Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Northern California
I am not sure which treat you are feeding but take a look at some ingredients
Wheat flour, animal digest, beef, water sufficient for processing, , glycerine, soybean flour, dried fish protein digest, torula dried yeast, calcium sulfate, chicken, animal fat (preserved with BHA), phosphoric acid, dried cheese product, salt, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), natural flavor, titanium dioxide, yellow 5, BHA (preservative).
Animal digest is a material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed. If it bears a name descriptive of its kind or flavor(s), it must correspond thereto.
Animal digest is a cooked-down broth made from unspecified parts of unspecified animals. Any kind of animal can be included: goats, pigs, horses, rats, etc. The animals can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination
dried fish protein digest
cant find exact def but there is a good chance its made the same way as listed above
Animal fat is obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial process of rendering or extracting.
Animal fat is a by-product of meat meal processing. The origin of the contributing animals is never known, and the resulting oil is very low in linoleic acid -- an essential fatty acid that is important for skin and coat health.
BHA/BHT is short for Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), both of which are chemical preservatives.
BHA and BHT have been banned from human use in many countries. In the US, they are still permitted in pet foods.
These are just the major (in my opinion) concerns. There are a few others.
You can do the liver thing but there is a slight chance if you give him too much, in addition to his regular diet, it can be toxic. Since liver is a good source in A and D. But again it would take a lot of treats. Liver also stinks.
I dehydrate chicken hearts for treats. You can dehydrate chicken or cook it for treats. Or just find treats that have ingredients that you would eat, but take in account that some ingredients with scientific names are essentually vitamins and minerals (a little research on your end will help you figure out which ones they are).