Homemade Treats For Dogs With Allergies

Disturbing Lab Results Prove Top Dog andAs 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 

You’ll Need:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Raw Honey (preferably local)

IMG_1525The 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? 

IMG_1518I can’t bring myself to scold Jem for treat-napping because it’s so stinkin’ cute!

IMG_1483And I love how much she loves fresh, healthy foods.

IMG_1493It’d be like scolding your child for getting excited about eating her veggies… it just doesn’t feel right! 

IMG_1494Zoey appreciated Jem stealing a sweet potato off the counter for her, since she’s vertically challenged. But she would rather cuddle her sweet potato than devour it…

IMG_1512Although 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. 

potato-collage-600x600Using the mandolin, I sliced mine like so:

DSC04125-600x399It’s quick and easy. I had my sweet potato sliced in just minutes.

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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…

IMG_1528Bake them at 250 degrees for 1.5 hours.

IMG_1529 After 1.5 hours, remove from oven. My sweet potatoes were cooked at this point because I sliced them thin, but if yours are still very soft, bake for longer. 

IMG_1534If your dog has dental issues or prefers a softer treat, you can bake them for less time. 

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

IMG_1543This step will have your dogs drooling! The raw honey drizzled on top will not only have your pups going nuts, but it’ll be the perfect icing on top to help relieve your dog’s allergies.

IMG_1544The sweet potato honey combination can’t be beat when trying to soothe a pup suffering from allergies.

Step 5: Dig In!

IMG_1624If you haven’t already been attached by lickers like I was, now is the time to watch your pups go to town. My favorite part! 

IMG_1547Jem is too tall for me to handle sometimes! I can barely grab a treat off the cookie sheet before she jumps up and snatches it. 

IMG_1548Zoey has to have her chance too, even though she can’t jump as high as Jem.

IMG_1558The girls loved these treats SO much that they were crying for more. I’ve never seen anything like it!

IMG_1623I was worried they were going to keep whining until they were all gone…

IMG_1582Okay one more…

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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? 

 

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipe

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat RecipeAll of our homemade treat recipes are human-tested, dog approved! As you’ve probably read in my other posts, we believe whole-heartedly in homemade organic dog treats. And the dogs love them too! Zoey, Jem, and Laci can hardly keep their composure when they see me making dough and smell it baking in the oven. They know it’s treat-time and can’t believe their fortune!

There’s nothing better than knowing the quality and source of the ingredients in your dog’s treats. They love the freshness and you can sleep well at night knowing there are no preservatives or toxic ingredients in your pup’s belly. The icing on the pupcake? They’re so much cheaper than store bought!

Step 1: Find Your Ingredients

Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comWhat you’ll need:

  • Honey
  • Flour (wheat or gluten free)
  • Oats
  • 3.5 oz container of sweet potato baby food
  • 1 egg 
  • Optional: cookie cutters

You may also already know that we purchase all organic ingredients (when they’re available to us), but you certainly don’t have to. Non-organic ingredients will work also. The 3.5 oz jar of baby food is bigger than the ordinary sized jars, so you have to look for it. 

Step 2: Measure & Mix Your Ingredients

Homemade organic sweet potato dog treats from RadioFence.comYour measurements:

  • 3.5 oz sweet potato baby food
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1 tb honey
  • 1/4 C oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the baby food, flour, honey, and oats in a mixing bowl until combined. Crack the egg in a separate dish and beat – this will be brushed on top of the treats before they go in the oven.  The dough will be semi-dry and a little tough to mix together. 

Zoey and Laci Sniffing Out The Homemade Dog Treats from RadioFence.comI hadn’t even mixed the ingredients with a spoon yet when Zoey and Laci sniffed out what I was doing and came running over to give their seal of pre-approval. They were already so excited!

Homemade sweet potato dog treats from RadioFence.comThis is what your dough should look like after you mix the ingredients. At this point I realized that with 3 dogs I wanted to make more, so I doubled the recipe. Without doubling the recipe, you will get about 24 small cookie-cutter sized treats. 

Step 3: Roll Dough & Cut Shapes

RadioFence.com Homemade Sweet Potato Dog TreatsYou’ll want to flour your surface area, roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4″ thick. The thickness of your dough isn’t that important – it’ll just depend on how crunchy or soft your dog like his treats!

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats Recipe from RadioFence.comThe next step is using a cookie cutter to create the shape of your treats. This part was my favorite because I just ordered customized cookie cutters from HomePrint3D on Etsy and got to use them for the first time! 

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comI’m so in love with these cookie cutters! You don’t have to take the time to cut shapes into your dough if you don’t want to. After cutting these shapes, I decided to roll the rest of the dough out and just rip misshapen pieces off of it. After all, your dog isn’t going to appreciate the shape but the taste instead! This is the only semi-time consuming part of this recipe and can easily be avoided in a time-crunch. 

Step 4: Brush With Egg Wash

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comTime to use that beaten egg we set aside that we almost forgot about. Lightly brush the treats with a little bit of egg wash so they’ll get a beautiful golden brown in the oven. 

Step 5: Bake and Enjoy!

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comBake on a cookie sheet (using parchment paper if you’d like) for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You can bake for less time if your dog prefers a softer treat, or longer for a crunchier treat. Twenty minutes will give you a pretty good crunch to this treat. 

Bone Appetit!

Bone Appetit!

It’s munchin’ time!

Jem from RadioFence.com Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats RecipeI love how patient they try to pretend they are. Jem can’t hide her enthusiasm… that tongue always gives it away!

Jem Laci Zoey RadioFence.com homemade dog treats recipeJem says “I’m ready for one – just toss it in my mouth!”

Laci and Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsThe anticipation is killing them!

Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treat recipeZoey got to try her first cookie with her name on it!

Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsAnd she absolutely loved it!

Jem from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsJem was so excited to take her cookie she became a blur!

Laci from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsAlthough Laci was a little left out because her cookie cutter hasn’t come in the mail yet… she was still super excited about this recipe and loved them just the same!

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Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Yields 24
Homemade, preservative-free, inexpensive, and easy to make!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 3.5 oz jar of sweet potato baby food
  2. 3/4 C flour
  3. 1/4 C oats
  4. 1 tb honey
  5. 1 large egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine baby food, flour, oats, and honey and mix until blended together
  3. Crack egg in separate bowl, beat, and set aside for later to be brushed onto treats
  4. Roll dough out to 1/4" thick onto floured surface and create treat shapes with cookie cutter: rip misshapen pieces from the dough if you don't want to use a cookie cutter
  5. Bake for 20 minutes
Notes
  1. You can bake these treats for less time if your dog prefers a softer treat. This treat will be crunchy when baked for 20 minutes.
Adapted from The Little Epicurean
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