Humans are probably not the only ones eating at your house. Many of us are pet owners. Your dog deserves some foodie love, too. Our canine taste testers heartily endorse these two treats and even sit willingly to have their teeth brushed with this local toothpaste.
Chicken and blueberry treats from Southern Pawz
In 2014 Shannon Jones of Sandersville, Georgia-based Southern Pawz started making dog treats to help her dog Bella overcome some health issues. She now prepares three kinds of baked treats - chicken and blueberry, cheese and bacon, and peanut butter. There’ll be frozen yogurt treats made from raw goat milk yogurt coming this spring. All made from locally sourced ingredients. Our dogs love the crunchy chicken/blueberry treats which Jones says is her most popular flavor. Most of the ingredients are Georgia grown (the chicken comes from Springer Mountain Farms in northeast Georgia, the blueberries from Anna’s Garden in Abbeville and the honey from HL Franklin’s Healthy Honey in Statesboro) and the treats smell amazing. You’ll feel good opening the container and serving something that smells good to you, that your dog really loves and that contains no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. The treats are available in “little bites” which come in sweet cardboard canisters and in 2-inch cookies for the big dogs in your life.
$5.49 per 2.25-ounce canister of little bites, $11.99 per 6-ounce bag of 2-inch cookies, $17.99 per 1-pound bag of 2-inch cookies or little bites. Available at the Local Exchange in Marietta, Lucky & Lady in Atlanta, Story on the Square in McDonough, Mint Juleps in Sugar Hill, Georgia Crafted or online at https://www.southernpawz.com/.
Turmeric and kelp toothpaste from Fluff and Paws Natural Pet Products
East Point-based Fluff and Paws is the brainchild of Tyson Love and Oliver Clark. I met them at the East Point Farmers Market three years ago and purchased their pet shampoo and carpet powder. I had no idea that the product my pets really wanted was their toothpaste. Really. The dogs love this combination of turmeric, kelp and coconut oil and they line up to lick it off the toothbrush. Now getting them comfortable with having their teeth brushed took a little time, but it helped so much that they really liked the flavor of what we were putting in their mouths. Love and Clark had such good results with their toothpaste for dogs that they also offer natural toothpaste for humans, adding natural charcoal, baking soda and peppermint essential oil to their pet formula. Refrigerate both once you open the jars.
$8 per 2-ounce jar. Available online at https://www.etsy.com/shop/FluffandPawsBiz.
Olive oil-based treats from OlviPet
Our dogs love treats, it’s true. But we were totally surprised that they love these healthy treats from Denver-based OlviPet as much as they do. Really, when they see the bag, they come to attention. The treats come in small bites, both crunchy and soft, and in dental bars, in small, medium and large sizes. They’re made with extra virgin olive oil and a mix of chia and sunflower seeds. The dental bars include spinach. And they’re not baked, they’re cold pressed so the nutrients in the seeds and olive oil aren’t baked out. As our dogs age, we’re finding keeping their teeth in good shape is a priority, so we love it when something that is good for their teeth, as well as their coats, is something they really enjoy. Makes being a responsible pet owner much easier.
$8.99 per 6-ounce package of DentaBars, $4.49 per 6-ounce package of dog treats. Available at Mom & Pup’s in Marietta, The Good Dog Shoppe in Kennesaw, The Pet Set in Brookhaven and on Amazon. https://www.olvipetusa.com/
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