By: Sarah Gardner
Finding safe diabetic dog treats is of utmost importance. If you have a dog, who suffers from diabetes, finding a safe diabetic dog treat for in between meals can be vital in stabilizing blood sugar levels or even used as a reward or tool to help with insulin injections. But, it must be a treat that doesn't affect the blood sugar levels. That's the challenge, but luckily there's a solution.
To help manage diabetes, you must consult with your veterinary and follow their guidelines on what to feed your dog. Your dog's food should have the same quantity every day and will consist of a certain amount of carbohydrates and not fluctuate. It is essential that dogs with diabetes are fed at the same time every day, preferably twice a day.
Treats that contain sugar or carbohydrates are likely to affect your dog's blood sugar levels and throw off their insulin levels. Sugar can be listed in many ways such as fructose, dextrose, molasses, cane molasses, corn syrup or malt syrup. Store bought treats that are soft or are semi-moist usually contain sugar or one of the other sugars listed. Same goes for the store bought jerky-type treats, so be careful and read the labels and always check with your vet if you're in doubt.
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We've looked at what you don't want in diabetic dog treats but what about what you do need! In a nutshell, you need a treat that doesn't raise or even affect the blood sugar levels, satisfies your dog's hunger, helps with training, keeps your dog at a healthy weight, and most of all it's tasty!
Meat-based treats, whole grains, or vegetable treats are best. Fruits are acceptable too but need to be in moderation. We do have some fabulous recipes for you to try further down the page!
"Treats made with meat or vegetables are the best treats for diabetic dogs"
If you buy diabetic dog treats, it is vital that you check the label. Don't be fooled into thinking that because the label mentions 'diabetic dog treats' that it is, in fact, safe for your dog, still read the label to ensure that it doesn't contain the following ingredients. If in doubt, always contact your veterinarian and get their professional advice.
If you'd rather not add additional treats to your dog's diet, you can adapt their current food into a tasty treat. This changes the texture and subtle taste changes which makes the food more enticing and exciting to your dog but keeps the calorie and carbohydrate content relatively the same.
All our dogs deserve treats - If your dog is on a restricted diet, using your dog's food as a treat is a fabulous way to make them feel special. Here are a few great recipes for making your dog they own diabetic dog treats.
Place 2 cups of your dog's dried food into a blender and grind the food, so it becomes a powder consistency. Mix the dried dog food with 1/4 cup of cold water until it forms a dough. Shape the dough into cookie shapes, using the back of a wooden spoon or fork flatten them down a little and place them onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Make sure you let the cookies cool down before serving them to your dog.
(These cookies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week in a sealed container)
Open a can of your dog's food and cut the loaf into 1/4" thick slices. To make it fun, use a small cookie cutter to cut out individual pieces of the loaf. If you don't have cookie cutters, you can cut the loaf into bite-sized pieces instead. Place the cookies on a non-greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until crispy.
(These treats can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for five days)
Try rolling the canned food into small bite-sized balls and place them in the freezer. A few hours later you can serve these frozen treats to your dog, and it's a great refreshing treat to help keep your dog cooler during the spring and summertime.
If you're looking for the best diabetic dog treats, then homemade is absolutely the best way to go. You'll be able to keep track of the ingredients and ensure that it's tasty. The best ones are meat-based treats. I like, or rather my dog (Lady) loves, homemade dehydrated chicken, beef, or liver.
These are super simple to make, contain no sugar or carbohydrates, last a long time, and you can make them as soft or as hard as you choose. I prefer to make them on the harder side, so they take a little longer for Lady to eat. Too soft and the treat can gobbled up within a few seconds! These are similar to the jerky treats that can be purchased in pet stores. But be warned, the store made ones often have sugar added and frequently come from China and are listed on dog treat recall lists. See here for more information about dangerous dog treats and dog treat recalls.
Sardines might be small, but they are full of health benefits and nutrients such as omega-3, vitamin D, vitamin B12, amino acids, and coenzyme Q10. Many dog owners worry about mercury in fish. The best thing about giving your dogs sardines is because they're small - their life cycle and diet makes them much safer and likely to not have more than trace amount of mercury.
When buying sardines for your dog, always buy wild caught, packed in water - There's no need for more oil, salt or any other ingredients. Sardines are a soft-boned fish, and dogs can safely digest the bones with no issues.
My dog went crazy for these treats! - She couldn't get enough! The great thing about this recipe is that it only contains four ingredients, which you may already have at home. You can always include this in your dog's food to make dinner time more exciting.
Tip: Don't throw away the water from the sardines. You can use this as a gravy on your dogs food, plus a teaspoon or turmeric, which has great health benefits for dogs.
Many dogs that suffer from medical problems have to take medication, and this can sometimes be a battle for you and your dog. These homemade coconut pill pockets can easily be made at home, using simple and safe ingredients. Even if your dog doesn't need to take any medication, you can still make these, but without the holes.
For a full list of our homemade recipes, click here.
If you don't have the time or don't want the hassle of making treats, there is a way of ensuring your providing healthy choices for your dog. Look for a dog treat that has meat or whole grains as the main ingredients(meat should always be the first ingredient listed). Freeze dried meats are perfect but again, check with your vet if you are unsure. Here are the commercial dog treat that we recommend:
The Old Dog Cookie Co have created the perfect cookies for dogs who suffer from diabetes. They are made in the USA, contain no additives, chemicals, dyes or other by-products. They have carefully selected ingredients that are known to help reduce blood sugar, slow the rate of metabolism and help manage insulin requirements.
There is no added sugar in these treats, only natural sugar in the apples - which is one of the ingredients. Many dog owners are restricted when it comes to giving their dog diabetic/low glucose treats as there are not many on the market and can be very bland in flavor. You will not be disappointed in these diabetic dog treats!
These tasty treats from The Healthy Companion Company are in the USA and only contain one ingredient and that it chicken feet. When looking for chicken feet treats for your dog, make sure they are dehydrated and not cooked or roasted. When bones have been cooked or roasted there is more chance that they will splinter - which could cause your dog an injury and no-one wants that! These treat are the safest option because they are dehydrated and 100% natural.
They are an excellent reward treat for good behavior, for training purposes or to supplement a healthy canine diet. If your dog is on a raw diet, make a trip to your local butcher and buy some fresh chicken feet - raw chicken feet are 100% safe for all dogs.
I know it may be overwhelming when your dog has been diagnosed with something like diabetes but remember, diabetes responds pretty well with dietary changes and required medication from your vet. Luckily you are in total control of your dog's diet, so there's no chance of them sneaking a crafty candy bar while you're not looking, or at least there shouldn't be.
If you have time, making your own meat-based diabetic dog treats is the best and most economical way to go. You can always try making their current dog food more interesting by converting them into treats and remember if you are going to buy commercial dog treats, always check the labels carefully and discuss all issues or concerns with your veterinarian.