You might notice that many pet holidays seem to have unknown origins. Appreciate Dog Biscuit Day is no exception. What is known, however, is how the first dog biscuits came about. In the mid-19th century, American manufacturer James Spratt observed stray dogs scrounging for food when he visited England. Inspired, Spratt began producing dog biscuits using a secret recipe including both meat and vegetables.
Today, some dog biscuits can help keep our dogs’ teeth clean, and others can be used as training rewards. As to what the best ones are, guess what? You should start with the ingredients list! Dog Journal lists the below as ingredients to avoid:
- Artificial preservatives
- Artificial colors
- Chemical humectants (which keep treats soft and chewy)
Another item to look for on the label is the expiration date. Just like human food, dog treats can go bad. If a package has been around for a long time, smell the treats occasionally to ensure they haven’t gone rancid.
What to know more about picking dog food in general? Read our article on: What to Feed Dogs