Early this month, the Dog Food Advisor reported that Hill’s Pet Nutrition of Topeka, Kansas, voluntarily recalled 62 bags of Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food because they may have been contaminated with salmonella. Pet food recalls like this one may bring to mind all the stories of tainted jerky treats, particularly those from China, which continue to be investigated by the Food and Drug Administration. And all of this may well leave pet owners worried — and rightfully so — about what they are feeding their four-legged friends.
The number of pets that have become sick and died from consuming jerky treats alone is certainly alarming. Since 2007, more than 3,500 dogs and nearly a dozen cats have gotten sick after consuming jerky treats, of which, according to the FDA, 580 have died. After her own chihuahua, Rosie, got sick as a result of consuming tainted jerky treats, Chris Whitley began making jerky treats for all her pooches at home.
But what about making dog food at home? If you have the time, go for it. But just remember to keep a few things in mind before donning a chef hat and breaking out the skillet.