Best Foods to Feed Your Dog – What are Functional Ingredients, and why are they so great?

Dog treats and dog food can be filled with ingredients that look like something out of a sci-fi novel, but that’s not how it should be!  Your dog deserves to be eating the best and the same quality ingredients as you (actually, most of our customers say their dogs eat better than they do!)

We are all about functional nutrition.  After all, that’s why we nourish ourselves in the first place and that’s how every ingredient in every treat should be.  Think of Functional Ingredients as Ingredients with a Purpose – they are in there to serve a key nutritional role in your dog’s health.

So what are some of the best foods to feed your dog?  Here’s a list of ingredients typically meant for human consumption, and are super healthy and functional for your pup too.


OatsOats are nature’s Benadryl.  No really.  Oats contain crazy-awesome natural chemical compounds called avenanthramides.  These are responsible for oats’ natural ability to provide itching relief and fight inflammation.

Function: anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, antioxidant, anti-irritant


CarrotsCarrots are delicious, but besides that, they are beneficial for their fiber and their beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A which is great for maintaining vision health.

Function: vision health, immune system and digestive health


BlueberriesBlueberries are loaded with antioxidants which help keep away free-radical ninjas.

Function: antioxidant


BarleyBarley is an SDS – slowly digestible starch, which means it keeps blood sugars level, curbs hunger and provides a healthy source of fiber. Great for diabetic dogs!

Function: curbs hunger, stay fuller longer, fiber


QuinoaQuinoa is a nutritional powerhouse.  This superfood seed is gluten-free and contains lots of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals

Function: plant-based protein containing all 9 essential amino acids


CranberriesCranberries are like their friends blueberries – loaded with antioxidants.  Their specific nutrient make up makes them beneficial for urinary tract health too!

Function: antioxidants, urinary tract health

Ground Flax Seed

Ground Flax SeedFlax seed is full of omega-3 fatty acids, perfect for nourishing skin and coat.  Just be sure to use ground flax seed as both human and dog bodies can only absorb the beneficial nutrients if they are ground up.

Function: nourishing skin and coat

Every dog is unique.  They have their own lifestyle, dietary restrictions, and needs.  Our treats are made with functional, real and wholesome ingredients that support each dog’s unique nutritional needs, which is why we say we “Treat Smarter.” 

Functional Ingredients

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