Be wary of what treats you give your dog

11 Jan

There are a huge number of different treats on the market, advertised as being a safe and tasty treat to give your dog, but don’t believe the truth by everything you see on the shelves of your local pet store. There are a number of treats out there that can be harmful to your dog, and some could even cause death. Of course, there are plenty out there that are perfectly safe, and tasty!

Jerky: In the US, there was recently a caution from the FDA about some chicken jerky dog treats from China. There were fears of melamine-tainted gluten in this treats, and it was suspected that this jerky was the cause for several dogs falling ill and some deaths.

Rawhide: Rawhide chews come in all manner of shape and sizes, from bones, strips to shoes. Rawhide can be dangerous because it splits easily and parts can lodge in a dogs throat. Rawhide can also result in digestive irritations. This may be due to the substances in the manufacturing but also some dogs are allergy or sensitive to them. As with pet toys, rawhide chews can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals. And, as with other pet (or human) foods, Salmonella or E. coli contamination is possible. Even humans can be at risk when coming into contact with these bacteria on rawhide treats.

Bones: There is nothing more that a dog would like to gnaw on than a good old simple bone. However, some can be fatal to dogs. Never give your dog a chicken or turkey bone, because they often splinter and get caught in your dog’s throat. It should be mentioned that beef and pork bones can also do this, so whenever you give your dog a bone, it should be supervised and you should look out for any signs of blood or choking. Some of the best bones you can give your dog are those that have been specially prepared for dogs. These have often been slow roasted and sterilized. Some come with different flavours of “marrow” inside for a tasty treat.

It should also be noted that not all dog treats that would be fine for adult dogs, are suitable for puppies. Puppies have much more sensitive tummies, so you have to be very careful about what you give them to chew on. Personally, i would steer clear of rawhide all together whilst your dog is very young.

Obviously there are a loads of different treats that you can buy your dog which are perfectly safe and healthy. It’s really just a matter of reading the labels and looking out for anything that seems to seem out of place in the ingredients as well as supervising your dog and keeping a look out for anything that could be a sign that something has gone wrong. When looking out for ingredients, the safest and easiest way to go is by looking out for products that are largely natural, anything with lots of big long words that you don’t understand, probably isn’t going to be very good for your dog.

Maya loves these bones. They have been sterilized and then filled with different flavours of meat. It usually takes her a few days to get the meat out, but then she plays with the bone for weeks.

Maya loves these bones. They have been sterilized and then filled with different flavours of meat. It usually takes her a few days to get the meat out, but then she plays with the bone for weeks.

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