I have an inkling that my JRT is allergic to wheat so I'm trying an elimination diet but can't find any cereal-free treats in my local pet shops (even the fish treats I looked at had cereal in them!).
Anon, by email
Alison Logan, vet, advises...
When I am supervising a patient on an elimination diet, the question of treats always crops up. Best advice is to avoid complicating the issue. Sticking to the elimination diet can be hard enough without then trying to find a suitable treat which does not inadvertently add in different foods, so I always advise using the elimination diet as a treat as well. If you are using a manufactured kibble, then simply give a nugget of that when you want to give your dog a treat, as it is the receiving of the treat which your dog is expecting, not necessarily what the treat actually is. If you are home-cooking an elimination diet, then a piece of that food can be given as a treat.If you have any concerns, please ask your vet for advice. You have not mentioned what has made you think your JRT has a wheat allergy, so do be careful with pursuing an elimination diet in case there is a different health problem present.