What’s in a Treat?

treats3184(1)Maybe because so many of us use treats as a way to spoil our dogs rather than for training. Or because we love to get treats ourselves so that just trickles down into our relationship with our dogs. And because we are so used to just picking up a bag or two from the store, we have become careless in reading labels for ingredients – but then some people don’t even know or care to know if the ingredients are something our dogs should have in the first place because this is a “spoil” them thing anyway, so who cares if it is healthy or not right?

However, many people are now taking an interest in what they feed their pets so they can be healthy – after all our dogs are companions we want to enjoy – which isn’t as evident with the rising incidence of sicker pets and soaring vet bills. Many people have learned that dogs are indeed carnivores and want to feed their dogs a real dog’s diet of raw meat, bones and organs – or at the least give them something that resembles a carnivore “snack” in the form of a jerky treat. Little did many know that by not knowing their source and trusting that whatever is sold in a store and in the form of what appears to be a “natural” treat is killing dogs.


You DO however, have choices. First you can choose to make your own dog treats – I do that from time-to-time myself and it is easy. I simply have whatever choice of meat I desire very thin sliced (I don’t have my own meat grinders and slicers so we have our butcher do it) and then I just pop the pieces into our dehydrator and we have nice, easy, nutritious and natural dog treats for our dogs minus any added potentially harmful ingredients and preservatives that are most often found in commercial products.

Alternatively I also purchase from the following suppliers (I use the USA suppliers and have sampled the Canada one – all are very good and trustworthy):

http://www.RedAngelRaw.com/ – I know the owner and she started this company in response to the 2007 pet food recall to offer pet owners a safe alternative!

http://www.broadriverpastures.com/ – all USA range-fed, organic sourced meats including some they raise and butcher themselves.

In Canada:

And here is something else to note – I am not getting paid in the way of samples or monetary remuneration by these companies. I am simply sharing where I purchase from so you too can have safe, affordable and healthy treats for your dogs – no need to purchase from the big corporations that import from China. Save your dog’s health and even potentially his or her life!

Until next time…

Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online.