Max & Ruffy’s Organic Dog Treats Review
Max & Ruffy's Natural Organic Treats
- Exceptionally Healthy
- Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free Options
- All treats are Organic and Vegan
- Very Reasonably Priced
- Limited Supply, Many Options Not Always Available
- No Puppy Specific Options
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about these treats
Does your dog have allergies, stomach or kidney issues, blood sugar problems? Are you constantly trying to find healthier options when it comes to what you're feeding your beloved pup? Do you search high and low for a laundry list of healthy adjectives attached to your pups food? Organic, vegan, perhaps even gluten free, human-grade treats? What’s not to love! This USDA certified organic treat selection is courtesy of Max & Ruffy’s, a company that makes healthy treats you're looking for? All of their products are made in the USA out of Rockville, Maryland, not far from Kai’s hometown of Frederick, Maryland. For the health conscious dog owner looking for the best dog treats you can find, look no further, these treats are perfect for you and your pooch!
Who are Max & Ruffy's?
Priding themselves on providing healthy and nutritious dog treats from a cruelty free, ethical dog treat company, Max and Ruffy's LLC is a health conscious company aiming to make the dog and human world a better place. Now that is something Kai can certainly get behind! Offering eight different varieties of treats, Max & Ruffy's products all have the same set of unique traits:
- Vegan Dog Treats - Max & Ruffy's make all of their treats animal product free, which also makes them vegetarian dog treats as well!
- Certified 100% organic dog treats- Max & Ruffy's are USDA organic certified through the Maryland Department of Agriculture (where they are based out of).
- Dog treats that are Made in the USA using only non-outsourced ingredients.
- These all natural dog treats use ingredients sourced from socially responsible companies that utilize environmentally friendly manufacturing and farming practices.
- Whole food ingredients - no artificial coloring, flavor enhancers, additives, nor harmful preservatives.
- Wheat free dog treat options and grain free dog treat options for those canines with certain allergies.
- Approved by Animal Wellness Magazine.
- Dog treats made with human-grade ingredients.
- Non-GMO dog treats - Max & Ruffy's does not use controversial genetically modified organisms (GMO) as ingredients for their dog treats
- Eco-friendly dog treats - The treats themselves are 100% bio-degradable, and come in recyclable packaging.
- Nutritious dog treats - Far from a "just because" quality treat, these are intentionally unique creations, utilizing ingredients intended to benefit your pup's health and well-being.
- Won't leave oil residue in your pocket should you pocket a handful for a walk.
what makes them so special?
That's a rare list of traits, certainly not something often seen. It would appear these are as close as one can get to homemade dog treats! And if the product itself isn't enough encouragement for you, perhaps the fact that the packaging is also recyclable will win you over. When you team up with Max & Ruffy's, you're making a choice to support making the world a better place, how great is that? Between healthy choices for our dogs and our environment, it seems Max & Ruffy’s has all the bases covered to show how a responsible approach can be a success in today’s world. Want more perspective on Max & Ruffy's? What about this motto we found on their website: “Rest assured, if we wouldn’t eat it, we wouldn’t make it for your dog!” Good on you Max & Ruffy, those are very encouraging words, keep fighting the good fight!
Who are these treats for?
With options that are low fat, gluten free, wheat free or even grain free, these dog treats are absolutely for the health conscious crowd. In addition, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, one of these varieties may be just what you’re looking for to cater to your loved one's needs. Top that off with appealing to those of us that are vegans ourselves, backing a vegan dog treat company that is also environmentally conscious and socially responsible is a win/win. It would seem there's something that appeals to almost everyone when it comes to Max & Ruffy's various dog treats, and it shows in our review rating where they received a 10 out of 10!
What sizes are there?
All flavor varieties of Max & Ruffy's dog treats come in both “original” size, and “mini bites”. Original size are the more traditional sized treat pictured far right that would be appropriate for most dogs. In an 8oz bag, there are a bit over 50 treats, at around 12-14 calories per treat depending on which flavor you choose. Meanwhile the mini bites pictured immediate right are for small dogs, or ideal for use as training treats for most other dogs or even to fill a treat ball. Coming in a 5oz bag, the mini size are about 250 to a bag, at around 2 calories per treat for most flavor options. Not a bad deal!
What about the flavors?
Max & Ruffy's currently offers 8 different flavors or variations of their vegan dog treats. With 8 different options, it can be a little overwhelming to decide which to spend your money on, hoping that your dog will like them. As a result, we've done a little homework for you. From everything we have found online, it would appear the following options are their best sellers - 327 B.C.: Banana & Coconut Flavor, W.P. Pizza, and finally Mother Quinoa's Pumpkin Patch. We have also have come across great reviews of the 24 Carob Gold Strawberry and Carob flavor treats. This week we reached out to Max & Ruffy to get their input on which of the flavors they recommend for first time buyers of their products, and will update this article with that info as soon as we get it. Below you will find brief breakdowns of all 8 varieties of Max & Ruffy's Dog Treats, including which options are Grain or Wheat Free and an ingredients list of each option.
