Tail Waggins Dog Bakery
2102 North Austin Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78626


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Tail Waggin Ingredients

We bake our dog treats the same way that we would bake cookies for our children, and we use many of the same fine ingredients. We take great pride in creating products with no added salt, refined sugar, white flour, corn meal or preservatives. The following table highlights both ingredients that we use, and those that you will not find in Tail Waggins baked goods.
OatmealSoy Products
Peas & CarrotsCelery
HoneyRefined Sugars
Whole Wheat Flour

Whole wheat flour is made from the whole grain. Unlike white flour, whole wheat flour is not lacking the bran and the wheat germ. The bran and the germ buffer the carbohydrates found in the endosperm by providing raw fiber and vital nutrients. The bran itself contains 80% of the minerals found in the whole grain, while the germ is a rich source of trace minerals, unsaturated fats, B Vitamins, and antioxidants. Both the bran and the germ also contain an assortment of phytochemicals, substances produced only by plants which are widely believed to enhance the body's natural immune system. Most health experts agree that eating whole grains can lead to healthier cardiovascular systems, and reduced risks of both cancer and diabetes.
White Flour

Some euphemistically call this "wheat flour" in their list of ingredients. But, without the whole grain's natural fiber, white flour will create a gluey paste in your dog's stomach, this is the cause of many prevalent canine gastric disorders and can lead to general deficiency diseases including rickets. Dogs who eat until their stomach is physically full will receive (proportionately) a much higher dose of simple carbohydrates by eating white flour. These carbohydrates are metabolized quicky into sugar placing great demand on the pancreas, and eventually resulting in obesity and possibly diabetes mellitus.
Rice Flour

Rice is very gentle on the digestive system of both puppies and adults, and is good for increasing your dog's energy and stamina. Rice protein has a very favorable amino acid profile, and unlike other naturally occuring proteins, it is almost completely hypoallergenic. Rice is highly digestible, and has an extremely low ash content (ash is the legal term for the inorganic mineral content).

Corn is used in almost all commercial dog feeds, and many commercial treats, and the reason is simple... it is cheap! Corn is a filler, and an inferior quality protein source. It has very low digestibility, and contains almost no nutritional value. Corn has been proven to be detrimental to your dog's coat and stools, and has an unusually high level of tyrosine. Tyrosine is an amino acid which blocks the production of tryptophan and can lower the serotonin levels in the brain. In other words, corn in your dog's diet is a potential source of behavioral problems.
Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant, which may reduce the risk of cancer as well as preserve the freshness of food. Then, why don't we use Vitamin C in our dog treats? Unfortunately, Vitamin C is one of the least stable vitamins known. It oxidizes rapidly, and its molecular structure breaks down as a result of heat, light, humidity and time. Generally vitamin C retains its potency for only 12 hours after being exposed to air. Commercial bakers add vitamin C to doughs and batters to stabilize them, and when yeast is present, the vitamin assists the rising process. By the time your dog eats the treat, the vitamin's organic activity has been completely lost.
Vitamin E

Some commercial bakers use Vitamin E as a natural preservative, this makes sense as vitamin E is generally regarded as an antioxidant. However most sources agree that processes involving heat (like baking) destroy most of the vitamin. And, once exposed to oxygen, its potency is completely diminished within 30 days. Additionally, some experts such as the producers of Solid Gold believe that heating Vitamin E actually changes the form of the vitamin from one that is essential to one that is harmful, possibly causing tumors to form.
Refined Sugars

Refined sugars contain enormous amounts of energy in the form of simple carbohydrates. In a natural diet, this amount of carbohydrates would be balanced with proportional amounts of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Refined sugars have none of these beneficial food elements. The wild blood sugar swings that can result from eating refined sugars place a great load on the pancreas. And eventually, excessive sugar in your dog's diet will likely lead to obesity and the normal side effects. These include orthopedic and respiratory problems, an increased susceptability to infectious diseases, and possibly the onset of diabetes mellitus.

Before the FDA approved ethoxyquin, it was characterized as a poison. In fact, the makers of ethoxyquin state it is a hazardous chemical and issued warnings and precautionary measures stating: ETHOXYQUIN MAY CAUSE SKIN AND EYE PROBLEMS, AS WELL AS, KIDNEY AND LIVER PROBLEMS.

It's a fact that dogs do not eliminate salt as efficiently as people. Whereas we sweat all over our entire bodies, dogs sweat only through the pads of their feet and their tongues. Too much salt in a dog's diet can lead to kidney problems.
Sunflower, Safflower or Corn Oils

These vegetable oils contain an unbalanced amount of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Some studies suggest that a greater abundance of Omega 6 fatty acids may contribute to tumor formation.
Soy or Cornmeal

A surprising number of dogs are allergic to soy and corn. If your dog is allergic, these products may cause signs and symptoms such as; scratching at the root of the tail, licking the feet and coat, as well as biting at the coat.

Chocolate is poisonous to most dogs, and no amount is really safe. Read more about chocolate and it's bad ingredient, theobromine in the here!