Chicken + Jerky = Protein + Chew, both instinctive needs of dogs
The chicken jerky mystery is all over the news and weighing heavy on dog owners’ minds, as it should be. From the very first day our four-legged friends enter our lives, it is our responsibility to provide the love, environment and nutrition they need to live happy & healthy lives. The nutritional responsibility is much more difficult than it should be due to limited regulations of pet food packaging. Manufacturers are not required to list the country of origin for ingredients on pet food labels; a challenge that has both the FDA and the USDA on their toes.
When our industry is faced with challenges like this we can get angry, get nervous or get smarter. We have chosen the latter and hope the same for you. My father always told me to, "trust everyone, but always cut the deck." That came to mind Tuesday when the full version of the situation hit the streets.
Know Your Suppliers & Brands
SitStay.com is one of many great dog supplies retailers. Although we don't know a lot about the others we do take pride in working side by side with our pets and the products we share with others. Our arms reach from the product mirrors to the arms reach relationships we keep with our manufacturers. This benefits our customers in many ways including quality assurance, recommendations, shared passion and knowledge of the products we promote. Does it make us perfect? Nah, we're real people, too.
Read the Packaging
Although there may be limitations on what is required on pet food labels, those that are proud of where their products are rooted shout it all over their bags. Ingredients speak a thousand words, understand your dog's needs and make good decisions. Another important identifier on the packaging is the price. Cheap is cheap. Quality has it's price tag and can usually feed your gut with a bit more of the instinct that also goes along with purchasing products.
I am pretty sure this was also something we learned in kindergarten but it can never be reiterated enough. Quality retailers and manufacturers spend much of their time wishing they could chat more with pet owners. Reach out, ask questions, get knowledgeable.
Our team put together a quick, short list of chicken jerky alternatives for ourselves, friends and families and we wanted to share them with you. There are many, here are just a few of our favorites:
Be safe. Be good.
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