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Dangerous Dog Treats If You Love Your Dog, Don’t Feed Them These

Dangerous Dog Treats that can harm your dog are on all dog owners’ minds.
TotesNewsworthy asks that all animal lovers share this with their friends to understand what is in some of the food and dog treats we give our furry family. You don’t want to shorten your loved one’s lifespan. At TotesNewsworthy, our furry family is our loved ones.

What are Dangerous Dog Treats That can Hurt My Dog?

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f you love your dog, there is a good chance that you try to mix up their diet as much as possible.

Whether that is giving them something new and exciting for dinner now and again or by finding new and exciting treats to give them occasionally. There are so many unique and exciting dog treats on the market that you may be tempted to buy your furry friend.

This is great! Dogs are indeed a blessing, and they deserve lots of treats and lots of love. If you love your dog, you need to ensure you are researching what dog treats they shouldn’t be eating. Dangerous dog treats and food are one of the biggest causes of canine deaths in the United States.

This article is going to help you understand what treats are unsafe for your dog and why.

A display of a variety of dog treats in a Walmart, Dangerous Dog Treats

What do Dangerous Dog Treats have in Common?

Pretty much every country in the world produces some dog treats. This means every country will have a few brands that are not relatively as safe as their advertising would make you believe. That being said, there is one country you should avoid buying your dog treats from as much as possible.

That country is China. And no, it’s not because of the coronavirus (that is something to consider, though).

China has VERY loose safety standards when it comes to almost everything they produce. The testing and hygiene standards are minimal at best for many of these companies. This means you cannot be sure that the treats you are buying are safe for dogs. You can’t even be sure what it is made with, and can be dangerous for your dog’s health by feeding them these treats.

This isn’t to say that every Chinese company does this. Of course, many of them are great companies driven by their love of dogs. There are just so many that are not honest companies.

Dangerous Dog Treats If You Love Your Dog, Don't Feed Them These

China has a very poor human rights record, so what makes you think they care about dog rights?

Dangerous Dog Treats That can Hurt My Dog?

Don’t feel bad for avoiding buying Chinese dog treats. This isn’t racist or prejudiced; this is just making an informed decision after hearing the facts. These companies produce subpar and often dangerous products. You do love your furry baby. So avoid dangerous dog treats.

What Are Some Treats That You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog?

Not all of the treats in this list are products designed and manufactured by Chinese companies. Most of them are, but not all. Milkbones, for example, are not Chinese-made, but they are still dangerous and should be avoided. Even if you have been using one of (or all of) these products and have yet to have a problem, it is still a good idea to give them a miss from now on. Here are some dog treats that are dangerous to your furry friend:

Top Scary Dangerous Dog Treats that can Harm your Dog


Rawhide is one of, if not the most, dangerous dog treats. The reason is that it is very prone to blockages and choking. So many pet owners have reported having to rush their dog to the vet after just the smallest amount of rawhide entered their digestive system. The small pieces can block your dog’s esophagus or digestive tract, causing hemorrhaging and even death in severe cases. Rawhide can be purchased from huge convenience store chains for less than a buck (think Walmart). You don’t need to boycott these stores, just perhaps their pet products.

Rawhide knotted bone shape

Dynamic Pet Real Hambone:

These trendy hambone treats are also incredibly dangerous dog treats. The bones splinter and your dog can end up with cuts and scrapes in its mouth. These sharp shards can even enter the digestive tract and cause horrendous internal bleeding. This is similar to why you shouldn’t give dogs bird bones or cooked bones. Bird bones splinter very quickly, as do bones that have been cooked. If you are going to give your dog a natural bone, it should be raw.


Milkbones are not, in our opinion, very good for your dog. You should never give your dog many of these; maybe not buy them? They are very effectively preserved with a chemical called BHA. This chemical is a very effective preservative and can cause food products to last for a very long time. The issue also is with the colored ones with flavor. Artificial Flavor (Source of Sausage Flavor), Red 40, BHA (Used as a Preservative), Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 1.

This is great for dog treat products as they can now stay on the shelves longer. There is going to be less profit lost from products expiring.

The downside is, they are alleged to be toxic to dogs?. So, why would the manufacturers of Milkbones use this chemical?

Because we feel they genuinely don’t care about your dog at all as we do. They care more about profit margins. Don’t take our word for it; just Google Red 40 Yellow 6 and 5, and see how many other products we humans consume with these. Then ask yourself if I want to feed this to my little furry friend every day? The choice is yours, we would not but that is our opinion.

Jerky Dog Treats:

Not all jerky treats are dangerous to dogs. Some are fine; some are not cured so much as they are just air-dried. Many Chinese dog jerkies are “chicken” flavored. This is an artificial flavoring that is toxic itself. Then you consider just how much sodium is in the jerky, and you can see why these treats can be so dangerous. This combination can cause organ failure, blood clots, and even death.

What Are Some Treats That You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog?

At TotesNewsworthy none of our staff would ever buy Chinese made dog treats this our opinion.


Not all dog treats from China are dangerous. Like not all dog treats from the USA are safe. If you are unsure whether to trust a specific brand, do a little research first to see what others say online. If you simply pair “dog treat name + lawsuit” together in Google, you can often find a detailed report of why they are being sued. Besides, making healthy dog treats yourself is pretty straightforward (and very fun)!

Read more – Stay away from Chinese Garlic

For more information please visit American kennel club.

Marko Jankovic
Marco is a travel blogger and technical writer for many subjects


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