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Jerky Treats Now Safe?

By Dr. Andrew Jones


A new story has come out claiming that Chicken Jerky Treats are now safe. Source:dvm360

Two brands of chicken jerky pet treats will soon reenter the market after years of reports of pet illness—even death—associated with consumption of jerky treats made with chicken sourced from China. Milo’s Kitchen and Nestlé Purina (the maker of Waggin’ Train treats) say that since the voluntary recall of their jerky treats last year due to antibiotic residue, they have reevaluated, revamped, reformulated and even discontinued certain products mired in suspicion and a nearly decade-old U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation. Now manufacturers are staking their name on the belief that they finally have it right.

Disturbing Facts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has received a total of approximately 3,000 reports of pet illness possibly related to the consumption of jerky treats, including 580 deaths.

Cause STILL unknown

The FDA has issued several warnings about jerky products imported from China since it first received reports of pet illness in 2007. However, despite ongoing efforts to identify a cause of illness, testing has been inconclusive.

What to Look Out For

Watch your pet closely. Signs that may occur within hours to
days of feeding the products are decreased appetite, decreased
activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus),
increased water consumption and/or increased urination.
Severe cases are diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal
bleeding, and kidney failure or the resemblance of a rare kidney
related illness called Fanconi syndrome.

Questionable Ingredients

Milo’s Kitchen ingredients

Chicken Jerky Strips: Chicken, soy flour, sugar, glycerin, textured soy protein, salt, guar gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, monoglyceride, garlic powder, sorbic acid, citric acid, BHA (used as a preservative), natural smoke flavor, annatto color, onion extract.

Chicken Grillers: chicken breast, rice flour, glycerin, gelatin, soy flour, wheat gluten, modified tapioca starch, sugar, soy protein concentrate, salt, monoglyceride, sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium sorbate (used as a preservative), citric acid, caramel color, garlic powder, natural smoke flavor, BHA (used as a preservative), dried egg white.

Artificial color, artificial flavor, harmful preservatives (BHA), questionable protein sources, questionable carbohydrate contents

Dr Jones Responds

My Advice

Don’t EVER feed these to your pets.

The toxin is still unknown, and they contain an array of potential harmful ingredients, providing no nutritive value.

P.S. My supplements ONLY contain ingredients I have sourced to be safe, and effective.

Dogs and Cats are loving the flavors.

Avoid harmful treats, but use these instead:




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Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM