Can people eat chicken jerky for dogs? Let’s Explore

How do I Know if Jerky is of Good Quality?

Unfortunately, not every dog treat labeled as jerky, contains real jerky. Often, so-called “jerky for dogs” contains additives, fillers and preservatives. In almost all cases these substances have been added to enable the profit-margin optimized mass-production of dog treats made from low-quality, feed-grade ingredients.

  • Single-ingredient (only meat, poultry or fish without additives, fillers or preservatives)
  • Pure muscle meat (not pressed meat by-products)
  • Furthermore, it is recommended to avoid jerky treats made in China. Between August 2007, through December 2015, more than 6,200 dogs, 26 cats and three people became severely ill in what is now known as the “melamine scandal”. More than 1,140 of those dogs died. Even though the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never been able to fully identify the exact root-cause of the illnesses, it was highly associated with the consumption of pet jerky treats imported from China.⁴

    The below label of chicken jerky for dogs is a great example of what to look out for when selecting a premium treat for your dog. The label clearly indicates that the jerky is made of just one single ingredient (chicken breast). Furthermore, it indicates that the chicken used to make this treat has originated from U.S. farms, and that the product itself is also made in the USA. The label also states that the jerky is free from antibiotics, hormones or steroids.

    Label of Single-Ingredient Chicken Jerky for Dogs, Sourced and Made in the USA

    Benefits of Jerky as a Dog Treat

  • Dehydration is a gentle, low-temperature process, which preserves vitamins and other temperature sensitive nutrients better than baking, cooking or frying. Premium jerky is therefore rich in vitamins and nutrients.
  • Dehydrated meat is a very dense source of protein. Depending on the type of meat used, jerky may consist of over 85 percent high-quality protein.
  • Single-ingredient jerky for example, made from chicken or turkey breast is extremely lean. This makes this kind of jerky a great treat for dogs on a diet.
  • Due to the low water content, jerky is relatively tough and chewy. When dogs are gnawing on dehydrated meat, this process supports the removal of plaque and tartar build-up. As a result, this contributes to the overall dental hygiene of canines.
  • As premium jerky consists entirely of meat, it is a perfectly suitable snack for dogs on a raw diet.
  • Season with dog-friendly spices if desired

    Tumeric or ginger are good options.

    Chicken Jerky For Dogs (3 Flavors) | Proud Dog Mom

    Dehydrated Chicken Jerky Treats for Dogs are one of the best ways to show your dog you love them, and save money in the meantime!

    Many jerky treats for dogs are made with chemicals we wouldnt eat ourselves, so why feed them to our best friend?

    This easy chicken jerky treat for dogs will make you feel better about what youre offering your fur babies. And it will make your fur babies extremely happy that youre doing it for them!

    Tip – before you get started, you can freeze your chicken breast or tenders for an hour or so to make slicing easier.