Gluten Free Dog Treats
Safe and Healthy Dog Treats (without the flour)

Gluten free dog treats are great for any dog owner who owns a dog who suffers from celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Your dog doesn't have to have issues that are related to gluten. Many dog owners choose to have their dogs on an organic gluten free diet as it is healthier. Making your own gluten free dog treats gives you a lot of control over the ingredients going into them. Dogs that are gluten intolerant can develop various health issues, including allergies, joint pains and epilepsy. If you think your dog has a gluten allergy, there are symptoms to look out for. For owners who are not sure what gluten is, it is a protein found in certain grains, wheat, kamut, spelt, triticale, rye and barley.

Cocker Spaniel eating a treat, while laying in the grass

When you think of cookies, the baker in you lists off a variety of ingredients, with flour likely at the top of the  list. However,  if you have a dog that is sensitive to wheat or other gluten products, flour is not an option. Dog treats without flour is very possible. There is no need for your dog to miss out on amazing treats, just because he has allergies. By making your own homemade dog treats, this allow you to give great treats to your dog without the worry of upsetting his delicate tummy! 

I have put together a list of healthy recipes for gluten free dog treats below. If your dog is fine with gluten as long as it is grain free, then try my grain free dog treat recipes. 

Common Ingredients In Gluten Free Dog Treats

  • Gluten Free Flours (see below)
  • Seeds (e.g. flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
  • Beans
  • Buts
  • Fresh Eggs
  • Fresh Meats, Fish and Poultry 
  • Fruits and Vegetables (e.g. pumpkin, sweet potatoes)
  • Brewer's Yeast 

Gluten Ingredients In Store Brought Treats 

Dog treats manufactures add glutеn into their treats іn mаnу ѕеvеrаl different methods. Dog treats that contain rісе, gravy оr сеrеаl аrе thickened with gluten containing flоurѕ. Glutеn can trouble many so-called "gluten free dog treats", еvеn іn dоg'ѕ medicines and natural vіtаmіnѕ. Prevent glutеn free dоg treats that contain emulsifiers, flavorings, hydrolyzed vegetable рrоtеіn (HVP), natural flavorings, ѕtаrсhеѕ and ѕtаbіlіѕеrѕ bесаuѕе these ingredients regularly contain gluten.

There is a possibility of commercial organic gluten free dog treats containing a small amount оf glutеn, but this іѕ rеgаrdеd a secure amount. In U.S the FDA uѕеѕ the term (gluten-free) іn gluten free dоg treats with lеѕѕ than 20ppm of gluten. However, ѕіnсе the tеrm "glutеn free" dіffеrѕ іn different nаtіоnѕ, mаnу dо nоt еnсоurаgе labeling оf gluten-containing items. Thеrеfоrе, brands revealing "100% gluten free dоg treats" аrе not always 100% gluten free. Ongoing glutеn visibility, even in a tiny amount, саn gradually existing ѕеrіоuѕ wellness repercussions for dogs that have a ѕеrіоuѕ problem with glutеn.

Great Free Flours

  • Almond Flour (contains: manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium)
  • Amaranth Flour
  • Quinoa Flour
  • Buckwheat Flour (good source of copper and magnesium and high in fiber and contains antioxidant properties)
  • Chickpea Flour (high in digestible fiber)
  • Coconut Flour (high in fiber)
  • Oat Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour (very similar to all-purpose flour. It contains selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and vitamin B3)
  • Quinoa Flour

Beetroot, Cranberry and Honey Gummy Paws

Gluten Free Dog Treats: Beetroot, Cranberry and Honey Gummy Paws! 
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Ingredients: 

  • 1 Beetroot 
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cranberries 
  • 2 Packs Unflavored Great Lakes Gelatin (equivalent to 2 tablespoons)

Any flavored or artificially sweetened gelatin products like Jell-o brand can be potentially toxic to dogs so make sure to use plain, unflavored varieties of gelatin.

Directions:

  1. Cut the beetroot into slices and place in a saucepan with 1 cup of cold water. Using a cocktail stick, pierce a hole in each cranberry and add to the saucepan.
  2. Put the saucepan on medium heat. Once it starts to boil turn it down to low and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Then let it cool down. (it's got to be completely cool, before you move to the next step)
  3. Using a strainer, separate the juice from the beetroot and cranberries. Put the juice into the saucepan. Sprinkle your packets of gelatin over your juice and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn your burner on to a low heat and gently stir your mixture until the gelatin dissolves. While stirring, add the honey. Once your gelatin has fully dissolved remove your pot from the heat and pour into your molds.
  5. Chill your molds in your fridge until they set (I found at mine needed at least 3 hours)

Turkey and Vegetable Meatloaf

Ingredients: 

  • 4 lb Lean Organic Ground Turkey 
  • 1/2 lb Organic Chicken Liver (rinsed and diced)
  • 2 Cups Peas (pureed)
  • 2 Cups Sweet Potatoes (pureed)
  • 2 Cups Fresh Broccoli (pureed)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Divide the mixture into four 8"x 4"x 1" loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the oven for one hour. (drain off any grease that occurs during the cooking process)

These treats will keep up to one week in the refrigerator. You can wrap the meatloaf up in foil and freeze it for up to six months. If you do training on a weekly basis, you can cook a large batch and freeze it, then take some out the night before you plan on training with your dog - quick, easy and simple!

