The truth about jerky dog treats

The truth about jerky dog treats

When feeding our dogs treats, we only want that is best for them. We want them to feel spoilt and see that tail wag. We never consider than the treats we feed might be dangerous, or even life threatening, but what if their favorite ‘natural’ jerky treats are putting them at risk?

There have been a number of cases in illnesses in dogs that relate directly to the consumption of jerky-type dog treats. Products imported from China and sold in the UK include dried beef, chicken, duck, and turkey jerky treats. Jerky products from China have also been known to contain antibiotics, pesticides, illegal die agents, and more.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have repeatedly issued warning associated with jerky pet treats from China. Symptoms after eating such treats have ranged from GI upset, to kidney disease.  Dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds seem to be impacted similarly. Pet owners should be aware, however, that manufacturers are not required to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products.

How do I know what a Jerky dog treat is?

When we think of jerky, it is most often thought of as long thin strips of natural looking dried meat, however some jerky treats look completely different in shape, colour and can be hard to identify. Jerky treats may also be called by a variety of other names such as stix, chips, crisps, poppers, tenders, drums, strips, fries, lollipops, twists, wraps, bars, tops, discs, and shapes. Keep your eyes open for any treats that match the above names, check the quality of ingredients on the package, look at online reviews and if you are not sure on the product, look at the brands website and see how transparent they are about their ingredients.

Are all vegetables safe for dogs in treats?

Vegetables within dog food and treats are very common and are often a better alternative to grains if your dog has a sensitive stomach. However, some vegetables in treats from China have been found to contain harmful substances which can cause problems for your dog.

Sweet potato itself is loaded with nutrients and are an excellent addition to a dog’s diet. However, the use of chemical preservatives and pesticides using in China are not as regulated as they are over here. Dogs are being affected by a new, and unexpected, class of pet treat, sweet potato. It is more than just a strange coincidence that dogs consuming sweet potato treats are showing similar signs of an exceedingly rare type of kidney disorder (Fanconi’s syndrome). The FDA found that a certain company in China was contaminated with phorate, a highly toxic pesticide. Fanconi’s syndrome Symptoms can include lethargy, loss of appetite, increased thirst, and more frequent urination.

In most cases, once seen by a vet and taken off the diet of treats, the dog’s health will improve. But the disorder can cause serious illness and, in some cases, death.

Better to be safe than sorry

With such a large variety of treats to choose from, why put your dog at risk? Even if it’s tiny chance of your dog coming to harm, there are plenty of alternatives to jerky.

“We’re not weighing a cost and a benefit. We’re weighing a risk with no reason to give that food at all, and there are so many other alternatives I would choose.” - Associate Professor Dr Nick Cave, of Massey University’s School of Veterinary Sciences

Jerky often fulfils the role of a natural pet treat, as people perceive these treats to be the healthiest and closest food to their natural diet. True Leaf has spent 200+ years of collective expertise years researching and coming up with new ways to make safe and effective pet supplements.

Are True Leaf treats pet friendly?

True Leaf treats were founded on our desire to return that love with natural wellness products that harness the healing power of plants from around the world. Available in a range of flavours with each targeted at a specific ailment of our furry friends, True Leaf treats are created with dog’s & cats health and wellbeing in mind. From anxious cats to itchy dogs, no matter the problem True Leaf has something for your pet, and they taste delicious.

You can view our range of delicious, supportive, sustainable, and safe flavours below.

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• Green lipped mussel from New Zealand: known to support hip and joint function
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• Ground hemp seed: a source of dietary fibre.
• Figs and pea fibre to help maintain healthy digestion and support the elimination of hairballs.
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