The 5 best and safest flours for making dog treat recipes

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5 safe flours for making dog treats

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1. Sorghum

Sorghum flour is best for dogs with digestion issues

Sorghum is one of the most well-researched flours for dogs. and many dog food companies already use sorghum in their formulations and it has many benefits for dogs.

Sorghum flour is a 100% gluten-free grain making it great for dogs with gastrointestinal issues. Typically glutens do not cause any issues in dogs, but some may experience some stomach upset just like humans.

Sorghum is not only a whole grain but also high in antioxidants, and rich in niacin, iron, zinc, dietary fiber, B1, and B2.

One study found that dogs fed a diet that included sorghum flour over conventional grains like rice, corn, and wheat had better digestion and per the authors making it a possible application in “easy-to-digest” pet foods. (source)

2. Chia Seed Flour

Chia Seed Flour is best for dogs with inflammatory issues like arthritis

Chia Seed Flour is a popular ingredient in many dogs treats both homemade and store-bought. This is because for the most part, chia seeds when given in moderation are safe for dogs and chia seed flour is simply ground chia seeds.

These little seeds are packed with nutrition and antioxidant capabilities. To find out how much chia to feed your dog read our article here.

3. Red Lentil Flour

Red Lentil Flour is best for dogs with diabetes

Red lentils are a healthy option to make your dog’s treats with, in fact, many food companies use lentils in their formulations.

They are highly nutritious with high levels of protein, nonheme iron, and fiber. Red lentil flour is nutrient-dense pulse flour that is extremely high in fiber.

Due to the high fiber content, they can cause dogs to have some gas and gi sounds, if given too much it can cause diarrhea.

However, red lentil flour was found to have a low effect on blood glucose when compared to a rice diet and other flours (source).

4. Cassava Root Flour

Cassava Root Flour is a great option for dogs that need to lose weight

Cassava root flour is very safe for dogs in fact it is made from plants used to make tapioca which is used in many dog food formulations like this Solid Gold grain-free dry dog food.

It is grain-free and gluten-free, so great for dogs with gastrointestinal issues, and due to its high resistant starch content, it may help dogs that need to lose weight. It is also high in fiber

In one study it was found that cassava flour presented one of the greatest digestibility of dry matter, organic matter, and gross energy, out of 6 flours tested on dogs. (source)

5. Oat Flour

Oat flour is a great option for dog treats in moderation, especially if you want light fluffy treats as the oats tend to hold onto moisture as long as they aren’t overcooked.

Oat flour is a nutritionally dense choice as it contains folate, phosphorous, and vitamin B1.

In addition, duet to the full feeling that oats can give, your dog may feel fuller faster.

6 things to remember when giving your dog homemade treats


1. Moderation is key – feed your dog treats sparingly. Remember they are treats, not meals

2. Speak with your vet first

3. Watch to see how your dog reacts

4. Feed a small amount initially

5. Feed appropriate amounts for your dog’s body size

6. Store leftover treats properly

Want to read about the pros and cons of various flours for your dog? Click our article here!


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