My dogs, like most, love to chew. As most know, I am a fan of single ingredient, edible chews, like bully sticks. Bully sticks and similar chews can be expensive, especially when one has multiple dogs.
I regularly put my simple Presto Dehydrator to good use, making treats for my dogs. Check out our Chicken Training Treats and Beef Liver Treats-Two Ways.
As a raw feeder, I routinely feed what is commonly thrown out-lungs, heart, trachea, spleen, tripe, etc. Trachea is a versatile item, in that it can be fed raw as is, either frozen or thawed, stuffed with another food item for dogs (See our Raw "Kongs" post), and many manufacturers dehydrate trachea sections as chews.
I thought "Why not dehydrate trachea myself to make dog chews and treats?"
Trachea is an excellent source of chondroitin for dogs.
I am fortunate that I have access to animal trachea from hunters and those that process their own meat. If one does not have access to trachea this way, they can be purchased from a variety of raw pet food suppliers.
I started with two deer trachea. The lower trachea has been in my freezer for nearly a year, and is a bit freezer burnt. The dogs don't care.
Using poultry shears, I cut the smaller trachea into rings, and the larger into strips. I failed to take a photo of this.
I then placed the pieces onto two sheets of the dehydrator.
|The bottom is the strips after dehydrating for 4 hours.|
|Oh Bruce. (Ignore my cuticle.)|
Dehydrating trachea, even if you don't feed raw, is a great way to use those throw away parts!