It may be hard to believe that your dog could be allergic to anything. But they can be. The beloved canine of a close friend of mine sure is. Anytime he eats anything with gluten in it he gets ear infections. That doesn’t stop him from trying. We have to watch out for Riley. He’s a big, Black Labrador retriever and he is notorious for stealing things off of the counter, table or right out of your hand. It helps that his head is level with the table and counter tops. That makes stealing food that much easier for him. Either he hasn’t figured out that food with gluten in it causes the very uncomfortable infections or he doesn’t care. He will take it any chance he gets; he is a dog after all. With this special pooch in mind I set out to make him treats that he would enjoy.
Riley the Lab
This is Riley. He is a wonderful canine. He is a very healthy, quite large, black Labrador retriever. He does have a one big problem though. He is allergic to wheat and foods with gluten in them. That doesn’t stop him from trying to steal them from counters, tables, or right out of your hand. You have to be aware of where he is and where the food is. He can lay his head down on the table at his house. That is how tall he is. Apparently he does not associate his infected ears to having eaten something with gluten in it. Either that or he just doesn’t care. He is a dog after all. If it’s food, he wants it. His owner does buy him high quality food that is free of gluten and wheat. He likes it just fine. He doesn’t want to be left out of whatever it is that the humans in his home may be eating.
Gluten Free Dog Treats
Riley is a friend of our family. I felt bad for his plight of not being able to eat anything he wanted. So I found a recipe for dog treats with out gluten in them. They are a hit. Even the canines in my household that aren’t sensitive to wheat and gluten like them. They are made of relatively simple ingredients.
1 cup oat flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted is best)
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup water
2-3 pieces cooked bacon
1 shredded carrot
The unsalted butter is best because dogs shouldn’t have much salt. Just like their human friends. Their systems are smaller and more sensitive to the fluctuations. We want to keep our four legged friends healthy and happy.
Oat flour and brown rice flour can be found in most grocery stores now. The majority of the chain stores have a gluten free section. You can check their or you can check in the baking section or if there is an organic section try that.
Yum. Time to try
You will need to preheat oven to 350°. In a medium size bowl combine all of the wet ingredients until they are well blended. Next you will need to add both the oat flour and the brown rice flour to wet mixture to form the dough.
It’s easier to work with if you roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper or lightly floured work surface until it’s 1/4 inch thick.
Cut out the treats with cookie cutter. Any size or shape will do. But a dog bone seems appropriate.
Place treats on a parchment lined baking sheet, make sure that they aren’t touching, and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Cool in oven, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
A weeks’ worth can be stored in a sealed container on the counter. The rest can be stored in the freezer.