Just like their humans, dogs can have food allergies. Indeed, one of the most common foodstuffs dogs can have allergies to is grain. The funny thing about a grain allergy is that it can take years to develop or seemingly appear overnight in your dog which can make it hard to diagnose.

What are the symptoms of grain allergies in dogs?

Not all dogs will experience all symptoms but be on the lookout for dry, flakey, or itchy red skin, inflamed paw pads, skin rashes or bumps as well as hair loss and excessive licking of feet and paws. Sometimes additional symptoms are present such as stomach upsets and ear infections that can become chronic.

Symptoms of Grain Allergies in Dogs

  1. Skin rashes or bumps.
  2. Chronic ear infections.
  3. Excessive licking/chewing of paws.
  4. Dry, flaky skin.
  5. Hair loss.
  6. Red Itchy skin.
  7. Stomach upset.

How to treat grain allergies in dogs?

The good news is that grain allergies in dogs are fairly simple to treat. The first step is to see your vet and get them to diagnose a grain allergy. This is crucial because dogs can have allergies to a range of substances such as mites or other foods like dairy and you will need to know exactly what to cut from their diet/ environment to heal them.
The next, and most important step is to eliminate all consumables in your dog’s life that contain grain. This should include their food and treats, and watch out for grains included in medication as well.

Concerning your dog’s diet, a grain-free diet is the best option. Although, it is worth noting that grain-free and gluten-free are not the same things. Indeed, gluten-free dog food may still contain some grains and so is not suitable for dogs with a grain allergy.

Need a little inspiration for grain-free dog treats, check out our favs below 🙂

Apawtiser Bountiful Banana Cookie

Tasty hypoallergenic dog treats bountiful banana cookie is handmade in Sheffield by Apawtiser. Your dog will love these treats made from banana and coconut flour with the chocolaty taste of carob. Dog treats are a great way to reward your dog when they’ve been on their best behaviour… you know like; when they’ve not eaten your visitor’s shoes or smiled at the postman!


Handmade Hypoallergenic Dog Treats
Created especially for dogs with food intolerances.
Made with coconut flour
All-natural ingredients
Baked with real fruit

Apawtiser Green Bean and Peanut Butter Paws

Tasty hypoallergenic dog treats green bean and peanut butter paws are handmade in Sheffield by Apawtiser. Your dog will love these treats made from green beans and gram flour with the added health benefits of seaweed. Seaweed is good for your dog’s skin and coat and helps with digestion.

Apawtiser Green Bean and Peanut Butter Paws Apawtiser Bountiful Banana Cookie

True Hemp Calming Dog Treat

If your dog gets stressed from loud noises, vet visits, separation anxiety or suffers from mood swings. True Hemp calming dog treat could be just the job! Made from a unique formulation that incorporates hemp leaf, green tea, chamomile, and lemon balm to help reduce tension and bring calm to our most sensitive companions.


Hemp Leaf
Green Tea
Chamomile & Lemon Balm
Grain Free
Suitable for puppies from 12 weeks of age.

The Innocent Hound Training Treats Tuna & Crab

Succulent Sliced Tuna & Crab Rewards are irresistible, low fat, small bites making them ideal training treats. They are hand-made in Yorkshire using sustainably sourced, line-caught tuna fillet and British crab. Made with the finest ingredients, these treats are gently air-dry to retain their nutrients and flavour. A real treat for your innocent hound.


Low fat
Made in Britain
Locally Sourced Ingredients

Looking for more healthy treats for your beloved pooch see the full range of Dog Health treats for more tempting bites!