Our pets are our best friends, jogging partners, the kids 3 o’clock play date and our afternoon cuddle buddies. No doubt, our pets are an important part of the family. Of course we want the very best for our families and that includes a diet rich in natural, wholesome foods. Our pets shouldn’t be an exception.
Admittedly, finding quality pet treats can seem difficult, with the majority of private pet food lines sourced from just three major suppliers. Foods and treats from these big brand pet lines, often contain unhealthy animal by-products such as lard and discarded animal organs. These by-products require the use of toxic preservatives to maintain freshness.
Because of the preservation process, vitamins and minerals have to be added back into the product, which can result unhealthy or even toxic levels of nutrients such as copper, zinc and calcium. In excess, these added vitamins can result in serious health conditions and even death for your pet.
So how can you make sure your pet is getting only the best?
The first thing you can do to ensure your pet is getting healthy, quality food and treats, is to check the package label. Look out for preservatives such as BHA and BHT, which have been linked to serious pet illness such as, liver and kidney disease and have been shown to cause birth defects in pets. Absolutely avoid any product containing Ethoxyquin, a preservative that was developed for the use in pesticides and insecticides. This preservative can cause blindness, liver and kidney failure and many types of cancer, among a laundry list of other health issues.
Select treats that offer healthy, all natural ingredients. Pet treats made from natural, whole foods are a safe, non-toxic way to deliver vitamins and minerals to your pet, without dangerous additives. Picking all natural treats ensures your pet is getting only the foods they crave, not harmful fillers and preservatives.
Another option is to whip up your pet’s meals from scratch. Many veterinarians will agree that homemade foods are the best foods for your pet, though it is important to ensure that they are getting a well balanced diet. When your pet’s meal is prepared at home, you can ensure only high quality, safely prepared foods are making their way into your pet’s dish.
If you are not too keen on cooking up a batch your pet’s favorite foods, Pet Nibbles offers affordable, healthy treat solutions for your pet treat needs, and we do the baking for you! At Pet Nibbles treats are baked fresh, using locally sourced, quality ingredients, then shipped directly to your door. It doesn’t get much easier than that!