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Have you heard that beef jerky could be harmful or even deadly for dogs?
Unfortunately it’s true that some of these meat products are unsafe for pets.
The FDA has actually come out and stated that beef jerky can, in fact, be dangerous for dogs.
Luckily you can reduce the risks by sticking to human-grade dried jerky. The key is to avoid any questionably sourced treats.
Be Very Selective When Feeding Your Dog Beef Jerky
Thousands of canines have been sickened and many have died.
So be sure that your beef jerky is naturally prepared and without an abundance of spices because some can certainly have toxic effects.
In particular, some Chinese-manufactured products are unsafe and can even be fatal.
And keep in mind that the very nature of how beef jerky is made means nasty chemicals could be a factor.
Spicy Beef Jerky Treats
Most dogs like the taste and chewiness of beef jerky.
Owners have long used it as a treat or reward. But, at the very least, make sure it’s not spicy.
Sometimes you can remove spices by washing beef jerky. But the manufacturing process may involve a curing and marinating technique.
In other words, it may be impossible to remove spices.
This is just one reason why we do not recommend beef jerky. At the very least, be cautious.
Store Bought vs Homemade Jerky
Beef jerky is delicious since it is loaded with, again, lots of spices.
The beef is also treated with a salty solution and preservatives prolong shelf life.
Garlic, onion powder and pepper may be included in the recipe. These are all potentially harmful for hounds.
Homemade beef jerky is best because you’ll know exactly what ingredients are in your dog’s dried meat snacks.
An easier way is to get quality beef jerky treats that are specifically made for dogs.
A brand called Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders, made by Nestle Purina in China, should be avoided.
There are several other brands which are also risky. Be careful!
Your dog may need urgent help for a case of poisoning. It depends on the severity.
Is vomiting and/or diarrhea severe and uncontrolled?
Feeding your dog too much of any meat product can cause stomachaches or worse. Most of the time you’ll see increased gas or diarrhea. Dehydration is also a concern.
Upset Stomach Remedies
Dogs can be given an antacid for gas or stomach rumbling. Often times symptoms will go away on their own.
Pepcid and Zantac are generally safe for mild gastrointestinal issues. Pepto-Bismol is also okay for dogs with mild diarrhea.
Careful though! Dosage for humans and dogs can be quite different. Severe food poisoning should be addressed by a professional ASAP.
The Bottom Line
Your dog probably loves beef jerky. But high salt, preservatives and spices make this snack questionable.
Some brands have killed dogs and seriously sickened many more.
Toxicity is a real concern.
Make your own, or be selective or just avoid. Whether as a treat, or for training, not all jerky is safe for dogs.