It is our goal in life to ensure that the dogs that love us dearly are well taken care of—from the inside out. Unfortunately, the advertising industry encourages us to buy dog food, dog treats and other dog nutrition that isn’t actually beneficial for their disposition.
Many of us with dogs put extreme care into the decisions of what we put into our furry friends’ bellies and bodies, but the sad truth is that few of us put the same care into dog nutrition treats. So—what are the healthiest and most delicious treats? Well, we can tell you what they aren’t (then we’ll tell you what they ARE)…
The Rawhide Debacle
Rawhide is a common dog treat that is only just now being exposed for how dangerous it truly is. These dangerous treats made of cow—or horse—hide have high risks for contamination, and contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals from the processing of the hide (which over time build up in your dog’s body) and it can irritate your dog’s digestive tract. The biggest concern however is that many dogs can choke on rawhide, or the hide can become lodged and cause a damaging blockage in the throat, stomach or intestines.
So—rawhide is out. What else is there?
Dry Dog Cookies
The typical dog cookie we think of is a small brick-like object shaped into a bone form. This is the iconic dog treat—but it isn’t good for your dog as dry dog biscuits are primarily made of gluten (flour), sugar and preservatives.
Jerky treats are popular step-up from dry biscuits, as they have dogs salivating at the mouth. But—many jerky treats are unhealthy as well. The low-cost options are generally made from flour, sugar and meat-flavoured chemicals. The higher-cost options have meat as one of the (many) ingredients, but these have come under fire for contamination in recent years for making dogs sick. Most recently, Time Magazine published an article about illness caused from imported jerky that caused illness in over 3,600 pets (primarily dogs), and another 600 deaths.
What this means, is that to ensure you are giving your dog(s) safe, healthy and nutritious dog treats you should make your own—so that you know the ingredients. Or, if you don’t have tons of free time to waste—go with Greenbark Gummies—boutique dog treats from a company that cherishes its healthy ingredients like a teen girl treats lip gloss, or a child covets candy. Our all-healthy, all-natural products are not only 100% healthy—but also 110% delicious!