January 13, 2021 2 min read

Our Ingredient Philosophy

We created earthbones because we were shocked by the shear number of ingredients found in the leading brands like Greenies and DentaStix.

In developing earthbones, our goal was to create a dental bone that was as effective at cleaning teeth as it was healthy. We've banned the use of artificial ingredients of any kind, and we avoid recipes that require a laundry lists of stabilizers, preservatives or additives.

We source our ingredients from the best suppliers we can find, and each supplier is audited according to stringent SQF requirements. We try our best to source our ingredients locally, and never use anything originating in China. 

 

Our Ingredients

Chickpea Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Pea Starch, Tapioca Starch [Thailand], Water, Natural Flavor (propriety blend of sunflower oils), Calcium Carbonate, Parsley Flakes [Egypt], Citric Acid, Zinc Propionate, Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Oil [Spain], Vitamin-E (mixed tocopherols)

Vegan, Grain-Free, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Chicken-free and Meat-free. 

 

How Earthbone's Ingredients Compare to the Mass Brands

Greenies Original

Wheat flour, wheat gluten, glycerin, gelatin, oat fiber, water, lecithin, natural poultry flavor, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, magnesium amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, selenium, potassium iodide), dried apple pomace, choline chloride, fruit juice color, vitamins ( dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate [vitamin B5], niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid), turmeric color.

DentaStix

Rice Flour, Wheat Starch, Glycerin, Gelatin, Gum Arabic, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Poultry Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Iodized Salt, Potassium Chloride,  Vitamins (Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source of Vitamin C], d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E]),  Potassium Sorbate (A Preservative), Smoke Flavor, Zinc Sulfate, Green Tea Extract, Turmeric, Iron Oxide, Copper Sulfate.  

 

Ingredient FAQ

1. Is Peppermint Oil safe for Dogs? 

This is a great question. The brief answer is that the peppermint oil in Earthbones is not only safe for dogs, but leaves breath smelling fresh and clean :) You may have read that peppermint essential oil is unsafe for dogs from reputable sources such as the ASPCA. This is true for home oils because there is a risk of using too much. We do not recommend pet parents at home use peppermint oil on their own. However, when used in a professional kitchen setting, it is completely safe and approved by AAFCO and the FDA for use in dogs. 

2. What about Chickpea, Pea Starch and DCM? 

DCM relates to complete and balanced diets - the primary source of calories you feed your dog and not treats such as earthbones. For more information, please read the FDA's most recent announcement: here

3. What are in your natural flavors? 

Our natural flavors are made from a blend of sunflower oil fats. 

4. Do any of your ingredients come from China?

No.