Are Milk-Bones Good for Dogs?
There are different types of Milk-Bones which all have a different purpose.
The traditional treats are just meant to be treats, so if you’re trying to keep your dog on a low-carb diet, feeding them to your dog frequently won’t be good for them.
These have received the VOHC’s Seal of Approval for tartar control, so they’ve been proven to be good for dogs in that regard.
While there are currently no studies that have taken Milk-Bones off the shelf for being bad for dogs, you may feel uncomfortable feeding them to your dog if the BHA levels concern you.
Some healthy Milk-Bone alternatives that your pup may enjoy could be:
The main benefit to Milk-Bones is that most of their products are advertised as being good for the dental health of dogs. Any of these treat alternatives will help with that as well.
Anything that your dog can chew on for an extended period of time will work around their teeth and knock plaque away.
Chewing also increases their saliva production, which washes out bacteria that could cause gum disease.
I’ve personally seen dogs eat Milk-Bones for treats over a period of years and they never had any health issues because of them.
I would be fine if Maggie had a Milk-Bone every now and then, but since I have her on all-natural treats currently, I don’t plan to switch her over.
Still, it’s good to know about their full history so I can make the best decision for my dog.
Are They Bad for Dogs?
This part was what really tripped me up.
If Milk-Bones were such a classic treat, why was everyone telling me not to give them to Maggie?
It all comes down to BHA.
BHA is a food additive that helps preserve food and bulk up the food that’s produced, essentially making more of a product for less money and making it last longer.
While the Food and Drug Administration has said that BHA can be consumed safely, the National Institutes of Health have deemed it a carcinogen for both humans and animals.
Essentially, this means that your dog can eat products that have small amounts of BHA in it, but over time, this could increase their risk of developing cancer.
Milk-Bones responded to this claim back in 2016 when a Facebook video went viral about the BHA in Milk-Bones.
The company said that the small amounts of BHA preserves the treats and protects against bacteria growth, and that it’s completely harmless.
Do Milk-Bones Give Dogs Gas?
It’s possible for a dog to have excess gas after eating a Milk-Bone.
They do contain wheat and dairy, which is harder on the digestive system for some dogs than others.
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