If you are looking for hypoallergenic treats chances are your dog has been diagnosed with food allergies. If so, your vet may have recommended specific foods for your dog.
Common food culprits include beef, dairy products, chicken, wheat, eggs, corn, soy, fish, lamb, pork, and whey. Symptoms of food allergies can include:
- diarrhea and vomiting
- breathing difficulties
- itchy skin
- frequent ear infections
It’s important to consult your veterinarian if you suspect your dog suffers from food allergies. Dogs with food allergies are usually put on a diet that eliminates the suspected allergen. Your veterinarian can work with you to create the diet while ensuring your dog is getting the proper nutrients.
As all of us who have ever dieted know, one of the difficult things about being on a restrictive diet is finding snacks or treats that can be incorporated into the food plan.
The nice thing about baking your own dog treats is you can customize them to meet the needs of your dog.
Below is a wheat free dog treat recipe that should fit into many doggy diets. Consult your veterinarian as needed to make sure the treats will fit into your dog’s meal plan. Don’t be afraid to experiment and alter the recipe as needed.
Peanut Butter and Apple Hypoallergenic Dog Treats
I first made this dog treat recipe in the fall during apple harvest. I had an abundance of apples and made dehydrated apple slices. If you do not want to go through that trouble you should be able to find dehydrated apples in the store. Otherwise, my dogs tell me these treats are also delicious with out the apple.
1 cup barley flour
½ cup rice flour
½ cup oats
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup dried apple – chopped (optional)
½ cup peanut butter
3/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine barley flour, rice flour, oats, dried apples, cinnamon, and baking powder. In separate bowl beat together peanut butter and egg and ½ cup of water. Add dry ingredients and mix together until stiff dough forms. Use additional ¼ cup water if needed to form dough.
Roll out dough and cut into desired shapes. Bake for 1 hour.