The Food and Drug Administration reports that more than 1,000 dogs have died from eating toxic jerky treats, and more than 5,000 have taken ill. While the FDA currently does not know the exact cause of this outbreak, the history of jerky treats causing vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and inflammation of the kidneys in dogs is causing Petco to stop the sale (both online and in stores) of all pet treats made in China by the end of 2014. PetSmart will do the same, starting in March of 2015.
Pet nutritionist Anthony Bennie said, “Irradiation (the process of exposing pet food and treats to radiation as a means of eliminating foodborne microbes and killing pests) and glycerin (a humectant preservative) is in virtually all pet treats from China. There have been issues with pet food ingredients and finished treats from China for quite some time, including the massive recalls in 2007 that were traced to melamine, a non-edible protein additive used in China to adulterate and cheapen the products.”
America’s Vet, Dr. Marty Becker states “Veterinary Information Network News Service reports that their examination of jerky treats fed to dogs that became ill found the presence of DEET, an insecticide and insect repellent, as well as amantadine, an antiviral drug. Not surprisingly, neither substance should be in any part of the food supply for pets or people.”
Homemade Salmon Jerky Treats by Dog Trainer La Trenda
- Cook salmon in a skillet with oil until it is flaky
- Break off the flakes from the skin
- Put everything on a greased baking sheet. Or use parchment paper if you want to omit the oil.
- Cook the flakes and skin at 200 degrees farenheit for four hours, or until crispy.
- Use the yummy jerky treats during training sessions.
Homemade Chicken Jerky Treats by Pet Expert and Dog Trainer Liz Palika
- Wash 3 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken and remove fat.
- Place chicken on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
- Place in freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. This will make chicken easier to slice.
- Remove chicken from freezer and slice into long, thin strips.
- Place on dehydrator trays so strips are not touching. There should be room for air to circulate between them.
- Turn the dehydrator to 160 degrees and let it run for 15 to 20 hours (time varies by machine).
- Finished jerky should be dry and brittle with a sort of orange color. If any part of the strip appears soft, shiny or greasy, it’s not done. Chicken must be dried thoroughly to prevent bacterial contamination.
- Place in freezer bags and store in refrigerator or freezer.
- Feed to delighted dogs.
- Remember that treats–and jerky is a treat–should make up no more than 10 percent of your pet’s daily diet.
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