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The 5 Healthiest Organic Dog Treats

DATE 1 / 29 / 2021

Finding the best dog treats for your pup can be a challenging task! From elusive product packaging to questionable ingredients, it can be difficult to decipher what the best products are and where you can find them. The best dog treats are composed of natural, organic ingredients, containing little to no preservatives or artificial flavorings. If you’re lost in the online web of dog treat shopping, look no further! We’ve compiled consumer advice for your search, and a list of top-tier dog treats on the market. 

The Questions 

Last week, we had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Jeff Gerlesits about which dog treats he recommends, which treats to be wary of, and how to ensure you find the best product for your dog. You can read the full article here

What should consumers be looking for on dog treat packaging to ensure they purchase the highest quality product for their dog? 

“In my humble opinion, local, organic, natural, and quality ingredients are the key to treats. The more local and better ingredients, the better the product tends to be for the patients and our environment. As a general rule, I want to support our community, country, and planet. 

We ideally want our dog treats to have an AAFCO seal (the Assoc. of Feed Control Officials). This ensures the quality, safety, and nutritional label are accurate. It’s not mandatory but does ensure what is labeled is actually within the product.” 

(from “The Hidden Danger of Dog Treats”) 

Ingredients to Avoid:

“Ingredients we want to watch out for are possible toxins that actually quite often get added to the treats.  For example: 

  • Xylitol is a sweetener, but acts as an insulin agonist in dogs and is hard on their liver 
  • Onions and garlic can be detrimental to a dog’s red blood cells 
  • Grapes and raisins (which are sometimes, as dried fruits, wrapped around treats) can be toxic”

(from “The Hidden Danger of Dog Treats”)

The Treats

Photo courtesy of Brutus & Barnaby

Brutus & Barnaby Dehydrated Sweet Potato Slices 

When they say single ingredient, they mean it! Brutus & Barnaby has successfully created one of the most all-natural, simple dog treats on the market. Made from only sweet potatoes, these treats are gluten-free, grain-free, and contain no fat or sugar. 

Photo courtesy of Ava’s Pet Palace

Ava’s Salmon Snacks 

Just like Brutus & Barnaby, Ava’s Salmon Snacks are single ingredient, natural, and organic! Treats like these are hard to find, especially in the oversaturated internet shopping experience. Ava’s Pet Palace is a small business created and maintained by Ava Dorsey, who began the company when she was only 13 years old.

The Salmon Snacks are hand-cut and dehydrated. These are one of the best jerky treats on the market! 

Photo courtesy of Grandma Lucy’s

Grandma Lucy’s Organic Pumpkin Treats 

Grandma Lucy’s includes only natural and organic ingredients in their Organic Pumpkin Treats. The treats are GMO-free with no added preservatives, and are a certified kosher product. The treats are made not in a factory, but in a bakery! You can let your pup enjoy these treats while knowing the people who made them took the time and care to put forth the best product. 

Photo courtesy of Zuke’s

Zuke’s 

Zuke’s treats are locally made in Durango, Colorado. Their treats are completely natural and organic, and the company is transparent about the ingredients they include. You can see all their ingredients and read about them here

Photo courtesy of Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard P-Nuttier Treats 

Old Mother Hubbard’s treats pride themselves on being made, just as all the other treats listed, from organic and all-natural ingredients such as apple, carrot, wheat, oatmeal, and cane molasses. 

Don’t Forget:

*As always, you can also make your own treats! This is the best way to ensure you know every ingredient that makes it into your pup’s treats, and you can have fun at the same time! Check out our post on making your own dog treats here.