March 14, 2023 3 min read

What’s the difference between store bought dog treats and natural dog treats? It’s a common question among pet parents so let us break it down for you.


Finding the right dog treats for your furry friend can be overwhelming with so many different options available. 

Purchasing cheap store-bought dog treats can pose several problems and dangers for your dog. 

While as a pet parent we ‘trust’ in larger store brands, often these are the treats that are more likely to have less quality control due to the manufacturing process and sheer volume. Personally, we could name several public recall announcements…

Here are a few more reasons.

  1. Poor quality ingredients: Many cheap store-bought dog treats contain low-quality ingredients that may not meet the nutritional needs of your dog. Some of these ingredients include fillers, artificial preservatives, colours, and flavours, which can lead to health issues such as digestive problems, allergies, and weight gain.

  2. Safety concerns: Some cheap store-bought dog treats are manufactured overseas, where regulations on pet food production may not be as strict as they are in Australia. As a result, these treats may contain harmful chemicals or toxins that can be dangerous for your dog's health.

  3. Lack of transparency: Cheap store-bought dog treats often do not provide information on the sourcing and quality of their ingredients. This lack of transparency makes it difficult for pet owners to know what they are feeding their dogs.

  4. Health risks: Some cheap store-bought dog treats may be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Salmonella or Listeria, which can cause serious health problems for your dog.

  5. Unbalanced nutrition: Cheap store-bought dog treats may not provide a balanced nutrition that your dog needs. For example, they may be high in calories, fat, or sugar, leading to weight gain and other health issues.


Teachers Pet Treats is a family-owned business that your dog can trust and love. We closely monitor and source only the highest quality meats and ingredients so that you, as a pet owner, can feel confident that your dog is in safe hands.

While it may be tempting to grab that bag of supermarket dog treats on your next shopping trip, we recommend choosing top quality, premium dog treats for your furry friend. Here’s why:

  1. Our premium dog treats have better sources of nutrients, including higher quality protein sources such as meats and poultry products, instead of wheat, gluten, soy, or bone meal. Your pet's body won't have to work as hard to digest a higher quality diet, meaning they will thrive on the excellent nutrition that premium dog treats provide.

  2. When choosing a bag of premium dog treats that aren’t just a single protein, look for at least two animal proteins at the beginning of the list, clearly named whole meats and meals, established proteins and fats, and added taurine. If fillers are just listed RUN!

  3. Not all premium pet treats are created equal, so be sure to choose a company that offers a contact number so you can inquire about the treats' ingredients and ensure the treats have been adequately developed and tested on dogs.

    As a small business you will never have to talk to an operator or customer service assistant - you will always be speaking with one of our educated team members.

By choosing a small family business like Teacher’s Pet Treats, you can ensure that your dog is receiving treats made from high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, and that they are being treated with the same care and respect as a member of the family. So why not give your dog the gift of natural, healthy treats today?

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