Canine Carry Outs Dog Treats Poison Dogs with Antifreeze-Fiction!

Canine Carry Outs Dog Treats Poison Dogs with Antifreeze-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Social media posts warn dog owners not to give their dogs Canine Carry Outs brand dog treats because an anti-freeze called propylene glycol is listed in its ingredients and will poison their pet.

The Truth:

This one has a sliver of truth, but it’s mostly fiction.
The panic was started by Facebook posts like this one that warn dog owners not to feed their pets bacon flavored Canine Carry Outs because it contains propylene glycol, an anti-freeze agent:

“Please check the ingredients of the dog foods and treats you are feeding your pets. If it contains propylene glycol, DO NOT feed to your pets. Propylene Glycol is just another name for Antifreeze!!!”

It’s true that propylene glycol is listed as an ingredient in Canine Carry Outs dog treats, but that doesn’t mean that they are hazardous to your dog’s health.
In fact, chances are that many pet owners that worry about feeding their dogs propylene glycol eat or drink it themselves on a regular basis. It’s commonly used as an anti-freeze by the food and beverage industries to prevent leaking water from coming into contact with food, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:

“Propylene glycol has been approved for use at certain levels in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. If you eat food products, use cosmetics or take medications that contain it, you will be exposed to propylene glycol, but these amounts are not considered harmful.”

The FDA says that humans and pets can safely eat propylene glycol if it doesn’t account for more than 5% of total food intake.
Canine Carry Outs are made by Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Pet Products). has reached out to the company for comment. Future updates will be posted here.