Steer Clear of These Toxic Dog Treats

It is well known that many dog foods contain cheap fillers like corn, wheat, soy and meat products of mysterious origin, but dog treats are often falsely viewed as innocuous goodies. However, the treats you are feeding your pup may be just as tainted, if not more so. Not only do commercial dog treats contain high amounts of sugar, but they are ripe with preservatives, allergens, artificial colors, carcinogenic additives and more. Here are 4 commercial brands to avoid giving to your pup.

Milk Bones. While some iterations of Milk Bones contain high amounts of sugar, the original treat does not. However, it does contain BHA, a preservative that is a known carcinogen. It consistently produces tumors in lab animals. While the FDA asserts that BHA is safe in low doses, dogs are being fed these tainted foods day in and out. Milk Bones also contain wheat—an allergen which, along with soy and corn, dogs have even more difficulty digesting than humans.

Snausages. These guys contain corn syrup and BHA, so they’re worth avoiding simply on that fact. They also contain propylene glycol (PG), a moistening agent, which is derived from a highly toxic compound used in automotive antifreeze. Snausages, Pup-peroni and Beggin’ Strips are also all made in China—yet another reason to be wary, given the historic danger of Chinese-produced dog treats.

Pup-peroni. Loaded with sugar, soy, PG, artificial colors and caramel colors, Pup-peroni isn’t as fun for your dog as the commercials make them out to be. They also contain the preservative BHA, which is listed as a high hazard for humans on the EWG database, meaning it’s probably no safer for your canine pal.

Beggin’ Strips. Again, these are preserved with carcinogenic BHA. According to the Purina website, “Beggin’ brings out the uncontainable excitement in dogs.” The original bacon-flavored Beggin’ Strips contain both sugar and artificial food colorings—so yes, they will bring out uncontainable excitement in your dog… in the form of hyperactivity, behavioral problems and sugar addiction. Does your dog need to be eating sugar? Absolutely not! Do they like it? They will gobble it up. It is a cheap, addictive filler that is just as bad for your pup as it is for you.

Actually, all of the above treats contain artificial colors, which is absurd. While coloring food to be more aesthetically pleasing may be an effective selling point for humans, your dog will eat a treat no matter what color it is. Artificial colors can cause behavioral issues in both humans and pets. Caramel coloring specifically contains 4-MIE, an animal carcinogen. And while the treats listed above are some of the most popular dog treats on the market, there are many, many more commercial brands that are just as harmful to your dog, so make sure to do your research.

What are good treat options for your old pal Fido? Brands like The Honest Kitchen and Lucky Dog Cuisine use wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about giving your dog. Otherwise, pieces of carrot, sweet potato, hard-boiled or raw egg (always pastured), raw or dehydrated organ meats (liver, heart, tongue) and leftover raw or cooked meat scraps are terrific natural treat options. You can also save meat in the freezer for a long-lasting treat, or you can even offer your dog a raw marrow bone. Be aware, any bones you give your canine pal should be raw. When they are cooked, they become brittle and dangerous.

You really don’t need to buy processed treats for your dog. There are plenty of wholesome snacks that both you and your best friend can enjoy. If you really want to give your dog a little cookie, make your own! There are plenty of great, healthy recipes that are easy to whip up. In the end, all that matters is that you don’t feed your pup anything you wouldn’t eat yourself.

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