Staff Review: Dogswell Jerky Treats

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To begin with, I have a VERY picky eater-a 3 yr. old Shiloh Shepherd. He’s known to turn down many things you would consider ‘irresistable’ to dogs. Fortunately, I found a keeper with Dogswell’s ‘Happy Hips’! (Happy Hips is now a well-know term to him!) My dog will gobble down the chicken strips; they’re great as a quick-but-substantial treat for a large dog, and can be broken apart for smaller dogs. (The Breathies variety come in a smaller bite-size jerky as well.)  I’ve used both the beef liver treats and the chicken strip treats- both have gone over very well with my pup.

The ingredients in each of Dogswell’s varieties are pretty simple:

Happy Hips: Chicken Breast, Vitamin E Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate

Breathies: Chicken Breast, Vitamin E Supplement, Mint, Cinnamon Bark, Oyster Shell Flour (source of calcium carbonate), Rosemary, Parsley, Chlorophyll

Vitality: Chicken Breast, Vitamin E Supplement, Flaxseed, Vitamin A Acetate

Keep in mind: There are other flavors-lamb and rice, beef liver, and duck!

Because of the limited ingredients and meaty taste, these treats are great for sensitive stomachs, allergies, and finicky pups!

To view more of their products and ingredient lists, visit

If you have any more comments or questions, feel free to ask!


Staff Review: Answers Raw Pet Food


One of the foods I feel great about giving my pets is “Detailed Answers” by Answers Raw Pet Food Company. I rotate the proteins (beef, chicken, and pork), just as I rotate the kibbles that I feed my dog and cats, to reduce the chance of them developing food allergies. Because I have a large pet family, I buy the 4 pound carton. It’s very easy to thaw the food in the refrigerator, and scoop out the daily portions. It’s best to use all of the food within 3-5 days of thawing, so that it remains fresh. And when the carton is empty, I rinse it and put it in the recycle bin! It’s paper based, so there’s no chance of any toxins entering the raw food, as can happen from plastic packaging.

Ingredient sourcing is very important to me, and I am happy to report that all of the animal sources are 100% antibiotic free, hormone free, vegetarian fed, and treated humanely. The food is a true raw – it has not been subjected to heat or pressure pasteurization, processes which degrade nutrients in the food. This food is a great way to provide a more natural diet that is close to what their wild cousins would eat – raw muscle meat, organs, bones, and a small amount of vegetables.

The Answers website is a fantastic resource, where you can learn even more about their products and pet nutrition, plus they are very receptive to questions and respond quickly. I’ve also learned a great deal talking with the rep who visits our stores to give demonstrations/information sessions.

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