Author byline: Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.
DIY Vegan Dog Treats
There’s a lot of information out there regarding the best diet for your pup. It’s important to keep in mind that dogs have a different digestive system than we do. The perfect vegan diet regimen for you doesn’t meet the same nutritional needs as a vegan diet for dogs; however, it’s completely doable. You simply need to do your research.
AAFCO sets nutritional standards for pet food in the United States, and recommends a minimum of 18% protein in a dog’s diet. This is a minimum, and a vegan diet for dogs should include a large variety of alternate proteins especially for puppies and active dogs. Some types of alternative proteins include soy, rice, oats, peanut butter, quinoa, and wheat germ.
Rover.com has a few DIY dog treat recipes to share with your vegan pup. You’ll find peanut butter in many dog treat recipes as it’s an excellent source of healthy fats and vitamins for your dog. If your dog has allergies, many of these ingredients are flexible. You can easily use alternate flours instead of wheat flour.
Vegan Dog Biscuits with Protein Power
¼ cup Oats
1 cup Rice or Almond Flour
¼ cup Whole Wheat Flour
½ Tb. Baking powder
1 Tb. Oil
1 Tb. Applesauce
½ cup Soy Milk
½ cup Peanut Butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all dry ingredients including flours, oats, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients including oil, applesauce, soy milk, and peanut butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix well. Knead the dough into a ball and roll out evenly until ⅓ inch thick. Choose your favorite dog biscuit cookie cutter to cut out the treats and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Pumpkin Vegan Dog Treats
2 - 2.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour
¼ cup Canned Pumpkin*
¼ cup Brown Rice (cooked)
¼ cup Peanut Butter
*Water (enough to hold dough together)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. First, mix together the pumpkin and peanut butter. Next, add in cooked rice and flour. Whisk in water until the dough holds together but isn’t too wet. The dough will be a little crumbly. Roll the dough into bite size balls. Place on a greased baking sheet or use parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. *Pumpkin supports a dog’s GI tract and some digestive issues.
Apple Chip Treats
Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Wash 2 apples and cut off each side avoiding the core. Thinly slice the apple and lay them flat on a few baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the sheets on the top rack of your oven. The dehydrating process will take roughly 5-6 hours.
There are many kinds of people food that are healthy for dogs too, but make no assumptions. It’s important to know what foods are most nutritious for your dog!