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Coco’s Picks: Healthy Store Bought Dog Treats


We love making homemade treats for Coco Bean, and 90% of the time we do. However, there are times when we grab some healthy dog treats at the store or order online when we know we will be pressed for time to make them at home.

We are frequently asked which store bought treats Coco likes, as well as what we like to stay away from. I’d like to say it is just Coco who is the picky eater, but no, I am just as picky about what treats she eats and more importantly what the ingredients are. We’ve noticed a huge increase of disease and illness in pets over the past decade and it should be no surprise that a lot of it comes down to what they are ingesting. That is why I try my best to make sure we feed Coco healthy dog treats, in effort to prevent illness.

I hope these tips are helpful to others!

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin

What we avoid:

There are two things Coco can’t have, simply due to allergies:

  • Grains
  • Poultry

Here are some the ingredients I make sure are NOT listed:

  • Corn (or Corn Starch)
  • Soy
  • Canola Oil
  • Sugar or Similar
  • Chemicals/Preservatives
  • Artificial Flavors or colors
  • By Products/Fillers
  • Any oil (other than the good ones Coconut/Olive/Flax)
  • Made in China


What we look for:

We are all for treats with any of the following:

  • Organic or Non GMO ingredients
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Fish
  • Coconut
  • Flax
  • Almond/Peanut
  • Quinoa (often mistaken for a grain, but is actually a seed)
  • Buckwheat (another one often mistaken for a grain, but is actually a seed)
  • Local Made, when available
  • Made in the USA

So now on to the good stuff – Coco’s picks!wishes


 Coco’s Picks:


AUTHOR: Sarah is a designer, photographer, health & animal advocate, wife, and devoted mom (humble servant) to her loving Shih Tzu, Coco Bean. To see more of her work, visit her website and blog, Chic Sprinkles.

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10 responses to “Coco’s Picks: Healthy Store Bought Dog Treats”

  1. Danielle says:

    Thanks for sharing! In the last year or so I have developed a passion for finding healthier and natural food and products for myself and my pets.

  2. Thanks for sharing these dog approved pet treats! I have found that there are very few treats that are actually all natural and healthy for my dogs. The ones that you have listed I will have to keep my eye out for so my dogs can try them!

  3. Sonya says:

    thank you for posting these great treats!!! We have a shihtzu and since we got her, we always gave her grain free, corn free, soy free , chicken free and preservative free ingridents; we live an organic and healthy lifestyle, why shouldn’t our furry child?! We always add coconut oil to her meal and her coat is still fluffy and gorgeous… No more smelly beard either Love your blog!!!

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