As a parent of a dog with allergies, I understand the struggle of finding hypoallergenic treats and foods that my dog, Ginger, can eat.
If you’ve ever read the ingredients on the typical dog treat bag, you would be shocked. I found that chicken by-products or chicken meal is in just about every dog food and treat.
Anytime we are at the pet store, we search for any new treats to see if our dog Ginger can have them. Reading labels has become part of my job as a dog mom.
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Here are the 7 best treats I found for dogs with allergies. Since chicken is the number one source of allergies in most dogs, none of these contain chicken of any kind.
These are available in a variety of flavors so make sure to read the labels. We stick with the non-protein-based flavors such as pumpkin, apple, strawberries, and blueberries.
Ingredients for the pumpkin/blueberry flavor: Pumpkin, Ground Oats, Barley, Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Molasses, Cinnamon, Blueberry Pomace, Natural Blueberry Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (To Preserve Freshness).
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Any freeze dried treat should be one ingredient, but I recommend reading the label just in case. I stick with the fish based because that’s the protein our dog can eat.
Ingredients: Green Beef Tripe.
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The PureBites brand has many freeze-dried options, from beef to fish making it easy to find the option that your dog can eat.
Ingredients: Only one ingredient, depending on chosen flavor!
Rabbit is one of a few novel proteins that dog’s with allergies may be able to eat. Vital Essentials also carries other proteins such as duck, beef and salmon.
Ingredients: Rabbit, Rabbit Liver, Rabbit Kidney, Rabbit Heart.
Feeding dogs a raw diet is on the rise because you have complete control over what your dog eats. I don’t personally feed my dogs a raw diet, but you can find some great information on Dog’s Naturally website. Also Darwin’s Pet is a great source for raw food.
If you feel ambitious and want to make your dog homemade treats, the best ingredients to use are:
The easiest way to make homemade treats is to simply freeze fruit or vegetable. Anytime our fruit starts to get too ripe, I cut it up into treat sized pieces and threw them into the freezer.
Again, a very simple way to make treats for your allergy-prone dog. You can use protein, vegetables or fruits. Simple slice the food and put it on your dehydrator.
I’ve gone through an elimination diet with our dog Ginger to find what she is allergic to. It came down to the only protein she can eat is fish.
It’s obviously different for every dog, so I’ve included a variety of options below. These include brands I’ve heard others have success with. These are all very limited ingredient dog foods.
Zignature is our go-to brand. They have several novelty proteins from kangaroo, salmon, venison and more. Their ingredient list is super limited and many dogs with allergies have success with their foods. It’s such a great food, I also feed it to our other dog that isn’t allergic to anything.
AvoDerm is another popular option for dogs with allergies. We tried the Salmon and Potato, and while my dogs liked it, I found that Ginger did better on Zignature. It is a great option to consider and since all dogs are different, it may work better for your pup.
Stella & Chewy’s is a freeze dried food with many different protein options so you can pick what works best for your dog. I’ve tried a few samples of this and my dogs love it, but with two large dogs it would be a very expensive to feed them both.
Chewing on bones help keep dog’s teeth clean and healthy. But when you have a dog with allergies, it can be difficult to find something they can chew on. If your dog is not allergic to beef, then you will have an easier time finding bones. But since Ginger can not eat beef I need to find alternatives. Here are a few I found that my dogs love.
That does it for my top 20 favorite treats, food, and bones for Dogs with Allergies. Please pin the graphic below to Pinterest so you can easily reference it anytime you need to find something new for pup.
Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, three dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.