In continuing my love affair with the easy to grow and extremely cheap butternut squash, I decided to use some for dog treats. After Googling, “butternut squash dehydrated dog treats” the first article I found was (no kidding) about 1/2 page of ingredients and 3 or 4 pages of instructions. I don’t spend that much time cooking my own food.
Really what I was looking for was something simple to supplement her rawhide chews, since these are running about $1 a piece. And when I say simple, I mean like 5 Minute simple. Our dog already likes raw butternut squash, either chunked up in her food or just plain slices. The reason for this project was to see if we could make something that would keep her busy chewing for at least a couple of minutes, similar to a rawhide strip.
- 1 butternut squash
- Slice squash into strips about 1/4″ thick
- Leave in dehydrator overnight
- The end
As you can see, she liked them so much that she wouldn’t sit still long enough to take a picture.
Some tips. If the squash isn’t fully ripe then it’s hard to slice. Be careful not to injure yourself. If you dehydrate the squash too long it gets really dry and brittle. She seemed to enjoy it anyway, but the goal was to make something more leathery and chewy to keep her “chew instinct” satisfied.
Dogs like many different kinds of vegetables, raw, cooked or dehydrated. Maya loves dehydrated apple slices. There’s no reason you shouldn’t share the same healthy goodness you’re enjoying with your best friend. Always check with a reliable source before trying a new vegetable with your dog – some vegetables and fruits that are safe for people are not safe for dogs. Here’s a short list of vet-approved things that Maya likes.
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This article (Butternut Squash Dog Chew Treat) is free and open source. It may be reprinted with permission under this Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, with attribution to Brad Rowland and Highlyuncivilized.com. February 8th, 2015.