BEEF LIVER BALLS
CHICKEN MEAT BALLS
CROC FORE BONE
CROC HIND BONE
KANGAROO MEAT BALLS
KANGAROO JERKY LONG
LING FISH SKINS
LARGE PORK TWIST
JUMBO PORK ROLL
MINI DOG BISCUITS
Dog bone dog treat usage - the definitive Healthy Dog Treat guide (function & food).
The fact is that we provide as many different healthy meat cuts, bones and offal as we can to our Australian customers. Many owners have bone dog treat preferences based on previous history (what is available and what a dog likes to eat), but many people have no idea where to start in the pursuit of the perfect bone for their dog. This guide aims to demystify the subject for EVERY dog owner.
What do you want to use your dog treat bone for?
This might seem a simple question, but there are many facets to bone giving:
Dog bones (dog treats) for different functions
We do not stock dried chicken bones as small dried bones are considered too risky.
The smaller and easier chewing bones (of the big bone variety) are mostly the regular lamb and pork bones (the smaller bones pictured in this blog below).
Can dogs eat mussels? Well, know the green lipped mussel dog treats dosage levels.
This research for this article has been made a great deal harder to write since pharmaceutical and dog supplement companies only like to provide information on dosage levels for powdered versions of Green Lipped mussels.
The reason is that whole green lipped mussels might be considered as a commodity to these commercial companies and they live by fear that their profits might be diminished if you actually bought the whole food product. THIS is why most green lipped mussel supplements in the dog world are in POWDER form either loose or by capsule. Every capsule your dog eats has a large marketing and branding overhead attached to it.
The 'extraction' methods vary, however they mostly seem to include some quick drying method (no high heat sources) and that's it. They will all tell you that their methods are the best at preserving the vital ingredients in the GLM, but they are very sketchy on precise details and what labs do the testing on their powders.
At Healthy dog treats we live in a world where we know dogs are underfed meat proteins and all of the other great micro nutrients associated with meat, that a carnivore dogs digestion was evolved to extract.
Green Lipped mussels dog treats, the science and nutrition value
There appears to be one actual reference for Green lipped mussel nutrition in table form available on the internet so we have reproduced it below for : 'Green Mussels and United States recommended daily allowances.'
The table provides the base level of understanding how useful and how unique this mollusc is. However many of the most incredible active ingredients are not singled out in the basic vitamins and minerals list. So we have provided extra information for you in easy to understand terms.
While Green Lipped Mussels are known for their anti inflammatory properties and arthritis relief (see previous article), it is actually the SPECIAL omega 3 chemical combined with other active compounds that provides the main fight against joint inflammation and pain.
It is apparently a unique version of eicosatetraenoic acid, or ETA, that creates all of the excitement and great benefits. “This type of ETA is found only in green lipped mussels and binds cyclooxygenase, which is an enzyme that causes inflammation. They also contain glucosamine, chondroitin, zinc, and magnesium, which are beneficial for joint metabolism.” Ref 2
NOTE it is the glucosamine and chondroitin of shark cartilage dog treats that gives it the amazing properties of pain relief, inflammation reduction and cartilage repair, and why I use that dog treat daily with my dog.
Green Lipped mussels dog treats relieve dog arthritis - here are the amazing test results.
Very simply put, Green Lipped mussels (GLM) have been purported to be a miracle food for people, fixing all sorts of arthritis issues and even anti-aging properties. There is one main go to study for dogs tested with this GLM supplement, and it was in 2002.
This is an analysis of the results of that famous experiment and why there is so much excitement about it being used as a dog food supplement. Note this experiment exclusivity used GLM powder extract, where as we sell the WHOLE GLM treat - ensuring your dog doesn't miss out on anything.
If you want to see what we found out about GLM nutrition, and GLM required doses for dogs, then please read the following two articles on this site.
