(pic unrelated. But seriously, remember spring? Summer?
To my surprise, I have lately seen a type of jerky treats at Walmart that don't look scary. Full Moon is the brand, and they claim to be both made in the USA and have sourced the meat from the USA. The ingredients aren't scary, and when looking at them on Walmart.com, they say
Full Moon Turkey Sausage Dog Treats:
100% human-grade ingredients
No artificial preservatives
No artificial flavors
No animal meal
However, each variety seems to include green tea extract and rosemary extract, which may or may not have been what gave Elka the runs when we tried the Lickety Stick. Well, I don't think it was the rosemary, as she's had it in many forms, extract and otherwise, with no problems. I'm not sure if these treats are Walmart exclusive? Looking online, it seems other people have asked similar questions on forums, trying to find out about the company. One person seems to have bought them from Petco as well, but a quick search of the Petco site doesn't yield them for me. Somebody in comments on this Truth About Petfood article recommends them. I haven't bought them yet; we're still eking out the Zuke's that Elka got in her Pets Love Toys sample boxes.
At Walgreens, the house brand also seems to have safe jerky style treats. Again, they're labeled made and sourced in the USA and they don't have creepy things in them (off the top of my head, I can't remember the brand; it isn't the Pet Shoppe ones; I'll have to work on my reportage). The "creep factor" is purely a human construct, I know. I mean, Elka licks her butt. I don't know that she cares where her chicken grew up. Neither of these brands are treated with irradiation, according to the packaging, which is something that will make me put a product down if nothing else does.
Have any of you tried either of these jerky treats brands? Do you make your own? Stick with a company named Zuke's?