Diabetic dog treats need to meet some specific guidelines, but that doesn't mean that they can't be tasty, nutritious and appealing to your golden oldie!
There are many different types of dog treats which are suitable for dogs with diabetes.
But, there are also a whole host of commercial dog treats which are NOT safe for diabetic dogs, and that it's vital to read labels carefully.
Many manufacturers now produce dog food and dog treats specifically formulated for dogs with a health problems, including diabetes.
Not all of them will be suitable for your dog, so it's still important to study the ingredients of any treat that you choose for your older dog if he has diabetes.
Every dog loves a yummy treat or two, so keep reading to find out how to help your diabetic golden oldie enjoy safe, tasty treats!
So, makes a good treat for a dog with diabetes?
For use on a daily basis, diabetic dog treats should contain:
They should also be hard/crunchy as these types of treats are eaten and digested more slowly, therefore they don't raise blood glucose as quickly as soft/moist treats may do.
All of this can be found in commercial dog treats.
Natural, unprocessed foods such as vegetables or tofu make excellent treats for diabetic dogs as do freeze-dried meat-based treats.
You can also bake homemade diabetic dog treats using easy to find ingredients and simple recipes.
Let's take a look at the best dog treats for dogs with diabetes, breaking them up into three categories:
This category of diabetic dog treats includes vegetables, some fruits, meat products and more.
The best vegetables for diabetic dogs are low-sugar and high-fiber veggies such as:
Some fruits are acceptable as treats in small portions. These include:
Animal products that can be used as treats need to be low fat and unprocessed.
Poultry should be skinned first before feeding as the skin contains unhealthy fats.
No beef or pork as these contain too much fat for a diabetic dog.
Most veggies can be given raw or cooked (with the exception of squash which needs to be cooked first).
Pumpkin and turnip may be more enjoyable if lightly cooked, but raw is also fine.
Some vegetables such as the peas in the pod, green beans and bell peppers (cut into strips) are especially enjoyed when frozen and crunchy.
Although dogs can eat raw meat, for the purpose of treats I personally feel that it's better cooked, or dehydrated.
You can use a special food dehydrator or an oven set at around 250 - 300F to dry meat/veggies.
There are a LOT of different diabetic dog treats on the market today.
Some are excellent, others not so much.
It pays to take the time to read labels and examine ingredients, that way you can be sure that the treats you're spending your hard-earned money on are suitable, and safe, for your dog.
Avoid treats which contain any obvious sugar including corn syrup, molasses, fructose, dextrose or maltose.
Treats which contain whole grains such as oats, barley, bran or brown rice are good choices.
Brewers yeast has been shown to help regulate blood sugars in humans. Although it has not been specifically tested in dogs, Brewers Yeast is an ingredient which may be beneficial for dogs with diabetes.
Dog treats which are formulated to be low-carb may also work, depending on the ingredients.
Jerky treats are a good choice, but be sure to ONLY buy those which are made in the USA.
Here are some of the treats that I think are the best choice for dogs with diabetes:
There are many recipes available for making home made diabetic dog treats.
Making the treats yourself allows you to control the type and quality of ingredients used, plus it's generally much less expensive to make treats than it is to buy them.
The foods listed in the Natural Treats category above are suitable to be used in recipes, and it's usually super-simple to create tasty treats that your diabetic dog will enjoy.
Here are a few recipes you might like to try.
This recipe is about as simple as it gets with just two ingredients.... plus there's an infinite variety of flavors you can make.
* Choose from turkey or chicken for meat-based baby food, or any veggie or fruit, or combination, that is on the list under the Natural Treats category above).
These tasty treats take just three ingredients and 15 minutes to bake.
*These treats will not be crispy. They also need to be stored in the refrigerator.
This yummy dog treat recipe calls for four ingredients, a mixing bowl, and just over 20 minutes in the oven.
*These treats will not be crispy.
Tasty, crunchy treats made with carrots, applesauce and a hint of parsley.
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