Duck heads, chicken hearts, and turkey feet might all sound like ingredients for a witch’s brew, but they’re some of our favorite things to give our dogs! Not only are they totally tasty, but they’re full of important vitamins and minerals your pup needs to thrive…plus it’s sort of fun to see your friends’ eyes go wide when you casually toss them a trachea to gnaw on.
Want to know a secret? Even the smallest, fluffiest, cutest little dogs would eat, ahem, an entire animal if they were hunting in the wild. After all, they’re descendants from wolves (yes, even your little pugs and poodles!), and wolves don’t discriminate when chowing down on their latest meal. In fact, most of the food from Two Bostons is able to have such high protein and nutrition content because they use every part of the animal.
Wondering where to start? If you’re not ready to stock up on duck heads—we’ll get to that later—then opt for single-ingredient treats like freeze-dried hearts, which are chock full of taurine, or liver, which is high in vitamin A, folic acid, iron, and zinc. Stella & Chewy’s offers a great selection of these with proteins like lamb, chicken, and beef. If you’re looking to branch out a little, you could also try bison liver from Raw Rewards, or if turkey is more your pet’s thing then the potassium-packed turkey fries by VitalEssentials are for you. Plus, since all of these treats are single-ingredient and freeze-dried, that means there are no harmful preservatives or nasty additives, and our cats can enjoy them, too!
In terms of chews, our turkey feet and beef tracheas are some of our most popular. We do our best to give our dogs a biologically appropriate lifestyle, which means we do everything we can to let dogs be dogs. This extends to more than just the meals they eat. Every time you see your pup run around the yard, pee on everything during walks, or even smell another dog’s rear end, you’re allowing them to act upon natural instincts that trace all the way back to their wolf ancestors. So why not give them the “wild” experience with their chews, too?
Turkey feet are rich in glucosamine and chondroitin, AKA things that are amazing for joint health, plus, since they’re 100% natural, they’re also 100% safe to digest. Beef tracheas are also great for joint support with the added benefit of being hollow, meaning you can stuff it with fun things like pumpkin peanut butter or other spreadable treats!
Of course, the ultimate tasty, crunchy, healthy chew is the all-natural freeze-dried duck heads by Vital Essentials. This spooky time of year is the perfect chance for you to give them a try if you haven’t already, but you’ll likely find that you want to stay stocked up all year round! They’re a great source of calcium and phosphorus, but—like our other natural chews—they also improve dental health. The crunchy, rough textures actually scrape away plaque and tartar, making for a tasty toothbrush.
All of our natural chews and single-ingredient treats are humanely-raised and sustainably sourced; meaning the entire animal is being used, rather than just the meaty parts. It’s a great way to give your pets a safe and healthy chew while cutting down on waste from parts that might otherwise be thrown in the trash!
Get a little creepy and extra healthy this Halloween with our awesome selection of natural treats and chews! You can get them in-store, over the phone, or online at twobostons.com.