When was the last time you went to the supermarket to pick up some items and read the ingredients on the label? In addition, when was the last time you went to the pet store? What did you buy for your dog or cat as it related to pet food? Did you take the time to read the label and identify the ingredients? Do you actually know what kind of ingredients to look for in order to keep your pets healthy? Let’s take a look at the ingredients that you should bear in mind for your canine or feline.
What to Avoid
While you are assessing the ingredients for the quality elements, be sure that the pet treat does not consist of the following:
Artificial coloring – most manufacturers add color to dog or cat treats to appeal to pet owners. However, your pet does not care about the color of their treats. So stay away from color coding treats because they are packed with chemicals, in most cases and unhealthy for your pet
Artificial preservatives – this includes BHA, sodium nitrate, BHT, and calcium propionate. Avoid these at all cost.
Chemical humectants – this includes propylene glycol, which is used for both human and pet consumption. Manufacturers use this ingredient to maintain moisture and to avoid discoloration. Instead of propylene glycol, look for treats with natural humectants such as molasses and vegetable glycerin.
Corn Syrup – this may be too sweet for your pet and can encourage weight gain, hyperactivity and even diabetes in your pet.
Ethoxyquin is a preservative found in dog foods. This is considered a herbicide and can cause liver and kidney damage.
When purchasing pet treats, there also several other factors to consider. Buy products that are easy to recycle and has minimal packaging. Go for smaller treats that are easy to break up or that come in tiny pieces. This allows your pet to eat smaller portions so that the diet is managed well. Don’t go for the hype that some manufacturers try to get away with. Instead of listing the ingredients, you will find some manufacturers indicating that the item has no wheat, no preservatives, no corn, no soy and no GMO. You are smart enough to determine this by looking at the ingredients.
Your pet is an important member of the family and for that reason, it is also as important to make sure that your pet eats as well as you do. Pet treats should be taken as seriously as pet food in how you look at its ingredients. So always read the labeling before you buy a product that your pet will consume.