Thanks to my previous article about the controversy surrounding pet jerky treats made in or with ingredients sourced from China, which went viral, many people have asked me to recommend safe pet treats.
Among those that I would recommend are the brands below, which are 100 natural, free of artificial colors, preservatives and chemicals, as well as grains, and are all made in the U.S.:
- Just Jerky Treats, which produces beef, chicken, sweet potato, pork and pig ears dog jerky treats with ingredients from farms in Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- Mercola for Pets Beef and Bison Bites, made with grass-fed beef and bison liver.
- Tri Pom Chews, handmade chicken jerky treats that are 100 percent natural and made by a mom and pop company located in Bath, Maine.
In addition, many people now opt to whip up their own homemade treats. I found some great recipes on Allrecipes.com, my usual go-to source for people food recipes, and Natural Pet Recipes, a site with tons of recipes for safe, healthy homemade dog and cat fare. I also found a good recipe for cat nip kitty treats on Offbeat Home & Life.
My favorite homemade pet jerky treat recipe is easy, affordable and oh so healthy:
3 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken, turkey breast, beef or bison steak
Optional: You can sprinkle a little Kosher salt, or drizzle with a bit of fresh lemon juice, which acts as a preservative.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Place meat in freezer for about 1 hour, which will make it stiff and easier to slice. Working on a thoroughly clean cutting board, slice the meat into very thin strips (I use an electric carving knife), lengthwise. Place the meat on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for about 3 hours. Allow to cool; store in a zipper storage bag in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
That’s all there is to it! These homemade pet jerky treats are not only easy to make, they are healthy and safe.
Do you have any recommendations for safe pet jerky treats brands and/or recipes? If so, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.
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