Single Ingredient Treats Means Its Real Food
I became hyper aware about reading the ingredient list when I did my first Whole 30. The key take away was awareness in learning how to read labels and the benefits of real food. My body felt as if it was operating at its optimum efficiency.
In turn I’ve taken that same practice when I look at the labels of what I feed the dogs. And quite simply – the ingredient to this dog treat was Cod Skins.
Who is Open Farm and Why Do I Like Them
Open Farm is based out of Canada, and they are the first Certified Humane Dog food company which means they are the leader in animal and food production. The reason why they are the leader is their standards are extensive and they cover the entire life of the animal which includes what the animal was fed, how it was handled and how much space it has.
For the purposes of this review – we learned their cod is sustainably caught from Alaskan fisheries. Other benefits include:
- Wild caught fish.
- Hook and line caught.
- Never farmed.
- No antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Their manufacturing facility is in Minnesota.
- Their manufacturing process is regularly inspected and audited.
- They have a catch of the day fish program which means the fish they use is the freshest catch of that day.
- As an added bonus their packaging is recyclable through Terracyle.
- On their bags they use the phrase “Do Some Good” because they believe in feeding the best food for our pets while making a meaningful difference for farm animals, supporting farmers and fisheries that are doing things the right way and reducing the environmental footprint on the planet.
How did the dogs react when they ate them?
We took the Maggie and Orbit to Kate O Sessions Park. Unofficial Dog Park with the best views overlooking the San Diego Bay. After our picnic we let the dogs off leash. The true test of a high value treat for my two is that they will come running back when I call them just to eat the treat.
Did it work? Yes. We played fetch, and let them run loose and play chase. Every 5 to 10 minutes or so we’d call them back and they would leave whatever game they were playing, whatever bush they were smelling, whatever dog they were meeting …. just to come back and enjoy the treat.
Adding Omega 3 to my dog’s daily diet through real food
If you have been following us a while, you’ll know Maggie suffers from atopic allergies. The vet thinks it’s grass. And although I have yet to do the blood allergy test, I tend to suspect that it is either a grass, pollen or environmental allergy.
One of the things I’ve been doing lately is to add Omega 3 to her diet outside of fish oil. And the cod skin treats fit the bill. Omega 3 provides the benefit in reducing inflammation.
How does an allergic reaction work anyway?
Something outside is considered to be an allergen to Maggie and it looks at that allergen as a foreign invader. When she’s exposed to this culprit, her immune system begins to reproduce antibodies to protect herself against them and actually goes into overdrive, releasing histamines, which initiates the inflammatory response.
It’s the inflammation that causes her to itch and scratch. Recently she had a rash outbreak. And her back hind legs, her belly and armpits broke out in hives. Poor thing would be sitting in front of me napping and then wake up to obsessively scratch her back legs.
I have written several articles in how I combat these outbreaks. The most recent one HERE. But for the purposes of this review what I have been happy about is to know that the treats I provide her are also helping her combat her allergies because it provides Omega 3s.
If you want to learn more about Open Farm visit their website HERE.