By now, you may have read about numerous cases of dogs falling ill to food products manufactured in China, particularly chicken jerky. The FDA has not yet identified the specific ingredients responsible for causing illness, but in the meantime, using caution and buying smart have proven to be the best ways in preventing accidental harm to your furry loved ones. Start by looking for treats with “Made in the USA” displayed proudly on the package. In order to bear that label, the Federal Trade Commission requires the use of all American-made products, from ingredients to packaging to production site. Also look for treats low in artificial additives. If I can’t pronounce at most two ingredients listed on the package, it’s not going in my cart.
I enlisted the help of my 12 year-old westie, Yuki, to review some treats, all of which are made in the USA with natural ingredients and available for purchase through our online retail store, adoptandshop.org. In her golden years, Yuki has become very selective about the quality of her food and will not waste effort performing her best tricks for sub-par treats. Here’s her rating scale:
Shake “Only because I require sustenance.”
High ten “Not bad… not bad.”
Spin “Did you drool just now because that wasn’t me.”
Nose balance “Okay, these are pretty darn delicious.”
These square-shaped treats are freeze-dried, guaranteeing freshness while offering an interesting texture unlike any other treat. Westies are prone to skin problems, so I appreciate the 100% natural ingredients that make these non-allergenic.
Yuki’s rating: “High ten, and I’ll spin once.”
The perfect treat for training! These bite-sized pellets pack a punch in flavor and at only 3.5 calories per treat, you don’t need to feel guilty about feeding a handful. Before I leave the house, I like to insert a few in Yuki’s Kong and plug the opening with peanut butter to keep her busy.
Yuki’s rating: “Tell me when to stop spinning!”
Even though these smell like bacon (Yuki’s favorite thing), these chews are made of chicken (Yuki’s second favorite thing). I like the fact that there’s no wheat, corn, or soy in them, keeping Yuki flatulence-free and my studio apartment habitable.
Yuki’s rating: “Put the chew on my nose. Right. Now.”
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if all the ingredients in your dog’s treats are manufactured in the USA. We hope Yuki’s dog treat guide helps clear up the confusion. We wish you and your pet a long, happy and healthy life together!
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