Lamb Jerky With Ginger, Cranberries and Medjool Dates

Dehydrated Lamb Jerky. This recipe contains ginger, fresh cranberries and medjool dates. A great festive combination.

Fresh Ginger - Help with digestive problems, such as diarrhea, colic and flatulence. Fresh ginger is very beneficial to senior dog's who's digestives stems are a bit sluggish. If your dog is easily stressed in certain situations, such as riding in a car, moving house etc ginger can help calm them down.

Fresh Medjool Dates - Low in fat, which is ideal for dog's who are on a weight managed diet plan. Dates contain  vitamins, fiber, calcium, iron, protein, magnesium and potassium - all which are required for your dog to live a happy and healthy life.

Fresh Cranberries - Rich with antioxidants and nutrients that help support our dogs immune system and has the ability to decrease inflammation. It is very important to ensure your dogs has antioxidants in their diet, they play a major role in keeping your dog healthy. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb Organic 100% Ground Lamb
  • 2 oz Fresh Cranberries (or dried) 
  • 3 Medjool Dates (remove the pip)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger (grated)

Directions:

  1. Place the ground lamb into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut up the cranberries and the medjool dates into small-sized pieces, then add them to the mixing bowl.
  3. Add the freshly grated ginger. Then mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.
  4. Push the mixture into a jerky gun and pipe onto a dehydrator tray.
  5. Dehydrate at 160 degrees for 8 hours or until you get you desired texture. 

Sweet Potato, Apple and Carrot Chips

This is a great gluten free treat that you and you dog can enjoy. By dehydrating fruit and vegetables, this allows the treats to keep their nutrition's. Unlike baked treats, which lose there nutrition's. If you know you dog is not a huge fan of the ingredients in the recipe, you can mix it up with fruits and vegetables that you know he likes -  to make it extra special!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Organic Sweet Potato 
  • 1 Organic Carrot 
  • 1 Organic Apple
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Fresh Parsley

Directions:

  1. Slice the potatoes, carrots and apples as thin as you can.
  2. Place the slices onto a dehydrator tray and sprinkle with parsley.
  3. Dehydrate for 5 hours at 135°F. or until you have achieved your desired texture. Store these treats in a cool area inside an air-tight container.

Optional: These can also be be baked in the oven at 180 degree for 3-4 hours. Place the sliced ingredients onto the parchment paper and place on a baking tray.

This is the dehydrator that I have at home - It's cost effect and  comes with a jerky gun, 5 dehydrator trays, 3 types of fruit roll sheets and a recipe guide: Nesco FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator 


Cheddar Bone Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Organic White Rice Flour
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese (grated)
  • 3 1/2 Ounces Organic Butter
  • Few drops of Milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the grated cheese, butter. and rice flour together to form a dough mixture. Knead the dough into a a ball (add a few drops of milk, if required). Place the dough in the fridge and leave for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, roll the dough out onto a floured surface so you have a 1/2 inch thickness dough.
  5. Using cookie cutters, cut the shapes out of the dough. Place the cookies onto the baking tray and into the oven for 15-20 minutes.

* If you don't have cookie cutters, you can put the mixture into silicon molds. After 15-20 minutes, leave the cookies in the oven, with the oven turned off. This will allow the cookies to become crunchier.


What About Corn & Soy?

While corn and soy are gluten free, these ingredients  are not recommended to be included in your dogs diet . Do your dog treats contain corn or soy? These ingredients are highly known to be potential allergens to sensitive dogs. As these ingredients have a sticky texture, it cause problems to the small intestine - These ingredients act like a glue and can clog the lining of the intestinal wall. 

Flours You Can Substitute For Gluten Free Dog Treats 

  • Rice Flour
  • Garbanzo Beans (Chickpea)
  • Quinoa
  • Tapioca 
  • Amaranth 
  • Potato Flour 
  • Millet Flour
  • Oats/Oatmeal 

To Sum Up Gluten Free Dog Treats 

Make sure you experience with the recipes that I have on my site. If there is an ingredient that you know will turn your dogs nose away from a treat, then replace that ingredient with something else he likes. There is no need for your dog to miss out on delicious gluten free dog treats just becuase he has allergies. 

If you want to make any other gluten free dog treats using other recipes from my site, then all you need to do is avoid using wheat flour or oats. I have a list of flours you can substitute in the recipes to make them healthier for your dog below. 


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