Treats for Pets
From functional biscuits to birthday cakes, these items will help you pamper your four-legged friends.user rating
According to the American Pet Products Association, we are spending nearly $53 billion on our pets in 2012, with more than $20 billion of that is being spent on food alone. If you agree that nothing is too good for your furry friend, here are six products to consider for cats, dogs and even horses.—Leska Tomash
This six-inch birthday pie for your pooch is precut into 10 bite-size slices—complete with a Happy Birthday sign. Ingredients include organic oat flour, rolled oats, natural pumpkin, molasses, unsalted peanut butter, ground ginger, cinnamon and a yogurt topping with sprinkles of multi-colored sesame seeds. The Lazy Dog Cookie Co.’s recipes are veterinarian approved, and independently tested by a certified food lab. This celebratory pie brought home the sofi Gold Award in 2010 for Outstanding Pet Product.
The success of Dogswell, a line of health-oriented pet products for dogs, led quickly to a sister line for feline customers: Catswell. VitaKitty treats have a blend of flaxseed and vitamins designed to promote the health of your cat’s eyes, skin, and coat. Other Catswell products include Happy Hips, which supports joint health with glucosamine and chondroitin, Shape Up for healthy weight, and Breathies for healthy teeth and fresh breath. These products contain natural meat with no added hormones or processed gluten, and use no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and no wheat, corn, soy or flour.
Flax USA offers flax supplements for people and now for their furry friends. The Flaxy Pet line includes FlaxyDog, FlaxyCat and even FlaxyHorse, each of which contain all-natural, real cold-milled flax for your pet. With a shelf life of 22 months and high essential fatty acid content, this supplement can be added to pets’ meals to boost the health of skin, joints, heart and immune system, for faster healing and allergy relief, and for a shinier coat and increased energy. Flaxy Pet products use no preservatives or additives.
These hand-baked artisanal dog treats are made with organic, human-grade ingredients and offered in distinguished tins. The original Honey-Ginger recipe is made with unsweetened applesauce, brewer’s yeast, salmon oil, egg, brown rice flour and molasses, and it’s free of meat and meat by-products. The treats are high in protein and contain no gluten, wheat, corn, soy, added salt or sugar. Oliver Bentley makes treats for all sizes of dogs and their biscuits have been taste-tested on pooches ranging from pugs to Bernese mountain dogs.
Just as with humans, it’s a good idea for pets to go easy on the excess fat. Pampered Pets offers high-quality, oven-baked treats in three lowfat flavors for your pup: Apple Crunch, Pumpkin and Peanut Butter. In addition to lowfat treats, the company’s Original Recipe line comes in five flavors: Cheddar Cheese; Peanut Butter & Honey; Cheese & Bacon; Pumpkin; and Oatmeal, Cinnamon & Honey. Nancy Anne’s even has a No Wheat, Corn or Soy line, available in Cheddar Cheese, Peanut Butter & Honey, and Oatmeal, Cinnamon & Honey.
This company was one of the first in the U.S. to use all-natural ingredients and no chemical preservatives in its pet products. The line includes treats, supplements and meals, such as Cinna-Bone and Cinna-Bits Biscuits, Lamb and Barley Canned Dog Food or Chicken, Turkey, White Fish and Liver Canned Cat Food; for dogs and cats, Solid Gold offers the Jojoba Skin & Coat Conditioner to help give pets a healthy coat and relieve itchy skin.