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Barkworthies – a tasty treat for aggressive chewers

For Valentine’s Day, we gave one of our favorite dogs, Presley, a Barkworthies Elk Antler to test out. Presley is a super cute and very active teen-dog. Some might say he’s got ADHD. He’s known to eat anything and attempt to eat everything as well. His latest item of destruction was a Christmas tree stand.

Presley enjoying his Barkworthies Elk Antler

We gave Presley the Elk Antler to see if he would like it and also to see if it would capture his attention.

Antlers are an odorless treat with a hard exterior. Barkworthies uses naturally shed antlers, i.e. no harm was done to any animal for their antlers.

Presley loved the treat, which was expected. But to our surprise, Presley was also super engaged with the Elk Antler. It really captured his attention for a good period of time.

Furthermore, Presley barely made a dent into the Barkworthies Elk Antler. This is a true success as most of Presley’s treats, chews and toys only last for a few seconds.

Barkworthies treats and chews are completely digestible and contain absolutely no preservatives, chemicals, or additives. They also have a “US Collection” for treats sourced or baked right here in the USA.

They also have some different treat flavors such as Kangaroo Jerky Treats, Green Tripe and Root Chew.

 

How to Read a Dog Food Label

Merrick Grain Free DuckWith all the latest news about bad dog food, we thought it was important to do a post on reading dog food labels. There are so many dog foods out there today. How do you pick the right one for your dog?

The best way is to start by reading the dog food label for the list of ingredients. Dog food manufacturers are required by federal law to list all ingredients on the dog food label in descending order of their pre-cooking weights. Unfortunately, they do not have to list the exact amount or percentage of the ingredients, so this is not really an exact science, but it’s a good guideline and definitely the place you want to start. Also check the bag to see where the dog food is manufactured. To be safe, we recommend staying with U.S. produced dog food and avoiding foods made in China due to some prior quality issues.

Wellness CoreAs stated by the Dog Food Advisor and many other experts, when evaluating any dog food you want to look for high quality, digestible meat-based proteins. These should be at the top of the list. Proteins such as beef, chicken, turkey, lamb and fish are ideal. Avoid foods that list “meat” or meat by-products as these are often a combination of unwanted meats and have little nutritional value for your pet.

It’s fine to have some good vegetables in your dog food, for example sweet potato, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, squash, carrots and peas. Fruits such as apples, cranberries and bananas can also be included.

Tuscan Natural Carne Grain Free Dry Dog Food You want to avoid preservatives and dog food “fillers” which contain little to no nutritional value, for example: wheat, corn, cornmeal, white flour, soy, wheat gluten, cottonseed hulls, peanut hulls, citrus pulp, screening, weeds, straw, BHA, and BHT. In addition, avoid added sugar, artificial flavors, colors and dyes.

Last but definitely not least – make sure your dog likes it. There are so many choices out there you should be able to find a dog food your dog likes!

Now that we have dog food covered, learn about which human foods dogs should avoid.

Bad Foods for Dogs – Avoid These Human Foods

As part of National Poison Prevention Week, here’s our list of bad foods for dogs:
bad foods for dogs

Dog owners all have different rules as what to feed their best friends, but there are bad foods for dogs which can be extremely harmful. It’s best to always check to see if a food is ok to feed to a dog before you give it to them.

Here is a list of foods which dogs need to avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocados
  • Caffeine (incl. coffee and tea)
  • Chocolate
  • Dairy Products (incl. milk)
  • Fat Trimmings
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Nicotine (ok – not a food, but some humans do “consume” cigarettes)
  • Onions
  • Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
  • Raisins
  • Salt
  • Sugary Foods (incl. candy and gum)
  • Yeast Dough

If you believe your dog has eaten any of these bad foods for dogs, call your vet or the Pet Poison Hotline immediately.

As owners, we might eat these foods and not give them to our dogs, however, it’s just as important to ensure you have stored these foods away properly. Remember that dogs (even small ones) can jump on tables and counter tops. Especially when you aren’t at home, they have to the opportunity to work on trying to jump up and get to those grapes or chocolate sitting on the counter or table top. Do yourself and your dog a favor by storing it in the refrigerator.

Note that dogs can also have other food allergies. I was very surprised to find out that my dog, a Havanese, has quite a lot of allergies. He’s allergic to grass (but he still tries to eat it). He also had a bad allergic reaction to corn.

To learn more about the ingredients in your dog food, check out our article on How to Read a Dog Food Label.

Zuke’s Grain Free Treats

ZukesBack in the Summer of 1995, Patrick Meiering was on a on a hike in the Colorado Mountains with his best friend, a 2 year old chocolate lab named Zuke. Once they reached the summit, Pat had an energy bar for himself, but nothing for Zuke, so he broke off a piece of his energy bar and tossed it to him. That’s when Patrick got the inspiration to make natural treats for dogs. Patrick returned home full of inspiration and made the first Zuke’s treat, an energy bar called PowerBones.

20 years later, Zuke’s has a full line of treats for dogs (and cats). Their ingredients meet stringent U.S. quality standards and they do not source ingredients from China. All products are manufactured in the U.S. and New Zealand. Zuke’s also gives back – every purchase supports the Dog & Cat Cancer Fund.

Our dog has allergies, so we were happy to see that Zuke’s has few lines of Grain Free treats. Best of all, we received 3 bags of treats from them and we decided to give them away for reader reviews!

Zukes Jerky Naturals

Zuke’s Jerky Natural Bites

Meat is the 1st ingredient and it’s grain free. These are soft bites. Comes in Lamb, Beef and Turkey recipes.
Zukes Jerky Beef

Zuke’s Genuine Jerky

85% Grass-Fed New Zealand Beef. Real beef jerky treats. Meat is the 1st ingredient and it’s grain free. Comes in Original, Barbecue and Teriyaki Beef recipes.

Zukes Z-Filets Venison

 

 

 

Zuke’s Z-Filets

80% Venison and it’s grain free. Also comes in Grilled Chicken and Beef recipes.

Three lucky Dogsized fans (Keshia, Surfer Dude and Foxy) are currently taste testing these treats and we look forward to posting their review’s soon!