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    Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    My mom gave me her old dehydrator that she doesn't use anymore. What a perfect opportunity to make my own safe, healthy dog treats, right? So far I've been a little wary about making things, though I have made some sweet potato "jerky," which Basil seems to thoroughly enjoy.

    I bought some raw pigs ears, and I've been thinking about making my own dehydrated pigs ears for Basil to chew on. However, I want to make sure that they're safe for Basil to chew on, and I won't be creating something like rawhide, which can be dangerous. I'm also slightly confused about whether or not I should cook them before placing them in the dehydrator? Do I just put raw ears into the dehydrator and let them dry out? Is that sanitary, and will I be able to handle the dried ears afterwords without worrying about them being unsanitary? Is it possible for the ears to drip into the workings of the dehydrator and mess it up? This is all pretty confusing, lol!

    Also, if anyone has any other recipes for treats and chews I can make with my dehydrator, I would certainly appreciate hearing them!


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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Slice chicken breast thin and place it in the dehydrater. I do this in the oven. You can do the same thing with liver.
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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Do I need to cook it first or just put it in raw?


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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Just curious, but what if I were to dehydrate a bone for Basil to chew on, to make it more sanitary on my floors? Would it be just as dangerous as a cooked bone?


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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    I dont know about the bone question but I would think its not a good idea, because if you are taking the moisture out it would be like cooking and make it more brittle.

    I do liver treats in my oven for 2 hours on 200. I cut into thin slices and lay on a cookie sheet, my dogs LOVE them. after they are done I cut into very tiny pieces and leave some on the counter for the day, put about a weeks worth in the fridge and freeze the rest.
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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    I should do the liver. A local market often has beef liver for $.50 a pound. I sure am wasting that good deal. I don't hate the smell as much as I used to but dehydrating takes a long time.

    I dehydrated ostrich tendons raw. They came out looking just like the commercial kind so I think pig ears are done the same way. After drying I gave them a 10 minute baking to kill any bacteria which made me feel better. Before drying I actually washed them with soap and water. Nervous about germs, me? Dogs loved them, worked out great. I am worried that the food is sitting at a temperature that seems low enough to promote bacterial growth for a long time.

    Dehydrating doesn't kill germs. You can wash the bone with soap and water and rinse well. I had too much meat defrosted and it started to get stinky. Max finished it off as I simply washed it every day. The stink didn't get worse.

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
    I should do the liver. A local market often has beef liver for $.50 a pound. I sure am wasting that good deal. I don't hate the smell as much as I used to but dehydrating takes a long time.

    I dehydrated ostrich tendons raw. They came out looking just like the commercial kind so I think pig ears are done the same way. After drying I gave them a 10 minute baking to kill any bacteria which made me feel better. Before drying I actually washed them with soap and water. Nervous about germs, me? Dogs loved them, worked out great. I am worried that the food is sitting at a temperature that seems low enough to promote bacterial growth for a long time.

    Dehydrating doesn't kill germs. You can wash the bone with soap and water and rinse well. I had too much meat defrosted and it started to get stinky. Max finished it off as I simply washed it every day. The stink didn't get worse.
    Can I ask where you found raw tendons? I've been thinking of doing this as I think it would be more economical than buying tendons from the pet store.

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    I have seen cut tendons at Mexican and Asian food markets. Maybe there are whole ones in the back?

    I found the ostrich tendons offered by a company here in California, Creston Valley Meats, who sells all sorts of raw foods for dogs. He started out selling products from his own birds so often still has all sorts of interesting ostrich/emu bits listed.

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    I usually make chicken jerky with my dehydrator.
    Just slice the chicken breast and put it in the dehydrator, you don't need to cook it.
    My dog loves it!
    Beef, lamb and sweet potato are really good too.

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    How do you sanitize the dehydrator after there has been raw meat in it? Just wash it with soap and water?


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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    I'm going to try the liver treats in the oven. The local supermarket sells chicken livers and beef livers for .34/lb so those would be great cheap treats!

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Quote Originally Posted by Nargle View Post
    How do you sanitize the dehydrator after there has been raw meat in it? Just wash it with soap and water?
    Yeah just wash it with soap and water

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Yea I do the chicken jerky as well and my pup. love's em'. I might have to try some of the other stuff ya'll are talking about though I think she'll like some of those.

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    I bake chicken and sweet potatoes in the oven at around 180*-200* for a couple hours, flipping periodically. I'm sure the same would work for liver. I grease the cookie sheet with olive oil first very lighty. Very very lightly.
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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Quote Originally Posted by CorgiKarma View Post
    I bake chicken and sweet potatoes in the oven at around 180*-200* for a couple hours, flipping periodically. I'm sure the same would work for liver. I grease the cookie sheet with olive oil first very lighty. Very very lightly.
    Whenever I've made dried liver, I haven't had to use any oil. It sticks a tiny bit, but if I wait for it to cool it can easily be removed. It's especially easy when I cut it up into tiny cubes for training treats, because I just brush my hand over them and they all unstick and roll, lol!


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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    hello there!

    I read this thread and decide to make chicken jerky for my dogs with a solar oven. It takes one sunny day. My dogs love them.



    Here is my beagle begging for one piece.


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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Love the begging beagle pic. VERY cute

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Thank You wolfsnaps

    Any suggestion for what other treats I can make with the oven?
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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    Hello! I have been making the chicken jerky in the dehydrator, I microwave the chicken 1st to cook it. They have come out great! I would like to find a way to add banana or apples or carrots.... My dogs used to love the store bought treats of chicken wrapped around apples/bananas/carrots (the bad "made in China" type-before I knew better!) but I can't seem to get the chicken to adhere to the fruit, it comes apart when I wrap them. Any ideas or recipes??

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    Re: Homemade dehydrated dog treats

    This thread is awesome, I'm definitely going to try to dehydrate my own jerky... I just need to find a good butcher, lol. I don't really like the big chain grocery store stuff, and have been meaning to switch us all over.

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