You've seen them dominating your local grocery's pet food aisle. Milk bones are easily the most popular dog treat on the market. And if you're not careful feeding your pup loads of these unhealthy snacks can result in an unhealthy pet. Meaning shorter life, skin disease, lack of energy and more! Here are 3 reasons why milk bones are unhealthy for your dog.
- Some brands pack sugar into their milk bones - Milk Bones Essential plus Oral Care lists sugar as a third ingredient in their milk bones. That's right, they are putting sugar into a product that is supposed to help our pups teeth. Imagine if a toothpaste company did that? The problem, according to Dr. Ernie Ward is that "Sugar is incredibly attractive to dogs. If a dog gobbles a treat quickly, an owner is more likely to give another – and another. This adds up to more sales – and profits. In the race for pet treat profits, our pets’ health is being bankrupted."
- Milk Bones can contain BHA - Now we want to be careful here but, some iterations of Milk Bones contain BHA, a preservative that is a known carcinogen. This preservative consistently produces tumors in lab animals. While the FDA asserts that BHA is safe in low doses, dogs are being fed these tainted foods day in and out. Milk Bones also contain wheat which, along with soy and corn, dogs have even more difficulty digesting than humans. And while the verdict may be out on BHA would you want to take the risk?
- More than BHA, there are a ton of chemicals in certain brands - For this final point we'll just leave this picture here with a list of all the chemicals included in some of America's most popular pet treats.
If that's not enough proof for you, according to a study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention 53.9% of dogs in the US are overweight. Our pups deserve better! That's why we at Gaines Family Farmstead are committed to healthy, natural dog treats that your pup will love. Our sweet potato dog treats contain one ingredient, sweet potatoes! No additives, no chemicals, no risk. Be sure to try a bag for your pup. If they don't love it return the bag for a 100% refund, no questions asked.