Cost: $9-12 for 12 oz of treats
My lab, Luna, developed food allergies at a young age (probably from repeated antibiotic regimes to combat recurrent urinary tract infections), sending me on a frustrating hunt for single protein dog treats. Plato makes all its treats in the USA and is one of the few companies that offers single protein treats without a bunch of weird ingredients at a reasonable price – I regularly bought their Original Meats Duck Strips for about two years. Fortunately for me, my pup and my wallet, Luna’s food allergies apparently resolved around her second birthday, so I’ve been able to branch out and try other treats from Plato.
I’m not sure if the EOS treat line is new to Plato but they are new to me! We’ve tried the EOS Turkey with Sweet Potato and are currently into a bag of the Turkey with Cranberry. Like the Duck Strips, these treats come in bricks about 1.5″x0.5″. They’re treats are very high in protein like the Duck Strips but the consistency of the treats is a little less dense and more fibrous, which makes them super easy to divide into small pieces. Both of my dogs love these treats as much as the Duck Strips (which are surely in their Top 5 Treats) but the EOS bags are a bit cheaper! I particularly like the Turkey with Cranberry because, given my pup’s past urinary tract issues, I try to stuff as many urinary tract health products into her life as possible.
While I REALLY like Plato’s EOS and Original Meats treats, I don’t recommend their Thinker Meat Treats line. All of these contain garlic, which is a toxin to dogs and cats. While there isn’t any information about its use on Plato’s website, I’ve seen other pet food companies say they use garlic in such small amounts that it shouldn’t be a problem for most pets (although individual pets and some dog breeds may be more susceptible) and garlic improves the food or treat’s flavor/smell. What happens when you feed a dog food with a little garlic in it, and also treats with a little garlic in it? If your cat food has a little garlic in it, is your cat going to get hemolytic anemia when she steals a piece of pizza that was basted in garlic sauce? My philosophy: there are SO MANY ingredients that you can add to pet treats/food to make it smell and taste better – like MEAT for instance, or rosemary, basil, oregano, lavender, sage, lemon mint, etc. etc. – why use a known, albeit mild, pet toxin?