Some dogs need a low purine diet because they are at genetic risk of developing bladder or kidney stones along with other problems associated with a buildup of uric acid. Uric acid is produced when their bodies attempt to break down purine.
Which breeds may need a low purine diet?
Dalmations along with Miniature Schnauzers are the most commonly associated breeds in need of a low purine diet while some other dog breeds, particularly later in their life, are genetically at risk from this issue, such as Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Bulldogs and Miniature Poodles (NB this is not a full list of dogs that may be affected).
Leish dogs (dogs with Leishmaniasia) also need a low purine diet to help manage the disease and avoid uric acid buildup that leads to urinary issues and potentially kidney or bladder stones.
Which ingredients are high in purine?
The most common ingredients you may find high purine in dog treats or food is in offal such as hearts, liver or kidneys.
It is also high in gamey-meats such as venison or duck, oily fish such as mackerel, some green vegetables like spinach or peas and legumes like lentils.
Treats for Dogs with Purine Problems
We offer a couple of tasty single-ingredient treats, which include no offal, that can safely be given alongside a low purine diet.
They are the Chicken Nibbles and Beef Nibbles, both of which have proved incredibly popular with dogs and their owners because of their simplicity and deliciousness making them perfect for training or treating.
You can find them below or just click on the links here to go to the flavour your dog enjoys the most:
If you’re curious about maintaining a good diet for your dog, why not check out our Hypoallergenic Treats post and why they’re great for dogs.