The 2002 study paper says that for dogs "degenerative and inflammatory arthropathies may occur but the most common form of the joint disease is osteoarthritis (OA4), a complex, progressive disease characterized by the degeneration of particular cartilage and by the formation of new bone (osteophytes) at joint margins. Inflammation of the synovial membrane may also be present in many cases of OA but is a variable feature throughout the course of the disease. Conversely, synovitis is the major pathological feature of the inflammatory joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis." REF 1
HOKI blue grenadier nutrition and eating demonstration
Owners who have already tried fish with their dogs are generally very pleasantly surprised with the results.
When you consider how much grains our dogs eat each year, it's curious that some people can think that fish are only for their cats!
HOKI or blue grenadier nutrition has a special place in our fish line up of dog treats.
Its small size piece also means that it is instantly easy for ANY dog to eat, and so it's a great dog food supplement as well as being an excellent dog treat!
Beef Puff, a low cost 100% beef solution dog treat
Spoiler alert, beef puffs are 100% animal dog treat. They are made with high-quality beef lung which means they are very light and airy dog treat.
Being lung they are essentially similar in protein and mineral composition to beef meat, so it's mostly the texture and method of eating that you and your dog will be interested in.
The big bonus for people buying these treats besides the volume is that they are typically lower in fat than regular beef treats and that while the puffs start out hard (on the surface) a persistent crunch of your dog's jaw will see the treat soon collapse into a myriad or meat particles. it goes from being a full intact treat, to completely edible in small parts, very quickly.
This treat has a higher crunch value than any other treat on the market!
The cube dog deserves a great crunching lamb cube dog treat! See the video of dog eating it.
There are very few pure 100% lamb treats around besides bone, so the lamb cube dog treat is a rare exception.
Made from 100% lamb lung means that unlike many of the lamb meat-based treats, it is very low fat and high protein - the perfect combination for most dogs who are fed on a low meat high grain commercial diet.
To understand our 100% Australian treats texture is the key to understanding the best application of this exceptional treat. Being lamb lung the whole organ is very light due to its honeycomb texture.
While it is light (high volume, low weight) the cubes easily safely implode under most dogs crunching jaws into fine flakes of lamb meat creating a very exciting dog experience.
Kangaroo Cartilage, a great chewing affordable roo dog treat
In a world of many types of dog treats, all you need to remember is healthy meat dog treats are the only way to go, and that anything Roo is organic and low fat.
The trick for many people is to know which one is for their dog, and why.
Many people who own smaller or older dogs, or just want soft treats for dog food supplements will go for the softest treats we provide.
Then people who have big powerful breed dogs go for the bones, either for their meat or for lasting the longest of almost any bone in existence (roo bone clod).
But right in the sweet spot is the Roo cartilage, long lasting for small and medium-sized dogs, and even a little.
Kangaroo Jerky LONG, the KING of healthy dog treats
Yes I have declared it.
While Roo dog treats are one of our best sellers, it is often for either the softer roo sticks/ roo meat balls or regular kangaroo jerky, or the hardest of the meat based roo dog treats - roo tendons and roo cartilage.
As dog treat drying premises change their abattoir, supplies or seasons change, or even territories and shooters, kangaroo products can vary significantly.
We only accept the highest quality roo treats but we have been looking for a while now for a bridge between the very soft roo sticks and ultra hard roo bones.
That search has now ended.
The long format Roo Jerky strip is here.
Why do dogs have taste buds evolved to detect and ENJOY meat and water.
It is well known through gene analysis, that domestic dogs evolved from grey wolves in China about 20,000 years ago. This is believed to have occurred by man purposefully domesticating dogs to assist in manual labor.
The great debate about dog food requirements has largely been high-jacked by dog food companies who make a lot more money by making dog food mostly out of grain and vegetables.
We consider the science behind dogs taste buds in this article to understand exactly how evolved dogs are from their carnivore origins. Spoiler alert, they aren't.
