As you may have read last week, Zoey has been having a tough time with allergies. I took her in to the vet to get some more insight, and he explained that it could be caused from the food or treats I’m giving her, but mostly its airborne allergens present this time of year.
Store-bought treats are filled with allergens like soy, wheat, corn, etc. And plenty of dogs are allergic to meats like chicken, beef, and pork used in treats and food.
Homemade treats are a must for dogs with allergies, because you can’t be 100% sure that the store-bought kinds have pure ingredients that are allergy-friendly.
My vet suggested giving Zoey sweet potatoes as treats because they’re great for dogs with allergies.
Raw honey is also a great natural allergy solution. Drizzling raw honey on the top of sweet potato treats after they’re cooked is the perfect solution for a dog with allergies.
Why Is Honey Good For Dogs With Allergies?
Raw honey, especially honey bought locally, contains traces of pollen and airborne allergens which helps acclimate your dog to the pollinated air. It also contains enzymes that help dogs digest food better. Does your dog seem to be slowing down or acting lazy? The natural sugars in raw honey that are easily broken down by your dog’s body is a great source of energy for your pup, when used in moderation. Puppies should stay away from honey until they’re adults.
Easy Homemade Dehydrated Sweet Potato Dog Treats
You may remember us making dehydrated sweet potato dog treats in the past, and they’re my personal favorite. Sweet potatoes are so healthy for dogs and humans, they’re inexpensive, and they’re the easiest treats to make. With only 1 ingredient, and 1 kitchen tool needed before popping them in the oven, I feel like I could make these treats all day long!
Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients
- Sweet Potatoes
- Raw Honey (preferably local)
The first step of our treat-making process has quickly become one of Zoey and Jem’s favorite, because they love playing this game of nabbing my ingredients off the kitchen counter, running into the living room, and devouring them. Think they’re a little impatient?
Although Jem and Zoey think they do a perfectly good job of “washing” the potatoes with their tongues, and I have to agree, I do give them a good wash in the sink with my potato brush before slicing them.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees before we begin prepping the potatoes.
Step 2: Slice The Sweet Potatoes
I used a mandolin to slice my potatoes because I don’t trust myself to slice them by hand, but it’s perfectly fine to use your knife to slice the pieces if you don’t have a kitchen gadget.
Step 3: Bake!
Your oven should be preheated to 250 degrees. Place the sliced sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Sorry Jem, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer…
They will seem slightly soft when they first come out of the oven, so let them cool completely before serving them to your doggies.
Step 4: Drizzle Sweet Raw Honey On Top
Step 5: Dig In!
Now that I know honey is so good for dogs with allergies, and sweet potatoes are the best treat option when my dogs are having symptoms, I plan to make these treats regularly. If the health benefits weren’t reason enough, their overwhelmingly joyous reaction to the flavor sealed the deal! I love how much they adore their homemade treats
Does your dog have a favorite homemade dog treat recipe? Or do you have any secret remedies to help allergies?