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5 Ingredients You NEVER Want to See in Your Dog’s Treats

#1 – Brewer’s Rice

People often turn to rice as an ingredient for upset doggy tummies and sensitivities. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you are feeding treats with brewer’s rice, you’re not getting the grain you think you are. Brewer’s rice is a processed rice product that’s lost most of the nutritious ingredients that whole grain rice (ground or whole) offers. The only reason pet food companies choose brewer’s rice is because it’s cheaper than the healthier option.


#2 – Corn

It’s becoming common knowledge that corn is a popular dog food ingredient that should be avoided. The hype isn’t a myth! Corn is holds no nutritional value for our dogs and is a grain dogs are commonly allergic to. It’s simply added as a filler and takes up space that healthy ingredients could be using.


#3 – Meat Meal

There are many types of meat meals, such as fish meal, poultry meal, pork meal, liver meal, and bone meal. What exactly is “meal”? Well, it turns out most companies don’t even know. Meal is essentially animal parts, but the origin of said animal parts and their quality are widely unknown. Any kind of animal can be included, so long as they are dead, diseased, disabled or dying prior to slaughter. It has been uncovered that certain companies use roadkill and animals euthanized at shelters for ingredients to make their meat meals. Not only can this “meat” contain cancerous and infected tissue, it can contain rotting and putrified tissue as well. So if you see this ingredient anywhere on your dog’s food or treat label, it’s time to find another option.


#4 – Salt

Just as you should hold the salt on your own food, you should avoid dog treats and foods that contain salt as well. Salt is added for the same reasons as sugar – to make the treats more enticing to our pets. Salt is a necessary mineral – but it doesn’t need to be added since it’s found in other ingredients used for the treats. Salt can also be listed as sodium chloride on the food label.


#5 – Sugar

We know what you’re thinking – why would anyone put sugar in a dog’s food!? We feel the same way. But unfortunately, many dog food companies put sugar in treats (and other food) for dogs. It’s completely unnecessary, and can lead to health problems such as hypoglycemia, obesity, tooth decay, cataracts, and more. Some pets will even become addicted to the sweetened foods and stop eating their regular meals. Don’t be fooled if you can’t find “sugar” in the ingredient list; it can also be under sucrose, cane sugar, caramel, and corn syrup.


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Written by Katie Finlay
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