We try to use a wide and varying range of high quality ingredients in our dog treats, and source as many items as locally as possible in and around Derbyshire. 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. We have also outlined some ingredients to steer clear of because they are not doggy friendly!
Our belief is that natural is better, and below shows not just the base ingredients but also the herbs and spices used for their holistic benefits. All herbs used are fresh and dried ourselves.
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.
Banana - a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fibre, biotin and copper. Being low in sodium and cholesterol they make a great snack but due to the sugar content in bananas, dogs should only eat them as a treat, and not as a regular part of their diets.
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 - 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 especially with the skin left on. If you’ve got an overweight dog, carrots are a great choice for treats because of their low calorie content.
Chia Seeds - were once used by the Aztecs and Mayans as a staple food. The seeds contain B vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids, protein and fiber. The nutrients in chia seeds support your dog's skin, joints, vision, immune system, brain development, blood sugar levels, healthy digestion and weight maintenance.
Cinnamon - has a lot of great properties that will benefit your dog. For example, it is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. It also helps to fight sepsis and diabetes in your dog. Cinnamon is one of the best sources for antioxidants, and it can help to remove the aflatoxins that are found in your dog’s food. It also fights halitosis, or bad breath in dogs. When ground it is easy to add into your pet’s food, and it won’t alter the taste too much either.
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. We use coconut flour in some of our grain free products too.
Eggs – a great source of protein, and scrambled eggs make a tasty treat for your dog. We keep our own hens too and use these eggs in our dog treats and cakes!
Flax Seeds – contain high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids. They are also high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They help to detox the body. It is important to use ground flax seeds rather than serving them whole. Typically, both brown and golden flax seeds will offer similar nutritional benefits. Just remember that a little bit goes a long way.
Ginger - the root is actually an anti-inflammatory, and it also has antibacterial properties. It helps aid in absorption of food, and boosts the digestive system. It is also a great way to treat motion sickness, because it helps to soothe nausea. Some pet owners even give it to their pets to help boost circulation. It can either be served finely chopped, or dried and ground.
Honey – this is so very good for your dog, as it is loaded with vitamins, calcium, potassium and antioxidants. It can also be used topically to treat burns and cuts on your dog's skin. We use honey as a sugar substitute in all of our cakes.
Kale - it is hard to beat kale in terms of maximum nutrition for minimal calories. A proven cancer-risk cutter, abundant source of fiber, calcium, Vitamin A, E and C, helps prevent heart disease and contains numerous antioxidants. *Avoid in pets with certain types of bladder stones or kidney disease*
Mint - this powerful herb contains calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin and zinc. It’s also a source of dietary fibre and protein. It has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. Mint also contains rosmarinic acid, which has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms; menthol, which is a natural decongestant. It is calming and soothing, and can be used to soothe an upset stomach, reduce gas, and stave off nausea and motion sickness. Mint has even been used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and to help with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
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.
Parsley - another one of the great herbs for dogs, because it is high in antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals. It can help to fight against cancer and enhance the functionality of your pup’s organs. It can also help to fight against halitosis and flush toxins out of the body. It is always best to use fresh parsley, but you can use the dried form if it is all you have on hand.
Peanut Butter - this is one of the best treats to give to dogs because it lasts them so long and is ideal to fill a kong or similar! 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 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.
Rosemary - is very high in fibre, and also includes essential vitamins that your pet needs. It has antifungal, antiallergenic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. It also helps to promote good health and prevent certain diseases. This herb can be used in both its fresh and dry forms, without altering the benefits.
Sweet Potato – known to be a TOP super food for dogs, the benefits include being potent antioxidant to aid in healing, cancer prevention, fighting the effects of aging, it contains Vitamins A, C and B6, as well as the minerals manganese, copper, and iron; and is a source of dietary fibre. You can feed them whole after baking or in the form of “wonder chips” – thinly sliced and baked in a low-fat cooking oil.
Trex – a vegetable based dairy, lactose and gluten free alternative to margarine. We use this in the icing on our cakes. Gentle on their tummies and without the dangerous fats.
Turmeric - is one of the best spices for dogs, and is also known as curcumin. It boosts cardiovascular health and helps to treat memory disorders. It is also great for overweight dogs, because it boosts the metabolism and helps to speed up weight loss. It can also offer protection against certain ailments, including anaemia, cancer, arthritis and stroke. Ground turmeric is easy to add into your pet’s daily diet, and is the primary ingredient in Golden Paste used to treat arthritis and other joint related problems in animals.
Yoghurt - Dairy products like this, and cottage cheese, are a great source of calcium for bone and tooth health, and yoghurt 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 yoghurts and cheeses, always look for skimmed or low-fat varieties.
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 are even fatal. The following is a list of what not to give your pet and why.
Chocolate – contains Theobromine. The darker the chocolate the higher the level. White chocolate doesn’t naturally contain this. You should be aware to avoid ANY product containing Xylitol. Theobromine poisoning can cause vomiting, seizures and even heart attacks.
Cocoa - can actually have those same negative effects, because cocoa and chocolate are so similar. It contains Theobromine, which is closely related to caffeine. It can ultimately result in kidney problems, heart problems and other health problems.
Grapes/raisins - are toxic to dogs. The type of grape doesn’t matter; it can be green, red, commercially grown or from your backyard. The source of the toxicity is unknown, but what is known is that dogs have become ill and died from ingesting grapes and raisins.
Mace - is found in many of the foods that humans eat, including hot dogs! This may be surprising to some people. It is, however, not safe for your pet. It has an effect similar to that of nutmeg, and should be avoided.
Nutmeg - can lead to serious abdominal pain in your pet, and it can also cause them to vomit or become overly excited. If their central nervous system gets overworked due to this spice, they will quickly become drowsy. It can even lead to death, so make sure that this one stays out of your dog’s diet completely.
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.
Paprika - is a seasoning that is often used to add flavour to foods, and while it can be tasty, it can also be harmful. It has been known to cause skin and eye irritation in dogs, and it is best to just avoid it altogether. It can also cause gastrointestinal irritation, upset stomach and diarrhoea.
Pennyroyal - is a minty oil that is found in certain types of products, even some that are designed for use on pets. It can actually be toxic to dogs if it is ingested, so it is really a good idea to keep this ingredient out of foods or products that your dog will be eating or using. It can lead to difficulty breathing, lethargy, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It can also lead to death. Be careful with this one, and keep it away from your pet.
Salt - Table salt may be tasty when we add it to our food, but just like we can have negative effects to salt, so can your pup. Salty snacks can lead to excessive thirst and frequent urination. It can also cause them to vomit or have diarrhoea, and they may even be depressed, feverish, or have seizures if they ingest too much.