Treats for my Diabetic Dog?

The one thing I haven’t changed with Bender is his treats. I really don’t give him many treats to begin with. He maybe gets 1/2 to a full milk bone or some thing resembles a milk bone a day, if that. I don’t treat him with people food either. Some times he gets a rawhide strip (3″x6″ ones). But that is really it.

My vet did give me Butler Lean Treats. I have yet to try them because right before I found out Bender was diabetic I bought a 10 pound box of dog treats and my girlfriend keeps buying treats for the dogs.

But that does raise the question about what should be done with treats and your diabetic dog? Personally with how little treats Bender gets I never bothered looking for diabetic dog treats. Reading around on the interwebs I found that a lot of people give their dogs carrots or other veggies. So my question to you is what kind of treats do you give your diabetic dog?

13 Responses to “Treats for my Diabetic Dog?”

  1. You can give him the Hill’s Science Diet Hypoallergenic bone shaped treats that you can buy at the vet. A bit pricey, but ok for diabetic dogs. I give my dog carrots too… loves them as much as the treats.

  2. Jeff Mendelsohn

    I started recently giving Bender Baby Carrots. He loves them. They are good for him but I need to pull back on the amount.

    Glycemic Index* is around 50 which is considered low. But still higher than I would like for the amount he is getting right now.

    *Glycemic Index is how fast glucose is digested and enters into the blood stream.

  3. Good treats are foods that will have very little to no effects on the glucose levels.

    Good choices include,

    broccoli, green beans, zuchini, cubed skinless,boiled chicken breasts…best to stay away from carrots as they seem to raise the glucose levels in most dogs.

    Any commercial ‘dog-treat’ is going to affect the glucose…much better to stick with natural choices.

  4. I have been investigating in books & on the web, talking with holistic veterinarians and working with my diabetic dog to include low-glycemic vegetables for over 4 years. My bakery has been growing with diabetic dog owners looking for a treat that will have a low affect if any, to the blood sugars. The best vegetables are green peas, green beans, spinach and a base of oats. Oats can be in oat flour and/or old fashioned oats. I would caution you in obtaining treats with onions, garlic or any preservatives (even the organic ones). Just fresh treats!

    The only rawhide type treats I will give my dogs are the ones the Vets sell and they will naturally break down in the dog’s stomach. I would not take a chance in a bowel obstruction with commercial rawhide chews (such as the ones in stores from China).

    I would encourage diabetic dog owners to bake some quick and easy low-glycemic dog treats. You are welcome to contact us for several recipes to bake at home.

  5. debbie

    I make treats for my dog with baby food….
    2 sm. jars of beef, chicken,or turkey.Mix w/2 eggs 1/4 tsp olive oil and 1/2 cup of one of these flours….rye,soy,or oat. spread on parchment paper and bake for 25min. I add in some parsley,or mrs.dash for more flavor. he loves them.

  6. I have a 12 yr old min pin that was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago. We have had a really difficult time managing his blood sugar. He is on 9 units of Noviln N in the morning and 9 in the evening. I recently changed his diet completely. He is on WD dry food and will not eat it by its self. I had to come up with a meal he will eat to keep his sugar regulated. It runs really high. He is loosing his teeth as well, so I wet now his food to soften it. I then mix it with Beechnut baby food. I use the chicken and broth, turkey and broth and beef and broth. They contain no other ingredient and they have zero sugar. He loves it! I use about 1/2 a jar per feeding.
    I also found a diabetic dog treat using baby food as well. It is 1 1/2 cups of wheat flour, 1/2 cup of liquid (I will use chicken broth if I have it on hand, if not I use water) and 2 jars of Beechnut sweet potatoes (Each jar contains 3g only sugar). I roll them into balls, smash them with a fork and bake them at 350 for 15 minutes. They look like miniature peanut butter cookies. I let them cool and keep them in the fridge. He loves them. He thinks because they come out of the fridge its people food…..sucker!! :) . After doing this for several week, we went back to the vet his to check his sugar and his blood sugar levels were perfect. The vet said what ever I am doing is working so keep it up. I hope this helps. If anyone has any suggestion for veggies that their dog likes, I am interested in knowing about it. Thanks!

  7. My vet said no broccoli for pets or any other cruciferous vegetable as they cause crystals in their kidney’s/urine and can cause lots of problems later on. My dog loves broccoli, but we don’t give it to her anymore. We still with cooked green beans.

  8. Can I give coconut oil, turmeric, bananas, honey, or can you tell where I can find recipes please?

  9. Jeff Mendelsohn


    I’m not a Vet, so consult your Vet before changing your dog’s diet.

    Bananas and honey have lots of sugar and will probably make your dog’s blood sugar go up a lot. I give Bender honey when he is crashing.

    Coconut Oil is very fatty. But it seems to be ok for dogs. Just in moderation and taking in account insulin needs.

    As for Turmeric it seems like there are some good benefits but also some negative side affects. I would consult your Vet about it.


  10. Diabetic cookies made by OLD DOG COOKIE COMPANY. All natural cookies made jist for diabetic dogs. My diabetic pup loves them. She also has pancreatitis & sometimes they are all she can hold down. Great customer service also.

  11. My dog has been diagnosed with diabetes recently. I was feeding him 1cup of dry dog food with a spoonful of ground chicken twice a day. I gave him a milkbone snack in between the two meals .. Just wondering if this is right to do? Just thinking to give him egg instead of milkbone .. Pls advise

  12. Jeff Mendelsohn


    It all depends on the size of the treat, the size of your dog, what food you are feeding, exercise amount, etc.

    How much egg are you giving him? Is it cooked? How is it cooked?


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