You might not think of mold as a good sign, but if your dog’s treats eventually grow mold, then it means you’re feeding your pup natural, preservative-free goodies that will help them enjoy a happy and active life.
Finding a loaf of moldy bread in your pantry might be an inconvenience that means an unscheduled trip to the grocery store, but most people are used to the idea that food naturally spoils. But as a pet parent, have you ever wondered why your dog’s food or treats never seem to go bad?
While it may be convenient that you don’t have to worry about moldy pet treats, there is an upside to buying your dog food that spoils: it means your pup is eating fresh, wholesome food made with real ingredients. Artificial preservatives may extend the life of your dog treats, but you’ll do your pup a favor by switching to preservative-free treats.
Common Preservatives in Dog Food
Lots of dog foods and treats contain preservatives that prevent the fats in the food from going rancid. Spoiled food can make your dog sick, and that’s why pet food and treats have artificial or natural preservatives.
It can be difficult to decipher what’s what on a pet food label, but some of the common artificial preservatives you’ll find in dog food are butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), ethoxyquin, and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT).
Many pet parents try to avoid artificial preservatives for their dogs because there’s evidence that some of them can negatively impact:
- Protein digestion
- Enzyme production
- Gut homeostasis
Natural Preservatives Come from Real Food
Artificial preservatives are a relatively new addition to ingredient lists, but humans were preserving food for thousands of years without them. There are plenty of natural alternatives for preservation, and savvy dog guardians look for food and treats preserved with ingredients like:
- Mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
With salt and sugar, just make sure those ingredients are near the end of the list—you don’t want to feed your pup too much of either.
Why Discerning Pet Parents Choose Tilted Barn Pet Company Treats
We use 100% natural, 100% Canadian ingredients in our dog treats and fully cooked food recipes. They contain no artificial preservatives, by-products, GMOs, or fillers, so they actually go moldy if they sit open on the cabinet shelf for too long—as if your dog would let that happen! *Tip: we like to keep our Tilted Barn Pet Co. treats in the fridge, where they stay soft, tasty, and fresh for up to three weeks!*
Our fully cooked food recipes contain real ingredients like high-quality organ meat, oatmeal, carrots, yogurt, and kelp. And instead of using artificial preservatives, our treats and food recipes contain all-natural foods like salt and honey. Pups of all sizes and ages find the treats and the fully cooked dog food irresistible, and they can even help distract dogs with separation anxiety. The cooked food recipes are nutritionally balanced and make excellent toppers or complete meals.
Check out our Where To Buy page HERE today and get your paws on some all-natural, preservative-free treats that your dog will go bananas for!
By: Animal Wellness