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Over the last five years, chicken jerky treat recalls have been an ongoing problem. In an effort to keep your dogs and cats safe, the Great Dane Lady is advising owners to steer clear of any meat jerky type pet treats, using baked or homemade treats as a healthy alternative.
While there are many types of these treats on the market, the most important factor when selecting a brand is if it’s manufactured in the United States. Beyond manufacturing, the ingredients sourced should also be from the U.S. When purchasing a pet product, look over the information and bag labels to ensure the contents are not from China.
Additionally, human foods healthy for pet consumption can also be served as treats. Foods such as frozen berries, peas, apple pieces, melon and cheese are all safe when fed in moderation. Real foods – those outside of a pet’s usual formula – remain important as they bring the living component back into the diet. Always be mindful as to not overfeed your pets when rewarding them with treats.
The FDA continues to look into the source of the contaminated chicken jerky strips, yet they are still being sold in major box retailers and pet stores. Precise Pet Products are only found in the best independent retailers. When possible, purchase your pet foods and treats from these smaller, privately owned stores. When in doubt, make your own treats at home! For recipes and inspiration, check out The Great Dane Lady website.