Our Ingredients

We take great pride in sourcing healthy, natural ingredients to use in our Darford dog treats. We carefully inspect everything before it enters our facilities and we inspect everything twice more before products ever leave. We never use ingredients from Asia and we follow rigorous quality control guidelines to ensure our treats meet the highest standards. We feed our dogs Darford treats too - and we know only the best will do.

Alfalfa (a source of chlorophyll)

Alfalfa is the king of greens, known as the “Father of Foods” with roots that source nutrients up to 80 feet deep. With vitamins and minerals from A to Zinc, Alfalfa also boasts chlorophyll, too!

Annatto Extract

Also known as Roucou, Annatto Extract is a derivative of the achiote tree. The extract is produced from the reddish pulp which surrounds the seeds of the achiote. Annatto is commonly used as a natural food colorant.


An excellent source of vitamins plus pectin, a water soluble fiber.

Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic acid is a natural source of vitamin C, which is a vital molecule for skin health.

Bacon Fat

The tastiest of tasty and, yes, nutritional benefits too! A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, choline, B Vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium.

Bacon Flavor

Natural bacon-flavored powder


Bananas could be referred to as a super food! A good source of vitamin K, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals, bananas are a great addition to a dog’s diet – and tasty, too!


Barley is a cereal grain that has a nutty flavor and is known to lower cholesterol and promote intestinal health.


Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and fibre, blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse in addition to containing manganese, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine Hydrochloride) and Vitamin K.

Bone Charcoal

Used as an odor absorber plus an excellent source of calcium and magnesium phosphate.

Brewers Dried Yeast

Non-fermentable yeast that provides a good source of minerals, antioxidants, and B vitamins.

Brown Rice

Brown rice only has the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel removed so it retains most of the nutritional value. It is rich in selenium and manganese and is high in fibre

Cane Molasses

Cane molasses is used as a natural colorant and flavor.

Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

Canola oil is high in omega 3 fatty acids and linoleic acid to help promote a healthy, shiny coat. It is also low in saturated fats, does not contain hexane, and is low in acid compared to conventional oils. (Preserved naturally with mixed tocopherols.)

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are an excellent source of the B vitamins thiamine and niacin, as well as of the dietary minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc. Chia is also a good source of riboflavin and folate.


Chicken is very digestible, a good quality protein source, extremely palatable, and full of essential amino acids. We use deboned, inspected chicken with the by-products removed.

Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

An excellent source of essential fatty acids and omega 6’s to help promote healthy skin and coat. Tasty, too! We preserve our chicken fat naturally with mixed tocopherols.


Chickpeas are legumes, just like beans, peas and lentils. They are high in protein and fiber and they also contain several key vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to a dog’s health.


Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in algae and plants, and it’s also a great addition to dogs’ diets. This wonder food helps aid digestion, cleanses the blood, freshens breath, boosts the immune system, assists in tissue repair, and the list goes on.

Chondroitin Sulfate*

Chondroitin blocks destructive enzymes that break down cartilage in the joint.


An ancient spice used in various forms of traditional medicine, Cinnamon offers numerous health benefits and adds a subtle flavor dogs love.

Citric Acid

A naturally occurring preservative and antioxidant.


Cranberries offer a host of nutrients including Vitamin C, dietary fibre, and manganese. Cranberries also contain tannins that help prevent harmful bacteria from thriving in the urinary tract.

Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product

Probiotics are natural, live micro-flora enzymes and beneficial bacteria that aid in the digestion process, restore and create balance of normal gut functions, and allow for better absorption of nutrients. We use a special type of probiotic that can withstand the high temperature baking process.

Dried Bacon Fat

A good substitute for butter or lard, providing a nice bacon flavor.

Dried Cabbage

Dried cabbage is rich in fibre, abundant in Vitamin C plus a variety of minerals, and a source of antioxidants.

Dried Carrots

Dried carrots, like their fresh counterparts, are rich in antioxidants and provide an excellent source of beta-carotene and carotenoids.

Dried Celery

An excellent source of Vitamin C and fibre plus potassium and the anti-inflammatory, polyacetylene. Celery contains folic acid, Vitamin B1, B2 & B6, and calcium.

Dried Cheddar Cheese

Produced by processing cheese through various drying mechanisms into a fine powder, cheddar cheese is extremely palatable and is also a good source of calcium.

Dried Green Peppers

Dried green peppers, also known as bell peppers, are low in carbohydrates, calories and fat. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and antioxidants, a good source of thiamine, Vitamin B6, beta-carotene, and folic acid.

Dried Kelp

Used for centuries, dried kelp is one of the most nutritious, vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables found in the sea.

Dried Potatoes

Dried potatoes are a very good source of carbohydrates, energy, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, copper, potassium and dietary fibre.

Dried Red Peppers

Dried red peppers, also known as bell peppers, are low in carbohydrates, calories and fat. Compared to other bell peppers, red pepper contains a higher quantity of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. They also contain lycopene and are a good source of thiamine, Vitamin B6, beta-carotene and folic acid.

Dried Sweet Potatoes

A great source of complex carbohydrates, dried sweet potatoes also offer Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6.

Dried Whole Egg

Eggs provide an excellent source of protein as well as 14 essential nutrients – one of nature’s perfect foods!


