We started baking homemade dog treats for family and friends for about 6 years. With plenty of taste testers in our family we narrowed down our product line to about 20 treat flavors.
We were motivated by what people were feeding their dogs. With one look at an ingreients listing there are all kinds of scaring products going into treats and food made for dogs.
So, what is actually in your dog's food?
It's a question many of us don't think about. We see pictures of whole grains, prime cuts of meat and human grade vegetables on the bag, and we assume there's some chef in a pet food kitchen cooking up the best for our loved ones. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.
Most of what makes up dog and cat food comes from the rendering plant. To render, as defined in Webster's Dictionary, is "to process as for industrial use: to render livestock carcasses and to extract oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting."
When chickens, lambs, cattle, swine, and other animals are slaughtered for food, usually only the lean muscle is cut off for human consumption. This leaves about 50 percent of a carcass left over. These leftovers are what become what we so commonly find on pet food labels, such as "meat-and-bone-meal" or "by-products." So basically, what pets eat are lungs, ligaments, bones, blood and intestines.
Dogs wouldn't eat this stuff in the wild, so why will they eat it out of their bowls? Their noses are tricked by the smell of it. The smell of animal fats for dogs and fish oil for cats is sprayed on the dry, bland kibble bits to make them appetizing. These flavors usually come from rendered restaurant grease, animal fat, or other oils unfit for human consumption.
Below are ingredients from a leading "dog treat" producer:
Beef Meal And Beef Bone Meal, Chicken And Turkey By-Product Meal, Beef Fat Preserved With Tocopherols,
Dried Digest Of Poultry By-Products, Animal Liver And Glandular Meal, Artificial Color (Includes Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1), Bacon Fat (Preserved With Bht, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid), Modified Food Starch, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean And Cottonseed Oil, Sodium Metabisulfite (Dough Conditioner), Artificial Flavor.
Researching the truth behind what pets are eating is one of the reasons we started Fuzzy's Dog Bakery. Your dog, cat or bird deserve wholesome, healthy, natural, and delicious ingredients. Compare the ingredients above with some of ingredients we use in our treats:
Whole wheat flour, cornmeal, organic bananas, natural peanut butter, "Puppy Power Mix" (wheat germ, cracked wheat, rolled oats, flaxseed, and brewer's yeast), parsley, garlic (yes, it is safe for dogs), sweet potato, and sunflower seeds. NO PRESERVATIVES, ADDITIVES, FAT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, ANIMAL PARTS, OR GREASE!