Because of an allergy in our own family, we are allergy conscious. Our treats are free of the Top 8 allergens. Why? Because humans have allergies too. And who handles dog treats? Humans!
It is also important to remember that our treats are treats. They are meant to be eaten in moderation and supplement your dog's well-balanced diet. Our pantry reflects the healthy eating we practice at home with our two-legged and four-legged family members.
All of our ingredients are organic and specifically chosen to benefit the health of our dogs, and yours!
While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel. Buckwheat contains magnesium, which relaxes blood vessels, improving blood flow and nutrient delivery thereby improving the cardiovascular system. It is also high in manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc, which are great for the immune system. Its protein characteristics also enhance buckwheat's ability to reduce and stabilize blood sugar levels following meals—a key factor in preventing diabetes and obesity.
Flaxseed provides omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Flax seed also aids in making your dog’s coat softer and shinier, with healthier skin underneath. In addition to the omega fatty acids, flax seed contains alpha-linoleic acid, which offers benefits to your dog's immune system. Alpha-linoleic acid also has an anti-inflammatory effect, so it might aid your dog if he shows signs of arthritis or other joint problems.
All the stuff in apples that makes them nutritional powerhouses for humans (fiber, vitamins A and C, antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols) works wonders for your dog, too! Some believe that vitamin C can help hip dysplasia, a common ailment in medium and large, purebred dogs. Apples contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which contribute to a healthy, glossy coat and help to control skin allergies.
A great solution for digestive woes, pumpkin is loaded with fiber! It is also filled with nutrients like vitamins A, C and E, alpha and beta carotene, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Altogether, the nutritional benefits of pumpkin mean healthier skin, healthier eyes, a healthier coat and a healthier immune system for your dog.
Peanuts are a great source of Vitamin E, which benefits a dog's coat and immune system. They also contain Omega-3, which helps your dog keep a soft and shiny coat, and soothes itchy skin. Other benefits your dog can gain from omega-3 include reduced inflammation from arthritis and heart health.
One of nature's nearly perfect foods, sweet potatoes are so healthy they should be fed to your dog daily! Health benefits include: antioxidants to aid in healing, cancer prevention, and fighting the effects of aging; Vitamins A, C and B6; minerals manganese, copper, and iron; as well as a great source of dietary fiber.
Bananas are high in potassium (great for muscle and blood vessel function as well as for regulating the acidity of body fluids), fiber (a handy home remedy for the occasional bout of doggy diarrhea or constipation) and magnesium (important for energy transport and protein building in the body). Bananas have lots of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), which helps metabolize proteins and regulates blood cell function so the blood can bring more oxygen to the brain and muscle. They also contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage and helps build cartilage.
Cinnamon is one of the many anti-inflammatories that can be added to help dogs with joint problems and/or arthritis. Known to help regulate blood sugar, it can help with borderline diabetic dogs and even sometimes preclude insulin use. Cinnamon, in humans and dogs, has antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is also helpful for the heart with its calcium and fiber and has been known to increase metabolism.
Animals with blueberries in their diet have been known to have lower fat cholesterol and triglycerides. Blueberries have been proven to help control dogs' sugar levels and cardiovascular health. The fiber, manganese and vitamin K all improve heart function as well as lower stroke risk. They are extra-helpful for animals who engage in a great deal of exercise, as they help with cell repair. Studies with sled dogs have shown the anti-oxidant properties help them fight free radicals as well as resist normal wear and tear. The anti-cancer properties are also undisputed and part of a healthy diet for active dogs. Blueberries have also been shown to help older dogs improve cognitive function.
This magical winter squash is one of the healthiest vegetables you can feed to your dog. It is higher in Vitamin-C than any other winter squash. It is also packed full of fiber, vitamin A and potassium. Vitamin-C helps boost your dog’s immune system while vitamin-A helps with vision health.
Rooibos tea is naturally anti-viral, anti-allergenic and a mild anti-anxiety mediator. Naturally caffeine free and low in tannin, rooibos tea is also high in vitamin C, rich in antioxidants (37 to be exact), several minerals and alpha-hydroxy-acid. Add rooibos tea to your dog's drinking water or food to give your dog’s immune system a boost. It is also excellent for dogs with chronic skin allergies. If your dog suffers from anxiety it can help to relax and de-stress your dog. The only caution - if your dog is suffering from iron deficiency do not give him/her rooibos as it slows down the absorption of iron.
All members of the mint family, including peppermint, are excellent for soothing digestive disturbances, including gas, indigestion, and colic, and for other internal aches and pains.