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Jerky, Not Just for People



Your pet probably enjoys jerky as much as you do, however, there can be issues with pet jerky. An obvious problem was the chicken jerky treats imported from China. These products were sold as tenders, strips and treats. This jerky not only caused pets to experience illnesses but also in some cases death.

Even with this problem first being noticed back in 2007, reported cases of illness related to imported chicken jerky continue to be reported into 2012. This fix is not to buy jerky manufactred in China.

Another alternative is homemade jerky. It is prepared much like jerky you would for your family.  The main difference would probably be the cut of meat.

  • Slice the lean meat thin across the grain as you would for any jerky.
  • Marinate in beef broth overnight in the refrigerator – just remember to leave out the salt, spices, garlic, onion, and other ingredients that might be toxic to your pet.
  • Dehydrate as you would your own jerky and store the product in an air tight container.

However, if you don’t have the time to make jerky for your pet, check out the ‘5 star’ pet jerky products – Beef, Bison, Lamb, Salmon, Chicken – available from Amazon. Some of them even help joints!

You can get information on the pet jerky items below by placing your cursor over the image.

No treat – jerky or otherwise – should be substituted for a balanced diet and fed only occasionally in small amounts. And. . . if you think your pet may have eaten a tainted treat, seek medical attention from your veterinarian immediately.


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