Hey, lovely readers! Crystal here, coming to you from the serene landscapes of Asheville. With Baxter's playful barks echoing in the backdrop and a fresh brew of chamomile tea warming my hands, I felt an urge to dive deep into a topic that's been close to my heart (and Baxter's stomach!): natural dog treats.
With so many options out there, how do you discern what's genuinely natural and what's not? Let's embark on this explorative journey together, paw in hand!
Understanding the 'Natural' in Natural Dog Treats
'Natural' has become quite the buzzword lately, hasn't it? From our skincare products to our food choices, and yes, even our dog treats. But what does 'natural' truly signify?
In the realm of dog treats, "natural" generally refers to treats without artificial additives, preservatives, or fillers. These treats harness the goodness of Mother Nature, ensuring our furry friends get nothing but the best.
Why Choose Natural? Baxter's Little Health Scare
A couple of months back, Baxter had a minor health scare. Nothing too alarming, but enough to give me pause. Turns out, a treat I had been giving him had artificial colors which didn’t sit well with his tummy. That’s when I decided to delve deep into the world of natural dog treats.
Natural treats often mean fewer allergens, better digestibility, and overall improved health for our pets. With the rise in dog allergies and sensitivities, going natural isn't just a trend; it's a necessity.
Crystal’s Top Picks for Natural Dog Treats
Having researched, tested (well, Baxter did the tasting!), and vetted numerous treats, here are our top picks:
- Dehydrated Veggie Discs: Think of them as veggie chips for dogs. Made from sweet potatoes, beets, or zucchini, they're a crunchy delight.
- Freeze-dried Lamb Bites: A protein-packed punch, these are perfect for training.
- Bully Sticks: A Baxter favorite! Ensure you’re picking ones that are 100% beef with no additives.
- Fish Skins: A fantastic source of Omega-3 and, let me tell you, dogs go gaga over them!
Homemade Natural Treats: The Kitchen Adventures
For those who love dabbling in the kitchen, making natural treats at home is a joy. I've tried my hand at peanut butter and oat cookies, chicken jerky, and even veggie broth popsicles for summer. The joy of seeing Baxter relish these homemade goodies is unparalleled.
Navigating the Market: Tips to Choose the Right Natural Treats
Not all that glitters is gold. Here are a few pointers to ensure the natural treat you're buying is genuinely natural:
- Read the Ingredients: If you can't pronounce it, chances are, it's not natural.
- Look for Certifications: Some treats are certified organic or non-GMO.
- Be Cautious of Marketing Gimmicks: "All-natural flavors" can be misleading. Do your research.
Sustainability and Natural Treats: Doing Our Bit
The journey towards natural treats isn't just about health; it's also about the environment. Many brands now offer sustainable packaging, and by supporting them, we're doing our bit for Mother Earth.
Final Woofs from Baxter
Baxter's take on natural treats? Two paws up! He's healthier, more energetic, and his coat? Shinier than ever.
Remember, the choices we make directly impact our furry friend's health. Let's make informed decisions and ensure our pets live long, happy, and healthy lives.
Sending love and licks your way, until next time. Crystal & Baxter 🐾
This post was last updated at October 2, 2023 15:20