What are the Best Dog Treats in Australia?

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What are the Best Dog Treats in Australia?

There’s no requirement for pet treats to be healthy in Australia, and in some cases they simply aren’t safe. Imported jerky treats (often from China) have a long history of causing harm, and even Australian made treats can be little more than sugar, cereal by-products, high in salt, or contain chemical which can damage health if fed in excess.

What are the Best Dog Treats in Australia?

Thankfully we have a few brands of treat which are a much higher standard, and combined with a good diet will even serve to boost the health of your dog! You even have the option of making your own with the help of an air-dryer, and don’t forget fresh meats as something your dog will always love.

So what are the best dog treats in Australia? Let’s find out…

Dog treats vary greatly in price. The reason many supermarket treats are cheap is because they contain almost no nutrition, and when fed in excess will likely effect the long term health of your dog. For our list of best dog treats we have handpicked a selection which are not only healthy, but will serve to add nutritional value and boost the health of your dog.

#1: Frontier Pets Beef Tripe Strips (and Chicken Necks)

#1 Best Dog Treat in Australia: Frontier Pets Beef Tripe Strips
Free-Range Grass Fed Beef Tripe Dog Treats by Australian manufacturer Frontier Pets

Tripe is a superfood for dogs being absolutely packed with nutrition. In it’s natural form it’s very smelly which thankfully isn’t the case with the Freeze Dried Beef Tripe Treats from Frontier Pets. Being a company built on ethics they only use free-range grass fed beef which is gluten and GMO free, and by buying these treats you’re supporting local Australian farmers who farm their animals the right way, not in cages.

The bag size for the beef tripe dog treats is generous with various-sized pieces, so great for a snack or training treats. Frontier Pets also offer freeze dried chicken necks which are also good, so why not try both?

It’s also worth stating Frontier Pets offer our highest rated dog food across the whole website, rated 9.7 out of 10.

Where to buy Frontier Pet treats?

You can buy Frontier Pets treats directly from their website.

#2: ZiwiPEAK Deer Shanks (and ZiwiPEAK itself!)

#2 Best Dog Treat in Australia: ZiwiPeak Venison Shank
ZiwiPEAK Deer (Venison) Shank Treat

ZiwiPEAK is an excellent air-dried pet food from New Zealand, and they make a small range of treats too. They’re not overly cheap, but as an occasional weekly or bi-weekly treat the ZiwiPEAK deer shanks are fantastic, available as either a half portion or full. I have a medium-sized dog and she’ll happily gnaw on half a shank on and off for a day.

So why are they good?

Simply put, ensuring dental health is vital for the long term health of your dog. In the wild a dog (or cat) will maintain dental health from gnawing on meaty bones of prey. This is often overlooked with domestic pets, especially due to the marketing of “dental treats” which are absolute rubbish and do little for dental health (and the overall health of your dog). ZiwiPEAK deer shanks offer an alternative to raw meaty bones (which are also an option by the way), and your dog will not only get nutritional and dental benefits, but the satisfaction of gnawing and devouring them.

ZiwiPEAK offer some other treats as well, but too be honest a better bet is buying a bag of their regular air-dried pet food which will prove a treat in itself for your dog (or cat). Given the size of the pieces it doubles up as an excellent option for training treats.

Where to buy ZiwiPeak deer shank treats?

#3: Stay Loyal Joint Health Treats

#3 Best Dog Treat in Australia: Stay Loyal Natural Joint Health Treats

Stay Loyal have one of the best reputations for an Australian dog food company, and recently they’ve begun to offer an excellent range of freeze dried treats to support joint health. Being air-dried is a bonus as, like ZiwiPeak, it serves to retain nutrition which is somewhat lost when dog food is baked. There’s little need to explain why these treats are good as the ingredients speak for themselves – Emu Meat, Lamb Heart, Kangaroo Tail, Salmon, Green Lipped Mussels, Parsley, Turmeric, Ceylonese, Cinnamon, Black Pepper.

