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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dried Sweet Potato Dog Chew Recipe


Blitzkrieg rested comfortably after his knee surgery, well, as comfortably as you can with your leg bandaged up from your hip to your foot. He’s making very good use of the little gift basket of meat flavored baby food his dog cousins gave him for Christmas. I hide Blitzkrieg’s pain medication in a spoonful of baby food and he gobbles it up as a low calorie treat. It’s important to keep his weight consistent as his leg heals. Also, he wants to keep himself svelte for da ladies


My little dog is resilient. Three days after the surgery, he was running, climbing stairs, and jumped on the sofa with his leg in cast - all against doctor's orders. It's been a stressful time for all of us. I hate hearing Blitzkrieg whimper in pain and be frustrated that he can't be the independent dog he wants to be right now.

Ow.
Yesterday Blitzkrieg got his bandages off. This surgery has pushed every fear button we all worked so hard to conquer from his abused stray days. I need to give him a positive distraction from licking his stitches before they dissolve on their own. Our favorite yuppie puppy pet store did not have dried sweet potato chews (they had no idea it was an emergency) so I made them myself – and saved a bit a cash. Yay!

Blitzkrieg has corn and wheat allergies and wouldn’t you know it, both are in the coatings of most dog chews. That’s when I turned to dried sweet potato dog chews, which have the added bonus of not being a potential choking hazard like some rawhide dog chews.

 Yummy!



Make Allergy Free Dried Sweet Potato Dog Chews


You will need:
1 (or more) sweet potatoes
1 (or more) baking sheets
Knife
Oven

Make it:
  1. Wash the sweet potatoes. Leave the peels on the sweet potatoes.
  2. Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into approximately ¼ inch thick slices.
  3. Place the sweet potato slices on the cookie sheet and bake in a 250 degree oven for two hours.
  4. Remove the sweet potato slices from the oven and turn them over on the cookie sheet. Bake the sweet potato slices for two more hours. (Total baking time: four hours.)
  5. Remove the dried sweet potatoes chews from the oven and allow them to cool.
  6. Give to a very deserving doggie. Repeat.

You should store the dried sweet potato chews in an airtight container in the refrigerator or for a little longer in the freezer. I use an old mason jar because it fits nicely on the shelves of my freezer door and for easy access. I hate to keep an excited dog waiting while I root around in the freezer for his treat.



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