Can Dogs Eat Slim Jims? Can Beef Jerky Kill Dogs?

Slim Jims are a super popular snack that is available in most grocery stores in the United States. They can be eaten on the go or while you are binge-watching your favourite series.

Can dogs eat slim jims?

Slim Jims are not good for dogs. Slim jims contain high levels of sodium and fats which can prove toxic to dogs when they eat too much slim jims. Beef jerky is also known to cause intestine blockage in dogs which can be a life threatening disorder. It is wise not to give slim jims to dogs.

What is beef jerky?

Jerky is nothing but dehydrating or drying the meat to avoid its spoilage.  Ever since this invention, a huge list of beef jerky products hit the market and one of the most popular brands in the United States selling beef jerky is Slim Jims.

Slim Jims have been a leading player in beef jerky since its establishment in the 1920s (as the brand and not its products).  You can find Slim Jims meat sticks at almost every grocery and departmental store. The revenue of Slim Jims in 2015 was a whopping $575 million.

The meat snacks are available in 21 different variations and flavours like Tabasco, Original, Jamaican Jerk and more.

You will be surprised to know the ingredients of your favourite meat sticks. Slim Jim meat sticks contain beef, pork, mechanically separated chicken, water, textured soy flour, corn syrup, salt, less than 2% of: natural flavourings, dextrose, paprika (or other flavourings), extractives of paprika, hydrolyzed soy protein, maltodextrin, lactic acid starter culture, barley malt extract, citric acid, soy lecithin, sodium nitrite. Delicious!

One thing you need to know is that the meat used in these sticks is not high quality but some of it is highly processed pink meat paste that holds the ingredients together. Maltodextrin in the meat sticks is commonly used to increase the shelf life of the food.

The Slim Jims meat sticks also contain high amounts of sodium nitrate, salt and have high levels of fat too. The sticks are not grain-free, which means if your dog is allergic to grains, he/she should not be eating this, even occasionally.


We do not suggest you feeding beef jerky that is made for human consumption to your dog. Instead, you can feed them beef jerky that is made particularly for pets.

Read the ingredients label carefully before purchasing. Make sure to purchase high-quality treats for your pet.