Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Learn how to make sweet potato dog chews easy at home. Homemade wholesome treats for your family pet. Our dog begs for them!

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Slicing Fresh Yams for Treats
Slicing Fresh Yams for Treats

Dried Yam Treats for Dogs

I need to be honest, I have had a dog for most of my life and never knew this was a thing until six years ago. Someone gave our Corgi dog a yam treat and he loved it.

It is such a healthy treat. So, we started purchasing them regularly.

Well, that can get pretty costly. They almost fifteen dollars per bag.

Storing Dried Yam Treats for Dog
Storing Dried Yam Treats for Dog

Therefore, when you have a dog that walks to the hallway where they are stored and begs for one every morning, it is a good thing to learn how to make. Seriously, he does!

He also has a carrot every evening when going to bed too. When your dog is such a food hound, it is important to come up with treats that are healthy, yet not too fattening.

Yams versus Sweet Potatoes

Often, the terms sweet potatoes and yams are used interchangeably. However, they are different from one another.

Both vegetables come from the underground tuber family. The yam is drier and starchier than the sweet potato. Generally, sweet potatoes are what grocery markets carry.

Sliced Yams Arranged on Baking Sheet
Sliced Yams Arranged on Baking Sheet

The Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes For Dogs

According to Jocelyn Bishop of Red Barn,” Sweet potato is a safe, healthy, and natural treat for dogs, offering a range of health benefits (and a sweet flavor they’ll likely love). For example, sweet potatoes support a healthy digestive system thanks to their high dietary fiber content. They’re also low in fat and contain essential vitamins like  B6, C, and A.”

However, she also cautions for pet owners to “consult a veterinarian before feeding sweet potatoes to dogs, as too much vitamin A can cause bone problems and muscle weakness, and a sudden increase in fiber could create gastrointestinal issues, so start slow!”

Feeding Treats in Moderation

As with many things in life, it is good to eat treats in moderation for humans and their furry family members.

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When I say that our dog gets a dried yam chew everyday. It is small. When I made my dried sweet potatoes, I do not slice them length ways. I slice them across.

This not only helps assure that they dry properly in the oven, it makes sure that the amount of treat is not too much.

Sweet Potato Cleaned
Sweet Potato Cleaned

Recipe Tips:

Wash and dry the sweet potato or yam before slicing.

If you slice the sweet potatoes length wise, allow an extra hour in the oven to assure that they are dry.

If you put the yam treats on a rack fitted in the baking pan, you can skip the step of turning them half way through.

You can use a sharp knife to slice the potatoes or a crinkle cutter. I think they provide a fun texture for the dog to enjoy.

Slicing Sweet Potato
Slicing Sweet Potato

Lastly, if you find that your yams stick to the baking sheet too much, the next time you make them, go ahead and put down some parchment paper first. This will make for easy clean up.

A photo of our dog Bernie is below the recipe. We just love our furry family member.

Sweet Potato Dog Chews
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Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Learn how to make sweet potato dog chews easy at home. Homemade wholesome treats for your family pet. Our dog begs for them!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: treat
Servings: 3 Sweet Potatoes
Calories: 194kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes washed and dried

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easier clean up if desired.
  • Slice the potatoes either lengthwise or across into 1/3 inch slices; however, no smaller than 1/4 inch slices.
    Sliced Yams Arranged on Baking Sheet
  • Place the slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 3 hours turning half way through.
    Dried Yam Treats Ready for Storage
  • Cool completely on a wire rack before storing.
  • Sore in an air tight container. They will keep for up to 3 weeks. These also freeze well for 3-4 months.
    Storing Dried Yam Treats for Dog

Notes

The nutritional value is for the entire yam. Divide the numbers by the amount of slices you obtain per treat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Yam | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32063IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Dog Chews”

  1. Can a dehydrator be used to make these? With the heat of summer I try and use the oven as little as possible but I know my pups would love these. 😁

    1. You absolutely can! Slice then and put them in the unit. I would leave them in I bet for a day. Just make sure to check then for dryness so they keep for a few weeks for your pups. Thanks for asking. I hope they enjoy them as much as Bernie does!

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