The Best Vegan Dog Treats to Buy in 2019 (That are healthy!)

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After doing several hours of research to find the best vegan dog foods, I turned my sights to treats.

Treats are a great way to reward or spoil your dog, and there are quite a few vegan options available.

These treats are great for dogs with allergies (or food sensitivities), since the most common sensitivities are with animal products like beef, chicken, and dairy.

I’ve come up with this list of the best vegan dog treats, and only included treats that met the following criteria:

  • Tastes good and don’t get boring fast.
  • Little to no sugar or salt (some salt is fine, but it should be in their regular food already).
  • Limited grains (grains are also a common sensitivity, and don’t have much nutritional value.
  • Made in the USA (or country with similar standards).
  • No animal products (duh!).

As far as where to buy them, Chewy.com has the best selection and pricing by far (of vegan dog food as well), and Amazon has a few as well. It may be hard to find them in local stores depending on where you live.

I’ve linked to each treat in an online store that you can check out for specific pricing information.

I’ve divided the list into “regular” dog treats and dental dog treats.

“Regular” Vegan Dog Treats

The 4 treats in this section are all highly rated and could be considered “healthy.” They have great ratings on other sites, and the ingredients are all high quality and vegan-friendly.

Halo Healthsome Grain-Free Dog Treats

halo vegan treats

Main ingredients: Ground Peas, Ground Peanuts, Chickpeas, Potato Flour

Made for: Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds

Halo makes a few different grain-free vegan dog treats, and is one of the most reputable brands in pet food altogether.

These treats come in a few different flavors like Carrot and Quinoa, so variety is never a problem.

Not only are these treats made in the U.S., all the ingredients are sourced from the U.S. except the tapioca flour and ascorbic acid, which come from France (just as good to me).

Each biscuit is about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Expect a single bag to last 7-10 days for a medium dog.

So while each bag isn’t too expensive, it does add a significant cost to your monthly dog bills.

Zuke’s Crunchy Naturals

zukes treats

Main ingredients: Oatmeal, Pearled Barley, Rice Bran, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato,

Made for: Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds

Zuke’s comes in a few different flavors, like “pumpkin & sweet potatoes,” as well as “peanut butter & apples.”

They are tiny pill-shaped pellets that can be broken into smaller treats easily (but still fairly crunchy), which is ideal for training treats.

They have no corn, wheat, or soy, so very few dogs will experience any intolerance symptoms from them.

Finally, they are manufactured in the United States.

Wet Noses Grain Free Dog Treats [Organic]

wet noses treats

Main ingredients: Organic Pea Flour, Organic Blueberry Puree, Organic Raspberry Puree,

Made for:  Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds

For the time being it’s hard to find vegan dog food and treats that are organic, but Wet Noses has a few different treats that are. These are 100% USDA Certified Organic.

These treats are hard, tough, and crunchy. This is great for many dogs, but if your dog is older, he or she may have some difficulty with them.

Each biscuit is a circle (coin shaped), and 1.25 inches in diameter (from one side to the other).

There’s a few different flavors. Most popular are “berry blast” and “peas and carrots.”

They are all made in the United States and are corn, soy, and wheat free.

PetGuard Mr. Barky’s Vegetarian Biscuits Dog Treats

mr barkys treats

Main ingredients: Whole Oat Groats, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Yellow Corn,

Made for: Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds

Note that there is some corn in these. I’d say it’s less “healthy” than the rest, but there’s no sketchy ingredients or anything like that.

Mr. Barky’s is also a family-owned business in the U.S. that’s been around since 1979. It’s a reputable company that most pet owners trust.

They’re still wheat and yeast free, so not many dogs or puppies will have allergy issues with them.

Vegan Dental Dog Treats

There’s not too many of these, but there are a few reputable companies that make vegan dental snacks.

Note that these are relatively expensive compared to the treats we looked at above.

Whimzees Dental Dog Treats

whimzees treats

Main ingredients: Potato Starch, Glycerin, Powdered Cellulose, Lecithin, Dried Yeast

Made for: Small – Large breeds (depends on the treat)

Whimzees is very well known in the vegan dog community.

They make multiple variations of dental treats to provide more complete dental care and to keep them from getting boring. The most popular ones are:

Taking a look at the ingredients and it’s pretty clear that these aren’t exactly healthy, but they will make a big difference in your dog’s dental health and breath.

They’re large enough that each treat will take at least a few minutes for your dog to finish with (some owners report that it takes hours).

Virbac C.E.T. VeggieDent Tartar Control Dog Chews

veggiedent chews

Main ingredients: Corn Starch, Glycerin, Soy Bean Protein, Rice Flour,

Made for: Extra small to Large breeds (different sizes available)

Just like Whimzees dental treats, the ingredients themselves aren’t exactly healthy.

However, the treats do their job well, helping to clean your dog’s teeth and breath. Virbac is often recommended by vets to help improve dental health.

Or, Make Your Own Dog Treats

One final option is to make your own, there are tons of recipes out there.

One of the most well-known recipe books is “Plant Based Recipes for Dogs” by Heather Coster. It has over 60 vegan dog recipes that include recipes for treats (as well as meals).

vegan dog food recipes

I’m not a huge fan of making your own vegan dog food, as it’s difficult to ensure that all the nutrients dogs need is in it.

However, since dogs don’t (and shouldn’t) depend on treats for nutrition, I think making your own treats can be a cost-effective alternative.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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