The beauty of the raw meat diet for dogs is that is has a plethora of health benefits like a shiny coat, clean teeth, no dog smell and close to no allergies, smaller poop volume, and a stronger immune system.
The downfall is that it’s…well, raw, so it’s not ideal for mess-free treating purposes. While I would never go back to feeding a highly processed dry or wet food diet, I do draw the line at carrying raw “treats” around with me and obviously won’t stuff my pup’s stocking with them either.
That being said, I don’t offer just any treats, and certainly none that feature a huge list of unpronounceable ingredients on the bag. Thankfully I’ve discovered treats that I still feel comfortable spoiling my raw-fed dogs with, and today I’m letting you peek into their Christmas Stocking to discover what those treats are!
By the way – if you’re looking to craft your dog’s very own Christmas Stocking, check out my blog post How To DIY A Burlap Christmas Stocking For Your Dog. It’s super easy, no sew or glue, and takes less than 20 minutes.
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Treat Stuffers That Make It Into My Dog’s Christmas Stocking
The following non-raw treats made it into the pups’ Christmas Stocking:
- Duck head, $3.19
- Turkey wing, $3.35
- Pig snout, $3.19
- Pig ear, $1.83
- Salmon skin, $2.39
- 4 Chicken feet, $0.79 x 4 = $3.16
- Bully sticks (aka bull penises), $6.39 + $5.99 = $12.38
- Nature’s Variety training treats, $1.89
Most of those treats probably still sound like raw food to you, but they’ve actually been dried using various methods ranging from freeze-drying to oven drying, and dehydrating. All are very gentle methods of preserving food without having to add any artificial preservatives.
The duck head, turkey wing, pig snout, salmon skin and chicken feet have all been freeze-dried.
The bully stick and the bully ring have both been oven-dried. Odorless bully sticks and rings are dried longer than those that retain a slight odor. I don’t mind a little smell so I typically buy regular bully products.
Missy (R.I.P.) enjoying an oven-dried bully ring outside
The pig ear was dehydrated.
Buzz enjoying a dehydrated pig ear outside
Limited ingredient treats
Instinct raw boost mixers are sold as kibble toppers, but I like to use them as training treats.
- Ground Chicken including raw bone & liver
- Dried Pumpkin
- Sweet Potato
- Dried Chicory Root
- Annatto (natural food color made from achiote shrub seeds)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Mixed Tocopherols (forms of vitamin E used as a natural preservative)
- Rosemary extract
- Dried bacillus coagulans fermentation product (natural probiotic)
Where To Buy The Dried Stocking Stuffers
Bottom Line – Stocking Stuffers For Under $40
I spent just shy of $32 on these Christmas Stocking stuffers, which is a fair amount in my personal opinion. I bought most of them at an independently owned, local pet retail store that has a reward program for loyal customers, and I was able to get a 20% discount on everything by trading in reward $$$s. I also bought some from Amazon.
What makes it into your dog’s Christmas Stocking? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!
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