(Rascal is available for adoption, photo courtesy of the Monmouth County SPCA)

Remember the controversy about the jerky treats for pets? Well, those treats may soon be back on store shelves. But there are some ways to make sure your pet gets safe treats.

Those jerky treats in question had been recalled, and we were warned by the Food and Drug Administration that around 4,500 dogs had reportedly gotten sick and nearly 600 dogs had died, allegedly from consuming jerky treats.

But in the end, an exact cause of the illnesses and deaths was never found. So now those jerkey treats could be back on store shelves.

So how can you keep your pet safe? BluePearl Veterinary Partners offers some healthy alternatives to jerky treats:

Consider giving your pet chopped veggies or fruits, like carrots and apples, or giving them a piece of their own food with the same level of enthusiasm that you would to a treat.

But remember, some human foods are toxic to pets. Onions, garlic, chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute xylitol, and raw or undercooked food can create major problems for pets.