As a dog or cat owner I’m sure you are like me and concerned about the health of our fur babies, I question what types of treats are the most beneficial, if I’m in charge of what is given then I should make sure what I give them has a purpose, not just empty calories, I want their treats and everything they eat to be functional. (I need someone to do this for me lol)  

This is the trend that is happening throughout the United States in the last 7 -9 years which is a good thing.  In my opinion giving a “biscuit treat” that is just carbs/calories is ok once in a great while, but because we are the ones making the decisions as to what they eat we should make sure it is a help and not a harm.  With so many offerings available in today’s market why would you give just a plain “bone biscuit” (I know we have been marketed to that they clean teeth, but they don’t, really think about that for a minute would eating granola clean your teeth?) (This was a great marketing ploy along with kibble cleans your teeth)

Generally, functional treats won’t make a difference in a dog's health unless they are given to them consistently and once you find a treat that is showing the needed results, you can feel good about giving it. 

There are countless ingredients that naturally aid in pet health and overall well being.  Some of the biggest ingredients in the marketplace now are:

·        Spirulina – is high in protein and a good source of antioxidants. It is known for immune support, detoxification, and gastrointestinal support.

·        Glucosamine – is a natural joint lubricant and can help reduce swelling and promote the strength of muscles and bones.

·        Inulin – is a source of prebiotic that can promote digestive health.

·        Apples – help freshen breath and are high in fiber.

·        Turmeric – is a very strong antioxidant and has been shown to have several benefits to dogs including reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of blood clots. For senior dogs that struggle with joint pain, anti-inflammatory products help to serve as a pain reliever.

·        Parsley – is another source of antioxidants and vitamins and can be used as a breath freshener and for gastrointestinal support.

·        Peppermint Oil – is known to support gastrointestinal health.

·        Pumpkin – is high in fiber, pumpkin seed is a natural dewormer, can help aid in preventing constipation, and can also help improve skin and coat appearance/health. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A.

·        Ginger – is known for helping with upset stomach and nausea.

·        Coconut – is beneficial in increasing energy levels, improving skin and coat, improving digestion, and reducing allergic reactions

·        Salmon – is high in omega-3 fatty acids which are good for boosting immune health, promoting skin and coat health, and have indicated they may be helpful in reducing allergy symptoms. (For everyone who knows me, knows that for Omega 3’s I love sardines, just the plain water ones you can buy at the store.)

Whether you're looking to add a treat to your offering that aids in hip and joint health, offers probiotics, or you're looking skin and coat health, we have several options of function treats.  Stop in today and check them out, ask one of our educated staff to point you in the right direction.  We believe that treats should help and sometimes treats cause problems like excess weight. (we have a possible help for that also).

Please share this with your friends so they can feed "treats" that do no harm.

This is my opinion Paula Gorman