Wheat-Free Homemade Dog Treats

It’s not uncommon to have a dog that has food allergies.Food allergies affect between 10% and !5% of all dogs. Wheat allergies are one the most common canine food allergies. Wheat allergies usually affect a dog’s skin and coat. Some of the tell tale signs that your dog has wheat allergies are:

  • Itchy skin
  • Shaking of the head
  • Ear inflammation
  • Licking front paws
  • Rubbing face on carpet
  • Flatulence
  • Sneezing
  • Asthma like symptoms
  • Behavioral changes

More serious signs of wheat allergies can also include vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. There are a lot of wheat-free dog treats available to choose from. Pet stores and dog specialty shops usually have a nice variety to choose from. However, some of the commercially produced wheat-free dog treats may contain other ingredients that your dog may not be able to tolerate.

Making homemade dog treats is one of the safest ways to feed a dog that suffers from allergies. Pet cookbooks are a great place to find some easy an inexpensive dog treat recipes. The Collaborative Canine is a cookbook for dogs and it has a wheat-free section for homemade dog treats.

Enjoy this story about Buffy the poodle and her wheat-free dog treat recipe called Buffy’s Parmesan Poodle Treats. These are Buffy’s favorite homemade dog treats!

Buffy’s Parmesan Poodle Treats

Ingredients:

2 cups oat flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup lukewarm water

2 cups vegetable stock

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk

2 tbsp. dried parsley

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 egg, 1 tbsp. milk (glaze)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F.  In large bowl, add stock, oil, cheese, dry milk and herbs.  Gradually blend in the flour, baking powder and rolled oats.  Add enough oat flour to form a stiff dough. Place dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth.  Shape the dough into a ball and roll to 1/2 inch thickness.   Using floured cookie cutters, cut out treats.  Place on ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch apart.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Remove from oven.  In small bowl, whisk together egg and milk for glaze.  Brush both sides of treats with glaze.  Bake for an additional 30 minutes.  Let cool overnight.

Buffy

Registered Name:  Buffy

Birthday:  December 5

Breed:  Miniature Poodle

Favorite Treat:  Pupperoni

Favorite Food:  Beneful Beef Stew

Favorite Sport:  Fetch

Favorite Place To Sleep:  Middle of the Memory Foam Mattress

Buffy Wyatt

Submitted by:  Ken and Emily Wyatt

I’m a very active dog with lots of energy.  I like to be outside on walks, running on the trail by    the creek, or racing around my house.  I love toys that squeak, playing fetch, tug-of-war and    dancing on my two back paws.  My favorite words are outside, walk, bed and hungry.  I’m very friendly, but will love you if you rub my ears or scratch my belly.  I guard my house with a ferocious bark mostly aimed at the many squirrels in my backyard.  I love my people and they love me; it’s good to be a dog.

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