Hypoallergenic and limited-ingredient dog treats are becoming easier to find these days, much to the delight of pet owners.
Once rare and expensive, these specialized treats are now an accessible option for pets with food allergies or intolerances.
Like humans, dogs often eat the same foods and treats over and over again, becoming over-exposed to certain ingredients. Over-exposure to the same ingredient can cause the immune and digestive systems to react in negative ways.
Ingredients like beef, dairy, corn, and wheat (to name a few) are used in the majority of standard dog foods and treats, and many dogs can no longer process them. To make matters worse, when a dog develops one allergy, they’ll likely develop others as well.
Common symptoms and reactions that dogs suffer from when fed these ingredients involve:
Veterinarians and dog food manufacturers recognize the seriousness of these allergens and recommend that dog owners keep common allergens away from their pets.
To isolate which foods your dog is reacting to, your vet will likely put your dog on an elimination diet, followed by a food challenge. This is done by solely feeding your dog one or two foods, such as ground turkey and sweet potatoes. Once you’ve established that your dog doesn’t have a reaction to these two foods, you can start the food challenges.
Gradually, more items are added in, until you notice that your dog has an allergic reaction. This will clearly identify which allergens your dog is reacting to, and you can then create a diet avoiding any allergy triggers.
Once you are aware of what ingredients you need to avoid, you can begin experimenting with different hypoallergenic dog treats and holistic dog food, all while monitoring your dog’s reaction to make sure the food is working for them.
For dogs who have developed allergies, hypoallergenic dog food and hypoallergenic dog treats are a must!
Many more foods are available, offering a wide variety of protein and grains that your dog may not react to. Common ingredients in hypoallergenic dog treats include:
These hypoallergenic dog treats contain ingredients that are less likely to trigger allergic reactions for your dog. Different ingredients will be suitable for certain dogs vs others, so make sure you understand your dog’s allergies.
You may also consider trying multiple treats with different ingredients and recording your dog’s reaction to help eliminate any ingredients causing a negative affect.
About: Purina Veterinary Diets Dog Treats are designed specifically for dogs with meat allergies and is part of the HA diet treatment. These treats are just the thing for dogs with severe protein allergies, and is commonly prescribed by vets for dogs that need hypoallergenic treats.
Ingredients: Starch, hydrolyzed soy protein isolate, vegetable oil, dicalcium phosphate, oat fiber, powdered cellulose, partially hydrogenated canola oil preserved with TBHQ, potassium chloride, guar gum, lecithin, corn oil, choline chloride, magnesium oxide, DL-Methionine, salt, taurine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, niacin, ferrous sulfate, calcium carbonate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, garlic oil, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite
About: Chewerz Sweet Potato Dog Treats are chewy, all-natural hypoallergenic dog treats made from sweet potatoes and designed for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
Made in the USA. These treats are sourced, produced, and packaged in the USA.
Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, Vegetable Glycerin
About: Omega Grain Free Dog Treats are a gourmet, USA-made dog treat that are great for dogs with sensitive tummies.
Ingredients: Garbanzo bean flour, apple juice, eggs, cranberries, sweet potato flour, natural cranberry flavor flaxseed oil, glucosamine HCL, mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E) as a natural preservative.
About: Fruitables Crunchy Dog Treats are baked, all-natural, hypoallergenic dog treats made from fruit!
Ingredients: Pumpkin, Organic Oatmeal, Pearled Barley, Oat Fiber, Apples, Canola Oil, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Natural Flavor, Vanilla, Mixed Tocopherols.
About: Old Mother Hubbard Dog tTeats are bone shaped dog biscuits that will remind you of the classic dog treat, with a cute design and crunchy texture your dog will love!
Ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour, Oatmeal, Wheat Bran, Chicken Liver, Cane Molasses, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Caramel Color, Eggs, Apples, Carrots, Garlic, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative).
About: Virbac VeggieDent Chews pull double-duty as both a treat/reward for your dog and a dental cleaning.
Ingredients: Corn starch, glycerin, soy bean protein, rice flour, palatable agent (saccharomyces cerevisiae), sorbitol, corn cob, water, potassium sorbate.
About: Greenies Pill Pockets are dog treats that can be used to hide your dog’s medications in a tasty snack. If your dog has other medical issues requiring medication, in addition to their allergy issues, Greenies Pill Pockets could be a solution.
Ingredients: Rehydrated Duck, Glycerin, Ground Peas, Natural Flavors, Pea Protein, Vegetable Oil, Sodium Bisulfate, Water, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Xanthan Gum, Smoke Flavor, Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols
Do you have any favorite brands of hypoallergenic dog treats that we did not include? Share your favorites in the comments!
Meg Marrs is the Founder and Senior Editor at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!