How to Dehydrate Sweet Potatoes for Dogs

Updated March 27, 2017

Dehydrated sweet potatoes make great homemade dog treats. Used as a safe and healthy alternative to rawhides, dried sweet potatoes are also cheaper. With a food dehydrator, these tasty treats are simple to make and your four-legged friend will love them. You can also dehydrate sweet potatoes by baking the sweet crisps at a low temperature for a few hours. Sweet potatoes have a number of nutrients and vitamins that are good for dogs, as well as humans.

Peel and wash the sweet potatoes. Be sure to remove any eyes or green parts of the potato you find.

Slice your sweet potatoes as thin as you would like. If you are making chips for a dog treat, you want the slices to be as thin as possible. If you are making chews to replace rawhides, you want the slices to be a little thicker.

Place your sweet potato slices on a baking tray. If you have a food dehydrator, place the slices on the dehydrating trays. Try to leave space between the slices so that the edges can dry completely.

Season your sweet potato slices as you would like. Dogs usually do not need any additional spices for their sweet potatoes but you can cinnamon or ginger for added taste. Both cinnamon and ginger are very good for dogs.

Bake or dehydrate the sweet potato slices. If you have a food dehydrator, the slices will take about 12-14 hours to completely dry out. If you are using your oven, preheat to 57.2 degrees C. Bake sweet potatoes for 6 to12 hours. Check the potatoes to find your desired crispiness.

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Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.