Sweet Potato Chews

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Pet stores have loads of different treats to choose from, but are they all healthy for your pup?

Probably not.

In fact, there are a lot of snack options I would not want to feed my dogs.

I personally like to know what goes into the food that I eat, so why should it be any different for my dogs?

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Homemade treats are not only easy to make, but they also give me a feeling of pampering my dogs a bit more than if I had just gone out and bought a tasty snack for them.

These sweet potato chews are the veggie alternative to rawhide – and the dogs LOVE them!

PSA – just because they are a vegetable doesn’t mean you should feed your dog more than one or two per day; they will still make Fido chubby if he has too many treats!

So just how do you go about making these yummy chews for your dog?

Easy!

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Simply slice the sweet potato into thin strips, then place in the food dehydrator at 140º F for 4 hours.

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If you do not have a food dehydrator, you can bake them at 250º for 3 hours.

You can peel them, however I usually leave the peel on and the dogs eat the whole treat.

If you have more than one dog, you may need to keep an eye on the one who tends to be the “treat snatcher” like Lady is!

Poor Zeus has lost his fair share of treats to her when my back was turned.

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What is your dog’s go-to treat? Drop a comment below!

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Your Pet Emergency Kit – What to Pack?

When emergency hits unexpectedly, we all want to be as prepared as possible. You may have your flashlights, water, and generators ready, but do you have a pet emergency kit put together?

If your answer is “no” then there is no time like the present to get one put together!

So what should you have in your pet emergency kit?

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Pet Emergency Kit

 

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#1 – Food

You’ll want 3-7 days of dog food in a water proof container or canned dog food. Obviously keeping consistent with the kind of dog food they are used to will be important so they do not end up with an upset tummy switching to something new during an already stressful time.

#2 – Water

Clean, sealed drinking water for 3-7 days. Water is easily one of the most important parts of an emergency kit! During fires, floods, earthquakes, etc. you may not have access to clean drinking water – and we all know drinking contaminated water can make your pup sick fast!

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#3 – Food and water dishes

Once you’ve packed the food and water, don’t forget that you’ll need a dish to give it to your pup.

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#4- First aid kit

A first aid kit is essential during emergencies; you need to be prepared for the unfortunate event that your pet is injured.  

#5 – Medications

Keep any medications your pup needs with written instructions. Don’t forget to keep current with any expiration dates by checking and restocking your emergency kit as needed.

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#6 – Vet records

Have your dog’s vet records handy with proof of vaccinations and your vet’s contact information. If they get separated from you or have to be rescued while you are not home during a natural disaster, this will be valuable information for their caregivers.

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#7 – Collar and leash

If you want to go a step beyond a collar and leash, you can go with an LED lighted harness to keep your pup visible and safe at night.

#8 – Favourite toy and blanket

Having a little piece of home during an emergency can go a long way to keep your dog calm and relaxed.

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#9 – Kennel or crate

If your dogs are anything like mine, their crate is their safe place. If they are scared (or know they’re in trouble), right to the crate they go! Not only does this give you a way to transport them, but it will make them feel safe while on the move.

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What else do you keep in your pet emergency kit?

I would love to hear from you! Are there items that should be on this list?

Don’t forget to check your emergency kit twice a year to make sure everything is stocked and expiration dates are current! You can do this at the same time you change the batteries in your smoke detectors if that helps you remember when to restock your kit.

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