Start the Year with Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Treats

Posted on Dec 31 2015 - 3:20pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received this products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest & my own.

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Do you want the very best for your dogs? If you guys are anything like me, there is no doubt – of course we do! While I might sometimes cave and have junk food, I want Reya and Ivi to have high quality, healthy treats, that drive them absolutely wild! For this reason, we have been big fans of Vital Essentials for quite some time. They carry freeze-dried dog treats that are perfect for dogs of all shapes and sizes. After we reviewed Vita Essentials Freeze Dried treats last year, we looked at raw food in a whole new light. When we heard that they were coming out with new flavors after a voting campaign last year, we were very excited to get our paws on their brand new treats. After some very thorough and excited taste tasting, Reya and Ivi are pretty excited to share their thoughts!

Vital Essentials: Who Are They?

Trying to find awesome treats that are perfect for dogs for all sizes and breeds? If so, we think you will love Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Treats for Dogs. Their grain free, gluten free treats are made using fresh, single sourced USDA animal protein such as beef, chicken, turkey, rabbit, and even Alaskan salmon. These nutritious, all natural treats come in a resealable bag, making them super convenient for busy pet parents. With a variety of wonderful flavors, you can make any dog’s day with Vital Essential treats!

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Vital Essentials Wild Alaskan Salmon Rings

Since we discovered Ivi had a turkey allergy, we have been all about fish treats in our household. When I saw these Wild Alaskan Salmon Rings, I knew they were perfect for our adorable puppy. What shocked me the most was the size of these treats. Most salmon treats we’ve seen are super tiny, which can be quite disappointing to big dogs like ours. These treats, however, are huge! They are one of the first salmon treats I have found to date that our dogs actually have the opportunity to chew and enjoy. Ivi absolutely loved the salmon skin rings, making training the day we tried them even easier!

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Vital Essentials Bully Sticks

If there is one thing I know about my dogs, it is that they LOVE bully sticks. Both of them love to go to their beds, relax, and have a bully stick. The Vital Essentials Bully Sticks are actually on the larger side of bully sticks from what I have seen, allowing my girls to easily manipulate them in their paws (and not eat the entire treat in 5 seconds or less). This is awesome for us since it means they actually have to treat chew the treat and enjoy it. Reya especially loved these treats and had a nice, relaxing session on her bed. With how much the girls enjoyed these treats, I think it was a major win!

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Vital Essentials Duck Nibs

Personally, I love using small treats for training, especially very flavorful ones. We have found that smaller, freeze-dried treats actually do the best for training indoors since it keeps the girls motivated, excited, and willing to train for longer periods of time. We found that this was especially true with the Vital Essential Freeze Dried Duck NIbs. Ivi was super excited to get one of these bite sized treats and actuallly trying to do tricks BEFORE we even said anything. While this may not have been the goal, it was pretty adorable seeing the puppy trying to do everything she knows to make us happy.

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Vital Essentials Chicken Hearts

Okay, before this review, I can honestly say I had never touched a heart. I have seen quite a few organ treats, but this is the first time I had ever fed tiny little hearts to my dogs.  Thankfully, I got over my nervousness pretty fast since they feel just like any other freeze dried meat (and smell a lot like most jerky). Reya, however, was driven absolutely wild by these treats. She wanted to dig her entire nose into the bag and didn’t want to share any of these yummy treats with the puppy. After a round of ‘bitey face’ over the treats, they finally decided that there were enough dried chicken hearts for them both to share and we had two very happy malamutes!

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Vital Essentials: Where to Purchase?

Would you like to purchase these awesome treats for your own dog? You can find them on or at a store near you using their store locator. We are certain that once your dog tries these treats, you will never think of raw the same way again!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer & blogger who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not freelance or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth or on her own novel. Feel free to contact Susan for more information on how she can help your business.

74 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Barrie December 31, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I love that these are gluten free. My dog would love all of these, but the fish would be his favorite!

  2. Jill H December 31, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I think the duck nibs would work best for my dogs, because they are small dogs. I don’t know if each flavor is sized different. You said the salmon & bully sticks were larger?

  3. Donna December 31, 2015 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    My 3 babies would love these treats. My girl Diamond has a few allergies and these would be perfect for her. Thank you for the review. I hate buying blindly for her. We usually end up with worse allergy issues then we startrd with.

  4. Jennifer Howery January 1, 2016 at 5:06 am - Reply

    I’ve actually never heard of these treats before this review/contest. I’m not sure which my dogs would like most. I have a feeling all! Especially my two senior fur babies. Great review.

  5. DAWN SNOW January 1, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I think the Salmon would definitely be my dog’s favorite.

