Nutro makes some really good, natural dog treats. The two that I like for my pets are Natural Choice Chops and Ultra All Natural Biscuits.
Nutro Natural Choice Chops are made from the same high-quality ingredients as Nutro’s Natural Choice dog foods–naturally preserved rice and lamb meal, rich with proteins and energy-boosting carbohydrates. They’re so nutritious, your dog can have one of these chop-shaped crunchy biscuit treats any time. When you give your dog a Natural Choice Chop, you’re helping prevent the plaque that can cause bad breath. You’re satisfying the instinctive need to chew. And, on top of all these great reasons to treat your dog to Nutro’s Natural Choice Chops, you’re also giving him a crunchy reward that he’s sure to love.
Ground Rice, Rice Bran, Rice Gluten, Lamb Meal, Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Monosodium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, Natural Flavors, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Choline Chloride, Iron Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Maganese Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.
You can find this item at Petsmart and Tractor Supply stores.
Ultra All Natural Biscuits are available in four formulas. They are 100% natural with no wheat, no ground yellow corn, no corn gluten meal, no soy, no artificial colors, or flavors and no fillers. They are made with the Ultrassential(R) 3 Proteins Superfood Blend. 3 Proteins from farm-raised chicken, pasture-fed lamb & salmon—combined protein sources from high quality ingredients to ensure optimal Amino Acid levels and great taste for your dog.
They carefully select their natural ingredients from farmers and ranchers they know and trust, and they never outsource manufacturing to third parties. That means they always have control over the entire process—from overseeing ingredient sourcing to ensuring ingredient quality to testing all the finished products. No one invests more in quality and safety than they do. And they do it all right here in the U.S.A.
You can find this item at Petsmart and Tractor Supply stores.
The idea for Canyon Creek Ranch treats was inspired by the blue skies, lush grass and fresh air of the great outdoors. They love to reward pets, but refuse to give them treats packed with preservatives and other ingredients nature never intended dogs to eat. When they couldn’t find treats that met their standards in stores, they decided to make their own – most of which feature chicken, duck or beef as the #1 ingredient. Our dogs were thrilled to be getting treats made with chicken, duck or beef and they felt good about giving them treats with natural ingredients.
Their Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Tenders are premium chicken breast fillets (no chicken by-products). These high-protein, 97% fat free treats are slow-cooked to seal in the natural flavors so you can feel confident that your dog is enjoying a healthy and delicious treat. Chicken Tenders are perfect for dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Like all Canyon Creek Ranch products, Chicken Tenders are sterilized through irradiation in accordance with USDA guidelines – an extra step we undertake to ensure our treats are not only delicious, but also among the safest and healthiest options available for your dog.
I wanted to help all of you learn what to look for in the purchasing of your pet food. Ingredients you especially want to stay away from are: meat meal, animal meal, bone meal, glandular meal, poultry meal, blood meal, by-products and dyes. A few ingredients that are not horrible but would be a good idea to stay away from, especially if they are the first few ingredients listed, are: corn meal, corn gluten meal and wheat gluten. One ingredient that has some controversy is menadione which is a man-made vitamin K. I believe the sites below provide solid information for you to read.
http://www.dogfoodproject.com The author of this site is Sabine Contreras. She lives in Los Angeles and has appeared on the radio show, ”Dog Talk.” She also provides consultations for your animals in person or by phone.
www.dogfoodadviser.com The author is Mike Sagman. After a personal tragedy with his own animal, he became a consumer advocate and is considered an expert on reading and interpreting pet food labels.
These are websites of foods that seem to be better for your pets:
Pet foods of good quality are usually not sold in grocery stores.
I do not have children, so my pets are my children. Yes, I believe in taking the best care of them that I can. They depend on us to feed, clothe (HA), house and protect them. I treat feeding them just as I would a child. Animals get sick just as we do and have the same diseases we do. I only feed my animals food that is naturally made.
Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of your pet food? Well, go get the bag!
