For many months now, the recalls have been endless for dog food and in particular dog treats from China. Anyone who remembers the horrendous dog food recall of 2007 and the thousands of deaths that resulted, take these recalls very seriously. The grief was inconsolable for Pet Parents who suffered the loss of a pet due to unknowingly feeding them a toxic food. It brought a new awareness to the safety of dog food and now more than ever, Pet Parents take time to read labels on our pets’ food and often cook for them insuring what’s in their food is healthy. My dog Sadie loves jerky treats. Since she’s allergic to chicken, she gets salmon, and sometimes duck. Salmon is as beneficial to dogs as it is to humans, but unfortunteatley, Dogswell, the company we used to get her treats from, sources their salmon from China and manufactures the treats there as well. Dogswell has not been on a recall list yet, but I don’t want to take any chances with Sadie’s well being, se we began a search for other sources of dog Jerky treats.
One thing I learned, that just because a product is MADE in the United Sttes, does not gurantee the indgredients, including the main protein source, is obtained or “sourced” in this country. For example, vitamin C is an ingredient in many dog treats including jerky, but China manuractures almost all of the world’s vitaminc C, therefore you can’t escape that. A little research though shows that none of the dog food recalls were about tainted vitamin C. Ingredeints in dog food, like human food are listed in order of the most prevalent, however in dog food that doesn’t always mean the quanity is the largest, it’s the heavienst ingredient. So, just because salmon is listed as the main ingredient, there may be more fillers, additives, and preservatives than actual salmon. A great website to assist you in your research is. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com You can sign up to receive recall alerts from this website and find their ratings for just about every dog food on the shelves.
Since treats are a valuable part of Sadie’s daily expectations, I had to find new salmon treats that were safe and that she’d enjoy. After a little research, and a lot of thinking, the first one I chose is from KDR Pet Treats, LLC, in Indiana. They acknowledge on their package that pet owners are putting a lot of thought into the selection of their pet treats, thus they named them after one of our most original thinkers, PLATO, and appropriately call their Pacific Salmon Smart Dog Snacks…Thinkers.
The Thinkers’ package says everything you want to see about your dog’s treats. They’re over 90% Pacific Salmon, have no byproducts, and additionally have DHA which nourishes the brain. Not satisfied to just accept the package promises, I called the company and spoke to a representative. Yes, they assured me, the salmon is sourced in Alaska…some wild caught…some farm raised and none of it is processed in China. Thats important, because China has made fish processing so inexpensive it’s cheaper to send fish there for processing where an aditive called Sodium Tripolyphosphate (STTP) is used and is harmful to humans and dogs. Take a look at this article to get a good understanding about fish processed in China for both you and your dog. http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/something-very-fishy
Of course, the big test would come with Sadie’s consumption of the treat. You can buy these locally at Greens Feed and Seed. The large package costs about $10.00. They’re long sticks resembling a Slim Jim that can be broken into pieces. I barely snapped off an appropriate portion and Sadie had snatched it from my fingers and gobbled it up. I like the fact that I can give her part of the treat and also since the middle is soft, I can hide a small allergy pill inside it instead of wrestling her to the floor to put it in her mouth. You can learn more about these treats at the company website: www.platopettreats.com They have a variety of other tasty sounding treats indlucing Grain Free Sweet Potato Slices and natural Duck and Salmon Strips.
Preen Pet Products is also an American company with a great selection of treats made and sourced in the United States. Preen Wild Sky Salmon Jerky Treats are prosessed through a natural drying process and do not contain preservatives. They’re made from wild Alaskan salmon and created and processed in the United States. All of Preen’s other products are also made and sourced in the United States including duck, chicken, beef, and a variety of other treats as well. I didn’t find them locally, but they can be purchased at the company website at www.preenpetproducts.com
Since 2007,Pet Parents have a new awarneness of what they’re feeding their companion animals. What you feed your dog, fuels her life…don’t forget that. It’s not enough to buy the discount dry food and dump in a bowl once or twice a day and buy treats full of artifical ingredients and chemicals. Become an educated pet food consumer and with a little thought and research your dog won’t be in danger of harm from toxic treats in their diet.