Pet treats are a bit of a minefield. They often contain added sugars, salt, glycerines, antibiotics, growth promotants, fillers, grains, or worse.

Over past years many pet treats, jerkies, and raw hides imported from Asian countries such as China and Thailand have tested to be toxic. Meats from these countries may not be to the same standard as Australian meats and can be contaminated with growth hormones and euthanasia drugs. This may not always be the case, and there are reputable manufacturers in Asia, but it’s a risk worth avoiding. Buy Australian if you can.

What you should be looking for in a treat is something meaty and nutritious, not sugar-coated waste products.

Recommended treats

Here is a run down on some of the better treats available to buy. You won’t find any of these in the supermarkets, but they’re easy enough to buy from My Pet Warehouse, Pet Circle, and some of the better pet stores. Most are around $10 a bag so won’t break the bank.

Balanced Life

These are fabulous air-dried treats made from Australian meats. They’re gluten free, grain free, full of natural probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. Being air-dried also means they keep for ages. You can’t ask for better than that! They make excellent foods as well.

K9 Natural

In addition to the excellent K9 Natural freeze dried foods, this New Zealand company offer an excellent range of treats. You can choose from Blue Lipped Mussel which are excellent for joint health, Lamb Hearts, or Lamb. These are definitely the kinds of treats we should be feeding our pets. Freeze dried treats have a fantastic shelf life.

Ivory Coat

Ivory Coat offer an excellent range of foods. They offer a range of treats to match. They’re meat-based with no nasty fillers, with over 100 treats in every pack. Recommended!

ZiwiPeak

If you’re aware of how good ZiwiPeak foods are you won’t be surprised to hear the treats are great too! They’re 95% meat, all natural ingredients. BARF!

How do I tell if supermarket treats are any good?

Some are good, some are bad. The first thing to do would be to check the country of manufacture. Opt for Australian made if possible.

Have a read of the ingredients. Are they meat-based or filler-based (such as wheat)? Do they contain sugars, salt, humuctants, artificial preservatives, or food colourings? If they do then it’s best to avoid them. If a treat has “Preservatives” or “Colourings” on the ingredients you can assume they’re artificial.

Or… Make your own!

Keep in mind dogs and cats LOVE MEAT. They don’t care for sweet things, and they definitely don’t care for colourings!

If you want to make your own treats then boil chicken or turkey then cut it into squares. For convenience you can freeze the treats and feed them frozen, or even buy a food dryer. Other fresh foods make excellent treats too (my dog loves carrots).

If this has helped you please take the time to share it to other Australian pet owners. Thank you 🙂

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