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GMOs – A Crash Course


100% USDA Certified Organic. If you’re familiar with Wet Noses, you know that every treat we make is 100% USDA Certified Organic. To earn 100% certification from the USDA, our treats must contain 100% organically-produced ingredients – no chemicals, nothing artificial, and perhaps most importantly, no genetically modified ingredients.


GMOs are have been a hot-button issue over the past few years and the entire month of October is dedicated as Non-GMO Month by the Non-GMO Project! But what exactly is a GMO and why are they detrimental?


Let’s start off with a quick definition:

GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, are organisms that have had their genetic material artificially manipulated or engineered through scientific means. The engineering of crops leads to the creation of unstable combinations of plant, animal and microbial genes that don’t occur naturally.

Why are GMOs bad?

The use of GMOs has a number of direct & indirect results that are harmful to the environment, animals and people. Generically engineering is an extension of chemical agriculture and can lead to a number of unpredictable side effects, including new allergens, toxins and nutritional deficiencies.

The vast majority of GMOs are engineered to withstand herbicides, which has lead to a major increase in the use of toxic chemical herbicides like Roundup, since there’s no negative effect, and no negative reason to no over-use them. This has in-turn lead higher toxicity levels in soil and water, as well as the emergence of so-called “super bugs” and “super weeds” creating the need for even more toxic chemical herbicides and pesticides.

What can you do to avoid GMOs in your dog’s diet?

While labeling of genetically modified ingredients is not required by law in most countries, companies like Wet Noses are increasingly choosing to avoid genetically modified ingredients in pet food and treats. Organizations like The Non-GMO project provides independent third-party verification of the non-inclusion of GMOs, through rigorous investigation into the products and the companies that produce them. Learn more about The Non-GMO Project online at


Thinking about choosing a GMO-free diet for your dog? Wet Noses currently produces over twenty Non-GMO Verified treat options. Our Non-GMO Project Verified flavors include:

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Wet Noses Pumpkin

Wet Noses Sweet Potato

Wet Noses Grain-Free Peas & Carrots

Wet Noses Grain-Free Crunchy Kale

Wet Noses Apple & Carrots

Wet Noses Carob & Mint


Click here to learn more Wet Noses’ verified flavors and shop online!


Lolo’s Corner >> Minty Fresh!

IMG_0883-(1)Hi Everyone, Lolo here again. Here at Wet Noses, we make a number of unique flavors for our treats. Hemp Seed & Banana, Cranberry & Flax Seed, and Crunchy Kale are a few that come to mind right away. Among these, there’s one ingredient that often returns quizzical looks from pet parents – Mint. Why mint? Well being an herb, pet parents don’t often think of mint as a viable treat option, and a fair number actually think that mint is bad for us! Rest assured, it’s not and Mint actually holds a number of positive health benefits and other reasons it has a starring role in our Carob & Mint treats.



Bad Breath

As any pet parent knows, mint is the go-to option for humans when it comes to gum, mouthwashes, and other breath fresheners – heck the word “mint” is synonymous with breath fresheners! The same can hold true for dogs – mint can have a freshening effect on your dog’s breath as well. While you wouldn’t want to give your dog a Tic-Tac, fresh, organic mint can be a great additive to treats and homemade foods.

Upset stomachCarob & Mint Trial Size 1.5oz

Mint’s uses to soothe an upset stomach traces to the menthol content of mint oil. Menthol’s benefits for an upset stomach are two-fold. First, menthols has antispasmodic properties that aid in the calming and relaxing of stomach muscles, and second, menthol helps increase stomach bile, which promotes ease of digestion.


Menthol’s benefits extend beyond just treating an upset stomach. This essential oil has strong antimicrobial properties that can help reduce bacteria and other microorganisms in you dog’s stomach.

Nutrient Rich

Mint contains a high number of essential nutrients to support your dog’s healthy lifestyle. Mint is low in calories and high in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B, E & K. Mint has a low glycemic index and is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, phosphorus and zinc.


Want to get some nutrient-rich mint in your dog’s diet? Try Wet Noses Carob & Mint dog treats today!



Happy National Dog Day!


Today is National Dog Day! We love seeing your four-legged family members enjoying our treats, and we love making our healthy, 100% USDA-Certified Organic treats for them as much as they love eating them! To celebrate, we’re offering 15% off the first 100 orders using the coupon code NATIONALDAY!



