The Best Hypoallergenic Dog Treats For Dogs With Allergies
Did you know you could buy or make specific hypoallergenic dog treats for dogs with allergies or food intolerances? These allergy-free treats are made with ingredients that are less likely to cause a reaction or unpleasant symptoms.
Like humans, dogs can get food allergies too from any food at any time. There is no specific reason but, research suggests, that a dog that’s been fed the same food for many years may develop an allergy to that food. If your dog has developed an allergy to his food, chances are the same ingredients are in his store-bought treats too. Switching to hypoallergenic dog treats (and food) will help reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms.
Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs
In case you’re not certain when a dog has a food allergy, he might develop these symptoms.
- Inflamed, itchy, red skin
- Inflamed, itchy, red eyes and ears
- Constant scratching and irritation
- Digestive issues
If you would like to learn more information on types of canine allergies, I would highly recommend you to visit Dog Care Knowledge by clicking here. They have a ton of knowledge on what you should be looking for and suggestions on how canine allergies can be managed and controlled in the comfort of your own home.
Not all dogs suffer from food allergies. My frend’s dog, Zar, suffers from environmental allergies, which results in her getting itchy paws, itchy ears, and rectal itching. Her allergies flare up when her skin comes in contact with grass, weeds, trees, pollen, and dust mites. If your dog suffer from similar allergies I would look at buying these Hypoallergenic Grooming Wipes to keep in your car. That way after they have been for a walk, you can clean their paws and coat to reduce the risk of their allergies flaring up.
Although these symptoms are indicative of food allergies there are other possible causes so a trip to the vet is a good idea. Alternatively, you could try this allergy testing kit for dogs. Simply send a sample of your pet’s hair to the lab to be analyzed which will test for 300 food and environment factors.
Ingredients To Avoid
As mentioned above, dogs can become allergic to any food but below are the most common allergens.
Ingredients to Use in Hypoallergenic Dog Treats
Obviously, if you’ve had your dog tested for allergies you’ll know exactly what ingredients to avoid. That being said, there are some safer ingredients you can try. Look for treats that have limited ingredients, preferably one of two ingredients. Organ meat such as liver is always great to include in yours dog’s diet and it helps contribute to boosting their nutrient levels. For more information and homemade recipes, click the buttons below.
Novel (new) ingredients that your dog hasn’t been exposed to are likely to cause less or no reactions. This will of course depend on what your dog has been fed in the past but common new ingredients you can try are:
- Rabbit Dog Treats
- Liver Dog Treats
- Sweet Potato
Top 5 Homemade Hypoallergenic Dog Treats
The advantage of making hypoallergenic dog treats at home is that you can carefully use the ingredient that don’t bother your dog and try each one individually to see if there’s a reaction. Peanut butter is also a good option but check to ensure the peanut butter doesn’t contain any by-products or other ingredients which can cause an allergic reaction to your dog.
Below are some recipes for hypoallergenic dog treats using one of the proteins above.
Scrumptious ‘Bite-Sized’ Venison Meatballs
I have found that many hypoallergenic dog treats can be very tasteless, resulting in dogs turning their noses up at the treats. I have created this meatball recipe that is full of healthy ingredients that will benefit your dogs health. I am very confident that these treats will get your dogs tastes buds going barking mad!
- 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
- 1/2 Tablespoon Turmeric Powder
- 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1/4 Apple Sauce
- 1/2 lb Ground Venison
- Oat Flour (optional) to adjust consistency
- 1 Tablespoon Frozen Peas
- Preheat the oven to 360°F.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Knead the oat flour into the mixture until you get the desired consistency.
- Roll the mixture into small-sized meatballs and place on a lightly greased baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.
Dehydrated Parsley Sardines
I love this easy, high-value homemade recipe. Sardines are full of omega 3 fatty acids which help support your dog’s immune system and can keep your dog’s coat looking healthy and shining.
I would suggest opening a window when making these treats. Sardines can sometimes have a strong smell, but this is why it makes a great ‘high value’ training treat for dogs. You don’t need to stick to this recipe, if you would rather use a different dog-friendly type of fish, that would work too. I would always recommend getting fish that is not in olive oil as fish already contains a great amount of oil – no need to overdo it.
- 2 Cans Sardines (in water)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Garlic (optional)
- 1 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley ‘Chopped’
- Place the sardines onto the dehydrator trays. Sprinkle with garlic and fresh parsley.
- Cook for 8-10 hours at 160°F. They are ready, once the sardine becomes crispy. If you have an older dog, you can take them out earlier so they are softer.
