Choose healthy treats for your dog, because it’s important to make sure you’re giving your companion something that’s nutritious, as well as tasty.
Most commercial treats are little more than junk food for dogs. They might smell, taste and look delicious, but they lack nutritional value. Most treats on shelves usually contain artificial flavorings, colours, preservatives, fillers and other chemicals; they can even be harmful to your companion’s well being. Some of these additives may contribute to skin allergies, while the preservatives BHA and BHT can be carcinogenic. Fillers can be difficult to digest.
Shopping for quality dog treats takes some extra time and effort, but it’s worth it because you’ll know your best friend is eating something that’s not going to hurt his health. It means learning to read labels and knowing what to look for and what to avoid. If you can’t find the answers you want by reading a package, don’t be afraid to contact the manufacturer and ask – many companies have a customer service or public relations department that can address your concerns.
- Here’s a checklist of advantages that natural and nutritious dog treats have over the commercial kind:
- A good quality treat should be made with a real, named protein source, such as chicken, turkey, salmon, etc. This named protein should be the first item on the ingredient list. Avoid products that list vague ingredients like “poultry meal”, “meat meal”, or “by-product.”
- Labels should be clean and simple with easy-to-identify, all-natural ingredients. The treats should be free of any cheap fillers, by-products, wheat, corn, soy, and artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. If the label includes a long list of difficult-to-pronounce ingredients, put the product back on the shelf.
- It should contain a high quality protein source. Not all proteins are created equally. The protein in dog treats can be supplied by animal sources, plant sources, or a combination of the two. Proteins are the basic building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies. Proteins are essential for a dog’s growth, maintenance, repair and energy. The protein in a premium dog treat should come from 100% animal protein (chicken, turkey, salmon, etc.).
Among the premium quality products on today’s market are all-natural Chicken Fingers and Chicken Nuggets from VitaLife. These treats are handcrafted with wholesome, real human-grade chicken and farm-fresh oats. More importantly, these premium treats do not contain any added wheat, corn, soy, glycerin, salt or gluten. All the ingredients are locally sourced, and the treats themselves are oven-baked and hand-packed in Canada – the bakery itself, located in Brantford, Ontario, is Global Food Safety Initiative Certified (GFSI). These treats contain only pure, simple, locally sourced, and easy-to-identify ingredients.
By selecting high quality products like these for your dog, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that whenever you are rewarding him with a tasty treat, you’re also rewarding him with good health and nutrition.
Available at: Petsmart, Costco, Loblaws, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Target