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Skinz | Catfish, Cod + Salmon

Many are unaware of the nutritious benefits fish can bring to a dogs’ diet.  Sure, it may make them fart a bit more than usual, but isn’t that…well, healthy?

A great substitute for dogs with common protein allergies (beef, chicken, lamb), a diet with tasty FISH has been proven to:

1.) Bolster a Healthy Skin and Coat (Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids)
2.) Improve Digestion (Lean Protein)
3.) Perk-Up Joint Mobility (Anti-inflammatory – Great for Senior Dogs)
4.) Help in the Development of Vision and Brain Function (DHA/EPA – Great for Puppies)
5.) Boost Immune System (Natural Vitamins/Minerals)
6.) Prevent Cardiovascular/Heart Disease (Low in Saturated Fats and Meaningless Calories)

Like the zest of a lemon, the SKINS of FISH are are a nice way to reward your dog with healthy properties, without the risk of weight gain and/or a protein overload.  Best fed cooked, check out these dehydrated Cod Skins, Catfish Skins and Salmon Skins at thaMUNCHbox.com.

MUNCH love!

Note: We ALMOST forgot to tell you that these treats have been CAT APPROVED!

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kneeKAPS!

KRimmed with meat, this small, yet thick and strong bone has a taste of liquid smoke that will surely win you a drooling wink from your pooch.  The bone-joint from the hind leg of a cow, these bones are approximately 3″ long, weighing in at about 2.5oz.  Having a soft cartilage casing that will be consumed, the actual center bone is NOT intended for devouring, but rather for hours of gnawing action.  A great protein source, this treat is perfect for an aggressive chewer, promoting healthy teeth and gums. As with any bone, chew or treat, please monitor your dog and provide plenty of drinking water.  CHEWS WISELY, by making sure this bone is slightly bigger than your dogs mouth.

We’ve Got kneeKAPS!

MUNCH love!

Justice for JERKY!

JNowadays, Jerky comes in many forms:

Pork, Goat, Lamb, Deer, Elk, Caribou, Kangaroo, Bison, Moose, Turkey, Ostrich, Salmon, Alligator, Tuna, Emu, Horse, Camel… (etc.)

And, I know this may sound stupid, but until recently, I wasn’t fully aware of how MODERN Jerky is made:  

Modern manufactured jerky is normally marinated in a seasoned spice rub or liquid, and dried, dehydrated or smoked with low heat (usually under 70 °C/160 °F). Some makers still use just salt and sun-dry fresh sliced meat to make jerky.  Some product manufacturers finely grind meat, mix in seasonings, and press the meat-paste into flat shapes prior to drying. – Thank You Wikipedia! –

Being more familiar with traditional Jerky…

…A lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage. Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt, to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat before sufficient moisture has been removed.

It wasn’t until the on-going Jerky recall of pet treats, that I really started to pay attention.

There are many products in the marketplace which are sold as jerky which consist of highly processed, chopped and formed meat, rather than traditional sliced, whole-muscle meat.

Thankfully, I myself do not eat Jerky, but unfortunately, I know a lot of the stuff mentioned above, went into making pet treats.  Furthermore, according to the FDA:

A number of jerky pet treat products were removed from the market in January 2013 after a New York State lab reported finding evidence of up to six drugs in certain jerky pet treats made in China. While the levels of these drugs were very low and it’s unlikely that they caused the illnesses, FDA noted a decrease in reports of jerky-suspected illnesses after the products were removed from the market. FDA believes that the number of reports may have declined simply because fewer jerky treats were available. 

Um, WHAT?! DRUGS?! Does this make any sense to you? Before I go off on a long and frustrated tangent, I think I’ll stop myself and keep this post short.  BUT, what I will say, is this:

At tha MUNCHbox, we focus on providing limited-ingredient treats that are MADE/SOURCED in the USA; with the exception that some of our treats may be sourced from Canada, Southern America, Australia and New Zealand (NO China).  The Chicken Strips and Tilapia Jerky that we carry, are pure dehydrated meat, with no additives, preservatives, hormones or chemicals (of any kind).  Both treats are made in Boston, by the GOOD folks at Polka Dog Bakery.  

Better safe then sorry, we strongly encourage making your own treats, not only is it fun, but there are plenty of blogs that will provide recipes/information as to how – Check-Out Our Blog Post – DIY | Dehydrated GF Duck Treats.  

If you don’t have the time…we completely understand.  Check out thaMUNCHbox.com!

We are in the process of procuring more Jerky treats that adhere to our high standards.  In All, we hope to give you more options to choose from and more yummy surprises for your dog via mail.  

MUNCH love!

Fresh Fruit Salads for Dogs!

