New Zealanders love a bargain and a current special on one of the ‘limited day deal’ sites lists “100% Natural” dog treats, 184 of them in total, for $19.99.
Take a look at that photo. I see artificial colours in the munchy sticks and raw hides that are known to cause choking problems and intestinal blockages. And, there is no country of origin labeling, either. So who knows where they have come from and what methods have gone into preparing them.
But, if they can afford to sell so many treats for this price, a savvy dog parent should be asking where they have come from.
Readers who follow my column in NZ Dog World know that I have a problem with linking responsible dog owners with anything ‘cheap.’ A bargain is only a bargain when you get quality and integrity for a good price and you should know where your dog’s food is coming from.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
You’re right! And there’s hardly anything “100% natural” about artificial coloring in those treats. Such a shame.
‘Tis why I make my own treats!
Yes – me too (plus I sell mine).