Dog Anemia Treats

High in Iron, Vitamin B12, and Protein

Dog anemia treats should be high in iron, vitamin B12, and protein in order to help dogs with anemia produce red blood cells. The dog treats introduced in this article contain ingredients high in these nutrients.

Dog Anemia Treats Canine anemia can be caused by numerous reasons, such as:

  • Parasites (worms, fleas).
  • Poisoning (e.g. ingestion of rat poison).
  • Blood loss due to injuries.
  • Ulcers and tumors.
  • Autoimmune disease.
  • Some form of cancer.

If your dog shows some signs and symptoms of anemia (e.g. pale gums, pale insides of eyelids, lethargy and weakness, panting, etc.), be sure to take the dog to the vet for a proper diagnosis to get to the root cause. By treating and hopefully managing or curing the root cause, your dog's anemia will eventually go away.

Ingredients for Dog Anemia Diet and Treats

Dogs with anemia should be fed a diet that is rich in iron, vitamin B12 and protein. Some food items high in these nutrients and are safe for dogs include:

  • Liver, e.g. chicken and beef livers
  • Fish, e.g. sardines, salmon, tuna
  • Meat, e.g. chicken, beef, turkey

Other food items that are good for dogs with anemia include:

  • Some veggies and fruits, e.g. spinach, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, green peas, apples.
  • Seeds and nuts, e.g. pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, peanut, almond.
  • Eggs, blackstrap molasses, honey, kelp.

As you can see, if your dog has anemia, you can easily incorporate a few of the food items above to make some nutritious and iron-rich dog treats for him/her. The recipe below is just one example.

Recipe: Dog Anemia Treats with Turkey, Salmon and Sweet Potato


  • 1 cup ground turkey (you can also use chicken or beef)
  • 1 can Alaskan sockeye salmon, drained (about 7 oz.)
  • 3/4 sweet potato, peeled, cooked, and mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spread mixture into a silicon baking dish.
  4. Put in oven and bake for 50 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. Flip content, bottom side up, onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  8. Store treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • These treats are good not only for dogs with anemia, but for all dogs, especially those who need additional nutrients and energy, such as dogs who are chronically sick (e.g. cancer) and with weakened immune systems.
  • Since these treats contain meat and fish, be sure to store them in the refrigerator. They can last for about one week in the fridge.
  • If you have kelp powder, and if your dog likes the taste (ask first), you can add a teaspoon of kelp to the mix before baking. Kelp contains iron and other trace minerals such as iodine and can help dogs with anemia.
  • Here are some more dog treat recipes that are good for dogs with anemia:
    Liver Pate Dog Treat
    Liver Broth and Puree
    Chewy Beef Liver
    Salmon Dog Treat
  • Herbs can also help dogs with anemia. See this page for more information.