My dog, Riley, happens to have a health coach for a mom, and I DO look at ingredients of his food and treats. It's important to watch quality and quantity of dog food - and treats because some ingredients can be harmful to their health. Just like the ingredients in people food and treats!
Check this out. Here’s the ingredient list from a popular mass-marketed dog biscuit:
Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Meat and Bone Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Beef Fat (Preserved with Tocopherols), Wheat Germ, Salt, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Bacon Fat, Brewers Dried Yeast, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Malted Barley Flour, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Sodium Metabisulfite (Used as a Preservative), Iron Oxide (Color), Artificial Flavor (Source of Sausage Flavor), Red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 1.
That’s 25 ingredients! And many of them, like BHA and artificial colors, aren’t something you’d ever feed in your pet’s diet. Yeesh!
The September 2014 edition of Clean Eating magazine contains a 3-Ingredient Dog Treats recipe. I happen to have those three ingredients so I made them today.
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
They do look like little cookies, so I put a sign on the container so that Riley's humans don't taste them.
I must be in rare baking mood today, because I made chocolate chip cookies for the rest of us. :)
for the recipe!
Riley gives them a
In health (and in the health of your pet)