FNot an uncommon topic, I always knew dogs could eat fruit, but I never knew the many different kinds of fruit …

Apples – Bananas – Blueberries – Pears – Strawberries – Cantaloupe – Blackberries – Watermelon -Coconut – Raspberry – Oranges – Grapefruits – Mangos – pineapple …

With the exception of a few (grapes, raisins, apricots, peaches, raisins), the list can probably go on.  I honestly only fed my dog Apples, sometimes, Pears.

Overall, you can definitely get inspired when making fruit treats.  I have seen a bunch on Pinterest, like Raspberry Birthday Cakes…for Dogs. But, we at tha MUNCHbox, like to keep it simple.

Check Out this popular Quinoa Fruit Salad w/Honey Lime Dressing.

Yes! This recipe is for humans, which means, you guessed it… Sharing is Caring.  With Spring in the air and summer around the corner (we hope), the both of you can kick-back and enjoy a healthy, but delicious treat.  A simple Fruit Salad, another plus about this recipe, is that you can mix it up.

For Example:

If you don’t want Quinoa, then don’t add it…

If you or your dog prefers Pineapple to Mango, then use that instead (or both)…

Try Watermelon, Honeydew Melon and Cantaloupe… 

Don’t just garnish with Mint, try Parsley or even Low Fat Whipped Cream…

For the dressing, add a beneficial teaspoon of Ginger to the Honey Lime Dressing…

See, the possibilities are endless.  But, remember to keep your dog in mind; No Grapes.

Now, if this is too much work for you, just throw everything in a blender, with some Unsweetened Peanut Butter or even Greek Non Fat Yogurt and VIOLA!  You got a smoothie, that you and your dog can lick up.

MUNCH love!

Check Out Our Fruit Pops at thaMUNCHbox.com!

Learn About 6 Antioxidants that Fruits are filled with by CLICKING HERE!

Crocodile Bones for Dogs!

An All-Natural, Single Ingredient Dog Treat, Crocodile Bones are Healthy + Great for 5 main reasons:

1.) Chewing/Gnawing action prevents tarter buildup and promote healthy teeth and gums

2.) Natural source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin – lubricate joints and support overall joint health/Mobility

3.) High in Antioxidants – Boosting the Immune System to fight Aging + Cancer CrocBones

4.) A Source of Omega 3 + 6 Fatty Acids – Stimulating a Healthy Skin + Coat

5.) No preservatives, antibiotics or hormones

A bit on the greasy side, Croc Bones are sturdy, yet similar in bone density to duck feet, making them fully and easily digestible.  A fist size, packed with a punch of protein (greater than Chicken), this single ingredient bone is low in fat, making it a great alternative to Pork and/or Beef.

To try an ALL-NATURAL, AUSTRALIAN CROCODILE BONE, Check Out: thaMUNCHbox.com!

A pack can be purchased from Barkworthies.com.

MUNCH Love!

 


Note: As with any bone or unfamiliar protein source, please MONITOR your dog and provide plenty of drinking water. 

 

6 Antioxidants GOOD for Your Dog!

What are Antioxidants? Well, according to one definition, it is a substance that inhibits oxidation {combine or become combined chemically with oxygen}, which in turn, helps the immune system fight cancer and aging, by neutralizing free radicals.


Include, but are not limited to:

1. Beta-Carotene – A precursor of vitamin A {retinol} which is awesome for healthy skin, mucus membranes, the immune system, good eye health + vision.

2. Vitamin C – Also known as Ascorbic Acid, this vitamin is needed to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle, + blood vessels, assisting in the absorption of iron.

3. Vitamin E – Apart from strengthening the cardiovascular system, vitamin E has the ability to strengthen tissue +  act as an anti-inflammatory effect on skin disorders; assisting with redness and itchiness due to allergies.

4. Selenium – Found to have anti-cancerous properties, this antioxidant is also a preventive for inflammatory bowel disease, seizures, heart disease + rheumatoid arthritis {hip/joint issues}.

5. Alpha Lipoic Acid – Big on restoring numerous biological functions that diminish with age {very good for older dogs}. Especially beneficial in preventing cataracts.

6. Polyphenols – Antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties, help to improve heart health + contain anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic properties,

These antioxidants can be found in fresh carrots, sweet potato, blueberries, pumpkin, kelp, ground flaxseed, yucca, cranberries, spinach, broccoli, apples, bananas + asparagus…the list can go on.  So, don’t be afraid to add some fruit + veggies to your dogs diet {FRUIT SALAD}. Eating these types of foods can not only keep your dog from getting sick, but they can help your dog look + feel GOOD!

Check out some pure dehydrated sweet potato for your dog at thaMUNCHbox.com, they taste superb {yes, i have tried them}!