I'm looking for a good chew for my Syrian the vet said his teeth were fine, but still mildly over grown. So after deciding on trying dog treats or biscuits, I scoured the site for information on what brand is good and what to look for in the ingredients. I thought I knew exactly what I was looking for and marched off to the store, but as soon as I started looking through the ingredients and such, I felt so lost and left without buying anything.
Everyone said Milkbones, so that was the first I checked, however there are so many additives that I feel lost reading the ingredients, are all these really good for a hammie?
Ingredients: Wheat flour, wheat bran, beef meal and beef bone meal, beef fat preserved with tocopherols, wheat germ, poultry by-product meal, dried vegetable pomace, salt, lamb meal, chicken meal, turkey meal, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, iron oxide, zinc sulfate, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide (source of iodine)), artificial color (includes yellow 5, red 40, blue 1), brewers dried yeast, malted barley flour, vitamins (choline chloride, dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), vitamin A acetate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin B12 supplement, d-activated animal sterol (source of vitamin D3)), sodium metabisulfite (dough conditioner), whey casein (a milk protein).
The second brand everyone said to look for was Old Mother Hubbard. This seemed to be a better choice, simple ingredients which was what I found most people said to look for. But almost everyone one of the types or flavors had garlic in it (an ingredient everyone agreed to stay away from). And also molasses, which I believe is high in sugar.
Old Mother Hubbard Mini Just Vegg'N Low Fat Dog Biscuits
Ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour, Oatmeal, Wheat Bran, Molasses, Carrots, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Ground Flaxseed, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Parsley, Garlic, Sea Salt.
Old Mother Hubbard Small Assorted Treats 2 oz
Ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour, Oatmeal, Wheat Bran, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken, Cane Molasses, Turmeric, Paprika, Eggs, Apples, Carrots, Garlic Powder, Salt, Paprika Extracts, White Cheddar Cheese, Bone Charcoal, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness
Old Mother Hubbard P-Nuttier Dog Biscuits
Ingredients: Wheat flour, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), crunchy peanut butter, molasses, malto dextrin, natural peanut butter flavor, cultured whey, eggs, whole ground apples, whole ground carrots, garlic, sea salt.
One brand that no one mentioned, maybe because it might be fairly new, is Wet Noses This brand showed real promise. Though they don't really have a 'original' flavor, I do think this might be my best bet. (Though Molasses shows up again, still unsure about that).
Wet Noses Organic Apple & Carrot Dog Treats
Ingredients: organic rye flour, organic apples, organic carrots, organic whole oats, organic canola oil, organic molasses and organic ground thyme
(I like the ground thyme, since I’ve read that it can be a good decongestant. My syrian is on an antibiotic, but seems to be pron to colds)
Wet Noses Organic Cheddar Dog Treats
Ingredients: organic rye flour, organic cheddar cheese, organic cane molasses, organic whole eggs, organic canola oil, organic dill and organic garlic
Wet Noses Organic Dogranola Dog Treats
Ingredients: organic rye flour, organic peanut butter, organic whole oats, organic flaxseed, organic dried cranberries, and organic cane molasses
Wet Noses Organic Peanut Butter & Molasses Dog Treats
Ingredients: organic rye flour, organic peanut butter, organic whole oats, organic whole eggs, organic canola oil, organic cane molasses and organic sunflower seeds
Wet Noses Organic Pumpkin Dog Treats
Ingredients: organic rye flour, organic pumpkin, organic canola oil, organic ginger and organic cinnamon
I'm just looking for someone's input to help me make a choice, it would be much appropriated.
Also, as my dwarf, I was thinking just giving him raw pasta? So I don't have to worry about his sugar intake as much? Any thoughts? (Though is there a danger? Since birds can't have raw rice, I don't know if it's connected?)