You sure do need a PhD to decipher the labels. I recall a lady on t.v. talking about diet etc. (human) and she said' if you cannot get it out of your mouth then don't put it in'.*-I got so confused and tired of trying to decipher all the pet labels (without first having a PhD) that I very rarely buy treats any more (besides bully sticks - and then only buy grass-fed, etc). I use my own treats for trick, nosework, reactivity, and 'general' training and just use chicken, hot dogs, cheese, beef, or whatever else I come up with. When you really look at the cost of a bag of dog treats, the cost isn't really all that different - only the trouble. And personally, I'd rather know what's going into my dog's mouth. If you want "dried/hard" treats for trick training, someone gave me a tip and it works just fine: cut up string cheese (really easy to cut ) into little bits, spread out on a plate and let dry uncovered in your fridge for a few days, it hardens a bit, and the dogs still love it - heck, it's cheese! I do buy Zukes (not sure how far and wide they're available), and I recently discovered Yummy Chummies - holy cow, the dogs flipped over them, they're dried salmon, made by a small family company in Alaska, and when you open the bag, you're almost overwhelmed by the smell ... if you get my drift. The get those for speciall stuff - they really gotta work hard to earn those treats!!!
Not sure if any of you looked at the site "The truth about pet food" any further (the site where the link I provided above came from) but it's so informative, scary, and all kinds of words that fail me now. Susan Thixton calls herself the red caped crusader, and indeed she is. She's on a mission to inform pet parents as best best she can about all that goes on in the big pet food industry - both good and bad. It's free to subscribe to her newsletter, for anyone who's interested. I've been getting it for a few years and am so glad I do. She's my hero.
There isn't quite so many choices here, not the natural ones anyway, just the crap. So I don't buy them now. Agree, I like to know what's going into my dog's mouth, that's for sure.
Going to use that idea with the cheese because using 'fresh' cheese, boy does it get sticky, especially when it's hot, in the treat bag. LOL Ra Kismet will not have a single problem - as you say it's CHEESE!
Zukes are not over here, bummer! Neither is Yummy Chummies LOL maybe the smell is too great and would over power the plane crew
Bookmarked the site and will read and subscribe tomorrow, or rather later today, must get to bed now. Thank you for the url.