Yesterday I was out shopping, I had a few bits and pieces to pick up for baking and the holiday season. I was at Target and as I made my way to the cash I walked by the dog treat isle. Just as I passed it I put on my brakes, I got my glasses out and decided to read the ingredients on some of the biggies. Begg'n strips, pup-peroni, Waggin train and the one I've recently seen a big advertising push on Milo's kitchen. The worst by far is by Purina, Beggin' strips; the following is the list of ingredients.
Ground wheat, corn gluten meal, wheat flour, ground yellow corn, water, sugar, glycerin, soybean meal, meat, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, bacon fat (preserved with BHA), salt, phosphoric acid, sorbic acid (a preservative), calcium propionate (a preservative), natural and artificial smoke flavors, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Yellow 6), choline chloride.
Just disgusting if you ask me. I have to say that if Purina does not man up to a major overhaul then it should be placed in the history books with many other companies that were the big ones "back when." Back when meaning back when it all started; I remember that Purina was one of the very few dog companies. Many of their products are filled with just that; fillers, crap. Time to change Purina or move out of the way so that the companies who really care can step up.
But it is not just Purina, all of the treats that were on the shelves there were very substandard. Another reason why you should frequent the small privately owned pet food stores. As I read the ingredient lists and viewed all the packaging design meant to draw you in I realized that there are a few "big" words they like to throw around. One is USA, one of the bags said that the treats are made by a company that is a US company but when I read the very small print it said made in China, disappointing to say the least.
"Natural" is another word over used and given no meaning once so ever as far as health goes. Natural stamped all over a bag by no means makes the food something that you should give your dog. You can go online and read most of the ingredients from treats and foods.
This is the list of ingredients in the hottest advertised dog treat: Milo's kitchen - Beef sausage slices.
Yep, there's beef in there but what else is in there? Yuck. FYI, Milo's kitchen is owned by Del Monte. Interesting.
Beef, Soy Grits, Sugar, Propylene Glycol, Rice, Salt, Monoglyceride, Garlic Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (used as a preservative), Citric Acid, Sodium Erythorbate (for color retention), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), BHA (used as a preservative), Onion Extract
Dog treats are a huge percentage of what we buy for our dogs. Whatever you feed your dog, read the labels and if there are ingredients in there that you can not pronounce or know what it is, then move onto something else.
Below is a recent notice from the FDA, taken from the official FDA site.