Diabetic Dog Treat Recipe

With Hemp and Barley

This diabetic dog treat recipe has all the ingredients that are beneficial to dogs with diabetes, including hemp hearts, hemp oil and flour, barley, dried cranberries, and more.

Diabetes in dogs is rather common, especially in older dogs. There are four classic canine diabetes symptoms:

  1. Increase in appetite.
  2. Excessive thirst and increased water intake.
  3. Increase in the frequency of urination.
  4. Weight loss.

If your dog shows these four symptoms, a visit to the vet is warranted without delay.

Diabetic Dog Treats

As mentioned in this page, dogs with diabetes can and should be given treats, as long as the ingredients used are safe and healthy for diabetic dogs.

This page introduces you to a simple recipe that uses all kinds of food items that are beneficial to diabetic dogs. Let's take a look...

Health Benefits of Ingredients

  • Barley Flakes: Barley is a whole grain that has a lot of health benefits, both for people and dogs.

    Diabetic Dog Treat Recipe Barley is rich in magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for, amongst others, enzymes that are involved in the body's use of glucose and insulin secretion. Studies have found that magnesium-rich whole grains (such as barley) can help reduce risk of type II diabetes in people.

    Barley also benefits diabetic dogs due to its rich fiber source - it contains more than 4 times the soluble fiber of oats. Soluble fiber is not only a valuable source of nutrients for the beneficial gut bacteria, but it can also help reduce spikes in blood sugar; therefore it can help regulate blood sugar level - good news for diabetic dogs!

    There are also other health benefits of barley, especially for older dogs, as barley is packed with the mineral selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant.

  • Hemp Hearts: Hemp hearts are the seeds from the plant Cannabis sativa.

    Wait a minute! Cannabis? Isn't that marijuana? Will my dog get "high" if he eats hemp?

    Although hemp and marijuana are from the same species of the plant called Cannabis sativa, they are different chemically. Marijuana contains 10% of THC (the psychoactive substance that makes people "high"), whereas hemp seeds contain only trace amounts (0.3%) of THC... so, no, your dog will not get "high" eating hemp hearts.

    What your dog will get from hemp hearts is high-quality complete protein, minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium), essential fatty acids (Omega-3s and Omega-6s), as well as fiber (both soluble and insoluble), which, like barley, can be beneficial to diabetic dogs.

  • Cranberries: Cranberries have also been found to reduce the risk of diabetes due to their high fiber and low sugar content. Cranberries are also antioxidant-rich, and are good for controlling urinary tract infections.
  • Ginger: It has been found that, in people with diabetes (type II), ginger may improve long-term blood sugar control. Ginger's major component (gingerols) helps increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells without the use of insulin. Therefore, ginger may help in the management of high blood sugar levels.

    In addition, you may already know that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, and is good for pain relief (a plus if your dog also suffers from arthritis), as well as digestive issues (such as nausea, vomiting, bloating).

As you can see below, the diabetic dog treat recipe introduce here has all the goodies that can benefit dogs with diabetes!

Recipe: Diabetic Dog Treat with Barley and Hemp



  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Knead the dough a few times until you have a dough ball.
  4. Put the dough between 2 sheets of saran wrap and roll out to about 1/4" thick.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and put cut-out biscuits onto the baking sheet.
  6. Put the baking sheet with cut-out biscuits in a cold oven, and turn oven to 350°F (180°C).
  7. When oven reaches 350°F, turn it down to 250°F (120°C) and leave the cookies to bake for about 45 minutes.
  8. Turn oven off and let the cookies cool completely.
  9. Store cookies in an airtight container.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • If you don't have barley flakes, rolled oats can be used (but oats contain less fiber than barley.)
  • All ovens are different, so after baking for about 45 minutes, check to see if they are nice and golden in color (but not burnt!). You may need to bake longer (or shorter).