Last week I was looking over my auto-ship order on Chewy and just couldn’t help myself but get distracted by looking at different treats and toys for all of my four-legged family members. I was also on the prowl for some new dog treats to write about for you. I was pretty excited to find a 2-fer deal on American Journey Oven-Baked dog treats.
So, who wants to get baked with me and take a closer look at these oven-baked dog treats? I was just dying to work in some sort of line about “getting baked” but now that I see it in writing it’s just not as funny as it was in my head. I’m leaving it in any way and while I sit here feeling only slightly amused we can move on and learn more about American Journey and their oven-baked dog treats.
These super crunchy oven-baked biscuit treats come in four flavors lamb, peanut butter, chicken, and salmon. The meat flavors list the first ingredient as the protein, so in the lamb treats lamb is the first ingredient and so on. The peanut butter treats have peas and chickpeas prior to the peanut butter.
These treats boast that they contain:
- No grain (no corn, wheat, or soy)
- No by-products
- No artificial preservatives
In addition, since they contain no grain they are gluten-free.
These oven-baked treats are about the size of a quarter and very crunchy. Here’s a shot of a few next to a quarter so you can have a size comparison.
The main protein is the first ingredient in the meat flavors of these treats. The remaining ingredients are all wholesome natural foods. For example, the salmon recipe treats I purchased contain:
- sweet potatoes
- cane molasses
- chicken fat preserved with mixed tocopherols
- rosemary extract
The ingredients in the chicken and lamb treats are exactly the same (in a slightly different order) except the first ingredient is chicken or lamb, respectively.
The peanut butter treats are a bit different with chickpeas and peas listed before peanut butter. Additional ingredients in the peanut butter treats include cane sugar, chicken fat, and rosemary extract.
The calories contained in one of these oven-baked dog treats range from 12 to 14 calories/treat, depending on the flavor. This can be pretty significant if you have a small or medium-sized dog. The packages recommend feeding on 1-5 treats per day, but of course, this will vary depending on the size of your dog.
Depending on the flavor recipe:
- crude protein ranges from 15-18% min
- crude fat ranges from 9-11 % min
- crude fiber is 6% max
- moisture is 12% max
What They are Lacking?
It’s of course great at these treats contain no by-products and artificial preservatives, but unfortunately, Chewy.com indicates they cannot guarantee that the proteins used in these treats are free of antibiotics and hormones nor that the veggies are non-GMO.
Historically with a few treats, there have been health and contamination issues with foods sourced from outside of the United States, in particular China. While these treats are made in the United States, some of their ingredients are sourced from outside the U.S. but they don’t specifically say where outside the U.S.
American Journey and Chewy.com
I started out looking for an American Journey website and was coming up empty-handed. Through some research, I learned that American Journey is a proprietary brand of Chewy.com. According to corporationwiki.com, Michael Day, one of the original founders of Chewy.com, is head of American Journey, LLC.
Even though Chewy.com was purchased by PetSmart last year, at this point in time you can still only find American Journey on Chewy.com.
You can’t really find much about American Journey when doing an Internet search except for what other people have written in their reviews or what is written by Chewy in answering product questions on their website.
The two packages of treats I purchased indicate they were “Manufactured for American Journey, LLC” and then list an address located in Dania Beach, FL. But, reading through some comments made by chewy.com on their website they indicate the treats are manufactured in Missouri.
Many people are concerned with the fact that the actual company/manufacturer is not listed for the American Journey foods or treats and have asked for the information. Chewy’s response is:
Not knowing this information turns a lot of people off, while at the same time it is not a big concern for others. This is something you will have to think about and make a decision on your own for yourself and your pet.
Pros and Cons
These treats have a lot of pros such as their high-protein content; natural, wholesome foods; no added by-products, no added artificial preservatives; no grains so they are gluten-free; they are manufactured in the U.S.A.; meats are sourced from USDA inspected facilities and meet USDA, FDA, and AAFO guidelines for use in food: and they are a product exclusive to a reputable company.
Unfortunately, they also have some cons such as their inability to assure the meats are free of antibiotics and hormones and the veggies are non-GMO; some ingredients sourced from unknown locations outside of the U.S., and Chewy’s unwillingness to reveal who makes these treats. In addition, for a treat these are kind of high calories (depending on the size of your dog), so you need to keep a closer eye on how many you feed your dog so they don’t get chunky.
These treats are also very crunchy which means they are a harder treat. We found them incredibly difficult to break into smaller pieces. Someone with a little bit more muscle power might not have as much trouble, but I think it’s definitely something to be aware of. For some of us, we must feed the whole treat with no option of breaking it into smaller pieces.
These treats are certainly not lacking in flavor, as Simba is very willing to devour them!
Since these are just treated and Simba is only getting maybe one or two a day, the cons don’t concern me too much. Although because of those cons I feel there are a lot of higher ranking treats out there, but in saying that – these are still way, way better than a lot of treats you can find.
Happy snacking everyone!