Got a Chubby Pet?

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Sure, we all love to pamper our pets. When it comes to treating our furry friends like family, everyone wants their loved ones to be both happy and healthy. What most doting pet lovers may not understand is that what they don’t know may hurt their pet when it comes to some of the most popular treat brands and their ingredients. According to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, both dog and cat obesity is on the rise. Believe it or not, more than half of America’s furry friends are overweight- 53% of dogs, and 55% of cats. Pet obesity can cause serious health problems down the road, which include but are not limited to:

Osteoarthritis

Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes

High Blood Pressure

Heart and Respiratory Disease

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury

Kidney Disease

Many Forms of Cancer

Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Hearing these statistics can be frightening for a pet owner- and who could blame them? Even the most reserved of pet owners wants the best for their loved ones. Guess what? It is absolutely possible for your pet to be both happy and healthy! How? A balanced diet and regular exercise is key to any weight loss program- but who can resist treating their adorable companions? Many popular brands of dog and cat treats consist of mainly starches and grains, much like cookies for people (and we all know how much those can derail a good diet plan!)  What if there was a way to both treat your pet and help them stay slim? There is! Green Mountain Treats are not only healthy, but pets ADORE them! These yummy treats, made of completely natural dehydrated chicken liver, are locally sourced and 100% made in the USA. Green Mountain Treats are low in calories, high in protein and have NO GRAINS! Both of Green Mountain Treats’ wonderful products only have one ingredient- dehydrated chicken liver. Yes, that’s it! Both the Dog treats and magic sprinkles can facilitate a healthy weight loss program for pets. Pets usually aren’t too fond of vegetables- unless Green Mountain Treats’ Magic Sprinkles are sprinkled on top! These yummy little morsels of chicken turn even the pickiest of pets into vegetable lovers. Another wonderful quality about Green Mountain Treats is the portion adjustability. The treats can be broken to fit any type of dog’s diet needs, from Chihuahua to Bernese Mountain Dog, and of course everything in between. Green Mountain Treats make treating and feeding time healthy, fun and hassle free. Make Green Mountain Treats a part of your furry friend’s routine- your pet will thank you!

Why does my pet NEED Chicken Liver??

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My very close friend recently became an owner of a beautiful husky mix. She’s not a very experienced dog owner, and since I grew up with multiple dogs, she sought my help when welcoming Layla, her sweet new husky mix. We talked for hours about how to create a perfect home for Layla including what the most healthy food options might be. When I mentioned chicken liver as healthy treat for dogs, my friend asked me, “but doesn’t liver filter toxins? So wouldn’t it still have toxins in them?” For animal lovers like me, the health of our pets is very important and we always try to look for the best and most healthy way to feed our furry friends. My friend’s question was a good one and I decided to do a little research about chicken liver.

The fact is, liver processes toxins and eliminates them from the body. Toxins do not linger in liver, but rather are released out of the body, often times as urine. Chicken liver is chock full of really good nutrients not only for dogs but for humans as well. Chicken liver is high in protein and rich with folate. Protein is essential for building things like organs, bones, teeth and muscles. Folate plays a key role in fertility and helping to prevent certain birth defects (think healthy puppies!). Liver is also loaded with iron which gives energy, and vitamin B12, a key nutrient for healthy brain and nervous system, as well as vitamin A, an essential nutrient for healthy eyes. So not only is it irresistibly tasty for our pets, Green Mountain Treats also takes care of your pets from inside and out!

Behind The Scenes at Green Mountain Treats

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My dog, Ashley, and I, share a common interest- Green Mountain Treats! Although I’m sure Ashley enjoys these scrumptious all-natural chicken liver treats for other reasons than I do, we both agree that Green Mountain Treats are some of the best pet products available on the market today. I was intrigued with Green Mountain Treats, and was curious to know the workings behind this wonderful company. To begin to understand how the gears turned for Green Mountain Treats, I spoke with Kenny Hamblin. A Vermont native and craftsman, Kenny co-owns Green Mountain Treats with his very talented mother, Robin. Kenny is a very personable and humorous guy, and I am very lucky that I got to share this conversation with him about his experience at Green Mountain Treats. Keep on the lookout for following interviews with both Kenny and Robin in the near future!

Lauren – What sparked your interest/inspired you to begin GMTs? 

Kenny – Well, we were concerned that “all natural” was not always healthy.  My mother has three dogs that loved the product testing phase of our company’s evolution. We found learned very early that all natural chicken livers with no additives whatsoever, won on both the health and taste meter. From that early analysis and testing everything has snowballed into Green Mountain Treats.

I know that you have pets yourself, do you want to share a little bit about them?

They are really active, and really treat-oriented with these treats. Interestingly, one of our dogs was never “treat oriented” before we came up with Green Mountain Treats. We tried lots of different treats because it’s much easier to train a dog if they are interested in the reward. These are the only treats that have ever been good enough to illicit positive behavior changes in her. In fact, when we are in production with the treats, bagging and cooking, they are insanely interested almost to the point that they can be annoying so they have to go in a kennel of production days.

What is your favorite aspect of GMTs? (There are so many wonderful things about them, it may be impossible to pick just one!)

The fact that we’re making a product that people trust and know is safe, with no additives at all. Many treats on the market have dyes and fillers, nasty stuff. As a company we have a great mindset: know exactly what the product and know exactly where it comes from. It keeps things pretty amazingly simple.

Your dry food enhancer is truly an innovative product, that I know personally has made a big difference in my own dogs diet! How did this product come about/where did the idea come from?

Actually when we make the treats, there are residual little pieces that we didn’t initially sell. Completely by accident, we discovered the tiny pieces are an incredibly effective tool for picky eaters. Whether the “pickiness” is their nature or is caused by the need to feed them a special food for their age, weight, or digestion, the Green Mountain Magic Sprinkles can help by making anything taste better! It’s pretty amazing to watch dogs eat and enjoy lettuce, broccoli and carrots.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this interview with Kenny Hamblin! Check in for more Green Mountain Treat news on our blog, as well as our website, www.greenmountaintreats.com!