We use a wide and varying range of high quality human grade ingredients, and source as many items as locally as possible. We understand the need for pet owners to be reassured when they are buying treats, and at AniBake we want to share with you a little more about not just what we use in our products but also to help you learn why.
Apple - Sliced apples are a healthy and tasty treat for dogs that are full of phytonutrients, vitamin A and vitamin C. They can be given with the skin on, but avoid feeding the seeds as they naturally contain cyanide.
Berries - Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries are all good for your furry friend for the same reason they're good for humans: free-radical-fighting antioxidants. A lot of dogs like them frozen as a snack or why not pop some into an ice cube tray with either water or yoghurt for a cool summer treat?
Carrots - Carrots are high in fibre and vitamin A while being low in calories, so they make a great snack for your pooch. Chewing raw carrots is also beneficial for your dog’s teeth. If you’ve got an overweight dog, carrots are a great choice for treats because of their low calorie content.
Coconut/Coconut oil – coconut/coconut oil are wonder foods, and they’re wonderful for your dog too! Unsweetened coconut flakes can be added to meals, as can a scoop of coconut oil. The oil is great for nourishing your dog’s skin and fur especially itchy skin and ‘hot spots’ and it also contains monoglyceride monolaurin, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Additionally, it’s a high source of protein, and a source of lauric acid which helps to strengthen the immune system and fight off viruses. It's also soothing for itchy skin and hot spots on dogs.
Mint – A great breath freshener and tummy settler. Chop up a few tablespoons of fresh parsley (either flat or curly, it doesn’t matter) and add it to your dog’s food to neutralize the odour. Parsley is also a good source of potassium and calcium.
Oatmeal - A great source of soluble fibre, which can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. It is also a great alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat.
Peanut butter - Peanut Butter is one of the best treats to give to dogs because it lasts them so long! Plus, its packed full of protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E. Unsalted peanut butter is the best, as too much salt is just as bad for dogs as it is for people. Make sure you check your peanut butter to make sure it DOES NOT contain sugar substitutes like Xylitol, which can be deadly for dogs. The oils contained within this also work to help the activation of the turmeric in our T-Bones.
Pumpkin - Canned pumpkin or fresh, cooked pumpkin with no added sugars and spices is a great choice for dogs with a sensitive stomach. It’s also an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin A and fibre. Do not use pumpkin pie filler this contains Nutmeg which dogs can't have.
Sweet potato – known to be one of the TOP super foods for dogs.
Trex – a vegetable based dairy, lactose and gluten free alternative to margarine. We use this in the icing on our cakes.
Yoghurt - Dairy products like this, and cottage cheese, are a great source of calcium for bone and tooth health, and yogurt and kefir have the added benefit of probiotics for a healthy digestive tract. Just be sure to opt for the kind without any added sweeteners or fruit. For yogurts and cheeses, always look for skimmed or low-fat varieties.
What to avoid?
Some human ingredients, of course, are not suitable or safe for our pets and can even be known to make them seriously ill and in some cases there are fatalities. The following list are there to ensure these are avoided.
Onions – causes anaemia. A 20-pound dog only needs to eat a quarter-cup of chopped onion to develop toxicity and start experiencing a form of anaemia caused by the destruction of red blood cells.
Chocolate – contains Theobromine. The darker the chocolate the higher the level. White chocolate doesn’t naturally contain this however you should stop be aware to avoid any product containing Xylitol. Theobromine poisoning can cause vomiting, seizures and even heart attacks.