LS: The FDA made a recent statement that treats aren’t a necessary part of a fully balanced canine diet. Honestly, I was appalled by the ignorance of this statement. In addition to the nutritional value, my dogs are paid and rewarded well with treats. Nobody wants to work for free, including dogs.
AB: Our pets are an extension of the family, so news like we’ve been hearing is very worrisome for any pet guardian. But to make a statement like this, which could damage many ethical American pet treat manufacturers, is bizarre and unfair. No one is claiming ANY problems with American made treats. It would be absurd to allow these fears to stop you from offering your pet ANY treats or between meal snacks. Think of your own energy level throughout the day; would you want to eat nothing all day until your single nightly meal? It’s the same with your animal companions, who can lose vitality and playfulness if these ‘pick me ups’ are simply cut out of the diet. Emotional bonding is also reinforced when providing healthy snacks to your pet, and training often involves food rewards. Give your pet treats and snacks in moderation as you always have. But stick with USA Made, grain free, low carb, natural snacks that are dominated by meat protein but offer a holistic balance with other whole food nutrients such as flax and veggies.
LS: I frequently give my dogs fruit and vegetable treats. They love shredded carrots and cut up apple pieces. When purchasing healthy treats, what should we look for?
AB: A healthy pet treat that is 100% USA made and sourced, and features all-natural and wholesome ingredients like USDA inspected chicken and beef along with natural cheddar cheese, organic flaxseed, and air dried vegetables. My family-owned company, ClearConsciencePet.com, provides that in our dog treats. I am proud to say that we have won six national awards for nutritional excellence. People tell us that our Sliders® are like doggy crack. Dogs will do anything for them. (By the way, we have a special offer for Care2 members. Click to view our special offer for Care2 members and you’ll get 20% off of any order. Enjoy!)
LS: Thanks Anthony. I can’t wait to have Sanchez and Gina try them too! I’m thrilled that all of your treats are gluten free, as my dogs are gluten intolerant, and I don’t always have time to make all of their treats myself.
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