Make Fish Tasty for Dogs with Vital Essentials Treats

Posted on Feb 2 2016 - 9:29pm by Susan Bewley

Looking for some awesome, all natural dog treats? See what we think of Vital Essentials line of fish treats here!

Do you dogs love fish? While Ivi is a big fan of fish, Reya is sometimes a hard sell, especially when it comes to salmon. While this may not seem like a huge deal, fish has a variety of wonderful nutrients that are perfect for dogs of all ages and sizes. The problem, however, is finding high quality fish treats that don’t have extra fillers or scary ingredients. Luckily, one of our favorite brands has a variety of wonderful raw fish treats perfect for active dogs like ours – Vital Essentials. With their new Minnow treats out for dogs, we were excited when they asked Reya and Ivi to try their line of fish treats, along with samples of their wildly popular salmon and tuna treats. Once they arrived, our girls couldn’t wait to dig in!

Vital Essentials: Who Are They?

Trying to find awesome treats that are perfect for dogs and cats of all sizes? 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 proteins including 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!

Looking for some awesome, all natural dog treats? See what we think of Vital Essentials line of fish treats here!

Vital Essential Wild Alaskan Salmon Rings

I have to say that these treats have been a hit  in our household since December. Their Wild Alaskan Salmon Rings are the perfect size for training large dogs like ours, unlike most salmon treats on the market. What is more important, however, is that they drive Reya and Ivi wild. For quite a while, Reya has eaten Vital Essentials salmon treats and will stay clear of any other type of salmon. Unlike most other treats, they are also sized to where both dogs have to chew them, making sure they get the full benefits of the fish. If you have smaller dogs, don’t worry, they are easily manageable and owners can unroll and break them apart, allowing you to make the bag go even further.

Looking for some awesome, all natural dog treats? See what we think of Vital Essentials line of fish treats here!

Vital Essentials Wild Alaskan Salmon

If I had to pick one treat that has driven Reya crazy for some time, it would be these salmon treats. As I said before, Reya absolutely despises most salmon, just like her adopted dad. She will actually run and hide rather than give a salmon treats a chance. Not only does Reya love Vital Essentials Wild Alaskan Salmon treats, but I could easily put them in her top five favorite treats of all time. With these literally only being salmon, this was a huge shock for my husband and myself the first time she tried these as a pup, but we made sure to use them in Reya’s puppy training. Now, if only we could get Reya to share one of her favorite treats with the puppy…

Looking for some awesome, all natural dog treats? See what we think of Vital Essentials line of fish treats here!

Vital Essentials Minnows

As someone who has turtles, I know minnows quite well. We buy these fish for our two red-eared sliders and the girls are absolutely FASCINATED by these fish. When I found out that Vital Essentials had these for dogs and cats, I can honestly say I was quite excited to give the girls a chance to try them for themselves. Since the dog version of these treats won’t be out until later this month, we were sent the cat version of these treats (they are the same thing though – pure, whole fish). This is one of those treats I have to admit, it is a bit creepy touching at first, but you very quickly get over it. More importantly though, the girls seem to really like these threats. Ivi especially is a huge fan since she loves trying to play with the treats AND eat them. Oh well, who said dogs can’t play with their food?

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Vital Essentials Ahi Tuna

Ah, Tuna. The one fish that has been loved by both of our dogs for quite some time. Since I didn’t know until recently that the cat treats were also safe for dogs, I never even though of trying their Ahi Tuna for the girls. From the moment I opened the bag, I was swarmed by dogs ready for a yummy treat. I personally love the size of these treats since they are perfect for quick training, especially for rewarding good behavior on walks. While I’m unsure how much they are loved by cats, I know I have two very happy malamutes who love these treats!

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Vital Essentials: Where to Purchase?

Would you like to purchase these awesome fish treats for your own dog or cat ? 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 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 working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

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

  1. michelle combs February 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    my dogs gotten old & we’ve been having trouble getting him to eat so this was useful for me thank you

  2. Hana February 2, 2016 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Our beloved cat, Charlie just passed away this weekend from kidney failure at age 20. We will forever miss her.

    Healthy diets and treatments are so important for animals. Thanks for posting; we had not known about this brand yet. We have another furry family member (kitty) in our family who may enjoy the cat treats! 🙂 Thanks

  3. Regina elliott February 3, 2016 at 1:08 am - Reply

    I wonder how these would be for a older dog a very senior as in 15 yrs old with fragile teeth

  4. sherry butcher February 3, 2016 at 2:02 am - Reply

    My dog is 12 years and hates fish oil and this would be wonderful to help him get the omge’s he needs. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Donna James February 3, 2016 at 6:21 am - Reply

    I didn’t know that dogs liked or ate fish. My Maxine is turning 9 this year and is always scratching her coat. I was thinking that it was the food I was feeding her.

  6. william gossage February 3, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    These treats sound like what my cats would like. My cats are just like family so i feed them the best

  7. Amy Orvin February 3, 2016 at 11:50 am - Reply

    I think my 4 cats would really enjoy these treats. They like anything fishy and stinky. I like that they have several flavors to choose from.

