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Turkey Sweet Potato Dog Treats Recipe For Older Dogs

Updated on April 8, 2014
3.7 stars from 3 ratings of Turkey Sweet Potato Dog Treats Recipe For Older Dogs

Most treats you buy are hard and difficult for older dogs to chew. These treats are soft and healthy without all the added grains and fillers.

Senior dogs need treats that won't break their teeth off when they bite into them. Some geriatric pets have lost teeth and don't have the choppers to eat those crunchy treats. This recipe is more like a soft chocolate chip cookie with healthy ingredients that won't pad their middle.

Older dogs don't get as much exercise so they don't need all those extra carbohydrates you see in commercial doggie cookies.

My dog loved these and I hope yours will too.

My old dog, Basil. He's 13 and still going strong. He's big for a Boston Terrier, 30 pounds.
My old dog, Basil. He's 13 and still going strong. He's big for a Boston Terrier, 30 pounds.
This picture is actually before they were baked. They'll be a bit more brown when done.
This picture is actually before they were baked. They'll be a bit more brown when done.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: About 30 treats depending on how big you cut them.

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped for boiling
  • 4 large cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Source
I use a half moon strainer to drain my water but you can use a colendar if you want.
I use a half moon strainer to drain my water but you can use a colendar if you want.
  1. Peel and cut up your sweet potato into small pieces, about an inch.
  2. Put sweet potato and chopped garlic in a two quart sauce pan, cover with just enough water to submerge your vegetables. Add teaspoon of salt, turn your stove top burner on high so it will boil. The garlic is for flavor as well as keeping biting bugs off of him. I wrote an article on natural flea and tick preventative, I'll leave the link below.
  3. After it starts to boil turn the heat down to medium high or medium just so it's still simmering but not a rapid boil. While your vegetables are cooking turn on your oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Cook until your vegetables are tender enough to mash. Don't cook them too long or you'll have sweet potato soup.
  5. Drain water and add to a large bowl with the ground turkey, eggs and rice flour. Mash with a potato masher until well mixed. After you've gotten your potato mashed up you can switch to a spoon to mix it better.
  6. Oil a cookie sheet and spread your dough out evenly. Take a knife and cut into squares or rectangles. You want to do this before baking.
  7. Bake in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  8. Cool on a cooling rack; transfer to an air tight container and store in the refrigerator. There aren't any preservatives so you can't leave them out. They should keep for about a week and a half in the refrigerator. You can freeze part of them if your dog is small and won't eat them in that length of time.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My old dog would have loved this recipe. The sweetness coupled with the potato and ingredients are a real boost to a dog's taste and health. Great post. I think you have found a new niche here.

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sweet potatoes are good for people and dogs. This recipe doesn't have a lot of added fillers that our dogs don't need. Most commercial treats are full of flour and/or corn.

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      LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

      This wonderful. I don't have a dog but I have lots of friends who are lucky enough to. I'll pass it on...

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Pamela, great recipe for a healthy dog treat, love the picture of your dog, he is so cute !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      toomuchmint 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your win! These treats would be so expensive to buy, it would be like trading a nice people dinner for a nice dog treat. This is a great recipe that makes healthy dog treats affordable for all pet lovers.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Kashmir, we love him.

      Toomuchmint, they are healthy and inexpensive to make. It doesn't take very long either.

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      Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Awesome idea! Great hub. My Husky loves sweet potatoes and I bet she would love these!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Love this recipe and will definitely try it for our doggie. Basil is toooo adorable! I've read conflicting information on garlic. Some say it's good for dogs and others say it can be toxic. I've always fed it to our dog in small doses, though, and haven't had any problems. Voted up and shared! Congrats on the daily drawing prize.

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Vespawoolf, I've heard that too but my vet says it won't hurt them and they even have supplements at the pet store with garlic and brewer's yeast to keep fleas and ticks off them. Ask your vet if you are concerned. Mine said onions are bad but garlic is fine.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm glad to know what your vet says, and I didn't think about the supplements. I think garlic must kill parasites, as well, so I won't worry about it anymore!

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Some people assume that garlic is bad since onions are toxic but my dog has eaten garlic his whole life and very healthy.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Nice hub. I think my 1 year old Chinese Crested will love these as well. Voted up and shared!

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      Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Basil is truly lucky to have you! Thanks for the step by step super pics. My dogs, Jerry & Brownie are smaller, and eat stuff like rotis and rice mixed with milk. Congrats on your win.

      Voted up & useful.

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Purple Perl. I was so surprised to learn I had won. My dog loves these and I think yours will too.

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      TheKatsMeow 3 years ago from Canada

      This is a great idea! I have an older dog (15 1/2 years old) and she can't eat those hard treats! The sweet potato is great for her arthritis! I am bookmarking this and sharing it on pinterest!

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      Pamela N Red 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, TKM, older dogs certainly have different needs. Sweet potatoes are good for them.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Pamela, Thanks for the recipe and my 13 year old Cookie thanks you, too. Lately she's been hesitant to take the hard biscuits that she's enjoyed for years. Perhaps it is time to make her some home made ones.

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      Pamela N Red 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Peg. My dog loves them and I hope yours will too.

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