pet focus logoThe domestic animal industry has changed dramatically over the pass thirty years.  Our pets have become very important members of our family.  As pet owners we have become more educated on our pets health and what we feed our pets. We all love to spoil our little four legged friends by giving them treats.  Hopefully this article will provide you with some information on the treats you buy for your dog or cat.

According to the American Pet Product Association (APPA) in 2013, $55.53 million was spent on our pets in the U.S. and $21.26 million was just on food products.  As pet owners we love buying treats for our four legged friends whether it’s mass produced treats or taking them to a specialty pet bakery. Let’s point out some facts about the two when considering your pet’s health.  As a pet owner how many of you read the ingredients label provided on the treat bag? The majority of us do not.  Companies have to make their treats, so the product can maintain its extended shelf life. Most shelf products are full of preservatives and fillers, for example:  corn products – whole grain, ground, grits, bran, flour & gluten meal; animal fats meat & bone meal – used in low cost dog or cat foods; and numerous other chemical preservatives.  Companies cannot create dog treats to address medical issues or allergies in mass produced treats.  A pet bakery can provide a healthier life style for dogs and cats, especially ones which have certain medical conditions and allergies by using higher quality and specially required ingredients.  This eliminates harsh chemicals by-products, and fillers that are used in mass produced pet treats. Pet bakeries can accommodate your four legged friends to fit their specific dietary needs, as well as controlling what types of ingredients are used and how much is put into the treats you purchase.  Some of these ingredients are organic flours, gluten free flours, unbleached flours, fresh fruits & vegetables, and fresh cheeses & meats for just a few examples.  Thus, when it comes to your pet’s health you should consider a specialty pet bakery treat over a mass produced one. This can make all the difference in your pet’s health.

 By Robyn Kline, Barks, Bones, & Biscuits Bakery