Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), tert-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), propyl gallate, and ethoxyquin. Another language? Nope.
Just a bunch of preservatives in most dog treats.

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m always on the hunt for single ingredient treats. The main reason I use single ingredient treats is because I have a 2 year old Shepherd who is finicky, has a sensitive stomach and is allergic to everything. The second reason is as a dog walker I have to be extremely cautious when it comes to giving my pup clients treats; I always ask permission and ask about allergies but most clients reply “of course and none that I know of”. The “none that I know of” always keeps me on my toes and I would rather not risk an allergic reaction or an upset stomach. If that doesn’t convince you to ditch the 15 ingredient treats maybe the following reasons will;

Why choose a treat with one ingredient freeze dried/ dehydrated treat?
-Great for sensitive stomachs
-Great for pups who have allergies
-You will avoid by-products, cheap fillers, artificial colors, salt and sugars
-Treats that are freeze-dried/dehydrated, moisture is removed, eliminating the need to add preservatives resulting in a shelf-stable treat
-Freeze drying retains all the flavor and nutritional value of the whole food source
-Treats tend to have a more savory smell, aka stinky. Dogs love stinky.

Okay now that you threw away your cardboard, preservative filled treats here are my 6 favorite treats:

BEEF LIVER

Stewart Pro-Treat Freeze Dried

Stewart brand treats are hands down my favorite collection of freeze-dried treats. More specifically, I love the liver flavor the most because it is like dog crack to both my pups and literally all of my clients. This is one of the few treats that does not upset my pups belly.

Why I love them:
-Vet developed treats
-100% freeze dried beef liver; one ingredient
-Smelly; dogs love smelly= high value reward
-Low carb protein
-Gluten, grain, hormone and preservative free
-Been on the market for 40 years
-Works as a great food topper for picky eaters
-Sourced and produced in the USA

CHICKEN BREAST

Stewart Pro-Treat Freeze Dried

My second favorite Stewart flavor is the chicken breast. I like to switch up flavors every once in awhile to keep my pups and clients interested. Also the chicken breast is a great source of lean, low fat protein which lends itself to muscle growth and development and helps support a healthy body weight.

Why I love them:
-Vet developed treats
-100% pure chicken breast; one ingredient
-Gluten, grain, hormone and preservative free
-Zero carbs
-Smells like chicken= high value reward
-Sourced and produced in the USA
-Great storage

SWEET POTATO

Wholesome Pride Sweet Potato Mini Bites Dog Treats

I have a couple clients who have some serious protein allergies but LOVE treats. I started making homemade treats and the shelf life was terrible and who has time to make treats? I decided to ask my vet and she told me to check out the Wholesome Pride sweet potato treats that are purely sweet potato (& some flax seed oil). These were a HUGE hit with my allergy ridden pup clients. I will mention Wholesome Pride is a bit newer to the treat game (2013) but I have been using them for a year with zero upset bellies!

Why I love them:
-100% Natural
-Grain-free and vegetarian treat
-No fillers or additives
-Great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals
-They do not stain pups faces or carpet
-Easy on sensitive stomachs
-Resealable bag

SALMON

Stewart Pro-Treat Freeze Dried

Another Stewart treat? Yes. Again, I love this brand. I have a couple stubborn pups who literally turn their nose up to most treats but I busted out the wild salmon flavor and voila they were literally eating out of my hand.

Why I love them:
-100% pure wild Alaskan salmon; one ingredient
-Vet developed
-Grain free, gluten free, with no preservatives or artificial colors or additives
-Great source of lean protein and Omega 3 fatty acids
-Sourced and produced in the USA
-Smelly= high value reward

BANANA

Healthy Dogma Banana Crisps Dog Treats

My shepherd LOVES bananas, he literally eats half of my breakfast banana daily. This gave me the inspiration to find a banana treat that did not have a bunch of crap in it. I discovered the Dogma banana crisps and my Moose loves this little sweet treat.

Why I love them:
-All-natural, grain and gluten free
-Ingredients: Bananas and coconut oil
-Easy on the belly
-Excellent source of potassium
-Sourced and produced in the USA

CHEESE

PureBites Cheddar Cheese Freeze-Dried Treats

My toy poodle LOVES cheese, I mean literally goes crazy if she hears a cheese wrapper. So instead of giving my dog Kraft singles I asked my trainer if she new of any cheddar treats and she pointed me to the PureBites cheddar bites. Of course, Lulu (my toy poodle) was obsessed and these turned into a great training treat.

Why I love them:
-Pure cheddar cheese; one ingredient
-Smelly= high value reward
-Produced and sourced in the USA
-Great for pups with restricted diets
-High in calcium

There are hundreds of different dog treat products available, I encourage you to check ingredients and do your own research. Ask your veterinarian about the right kind of treats for your pet. If your dog is healthy and eating a balanced diet, an occasional healthful treat will enrich their life.

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