It's questionable whether Marie Antoinette ever said "Let them eat cake!" referring to her French subjects who couldn't even afford bread. Dogs were reportedly much closer to the Queen's heart than her human subjects, so I surmise what she really said is, "Let them eat steak!"
Steak is actually a pretty rich food for dogs; even the leanest steak is relatively high in fat. Fat is not that good for our pet dogs as, unless they are hard-working dogs like sled-dogs, they have a hard time metabolizing all that fat. But for treats in small amounts, steak is great! And dogs absolutely love it!
Here are five steak treats for your dogs that I consider the best choices. They are made without wheat, soy, or corn and, except for Zuke's NZ (New Zealand), are sourced in the U.S., and contain no artificial preservatives. Additionally, their fat content is not too high.
Zuke's all natural dog treats are made in the U.S. from grass-fed beef sourced from New Zealand, arguably one of the best beef producing countries in the world. Zuke's makes three steak treats: Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe (above), Beef & Carrot Recipe, and Beef & Potato. Zuke's also makes a Lamb & Sweet Potato treat for dogs. These are all available at the same link.
Zuke's has the highest protein content of any steak treat that I have seen for dogs, 40 percent. It also has a relatively low fat content, 9 percent, for each treat. Sweet potato and carrot are my two favorite Zuke's steak treats, as those veggies are good vitamin sources for dogs. Apples are the third ingredient in the Zuke's recipe.
Dogs tell their owners that they love TopChews Steak Strips and why not? They are each packed with real beef plus 25 percent protein and not too much fat - 12 percent. Watch these treats when it comes to over-feeding as they are not large, put they are packed with calories. The TopChews are sold in 2.5 pound bags, so the price is going to be higher per bag than the other steak treats included here.
Made by Tyson Pet Products, True Chews Grillers are one of two steak treats the company makes for dogs (see the second below). The Grillers are high in protein, 25 percent, and not too bad in fat, 12 percent. Beef is, of course, the first ingredient, and potatoes are the second. They sure look yummy and dogs think they taste great!
Also high in protein, 21 percent, the jerky cuts are very highly rated, though not as popular as the other steak treats included here. These are a bit more challenging for tough chewers than the Steak Grillers, above. The Jerky Cuts contain steak and chicken, ground rice, as well as natural preservatives and flavorings. They are sold in many sizes to meet your needs and budget
Nudges Grillers are well-loved, having almost a pure 5-star rating on Amazon, but I have to say all of these steak treats are very highly rated. The difference among them is primarily their second and third ingredients and their protein and fat content. Nudges has the least amount of protein at 16 percent and fat content is also listed as 16 percent, so of the 5 top steak treats, Nudges has the lowest protein content and the highest fat, but it is still heads and tails over the ingredients in most of the so-called beef treats out there.
Any of the above steak treats would be a great choice for your dogs. Just remember to follow the advice on each package regarding how much to treat your dogs. These are treats and not to be used as meal substitutes.
Let them eat steak!
That's the buzz for today!