Are Yogurt Chips, Shortening or Meringue Powders safe for decorating dog treats?

Yes and No…

As we meet more and more customers they tend to compare our decorated treats to those found in chain stores and dog bakeries that purchase from online manufacturers. Every time we hear them speaking of these, we cringe, knowing that 90% of those treats just say they are coated with… “Yogurt Chips” that are safe for dogs.

What consumers don’t see is the list of ingredients in most yogurt chips. Here they are: Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Powder, Nonfat Yogurt Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Soy Lecithin, Salt, and Artificial Flavor.  

Now, yes, your dog can eat them but take a closer look at the ingredients before making the choice between dog treats decorated with a product such as; Treaty Treat Dog Icing/Frosting or Yogurt Chip Dog Treat Icing/Frosting.

Hydrogenated Palm Oil is high in saturated fat, even we should avoid it. In humans, researchers claim hydrogenated oils can be associated with many serious diseases including cancer, diabetes, and obesity. As for Artificial Flavor? I don’t even know what that is but “artificial” says enough for me. Of course sugar and salt and not the best for dogs, but we all know that.

Is Shortening Powder safe to use in Dog Treat Icing or Dog Treat Frosting?

Yes and no; just keep in mind that shortening powder used in dog treat icing or dog treat frosting are normally created with Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate (a milk derivative), Mono & Diglycerides. Contains less than 2% of Sodium Silicoaluminate as an anti-caking agent and less than 2% Dipotassium Phosphate as a processing agent. There is that “hydrogenated” ingredient again and food additives.

Can Meringue Powder or Human Royal Icing be used to decorate Dog Treats?

No, No, No. Meringue Powder contains an ingredient called Cream of Tartar which is made from grapes, which are known to cause renal failure in dogs. The scary part is that a lot of dog bakeries use human “royal icing” to decorate dog treats which contains all three questionable ingredients: sugar, shorteningand meringue powder.

Can Human Grade Food Coloring be used in Dog Treat Decorating?

Yes, but a lot of controversy surrounds food coloring for humans, so a lot of dog bakers are using all natural food colors for dog treat decorating. Just be sure the all natural food colors do not contain fruits and vegetables that are not safe for dogs. Read the ingredients carefully and ask questions if you are not sure what an ingredient is.  

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 In conclusion, not all dog treats are decorated with all natural, sugar free dog treat icings or frostings. You have the right to ask for a list of ingredients, legally all stores, dog bakeries and farmers market bakers need to have them listed somewhere. If they say “yogurt covering” or “sugars” assume they are using one of the questionable dog treat icing methods and ask for a detail ingredient list before purchasing or not. Be careful in “fancy” dog bakeries too. We sell Treaty Treat Dog Treat Icing and know that a lot of them are decorating dog treats and dog cakes with those yogurts chips and human royal icing. We will not give lists out but we do encourage our customers to ask questions before they buy dog bakery products. Pastries 4 Pets takes pride in using all natural Treaty Treat Dog Treat ingredients and all natural food colors in our dog treats and dog birthday cakes; hopefully more dog bakeries across the world will start caring more too.