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Raw dog treats include raw (uncooked), dehydrated and freeze-dried treats. While all three types have their specific benefits, dehydrated and freeze-dried treats are the go-to rewards for most situations of your canine companion’s life. Especially single ingredient treats made of premium quality meat, poultry or fish are highly enticing and may offer additional benefits, like the support of the dental health of your dog. We’ll explain the pros and cons of all three categories, and provide you with a list of the top recommended made-in-the-USA raw dog treats.
Entirely raw dog treats have three key disadvantages: handling, perishability and the risk of contamination with pathogens.
Not all types of meats or fish can be cut in pieces, which stay in shape and can easily be handled. Additionally, nobody wants to put pieces of raw beef heart in their pocket to have an instant reward handy when walking the dog.
Fresh meat, and even more so for poultry or fish, have a shelf life of a few days at best when stored in a refrigerator. At room temperature, they will perish within hours.
The third disadvantage of uncooked meat is the risk of a possible contamination with food pathogens like salmonella.
Our recommendations for the best raw dog treats sourced and made in the USA cover beef, chicken, fish and turkey as protein sources, as well as dog training treats as an additional category.
All recommendations are single-ingredient, raw dehydrated treats made of premium quality meat, poultry or fish. All treats are handcrafted in Northern California and rated between 4.8 and 5.0 stars by existing customers.
Not for the looks that’s for sure. However, chicken feet are rich in protein, and naturally high in chondroitin and glucosamine, which support joint health and mobility. They are also great for your dog's gum and dental health, as they naturally clean your canine's teeth as they gnaw.
Another benefit is that dehydrated chicken feet can be given to dogs of all sizes, from toy breeds to XXL-sized dogs like Great Danes.
These dehydrated beef liver treats are loaded with protein and only contain 3% fat. Beef liver is also a great source of the minerals iron and zinc. Both play an important role in the immune system and metabolism of your canine.
An added benefit is that this beef liver comes from grass-fed, pasture-raised, USDA certified beef, which is sourced from family farms in Northern California. The meat of grass-fed and pasture-raised cattle is significantly higher in nutrients than that of their conventionally raised counterparts.
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This turkey jerky for dogs is extremely lean and high in protein. It is also free of antibiotics, hormones and any additives or preservatives. This makes it a great choice for dogs with a sensitive stomach or sensitivity to chicken protein.
Hearty Bites™ are little cubes of dehydrated beef heart. Their benefits for dogs are manifold. Their small size is perfect for dog training, as it causes little to no distraction for a dog to eat and swallow a single treat. This makes them suitable for dogs of almost all sizes and life stages. These beef heart bites are also healthy (high in protein, low in fat, rich in minerals like iron and zinc), and have only very few calories per treat. Hearty Bites™ are also highly enticing and rewarding, which makes them an attractive treat for easily distracted dogs, and specialized dog training situations like nose work.
An added benefit is that Hearty Bites™ are great from a human point of view as well. These dried beef meat cubes don’t smell or crumble, and they aren’t greasy either. This means you can just put them in your pockets, and you have an instant reward handy any time you need it.
Raw dog treats include raw (uncooked), dehydrated and freeze-dried treats. Dehydrated and freeze-dried treats are the recommended go-to rewards for most situations in your canine companion’s life. Especially single ingredient treats made of premium quality meat, poultry or fish are highly enticing and may offer additional benefits like the support of the dental health of your dog.
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Organ meats are more densely packed with vital nutrients than lean muscle meat. In addition to high quality protein and fat, entrails are rich sources of the vitamins A, B, D, E and important minerals like iron, phosphorous, selenium and zinc.
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