Are Jerky Treats Safe for my Dog

by Jane McDonald June 03, 2017

Are Jerky Treats Safe for my Dog

Thick chunks of meat packed full of protein sound like the perfect treats for any pup (or meat-eating human for that matter!) That is why this June, we are introducing our new nourish™ line of health products, which include Jerky Bites. Our nourish™ Jerky Bites are delicious morsels of meat sourced in New Zealand and made with humanely-raised meats and all-natural ingredients. Handcrafted in small batches, our simple recipes provide wholesome nutrition in scrumptious meaty bite-sized pieces.

We are proud to say our jerky products are made of the highest quality ingredients available and meet the strict food safety standards required by New Zealand. However, many dog owners are wary of trying new jerky treats due to the recent scares that have been reported. We want to help you understand the difference between safe and unsafe jerky products so you can make informed decisions about how to keep your dog healthy and happy.

First, which jerky is unsafe?

When jerky products were being identified as the cause of many health scares in 2007 and again in 2011, it was largely due to a contaminated protein source, namely chicken, that had been sourced from China. The contamination also included other China-sourced ingredients such as duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky was wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes or yams. Pet owners reported sickness in their pets after consuming these products and the incidents are still under investigation by the FDA. 

So, how do you know which jerky is safe?

Above all, it’s prudent to know where dog food, dog treats and dog jerky are sourced and manufactured. Isle of Dogs sources all of the ingredients for our jerky, including the protein, from New Zealand and monitors ingredient quality and safety through every step of sourcing, production and packaging. Additionally, manufacturing in small batches keeps the quality high, while giving dogs a tasty, safe jerky treat.

And, why should you include jerky in your dog’s treat jar?

First of all, they love it! Additionally, feeding your dog a protein-rich diet helps them maintain energy throughout day and supports overall wellness and longevity. Our nourish™ Jerky Bites are a safe, convenient and tasty way to give your dog high-grade protein in savory, all-natural, bite-sized treats.

Jane McDonald
Jane McDonald


Jane is a dog-loving marketer with a passion for writing. She presently works for Denver-based agency OffLeash Communications and spends her free time outside enjoying her beloved state of Colorado and making new furry friends as a top-rated dog sitter on

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