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Sustainable Packaging – More Than Just Recycling

If you were to hop in your car right now and head down to the nearest supermarket, walk down a random aisle and pick up any product, there’s a pretty solid chance that somewhere on there you’ll find a note about the packaging using post-consumer recycled materials. In fact, the use of recycled materials in packaging is so ubiquitous that NOT finding a label or other note regarding recycled materials is much more out of the ordinary. While using recycled materials an obvious positive for any consumer, when Wet Noses proudly states that we, and all our products, support sustainable packaging practices, we’re taking it a step further.



Sustainable practices, for any production process, can be broken down to three basic goals:

  • Recycling Materials
  • Reducing Waste
  • Regulating Energy Use


Recycling Materials

Recycling Materials is the obvious starting point, and the cornerstone of sustainability. Repurposing raw materials reduces waste, but it also protects the planet’s precious natural resources in a very simple way – by not using them. Even if only 50% recycled material is used in a given production process, that’s 50% more resources that remain unused for the future. Recycling materials also leads into the next basic goal: reducing waste.

Reducing Waste

Waste reduction is a very large benefit of using recycled materials, but waste reduction also comes in other forms that might not be immediately obvious. As newer technologies & production processes are created each year, much material that would have been used can be saved. Thinner & more flexible plastics, single-layer cardboard and other similar ideas save both money & material by simply not using as much. Reducing the volume of materials needed in the production process can also curb energy use.

Regulating Energy Use

State-of-the-art production practices aren’t just a  talking point – they’re also extremely energy efficient, cutting down on energy use on their own. Overall energy use itoday is dramatically less than even ten or twenty years ago. Another practice that has gained traction since the green movement gained popularity in the mid-2000’s is offsetting. Simply put, offsetting is the investment in renewable energy & renewable resources to counteract the use of energy during production.



The next time you read about sustainable packaging & sustainable practices, remember that it’s just a bit more intensive that just using old cardboard.

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Lolo’s Corner – The Power of Peas!

IMG_0883-(1)Hey everybody! Lolo here, and I’ve been doing research in to the ingredients of my new favorite Wet Noses treat – Grain-Free Peas & Carrots! Instead of using rye flour like many of Wet Noses’ treats, Peas & Carrots (Berry Blast and Crunchy Kale too!) use pea flour so that even my friends with grain allergies can enjoy them! But peas aren’t just a great alternative to traditional grains – this modest legume contains a number of nutritional benefits, and is also used in sustainable organic farming. Not bad for such a small thing!

As pet parents are becoming more and more concerned with the quality and nutritional value of what they feed their pets, grain-free options are becoming very sought after. Wet Noses partners with USA pea growers to source and use the highest-quality peas in our grain-free flavors. Wet Noses Berry Blast, Crunchy Kale and Peas & Carrots are the three most recent additions to our product line, and they are rocketing up our top sellers list!

Health benefits

As peas have become more and more popular in recent months, studies on their health benefits have become more readily available. Benefits are many and utilization peas ever increasing, but we’ll try to keep it short and sweet.

  • peas-16803Peas are a great source of nutrients like iron, Vitamins B & K, potassium and magnesium.
  • Peas contain a higher level of protein that many grains and are a good source of essential amino acids.
  • Peas contain a high concentration of fiber, helping your dog feel full longer and curb appetite.
  • Peas are also a great source of phosphorus, which can help maintain blood, bone and muscle health for dogs of all ages.
  • Peas also are packed with phytonutrients (that one’s a doozy) containing antioxidants, polyphenols and glutathione.



Uses in sustainable farming

A cornerstone of organic & sustainable farming practices are the use of plants that can add vital nutrients to the soil without having to turn to artificial enhancers. Organic farmers use peas to act as a cover crop to enhance the soil and also as a smother crop during growing seasons.

As a cover crop, peas are classified as a nitrogen gatherer, which will introduce vital nitrogen and increase nitrate level in the soil when cut down and tilled into the soil.

As a smother crop, peas can be used during the growing season to smother weeds and turn areas weedy areas into a nutrient producing area.



Peas should definitely not be overlooked in your pet’s diet, and are a great alternative to traditional grains for any pet with a grain allergy or aversion!


Have you tried Wet Noses three Grain-Free options with your dog? Click below to learn more and order online!