Beef Jerky is a type of snack that’s getting some bad press lately. Premature dog deaths have occurred across the United States with some cases linked to beef jerky. Is this type of people food really considered that unsafe for dogs?
The FDA has weighed in about the dangers of feeding your pets this food. Since beef jerky is somewhat similar to dog treats, and we hear of people often feeding it to their dogs, we have to set the record straight.
Read up as much as possible, here and from other sources, before offering your dog a delicious beef jerky as a snack. Our opinion is very clear regarding this matter.
Can I Give My Dog Beef Jerky? Answer: No, see recent FDA information
Previously it was thought that dogs could have beef jerky, as long as it didn’t contain heavy spices.
But things have changed since 5,600+ dogs were sickened over the years. Over a thousand have died! If you wish to give your dog some beef jerky, it should be naturally prepared. Commercial beef jerky products, especially those manufactured in China, can be unsafe and even fatal. Even higher quality kinds are often loaded with chemical treatments that may be toxic for canines. Be very cautious about feeding your dog any type of store bought beef jerky.
Beef Jerky as Treats
Most dogs like the taste and chewy qualities of beef jerky. As a result, this type of food is commonly used as a treat or reward during training. If you plan to use beef jerky, the kind intended for people, at the very least make sure it’s not the spicy kind.
You can sometimes remove spices by washing the beef under running water. However, the process of making it involves a curing and marinating technique. It may be impossible to get rid of all the spices which is why we avoid using beef jerky altogether.
Typical Beef Jerky Ingredients
Beef jerky food treats are delicious for a reason. They’re loaded up with spices and preservatives which also ensures a long shelf life. The beef is often treated with an intensely salty solution. To top it off, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper may be included in the recipe.
All these less obvious ingredients are potentially dangerous. Most people know these are harmful for their pets but they are sight unseen. That’s why it’s not practical to give beef jerky, the kind intended for humans, to pet dogs. There are, however, some beef jerky treats which are especially made for pets. These are much safer! You can also make homemade beef jerky treats so you’ll know exactly what ingredients go into the preparation of Fido’s dried meat snacks.
More on the Risks
Feeding your dog an uncontrolled amount of any type of meat products can cause stomachaches or worse. Even if everything goes relatively well, they may still experience increased gas or diarrhea.
A brand called Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders which is made by Nestle Purina in China should be avoided.
There may be many other brands which are also dangerous. If you are dealing with such a situation, depending on the severity, your dog may need veterinary care. This is especially true if the vomiting and diarrhea are uncontrolled.
Remedies for Upset Stomach
You can give your dog an antacid to treat gas or if you hear stomach rumbling. Pepcid and Zantac are people medicines which are generally safe for dogs suffering from mild gastrointestinal issues. Pepto-Bismol is also okay for canines with mild diarrhea. Just be sure to use a proper dose, as instructed by a vet, since dosage for humans and dogs can be quite different. Obviously, case of severe food poisoning should be addressed at a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Conclusion on Beef Jerky
Dogs find beef jerky treats to be tasty but they should be avoided. At the very least, they contain high levels of salt and other harmful spices. Some brands, especially those made in China, have killed many dogs and seriously sickened thousands of others. If you wish to use beef jerky as a treat or for training purposes, made your own at home so you can control what actually goes into making it.