Dog Treats Sold in Stores to Avoid

for-dogsAs you stroll down the pet food Isle at your local grocery store is it not amazing how many dog treat products compete for your money. The reason for this is the treats industry is worth over $2 billion dollars each year. It can be quite a job going through them all to find the ones that are actually healthy for your dog. Unfortunately, many manufacturers choose to add lots of sugar to their products because they know dogs will love them therefore, you, in turn, will want to buy them because you want to please your dog.

The problem with this is, too much sugar is Not good for dogs. First of all, sugar in a dog’s diet causes obesity and, this, in turn, leads to a host of health issues and behavioral problems. It is estimated that 45% of dogs in the USA are overweight. Treats loaded with this unnecessary amount of sugar are one of the major contributing causes. Arthritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure are just a few examples of what sugar can do to your dog. Sugar also causes uncontrollable and misdirected energy leading to bad behavior.

Here are some examples of the more popular dog treats you can consider bad guys. At the top of the list is Canine Carry Outs Chew-Lotta with Dextrose (sugar) as the most ingredient. Snausages Snawsomes! Beef and Chicken Flavor has three of the first four ingredients being sugars. In Pedigree Jumbone Mini Snack Food for small dogs, sugar accounts for two of the first three ingredients. With Milk Bone Essentials Plus Oral Care sugar is the third ingredient. Cesar Softies dog treats also has sugar as the third ingredient. Pup-Peroni Lean Beef Recipe sugar is also 3rd. It may be impossible to find a dog treat with absolutely no sugar but, we can choose the ones with the least amount and feed them to our dogs in moderation.