Yes, a food dehydrator can be used to make and dehydrate homemade dog treats. However, there are a few items to keep in mind before dehydrating dog treats:
- Do not add extra salt, sugar or seasonings to the food that will be dehydrated. Dogs will enjoy the natural flavor of dried food.
- Similar to all other food dehydrating, use high quality, natural, fresh foods for drying.
- Introduce the dehydrated food gradually to your pet; make sure their diet and stomach is not upset.
- Of course, if you have questions about your pet’s dietary guidelines, consult a veterinarian before feeding them dried food.
A food dehydrator is an excellent appliance to use for dehydrating homemade dog treats. Dog treats are typically crunchy with little moisture in the treat. A food dehydrator is specifically designed to remove moisture from food to preserve it. Removing moisture from food inhibits bacteria and microbial growth which ultimately spoils food.
Dried meats, or jerky, are treats pets love. To make jerky choose a lean cut of meat, trim off the excess fat, slice the meat into 1/4 inch, or less, thick strips and put into your food dehydrator.
Steel cut oats are a good item to use as a base for experimenting and trying different combinations of dog treats. Use 1/2 cup oats to 1 and 1/2 cups of water and boil and heat the oats until they are thick and tender. Then start experimenting. Mix in chopped apple slices and cinnamon, raw peanuts, berries, boiled sweet potato or other. Spread the dog treat mixture out on the food dehydrator trays to a 1/4 inch depth and dry for up to 6 hours or until the top of the dog treats are hard and firm.
Homemade dog treats by a food dehydrator are sure to get your dog’s attention!
Published 7/22/2009 12:00:00 AM