Maui and I went shopping the other day and of course I needed to take her down the dog aisle. It’s so cute to see her actually shop. This particular store has toys in bins along the bottom shelf. Maui stops and sticks her nose in each bin, checking out each type of toy. She goes all the way down the line. Sometimes she’ll take a toy out of a bin, sniff at it for a little bit, and then put it back and she moves on.
If I’m willing to let her get a new bag of treats, I let her do the same thing down the treat side of the aisle. You might not think so but there are some treats she just passes right by, and I don’t think it’s because the bags or boxes are sealed too tightly for her to smell what is inside. I think they just don’t interest her.
This shopping trip she was walking down the aisle checking out different treats and stopped near the Full Moon brand treats. We already have some of their chicken jerky so I steered her clear of those bags but she was nosing around another little bag of their treats. I was interested because it was a new bag that I hadn’t seen before. Looks like they are venturing into the healthy dog training treats arena!
You know me and training treats; I had to let Maui get this bag of treats so we could try them out (well, so she could try them out).
What Are They Made of?
First thing I always check out is what’s on the ingredient list. This ingredient list looks good enough for me to eat (don’t worry, I won’t). These treats are made of:
- Organic chicken
- Organic cane sugar
- Organic flax seed
- Organic ground celery
- Dried cultured skim milk
- Organic paprika
- Natural smoke flavoring
- Organic rosemary extract
Seriously, sounds good right!
How Do They Make Natural Smoke Flavoring?
The only thing on that list I was curious about is how you actually have natural smoke flavoring as an ingredient. Some of you probably know and understand how, but it’s something I have never done or used before so I asked the company. Katherine, in their consumer relations department wrote back and explained the process of creating a natural smoke flavored ingredient.
Katherine explained the natural smoke flavor is made by spraying the smoke from a wood fire with water and condensing it into a liquid. The heavier, undesirable components separate from the water-soluble smoke and are then filtered and removed. The flavorful parts, being water-soluble, are retained in the condensate. The process is natural and yields only the natural, flavor-rich smoke elements in liquid form.
I find that absolutely crazy! How cool is it that you can take smoke, which is generally associated as something you can only smell and turn it into something you can taste!
Human Grade Ingredients
Generally ingredients used in pet foods do not need to be as high quality as foods used for human consumption. These types of ingredients are non-USDA approved and include animal meals such as chicken meat and poultry meal.
Full Moon only uses human grade ingredients, meaning these ingredients are good enough for us to eat (but don’t … these are still dog treats, not human treats). All ingredients in their pet treats are “certified human edible”. All meats used in these healthy dog training treats as well as other Full Moon treats come only from USDA-approved family farms.
Using high quality ingredients like this can mean a slightly higher price (although these are very reasonably priced) but knowing that all of the ingredients are of the highest quality and could be eaten by us makes me feel better about feeding them to Maui.
Full Moon also indicates that their treats are “produced to rigorous standards in kitchens that are suitable for human food production”.
Made in the USA
Full Moon dog treats are made right here in the USA.
All of the meat proteins used in their treats are USDA-approved and raised on family-owned farms in the U.S. They indicate that every single turkey, cow, chicken, and pig is inspected by the USDA and approved to guarantee it’s quality and health.
Chickens and turkeys are raised cage free, beef is free range, and all animals used in the production of Full Moon dog treats are fed an all-natural diet free of steroids and hormones.
Calorie Content and Guaranteed Analysis
These small dog training treats only have 2.5 calories per treat. All organic ingredients and low calories! They are really hitting the mark so far on these little treats.
Analysis of these treats yields:
- Crude Protein 22% minimum
- Crude Fat 25% minimum
- Crude Fiber 2% maximum
- Moisture 30% maximum
The low fiber is nice for dogs on a low-residue diet.
These little morsels are being sold as a training treat so size does matter (but they are great as just a general treat, too). Training treats are generally smaller sense we tend to have to feed more of them throughout the day. These training treats are round and pretty small in size, smaller than a dime (here is a picture so you have a comparison). They kind of look like little pepperoni slices.
What’s nice about these small dog training treats is that they are a soft, chewy texture so you can even break them into half if you want a smaller treat.
About Full Moon Pet
Full Moon Pet is owned and operated by the Purdue family. The same Purdue family that puts chicken on our dinner tables! The Purdue family has been making and delivering food to our kitchens for us to eat for 40 years and is a fourth generation family-owned company.
Full Moon Pet was created in 2011 by Ryan Perdue who was tired of feeding his dogs treats made with cheap, poor quality ingredients and fillers. He created Full Moon Pet so he could bring consumers and their dogs healthy, wholesome, delicious treats made with 100% natural, human grade ingredients.
I think they are hitting the nail right on the head!
Where to Find Them
Full Moon natural dog treats can be found in several online and brick-and-mortar shops! I purchased this recent bag of training treats as well as the chicken jerky at Walmart. You can also them at Target, Chewy.com, and Amazon.
For a quick link to these Full Moon healthy dog training treats on Amazon click here:
Maui and I both love these treats! She loves them because they are delicious! I love them because they are 100% natural, organic, and made in the United States.
Remember you don’t need to only feed these treats if you are training a dog. They make great general treats, especially for smaller dogs and they work wonderfully in dog strategy toys and treat dispensing toys!
Enjoy! Let us know what you think of Full Moon and their treats by leaving a comment below!