Treats for Dogs with Diabetes

Treats for Dogs with Diabetes

We all love our pets so much; in fact, our pets truly become part of the family.  So it can be really difficult when our pets become ill, especially when they develop a chronic illness such as diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that requires constant monitoring in both humans and pets, and maintaining a healthy glucose level in your pet can be a challenge. We’d like to share with you some healthy treats for dogs with diabetes, however, before we get into these recipes, let’s do a quick review of the symptoms of diabetes that our pets can experience as well as the treatments available.


Symptoms of diabetes in pets are basically the same as symptoms in humans. The primary symptoms that you may notice are drinking excessively and urinating more as well. Other symptoms you may notice are:

  • Cataracts
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Lethargic Behavior
  • Increased Appetite in some

When it comes to treating diabetes, it is essential that your pet be under the care of their Veterinarian. Your vet should provide a very specific diet plan for your pet as well as a treatment plan. Treatment for diabetes can be as simple as dietary changes to control your pet’s sugar intake or they may require insulin taken orally or via injection.


When it comes to giving your diabetic dog treats, fruits and vegetables are great treats for your diabetic dog. Fruit can have a high starch content, so it’s best to offer fruit in moderation but here are some that are good to include:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

Vegetables are another great choice because they are high in fiber and low in calories.  Good vegetable choices for your dog are:

  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Green Beans

It’s best to avoid commercial dog treats since many included fillers such as corn and/or soy, corn syrup, fructose or molasses. Each of these are high in sugar.

Making healthy diabetic dog treats at home can be a great option and a great way to involve other family members in the management of your dog’s diabetes.  If you do plan to make your own diabetic dog treats, look for ingredients such as oats and whole grain. You might also consider adding some low-sodium chicken broth to your dog’s daily food to offer a bit of variety.

Pay close attention to the ingredient list in your dog’s food and especially when you are managing his diabetes.  Diabetes in dogs is a challenge, but careful monitoring of his diet and working closely with your vet on a regular basis will ensure that your pet continues to enjoy a high quality of life, despite his disease.

Here are a few recipes to get you going!


Diabetic Dog Treats


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef liver, cut into pieces
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the liver into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. If you have room, add the flour and eggs, and process until smooth. Otherwise, transfer to a bowl, and stir in the flour and eggs using a wooden spoon. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the center is firm. Cool, and cut into squares using a pizza cutter. The treats will have a consistency similar to a sponge. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


Chicken Dog Bone Treats Recipe


  • 1 c chicken broth
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 ½ c whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 c unbleached white flour
  • 1 ½ t dry yeast
  • 1/4 c oat bran(can use oat bran cereal)
  • 2 t chicken bouillon
  • 1/c chopped cooked chicken(canned chicken or leftover chicken)


  1. Place all ingredients in your bread maker in the order that the manufacturer suggests.
  2. Set the bread machine for "dough".
  3. When the dough is ready, remove it and divide it into 3 equal portions.
  4. Roll into sheets (with a non-stick rolling pin) that are 1/8”thick for small (1inch) bones, ¼” thick for 3” bones and ½” thick for 5 or 6 inch bones.
  5. Cut out your bones, making sure that your bone cookie cutterhas lots of flour on it so it doesn’t stick.
  6. Bake the bones at 275 degrees F. The little bones will only take a few minutes (perhaps 30); the 3” bones should bake for about an hour. And the large bones should bake for at least an hour and 15 minutes.
  7. Turn the oven off and let the bones sit in the oven for several hours or overnight. The large bones will take quite a bit longer than the others. When they are dry, the treats will be hard and crisp, with no “give” to them.

Thoroughly dry chicken dog bones can be stored at room temperature for a several months in your favorite good dog cookie jar in a cool dry location.

If you plan to keep them longer, or you are not sure that they are dry enough, put your dog bone treats an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator or freezer.


Vegetarian Bone Recipe


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup barley flour
  • 1/4 cup dried vegetables, chopped finely (not onion or garlic)
  • 1/4 cup brewers yeast or nutritional yeast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry baking yeast


  • Place all of the ingredients in your breadmaker—in the order that you usually do.
  • Use the "dough" cycle.
  • When the dough is ready, remove it from the bread maker.
  • Divide it into 3 or 4 balls to make it easier to work with it.
  • Roll each ball of dough into a sheet. If you are making 3" bones make the sheet ¼" thick. If you are making 5-7" bones, make the sheet ½" thick.
  • Let the bones rise for 45-60 minutes.
  • Bake at 300 degrees F for approximately 1 hour or until they feel hard to the touch.
  • Turn off the oven and let the dog bones continue to dry in the oven overnight.

Store these healthy dog treats in a cool dry place in an airtight container for a period up to 30 days. Or, you can refrigerate or freeze them for longer periods.

I don’t recommend making the 1" bones with this dog bone recipe, as the dried vegetables are kind of "chunky" and stick out of the dough a bit.

The dried vegetables also make it hard to cut the small bone treats.

One way to avoid this is to chop them quickly in your blender to make them smaller, even as fine as a powder.

Dog bone cookie cutters are a must for this recipe.


Pumpkin Homemade Dog Biscuits


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1 1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon non-aluminum baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup water + 1 tablespoon water


  • Mix everything in your mixer. This dough will be thick like cookie dough, so make sure that you use the appropriate beater.
  • When the dough is mixed thoroughly, roll it into rectangular sheets that are 1/4" thick.
  • Using a palm held pizza cutteror a 5 wheel pastry cutter, cut the dough into 1/2” parallel strips. Don't move the strips—leave them in place on your cutting board.
  • Now, at about a 45 degree angle, go back and cut parallel strips that are 1/2” apart. You will end up with diamonds that look like the biscuits in the photo.
  • Or, if you want to make it easier, just cut the dough into little squares.The squares don't have to be perfectly even. Your dog will love them just the same!
  • Transfer the pumpkin biscuits (squares or diamonds) to a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake the dog biscuits at 250 degrees F for about an hour. Since the biscuits are fairly small, they can brown fairly quickly. Check them occasionally toward the end of the baking time, to make sure that they are not getting too dark.
  • Turn off the oven, and let the dog biscuits continue to dry overnight in the oven.
  • When the dog treats are completely done, they will be hard, dry and crisp. They will be hard for you to break in your hands--and better for your dog's teeth.

You can store these pumpkin dog treats for a month or so at room temperature.

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits and many of my other dog recipes are great for the holidays, so keep some on hand for your Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers.

Last but not least, make sure you have some pumpkin homemade dog biscuits for trick or treaters on Halloween!


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