Vital Essentials Minnows Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Treats

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  • Made from pure raw freeze-dried fish free from added hormones and antibiotics.
  • No added fillers, flavoring or rendered by-products.
  • Grain- and gluten-free treats are great for pups with sensitivities.
  • The perfect limited ingredient treat option with only a single source protein.
  • A great everyday treat that promotes overall health and vitality.
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About Vital Essentials Dog Treats

Vital Essentials Dog Treats

Reward your best friend with pure, raw meat. Dogs go wild for these freeze-dried treats, and they are loaded with the essential nutrition canines instinctively crave. Expect an obedient, eager and excited dog when you bring out Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Dog Treats.

Raw Nutrition Boost

Dogs thrive on raw treats, which supply the protein and nutrients they need to fuel their daily adventures. Boost your furry friend’s diet and up the excitement factor by adding raw freeze-dried Vital Essentials Dog Treats to it. They make the perfect training reward, meal mixer or between-meal snack for any good girl or boy.

Limited Ingredient, Raw and Made in the USA

Vital Essentials raw dog treats are minimally processed, crafted from limited ingredients, and made and packaged in the USA. They contain no fillers, grain or artificial ingredients, just a wholesome meat-based recipe that’s nutritious and meets a dog’s instinctive cravings.

100% Made In The USA

Raw dog treats made with custom-sourced meats. Made and packaged in America’s heartland, for safety and integrity you can count on.

Limited Ingredient

Made using the fewest, most essential ingredients to provide high-quality nutrition and enticing taste. Great for picky eaters, too!

Grain Free & Gluten Free

Certified gluten free, grain free dog treats with no fillers like wheat, corn or soy, and no rendered by-products or artificial ingredients.

Freeze-Dried Raw

Freeze-dried using a unique 48-hour process to preserve essential nutrients and lock in the real meat flavor dogs love.

Pure Protein: Raw Dog Treats

Real meat is the #1 ingredient, for a pure raw meaty taste your pup will love. Meat contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals—the building blocks for a healthy, vital life. Give your dog an added boost of protein, vitamins and stimulation and help keep his teeth strong and healthy with Vital Essentials treats.

About Vital Essentials

Vital Essentials believes that every pet deserves access to the finest quality food and treats, so they strive to produce the most healthy, delicious, innovative and biologically appropriate pet food available. Vital Essentials foods are made right here in the USA, using real, ethically sourced, humanely harvested meat and only the finest ingredients. Your best friend deserves nothing less.
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Top IngredientsMinnows.Beef, Beef Lung, Beef Liver...Wild Alaskan Salmon.Chicken Heart.Ground Duck With Bone, Duck Liver, Duck Gizzard...
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Questions & Answers

17 Customer Questions

In what country are these actually processed?
Answer by ChewyJan 14, 2020
These treats are sourced, made, and packaged in the United States.

Fish bones? Are these dried whole minnows? Do we need to worry about bones?
Answer by ChewyMar 20, 2019
The bones in these minnows are completely safe for pets to eat and digest.

How many can you feed a day to small dog?
Answer by ChewyDec 20, 2020
Vital Essentials Snacks are designed as a treat and are not intended to be fed as a complete and balanced diet. There will be approximately 82 kilocalories per cup.

Are these minnows sustainably sourced?
Answer by ChewyFeb 22, 2022
The minnow in this formula are wild caught, harvested from streams and rivers in Wisconsin and Minnesota, with the use of minnow traps.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kopi on Nov 10, 2022

Oh boy, I'll do almost anything for these

I'm not too picky when it comes to treats, but my world changed when my human fed me these. They're so tasty and I'll do almost anything for them...almost anything. I think my human likes that they're single ingredient and not messy, but they do have a strong smell if you're averse to fish- not me! I love them. My human likes to break each fish up into 3 pieces- come on, why not just give me the whole fish?? Anyways, love these. Keep them coming!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Devo on Nov 11, 2022


All I have to say is "Minnow!" and Devo comes a running! He is bonkers about these. Treat your dog to something different and scrumptious rather than the same old, boring, mundane treat!! Dogs need variety and deserve to have tasty alternatives!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By karissa23 on Oct 14, 2022

other better options available

I bought two brands to compare. No question, Plato pet treat brand dominates the minnow treats. The Vita Essential brand 1oz (smaller dustier) minnows $10 vs Plato 3oz (bigger whole minnows) $5 I would not recommend this brand over others. However, if VE were the only brand of freeze dried minnows available, I would purchase them for my dogs.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sandy on Oct 2, 2022

Great treats!

My brussels griffon loves these! Our older dog likes them, and one of the cats eats them but the other says no way. They are all fans of the VitaEssentials freeze dried chicken powder, so I was hoping for success with the minnows. Very happy with this purchase. The size is just right for tasty treat for a small dog. They break easily too for little training bits.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Haven on Oct 22, 2022

My dog and Cat go crazy for these

My pets love these. They are like little fish chips. My only complaint is the amount that is in the bag. I know how much small fish/feeder fish cost at the store, I can’t imagine that a bag of freeze dried fish could cost this much for so little.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on Oct 11, 2022

Holy grail treat in our house!

My dogs and cats love these minnows! They won't eat any other treat except these! Highly quality ingredients and it's fresh for them to eat. Love these freeze dried minnows and have been buying them for years. Highly recommend to everyone especially if you have cats or kittens.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By OneDogDad on Oct 29, 2022

Quality treats

These are great treats for a dog and to bring on walks. They don't crumble in a bag, they can be easily broken into parts (my dog will excitedly eat a minnow head when offered) and they're easily digestible.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Lily on Sep 22, 2022

My boys weren’t a fan

One of the bags that I received was filled with ants, but I did try to feed my boys the other ones and they would take the treat from me and then begin to try and roll in it. After me telling them to stop trying to roll in and they did decide to eat them but overall weren’t a fan though I’m sure some dogs love them

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jackie on Oct 24, 2022

Freeze dry minnows

My corgis were not so sure as I gave them this new treat....but they now love them. I'll buy more as we get l9w. It's a healthy treat I feel good about giving my corgis.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By BaxtersMom on Jul 30, 2022

His FAVORITE treat!

My friend, meeting my 7 mos old puppy for the first time, brought these as gift, says his 3 yr old German Shepard loves them. Baxter LOVES them and will do ANYTHING to get them! All I have to say is "Minnow" and he runs through all his commands as fast as he can so he can get one! I have to save them for his high value reward treat during training otherwise he jumps all over me to get them. I was a little freaked out handling them but I snap them in half IN the bag so they last twice as long and I don't have to see the whole little fishy. My friend raves about all VE products, now I have them on auto ship!