The scientifically derived five main taste senses across all animals are: sweet, umami, bitter, salty, and sour. This is how three of them work:
FIVE main TRICKS to disguise grain in dog food & Why you need meat dog treats
The next time you have a look at all of the bags or tins of dog food in your supermarket or dog store, consider WHY they put LARGE photos of meat on the labels. As most dog food has between 20-30% meat in them, why would meat be so prominently displayed on the labels? Isn't that just a little deceptive?
The highest meat grade dog food (in pellets) is typically 50% and you will pay a large premium for that kind of dog food. So what is the point convincing dog owners that there seems to be a lot of meat in a pack IF they regularly tell you that Grain or vegetables is just as good for your dog?
OK - forget that no dog or wolf EVER hunted down grain or vegetable as its prime prey target. Forget that their digestive system is still optimised for processing meat. Forget that meat essential amino acids (protein) are bio-available to dogs, and grains and veggies are not.
Let's review the fun ways that dog food companies PROMOTE that their products are full of meat but then disguise the fact that they don't have much meat in them.
Shark cartilage dosage levels to relieve dog arthritis
This article shows you how many sticks (grams of shark cartilage) are needed for your dog (dog size) to help relieve osteoarthritis issues.
Recently I analysed a science paper that tested Glucosamine / chondroitin (Glu/CS) combination for the treatment of confirmed osteoarthritis of hips or elbows (or any joint in dogs). It showed positive results after 70 days of daily doses of (Glu/CS) as described below.
(Glu/CS) also happens to be a major ingredient in SHARK CARTILAGE DOG TREATS. So in this article I look at what commercial dog joint support formulations use (that are based on (Glu/CS), and what you might be able to use with 100% natural Shark Cartilage if you wanted to go the organic natural route.
Shark Cartilage for dogs - the science test results for arthritis relief
This 2006 science paper that I am reviewing shows evidence of strong positive arthritis relief for DOGS across three major health parameters for glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate (Glu/CS). The reason I am reviewing it here, is that Glu/CS are two of the major ingredients in shark cartilage that we sell as dog treats on this site.
People use shark cartilage for their dogs because it's a long chew, for teeth cleaning, or omega 3, but now there is evidence that its long claimed anecdotal arthritis relief value is real. As you will read throughout this article though, you need to give small amounts preferably twice daily and up to 70 days for full effect. You can get your dog straight onto a regime of pharmaceutical injections monthly at your vet, and they may need that too. BUT the glucosamine/chondroitin chemical combination is available organically from the source.
You can pay a lot more for glucosamine/chondroitin as a powdered form in pretty bottles (called joint relief) at a much higher cost, but we always prefer to provide you the most natural dog treat solutions possible. It may not work with all dogs, and you need to get the dosage right (see the next article) but if you have a dog that suffers pain and motion issues from joint pain, you may be very interested in this hidden gem of a paper !
Best HEALTHY food for old dogs - 4 simple things you can do for old dog health !
This is the most simple plan you can follow for a mature/ old dog to keep them healthy diet wise.
All dogs need exercise and socialisation, but as dogs age, their dietary requirements change slightly - and these are the VERY SIMPLE things you can do to make your dog last longer and be happier.
SPOILER ALERT - we also discuss the best healthy food for old dogs treats at the end!
So that you keep reading, this is the basic rules followed by dog food companies too when they make their 'special mature dog' formulas - with one exception - they don't include anywhere near enough meat !
HOW YOUR DOG CHANGES with AGE
Dogs in the wild don't have such issues as they don't live as long, because they can't keep up from the pack, can't protect themselves or can't fight off diseases that your vet can treat. In domestic situations, dogs are considered mature once they turn 7 or 8 in human years. However LARGE breed dogs can often require dietary changes at 6 as they may only live to nine.
Why bio-availability of every nutrient in dog food is vital to your dog.
The science paper that I am reviewing suggests that " Progress in the nutrition of companion animals requires more precise information on the requirements of cats and dogs at various physiological stages, bio availability of nutrients, interaction among nutrients and the role of various nutrients in the prevention of diseases."
