Healthy Dog Treat Ingredients — Why Organic Matters
You know the phrase, "you are what you eat", well, the same goes for dogs! Unfortunately, there are so many dog treat brands that are full of processed ingredients. Your dog may find them delicious, however, those types of treats are unhealthy and could potentially affect your dog's health later down the line. If only there were dog treats that were both healthy, full of organic ingredients, and delicious... Psst - this is our cue!
Here at Lord Jameson, our core principle is built on a never-ending promise to love your dog like they're our very own! We want to treat your dog to the healthiest culinary experience... By doing so, we're committed to curating the most exceptional dog treats using certified organic ingredients with nutritional benefits.
Our organic dog treats are soft, beautiful in form, and they're made without any preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors, or GMO ingredients.
So, what are some of those healthy dog treat ingredients that are included in Lord Jameson's dog treats? Let's get into it!
List of Healthy Dog Treat Ingredients
1. Organic Blueberries
Blueberries are a delicious superfood! Not only are blueberries great because they're delicious and low in calories, but they also contain tons of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C and K. All of these nutrients help to support your dog's immune system and their overall health!
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2. Organic Coconut
Coconuts are great for dogs for so many reasons! Coconuts have been known to help benefit your dog's skin, boost their immune system, and reduce inflammation. They have anti-inflammatory properties and are packed with tons of antioxidants. Coconuts are one of our favorite ingredients - in fact, we use coconut in some form in every single one of our dog treat recipes. (We recently did a full blog on why coconut is good for dogs - click here to read it!)
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3. Organic Strawberries
We're sure you can agree that strawberries are so beyond delicious! Strawberries are full of antioxidants, low in calories, contain tons of high fiber, and a lot of vitamin C. This delicious fruit also has an enzyme that can help whiten your dog's teeth. Strawberries can assist in weight management, help boost your dog's immune system, and help to slow down the aging process. This is one of the most delicious superfoods!
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4. Organic Sweet Potato
Did you know that according to PETMD, sweet potatoes are one of the best dietary sources of vitamin A? Vitamin A is amazing because it promotes healthy skin, coat, muscles, nerves, and eyes in dogs. This is one of the many reasons why we include sweet potatoes as one of our ingredients! Sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamin C, B6, calcium, potassium, iron, and so much more.
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5. Organic Turmeric
Turmeric is becoming a very popular ingredient (and for great reasons)! It's a powerful anti-inflammatory superfood that is great for digestive health and your dog's overall wellness. Turmeric is super helpful (especially for older dogs with arthritis) because it helps to relieve pain and stiffness. Turmeric also contains a compound called curcumin. Curcumin is great because it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and wound healing activities. It's been known to help fight diseases like diabetes, cancer, liver disease, gastrointestinal issues, and many more.
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6. Organic Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are a fabulous ingredient to include in dog treats. Flax seeds are full of fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6. These fatty acids help to keep your dog's coat super shiny and their skin healthy. Flax seeds contain multiple anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful for arthritis, blood pressure, and kidney function.
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7. Organic Pumpkin
Pumpkins aren't just for Halloween - they're also a delicious ingredient! Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and other enriching minerals like potassium. Potassium is great because it helps regulate blood pressure, improve muscle health, and assist in your dog's metabolism. Pumpkins are also low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and they help to support digestion.
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8. Organic Purple Carrots
Purple carrots are such a healthy ingredient... They contain beta-carotene which gives them their beautiful purple color! Not only are they full of fiber and potassium, but they also contain vitamins A, C, and K which can help support your dog's immune system, eyesight, and any skin conditions they may have.
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9. Organic Rolled Oats
Our organic certified gluten-free oats are great for dogs with and without a gluten intolerance. Oats are an absolutely fantastic source of fiber... These can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. Oats have linoleic acid, which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that helps to keep skin healthy.
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10. Organic Peanut Butter
Mmm - peanut butter! Peanut butter is such an incredibly delicious ingredient and it's a great source of protein! Dogs have been known to go crazy over peanut butter (so have we...) There are tons of health benefits when it comes to peanut butter, too, so it's really just a win-win for everyone. Peanut butter is full of heart-healthy fats, vitamin B & E, and niacin. Organic peanut butter is best, as there is no added sugars and it's 100% natural!
