What to look out for when buying NZ pet treats.
Firstly make sure the dog treats you buy are natural dog treats. That means nothing added to them like preservatives or genetically modified foods or grain that have side effects.
The majority of dog treats in New Zealand are natural, meaning the animals spend most of their lives on open pastures all year round due to the climate of N.Z. The animals are healthy, this in turn means the dry food and dog treats you buy have natural goodness in them.
How it all began, lifestyle and convenience.
Our lives just became too busy and we began to focus on lifestyle instead of health.
We trust our regulators.
By law commercially available pet food is required to be nutrient complete and balanced, all the correct fats, proteins and carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Awesome, I don't have to cook right.
Here is where it all went wrong.
The print on our labels got smaller and smaller, lets be tricky and hide what is really in our food so we can make more
money. Unfortunately most dog food is classified as feed grade, not human grade. Feed grade food is lower in quality and they allow anything and everything into the product that does not even have to be food, just fillers.
What is actually in our pet food and pet treats that are not natural treats?
Mold producing my mycotoxins meat meals.
By-products. This is a big one. By-products are dead animals from farms, horses, feedlots, animal shelters and grease from food waste from animals.
Another By-product is Pentobarbital, which is an anesthetic used to euthanize animals.
Chemicals & Preservatives
BHA- Butylated Hydroxy anisole - A known carcinogen and e productive toxin that causes kidney and liver damage.
Ethoxyquin is harmful if it is swallowed or directly contacts skin. Ethoxyquin often enters through "fish meal" and may not even appear on a label.
Propylene Glycol (PG) is a humectant ( moisturizing agent). It is chemically derived from ethylene glycol (EG), also known as antifreeze, which is extremely toxic to animals.
Blue 2, Red 40 and Yellow 5 and 6 have been documented to contribute to hypersensitivity ( allergic type) reactions, behavior problems and cancer in humans. More recently, caramel colour has come under fire as it contains 4 methylimidazole (4-MIE), a known animal carcinogen.
Don't follow the money
Generally speaking, if the product is really cheap in one of the bigger food chains it is most likely from overseas as that is where the money is. It is also important to note to read the labels and I mean really read the labels.
Read the labels
If it is not in black and white the ingredients are you can bet it is from overseas. And be careful of how they say "Made in New Zealand" also. The products can be imported in to New Zealand and put together here, but not actually from here. I personally know of a vitamin company that does this.
What to look for in NZ pet treats.
Natural preservatives such as Vitamin D&E or NO preservatives.
Sourced and made in New Zealand
Human grade ingredients ( though you will be hard pushed to find any labels saying such with kibble foods)
Foods to avoid
Corn and wheat genetically modified.
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) Causes live cancer
Food dyes and Rendered Fats