Green-lipped mussels and kangaroo tail will offer joint-support with glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen. The mussels, combined with salmon, will offer essential omega fats. Turmeric, parsley, and cinnamon act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. All ingredients are wrapped up in a package than boasts 80% protein and 6.5% fat (minimum values), and unlike many treats don’t contain rubbish like cereal by-products.

#4: Healthy Everyday Pets (Beef Liver Treats)

Healthy Everyday Pets make pet foods with an amazing meat protein to carb ratio, so it’s not surprising they also offer a range of well made treats. The treats are manufactured in Australia with natural preservatives and a three day air-drying process to ensure they retain as much nutrition as possible.

Healthy Everyday Pets Treats

We’ll draw specific attention to the Chunky Beef Liver and Beef Liver Thins treats on offer, as liver is such a wonderfully nutritious natural “multivitamin” which your dog shouldn’t be without in his or her diet. Not only is liver an excellent protein source, it’s full to the brim with vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin B, folic acid, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, and more). If liver isn’t in your dog’s diet then you’re doing them a disservice, and what better way to offer them liver than as an air-dried treat?

What are the Best Dog Treats in Australia?

#5: K9 Natural Green Tripe Topper

#4 Best Dog Treat in Australia:  K9 Natural Beef Green Tripe Booster / Topper
K9 Natural Grain Free Beef Green Tripe Booster 250g

We spoke of the benefits of tripe earlier, and K9 Natural offer another way to feed your dog this wonderfully nutritious food – K9 Natural Green Tripe Topper! As we would expect from such a reputable brand, they use 100% New Zealand grass-fed green tripe from beef. As a smelly and hard to get hold of ingredient in it’s natural form, being available freeze-dried is such a bonus.

A topper is designed to enhance a regular meal, so not a treat per se, but your dog definitely won’t argue. Whether you use it as a topper on every meal, or every few days to keep costs down, it would be a welcome addition to a dog’s diet. You could even offer it as a “good boy” (or “good girl”) treat with a splashing of water.

#6: Balanced Life Companion Treats

#5 Best Dog Treat in Australia: Balanced Life Companion Treats

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.

What about dental treats?

Most commercial dental treats are nothing more than starch, cereal, and humectants, with additives to aid cleaning teeth. They’re usually cheaply made and far from healthy.

A good natural way for a dog or cat to retain dental health is by chewing on a nice meaty bone. Care needs to be taken with bones so selected a size appropriate to your dog and always feed bones raw and uncooked.

If you have concerns about feeding raw meaty bones then another good option is deer or kangaroo tendons, shanks, or hoofers. Always check the country of origin of packaged treats (although kangaroo will always be Australian).

K9 Natural and ZiwiPEAK offer a range of these treats sourced in New Zealand.

Failing all the above, you could always brush your pet’s teeth or have them regularly cleaned by a professional.

What are the Best Dog Treats in Australia?

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. Avoid treats from China (which can be labelled as “PRC” to mislead you, which stands for People’s Republic of China).

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 treats!

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).

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Alan
Alan
3 years ago

A couple of options probably worthy of being added to that list above are these guys doing dehydration on a large scale:

https://www.cleardog.com.au
https://loyaltypettreats.com.au

If they are true to their word, it’s simply dehydrated meat products without additives, and in some cases such as green-lipped mussels, pretty much cheaper than DIY. I’ve been experimenting over 6 months with some of their items that cannot be easily made in my DIY situation and have had great results. Particularly with the ‘chewy roo’ type of products which are long-ish strips of dried stringy meat that appear to have a noticeable dental benefit without the hassles of digestion issues that sometimes come with dried tendons, or trying to match appropriate bone items to the dog to achieve the same result.

Though I won’t be buying any of their dried products that contain bone anytime soon…

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago

I wonder if genuinely something has changed, Blackdog treats now have a big Aussie flag on the front of their treats and openly state to it being Australian, I have gone over the treats section of pet warehouse more then I care to disclose haha and this is new, very new, brand new even, their chicken wasn’t Australian before I’m sure of it and it was unclear where their meats were from as a certain treat my mum picked up in Petstock didn’t have a country of origin listed.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

But hell dental treats with sorbitol and sugar, sure that’ll treat the decay lol. Looking up if WAG has any new treats and their locations around the world, the rabbit ears from Poland is kinda funny.

