Are you a registered Canine Bakery? Yes, we are registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. We are proud to say that our treats have been randomly tested several times from the PA Dept of Agriculture and we have passed each time.
Your treats are homemade therefor they must be All Natural… This is the biggest misconception out there among pet parents about homemade treats. Ingredients dictate whether or not a treat is All Natural not where it is made. Most dog treat bakeries list their recipes not their ingredients, and because of this many consumers are misled that products are all natural when in fact they are not.
If a recipe contains ingredients that are processed, most likely this will no longer allow a treat to be considered all natural.While most of our treats are All Natural, there are a few in our treat line that are not. Since there is a lack of regulations on government requirements for pet treat labeling we could most likely get away with the All-Natural statement on all our treats, it is our choice not to. We would rather be straight forward and not mislead.
What type of flours do you use? We choose only to use the highest grade quality flours available in our treats. Both our Whole Wheat and our Unbleached White Flour are Unbromated CERTIFIED GMO & CHEMICAL FREE. The poor quality wheat products used in treats has been linked to allergic skin reactions in pets. In our Wheat Free treats we use a gluten free flour mix of Garbanzo Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour, Sweet White Sorghum Flour, and Fava. This flour mixture also produces a higher protein treat.
What is Xanthan Gum? We use this in our wheat free treats. Xanthan Gum is made from a tiny microorganism called Xanthomonas campestris and is a natural carbohydrate. It is called for in gluten free recipes as it takes the place of gluten in holding the dough together.
What type of Peanut Butter do you use? Our Peanut Butter is fresh ground and made to order. It is kosher certified no salt peanut butter made with Dry Roasted Virginia #2 peanuts and contains no artificial sweeteners, or hydrogenated oil.
Do you use salt in your treats? No, there is enough natural occurring sodium in the raw ingredients there is no need to add more. We also look to eliminate it where possible by using salt free options. Most do not know that our pets can have high blood pressure just like humans. Some would argue that salt is acting as a natural preservative in treats, but this is not true. Adding a teaspoon of salt to a recipe does not act as a preservative at all, the amount needed to do so would be so high that the treat would not taste good.
Do you use cornmeal in your treats? Cornmeal is usually used as filler and some dogs are allergic to corn products. Only two of our treats contain cornmeal, Cheesie Cracker and Cheesie cat, which is used in those recipes to produce a cracker like texture. If your dog or cat is or maybe allergic to cornmeal we suggest feeding them one of our many other flavors that do not contain cornmeal.
Why use Carob?
Carob is a dog-safe alternative to chocolate. It does not contain Theobromine which is life threatening to dogs.
What should I look for when buying treats for our pet and how many can my dog eat? Become a label reader, educate yourself! If you do not understand what an ingredient is look it up. Be concerned with fat try to keep your everyday treats lower in fat. Remember these are treats use common sense! One to two a day. Special once a week treats like decorated items should not exceed 25% in fat. To much fat can also cause gastric upset. Canine obesity is a huge problem today. Dogs can become obese from a diet that is too high in fat, from over feeding, or from little or no exercise.