  6. sherry butcher January 1, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

    This sounds great, I do cook the turkey or chicken heart and give him a few bits for 2 or 3 days. He would love these. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Marti Tabora January 1, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I love that these com in resealable bags. I’m thinking my dogs would love to give these a try.

  8. Jan Roberts January 1, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

    My resident Pug and Pug fosters all LOVE Bully Sticks!1 I like them because #! they are safe, will not break of like those nasty rawhide chewies. #2, they are very long-lasting, my guys love to work on them for weeks

  9. Lisa Williams January 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I loved that these treats are made fresh with single sourced animal protein and are gluten free,I worry all the time when I check out the ingredients in name brand treats in the grocery stores,I’m afraid of the chemicals for my fur baby but these treats sound like they would be delicious to her,especially the Alaskan Salmon but I would definitely love to try each flavor and variety to see which ones she fancies the most!

  10. saegan anderson January 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    you have such a cute dog!!! my dogs would enjoy these for sure

  11. Megan S. January 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I love that these are “real” food and not a dog treat with a crazy long list of ingredients

  12. denise smith January 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    my dogs will love these they love any treats

  13. belinda bell January 1, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    my little fur baby would love these. I know she would love the Bully sticks

  14. Dorothy Boucher January 1, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I love the fact that they are healthy treats that you don’t
    have to worry about giving your furry family. I love the goodness that goes into these

  15. Dorothy Boucher January 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I love the fact that they are healthy treats that you don’t
    have to worry about giving your furry family. I love the goodness that goes into these

  16. Sarah L January 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    When I had a cat she liked freeze dried chicken livers.

  17. Hana January 1, 2016 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Oh so cute! Great pics of your beautiful furry family members.
    Great how there is an assortment of healthy sounding treats – different shapes and sizes too. Do you know if they have cat versions too? Animal Lover, H

  18. Emily Endrizzi January 1, 2016 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    One of our dogs has an allergy to some foods as well. His vet recommended salmon and sweet potatoes so since then I am always on the lookout for treats with either (or both) of those ingredients. These look like something they would both enjoy.

  19. Sonya Cocherell January 2, 2016 at 3:57 am - Reply

    My little Walter would think these are so yummy! Thanks for sharing this.

  20. J January 2, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Hopefully my Jack Terrier – Jackie – will love these. We’ll try it out. Great review. Thanks.

  21. Diana Corlett January 2, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply

    The allergy comment strikes home for me as my 13 year old girl, Sage, has recently developed an allergy to…fish. So for me, it is great that Vital-essentials treats has so many tasty options!

  22. Debbie Lewis January 2, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I have never tried anything like these but I think it would be the perfect fit. My dog is very choosy about his treats so have the different flavors and types would be perfect and he would never get bored!!

  23. Vicki Wurgler January 2, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    we have a wonderful dog named Jackson-he’d love these. I like that they are animal protein and grain free

  24. Megan S. January 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I love that these are all natural and real food. I just ordered the freeze-dried Salmon treats on Amazon!

  25. Lesley F January 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I like that they are grain free

  26. Debra Holloway January 2, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    First let me say these puppies are gorgeous and so precious. Also, I would like to try these treats for my puppy because they are so healthy. To many treat for dogs have unnecessary things in them, that often do harm to the dog.

  27. Jodi Hunter January 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I hope my dog likes these, I plan on buying some.

  28. David Fultner January 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    They look funny. As long as dogs love it.

  29. natalie nichols January 3, 2016 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Your dogs are beautiful. My pups would go crazy for these treats.

  30. Susan P. January 3, 2016 at 1:30 am - Reply

    My guys have tried other freeze dried treats and love them. They would like the duck and chicken treats the best.

  31. Jenny Esplana January 3, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Thanks to this. My dog would really love this <3

  32. desiree January 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    those are great looking dog wow my kid are amall and they love to try new things

  33. michelle combs January 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    these sound great, my dog would <3 them

  34. Amber Ludwig January 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Yum!! The flavors and ingredients sound fabulous!! What a delicious and fantastic treat for any doggy friend!! I love seeing treats with no fillers!!

  35. Karen Jaras January 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    My dogs love the salmon and I love that they are grain-free.

  36. mickeyfan January 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Sophie is not picky at all, so she’d love them all. I appreciate that they are natural and grain free.

  37. MOHAMMAD ANJUM January 3, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I love the fact that they are healthy

  38. Rachel January 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    These look much healthier than the raw hides that I’ve been giving my three little ones. I’d love for them to try them.

  39. Bridget Calfee January 3, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I never heard of your treats. I have a dog Brittany that I think will love them. I hope to win so that I can try these with her.

  40. Rachael Bleymaier January 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Your dogs are GORGEOUS! And I love their names! I love huskies, I miss having them. I think these treats would be awesome for our poodle puppy Etoile, we are trying to feed her grain-free healthy stuff. We go through a lot of treats in training!

