5 Dangerous Dog Treat Additives to Avoid

Recently, I was talking with a friend and she told me she’d discovered that a particular brand of dog food (a famous brand) coated their food with arsenic as a preservative.

Yep, you read that right. Arsenic.


How can a major pet food brand get away with such a thing? Well, they can. The company justified it by saying it was a low dosage and wouldn’t hurt your pet but if you’re like me you’re thinking a little arsenic everyday adds up to a lot.

That can’t be good.

Besides, why would you knowingly poison your dog?

That’s crazy.

But sadly it’s not that uncommon. Dog treats and pet foods are filled with dangerous chemicals that can slowly poison your favorite canine.

That’s why we’re on a mission to share this information (and great treats) with fellow dog lovers.

So, in the interest of protecting dogs everywhere we thought it’d be a good idea to share with fellow dog lovers a short list of the five most dangerous (yet common) additives you might find in pet food and treats.


5 Dangerous Additives to Avoid in Dog Treats

Before we get into the list, you might ask yourself why would they include additives anyway? The reason is to extend the shelf life of food and treats. After all, there’s more money in producing a pet treat that can sit on the shelf for a year or two than one that spoils in a few days/weeks.

Yet, as in anything, there’s a safe (and healthier ways) to preserve treats. Dehydration is one way. We’ll get into that in a minute. First, let’s look at the nasty practices the big manufacturers have gotten into the habit of using.

If you see these on a pet treat label, you’ll want to avoid it.

1. Ethoxyquin – This common preservative has two questionable uses. It’s a pesticide used by pear farmers. It’s also used as a hardening agent for rubber. It’s been linked to a number of health concerns and many governmental agencies have recently issued warnings about it.  If you’re like most pet parents I know that you don’t want either of those in your pet’s food.

2. Propylene glycol – This is an ingredient in antifreeze and it’s often used to keep semi-moist kibble from drying out. It has been removed from cat foods but still exists in many dog foods.

These next two can often be found together.

3. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) – For years it’s been a common preservative in pet foods. However, it’s now banned in some areas because it’s now recognized as a possible carcinogen.

4. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – Also a used as a common preservative. It’s also found in cosmetics and even jet fuel – yuck!

The World Health Organization has acknowledged both of these as suspicious and potential carcinogens. In the US they’ve been banned in some states.

5. Propyl Gallate – Used to stabilize cosmetics and food packaging, it’s connected to liver diseases and cancer.

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Our pets come in contact with pesticides in many different ways, through lawn chemicals like Roundup, topical flea and tick treatments and other residual chemicals all find their way into our lives on a daily basis.

It’s difficult to protect them (or us) from every harmful chemical. But we can aim to feed food and treats that are not treated with dangerous additives.

Thats why at Pet Snacks we are so proud to be able to deliver single ingredient additive free treats. And the latest, treat we have available is the Kangaroo Riblet.

They’re made from all natural – free range kangaroo. There’s no additives or preservatives or any other types of fillers. These Riblets will stay fresh for 12 months and because they are air dried and not cooked, they won’t splinter. Try them with your pup today!


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