Tip: If you would rather use a different type of fish, such as fresh salmon. Make sure when you cut it into strips you take into account that the fish will shrink 50% in the dehydrator.
Sweet Potato Hypoallergenic Dog Treats
These treats are very simple and quick to make. The best part is that they will have no reaction to your dog whatsoever. I’m confident that your dog will find this hypoallergenic dog treats yummy!
This sweet potato treat can be given in a small serving on its own, or you can make his regular food extra tasty by including this breakfast or dinner. You can always make it more interesting and add your dog’s favorite fresh vegetable into the recipe.
- 3 Organic Sweet Potatoes
- 1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil or Coconut Oil (melted)
- Cut the sweet potatoes into small sized cubes. (keep the skin on the sweet potatoes)
- Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender. (15-20 minutes)
- Once cooked, put the sweet potatoes into a blender, add the cinnamon and olive oil and blend until smooth.
Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
This is one of the great recipes for any kind of dog. It is prepared by using just 4 ingredients. These hypoallergenic dog treats contain anti-oxidants and fatty acids. He will surely love it!
Not all dogs like bananas, if this is the case with your dog you can replace the banana with your dog’s favorite fruit.
- 1/4 Cup Smooth Organic Peanut Butter
- 1/2 Teaspoon Coconut Oil (melted)
- 2 Organic Bananas
- 1 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger
- Mix all the ingredients together in a blender.
- Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or silicone molds.
- Then place them in the freezer for a few hours or overnight, before giving these great treats to your dog.
Frozen Apple Dog Treats
Probiotics and fiber are essential for dog’s health, especially when he is sick. Try these yogurt hypoallergenic dog treats. You can serve these to your dog straight from the freezer in the summer – this will surely cool him off. He will feel better in no time.
- 2 Organic Apples
- 1 Cup Plain Organic Yogurt
- Remove the core from the apples.
- Cut the apples into small cubes and place them and the yogurt into a blender.
- Blend until you get a smooth consistency, then pour the mixture into ice cube molds and freeze overnight or until hard.
Best Recommended Hypoallergenic Dog Treats
These hypoallergenic dog treats that I highly recommend below contain ingredients that are less likely to cause allergic reactions to your dog. Also double-check the ingredients to ensure they are suitable for your diet, as each dog that suffers from food allergies is different.
Shopping for a treat for a dog who has allergies can be overwhelming for some dog owners. It can also be very expensive to purchase grain free hypoallergenic dog treats. I have carefully selected my personal recommendations for the best affordable treats below:
Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Rabbit Ears
You couldn’t get a more natural hypoallergenic dog treat than this! These freeze dried dog treats from Vital Essentials are 100% natural, non smelly, and only contain one ingredient. Making them a great treat for dogs who suffer from allergies. At first when I brought these for my dog, Lady, I wasn’t sure about the look of them because they do have the fur on the treats. Which I can understand can turn some dog owners away. But don’t let that stop you, my dog can’t get enough of them and because they are freeze dried it locks in all the nutrition from the treat. A great snack for dogs!
The Honest Kitchen Fish Skin Chews
These FDA-approved high protein ingredients grain free dog chews provide a variety of health benefits for dogs. The Honest Kitchen Fish Skins Chews are great for teeth, gums, skin, coat conditions, joint mobility, eye, and brain development, and stamina. As well as bursting with quality digestible proteins and being low fat, they are packed with omega-3 which is very important for keeping a dog’s heart, eyes and weight healthy. Give them a try, I bet you will be surprised at how much your dog enjoys these tasty chews.
Jiminy’s ‘Low Calories’ Cricket Dog Treats
The great thing about Jiminy’s Dog Treats is that they are sustainably produced and come in a variety of flavors that are suitable for dogs with allergies. These treats are made with ‘cricket protein’ which is a safe alternative protein source. It’s hard finding limited ingredient hypoallergenic dog treats that are inexpensive, and that it exactly what these are. Limited ingredients include crickets, lentils, sweet potato, flax seed, peanut butter, and apple. This could be your dogs new favorite treat.
Best Bully Sticks Prime Cow Ear Chews
Best Bully Sticks are well known for their bully sticks, but they also do a great cow chew which is fully digestible. This Single-ingredient chew is aligned with dogs natural eating habits and are free from additives, coloring and harsh chemicals. Beef is a common food allergen for dogs, so bully sticks are not an option for them. But these are a delicious alternatives to bully sticks. Check out dog owners review of this hypoallergenic dog treat by clicking on the Amazon image.