A dog suffering from food allergies shouldn't live in a world without treats! So we've come up with a list of the 11 best hypoallergenic dog treat recipes. The best part of creating dog treats at home is you have full control over the ingredients, and your pup isn't at risk of having a reaction.
But before we get started we'll quickly go over how food allergies affect dogs, and the types of ingredients to watch out for...
How Dogs Get Allergies
Just like humans, dogs can develop allergies at any time, and react to just about anything. However, dogs commonly develop food allergies due to over-exposure. Meaning: if your dog has been fed kibble with chicken for several years, they may begin to develop an adverse reaction to all things chicken.
Signs of Allergies
- Itchy, red, inflammed skin and ears
- Itchy, puffy, and runny eyes
- Itchy, red ears
- Constant licking and scratching
- Digestive problems
Common Food Allergens
Hypoallergenic dog treats are developed by simply avoiding the most common allergens.
Specific Proteins including: Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, or Dairy.
Specific Carbohydrates including: Corn, Wheat, Soy, or Yeast.
With that in mind, your dog can develop allergies to almost anything, so picking a recipe requires you to have a little knowledge on what works for your specific pup. Discovering what your dog is allergic to will require some detective work and a consultation from your vet.
A Quick Warning:
It's not uncommon for dogs to be allergic to multiple ingredients or sources. So please use your discretion - the following recipes use ingredients that are less likely to cause a reaction by avoiding common allergens, but are in no way guaranteed to be completely hypoallergenic for your specific dog.
Many of these recipes make use of peanut butter, just ensure that you're buying all natural peanut butter, and it doesn't carry any other ingredients or by-products (the ingredients should just list: Peanuts. And nothing else!).
12 Hypoallergenic Dog Treat Recipes
Picture: Proud Dog Mom
Using some Coconut Oil, Peanut Butter, and just a little Ginger - these pack a super healthy punch of essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants. But more importantly, your dog will absolutely love them. With 3 Ingredients and made in just a few minutes (plus some time to freeze) - it doesn't get any easier than this.
Sticking with our theme of frozen treats we have apple and plain yogurt - that's it! Super delicious, packed with healthy probiotics, and some extra fiber to boot. Frozen treats are great as a summer treat to cool off with.
There is beauty in simplicity, and the less ingredients you use the less likely your dog is to have an allergic reaction. Dogvilles does a perfect job by making sweet potato "jerky", topped with a little olive oil and cinnamon. They're very easy to make, and I can attest that my dog absolutely loves these treats.
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Butters and Ollie are some very lucky Corgis - they have pro baker and chef Chungah to make bake them some amazing looking treats. Using just 4 ingredients, and with a little love, she created beautiful baked healthy treats that I'm sure your dog will appreciate. Also, I won't judge you if you decide to sneak a few for yourself.
Here's something I never would have thought of - creating Zucchini "Jerky". It makes perfect sense though, it's a super healthy snack that's easy to make. Simple slice it up, add a little extra flavoring as needed, and stick it into the often for a few hours. Keep in mind the recipe does ask for Chicken Bouillon, so if you're dog has a chicken allergy (or you're unsure) just skip that part.
Is your fur baby feeling the holiday spirit? You can celebrate with some amazing peanut butter ginger snaps that I promise you'll both enjoy. I think it's pretty safe to say that all dogs love peanut butter, so this one will be a home run.
Sugar the Golden Retriever shares her favorite treats - Chewy Banana Treats! And it doesn't get any easier than this, peel a banana, cut it length-wise, and place in the oven. For a few dollars you can get a full stack of tasty treats that are perfect for any dog. Sugar would have wanted all pups around the world to try her favorite recipe <3
What's better than Peanut Butter? Almond butter - now we're talkin, it has more manganese and calcium than PB, and it adds some new amazing flavors. Now the recipe does use eggs, so if your dog has a chicken allergy this may cause a reaction... but I haven't found any evidence that chicken allergies mean you're automatically allergic to eggs as well.
Pumpkin, yogurt, and peanut butter - that actually sounds pretty good. I'm sure by now you may have noticed the theme around here is dominated by Peanut Butter, but that's a good thing! Now freeze it with a little pumpkin and plain yogurt and you've got an easily digestive and probiotic punch. Just remember to use All Natural Peanut Butter.