For example, here is the list of ingredients for Cesar’s Medley Trio Soft Dog Treats taken directly from their website. Rice Flour, Wheat Flour, Glycerin, Sugar, Animal Fat (Preserved With BHA/BHT), Natural Poultry Flavor, Natural Porterhouse Steak Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Caramel Color, Salt, Calcium Propionate (A Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (A Preservative), Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Natural Applewood Smoke Flavor, Natural Bacon Flavor, Natural Grilled Chicken Flavor, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Yellow 6, Red 40, Red 3, Blue 2, Yellow 5.
This list shows that rather than use any type of actual meat, Cesar chooses poultry, steak, and bacon flavors, so there is little to no nutritional value in these treats. To make matters worse, tests on lab animals of Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 showed signs of causing cancer or suffered from severe flaws. FDA tests show that these three dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are tainted with low levels of cancer-causing compounds, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl. However, the levels actually could be far higher, because in the 1990s the FDA and Health Canada found a hundred times as much benzidine in a bound form that is released in the colon, but not detected in the routine tests of purity conducted by the FDA.
The authors of one study supported by Trusted Source stated the colorant showed evidence of physical and behavioral toxicity in developing rats that consumed Red 40 as 10 percent of their diet. It also reduced parental and offspring weight, decreased brain weight, and lowered chances for survival in newborn rats. The Environmental Working Group lists the overall hazard level for Red 40 as low. Other entities claim it is highly toxic, most importantly, because people are unaware of how much they and their pets are exposed to it.
So when it comes to buying treats for your beloved furry friends, make sure you take the time to read the label before you choose. Look for something with the “Made In America” tag. Also, make sure that the first ingredients are actual meats, not meat by-product or meal. And most importantly, choose something completely free of artificial dyes and other components that can potentially cause serious health issues.