Recently we have been hearing a lot about poisonous dog treats coming from China. Since 2007, nearly 600 dogs have died and thousands more were reported ill from consuming Chinese-made treats. Here is what to look for in your dog’s treats to ensure that they are safe to eat.
First, stay away from all foreign manufactured products. Buy treats that were manufactured in the United States. The FDA is unable to regulate foreign treats as well as treats made in the U.S.
Consider buying all natural. Avoid treats that include ingredients not recognizable as food. Some researchers have hypothesized that certain food additives may have been the cause of the illness from dog treats.
All natural treats are a good source of nutrition and do not contain potentially harmful chemicals. Many companies use these chemicals in the production process in order to cut costs and make food have a longer shelf life.
If you have a lot of time and enjoy to cook, one way of avoiding bad treats is to make your own. There are thousands of recipes easily found on the internet for dog treats. Homemade dog treats do not have harmful additives and you can monitor what goes in them. If your dog has digestive issues or food allergies, making your own treats can keep them healthy.
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