Ingredients and Benefits
I am incredibly proud of the ingredients I use in my products and the benefits they provide. I use ALL human-grade ingredients and yes, I have taste-tested every one of the treats I make!
BROWN RICE FLOUR:
Why do I use brown rice flour vs. other flour in my treats? First, it is higher quality than your typical flour and it's hypo-allergenic! Wheat, corn, and soy are some of the leading causes of allergies in dogs.
Brown rice flour does not contain gluten and is highly digestible, which makes it a great choice for all your pooches with digestive issues.
It is high in fiber and selenium which help to prevent cancer!
It is a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals like vitamin B, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium.
There's practically no fat and very little sodium. And it's an excellent complex carbohydrate that satisfies hunger with very few calories.
NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER:
Peanut Butter aids in keeping a dog’s body operating more efficiently. As it contains a balanced level of protein and carbohydrates, it can pump up the dog’s system with energy and stamina.
Peanut Butter is a great source of Vitamin E, niacin, phosphorous, magnesium and fiber.
If your dog has diabetes, it means that the natural insulin inside the body is inhibited from being released. And if the sugar element in the bloodstream builds up uncontrollably, this can lead to permanent damage of the tissues, nerves and cells inside the body.
Because of the right balance and level of protein and carbohydrates present in peanut butter, it can help your dog’s system to utilize the sugar elements in the bloodstream. The sugar components can then be metabolized and used properly. Natural peanut butter recipes are therefore helpful for dogs suffering from diabetes.
When given in proper amounts, peanut butter treats have a lot of healthy benefits to offer to dogs. In fact, the omega fatty acids in peanut butter can even reduce bad cholesterol in dogs.
Canned pumpkin (in its pure form, with no added sugar or spices) is an excellent source of Vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. The nutrients found in pumpkin help to keep a dog's immune system strong, thereby strengthening resistance to cancer and other disease.
Pumpkin puree can help remedy upset tummies, constipation and diarrhea, making it a useful tool for dogs with digestive issues.
Give your pup just a teaspoon to a couple tablespoons (depending on the size of your dog) and it can help relieve upset stomach and digestive issues (poopy problems).
If you have a dog with excessive weight and need to cut calories, consider adding some pumpkin puree to the diet as you cut back on the kibble. The added fiber will be a satisfying fulfillment for your dog without adding unwanted calories.
WHOLE GRAIN OATS:
I only use high-quality, human-grade, whole grain oats in my treats that are chock-full of nutrients.
Oats are loaded with a soluble fiber called beta-glucan. Beta-glucans are incredibly viscous and help to thicken the membranes of the intestines when broken down. This thickening prevents the absorption of bile acids, which are made up of cholesterol. If the body has no bile acids to use in digestion, it must take up the cholesterol in the blood to replenish the bile acid, therefore reducing the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Over time, enough of the cholesterol in the blood is removed to show a significant reduction or maintain healthy levels. But the benefits of oats do not end there... Low cholesterol in the bloodstream means reduced risk of heart disease. The high fiber in oats may also contribute to colon health and act as an aid to combat constipation. In addition to the benefits of a whole lot of fiber, these tasty grains also boast high protein levels and good sources of magnesium, iron, zinc as well as several B vitamins. In humans, oats have also been linked to controlling blood sugar levels, which could also benefit dogs with diabetes. Not to mention that oats are packed with selenium, a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to heart health, DNA repair and colon cancer prevention.
Sweet Potatoes are one of nature's nearly perfect foods, they are so healthy they should be fed to your dog daily!
Sweet Potatoes are a source of potent antioxidants that can aid in healing, cancer prevention, and fighting the effects of aging. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and minerals such as, manganese, copper and iron. They make a healthy treat, either as an added ingredient or in dehydrated chip form.
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. I use farm fresh, powdered whole egg, as raw egg whites can cause biotin deficiency.
In addition to being tasty treats, apples provide some nutritional benefits to your dog. They offer vitamins A, C and dietary fiber, and they are low in sodium and saturated fat. They contain calcium and phosphorus, and they also add to a dog’s skin and coat health by adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to his diet.
Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans.
Pineapple contains Bromelain, an enzyme that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Dogs love the natural sweetness of pineapple either fresh or canned (in juice not syrup).
Pineapple also helps discourage a condition known as coprophagia, (when a dog consumes their own stool). Try adding a teaspoon to a couple tablespoons to your pups food. Once pineapple passes through the digestive system, the smell & taste is unpleasant to dogs.
One of the common reasons for this condition is low-quality and/or inappropriate dog food, the dog feels compelled to eat more of it in an attempt to satisfy their body's craving for nutrients. As a result, the dog is ingesting excess food, and a large proportion of the food goes through his digestive system undigested. The resulting stools smell and look fairly close to the food that the dog previously consumed, so the dog tries to consume the 'food' again. This is not just a vulgar habit; it is a cry for health. The dog needs a better diet that will enable him to absorb the nutrients his body needs. If your pup is already on a high quality diet, it is best to consult with your Veterinarian about this condition.
Carob is an edible bean used to make a product similar to Chocolate but being free from caffeine and theobromine it is not only a safe treat but a healthy treat. It is popular among the health conscious because of all the health benefits of the carob bean. Carob is a Natural source of essential vitamins including Vit A, Vit B, Vit D and minerals like Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium and Iron. It acts as an antioxidant, is considered to aid digestion and lower cholesterol levels, amongst many other benefits.
Coconut is loaded with nutritional value. It supports healthy gastrointestinal function, digestion and healthy breath and oral health.
It helps support a healthy immune system, metabolic function, thyroid function, bone and joint health and healthy weight. It also provides antioxidant support for healthy cell function. Along with providing a quick, easily digested source of energy, it also supports healthy brain and nervous system function. Geesh! I should eat more coconut!!!
Honey contains mainly glucose and fructose. These are simple sugars (monosaccharides) and are therefore more readily absorbed than disaccharides and polysaccharides such as those found in table sugar, starchy veggies etc.
Honey is rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K. It also contains various minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, and more. In addition, honey contains flavonoids, which are health-enhancing antioxidants.
Although I have done extensive research on all the ingredients I use, every dog is different... Please consult your veterinarian about any concerns you may have related to your dogs health. Always check with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s diet, especially if they are on any medications. Upsetting the vitamin and mineral balances in your dog’s diet can have negative effects on your dog’s health and some medications interact badly with some nutrients. The aim of most dog owners is to give their dogs the best diet possible. Good nutrition coupled with a health care program may result in extending your dog’s life by as much as 15%!