Holiday Dog Treats for Your Special Pup!
We couldn't let December go by without highlighting a couple Maui and Emma approved Christmas holiday dog treats!
These packages of holiday doggy goodness make excellent stocking stuffers! Well, hopefully, I'm not the only one who has stockings hanging from the mantle for all of their pets. Please tell me I'm not the only one!
Assuming I’m not the only one and that you are in search of some amazingly delicious and healthy treats to put in your dog’s Christmas stocking, I’m not going to over analyze these treats. Just going to put them out there for you to take a look at, fall in love with, and consider for your puppy’s holiday!
Today we have two puptacular treats to tell you about, both in special flavors and shapes to celebrate the Christmas holiday!
Zuke’s Mini Naturals Trees
Zuke’s is a highly reputable dog treat brand and they have a special holiday treat!
What makes these treats so fun you ask? They come in the shape of little evergreens … they are shaped like little Christmas trees! How flipping cute is that?
You can get the regular flavor recipes of the Mini Naturals any time of the year but you can only get the little tree shape treats around the Christmas holiday!
The trees are also a special holiday flavor that differs from all the other Mini Naturals recipes - turkey & cranberry!
Maui and Emma could not wait for me to open up this bag of treats! They were going all crazy elf while we were trying to get the bag open and do the photo shoot!
These are definitely a total win in all categories for me! Great ingredients, low calories, and a small size!
Maui and Emma would like to add - total win in the taste category!
I originally purchased our Zuke's Mini Natural Trees on Chewy.com. I went to look up the price to put it in this post and they are sadly on back-order until the day before Christmas. Keep an eye on their website though, they might become available again and maybe at a good discount since it's right before Christmas!
You can find them on Amazon for $15.29 per bag and on random sites online. You'll likely need to google them to see who still has these in-demand treats still available.
Why Zuke’s are Awesome
The small size of the Mini Naturals makes these tender, soft, chewy treats absolutely perfect for training your dog!
They are also a really great all-round treat for tiny and small dogs or possibly even dogs with few teeth or tender mouths.
The tree-shaped Mini naturals only have 2.2 calories per treat! This is great if you use them for training your dog. It’s doubly great if you have a small dog that really doesn’t need a lot of calories per day. You can give them a few of these treats without worrying about giving them a belly to rival Santa.
Other Zuke’s Mini Naturals Recipe Flavors
In case you’re curious you can get the regular flavors any time of the year. They have several recipes to choose from:
- Peanut butter & oats
- Duck, and
The little delectables have less than 3 calories per treat and are still nice and soft and chewy.
Throwing this in here because some flavors are on super-sale right now on Chewy and they are just flat out great tiny treats - holiday or not.
Merry & Bright Tinsel Treats
The Merry & Bright collection of dog treats is available exclusively at PetSmart. Well, you can find them listed on Amazon but they are about 3 to 4 times more expensive on Amazon than at PetSmart. My guess is that someone just bought a bunch and is selling them on their own.
Merry & Bright calls all their Christmas dog treats Tinsel Treats, which is kind of cute.
They come in several Christmasy and traditional flavors and shapes such as:
- Cranberry & vanilla snowflakes
- Gingerbread & molasses gingerbread cookies
- Honey & cinnamon snickerdoodle treats
- Carob & vanilla hot cocoa cookies
- Pumpkin & peanut butter bars
- Drizzled peanut butter dog cookies
- Peanut butter biscuit bones
They are all really inexpensive right now - ranging from $2.00 - $3.00 per bag/container!
Cranberry & Vanilla Tinsel Treats
Maui and I chose the cranberry & vanilla flavored Tinsel Treats. They are fairly good size and kind of look like a snowflake (or flower).
Each cookie contains 22 calories.
This particular tinsel treat is made from a simple list of common ingredients. Nothing weird or hard to pronounce!
These cranberry and vanilla dog treats actually smell incredibly good! So good in fact that I tasted one!
They aren’t too bad! A little dry for my taste and could use a little more in the way of seasoning but all-in-all they could be a “not terrible” but not “to-die-for” Christmas cookie. That being said, I wouldn’t really eat them as a human food since we don’t know the quality of the ingredients used and if they are acceptable for human consumption (just in case you were thinking about trying them).
Other Tinsel Treats - Ingredients
Several of the other Tinsel Treats (the ones in the bags) have what look to be simple, wholesome ingredients without any artificial anything or weird names in the ingredient lists. A couple others aren’t quite as good.
The peanut butter drizzled cookies and the peanut butter biscuit bones (in plastic containers) both have several artificial colors in them. They also note that the treats may stain. So, be sure to feed drizzled cookies or biscuit bones somewhere without carpet or rugs.
The Final Opinions
The final opinions always come from Maui and now also Emma.
Both Maui and Emma couldn’t get enough of these treats! I would say the Mini Naturals Trees definitely ranked much higher than the Cranberry and Vanilla Tinsel Treats but both dogs enjoyed the Tinsel Treats as well.
The Mini Naturals Trees smell divine to Maui and Emma but had a very distinct “dog food” smell to my human nose. They are also a bit more expensive right now since quantities are very limited. The ingredients are also premium so that bumps up the price a bit.
The Cranberry and Vanilla Tinsel Treats received a lower score for ingredients as some of the other versions of Tinsel Treats included several artificial colors. The price was divine - 2-3 bucks a bag.
Maui, Emma, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!