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Old 05-24-2017, 09:01 AM   #1
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Question Which dog treats are safe?

I know that some dog treats can also be given to hamsters and would like to know how to figure out which I should and should not give to Marti. Since I live in Russia, I don't have an access to some of the brands widely discussed here, such as whimzees, and I'd just like to know what to look for in the ingredients and which types of dog treats are generally good for hammies.
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Old 05-24-2017, 09:04 AM   #2
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There should be no biproducts,derivatives,digest,or unspecified liver or any other unspecified biproducts including meat and bone meals of any sort.You also shouldn't have any unspecified preservatives or BHA/BHT/ethoxyquin(known to cause cancer) nor should there be any artificial dyes or flavors.There should also be no artificial sweeteners or processed sugars(sorbitol,maltodextrin,dextrose,etc).Propyle ne glycol(used in the making of antifreeze)is another frequently overlooked ingredient which is absolutely not safe.

Other than that,treats must never be irradiated or come from China.They shouldn't be from any sort of sketchy company,although I can't be sure what sort of companies like that would exist in Russia

Also be certain that if they are to be shared with dogs or cats they don't have any corn or wheat,as these are two horrible things for dogs and cats(incredibly difficult to digest,no nutritional value,and more often than not causes some sort of reaction whether obvious like rashes or often ignored like a greasy feeling coat or paw licking etc).
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:03 AM   #3
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Default Re: Which dog treats are safe?

Thank you very much for the info! I'll save it and be sure to check every treat before buying it. Any advice on reliable brands? We have a lot of European and US brands here, but not all of them. If you could name some, I'll try to see if they sell them here. Also, which to avoid in case the bad ones are sold here as well?
I don't have a cat or a dog at the moment, but I'll be careful if I get one in the future!
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:45 PM   #4
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I know that in the US some really bad brands would be Evanger's,Diamond,and anything by Scott Pet Products.The overwhelming majority of Purina products are terrible,and those which aren't would still have questionable at best quality.I honestly have never seen a remotely acceptable Pedigree product either.

Zooplus seem to deliver to Russia.Just going off the brands shown(most popular I believe!)there is Orijen which is an excellent company.I do know the original freeze dried treats have flounder though,so perhaps an extra opinion on those would be required.However the duck ones are just duck and liver,so fed in moderation(high fat content with liver and duck meat)those would be fine as well.Lily's Kitchen Cheese and Apple biscuits are also good.

There are probably many other decent products.As long as you stay away from Milk Bone,Purina,and Pedigree but stick to high quality natural products that are safely sourced with 100% safe and specific ingredients you should do wonderfully
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