Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dog and Cats Treats Need to be Healthy

We love to treat our furry pets and they love to get treats from us. Most of the dog and cats treats in the stores are filled with harmful ingredients. This long term build up, when given everyday, can eventually take a toll on your pet's health.

An example is Snausages Scooby Snacks made by Del Monte, the package reads "Great Shapes-Great Flavor_Great Fun" and has a picture of Scooby Doo, juggling colorful shaped treats. The ingredients aren't very funny; BHA, Propylene Glycol, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1 and Red 3. All of these chemicals are known to cause cancer in animals.

Hill's Science Diet, "Veterinary Approved Treats" all contain BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin, all known to cause cancer.

When choosing treats DON'T buy them if they contain: BHT, BHA, Ethoxyquin, Propylene Glycol, Artificial Flavor, Artificial Colors or Artificial Preservatives.

Brands to AVOID for pet treats: Hill's Science Diet, Purina, Pedigree, Meaty Bone, Pounce, Milk Bone Flavors, Pegetables, Greenie Smart Biscuit and sadly many, many others.

SAFE brands for treats: Natural Balance, Old Mother Hubbard, Buddy Biscuits, Wet Noses, Charlee Bear, Wellness, Blue Buffalo, Newman's Own, Dog Whisperer and other natural pet treats.