Play close attention to which country a dog snack has been manufactured in, not just packaged in. For example, fine small print may show that it was manufactured in an Asian country and larger, more easily seen words may say that it was packaged in Ohio, USA.
You’ll also want to see which country a snack is sourced from. This means where the meat originates from. In other words, if the meat in a chicken snack comes from China but is then turned into a treat in the US, you’ll want to avoid this.
2) Harmful USA ingredients.
While making sure that a snack for a Yorkie is made in the USA is one step in the right direction, this does not mean that it is a good treat or will not cause issues.
Some contain very little ‘real’ food and are packed with artificial coloring, a high level of preservatives and artificial flavoring. These are chemicals and they can cause quite severe allergic conditions.
These snack ingredients can cause a Yorkie to develop drying skin, dulling coat, itching, rashes, thinning hair, watery irritated eyes, tear staining, upset stomach, diarrhea
Here is what to avoid:
- Artificial preservatives
- Added to snacks to make them last longer, these can wreak havoc on a little Yorkie’s body. This includes: BHA, BHT, calcium propionate , ethoxyquin, potassium sorbate and sodium nitrate.
- Artificial colors
- The brighter the dog snack, the worse it is. And bright red doggie treats should be avoided at all costs. Make sure that snacks for your Yorkshire Terrier are neutral colors
like cream and tan.
- Chemical humectants
- This is added to some canine snacks to make them soft and chewy, and therefore more appealing to a dog being given the treat. However it is a chemical that can cause all sorts of problems including the dry coat and itchy eyes that we spoke of. Most often, it will be listed at propylene glycol. Good treats will use ingredients to retain moisture, but use vegetable glycerin or molasses, both natural ingredients that are not harmful.
- Artificial sweeteners
- These should be avoided as the effects of many have not been studied on canines and are thought to cause upset stomach. Look for natural sweeteners including applesauce or molasses.