Dear Meredith Vieira
My open letter to the TV personality Meredith Vieira – hoping she’ll stop feeding her dog Jasper ‘as seen on TV’ treats.
Dear Meredith Vieira,
I admit it, I’m a fan. I love your humor – your consistent effort to make us laugh. But…I think we need to talk about the treats that you give your dog. There’s nothing funny about what you are feeding Jasper.
I heard you say it on a recent show – that Jasper loves Pup-Peroni. Have you ever wondered what is in that treat?
Here are the ingredients from the original Beef Flavor Pup-Peroni…
Beef, Meat By-products, Soy Grits, Sugar, Liver, Salt, Propylene Glycol, Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (Used as a Preservative), Sodium Nitrite (for Color Retention), Red 40, BHA (Used as a Preservative), Onion Extract.
Let’s look at a few of the ingredients…
Beef and Meat by-products: Meats in pet foods or treats come in two categories; human grade or pet grade. While pet grade might sound acceptable, please know that the FDA allows diseased animal tissues or meat sourced from non-slaughtered animals (such as died in the field processed days later animals) to become ‘pet grade’ meat. Big Heart Brands (maker of Pup-Peroni) states their meats are pet grade. This is no guarantee the beef and meat by-products are sourced from diseased animal tissue – but you should be aware it could be.
Propylene Glycol: This is a controversial ingredient that is used to keep the semi-moist form of the Pup-Peroni treat – components of this ingredient are linked to cancer. The ingredient can be deadly to cats.
Red 40: The Center for Science in the Public Interest stated this food dye “may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice. Red 40 should be excluded from foods unless and until new tests clearly demonstrate its safety.”
BHA: This ingredient is used to preserve the treat – but it comes with risks. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies BHA as a possible carcinogen.
As an alternative, how about giving Jasper cooked green beans or dried meat (human grade not pet grade) as a treat? Or perhaps search for a treat that is made with human edible ingredients (there are lots of options made with quality ingredients). I promise, he’ll love it just as much as his current treat and you won’t be left with the worry of the possible risks.
Please keep making us laugh, but also please give Jasper real food – not pet grade food or treats.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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