Choosing dog treats for our pups is a very personal choice that can be daunting. In fact, it's almost as daunting as choosing the best food.
Many, if not all, pet parents equate giving treats to their pooches to providing edible love. Thus, the idea that this edible love could have anything unsafe in it is unsettling and reading many articles online about what can be found in treats can be downright horrifying.
In this article, we're going to cover some ingredients found in many dog treats (and foods as well) that are questionable and controversial. Some of the controversy is certainly warranted as we'll discuss, though some is not. Our main goal with this article is to provide a balanced approach to these ingredients so that you can make your own decision about what you feel is appropriate for your pooch.
Fortunately, for each of these ingredients, there are alternatives and some companies eliminate them all together. Consider Barkz treats, for example. Barkz eliminates all the guesswork from choosing simple but savory treats for your pup, with only one ingredient and none of the other additives or components we'll be discussing.
It can be overwhelming as a pup parent to try to decide what’s best to feed your pooch. Dietary needs are very complex and there is no shortage of choices to go along with them.
In recent years, limited ingredient diet dog food has become increasingly popular. Reasons have included dietary protein allergies that cause digestive upset and skin allergies, digestive intolerances to other ingredients, and an increased awareness of food ingredients. Food and treat recall concerns have contributed just as much to interest in limited ingredient diets as therapeutic applications have.
But what are limited ingredient diets, and are they right for your pooch?
In this article we’ll discuss what these diets can be composed of, how to think critically about their use, and two broad categories where they might be appropriate to consider. Towards the end, we’ll sum up the main takeaways with a short pros/cons list.
The holidays are a favorite time for many, including myself. Because we enjoy the family, lights, smells, and tastes, our pets can as well. But some of those extra treats we enjoy this time of year may not be the best thing to keep within sniffing distance of our pups.
Following is a list of some major foods that are bad for dogs that you might find yourself cooking, adding into your favorite baking recipe, or plain enjoying while you work away in the kitchen.