I need a dog cookie/treat recipe for a diabetic dog

by Darlene Pigman
(Sebring, FL)

I make homemade treats with natural ingredients from my farm and many friends have started asking me for these treats. Some have asked for treats for special diets i.e. gluten free. Now I have someone asking for treats for their diabetic dog. Any suggestions?

Chef's Answer ~ My first recommendation is to be cautious. Making treats for dogs with special needs requires an in-depth knowledge of their nutritional needs.

As a high level answer, there are many recipes that will fit your requirements. You'll want to look for dog treat recipes with very little or no sugar. That includes honey and molasses, although these are a more natural form of sugar. You'll also want to look for dog biscuit recipes that are high in fiber (like rolled oats) for lasting energy.

I hope this has helped. Happy Dog Treat Baking! :)

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Diabetic Dog Treats
by: Amy

Our dog was diagnosed with diabetes at 5. She's had treats since she was a pup so I had to find treats she could have.

Dogs in the wild consume 14% or less of carbohydrates and carbs are NOT a diabetic dog's friend.

So I have about 10 recipes for treats. Also the vegetarian sections of your grocery are a great help. All my dogs think the vegetarian sausage patties, sausage links and hamburgers are real but they are low fat with very low percentage of carbs.

TURKEY MEATBALLS: Mix 3 lbs. of ground turkey, 1/2 cup uncooked oats, 1/2 cup corn meal, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tbsp. parsley flakes and 2 eggs. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Form mixture into balls, place on greased cookie sheet (I use cooking spray) and bake 20 minutes. Store in seal container in frig or freeze. Makes about 6 dozen 1" meatballs.

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