Dog treats play an important part in our dog’s everyday life. So it’s important we feed our dogs a healthy, well balanced dog treat. Many low-end dog treats will contain corn or wheat in the first few ingredients. Dog owner’s need to be aware of the high carbohydrates these treats may contain. Over-feeding could cause weight gain or other health-related issues. So what’s the worst dog treats?


10. Ol’ Roy® Basted Biscuits Dog Treats

Taking a look at the ingredient list we will find wheat flour as the #1 ingredient in Ol’ Roy Beef Basted Biscuits. Meat & Bone Meal, the #2 ingredient, is a concentrative protein from animal rendering. Imagine making a big stew of animal parts and cooking it so hot for so long that it dries up. The leftover residue is a high protein powder.

Unfortunately, many low-end brands do not state the actual animal that is rendered. Think about that for a second… It could be ANY animal. Higher-end dog treats usually state the animal being used in meat & bone meal. Salt, artificial colors and flavoring is also found in this low-end brand.

Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Meat & Bone Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Calcium Carbonate, Rice Starch, Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Beef Broth, Animal Plasma, Carboxymethylcellulose, Dried Chicken Liver Powder, Potassium Sorbate (to Preserve Freshness), Salt, Natural Flavors, Brewers Yeast, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Red 40, Caramel Color, Iron Oxide.


9. Purina® ALPO Variety Snaps Dog Treats

Just like Ol’Roy Basted Biscuits, Alpo Variety Snaps #1 ingredient is wheat flour. Wheat flour breaks down in the dog’s body as glucose (sugar) and can cause an array of problems later in life. Dog diabetes can be the end result from eating to much wheat flour. The #5 ingredient is Chicken-by product meal.

Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Beef Tallow Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Wheat Gluten, Lecithin, Chicken By-Product Meal, Animal Digest (Source of Liver Flavor), Lamb Meal, Oat Fiber, Mono and Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Garlic Powder, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Yellow 6. I-5051.



8. Canine Carry Outs® Beef Flavor Dog Treats

Chicken is found at the top of the ingredient list with this treat. Chicken is a great source of protein for dogs. When you see chicken as the #1 ingredient you know your off in the right direction in finding the right treat for your dog. Unfortunately, Canine Carry Outs fails to to keep the healthy ingredients in the top 5.

Corn syrup is the #2 ingredient. Corn syrup or any sugar is terrible for your dog. Sugar leads to obesity, tooth decay and diabetes in dogs. BHA also know as Butylated Hydroxyanisole is also found in Canine Carry Outs. It’s important to know that BHA is a cancer causing agent in humans. This preservative is actually listed by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a chemical known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

Ingredients: Chicken, Corn Syrup, Soy Flour, Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Water, Propylene Glycol, Animal Fat (BHA Used As A Preservative), Animal Digest, Calcium Sulfate, Soy Protein Concentrate, Sugar, Beef, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Phosphoric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sorbic Acid (Used As A Preservative), Red 40 Lake, Garlic Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor, Iron Oxide, BHA (Used As A Preservative), Citric Acid (Used As A Preservative).



7. Pup-Peroni® Dog Treats

Just like Canine Carry Outs, Pup-Peroni starts with a great protein source for dogs, beef. Unfortunately, meat-by products, sugar, salt and BHA preservative is also found in this low-end treat. Meat by-proudct is not actually meat. It is the “other parts” of the animal. This can include brain, intestines, bone, blood, kidneys, lungs, spleen and eyes. Take note this brand doesn’t actually state what type of meat or animal by-product it is. The animal being used is unknown to the consumer.

Ingredients: Beef, Meat By-Products, Soy Grits, Sugar, Liver, Salt, Propylene Glycol, Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (Used As A Preservative), Sodium Nitrite (For Color Retention), Red 40, BHA (Used As A Preservative), Onion Extract.



6. Purina® Beggin’ Strips Dog Treats

Heavily advertised across the USA for years. Beggin’ Strips treat is sold as being “so good they will be beggin’ for more”. Taking a look at the ingredient list, the health conscious dog owner should really consider an alternative then this brand.

