If your dog has gluten allergies or sensitivities, homemade gluten free dog treat recipes are a great way for you to treat your dog.
Gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley, can sneak into many dog foods and dog treats. So in this collection of gluten-free dog treats you’ll discover some of the best gluten free dog treat recipes that cater to a variety of tastes and dietary requirements.
From frozen fruity delights to crunchy gluten free dog biscuits, these homemade dog treats will not only keep your dog’s tummy happy but also show them the love they deserve.
This article is based on research and personal experience as a Vizsla owner. I’m not a qualified dog trainer, breeder, Vet or dog behaviourist.
Why Make Gluten Free Dog Treats?
By making gluten-free dog treats, you can prioritize your pet’s health, accommodate any dietary restrictions, and offer delicious, tasty treats they’ll love.
The most common reason dog owners seek out gluten-free treats is their dogs have been diagnosed with gluten allergies or sensitivities.
Making gluten-free treats ensures that your dog can enjoy tasty snacks without the risk of discomfort or adverse reactions.
Homemade gluten-free treats allow you to tailor the ingredients to your dog’s specific dietary needs.
You can use grain-free flours and fresh fruits and vegetables they like to eat while catering for their health needs.
Unfortunately many store-bought dog treats contain additives, preservatives, or low-quality ingredients.
Making gluten-free treats at home means you can provide your dog with healthier, nutrient-dense options.
Whilst you can buy gluten free dog treats at pet stores, they are often sold at a premium and may still contain nasty additives and preservatives.
And what you’ll discover is that DIY gluten free treats for dogs are surprisingly cheap to make. Plus they can often make use of leftover ingredients that would otherwise go to waste.
What Foods Contain Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.
Gluten is found not only in these raw grains, but in many processed foods and manufactured ingredients that are made with derivatives of these grains.
The Celiac Disease Foundation advises that “there are many food items that may contain gluten, often in hidden and unexpected ways”. This list shows just how many foods contain gluten.
So it makes sense to make your own gluten free treats for your dog. Not only to save money, but to be confident you’re feeding your dog a nutritious gluten free treat.
Gluten Free Dog Treat Tips
When searching for gluten-free dog treat recipes, you should:
- Check Ingredients: Carefully review the recipe ingredient list. Look for naturally gluten-free ingredients like rice flour, gluten-free oats, tapioca flour, or potato flour.
- Avoid Wheat, Barley, and Rye: You can often substitute gluten free flours in recipes that use gluten-based grains.
- Use Certified Gluten-Free Products: If you use pre-packaged ingredients like flour, oats or broths, ensure they are labeled as “gluten-free”.
- Natural Gluten-Free Ingredients: Use recipes that feature ingredients naturally free of gluten, such as vegetables and fruits.
- Read Labels: If you’re using store-bought ingredients like peanut butter, check the labels to ensure they do not contain gluten.
- Monitor for Allergic Reactions: When introducing new treats, always monitor your dog for any adverse reactions. If you notice any signs of allergies or discomfort, discontinue use and consult your vet.
By following these tips, you can make gluten-free dog treats that are safe and enjoyable for your pup.
All of the treat recipes we share below are gluten free. Some are also grain free and dairy free too.
And for even more gluten free dog treat ideas, see this list of frozen dog treat recipes.
Please note: This information is not vet endorsed or reviewed. You should always check with your vet if you have any food sensitivity concerns for your dog.
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