Essentially it posits that the majority of food trails that the aafco dog food standards are based on are either inadequate, are outdated or were performed on other species.
The newer food trials often are not based on a lot of science because the research on bio availablity is very scant. There is a long held belief that plant sources are never going to supply your dog as good as meat sources will.
The reason that they posit this is the global dog food companies are so big and powerful that new trials are often done by themselves with inadequate external checks. They could not afford to find that dogs require meat based foods, so conveniently most studies done avoid these kinds of questions. This paper we critique does not hold back on giving you actual facts and data of the papers it could find.
Buy Online Cow Hooves: Healthy Dog Treats
If your dog easily eats bully sticks and you dont like the potentially fattening nature of pigs ears, then cow hooves might be your best dog treat option.
Raw feeders love them too as they are a 100% animal (beef) based product. No colouring, additives or anything added to the hooves. It is cut, cleaned and dried with minimal processing.
You will see that it mainly comes in two colours with most of our stock at the moment being the darker version. Puppies love to chew on anything, and since very few puppies will have the strength to crack a cow hooves it makes it a great first treat that will last most puppies days if not weeks.
Why feed your dog with beef liver treats for nutrition? There's an analysis included.
Beef liver treats for dogs are the world's leading dog training dog treats. But urban whisperers have it that they are bad for your dog. This is polar incorrect.
Raw feeder considerations
Raw meat feeders often work by the rule of a meat to offal to bone ratio of 80 : 15: 5
I am a dog walker and I regularly feed our pack dried beef liver as a recall treat. And my own dog goes on several walks per day, and he often gets a fair amount of beef liver treats but how much is safe and is there any value nutritionally in beef liver?
My dog is a relatively active 20 Kg dog, but he is 8 so his energy requirements are relatively low. The amount of energy he requires from food works out at about 500g wet food per day. Which is close to 200 g dry food (remove the 75% water content from meat).
Dog owners must not feed fatty food or grains If their dogs are on pancreatitis diet
OK, NONE of the major searches or dog food sponsored sites will ever give you an alternative cause of dog pancreatitis, but its interesting to see at least TWO possible reasons dogs get it.
What is dog pancreatitis?
1 The pancreas organ is part of the endocrine and digestive system with primary purpose for food digestion. It also produces enzymes that digest food, and produces insulin.
2 When a condition occurs to cause inflammation of the pancreas, the flow of enzymes into the digestive tract can become disrupted, forcing the enzymes out of the pancreas and into the abdominal area. This can cause digestive enzymes to break down fat and proteins in the other organs, as well as in the pancreas.
Chicken BARS dog treat eating guide by Archie & Healthy Dog Treats
Chicken bars are a very economical HIGH percentage chicken dog treat. A lot of people like little bite sized dog treats and rather than have just more grain, this one has 80% meat.
Chicken bars are a very similar Chicken Crinkles that we still sell (2016). The ingredients list is shown below and as you will see there are very few additives.
Road testing Chicken bars - the video
The video below shows Archie eating Chicken bars.
As you will see the chicken bars are surprisingly chewy - mostly because they are so high in meat, not just wheat.
The other big thing about these dog treat bars is that you get five in a pack. They are each individually wrapped, and even though they are very chewy they are easy enough for you to break into smaller pieces as required.
Kangaroo bars as dog treats tested for chewing.
While I prefer meat jerky treats (100%) many people prefer little bite size piece treats or treats that are very easy to break off when they are out with their dogs.
Kangaroo bars fill this need by being very affordable and easy to eat for any size dog.
Roo bars have replaced roo strips and are essentially the same composition as Kangaroo Crinkles that we still sell (2016). the ingredients list is shown below but that doesn't tell the whole story.
With most dog food being 30% meat, it is refreshing to find a dog treat like kangaroo bars that are 80% plus meat. They do this by having the majority of the meat is the kangaroo, with chicken added for a regular taste and to make the bars affordable.
