Dog treats can be a great way to reward and train your furry friend, but not all dog treats are created equal. In fact, many dog treats on the market today contain dangerous ingredients that can harm your dog’s health. In this post, we’ll discuss three dangerous ingredients commonly found in dog treats, and how to avoid them.


   1. Artificial Preservatives

Many dog treats on the market contain artificial preservatives like BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin. These preservatives are added to dog treats to extend their shelf life and prevent them from spoiling. However, studies have shown that these preservatives can have harmful effects on your dog’s health.

BHA and BHT have been linked to cancer and other health problems in dogs. Ethoxyquin, which is commonly used in fish-based dog treats, has been linked to liver and kidney problems.

To avoid these dangerous preservatives, look for dog treats that are free from artificial preservatives. Choose treats that use natural preservatives like Vitamin E and Vitamin C instead.

   2. Artificial Colors and Flavors

Many dog treats contain artificial colors and flavors to make them more appealing to dogs. However, these additives are not only unnecessary, but they can also be harmful to your dog’s health.

Artificial colors have been linked to hyperactivity, allergies, and even cancer in dogs. Artificial flavors, on the other hand, can contain toxic chemicals that can harm your dog’s health.

   3. Wheat, Corn, and Soy

Many dog treats on the market contain wheat, corn, and soy as fillers. These ingredients are cheap and quickly produced, which is why many dog treat manufacturers use them in their products. However, these fillers can be dangerous for your dog’s health.

These fillers offer little to no nutritional value for your dog. Even worse, wheat, corn, and soy are common allergens in dogs and can cause digestive problems, skin irritations, and other health issues.

To avoid these fillers, look for dog treats that are free from wheat, corn, and soy.

At 12 Strays, we make sure to never use anything artificial, and instead of fillers, we use high-quality ingredients like real meat, vegetables, and fruits instead. Our preservatives are sustainably made, healthy mixed tocopherols.

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