Let’s start with what usually appears as the protein source and the primary ingredient in pet food: Meat byproducts or meat meal. Both are euphemisms for the parts of animals that wouldn’t be considered meat by any smart consumer. The well-known phrase “meat byproducts” is a misnomer since these byproducts contain little, if any, meat. These are the parts of the animal left over after the meat has been stripped away from the bone. “Chicken byproducts include head, feet, entrails, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, stomach, bones, blood, intestines, and any other part of the carcass not fit for human consumption,” writes Henry Pasternak in Healing Animals with Nature’s Cures.
Meat meal can contain the boiled down flesh of animals we would find unacceptable for consumption. This can include zoo animals, road kill and 4-D (dead, diseased, disabled, dying) livestock. Most shockingly, this also can include dogs and cats. That’s right, your pets could be cannibals. Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser writes, “Although leading American manufacturers promise never to put rendered pets into their pet food, it is still legal to do so. A Canadian company, Sanimal Inc., was putting 40,000 pounds of dead dogs and dead cats into its dog and cat food every week, until discontinuing the practice in June 2001. “This food is healthy and good,” said the company’s vice president of procurement, responding to critics, ”but some people don’t like to see meat meal that contains any pets.”
Road Kill in Your Dog’s Food Bowl
The process that turns these animals and animal parts into pet food is also disgusting. Ann M. Martin describes the process in Food Pets Die For: “At the rendering plant a machine slowly grinds the entire mess in huge vats. Then this product is cooked at temperatures between 220 degrees Fahrenheit and 270 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes to one hour. The mixture is centrifuged (spun at a high speed) and the grease (or tallow) rises to the top and it is removed from the mixture. The grease becomes the source of animal fat in most pet foods. Oftentimes, when you open a standard can of dog food, you will see a top layer of fat. The centrifuged product is the source of that fat, which is meant to entice a hungry dog or cat. After the grease is removed in the rendering process, the remaining material is dried. Meat meal, and meat and bone meal are the end product of this process. This dried material is usually found in dry pet food.”
Chemical Dangers Lurk in Commercial Pet Food
Rendering practices aren’t just gross; they’re also dangerous for your pets. The chemicals used to euthanize zoo animals, dogs and cats can survive the cooking process, which means these chemicals end up in pet food and, ultimately, in your pet. Martin writes, “Euthanized cats and dogs often end up in rendering vats along with other questionable material to make meat meal, and meat and bone meal. This can be problematic because sodium pentobarbital can withstand the heat from rendering. For years, some veterinarians and animal advocates have known about the potential danger of sodium pentobarbital residue in commercial pet food, yet the danger has not been alleviated.” In short, that means the poisons designed to kill pets are the same ones being fed to them.
For years, some veterinarians and animal advocates have known about the potential danger of sodium pentobarbital residue in commercial pet food, yet the danger has not been alleviated. The Report of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia states, “In euthanasia of animals intended for human or animal food, chemical agents that result in tissue residue cannot be used.”
Food Pets Die For by Ann N. Martin, page 57
Euthanized pets — the six or seven million dogs and cats that are killed in animal shelters every year — are also used for food. The city of Los Angeles alone, for example, sends some two hundred tons of euthanized cats and dogs to a rendering plant every month. Added to the blend are the euthanized catch of animal control agencies and roadkill. (Roadkill is not collected daily and, in the summer, the better roadkill collection crews can generally smell it before they can see it). When this gruesome mix is ground and steam-cooked, the lighter, fatty material floating to the top gets refined for use in such products as cosmetics, lubricants, soaps, candles and waxes. The heavier protein material is dried and pulverized into a brown powder — about a quarter of which consists of fecal material. The powder is used as an additive to almost all pet food as well as to livestock feed. Farmers call it “protein concentrates.” In 1995, five million tons of processed slaughterhouse leftovers were sold for animal feed in the United States. I used to feed tons of the stuff to my own livestock. It never concerned me that I was feeding cattle to cattle.
Mad Cowboy By Howard F. Lyman, page 12
Now, are you not concerned with what you are feeding your pets?