dogs.
When you introduce Sweet Potatoes to your dog for the first time, make sure you only give a small amount. Many dogs have a sensitive stomach, so it’s best not to introduce too much new food too quickly.
How Do You Make Sweet Potato For Dogs?
Many dog owners steam or boil sweet potatoes and add them to their dog’s meals. It’s as simple as throwing them in some boiling water until they’re soft. Don’t use oil, don’t fry them, don’t add herbs. Don’t add salt either; there’s no need to do that.
If you want something that’s a bit longer-lasting, you can dehydrate Sweet Potatoes for your dog. By removing the water content from the Sweet Potato, you can turn them into a yummy chew treat for your dog.
How Long Do You Dehydrate Sweet Potatoes For Dog Treats?
The duration will vary depending on how you dehydrate sweet potatoes for dog treats. If you think you’ll make home-made dog treats more often, it might be worthwhile for you to purchase a dehydrator. You can read all about it here: Dehydrated Dog Treats: Everything You Need To Know (+ Recipes)
If you don’t want to make that investment and would instead prefer to start simple, you can use your oven to dehydrate Sweet Potato dog treats.
It’s as simple as cutting them in chunks, and then putting them in the oven for 6-8 hours at the lowest setting for temperature.
Keep in mind that the time it takes for them to dehydrate fully will depend on how thick you cut them. When you make them for the first time, it’s best to check on the treats eat 3-4 hours to see their progress.
Running the oven for so long can become noticeable in your electricity bill and using a dehydrator will consume less power.
Do You Need To Blanch Sweet Potatoes Before Dehydrating For Dog Treats?
You can blanch sweet potatoes before dehydrating for dog treats, but you don’t have to. Blanching is a cooking method that involves dropping vegetables into boiling water for a short time, and then dropping them into ice-cold water straight after to stop the cooking process.
Many people blanch vegetables for the following reasons:
- Keep flavours fresh and seal in vitamins when planning to freeze the veggies
- The heat kills some of the surface bacteria and removes some of the dirt
- To remove bitterness in vegetables like Kale
That said, many people don’t bother, so it’s entirely up to you whether you want to incorporate blanching into dehydrating sweet potatoes for dog treats.
Are Japanese Sweet Potatoes OK For Dogs?
Yes, Japanese Sweet Potatoes are OK for dogs.
The Japanese Sweet Potatoes are called Satsumaimo and have a distinct purple or red colour on the outside. Their inside is a creamy white flesh that turns yellow after cooking.
Japanese Sweet Potatoes usually have a sweeter nutty taste to them, compared to other sweet potatoes. That said, they also have significant health benefits for both humans and dogs, and nothing speaks against feeding them to your dog in the same way you would feed any other sweet potato.
Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes Every Day?
While Sweet Potato can be a great addition to your dogs’ meal as well as a dehydrated treat, keep in mind that moderation is vital. In most cases, it’s best not to feed your dog Sweet Potatoes every day for an extended period.
The reason for that is because it’s usually best for your dog to eat a wide variety of food, and not oversupply one type. Furthermore, canine nutrition should be individualised, so if you’re thinking about feeding your dog a fresh food diet, it’s best to discuss this topic with your vet before starting.
What’s The Best Dehydrator For Dog Treats?
I like the Excalibur 3926TB Dehydrator for dog treats. Last time I checked the Excalibur 3926TB sold for just under $300 on Amazon (Link to Amazon to check today’s price)
I like the Excalibur because it covers the following things I look out for in a dehydrator for dog treats:
- Volume: The more I can fit into a dehydrator, the less often I have to run it, and the less often I have to run it, the more money I save on the power bill
- Temperature: This won’t matter much for Sweet Potato treats, but when dehydrating meat for dog treats, the dehydrator should have a high enough temperature range to kill off any potential bacteria in meat.
Recipe: Dehydrated Sweet Potato Dog Treat
It’s super simple to make some dehydrated Sweet Potato Dog Treats in your oven.
- Preheat the oven at the lowest setting (that’s often about 200°F or about 90°C)
- Cut the Sweet Potato: The most common way to cut Sweet Potato for Dog Treats is to half them and then cut them lengthwise so that you end up with slices. The thinner you cut them, the quicker the dehydration process will finish. For your first round, it’s often best to cut different variations, to get an idea of what you like.
- Put the Sweet Potato slices on a baking tray, and leave in the oven for 6-8 hours. For your first round, it’s best to check in on them after about 3 hours.
- Let them cool down, and then store in an airtight container. Be sure only to put them in an airtight container once they’re completely cool, as otherwise, leftover moisture can cause mould to build up.
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