Taking a look at the ingredient list of the bacon and beef flavor, we will find ground wheat as the #1 ingredient in this treat. Bacon what dogs really are beggin’ for is #9 on the list. Sugar is #7 on the list. So coming off this ingredient list there is more sugar then bacon in this treat. BHA, again is also found in these treats. Artificial flavors and colors make up the rest of this low-end dog treat.

Ingredients: Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Flour, Water, Glycerin, Ground Yellow Corn, Sugar, Soybean Meal, Bacon (Preserved with Sodium Nitrite), Salt, Bacon Fat (Preserved with BHA and Citric Acid), Phosphoric Acid, Sorbic Acid (a Preservative), Calcium Propionate (a Preservative), Natural and Artificial Smoke Flavors, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Yellow 6, Added Color. T-4005.



5. Purina® Beneful Baked Delights Dog Treats

You will find no meat sources within the top 5 ingredients in Purina Baked Delights Beef Dog Treats. Brewer’s rice is the #1 ingredient in this dog treat. Brewer’s rice is processed rice produced from the small milled fragments of rice kernels. This separation of large kernels of rice results in many missing nutrients that are normally found in whole white rice and brown rice. Ground yellow corn, the #3 ingredient, is nothing more then cheap filler. It provides little nutritional value to your dog. Many dog breeds have a hard time digesting corn as well.

Ingredients: Brewer’s Rice, Ground Wheat, Glycerin, Ground Yellow Corn, Wheat Flour, Chicken By-Product Meal, Natural Flavors, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Whey, Wheat Starch, Beef, Egg and Chicken Flavor, Dried Cheese Powder, Oat Fiber, Sugar, Salt, Phosphoric Acid, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Sorbic Acid (a Preservative), Calcium Propionate (a Preservative), Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Yellow 6, Citric Acid, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract. D-4051.



4. Pedigree®  Marrowbone Dog Treats

There is actually real cooked bone marrow in this dog treat. Unfortunately for our dogs it comes in at #6 on the ingredient list. There is more Wheat Flour, Meat & Bone Meal, Sugar, Natural Poultry Flavor, Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha/Bht) then actual bone marrow. Dog’s absolutely love the taste of sugar. That’s why this ingredient is in the top 5. They will devour these types of treats. The dog owner senses since the dog likes it the treat must be good.

Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Meat & Bone Meal, Sugar, Natural Poultry Flavor, Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha/Bht), Cooked Bone Marrow, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Malted Barley, Sodium Metabisulfite (A Preservative), Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid.



3. Pup Corn® Dog Treats

This doesn’t look like your typical milk bone so don’t be fooled. If you’re looking for a healthier treat for your dog this brand is not your answer. Corn flour is the #1 ingredient in this dog treat. We couldn’t imagine the mess this treat would make with allergy sensitive dogs.

Ingredients: Corn Flour, Natural Chicken Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Water (for Processing), Canola Oil, Dried Cheese Product, Mono and Di-Glycerides, Yellow #6.


2. Milk-Bone® Original Dog Treats

A very popular dog treat among many dog owners is the Milk-Bone. This #1 seller is filled with wheat flour and meat & bone meal. Controversial BHA preservative is also found in the milk bone. Dog’s that need to lose weight are recommended to stay away from the ever so popular milk-bone.

Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Meat and Bone Meal, Wheat Bran, Milk, Beef Fat (Preserved with BHA), Salt, Natural Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Wheat Germ, Calcium Carbonate, Brewer’s Dried Yeast, Malted Barley Flour, Sodium Metabisulfite (Used As A Preservative), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Bah (Used As A Preservative).


1. Gravy Train® Dog Treats

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Gravy Train does it again. Why are we not surprised…. Wheat flour, soy flour and ground corn is the top protein sources within this dog treat. Corn syrup rounds the top 5 to entice the dog into even considering consuming this low-end dog treat. BHA like all other low-end dog treats is used to preserve the animal fat in this treat. Propylene glycol, salt, artificial colors and flavors are also found in this low-end treat.

Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Soy Flour, Water Sufficient for Processing, Ground Corn, Corn Syrup, Chicken By-Product Meal, Propylene Glycol, Beef, Animal Fat (BHA Used as Preservative), Dried Cheese Product, Calcium Sulfate, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Natural Flavor, Bone Phosphate, Titanium Dioxide, Potassium Sorbate (Used As a Preservative), Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), Onion Extract.