Single ingredient dog treats have blown up in popularity in recent years and for good reason.

They offer a healthier alternative to many dog treats available in stores and online without all the added ingredients you would expect to see.

This guide will explore what single ingredient dog treats actually are and why you should consider them as the next treat for your pup.

What Are Single Ingredient Dog Treats?

Single ingredient dog treats are dog treats that contain only one ingredient. 

It's a simple concept, isn't it?

Well, unfortunately, a lot of dog treats that are on the market today contain an almost endless list of ingredients, including preservatives and other chemicals.

This is quite similar to how it is for humans, and while these types of treats are not going to be harmful to your dog in small amounts, there are other options that are free from these unwanted extras.

Ingredients Commonly Found In Dog Treats

Before we take a look at the specific benefits of single ingredient dog treats, let's take a moment to explore a few examples of these preservatives and other chemicals that are often added to dog treats and why they should be avoided where possible.


Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a waxy, solid petrochemical that has been used as a preservative in food and other products for a long time.

BHA is found in many dog treats, and although technically safe for consumption, there are some arguments for its use.

For example, it has been banned for human consumption in many countries but is still allowed in small quantities in pet food in Europe and the US.


Ethoxyquin is another preservative used for fats specifically.

It was authorized in the EU until 2017 when the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) found that they couldn't rule out the risk to animals with a long life expectancy.

Despite this, it's still permitted as an animal feed additive in the US.

White Flour

White flour is perfectly safe for dogs that don't have a wheat allergy, but it's better to avoid it as it is used mainly as a filler ingredient that offers little to no value to your dog.

White flour is stripped of most nutrients through processing and is mainly used to add texture or depth to treats, which is why it's so common in homemade dog treats.

Why Are Single Ingredient Dog Treats A Good Choice For Your Pup?

Now that we've got a better idea of some of the harmful ingredients that dog treats can contain, let's look at why single ingredient dog treats are a good option for your dog.

You Know Exactly What They're Eating

One of my favorite benefits of single ingredient dog treats is that you know exactly what your dog is eating rather than staring aimlessly at a long list of ingredients.

Not only that, but you'll also know how it was processed as there are fewer steps when preparing a single ingredient treat versus one that needs a lot of manufacturing steps.

Higher Quality

Single ingredient dog treats don't rely on artificial flavorings or other added ingredients for flavor, which means the one ingredient used needs to be high quality and full of flavor on its own.

Can Be Great For Dietary Needs

If your dog is on a special diet, single ingredient dog treats can be ideal to help them manage their intake of certain foods.

For example, single ingredient sweet potato treats can be great for managing dogs who need a lower protein diet due to conditions such as kidney or liver disease.


When considering dog treats, it's crucial to exercise caution regarding potential harm.

Many commercial treats contain additives and preservatives that can pose health risks. Additionally, the extensive processing involved can deplete these treats of essential nutrients. 

Opting for single ingredient treats offers a safer and more nutritious alternative for your beloved pet's well-being.

If you haven't given your dog a single ingredient treat before, try it!