Sandie
Sandie
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

Edanna, you’re right about some of the Blackdog products not having Australian meats. I know, because I phoned the company one time to enquire where the meat in their products came from. I was told most products were made from Australian meats, however some came from China, but it was stressed that they use a high-standard facility. I just checked Blackdog’s website and found the following statement under “FAQ”. (Note that China is not specifically mentioned in the statement, however when I clicked on “View more info” for some of their products, it clearly shows Product of China.)

“Blackdog are a proud Australian based manufacturer that produces approximately 90% of the products we supply, from Australian sourced ingredients and produce, in our two Victorian located facilities. In fact, we are extremely proud that we are one of the few companies that actually manufacture their own products to supply direct to your local store, let alone do it in Australia.
Due to the demand of Australia’s marketplace, Blackdog also has contract manufacturing agreements with some long term partners overseas, in order to meet the demand required for certain products, just can’t be made here in Australia, however we do ensure that we provide our loyal and important customers with the choice and ability to purchase a comparable product produced locally.
Any products with the Blackdog brand that are manufactured overseas are of the best quality available and are subject to Australian Quarantine and Bio Security permits and Veterinary Certificates, so you can be sure they are of the usual high Blackdog standard.”

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Sandie

Seems a lot of companies write things the same way, proudly this proudly that haha, I don’t buy any of their treats anyways when I buy some I buy kangaroo jerky or rib from WAG. I like their kangaroo jerky nice big thick slices sometimes lol and no fat to scrub off.

Sandie
Sandie
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

I hadn’t heard of WAG until now, but will look out for their products. I’m in a country town and have never seen the brand in our local pet store, so will check online. But I’m also going to look at buying a dehydrator, not only the safest way to know what’s in our dogs’ treats, but has to work out way cheaper in the long run 🙂

Alan
Alan
3 years ago

It seems worth noting that in response to the recent negative press the ‘Jerhigh chicken tenders treat’ is getting, the company is advising people who enquire that ‘all is well, the product no longer contains sorbitol’. That may be true, but it appears to be an extremely recent change since their own website appears to be the only one at present reflecting the new ingredient list. Everyone else appears to be listing sorbitol, and if a random packet picked up today at a pet food chain is any indication, rightly so. Apparently sorbitol is bad, but not so bad that we’ll pull stock out of the garbage disposal retail channels.comment image

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

As everyone following Rodney is saying baby steps, I like how we actually made them change it, but it’s still from China so the death toll will continue to build.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

Not quite China but it might as well be. I did see one of their canned PR responses claiming that they manufacture in asia because poultry breast is relatively unused in asian cooking (so they’re basically doing us a favour by going where the best deals are). Hahaha

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Oh yeah whoops Thailand, they have treats from a China though I think, unless that was a similar brand. Lol epic response, if they said that to me I’d be like you just made yourselves look retarded as fck haha, but that could be because I’m slightly on the angry side today, grief is really getting me good today.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

Hmm this grief thing doesn’t sound good. I’m sure they have stuff assembled in China, these Masterpet guys don’t appear to be characterised by their insistence on quality.

Is that Rodney guy very active anywhere other than Facebook? I’d read and watch more of his stuff if I could avoid the stupidity of facebook. Youtube seems likely, but he appears to write as well as posting videos. Going to look for a personal website after I hit Send here.

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Pet Food Reviews
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Watch this space

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Pet Food Reviews
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Ok, here you go – https://www.facebook.com/PetFoodReviewsAustralia/photos/a.774336505938698.1073741829.754957031209979/1698710563501283/

Sorry Alan, I know how much you hate Facebook.

MasterPet “Yours Droolly” is one of the products imported from China and works out at over 10x the cost of fresh Australian human grade chicken from the supermarkets.

