Just like humans have allergies, so do dogs. You may be surprised to know that many dogs have a grain and wheat intolerance. Because of that, grain-free dog treats have become popular amongst pet owners.
If your dog has a wheat or grain allergy, have no fear. There are quite a few grain-free dog treats available in stores, and you can easily find an option that works for your pup. Here are the top 9 grain-free dog treats.
If your dog is older or prefers soft and chewy treats, these Buddy Biscuits grain-free dog treats are delicious and nutritious. The treats are made without wheat, soy, or corn, and have simple ingredients.
The treats come in multiple flavors as well. You have the choice between peanut butter, grilled beef, and roasted chicken. They’re also made in the USA, are low in calories and fat, and are a perfect solution for dogs with allergies or chewing problems.
The Blue Buffalo treats are a crunchy treat, but they’re still wheat-free. They’re also made with real meat (not meat by-product) and have omega 3 & 6 fatty acids plus antioxidants. The treats are all high in protein as well, for dogs that may need a little boost during their day.
They can be used for training, or just for giving a few for a decent treat. They also come in multiple flavors, including; salmon, bison, red meat, duck, turkey, and venison. Talk about options!
These funnily named treats are supposed to mimic the food that your dog may try to swipe from your kitchen counter. The treats, like the appropriately named “Grammy’s Pot Pie”, are made with real ingredients and food you can find in your kitchen counters and fridge.
These are crunchy treats, but they’re small enough to work for puppies and small dogs, as well as big dogs. Other flavors include; brauts-n-tots, turducken, wingalings, and cowboy cookout. They’re made in the USA and include real meats including bacon and turkey. They’re also free from preservatives, making these a treat you can feel good about giving your pup.
This grain-free jerky is another great option for dogs who prefer chewier treats. These treats are so natural, you could eat them (although they may not be as tasty to you as they are to your pup).
The treats are made without grains, corn, wheat, soy, and by-product meals. They’re also free of artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. You can choose a few different options, including chicken, turkey, and beef.
Keep in mind that these treats are not a low-calorie option. So if your dog is on a special diet, or you’re trying to watch their weight, these treats may not be the best option. They’re also high in fat, so keeping treats to a minimum (no more than 5 a day, depending on the size of your dog) is advised.
These little links are adorable and perfect for dogs of all sizes, including puppies. Not only are they made with real meat, but they also include veggies too. Apples, carrots, and potatoes can be found in the different flavors of treats.
The best part about these treats is that they’re free of corn, wheat, soy, nitrites, nitrates, artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors, without sacrificing on taste. Zuke’s recommends feeding one treat per 5 pounds of weight of your dog.
You can find these treats in multiple flavors. They include; chicken and apple, pork and apple, duck and apple, and rabbit and apple.
These tiny treats are made with small dogs in mind. They’re also a bit “out there” when it comes to flavors, so if you know your dog is picky, these may not be the best option. For adventurous pups though, these are a great pick.
The treats are made with meat and pea protein/fiber, to create a lower-calorie but high protein treat option. They have a chewy texture, include flaxseed to promote a healthy coat, and are grain-free of course.
You can choose between two bag sizes, 6 ounces or 8 ounces, which is always a great way to try them out before committing to a larger bag. The treats come in a few different flavors, like turkey and pomegranate, and chicken and cherries to name a few.
These sweet treats are crunchy, healthy, and perfect for dogs of all sizes. They’re also a perfect treat option for training since they’re small and low in calories.
They’re completely grain free and don’t have any wheat, corn, or soy. And, they’re made with real and natural ingredients, including chickpeas and peanut butter, so they’re safe for your dog and have ingredients you know and trust, with nothing extra. The company also has a 16-ounce bag option, which is great if you have bigger dogs or multiples!
The Three Dog Bakery wafers come in super cute dog bone shapes, and are the first on this list to have the sweet potato flavor that many dogs love. They also have some other delicious and sweet flavors, including banana and peanut butter, and pumpkin.
Although these treats are considered crunchy treats, they’re light and airy, and melt on your dogs tongue. So you don’t have to worry about your small dog or puppy choking on these treats accidentally.
The treats are made in the USA and are also made in small batches. They have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and also have cinnamon and potato flour on the ingredients list. They do have egg and milk, so keep that in mind if your dog is allergic to those ingredients.
These limited ingredient treats are the perfect solution to dogs who may have multiple allergies or intolerances, and who love savory treats. These treats also come with a guarantee that they’ve been independently tested and are super safe for your dog to consume.
The treats come in multiple sizes (including a “bulk” option of 28 ounces) and flavors too. Some flavors include brown rice and lamb, potato and duck, sweet potato and bison, and sweet potato and fish. They are grain-free and made with real meat, and each recipe only has 10 ingredients or less!
Grain-free treats are safe to consume for your dog, and are a healthier option if your pet can’t have gluten or grains. Many contain few to no preservatives, are made with real ingredients that you could find in your own kitchen, and are delicious while being nutritious.
Unless your dog has an allergy or intolerance to grains, most likely, they will be okay with the other treats that are on store shelves. However, grain-free treats are perfect for dogs who may have issues, like digestive problems or itchy coats, when they consume grains.
Of course, it’s important to talk to your dog’s veterinarian before changing their diet or switching them exclusively to grain-free treats.
Note: Dogs who suffer from heart or kidney disease should avoid grain-free treats.
If your vet has approved of a grain-free diet, including treats, you may be wondering what you should be looking for. While the treats on this list are a great place to get started, there are a few things to keep in mind. For one, avoid treats with lots of fillers and chemicals, including meat by-products if you can.
While preservatives can be okay and keep treats safe to consume for long periods of time, you should also try to limit the treats that have multiple preservatives, or whose preservatives may cause an adverse reaction for your pup.
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