Dog Treats & Tricks

What every owner should know about dog treats

For many owners the simple act of giving their dogs a treat at the end of the day or after a good job well done is a gesture of love. The bond between the dog and owner can often be strengthened by this ritual especially for dogs that need a little extra support and confidence building.

Treating your dog to a healthy snack can be a challenge these days. Too many warnings about dogs being sickened by inferior products or treats made and shipped from China have most owners nervous about what is safe to give to their pets.

Several large-chain pet stores have now decided to remove all Chinese made pet treats from their shelves within the next several months. I ask "what are they waiting for"?

"SAN DIEGO (May 20, 2014) – Petco today announced it will stop carrying China-made dog and cat treats at its more than 1,300 store locations nationwide, including Unleashed by Petco stores and online at Petco.com, by the end of 2014. The move makes Petco the first national pet specialty retailer to take this step in support of the health and well-being of pets."

This article will help dedicated pet owners learn more about how to treat their dogs to healthy snacks without having to worry about their well-being.

Reading Labels and Understanding Ingredients

Snacks and treats should be simply made and easily digested. What many owners do not know is that many popular dog treats contain inferior and often potentially harmful ingredients.

Inferior Ingredients:

Many dog treats include preservatives called BHA and BHT - phenolic compounds that are often added to foods to preserve fats. There is evidence that certain persons may have difficulty metabolizing BHA and BHT, resulting in health and behavior changes. It is recommended by many nutritionists to avoid any pet products that contain BHA and BHT.

How the Dog Treat Began

The recipe originated with a butcher in London in the late 1800s. After making a batch of tea biscuits that failed to rise properly and that tasted terrible, he threw one to his dog. The dog gobbled up the biscuit and the dog biscuit was born.

This recipe was brought to the United States by an businessman who marketed a bone-shaped version for dogs. In 1908 by the F. H. Bennett Biscuit Company made and sold Milk Bone Dog Biscuits under the name Malatoid Dog Biscuit - renamed Milk Bone in 1915 as cow's milk was a primary ingredient.

Dog Treats You Can Trust?

We sell several products that we trust and recommend since we know they are made from wholesome US sources ingredients. Whatever you decide to go with, here are the ingredients to look for:

Made and Sourced in the Good Old USA!

From AAFCO Labeling requirement statement: "Manufacturer's Name and Address -

[This names you or your company as guarantor of the product, and gives your or
your company's location. The street address may be omitted the named entity is
listed in the local telephone directory, but the city, state and zip code must be
shown. If someone else makes the product for you, you must show that
relationship by using the words "manufactured for:" or "distributed by:" in front of
your address.

The final test is that the product is made in the USA and that all ingredients are from US suppliers only. As you can see above, it does not say that they need to state where the ingredients come from or where their products are manufactured. Don't skip reading the label very carefully and don't hesitate to contact the manufacturer yourself if you want more information.