MasterPet emailed me the other day and stated the following about sorbitol, but I note owners feeding small dogs multiple treats could possible lead to a high enough dose to cause a laxtive effect. My nan would definitely over-treat her dog but thankfully she had 1970s brown patterned carpets.

“Sorbitol is used in some of our products at very low levels (lower than that used in human foods). This helps hydrate the surface of the meat to keep them stable and moist. Sorbitol is used widely in human food and considered extremely safe, especially at these low levels.”

If MasterPet have reacted that fast then credit to them for addressing the issue.

In fairness to them, they also stated “Every one of our factories adheres to stringent quality controls and is audited and approved by AQIS, meeting higher standards than many observed in Australia.” This may well be true.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago

On the front of the packet “A slither of heaven”. Lol I think they might have even used chinese copy writers 🙂

Alan
Alan
3 years ago

For those prepared to shun the (often scary) commercial pet treat scene, grab yourself an Aldi dehydrator next time they come around. A 1kg tray of chewy chicken hearts (cut off the worst of the fat) is about 5 bucks. Chicken breast (skin on) can be had at much the same price. Similar stories with beef heart, trachea etc. Why would anyone gamble with this crap when DIY is relatively cheap by comparison? Ok, rhetorical question. Commercial stuff is convenient and requires no effort. Sigh.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Gone are the days of effort, everyone wants things as simple as can be and preferably cheap almost free foods for their pets and even themselves.

I guess they don’t have to look far with some American stores selling 20kg bags of food on special most day’s for amounts that are so tiny it’s a wonder how anyone doesn’t stop to think, why is it that cheap?

Same deal with Baxter’s as long as it’s cheap my dog be damned.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago

I can’t say I agree with a Ivory Coat’s treats being any good, they contain sucrose that’s sugar, glycerin not of vegetable origin or it would say so, I’ve never been a fan of potassium sorbate because most treats don’t have it, means it’s not necessary and a more natural form of preservation should be used.

Someone on Facebook mentioned SavourLife but again it contains glycerin non specified and potassium sorbate, I think some even have sugar in them, but I’d need to check them all on Pet Circle as they don’t have the ingredients listed on their website which is always super inconvenient for us but convenient for them because they know their treats suck balls haha.

Treats should either be Australian only meats, flours that aren’t made from soy, wheat or corn or tapioca, never sugars because people tend to overtreat, never any harmful or useless preservatives when there’s plenty of natural options and generally any other no no ingredients including unspecified ones.

Jacki
Jacki
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

Honestly I agree. I don’t think Ivory Coats treats should be up there, their dog food is good but how long will that last now that they’ve sold out and are no longer Australian owned?

Personally my dogs like the Whole Life range in the dried meats and the MFM green tripe. I try to stay away from the Ziwi treats just because they eat the food for breakfast and dinner. I also prefer drying my own meat if I can or just offering bones when their teeth need cleaning.

The problem is that a lot of people in my area don’t like paying for good quality treats when they see a cheaper version of it in Woolworths or Coles. It’s so hard to describe why they are cheap and that they are inferior and full of preservatives. Trying to educate people is hard. What’s worse is a lot of vets that I work with and know just don’t keep up with recent events or even care about nutrition. Do you know how many times I’ve heard a client say they feed Purina/Optimum/Pal etc and the vet just goes “Yeah that’s fine.” It’s so frustrating.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Jacki

Educating people is extremely frustrating I agree, some days I just don’t worry about going on Facebook because I can’t deal with anymore delusions haha, if it’s cheap it’s like that because it’s inferior not because they care about it being cheap for you, their not doing it out of the goodness of their hearts, but many just don’t see that and many more believe it to be fake because the truth is hard to face. I love helping people but when their so difficult about change I usually end up giving up as nothing I’m saying reaches them anyways and I pass the reins over to another person who can hopefully smack some sense into the person haha.

I think it’s best to just do what you can and those that refuse to listen will hopefully open their eyes one day and realise your not just a random shill on the internet but someone who is deeply concerned for their pets and you only wanted to help.

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