In selecting the flavors and ingredients in our treats we took a lot into consideration so we could offer the best for our fur babies. Here are why we chose the ingredients and why they are good for your dog. Not only are our treats made in the U.S.A but all of our ingredients are as well.
Whole Wheat Flour
Good for dogs. It is made from the whole grain. Unlike white flour, whole wheat flour is not lacking bran wheat germ. The bran and the germ buffer the carbohydrates found in the endosperm by providing raw fiber and vital nutrients. There’s a common misconception that dog’s do not have the GI tract to break down grains. However, whole grains are a great part of a balance diet for a dog. It has fibers and protein that are good for their health. It should not be the majority of food they eat. For example, skip kibbles and foods with grains as their main ingredient.
Rice Flour ( We use this in our gluten free treats)
Rice is very gentle on the digestive system of both puppies and adults, and is good for increasing your dog’s energy and stamina. Rice protein has a very favorable amino acid profile, and unlike other naturally occurring proteins, it is almost completely hypoallergenic.
An anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-septic, warming and soothing, calming, carminative (anti-flatulent). Cinnamon is said to have one of the highest anti-oxidant levels of all food sources. Cinnamon can help remove the alfatoxins present in foods. Cinnamon is also good for keeping teeth clean and fighting bad breath.
An anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, carminative. Ginger also Ginger helps in the absorption of food stuff – thereby helping to keep your dog’s teeth clean and helping with digestion. Ginger also helps in treating nausea such as motion sickness. Ginger helps boost healthy blood circulation, so it is very helpful for a dog that is prone to vascular damage of the extremities.
Sweet Potatoes (We use organic only)
Much more nutrition than regular potatoes. They’re rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and are classified as an anti-diabetic food. They received this title because animal studies have found that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They contain vitamin A which also protects against emphysema. Notable Nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Copper, Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Iron.
Pumpkin (We use organic only)
Good source of fiber and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fiber in their diet. The current trend is towards highly digestible diets that lower stool volume and this is not necessarily a good thing. Keeping the GI tract moving helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy.
Honey has almost just as many benefits for your best friend, your dog, as it does for you. Honey has been used by human beings all over the world since ancient times because it has an amazing amount of benefits. Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide. Honey also helps when your pup might be sick and have a cough.
Peanut Butter (We make our own so we know what is in it. Just Peanuts from North Carolina and Canola Oil)
Peanuts are a type of legume, rather than a nut, and are therefore rich in protein and contain healthy fats and vitamins E and H, which will help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny.
Bananas (We use organic only)
Bananas are high in soluble carbohydrates, so they’re an excellent source of energy. The antioxidants they contain are helpful to a dog’s fur and skin. Bananas are also rich in vitamin c, are low in sodium, and rich with potassium.
Oats are considered a nervine, an herbal compound that acts as a general nerve tonic, calming the nerves when necessary, stimulating their activity when needed. Oats are used for treating a variety of nervous disorders.
Herbal – Oats benefit several body organs and systems, including: skin, nervous system, stomach, spleen, lungs, and the urinary and reproductive systems.
Cranberries (Used in our Holiday Treats)
Cranberries are rich in vitamins including: A, B1, B2, C, and many nutrients. They are full of minerals and antioxidants. Cranberries are an excellent supplement to your dog’s diet for the promotion of urinary tract health.
Applesauce (Organic no sugar added)
Applesauce is a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber.
Rosemary Oil (We make our own)
There’s a reason rosemary is so popular as a dog food preservative. According to Herbs for Pets, rosemary is a great pathogen-fighter against common food bacteria, meaning it can help keep food from spoiling. And those pathogen-fighting capabilities extend to your pet’s body, where it can help against various fungi and bacteria. Because of rosemary’s antimicrobial prowess, it can be used in antibacterial skin or eye rinses, to help with minor cuts and burns, and for infections in the mouth area, urinary and digestive tracts.
Rosemary also contains antioxidants, which means it can help neutralize cell-damaging free radicals in the body – obviously a good thing. An overabundance of free radicals and resulting cell damage has been linked to age-related illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Because of its antispasmodic (spasm preventing) abilities on smooth muscles, rosemary can also help the heart in some cases of cardiac arrhythmia, as well as to generally strengthen the heart. This could be helpful for animals recovering from a traumatic event, according to Herbs for Pets.
Got a dog that can clear the room after a hearty meal? Rosemary is also known for its abilities in the digestive system, especially when it comes to gas, indigestion and other related problems. And because of its antimicrobial abilities, it can come in handy for gastrointestinal infections.
One of the greatest challenges for a dog parent can be keeping pests off of adventurous pets. Running on grass and tromping through bushes may be your dog’s favorite pastime, but it also leaves him vulnerable to ticks and fleas and other undesirable bugs. Rosemary is an herb often cited for its ability to repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other bugs.