(Gilbert, Daisy, Olive & Rascal waiting patiently)
What treats do you feed your pets? We like to keep some organic sweet potatoes on hand for roasting. Not only are they healthy, they are easy and inexpensive to make.
Just for comparison, we grabbed a bag of Pup-peroni treats to compare cost and ingredients. Not only were we disturbed at the long list of ingredients but also completely surprised to see onion extract on the list, as onions can be toxic to dogs. Granted, we imagine that it would take quite a bit to make your dog sick but handfuls of these snacks over long periods of time cannot be good!*
2 organic sweet potatoes (makes 2 cups, 16 oz) = $1.01
1 bag of Pupperonis (10 sticks, 2.7 oz ) = $2.49
Organic sweet potato, olive oil
Beef, meat by-products, soy grits (also most likely GMO) sugar (not good for any of us), liver, salt, propylene glycol (a derivative of anti-freeze), garlic powder (even the ASPCA says no to garlic), caramel color (our dogs never seem to choose food based on color, do yours?), natural smoke flavor (nice wording…could it be MSG?), potassium sorbate, Red 40 (oops, more food color, also a known carcinogen), BHA (banned in England, Japan and numerous European countries), onion extract (onions are toxic to dogs), AD03.000QA (????)
As Dr. Greg says, ‘Feed your pet to avoid the vet.’ Watch his video here.
Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipe:
1. Set the oven to 425 degrees
2. Chop up some sweet potatoes into ¾ to 1- inch cubes (no need to be exact)
3. Lay them out in one layer onto a foil-lined glass dish (foil allows for easy clean up)
4. Drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil (no canola or corn oil –no GMO)
5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until soft and/or slightly crunchy – personal preference.
Save in the fridge for up to 3 days. We even throw some into our skillet when cooking up eggs for breakfast. Everyone will love them!
* The information gathered here is our opinion, interpretation and conclusion from our own research.