  8. michelle combs February 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    my dog thanks you, i learned a lot about what I can feed him

  9. Vital Essentials February 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful review, I must say the Salmon Ring on top of the nose is an impressive trick. Happy to see others enjoying your blog. If anyone has questions please reach out to us! 800-743-0322
    -VE Team

  10. Edward February 3, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I’m sure these treats would be great for cats. Our puppy loves all kinds of treats, maybe these would be a good change for him and definitely they would be healthy.

  11. Sally Wilsey February 3, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I am always looking for healthy alternatives for my cats, dog and birds. 2 of my cats and my dog are getting older so I am especially aware for them. Thank you for the infomration, I am definately goting look into this for all my babies.

  12. Julie Lundstrom February 3, 2016 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    These looks like treats that my dogs would like. I have not tried these before but would like to try them.

  13. Rana Durham February 4, 2016 at 1:56 am - Reply

    your dog is so cute. this is a good review . i love the packaging and the way the treats are made.

  14. Sharon Gilbert February 4, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I have 2 dogs…Schooner & Skipper breed is Vizsla. All of the Vita Essentials sound so yummy for my dogs. The Vital Essential Wild Alaskan Salmon Rings sound very interesting. I will be checking out where to purchase…I will check to see if carries your products outside of Amazon. Thank You for the great giveaway. I am always looking for new treats for my dogs.

  15. Amber Ludwig February 4, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    What great treats!! I love seeing companies using natural ingredients and treats that LOOK like real food!! Dogs are family too and we need to feed them the best 🙂

  16. Barrie February 4, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

    My dog eats fish and potato dog food so he’d love these treats.

  17. Trish February 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    These look great. My dog would love it.

  18. fawn wright February 5, 2016 at 1:10 am - Reply

    my furbabies would love this, definitely will have to find these

  19. violet taylor February 5, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

    my old dog loved fish, he would take it off the stove.

  20. Toni Sprouse February 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    These would be really good nutritious treats for me doggy girls. They love the smell of fish and often want to share the cat’s food!

  21. Jan Roberts February 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    The very first thing I check when buying dog treats is to make sure they are U.S. made, that is a must for me. These treats look awesome, they would make a great addition to the fish oil caps that I currently give my dogs. They tend to have seasonal skin issues, so these treats would be a tasty addition to their regiman!

  22. Melissa S February 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    My Australian Shepherd is a huge seafood fan, weirdly my cat really doesn’t like it too much. I think my Bear would be in 7th heaven with these treats.

  23. Sara Schwab February 6, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Theses treats look healthy for my dog

  24. Linda Szymoniak February 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I switched my dogs and cats to grain-free food a while back, and am always looking for tasty, healthy, grain-free treats for them. My senior Coonhound girl, Suki,, especially would love these.

  25. Retha Bates February 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I think our dogs would love these!

  26. Jana Burriss February 7, 2016 at 4:19 am - Reply

    I have two cats that I’m trying to start feeding more healthy foods. I think they would enjoy these.

  27. Julie February 7, 2016 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Mom says I’m a cat because I love all things fishy. I can’t wait to try VE’s new freeze dried fish treats!

  28. Jennifer Rogers February 7, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I have 2 cats that getting on up there in age 16 and 17. I feel they need something more to keep them in good health and I think these trests just might do the trick!

  29. desiree February 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    the dog i have love goodies and your dog is so good for picutre

  30. Lesley F February 8, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply

    I have 2 dogs and we always try to feed them healthy natural ingredients. They would love to try these

  31. Terri Irvin February 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I would love for my three dogs to try this food. I am always looking for good and natural dog food as well as cat food for our three cats. Your two doggies are beautiful!

  32. Anna Hutchins February 11, 2016 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I’ve adopted a 4 month old wired haired terrier and want to feed he a natural and nutricious diet. Thank you for a chance to try this food for my fur baby/

  33. Michele P February 13, 2016 at 5:06 am - Reply

    My cat Stubby would love the kitty version of these treats. He loves to be spoiled by me and these natural treats would be good for him.

  34. gina travers February 14, 2016 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I have never used your treats. our dog would love to try them though. i love your website so much information. thank you

  35. Hannah C February 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    These look like great, healthy treats for dogs. I would like to get some for my dog and also for my cat.

  36. Daniel Scott February 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    My rescue dogs love fish and seafood of all varieties. I’m sure these treats would rank as their favorites. I didn’t know these types of treats were available. Thank you.

  37. Richard Hicks February 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I am certain oiur dog would love this

  38. Sharon February 15, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Your dogs are beautiful! I have the same problem with my dogs; one likes fish, one… not so much. That’s why I like that Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Treats come in different flavors and that they are grain free, gluten free treats, made using fresh, single sourced USDA animal proteins.

  39. Emily Endrizzi February 15, 2016 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    These treats sound perfect for our dogs. They both love fish.

  40. Betty C February 15, 2016 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    My cats are getting older and I want to make sure they stay as healthy as possible. This looks like a great was to make sure they are getting the necessary nutrition.

  41. Rachel February 20, 2016 at 5:51 am - Reply

    I would if my dogs would like those minnow treats. They look interesting.

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