Easy DIY Dog Treats
Yam and sweet potato chews are healthy, nutritious, grain-free treats for your dog. Although you can buy sweet potato chews (see below), they are expensive to buy and making them yourself is easy and inexpensive.
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How to Make Yam or Sweet Potato Chews
I usually make a big batch of yam and sweet potato jerky around the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays when they tend to be readily available and on sale. For this batch I used three large yams, but the process is exactly the same whether you use sweet potatoes or yams.
First I rinse the yams in water to wash off any surface dirt and then dry them off.
|Yams sliced in half|
|Slicing yams lengthwise|
|Yam slices ready for dehydrating in the oven|
After I've finished slicing I arrange them on a baking sheet in a single layer. To prevent the slices from sticking to the baking sheet and make clean-up easier, line the pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Don't use non-stick sprays, oil or butter.
|Dehydrating Yam Chews in the oven|
|Turning the yam chew slices|
|Yam slices cooling|
Will Your Dog Like Yam Chews?
Here is Tim's reaction..... Sorry about the blurry photo. It was hard to slow him down enough to take a clearer shot.
|Tim the border collie taking his yam chew|
|Hank the border collie with a home-made yam jerky treat|
|Tim the border collie goes wild for yam jerky|
|Hank the border collie eating a home-made yam chew treat|
If you don't want to make your own (but why wouldn't you?), I recommend Sam's Yam's. They are a natural dried sweet potato chew made in the USA:
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Sweet Potato and Yam Nutritional Information
|Sweet Potato and Yam Nutritional Information - USDA - Public Domain|
Sweet potatoes and yams are high in several important nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron and calcium. They are also fat-free and low in sodium. Obviously the nutritional information above obtained from the USDA is what is recommended for humans, but these vitamins and minerals are important for our pets, too.
Storing Your Home-made Yam Chews
|Yam jerky treats in a jar|