If your dogs are like mine, they live for treats, so it's best that you find them the healthiest ones you can.
But there are so many recalls of pet food these days! Just when you think you've found the right brand, you're notified that "you can return the remainder for a full refund." Well thanks, now what foods are safe for my pet?
Even popular pet treats are subject to recall, and it's not just the ones imported from China.
So, my decision was to minimize the ingredients in my pets' food and treats, keeping them to only one or two ingredients, humanely sourced, minimally processed, and securely packaged. And I'm buying food processed in the U.S. or Canada by small companies - ones that can't afford to be sued.
My preference is to wait until products have been on the market for a little while and have some reviews. I read about the company, the products, and what customers have to say, and then decide if I'll try them. I assume that's how others choose their pets' food and treats.
Having taken these steps for you, and with the input of my dog and cat tasters, I make these single-source treat recommendations....
Actually Cat-Man-Doo Dried Bonita Flakes were my dog's first single ingredient treat that didn't come off a roast chicken. Oh, I know these treats are for cats, but my pup gave them 4 paws before my cat even tasted them. You can't fool a dog's nose (and these things are pretty smelly).
You might complain about the fishy odor, but the Bonita Flakes are so worth it. You can watch your pets eating their daily meals with some zeal after mixing a few flakes in their food. Feed the Flakes as special treats too! Cat-Man-Doo Dried Bonita Flakes have awesome reviews! Oh, and bonita is a natural source of taurine!
Read my original review here.
When I don't have time to make fresh chicken for my dog, I add some moist Life Essentials Freeze Dried Chicken to his food. Otherwise, he loves them dry, as treats. They are pure white meat chicken pieces that are freeze-dried and packed, like the Bonita Flakes (above) and Cat-Man-Doo's Life Essentials Freeze Dried Salmon.
They will need to be broken up into small pieces for kitties and possibly moistened too, as kitties are not used to the dry texture. As with the Bonita Flakes, feed them as treats or as meal toppers.
Life Essentials has excellent reviews from pet parents. Some don't care for the product's dust at the bottom of the bag, but it doesn't need to be wasted. Just sprinkle it on your pet's food! My dog loves it that way and can't wait to get all that good stuff at the bottom.
My pets were recently introduced to the Whole Life Pet Just One Ingredient Chicken Breast Treats For Cats (above), but having bought the Chicken Breast Treats For Dogs, I think they are the same. The chicken and turkey treats are pretty large, so if you have a large dog, they will lap 'em up.
Though the Whole Life Pet Just One Ingredient Chicken Breast Treats For Cats and Dogs are the most popular choice among customers, Whole Life Pet makes more than a dozen single ingredient pet treats, including: Fresh Salmon, Cod, Beef Liver, Turkey Breast, and more.
We have not tried the whole range of the Whole Life Pet Products, but we are all thumbs and paws up so far!
You can treat your pets with a variety of freeze-dried duck parts - giblets, hearts, necks, livers, and even breats! Fresh Is Best believes in giving pets what they love best in the healthiest methods for them. This company, like several other small pet food companies, grew from a desire to insure their own pets had reliable, healthful sources of quality foods. And it has done well to fulfill its goals for a much wider population. Made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from U.S. sourced ducks, chicken, beef, turkey, and salmon, its pet munchies are so yummy to dogs and cats, their parents see grins on their faces! These will make you understand how much your pets love meat and poultry innards!
There are several more highly rated signal ingredient protein treats for dogs and cats, but my guys have not tried them yet. Check them out at Amazon here.
There is one more single source treat that is a favorite of ours, Sams Yams Sweet Potato Dog Chewz. Not a protein, but one of the best veggies your pet can eat, sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese, high in fiber, and low in fat.
(These products are covered more fully here.)
Sam's Yams Veggie Rawhide Sweet Potato Dog Chewz (for small and medium dogs)
Sorry kitties; Sam's Yams are for dogs! And they are the only way I can get my dog to eat a vegetable! Like the protein treats above, Sam's Yams contains one and only one ingredient - sweet potato. Did I mention these are great dental treats?
Got a big dog? Don't worry. Sam has a chew for you! Sam's Yams Big Boyz Sweet Potato Dog Treats! Thicker slices make these tougher for the tougher chewers and, oh, Big Boyz is also loved by 'Big Girlz.'
Bichons and other mini-pups are served brilliantly by the Sam's Yams Bichon "Fries" Sweet Potato Dog Chewz - the perfect size and texture for a small workout.
Remember, pet treats are special to your pets. Make sure they are as healthy as they are tasty!
That's the buzz for today!