Pet Tips

Dog Treats: What to Avoid

the dog licks his lips at the sight of treats

One of the best dog training rules is rewarding your dog when it does great at anything at all. Could be picking up your baby’s toy. Or finding that jewelry that is taking years of scourging your home to get. But even more enjoyable is the training treat. After tiring hours of playing catch, shadow-walking and sniffing, every dog really wants to be patted on the head. Whatever it is, treats tend to make your dog grow an awesome fondness for you. Great bonds are the real key to any lively relationship.

Treats range from beef, bones, chocolate creams and even pork. However, there are basic fillings which must be avoided in your dog treats

Oat Hulls

After oats are milled, the hulls remain but they do no good. Nor bad, actually as they contain no nutrient. In the end, they add no value to the food

Citrus pulp

Dried remains of peels as well as residues from seeds and peels should be avoided. Usually, they contain heavy carbohydrate and fiber. Also, fertilizers and pesticides enter foods with these pulps.

White Flour

This simple carbohydrate has practically all of its nutrients removed. The downside to white flour is its capacity to cause a sharp rise and then a fall in the level of blood sugar in your dog. So in case, you’ve been feeding your dog with white flour, look out for symptoms like the desire to eat even after eating. Other degenerative after-effects would be obesity and diabetes.

Ditch white flour and choose a natural grain-free food.

Processed Meat

Meat is one of the healthiest meals for your dog. However, the tags untagged “meat meals”, avoid it. Usually these sorts of products are manufactured from a variety of unsafe ingredients including dead animals, expired meat from grocery stores. Basically, you are exposing your dog indigestion and a whole boost of nutrient-void protein on dog but making up little or no protein for your pet.

Add real meat to your dog diet. Turkey, lamb and beef would do just fine.

Artificial Colors

Artificial colors make products more attractive. And they just stop at that. They don’t add any nutritional value to your dog’s food.

Go for foods with natural colors. They have a positive impacts on your pet’s skin color.

MSG (monosodium glutamate)

MSG is a cogent ingredient in many packed foods. MSG as a flavor enhancer can turn negative results on dogs(and humans too)

By law, MSG is not included on food ingredient labels but can be found in ambiguous ingredients such as natural flavors(like chicken flavor), autolyzed yeast, soy extracts and a sundry of other artificial ingredients.

Next time, feed your dog natural flavors including real meat or pork.


The name is a buzz in the media alone. While humans avoid gluten to improve digestion and to drop pounds, your dog has even more worrisome reasons to avoid it.

Usually, gluten as found in gluten-consisting grains such as wheat are used as binders to form texture and the kibble shape in foods.

Despite dogs’ receptiveness tp grain-based foods, they could develop allergies with symptoms such as gummy ears, itching as well as extreme ear infections

Do opt instead for vegetable sources of carbs including sweet potatoes.

With all that being said, should you buy dog treats that contain probiotics? Find out on our next post!

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