are beef gullet sticks safe for dogs

These gullet sticks are very palatable, safe and natural for your dog to eat as a treat because there are no chemicals, preservatives or additives in them.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising pet owners and caretakers, veterinarians, and the pet food industry to be aware that pet food and treats made with livestock gullets (meat from the throat region) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones. Pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer.

If your dog has eaten either of these foods and is showing symptoms of hyperthyroidism, discontinue feeding of these foods and consult your veterinarian, making sure to provide your dog’s dietary history, including what the dog has been eating, how much, and for how long.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising pet owners and caretakers, veterinarians, and the pet food industry to be aware that pet food and treats made with livestock gullets (meat from the throat region) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones.

I maintain that pet owners should be able to easily discover exactly what is in the pet foods they feed to their dogs, including the source and quality of the product’s protein ingredients. Yet this information is rarely provided and requests are often ignored, denied or responded to with evasive platitudes and assurances. Here’s a suggestion – Ask your pet food manufacturer if the food that you feed contains animal necks and if they guarantee that it does not contain thyroid tissue. Let me know what you hear back.

Here’s the thing: The knowledge that the presence of animal thyroid tissue in foods can cause hyperthyroidism is not new information. Outbreaks of diet-induced hyperthyroidism in people are well-documented and are the reason that “gullet trimming” as a source of ground beef was outlawed in the 1980’s. Yet, these tissues are still allowed in the foods that we feed to our companion animals. Why is this?

Quick Anatomy Lesson: The thyroid gland is a small organ that wraps around the upper portion of an animal’s trachea (wind pipe). When a cow is dissected for the production of human-grade meat, the trachea and esophagus are removed together as by-products. Although a law passed in 1986 prohibits their inclusion in human foods, these animal parts can be used in pet foods, which is exactly where they end up (along with other animal by-products that are deemed not for human consumption).

Innovative dog chews and treats are all the rage these days. Despite the claims of their sellers, most of these products are new twists on an old theme – taking the parts of food animals that we typically discard as inedible waste and turning them into expensive and often highly sought after dog treats. A few examples are bully sticks, pig ears, pig/cow hooves, cod skins, and the topic of this essay, beef gullets (esophagus) and tracheae. In addition to coming in a dried form as a chew, the entire neck regions of beef, lamb, chicken, turkey and other food animals are also included in some commercial and homemade raw diets.

Draggin’ out the ol’ box: Fear not. I do have a personal opinion on this matter (though I would be hesitant to go so far [yet] as to call it a vendetta). This has to do with data reported in the 2015 study, which were collected in the United States. In that study, all 14 of the dogs were being fed commercially prepared foods at the time of diagnosis. These were foods that the owners purchased from a company, trusting that the products would not only provide good nutrition to their dogs, but that they were SAFE. This should not be such a high bar to clear, yet it repeatedly seems to be for the pet food industry.

These gullet sticks are very palatable, safe and natural for your dog to eat as a treat because there are no chemicals, preservatives or additives in them.

FAQ

Are gullet sticks okay for dogs?

Nutritional Benefits of Beef Gullets These chews are gentle on the stomach. However, every dog is unique, and while some dogs can consume gullets with no issues, others may have digestive upset after consuming this natural treat.

Is dried beef gullet safe for dogs?

Beef Gullet is a cow’s esophagus cut into strips. Yes it may not sound appealing to us but trust us your dog will absolutely love it. Plus it’s low in fat and high in protein making it a perfectly healthy treat for your dog. it is a natural Source of glucosamine and chondroitin which helps support joint health.

How many gullet sticks can a dog have?

Please note, our Gullet Sticks are rich in protein; If gullet sticks are a new treat for your dog, we recommend only letting your dog chew about 1 stick at a time to avoid tummy upset due to the increased protein.

What are gullet sticks for dogs made of?

Description: Made of a stretched, baked beef esophagus, each piece is approximately 6″ long, and there will be some variation in thickness. Key Benefits: This chew is much more palatable than a bully stick, so it’s perfect for those picky dogs who are discerning about what they’re chewing.

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