With meat making up the bulk of the treat it means that wheat is less than 20% of the treat (about four times less than in some dog foods).
Can dogs eat calamari? Here's an octopus eating guide by Archie and Healthy Dog Treats
Having been in the healthy dog treat business for years and using nuttriton data tables for analysis I have always favoured the original natural dog diet (meat offal and bones). But for people who regularly feed pellets, 100% meat dog treat products are even more important for their health. Manufactured dog food usually has up to 30% meat in it, but that meat is typically chicken, beef, lamb or fish. No variety, no different amino acid profiles. OCTOPUS is high in protein, organic, low in fat essentially the best dog treat a dog can get besides Roo dog treats!
Can dogs eat calamari?
Many dogs like fish, and owners give them deep sea fish for their Omega 3. But if you are giving it out of cans, you don't know if the oil is damaged in the heat treatment process. Elimination diets (to check for dog allergies) involve a meat and a vegetable that dogs don't often eat. The reasoning is that a food that a dog has not been exposed to before is unlikely for them to instantly have an allergic reaction to.
Octopus is so rare in the dog treat world that it is unlikely to have been eaten by your dog before and so is very likely to have no allergy reactions. Our Octopus is sourced locally in Melbourne (ensuring you know where the stock comes from). and is fished under Australian Licences by local fishermen.
Why you pay so much for so little meat protein in dog food
The previous article began looking at a popular can of dog food on the market. In this article we look at why it is so low in meat, and that this is BAD for your wallet and your dog.
Here are the 'dog food' ingredient lists again: (meats = lamb, chicken, beef, pork) gelling agents; vegetable oil; minerals; flavours; colours; vitamins. Ingredient analysis: 9% crude protein, 4% crude fat, crude fibre 1% Salt 0.3%
DOG FOOD ANALYSIS
The 'vegetable oil' is very vague, but if it is sunflower oil it is used to meet the Omega 6 requirement of dog food. There are also " flavours; colours" on the can. NOTE MEAT does not need added FLAVOURS to trick a dog into eating it. Vegetable based dog food always tricks dogs by having FLAVOURS added.
On the front of the can it says there are "no artificial FLAVOURS", so that means the flavours are natural (note fat is a natural flavour) but the colours are probably artificial (as they are not explicitly mentioned in the front label comment.
Natural and Organic dog biscuits As Healthy Dog Treats
We see many adjectives thrown around for human food and dog food and dog treats. What do all the claims and omission mean:
Grain free - a common term used in the dog food industry that has simply kept the meat level the same 20-30% and just substituted - Grains for veggie filler like potato. No real positive change for your carnivore dog.
Natural and healthy dog treats
I use the term natural to mean FOOD that a dog was evolved to eat. That is why Natural in the correct usage should mean meat based. However, it usually doesn't!
OTHER dogs treat companies use natural or healthy to mean a low number of additives. They consider a mostly grain dog treat to be natural or healthy for a dog as long as its WHOLE GRAIN. We sell organic dog biscuits, but we call them biscuits. Many other companies sell dog treats that have almost the same amount of grain as a biscuit but call it a 'meat' dog treat!
What are gelling agents in dog food, and are they good?
Every now and then I give my dog a dog treat, called manufactured dog food. Others call it just Dog food. He loves the fat and the jelly in the can. Its a very popular 100g tin of 'dog food' that I get from the supermarket. But then I found out there is hardly any animal fat in the can, but a LOT of gelling agent.
Here are the ingredients: (meats = lamb, chicken, beef, pork) gelling agents; vegetable oil; minerals; flavours; colours; vitamins. Ingredient analysis: 9% crude protein, 4% crude fat, crude fibre 1% Salt 0.3%
The reality behind that dog food label:
Firstly, the can says LAMB, yet there are FOUR meats listed on the back, suggesting that perhaps the cheapest ones are mostly used, and the cheapest parts. Lamb is likely to be just over 25% of the total meat in the can.