Are you giving your pet dangerous Propylene Glycol?
If you are buying him soft treats from the grocery store, then you probably are!
What is Propylene Glycol?
Propylene Glycol is a synthetic chemical preservative and flavour enhancer linked to kidney damage. It is also used as a less-toxic version of the sweet-tasting chemical found in anti-freeze and brake fluid solvents.
Propylene Glycol is a common additive to soft cat and dog treats as well as soft or semi-moist dog foods. You will find Propylene Glycol on the ingredient panel of many grocery or department store brand pet foods and treats.
Why should it be avoided?
Propylene Glycol poses a greater risk to cats than for dogs. Recent scientific studies have shown that Propylene Glycol reduces red blood cell survival time, leaves cells more susceptible to oxidative damage, and has other adverse effects for cats consuming the substance at levels found in soft-moist food and treats. In light of this research, the use of Propylene Glycol in cat foods is prohibited. However you will still find this additive in grocery and utilitarian dog food and treats.
Where can it be found?
Propylene Glycol can also be found on the ingredient panels of items such as anti-freeze, laundry detergents, soap, etc.
You can confidently shop for your pet’s treats at Pet Planet because we do not carry moist or semi-moist treats that contain this harmful additive. Some alternative soft treats you will want to consider for your pets are: Buddy Soft & Chewy treats, Zukes, and Waggers. Ask about them at your local Pet Planet today!