24 Carob Gold: Strawberry & Carob Flavor
Low fat and wheat free dog treats, these healthy options combine the antioxidant features of strawberries with vitamin rich carob, the peruvian vegetable maca, and extra-virgin coconut oil for a healthy skin and shiny coat.
Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Strawberry, Organic Carob Bean, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Maca.
Grain free dog treats made of blueberries, extra-virgin coconut oil, and ginger, this "five star" treat are wonderfully healthy. Blueberries are well know to be antioxidant rich, while ginger is a digestive aid and anti-inflalmmatory, often associated with helping those with sensitive stomachs.
Ingredients: Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Blueberries, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Ginger
Powerhouse: Sweet Potato & Alfalfa
Grain free dog treats made of sun-cured alfalfa and creamy sweet potatoes, these are fiber and nutrient rich. And for those dogs with blood sugar concerns, sweet potatoes with their low glycemic index helps your dog maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
Ingredients: Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Sweet Potato, Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Sun-Cured Ground Alfalfa
The Kelp Highway: Butternut Squash & Kelp
Grain free dog treats that contain kelp, an ingredient with over 60 essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. An outside the box ingredient for dog treats that could improve your dog's health.
Ingredients: Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Dried Kelp, Organic Parsley
Mother Quinoa's Pumpkin Patch
Wheat free dog treats that are also gluten free dog treats, two unique traits sure to appeal to the health conscious or sensitive stomachs. Made with pumpkin and complemented with spices, these treats are rich in fiber, potassium and vitamin c. These unique treats are one of Max & Ruffy's top sellers!
Ingredients: Organic Pumpkin, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Quinoa Flour, Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Clover.
An exciting combination of tomato paste, oregano, garlic and parsley, these pizza flavored treats are a sure hit for your dog. The flea repelling traits of garlic combined with the fresh breath effect of parsley are already a winning combination, then add in the fact that these healthy dog treats are grain free and you can't go wrong!
Ingredients: Organic Chickpea Flour, Organic Tomato Paste, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Garlic, Organic Oregano, Organic Parsley
Tree of Life: Coconut, Molasses, & Flax Flavor
These grain free dog treats contain a fun combination in coconut and molasses, on top of organic flax seed powder, making them a very healthy treat. And in spite of those seemingly greasy ingredients, as with all Max & Ruffy's treats, they don't leave behind an oily residue on your clothes should you wish to pocket a few treats for a walk or quick run even!
Ingredients: Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Coconut, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Blackstrap Molasses, Organic Flax Seed powder
327 B.C.: Banana & Coconut Flavor
A grain free combination of banana and coconut, these are a surefire hit for those pups that love tropical flavors! These unique treats top off the Max & Ruffy's dog treats selection with a fun flavor combination sure to excite any dog owner.
Ingredients: Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Banana, Organic Coconut, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cinnamon
How is the shelf life?
Shelf life is certainly important, no one wants to purchase a bag of treats that expire a month later. Adding to that, perhaps you noticed Max & Ruffy's prides themselves on not putting preservatives in their product. While the lack of preservatives does have the potential to impact freshness, the company advertises at least a 1 year shelf life without refrigeration on all of their bags of treats. The treats do come in a resealable bag as well, just like most others on the market these days. Resealable packaging is perfect for keeping you pup's snacks fresh. For added longevity for your purchase, you can keep the bag in your refrigerator, but it's certainly not a necessity. And if you're in doubt about if the treats have gone stale, remember that these are human-grade, all organic, vegan ingredients; you could actually consider trying one as a freshness test if you dare!
What about my puppy?
These treats could be used as an occasional snack for puppies without any abnormal health concern. Because puppies are ever-growing, they require nutrition that is high in protein among other things. As a result, dog treats not specifically or intentionally geared towards puppies should not be used as a true meal supplement. The mini bites sized dog treats from Max & Ruffy's would be the best way to go, ideally utilized as a training treat as you teach your pup good behaviors and fun tricks. Everything in moderation though, don't overdo it and end up making your pup not need their regular meal of puppy kibble designed specifically for their nutritional requirements.
Ok, so they're great treats, but what about the price?
Ok, ok, so we've established that they're healthy dog treats. We've established that they're a health conscious company both for the sake of our dogs and our environment. We've checked every box we can find that says they have every healthy choice and option covered with their ingredients. These are premium quality dog treats, that surely means a premium quality price, doesn't it? Nope! These treats come in on the lower, more reasonable end of pricing! You can check any of their Amazon listings below to see for yourself. I bet you'll be surprised at just how reasonable they are!