The founders of Chia's Treats first started making dog treats when they discovered that their puppy, Chia, had a very sensitive tummy and wasn’t interested in traditional treats. They made meals for their family from scratch, so why not for their dog? In a slight change to our usual seven questions format, co-founder Carey tells us about her seven favourite ingredients.
“Our entirely organic dehydrated dog treats are made by hand from scratch using ingredients with nutrient profiles that are beneficial for dogs. The treats focus on dental hygiene and they naturally clean teeth and freshen breath, as well as being anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. We love ALL our ingredients and so we don't use a single food that is not actively doing the dogs some good, as well as using additional Vitamin E, so it is very hard to choose my favourite seven. However the following are the ones we use in every recipe:
A wonderful spice that has a multitude of powerful medicinal properties. It contains a compound called curcumin – a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric also stimulates the dog’s own anti-oxidant enzymes which may prevent heart disease and support joint health.
2. Chia seeds
When we named our dog 'Chia', people who know me well said “of course!” I use Chia every day in smoothies and the food I make for the family, so it was a natural progression to use these in the dog treats. There are so many benefits for both dogs and humans, here are just a few… the word 'Chia' means 'strength' in Mayan indicating that these tiny seeds are absolute powerhouses in terms of nutrition, they really are a super food. They are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation and reduce high cholesterol. Gluten free, Chia seeds are an excellent source of fibre lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function. They’re rich in antioxidants that help protect from free radicals, aging and cancer, and are high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese which is important for energy metabolism. They are excellent for slow release energy, blood sugar regulation and keeping your dog feeling full longer due to the combination of protein and fibre and gelling action of the seeds. And finally, as if you need any more benefits, they may help regulate insulin levels too.
3. Coconut oil
We use coconut oil on its own with our dog Chia, not least to clean her teeth but we include it in our recipes for the myriad of health benefits it offers. Yes, it is high in fat, but they are healthy fats, and treats are meant to s