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White or Whole Wheat? What Flour Should You Use?
January 22, 2008
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

  • 1. Welcome

  • 2. Feature Article: What Kind of Flour Should You to Use in Dog Treats?

  • 3. Reader’s Write

  • 4. Recipe

  • 5. Gifts for Dog Lovers

  • 6. Wrap Up

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    White Flour Vs. Whole Wheat?
    What Should You Use for Max's Treats?

    You're probably familiar with all kinds of flours. There's the common regular "plain" or white flour. It’s made from a portion of the wheat grain called the “endosperm” or starchy part of the wheat. Like refined sugar it's the most processed and least healthy of the flours. However, it's cheap and familiar.

    Whole wheat flour uses the whole wheat grain--hence, wholewheat. It includes protein and fiber so is healthier.

    Whole wheat is also denser than white flour so if you're subbing it for white, you may need to adjust your ingredients slightly in order to make sure the texture is right. (The dogs are very forgiving)

    Then there’s rye flour and more and more specialty flours available. Everything from rice to chickpea is becoming available in the stores and most of these, if not all, can be substituted in your baking.

    While the flavors can be a concern for "people" foods, most dogs are so delighted to get a home baked good they won’t care.

    Experiment! Have Fun!

    Is Your Pet Allergic?

    Some dogs are developing allergies to wheat.

    This means they couldn’t eat treats made with either white or wholewheat flours as they both come from the same plant.

    If you have a pet who’s allergic to these, trying making treats with rye flour or go flourless. The important thing is to have fun with it and create a healthy treat for your pet!

    Reader’s Write


    I made your peanut butter treats for my dog and friends and family. I recently handed the treats out. My question is today I read that white flour is bad for dogs. I used organic wheat and white flour in the treat. I do not want to bring harm to any of the dogs and want to make sure that they are safe and will not be harmed by the ingredients I used in your receipe.

    Concerned Dog Lover, Holly

    Hi Holly,

    Thanks for your question. White flour is a simple carbohydrate and will turn to sugar quickly in your pet's digestive system (and yours and mine!) That's why the health food industry have been turning more to other types of flour including wheat.

    Whole Wheat flour is healthier for dogs and people but white flour isn't likely to harm your pet unless he eats a whole lot of it. Unless your pet's diet consists only of treats made with white flour, a little won't hurt him. After all, they are "treats" and not meant to be the sole source of protein and vitamins.

    You can substitute many kinds of flours in your treat baking though they may change some of the texture. Basically, white flour isn't harmful but is the least healthy type of flour. You can use all whole wheat to increase the healthiness of your treats. Thanks for writing Holly!

    Keep baking, I'm sure your dog loves it!

    Best, Jennifer & Baggins

    Keep up the comments, I love to hear from all of you. And remember, I'm not a vet but I care about our animals and want to share with you all that I learn!


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    Thanks so much for reading. Don’t forget, you can always write me by hitting “reply”. Give your dogs lots of love and remind them of their wonderfulness. ‘til next time, Jennifer & Baggins

    Your in health and treats,
    Jennifer and Baggins

    Your stop for all-natural-dog-treat recipes and tips on improving your dog's health and happiness all naturally.

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