In today’s market we definitely have choices when it comes to dog treats. In fact, there may be too many choices – it can easily be overwhelming if you are wondering what treats to buy your dog that are safe, within budget and that he will like. Tommy Gay, president of Look Who’s Happy Dog Treats, provide us with the following tips on how to buy dog treats so you and your dog will both by happy. (NOTE: pictures shown are for examples, not all the products are made by Look Who’s Happy nor are they recommendations from the company.)
#1 – Production
Always check where the product is produced. Treats made in the U.S. are produced under a much higher level of supervision than treats from other countries.
#2 – Ingredients
What are the 1st and 2nd ingredients? Does this ingredient reflect the packaging and does it reflect a healthy treat for my pet?
#3 –Calorie content
Does the treat packaging give a calorie count? Weight issues are just as important for your pet as they are for you.
#4 – Transparency
How open is the company who makes the treat? If you contact them, are they open to discussing where their products are produced and what ingredients they use?
#5 – Company background
Should I support a company that is just a huge corporation, or one that is family-owned and supports pets like I do? Think global but buy local has never been more important.
#6 – Treat size
Pay attention that the treats you purchase are appropriate for your dog’s size and age. For small dogs and older dogs: softer, easier to chew treats are very important.
#7 – Allergies
Is my pet allergic to any of the ingredients of the treat? Are they using fillers or artificial preservatives? The more natural and limited number of ingredients the better.