Ingredients in Healthy Dog Treats
Here at Fuzzy Creek we pride ourselves on offering only the best and nutritious treats for your dog. We research every ingredient in the treats we offer to make sure what goes into your dog is genuinely good for them with benefits that make for a happy healthy pup. Below, you will find ingredients and their benefit so that you can make a more informed decision as to what is right for your four-legged family member.
BACON: Just enough bacon for smell and taste for picky eaters. Not enough to cause health problems when given in moderation.
BLUEBERRIES: Blueberries are low in calories and contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, phytochemicals (naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants), and antioxidants, and have been proven to improve the health of animals. The antioxidants in blueberries help fight free radicals, which are responsible for cellular and molecular damage in dogs. Sources of antioxidants, like blueberries, help strengthen immune systems by fighting free radicals naturally. As an added bonus, studies show that adding antioxidants to a dog’s diet reduces the effects of brain aging, which is good news for those of us with older dogs. Vitamin C and fiber are vital components of proper canine nutrition. Phytochemicals are linked to several aspects of health, including the ability to fight cancer in humans.
BROCCOLI: Broccoli is high in fiber and vitamin C and low in fat. *Super-food
BROWN RICE FLOUR: High in fiber and a great source of manganese, brown rice flour also offers a source for magnesium and selenium. Brown rice flour is rich in antioxidants, promotes weight loss, and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.
CANOLA OIL: Oils give structure to foods. They help the body to absorb certain vitamins called the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Fats and oils in the diet keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy and are also important in reproduction.
CARROTS: This vegetable is low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins. Plus, crunching on carrots can be good for dogs' teeth.
CELERY: Celery is very low in fat and cholesterol and is an excellent source of fiber; vitamins A, C, and K; folate; potassium; and manganese. The crunchy veggie also might freshen up your dog’s breath.
CHEESE: Cheese is a good source of protein for your dog. It also provides vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, Vitamin A, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids.
CHICKEN: Is lean protein for pets. It contains vitamins and minerals as well as amino acids. This will promote good health and boost your pet's immune system as well as help with any weight loss program.
EGGS: Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. For some dogs that are prone to digestive upset, eggs can give them a little protein boost. Adding eggs to your dog's food is a healthy treat.
FLAX SEED: Flax seed is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that are good for skin and coat. High in fiber.
GARLIC: Garlic is high in inulin, amino acids, sulphur, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It also contains vitamin A, C, calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, germanium and B-complex vitamins. Garlic’s pungent energy warms the body. Pungent herbs move energy upwards and outwards to the body’s surface, improving circulation. Garlic also has an affinity for the lungs, large intestine, spleen and stomach. Garlic helps detoxify the body. It supports beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and eliminates harmful bacteria. I use it in the fall, winter and early spring as a detox and to balance out the digestive system. As a liver enhancer, garlic breaks down wastes before they enter the bloodstream. It also helps your dog assimilate nutrients and eliminate wastes through the entire digestive tract. Garlic is high in sulphur and fructans (inulin and oligofructose). Fructans can cause digestive upset in dogs suffering from leaky gut, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. When undigested fructans ferment in the small intestine, they cause bloating, gas and constipation. Your dog’s digestive system needs to be healthy before you feed her garlic.
HONEY: A few things that make honey so special is that it is naturally high in enzymes, high in antioxidants and flavonoids, and it kills anti-resistant bacteria including MRSA. *Avoid feeding diabetic dogs and dogs with cancer honey without first discussing with your holistic veterinarian.
LAMB: Lamb is packed with essential amino acids and is a good source of dietary fats, which help sustain energy. The red meat also offers up plenty of vitamins and minerals that support muscle development and encourage optimum skin and coat health in dogs. Lamb may be a better option for dogs who suffer from food sensitivities or food allergies caused by other protein sources such as beef or chicken.
OAT BRAN: Oat bran is safe for dogs to eat. It’s rich in fiber. Fiber doesn’t provide any added energy for dogs, but it can help improve colon health and anal gland issues. It can also help manage your dog’s weight.
OAT FLOUR: Can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, can prevent artery clogging, and helps to boost a dog’s immune system. They have high levels of fiber, are low in fat, high in grain protein, and oats are a naturally gluten-free food!
PEANUT BUTTER: A favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter. NOTE: Be absolutely sure that you're not using sugar-free or "lite" peanut butter that has artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, as these substances are incredibly toxic to dogs.
RYE FLOUR: Rye is an excellent source of manganese and fiber. It also contains a good amount of magnesium. It is good for the heart and the high fiber content makes it low glycemic.
SPINACH: Adding Spinach to your dog's diet adds roughage as well as needed antioxidants and iron. Spinach also contains high levels of the vitamin K which helps maintain good bone health and growth.
SPLIT PEA FLOUR: Peas are also a good natural source of vitamin A, thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin K, copper, zinc and manganese Peas contain carotenoids and other known cell antioxidants.
SWEET POTATOES: Sweet potatoes are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta carotene. Sweet potato treats can be a huge hit with with dogs.
VANILLA: Vanilla does contain B vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, etc. However, most of these are present in very small amounts.
WHITE POTATOES: Potatoes add a helpful punch of nutrients. They provide vitamins (B3, B6, C, etc.), minerals (manganese, phosphorus, etc.), antioxidants (carotenoids, flavonoids, etc.) as well as potassium, iron, copper and fiber.