Every dog loves a treat now and then, but you might not love shelling out pet store prices for heavily processed, fatty snacks. By making your own fresh vegetable treats in the oven, you're good to your wallet and your dog's health.
Sweet Potato Chips
Wash and peel a few sweet potatoes. Slice them into strips about 1/4 inch to 1/3 inch thick.
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle your sweet potato slices in olive oil. Spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake them for about three hours, turning them about halfway through. For a chewier treat, don't leave your potatoes in the oven as long -- they'll dry out less.
Arrange them on a wire rack until they are cool, then store them covered in the fridge. Give your dog one or two a day at the most, or else she could experience some intestinal stress.
Dried Veggie Mix
Cut up a mix of potatoes and other vegetables into pieces 1/2 inch thick, but don't include onions.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and arrange your chopped veggies on a cookie sheet. Spray them with olive oil.
Bake your veggies in the oven for several hours, mixing them periodically. The cook time varies depending on the veggies you use, so keep an eye on them. When it is sufficiently dried, let your veggie mix cool on the tray, then store it in a bowl.
Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.