Frequently Asked Questions

What ingredients are in Doggy Bag Treats?

Doggy Bag Treats are made from high quality food leftovers.  In fact, if we didn't turn your leftovers into treats, you would have taken them home in your doggy bag! 

The ingredients for any dog treat are defined and regulated by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). In our Doggy Bag Treats we have 3 ingredients: surplus buffet restaurant food, fresh brewers grain, and whole wheat flour.

Our food comes fresh from the buffet at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. It was prepared but not served.  Common items are: Chicken, Beef, Pork, Broccoli, Green Beans, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Peas, Salad, Pizza, Rice, Pasta, and other meats, vegetables, fruits, and grains.  Check out our Ingredients page to see pictures and learn more!


Is "people food" bad for dogs?

Actually, most food we eat is perfectly okay for dogs. However, according to published research and books such as Small Animal Toxicology there are a few items that should be avoided. We do not collect the dessert buffet, this means: no chocolate, no coffee, no cookies, no cakes, no sweets, and no sugar substitutes (Xylitol).  In addition, before the leftovers are turned into treats we ensure no grapes are with any of the fruits.  We also screen for raisins, macadamia nuts, and avocados; these foods are not normally served at the dinner buffet.  Lastly, all pieces of onions and garlic are removed.  Some food may have been sautéed and prepared with onions and garlic but our rinse and wash process ensures only minuscule amounts remain and it is perfectly safe for dogs.

Please view the ASPCA page for more detailed information about foods to avoid.


What if my dog is allergic to some foods?

Dogs, just like humans, can suffer from food allergies. Common foods that cause an allergic reaction include: beef, dairy products, chicken, wheat, soy, and corn. Symptoms include scratching, rubbing, sneezing, or an upset stomach. Doggy Bag Treats are made with a collection of food, so no single ingredient is present in very high amounts. Thus, in most cases they will not trigger an allergic reaction.

For more information about dog allergies view the following links:
http://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Dog_Food_Allergies
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2082&aid=143
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/allergies


Dogs evolved from wolves; therefore they are carnivores, correct?

There is a misconception that because dogs evolved from wolves they are 100% carnivorous.  But recent research shows dogs are omnivores.  There should still be high amounts of meat-based ingredients in their feed and treats.  However, dogs have adapted and evolved over the 10,000 years since they started following and interacting closely with humans.  This includes expressing genes that allow them to break down starch into sugar, and then transport those sugars from the gut into the bloodstream.   That does not mean dogs should be switched to a grain-based diet.  Meats and vegetables are much more important for dog health.  But grains are not bad for their health as once believed. 

For more information about dog diets view the following links:
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-21142870
http://web-dvm.net/dogs-are-omnivores-and-should-be-fed-as-such/
http://www.nature.com/news/dog-s-dinner-was-key-to-domestication-1.12280
http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/are-dogs-carnivores-heres-what-new-research-says

PDF: Cats and Dogs, Carnivores or Omnivores?   By: Nathaniel Fastinger, Ph.D., Senior Nutritionist and Sally Perea, DVM, MS, DACVN, Senior Nutritionist