Duck is an easily digestible protein and is rich in vitamins and minerals.


Often referred to as “the perfect protein”, eggs are a source of easily digestible, high quality protein that is low in fat and calories while being rich in Vitamin D. Eggs are also an excellent source of iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, folate, selenium, lutein, and choline.


An excellent source of dietary fibre, omega 3 fatty acids, and lignans which have antioxidant properties.


A good source of vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants, ginger is believed to provide many health benefits particularly for nausea, bloat and as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Glucosamine HCL*

Glucosamine provides the building blocks to synthesize new cartilage.

Ground Rice

A nutritious and flavorful grain, coarsely ground.

Iron Oxide

Iron oxide naturally occurs as the result of iron being exposed to oxygen. It is used mainly as a source of iron and a natural pigment. Iron is the main constitute of hemoglobin, helps enhance oxygen distribution, and supports the body’s production of energy.


Lamb is an excellent source of protein that also provides a good source of zinc, a key component for a healthy immune system, in wound healing and to stabilize blood sugar levels.


A tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices: nutmeg and mace. It is produced from an evergreen tree indigenous to the Moluccas, or Spice islands, of Indonesia.

Organic Carrots

Carrots are rich in dietary fibre, minerals, Beta-Carotene, and antioxidants. They are also considered one of the richest sources of Vitamin A.

Parsley Flakes

A rich source of antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, and chlorophyll. Commonly used as a breath freshener due to its neutralizing effects and palatability.

Pea Fiber

Low in fat and high in crude fiber, pea fiber is derived from both yellow and green peas.

Peanut Butter

What dog can resist peanut butter?! Extremely tasty, peanut butter is full of vitamins and minerals, in addition to dietary fibre. An excellent source of protein, Vitamins E and B3, iron, magnesium, calcium, copper, and potassium. The added bonus? It is also a source of antioxidants.

Peppermint Extract

Peppermint extract contains omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins A and C, along with magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium. It’s often used in the battle against bad breath.

Peppermint Flakes

Peppermint is an excellent digestive aid and it freshens breath too!

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil can help freshen breath, sooth stomach upsets and even offer a calming effect for dogs with anxiety.

Pork Liver

Pork liver is extremely palatable, low in calories, and a rich source of iron. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A, all B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and copper.


Antioxidant and fibre-rich, and full of beta-carotene, pumpkin is also an excellent source of potassium, zinc, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are an excellent source of protein, fibre, zinc and iron. In addition, they supply Vitamin K, copper, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.


Quinoa is a superfood all on its own – it has high levels of protein and fiber, is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and is chocked full of various nutrients, like iron, magnesium and vitamin B12. It also contains essential amino acids and is low glycemic, and it’s believed to help reduce the risk of various diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Rolled Oats

Rolled oats are the end result of a whole oat that has been rolled into a flat flake. This process ensures that the oat retains its nutritional value. Rolled oats are an excellent source of dietary fibre, thiamine, iron, Vitamin B, and antioxidants.

Rosemary Extract

An antioxidant found in plants that is an excellent natural preservative.

Rye Flour

Rye flour has a hearty taste and and is rich with nutrients. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber and promotes intestinal health and lower cholesterol.


Also known as garden meadow, sage has been recognized for centuries as a unique plant offering both medicinal and culinary benefits. Rich in antioxidants and important nutrients, the International Herb Association awarded “Herb of the Year” to sage in 2001!!


Salmon is an excellent, tasty protein source that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants, high in vitamin D, and low in calories. It is also a great source of selenium, niacin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, phosphorus, and magnesium. We use deboned, inspected salmon with the by-products removed.

Salmon Meal

Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

Salmon oil is an excellent source of Omega 6 Fatty acids which help the skin lock in moisture, providing your dog with a shinier, healthier coat.

Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

Oil is a necessary component of your dog’s diet. Sunflower oil contains essential fatty acids and is lower in saturated fats than most other oils. Sunflower oil will contribute to healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Sunflower Seeds

An excellent source of Vitamin E and antioxidants. Sunflower seeds also contain selenium and magnesium which are known to help regulate nerve and muscle function.


Turkey is an excellent source of highly digestible, quality protein that is low in fat and rich in amino acids, calcium, selenium, zinc, Vitamin B, and niacin. We use deboned, inspected turkey with the by-products removed.


Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. In both Chinese and Indian medicine, turmeric was used as an effective natural anti-inflammatory. It provides manganese, iron, Vitamin B6, and fibre.

Wheat Flour

Wheat flour is the finely ground product derived from the milling of wheat. It is an excellent source of dietary fibre and antioxidants, along with a good source of calcium, iron, selenium, manganese, and magnesium.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is the reproductive part of the plant that is separated during the milling process. It is a good source of dietary fibre and protein. Wheat germ offers a concentrated source of Vitamin E, folic acid, phosphorus, thiamine, zinc, magnesium, and essential fatty acids.


Yams are a good source of complex carbohydrates, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. This low-glycemic food is also rich in dietary fiber and best of all, it tastes great.

Yellow Peas

An alternative source of protein that is gluten-free, yellow peas also supply a unique array of essential and non essential amino acids.