Have you ever wondered how to make dehydrated chicken feet for dogs? This article will show you how!
We're sharing how to dehydrate chicken feet so they don't spoil, they're easy to store, and so that they can be easily added to food later on if your dog prefers them prepared this way or if you want the nutritional benefits that come along with eating raw meat.
The benefits of feeding your dog chicken feet:
- They are a source of calcium, glucosamine, and chondroitin which promote bone and joint health.
- They contain protein and niacin which are important for general good health.
- Air-dried chicken feet are an excellent dental aid and act as a natural toothbrush to scrape away plaque and tartar from teeth.
Unlike cooked bones, which have the potential to splinter, air-dried bones break making them a natural and crunchy treat that dogs love. Air-dried Chicken feet are inexpensive and easy to prepare at home with an oven or dehydrator.
How to Make Dehydrated Chicken Feet
- Raw Chicken Feet
- Rinse the chicken feet with cold water and pat dry.
- Trim off the toenails with kitchen scissors.
- Place chicken feet in a single layer on a wire rack for either your oven or dehydrator. Distribute them with open space between them for air to circulate. Drying time varies, see oven and dehydrator instructions below.
- After completion of the drying time, remove chicken feet from the oven/dehydrator. They are done when there is no flexibility and they are completely dry throughout.
- Once cooled completely, store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Turn your oven ON and set it to the lowest setting; between 165-170F is warm enough to kill bacteria without cooking the chicken feet. It will take about 24 hours for the chicken feet to dry completely in an oven.
Turn ON your food dehydrator and set its temperature to 160F. It will take about 24 hours for the chicken feet to dry completely in a dehydrator.
Friendly reminder to always supervise your dog with toys, food, treats, and other items they might want to chew or play with.
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