Pet Treat Safety

Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:

Over the past few years we have seen numerous recalls on pet treats. Many dogs and cats have gotten seriously ill or died from these products.

What makes a treat safe? I personally only buy treats that say USA ingredients, not only made in U.S.A. Some companies buy products from China and package the treats here and claim Made in USA. Only the packaging is US- don’t get fooled!  Did you know there is a USA, Russia or USA, Japan…

We call the ingredients from China many different names. Have you noticed that their chicken strips are exactly the same shape and length and thickness from piece to piece? We call these mystery meats. What is the real process and what is really in them?

There are many good natural treats on the market including:

Dr. WooFrs- Baked biscuits
True Chews
Pioneer Baked Biscuits, Lip SmacKrs
Only Natural Pet
Organic Dog Treats USA

Our pets love treats. Our pets love you for giving them treats. Why not give them healthy pet treats?

Prices for treats are all over the map, if you read what some of these ingredients do, I am sure cost will not be a factor. Is it better to get less treats for a good quality treat or get more for a treat with questionable ingredients?

All stores love creative and glitzy packaging, they entice you with brilliant graphics, eye popping colors and a grand presentation. Dogs are attracted to the enticing smell and taste. Some companies are utilizing sugars, blood, salt or sweeteners to lure the dog into eating the treat. Can this be another reason for the rise in dog obesity, dog diabetes, health issues?

There is a growing trend by consumers for better quality ingredients and healthier treats. Some companies are seeing a benefit manufacturing healthier treats. I hope more companies manufacture healthier products without worrying about the bottom line.

Ingredients to watch out for:

Propylene glycol- you will see this item as the main item in antifreeze and industrial solvents. Sweet tasting and very dangerous! It can lead to liver and kidney failure and even kill your pet!

Blue 1 and 2- Shown to cause brain tumors.
Red 3.40- Thyroid tumors.
Yellow 5,6-Carcinogen.

BHA or BHT- Caused cancer in lab tested animals.
Propyl galate- linked to cancer and is a preservative.
Ethoxyquin- STAY AWAY FROM ANY PRODUCTS WITH THIS INGREDIENT. This product is extremely dangerous to a pet’s health. Can cause mutation of genes and a long list of cancers.
Potassium Bromate-United States and Japan are the only countries allowing the use of this toxic ingredient. Can be linked to various cancers.
Acesulfame-In controlled studies, this chemical caused cancer! These cancers included lung tumors and breast tumors, various types of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in the animals.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils- usage can lead to heart problems and diabetes.
Brown Sugar / Sugar/ Molasses- Feed the cancer- give cancer more sugar!

Many problems arise, especially diabetes, weight gain, imbalance in digestive system, allergies and more.

Additional items to be wary of:

Sugar glycerin, hydrogenate starch hydrolysis, bacon fat preserved with BHA, soybean meal, sorbic acid (a preservative), artificial flavor.

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail me at We have started a discount program with various websites that we support. These sites must have quality products. If you know of additional sites, please e-mail me and I will get in touch with them.

Pet Assure customers can go to and enter code PA-03 for a 20% discount on products.

What healthy treats do you give your pets? Tell us in the comment section!

This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of (Pet Assure customers receive a 20% discount on products at by entering coupon code PA-03.)  Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.

Elliot Harvey

About Elliot Harvey

Elliott Harvey MH is the author of the natural healing book "The Healthy Wholistic Dog." He founded Great Life Performance Pet Products in 1996 to provide quality pet products based on nutritional and field studies. Elliott is a contributing writer for Animal Wellness Magazine and a consultant to Pet Product News. He utilizes his experience in natural health and wellness to write for Pet Assure on a monthly basis.

One comment on “Pet Treat Safety

  1. Finally, a truthful and concise pet treat article. I have been suspicious of treats for awhile and when I asked about the ingredients from salespeople working in the box stores, they don't know. Now, I buy my food and treats from a local pet store that has very knowledgeable staff.

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