Easy Dog Chew Recipe
You know I love a little doggie DIY recipe, and Dexter does too! If you follow me at all, you also understand I’m a stickler concerning healthy ingredients, when it comes to Dexter. Not so much me, but Dexter. Hahaha
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Healthy and safe dog chews can be costly, that’s for sure. And I’m always willing to shop when I run out of time, but if you do a little preparing, you can easily and, for less money, make your dog his own healthy, nutritious, and mouth-watering snack! Today, dehydrated duck feet! You will only need one ingredient and one dehydrator, and you are all set.
Before I dive in, are you aware that even when a dog chew is labeled as “all-natural” it may actually have been through a process such as irradiation? Yes, that means radiation! And the kicker, most of our single-ingredient chews do go through this process. You have to dig deep and sometimes contact the manufacturer to find out if they use this process. Ah, more sneaky marketing!
The DIY Advantage
Creating your own dehydrated dog chews comes with several advantages. You can carefully source the raw ingredients to meet your needs carefully handle the product and avoid chemicals or radiation. I’m always shooting for no antibiotics and no hormones. Okay, a little more than shooting; I require it for Dex!
Prepping Your Duck Feet for Dehydration
You can trim the duck’s feet with scissors or clippers. You don’t have to; it’s a personal option. Place your dog’s duck feet evenly spaced on the dehydration racks. Close, turn on low for 24-72 hours. Time will vary on the type of dehydrator and size of the duck feet. Dexter’s took 28 hours to develop a nice, crunchy chew.
Once cooled, I placed all but a couple of duck feet in a container and into Dexter’s freezer. Yes, he has his own freezer. Okay, he has two freezers! Thaw as needed.
Nutritional Benefits of Duck Feet
Apart from being a tasty dog chew, dehydrated duck feet offer nutritional benefits. They’re a great source of natural collagen and glucosamine, which promote good joint health. The act of chewing also helps remove tartar from your dog’s teeth.
Instead of relying on a manufacturer, grab some fresh duck feet and your dehydrator and go!