You know the drill. I have said it dozens of times. Single Ingredient dog treats are the way to go. USDA meats, made in the USA, no salt or sugar added, show me the treat!
But I will tell you, limited ingredient treats such as our dual treat offerings have their merits.
Take Chicken and Carrot Strips for example. Carrots are high in soluble fiber. Beta-Carotene is a carotenoid that is an antioxidant and a precursor to Vitamin A. Because of the wall of cellulose in carrots that is not digestible by dogs, you must cook the carrots to receive the nutritional benefit from carrots. Vitamin A provides a host of nutritional benefits to your dog. Beyond supporting eye health, it also assists in supporting immune health and supporting skin and coat health. It is almost unheard of for dogs to have a Vitamin A deficiency. Because Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for dogs it is a required additive to all commercially produced dog foods. However, if you are making your dog’s food at home or buying a supplemental food and not a full feed, your dog may need the supplementation of Vitamin A.
Turkey and Sweet Potato Strips. Sweet potatoes have a good source of potassium, manganese and magnesium. They also contain calcium, iron, and zinc but are low in sodium. Sweet potatoes are high in dietary fiber which is great for digestive health. Plus, they contain very little fat. And let’s not forget beta-carotene. Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in your dog’s body, which is essential for your dog’s vision, growth and muscle strength. Symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency include night blindness and poor hair and skin quality.
Lastly, Beef and Pumpkin Strips. Pumpkin flesh contains soluble fiber, which helps slows digestion, and can help manage diarrhea by absorbing water. Alternatively, pumpkin also helps with constipation due to its high fiber and water content. Additionally, tapeworms and other intestinal parasites become paralyzed by cucurbitin, an amino acid in pumpkin that acts as a natural deworming agent. Since pumpkin slows digestion, your pet will feel fuller, longer. Pumpkin contains vitamin A, which is important for vision health. The flesh also contains vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. Dogs with joint problems need more vitamin C than they produce naturally and pumpkin is a good source for it. Finally, pumpkin slows the aging process with its bountiful antioxidant beta-carotene.
All three are good reasons to consider these treats as a way to supplement your dogs diet while your dog thinks you are just spoiling them.