Fido doesn't have to settle for a less-than-appetizing ingredient list: These natural pet treats contain quality meats, whole grains, organic fruits and vegetables, and healthful nutritional supplements, and get two paws up from our four-legged taste testers, Begbie and Emma.




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Newman's Own Organics Dog Treats

Pets suffer from allergies too, so these organic treats contain no wheat, corn, or soy.

Either chicken, cheese, vegetable, or peanut butter flavors, all with added flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds

Begbie sucked it up so quickly he may have skipped the chewing part.

Blue Dog Bakery's Doggie Paws Small Dog Treats

If your pug's plump, try these low-fat, quarter-size treats.

Whole-wheat flour, natural peanut butter flavor, oats, egg powder

Begbie begged for another, which doesn't help his weight problem.

Old Mother Hubbard's Wellness Wellbars Dog Treat

A vegetarian option if your Rover doesn't eat meat.

Barley, brown rice, yogurt, apples, and bananas, plus flaxseeds for a healthy coat

Begbie gobbled up the treat and sat in front of the pantry door, hoping for seconds.




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Kitty Kaviar

Contains ample protein, important for carnivores; and taurine, an amino acid needed for tissue repair.

100 percent dried bonito fish fillet

Emma's favorite. She became so excited, she accidentally inhaled some.

Zuke's Hip Action Natural Cat Treats

50 mg of glucosamine and 35 mg of chondroitin sulfate per serving aid arthritic cats.

Chicken, barley and rice flours, fish oil, brewer's yeast

Kept Emma purring and seemed to ease her stiffness.

Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Cat Treats

Organic, wheat- and corn-free, no added sugar; plus a percentage of sales support the Pet and Soul Foundation.

Organic turkey, brown rice, oats, peas, and flaxseeds

These weren't an instant favorite, but Emma ate them nonetheless.

photos: top, bill thomas; bottom, rob guglielmetti