I got a dehydrator and a huge mandolin for Christmas. So we have been experimenting dehydrating stuff. While we have been playing around with it, we realized that these dehydrated fruits and veggies can be given to the pups as treats. So now it’s another healthy treat we can give them. When I went to the vet Monday, the vet was impressed by the health of the boys. He asked me questions about what I feed them and I told him that they get Natural Balance and then they get nothing but homemade treats. We stopped feeding them commercial treats 3 months ago. The vet was very impressed with their diet and how in shape they both are. I was a proud mom. We went over the ingredients that I use in my cookies and the vet was even more impressed with the quality of the treats.
So the grocery store had a big 97 cent sale on fresh strawberries. We got 3 containers and I already had one at home, so we decided to dehydrate all four containers. We have also dehydrated apple slices and sweet potatoes for the boys. It’s a fantastic treat. It’s a totally natural way to give them awesome nutrients from the fruits and veggies. They can benefit from the vitamins and antioxidants just like us humans.
Right now I have some thin slices of butter nut squash in the dehydrator. Sweet potatoes and squash make for a chewy snack that the boys love.
Feeding them natural foods that are safe for dogs, has improved their health and the health of their digestive tract. They rarely, if ever, get tummy upsets. Which that happened all the time for Decker. Now it’s rare.
So I wanted to share some pictures of our dehydrating we did last night. And to my readers: if you have the tools to do this or the patience to maybe use your oven at a low temp to dry out fruits and veggies, I highly recommend doing it and using it as a dog treat. They don’t get a ton of them during the day but whenever they beg for a snack, I give them to dry slices of strawberry and they get so excited. I just love that they recognize that these things are treats.
It's a forest of strawberries!
Sliced into uniform pieces on the mandolin.
Daddy slicing the strawberries. Ladies and Gentlemen, do not slice with your hands like my husband is doing. He is showing you how NOT to do it!
Caster waiting right outside the kitchen for Strawberry Noms!
Finished product! Dried Strawberry Noms!
Just simply store them in an airtight container, like this baggie, and they will last lots of months if not years.