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11. Organic Dates
There are multiple health benefits to including dates as an ingredient in dog treats. The organic certified dates that we use are full of fiber, vitamin A, B, C, potassium, and calcium. Due to their high fiber, dates have been known to help improve digestion, particularly in dogs suffering from constipation.
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12. Organic Carrots
We've talked about the purple carrots we use, now it's time to talk about the other carrots we include in our organic dog treats! Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. They're low in calories and fat, which makes them great for dogs who need to lose weight.
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13. Organic Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an awesome ingredient because they help regulate blood sugar levels, strengthen cells in your dog's body, encourage shiny coats, and improve eyesight. Chia seeds boast omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, calcium, fiber, and even more vitamins! They're great for regulating a dog’s digestive system, and they help to promote healthy cells, joint movement, and offer immune system support!
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14. Organic Ginger
Ginger is a super healthy dog treat ingredient. It's great for helping to relieve or prevent gastric dilatation and volvulus (aka bloating) in dogs. Ginger is high in antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Not only that but if your dog has an upset stomach, ginger could help to relieve that, too!
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15. Organic Spinach
Just like the other foods mentioned on our list of healthy dog treat ingredients, spinach contains a lot of vitamins - including vitamin A, B, C, and K. Spinach is also full of iron, antioxidants, beta-carotene, manganese, folate, potassium, and roughage. Roughage can help to stimulate your dog's digestive tract. Overall, spinach is a great immune system booster!
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16. Organic Cinnamon
By adding a small amount of cinnamon to your dog's diet, it could help regulate their blood sugar and lower their insulin resistance. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and some studies have shown that it can help improve brain function and help regulate blood sugar.
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17. Organic Dandelion
Dandelion greens have so many health benefits for dogs. They're loaded with potassium and so many vitamins such as vitamins A, C, K, B, D! Dandelion leaves also help to stimulate your dog's appetite and help digestion along with kidney function. If your dog has chronic indigestion or gas, then definitely consider adding dandelion into their diet! Dandelion also contains protein and other important minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc.
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18. Organic Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are a fantastic protein source... They have all the amino acids essential to a balanced diet. PCR hemp has been known to reduce symptoms related to inflammation, arthritis and joint pain, heart disease, skin and coat condition, neurological disease, and cancer. Hemp seeds also provide dogs with a near-perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
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19. Organic Oat Flour
Our organic certified gluten-free oats are high in fiber and are perfect for dogs with or without a gluten intolerance. Another plus to oat flour is that it's easy on most dog's digestive systems! They have linoleic acid, which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that helps to keep your dog's skin healthy.
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20. Organic Beets
Beets are a healthy source of vitamin C, fiber, folate, manganese, and potassium. All of these vitamins and minerals are amazing for your dog's digestion and immune system. They also help to keep your dog's skin and coat nice and healthy. Overall, beets are an amazing food ingredient!
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21. Organic Brown Rice Syrup
Lastly, we have organic brown rice syrup as one of our most used dog treat ingredients! Our brown rice syrup is organically certified and has a low glycemic index. We carefully chose this specific ingredient because it's a whole form, non-processed, and it's less refined than other syrups such as molasses, etc.
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Why Organic Matters
Now that you've learned more about our organic healthy dog treat ingredients, it's time to talk about why organic matters. Whole foods are considered 'nutrient-dense' because they're filled with tons of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Alongside that, they don't have any added sugar, sodium, or unhealthy fats such as trans-fat. All of these reasons are what make eating organic the best choice. Processed ingredients include unhealthy levels of added sugar, sodium and fat... By continuously eating processed foods, this could lead to serious health issues in the future such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and possibly diabetes. So, as we said - organic is the way to go!
Here is how the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) describes organic food:
"Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation."
Overall, organic foods are healthier for both you and your dogs! As you can tell from our list of healthy dog treat ingredients, you can still have delicious food while staying healthy.
Conclusion of Healthy Dog Treat Ingredients
So, that was a list of our healthy dog treat ingredients and why you should incorporate them into your dog's diet! We hope you were able to gain some insight on these types of foods and why it's benefical to eat non-proceeds ingredients.
If you decide to get some of our organic Lord Jameson treats, then we hope your dog enjoys them! Happy snacking!