What’s in a treat? Rather, are all treats created equal? There have been a lot of small treat companies coming up the last few years. Good companies run by good people. Quite a few, the ones I’m aware of, making cookies, or biscuits. Different ingredients, different grains. Treats the owners could make at home when they started out. Treats dogs like, even love. But are they Jones treats? Not by a long shot.
I’m not going to knock other treat makers or their treats. I’m not. Hard working people who make a quality product should be applauded. But I am asking, What’s in a treat? And what would your dog prefer? I’ll tell you what’s in a Jones Natural Chews treat, since I just happen to know more about that.
Jones Natural Chews makes meaty treats. The only grain they use is rye flour, and only in a few of the treats. Many more of their treats are single ingredient treats. What’s in a treat? We’ll look at the different types of treats and break down the ingredient list. But for starters, Jones Natural Chews are
100% ALL NATURAL – every single ingredient is all natural, nothing artificial, ever
100% GROWN AND PRODUCED IN THE USA – no ingredient is ever raised or processed on foreign soil – all American farms, and the processing plant is in Illinois
First treat on the block – bones. Jones started out as a branch of a home town butcher shop, smoking beef bones for local customers. So Jones knows bones. Most of Jones Natural Chews bones are single or dual ingredient treats, with the second ingredient being natural liquid smoke, for flavor and scent. Frequently the bones still have meaty bits clinging to them. A handful of their bones have meat wrapped around them – a pizzle or pig skin – and one bone is stuffed with beef and some natural preservatives. That’s the Bandit’s Bone, and it has five ingredients, including the bone.
Second up, single ingredient consumable treats. What’s in a treat that’s consumable? There are Woofers, which are baked beef patties. Pizzles – steer and bully sticks, which are straight, braided and shaped. Ligaments and windpipes – great for senior dogs since they’re a rich source of glucosamine and chondroitin. Lamb lungs. Pig ears and hearts. Pig skin rolls. And NO RAWHIDES. Rawhides don’t digest, and they cause obstructions in the dog. Jones refuses to make them.
Third, and final, Jones‘ multi-ingredient treats are still mostly meat, but have a few other ingredients to bind them together and keep them from spoiling. These are the jerkies, sausages and taffies. The meats used for them are
Let’s look at the other ingredients in these treats, shall we? The list below is not what’s used in every treat. Some of these treats use fewer ingredients. No one treat uses all of them.
- Rye flour
- Natural liquid smoke
- Natural mixed tocopherols
- Rosemary extract
- Guar gum
- Collagen casing
Most of the jerkies and sausages have just three ingredients, usually the meat, rye flour and salt.
So there you have it! What’s in a Jones Natural Chew? All good stuff! Mostly just meat and bones. Always all natural. Always USA sourced and produced. And dogs know the difference. So pick up a Jones treat today and make your dog smile. Naturally.
Until I write again …