Always trust low fat meat dog treats, never trust low fat veggie treats

October 10, 2017 at 4:46 pm

In an effort to garner more support for inappropriate dog food and dog treats, some companies are jumping on the low fat bandwagon to promote vegetable and grain treats. This is particularly prevalent in the homemade treat sector where many vegetables are low fat, but of course the wrong type of protein for dogs to easily utilise.

You can feed your dogs as many carrots and peas as you want, because it makes you feel good, and they like the crunch, but typically its not actually cleaning their teeth and it will mostly pass through their body as fibre. They get some sugar rush from the carbs (not good), but a carnivore dog doesn’t need that either. Stop feeding omnivore food to a primary predator !
Regarding ‘low fat’ I have read that some vets consider this to be under 5% crude fat (or total fat). This means for dogs that are obese or have pancreatitis that natural beef, lamb, chicken and pork are ruled out. And we are fine with that. But this doesn’t rule out ALL meats.

Meats are used for dog food and dog treats because they have species appropriate fats, (not vegetable oils) and bio available proteins, instead of unnecessary carbs. If you stumble across zero fat or ultra low fat in conventional farmed animal meats, be very wary, they have had to been highly processed which is just as bad as feeding your dog a vegetable diet.
When companies sell you grain based low fat dog treats, and they say they have meat in them with natural flavours, be aware that they almost never put on the percentage of that meat or what the flavour is … the only real natural flavours are when you buy 100% meat dog treats, and the flavour is from the actual real meat !

True healthy LOW fat dog treats

In Australia the most sustainable dog treats, organic and low fat are from KANGAROO and FISH, including shark. These products tend to be highly regulated (licences given, tags recorded) and the quota system ensures that the animals are being caught under government supervision for sustainability and environmental reasons.

Kangaroo and fish dog treats tend to be between 2 and 4% fat per dog treat piece, and the fats that are present are exceptionally good for dogs, mostly being high in Animal source Omega 3 (not flax seed).
Kangaroo or fish are often used in exclusion diets that vets recommend to test dogs for food allergies. This means that these meats are hypo allergenic and typically very unlikely to cause an issue for dogs. HOWEVER when a dog has never tried a specific meat, it can take a little while for them to get used to the protein, so you can expect loose stools for a little while.
The best way around being duped with your low fat dog treats, is to only buy 100% meat based dog treats, and buy Kangaroo or fish varieties.

BIO: Bruce Dwyer researches and sources healthy meat based dog treats in Australia for his own dog Archie and others. His company ‘Healthy Dog Treats’ has been in business since 2011 and was based on finding the best dog food natural supplement nutrition for his own dog (Archie the 9 year old spoodle). Archie not only approves of the selections but is featured on many videos on site trialling these ‘treats’. Understanding that people also enjoy dog treat news and free dog treat coupons he has a weekly email newsletter that can be subscribed on his site. Bruce is also a Professional dog walker and besides his regular blog on his main website his daily dog walk adventure images and videos and dog treat news can be found on these places: | | |