Ingredients in Dog Treats to Avoid

dog-bones-350092_1280We all love our Pets and their like one of the family but, few dog owners stop to consider what potential harm there could be from the ingredients in the dog treats we give them. Some of these products contain very dangerous chemicals, ingredients, and by-products you do not want your dog consuming. A dog’s diet is every bit as important to its health as it is for humans.

One such example of a commonly used chemical in Dog Treats is Propylene Glycol. It is used to help prevent moisture and inhibits the growth of bacteria; however, it does not distinguish between good bacteria and bad bacteria and it kills both kinds. Your dog’s digestive system, like our own, depends on the good bacteria to help break down food. Over time, this chemical can result in the development of cancerous lesions within the intestines or cause intestinal problems in general. It is interesting to note that Propylene Glycol is the same ingredient used in Anti-Freeze for automobiles.

Another ingredient to watch out for is Ethoxyquin used in many dog foods and treats as a preservative but, was originally developed as an Herbicide. Veterinarians have now associated this chemical with cancer of the Liver, Kidneys, Spleen and Stomach. It is also believed to cause immune deficiency and even blindness. Manufacturers use it just so their products can sit on the shelf for a long time without going bad.

There is another preservative BHT/BHA (Butylated-Hydroxyanisole and Butylated-Hydroxytoluene) used in dog’s and human’s food that should be avoided. It works great at keeping food from spoiling but, has now been proven to have a direct link to causing cancer in both animals and humans. These are just a few examples to show that, we must be more careful in our review of the ingredients we feeding our much loved Pets.