Dangerous Dog Treats To Avoid

Let's get straight to it, there are some dangerous dog treats on the market that should be avoided at all costs! Luckily, most dog treats are at least safe if not always healthy but like I said, there are some that are downright dangerous to our dogs that can result in serious injury and even death. If you want to know which treats are the healthiest, then you can do so here, but if you want to know all about the ones that are unsafe for our dogs and why - read on! 

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The Most Dangerous Dog Chew Ever Made: Rawhide!

First, let's focus on the ones that seem to be getting a lot of negative attention on social media right now (thank god) - Rawhide Chews.There have been plenty of horror stories circulating all over social media about Rawhide Chews and how dangerous they are. Some are stories of dogs that have required emergency surgery after consuming a Rawhide Chew and some have actually choked and died. 

Unfortunately, Rawhides are all over the shelves. They're sold in convenient stores, 99c, Walmart, pet stores etc., and come in many different enticing shapes and sizes. It's no wonder that it's one of the most popular 'go to' treats that we give to our dogs. 

Many new dog owners are misled into thinking that this Chew is a dried-up meat stick (which it's not) and that dogs can chew on a rawhide for hours on end with no problems (which they can't). Rawhides may keep them entertained, and they do seem to last forever but buying them is not money well spent as they can cause too many problems. Make no mistake, Rawhides are very high on the dangerous dog treats list.  

Rawhides undergo an extreme chemical process that includes many toxic substances to your dog including glue!  Some manufacturers promote them as 'natural' or 'made in USA' which, may be true, but it doesn't make them safe for our dogs.  Read here to find exactly why rawhides are dangerous to dogs and why its not worth the risk to their health. Keep away from those dangerous dog treats!

Dangerous Dog Treats From China

Since 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of complaints of serious illness and even deaths related to Chinese-based jerky treats. They're still working to find the cause but have issued multiple warnings against feeding any jerky treats to your dog if the ingredients were sourced from China.  

The main culprits were chicken jerky treats (also marketed as chicken tenders, strips, and chews) but others include duck and sweet potato jerky treats and related products such as jerky-wrapped rawhide. Now the easy answer to this would be to check the label to ensure the treats are made in the USA or at least don't originate from China. 

Based on this, my recommendation to you is to avoid all jerky treats sold in pet stores and make your own! Invest in a dehydrator and you can make all the jerky treats easily at home, and you will know exactly where your ingredients come from! I do this all the time. My dog's favorites are chicken jerky treats and liver treats

1. Beggin' Strips 

These dangerous dog treats are imported from China and contain two dangerous carcinogenic food dyes. The first food dye is Yellow #5 which has been connected to hyperactivity, anxiety, migraines and cancer. This color dye has already been banned in many European countries. The second food dye is Red Dye 40, this has again been connected to hyperactivity as well as allergies and immune system cancers.

2. Pup-Peroni

Pup-Peroni are filled with high amounts of sugar, soy, artificial and caramel colors. They also contain a toxic preservative called BHA - This preservative has been listed as a high hazard for humans, so I can't imagine it is safe for our dogs!

3. Milkbones

Milkbones are a popular commercial dog treat; however, it's been labeled as one of the five most dangerous dog treats according to a highly controversial video published by Rodney Habib "Planet Paws" Facebook page on 22 March 2016.

The video claimed that one of the Milkbones ingredients (Butylated Hydoxyanisole BHA) is a toxic preservative which has been identified as a cancer-causing agent responsible for producing tumors in laboratory animals.  

In addition to that, Milkbones contain high amounts of sugar, as well as many other ingredients that dog treats shouldn't contain such as wheat, soy, and corn. Our dog's digestive system has difficulty processing these ingredients, much more so than us humans. 

Human Foods To Avoid Giving To Your Dog

We as dog owners love nothing more than to give our dogs treats.  However, what’s great on our plate might be very dangerous for our dogs. Below is a list of human foods that you should never feed to your dog. No matter how many times he gives you his paw.

  • Alcohol
  • Apple Seeds
  • Chocolate 
  • Peach Pits
  • Coffee
  • Onions 
  • Yeast Dough 
  • Xylitol (found in commercial dog treats)
  • Plum Pits
  • Apricot Pits 
  • Grapes
  • Nutmeg
  • Cherry Pits 
  • Raisins 
  • Macadamia Nuts 
  • Persimmon Seeds
  • Tea
  • Potato Skins 

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Hello, I’m Sarah, the owner of Pure Dog Treats! I started my website in 2016 when myself, my husband and our border collie ‘Lady’ moved to the US from the UK.

My passion is making a variety of wholesome, natural, tasty dog treats in the comfort of my own home. I provide a range of homemade recipes and recommendations for healthy, diabetic, homemade, organic,  vegetarian dog treats and much more. I have learnt that it can be confusing and challenging to find healthy dog treats, and would like to pass on my knowledge and passion onto other dog lovers.

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