How easy it is to pick safe treats for your pets….
A guy stopped me in the food store today to ask me about cat treats. So weird, right? My outfit was totally devoid of pet hair and I wasn’t in my cat sweater or dog shirts (I had just changed out of one of those, in reality :). Anyway, he asked me what treats cats like. My cats don’t like anything. I showed him what they had that was among the more popular.
He started talking about the chicken jerky he was getting his dogs. Obviously, I wasn’t letting that go, and he approached me as a stranger out of the blue. So I had to tell him: how easy it is to get safe treats.
1. Look at where they are made. The print might be little, but the risk is huge. Oh. Made in USA, sweet. It might be small, but it is always there. If it says China, proceed to next treats, it is not worth the gamble. A few cents saved isn’t going to be really comforting when you are in the emergency room or much much worse. Ever pay for ashes? It’s not cheap. And it is heartbreaking.
See? It’s in the right hand corner with a handy flag.
2. Then check the ingredients. There should be no corn, wheat or soy and as few ingredients as possible. All things you can immediately understand.
Look! That one has both in one place. Made in Minnesota, with all kinds of good stuff. We are on low protein for the dogs, treatwise, so these are perfect. These are Good Dog blueberry cobbler treats by Sojos.
The others are Sweet potato flavor and my dogs love Buddy Biscuits. Let’s see those ingredients:
See how easy that was? They don’t cost an arm and a leg or I would be typing with my face right now. If that is too much responsibility, find a local pet shop (like The Philly Pack Pet Shop here in my neighborhood) where you trust the owners to have the stuff that not only won’t kill your pet, but that your pups and kits will love and be even healthier for….Or just buy online from a brand you like and trust and has these two tiny requirements….
Oh, here is the front of the good dog treats, they are tiny bones, so great for training and walking without adding tons of calories, etc.
This is not what I think anyone would call extra effort. Especially when it’s their lives and health. For me, it’s piece of mind. And I really love bringing treats home, so it’s that too. Plus, cutest boxes! But obviously, that is not the point….