  41. Brittany Gilley January 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    wow, gluten free treats? I’m sold!

  42. lisa January 5, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I have no animals so I’ll take your word for it. Dogs eat pretty much anything so you have to be careful about what you feed them.

  43. Brigid OHara Koshko January 6, 2016 at 6:08 am - Reply

    I have a 15-year-old senior, who is in very good health. We have eliminated all corn, wheat, soy and pork from her diet and she dislikes chicken, which can make finding treats difficult. This sounds like a great option for us.

  44. Jayne January 6, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I never thought about the turkey allergy but it makes sense if you think about how people shouldn’t give their dogs turkey skin. You see all kinds of warnings around Thanksgiving.

    Chicken hearts are cool. I’ll admit, I’m a giblet fan and have been known to eat the variety designed for humans.

  45. Rebecca January 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    We love freeze-dried treats in our household. We have a two one-year-olds, a corgi and papillon. Our papillon has food sensitivities and stomach problems, so it’s important that none of her treats contain things that could upset her. These sound great. I looked at their store locator and discovered one of my favorite pet supply stores, Hollywood Feed, carries them! We will be trying these soon!

  46. My Country January 7, 2016 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

  47. Deb Binder January 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    My 4 dogs will love these. I love that they are grain free and also that they contain a single source protein. LOVE that made in USA

  48. MichelleCat January 8, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    (1) I have always loved huskies 😘 (2) These sound and seem like very delicious varieties! My Eva will love these too!

  49. Tramond Roper January 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I hope my dog like these. he’s picky

  50. Maureen January 10, 2016 at 4:14 am - Reply

    I’d love to be able to give my dogs Vital Essentials! They need to start eating healthy snacks for once! I know they’ll love all of them!

  51. Heather Bridson January 10, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I love the thought of giving my dogs a more natural treat. My Rosie has a grain allergy, so these would be perfect for her!

  52. Charlene January 10, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Our dog would love these. She’s not particular in what she eats so we need to be sure there healthy. I think I would like to try the bully sticks because you said it takes them some time to eat them, that would be a nice change. She usually eats what I give her in seconds.

  53. Donna B January 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    My fur babies would love all of these, they are such treat hounds! I think Salmon would be their favorite, when I cook salmon they love it!

  54. Sandra Watts January 10, 2016 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    My dog is epileptic and has seizures regularly so I try to be careful with what I fed him.

  55. Dana Morin January 10, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I definitely want to get these for my dogs, I have a Shepherd mix who doesn’t tolerate grain so I would love to get these for her! Thanks so much for the information.

  56. Rita Spratlen January 10, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I would love to try these for my dog. They look great and very good for him too. Great nutrition is important.

  57. ellen schull January 10, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    I like that they are the most natural treats I have seen. They are gluten free which is a bonus, and I would love to try them.

  58. Sally Wilsey January 11, 2016 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    My Buddie would love these. I try to keep his food and treats healthy. Even though he is 10 I am sure he would love these.

  59. Shafali Grewal January 12, 2016 at 1:49 am - Reply

    I think my doggie would love these treats! Not sure what her favorite would be, but i like that there are options to rotate so she won’t get bored of one over and over.

  60. Lisa January 13, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    My Bogey would love all the treats!!! I love the bully sticks because they last a while. I think he would swallow the others whole without even chewing them.

  61. Leanne Godfrey January 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Grain-free and Gluten free! Sounds good to me (and my 4 Great Pyrenees!) Happy New Year to you!

  62. heather January 14, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Good Lord your dogs are adorable. Our dogs would love to try these and I like that they sound so healthy.

  63. Laurie Emerson January 14, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    I love how these are such a healthy alternative to what we give them now. I know that all three would absolutely love these.

  64. Cheryl Reinhardt January 15, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I think these vital essential dog treats look really good just from looking at them.
    Love the packaging also.
    We have 3 Dogs that love treats-they live for them…LOL
    So we like to buy the best ingredients for our dogs, sometimes that is not easy to do… it is nice to see that they are a healthy snack that I can feel good about giving my dogs.
    Thank you for the review, it was very helful.

  65. aubrey January 15, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    we have a dog, we are looking for good treats for her. she has a sensitive stomach, so these look good.

  66. Richard Hicks January 15, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I think our dog would love these. So much healthier than most treats I have seen

  67. Daniel Scott January 15, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Alaskan Malamutes and bully sticks are a great combination. I have two Malamute mixes and they both love bully sticks. I’m sure the would love the other treats too.

    • Susan Bewley January 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      I agree! Our girls love the bully sticks!

  68. Gabrielle January 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Finding healthy treats for my pup is a priority. I like the ingredients in these.

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