More Dogs Sickened From Jerky Treats

For years now, I have been warning people about problems with jerky treats. Chicken, sweet potato and duck jerky treats have sickened over 5,600 dogs and 24 cats. Over 1,000 dog deaths have been linked to these jerky treats. Now, 3 humans have been sickened as well. Since most of the toxic jerky treats came from China, many people are under the impression that jerky made in the United States is safe. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Products marked, “Made in the USA,” mean the product was assembled within our borders. It does not necessarily mean all of the ingredients came from the United States. Companies create grocery lists for their products then shop them around to see who has the lowest price. They could buy chicken from China, manufacture the jerky in the U.S. and still label it, “Made in the USA.” 

The Federal Drug Administration and Centers For Disease Control are working to identify the cause of the toxic jerky. Until the cause is identified and removed, I do not recommend feeding any jerky to your pet. Why take the chance when there are so many other treats available? 

– Aleccia, Jonel. “Pet Treat Mystery: More Dogs Dead, 3 People Sick, FDA Says“, NBCNews, May 19, 2014,


Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.