A diagnosis of canine diabetes can certainly throw dog owners for a loop, but with the right dietary management, these pups can live just as long and happily as any other. They don’t have to miss out on anything — even treats for diabetic dogs are becoming more mainstream. Homemade diabetic dog food is another option that gives pet parents more control over their furry friend’s diet, including both meals and treats.
These treats are not only safe for diabetic dogs, but they’re easy to make, too. Some take as little as five minutes! With diverse ingredients from veggies to protein and even a little fruit, you’ll have plenty of options to give your health-conscious pup something yummy.
Vegetables are fantastic treats for diabetic pups since they’re so low in sugar and high in fiber, though not all dogs will happily munch on some raw or cooked veggies at a moment’s notice. Making dehydrated carrot “jerky” is a great way to solve this problem while giving your furry friend something to gnaw on for a while.
You’ll begin with whole, regular carrots. Make sure to blanch them before dehydrating, which is simply soaking them in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then, you’re ready to chop! When you slice your veggies, you can make either bite-sized morsels or larger jerky chews for your pup, though the bigger pieces will take much longer to cook.
When dehydrating carrots, use low heat (about 125 degrees) for a long time. You can expect small pieces to become dark and leathery — that’s when you know they’re ready — in as little as 2 hours, while larger pieces may have to sit for 10 hours or more. Luckily, you get to kick back and relax while all this is happening, so you’ll need to dedicate only about half an hour to the actual work!
Frozen treats are awesome rewards for those hot summer months, especially right after playtime or a walk. Luckily, you can make delicious treats for your diabetic dog, too, so he won’t have to miss out on the fun. Freezing plain nonfat yogurt is a great way to do this, though you can also freeze unsweetened apple sauce. Make sure anything you use is low in sugar but does not contain artificial sweeteners, as many of these can be toxic for dogs.
Mix in some morsels of canine-approved fruit for a sweet surprise. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and vitamins (and they’re super yummy), which makes them a great choice. Keep in mind that fruit is higher in sugar than veggies, so even though it’s fresh produce, it needs to be given in moderation.
With your chosen ingredients, just fill ice cube trays and freeze!
With just three ingredients and about half an hour of prep, these treats are both easy and healthy. Liver is a nutrient-dense protein that gives your dog plenty of copper, vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, and zinc. Chicken liver is safe for dogs as well, but beef liver is lower in fat and calories, ideal for pups who need to watch their diet.
Here’s what you need, according to the recipe from Hillrose Pet Resort:
- 1½ pounds beef liver, chopped
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
Heat your oven to 350 degrees before you start. Next, finely chop or process the liver until it’s nearly ground, then mix in the eggs and flour (either in the processor or by hand). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for the mixture to be spread into. Now — just like a cake — bake this concoction for 15 minutes, let it cool, then cut it into bite-sized pieces and store in the fridge until you’re ready to reward your pup.
Eggs are an awesome source of protein for pets and don’t run the risk of raising glucose levels. Some veterinarians recommend feeding only the egg whites to your pup, as the whites have less fat and cholesterol than the yolk, but scrambled whole eggs in moderation are fine for most dogs. If you’re unsure, ask your vet!
All you really need to do is scramble eggs on the stovetop like you normally would, though without any seasonings, spices, or oils. Not only are these unhealthy for pups, but they’re also not necessarily safe. Once they’ve cooled, your dog will love small bites of scrambled egg — and you can easily store the rest for later.
As long as you’re diligent about keeping your dog’s blood glucose levels in check, the majority of low-fat and low-sugar treats can be awesome rewards for a job well done. Veterinarians are also chock-full of ideas for managing your dog’s diet — whether or not they have diabetes — so they can be a great resource as well. What kind of snacks do your diabetic dogs enjoy?
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