Anybody who speaks to me for a time exceeding 30 seconds will know that I have a 15 month old Chihuahua, Dexter. Anybody who meets Dexter will know right off the bat that he loves to eat. Yes, don’t let his stature fool you – what he lacks in size he certainly makes up for in appetite. So when we were asked to review some dog treats made by nutritious-conscious brand Tribal Pet Foods, we jumped at the chance (literally, in Dexters case). Tribal are an independent, British manufacturer of high quality, veterinary approved dog foods and so I was pretty excited to see what Dexter would make of their treats. I chose two different flavours for him; the first was a classic sounding chicken and flaxseed as I wanted to try Dex with something I know he likes but see if the super healthy addition of flaxseed made a difference. My second choice was slightly more adventurous: coconut, banana and peanut butter which sounded so divine I thought I could probably munch down on them myself (don’t worry – I didn’t)! First up: chicken and flaxseed Good for:
- Contains natural sources of omega-6 which is essential for maintaining healthy skin and a shiny coat
Dexter’s ears pricked up the moment he heard me tearing open the handy resealable pouch and before I had brought out the first bone shaped treat he was on his hind legs. I was amazed at the quality of these biscuits; they’re generous in size and with a great texture (think Scottish shortbread) too. Dexter scurries off – treat in mouth – to the furthest corner of the room and I watch with bated breath. At first my small-mouthed Chi doesn’t quite know what to do with this sturdy treat; it’s larger than the ones we usually give him and requires a little work on his part. However, it isn’t long before he starts chowing down and makes light work of all the small pieces he breaks off; then he’s back for more! Next: coconut, banana and peanut butter Good for:
- The coconut oil is a great source of the rare MCT fatty acids which can not only help improve a dogs metabolism but can also improve a dogs ability to learn
These too come in a great resealable pouch and again we are treated to a beautiful – almost crumbly – texture. I am so intrigued by this flavour that I give them a little sniff and I can just about smell the coconut coming through; in fact they smell like freshly baked coconut biscuits. Again, Dexter waits not-so-patiently on his hind legs for me to hand him this next treat. As soon as he gets it in his mouth he drops it again, ‘That’s not chicken.’ I can almost hear him thinking, ‘That’s not beef or lamb either.’ I move to take it away but he grabs it and darts in the other direction. I then watch as he gives his little biscuit a good sniff and a couple of licks and then all at once he lays on the floor – clasping it in his claws – and starts breaking chunks off. These healthy and nutritious treats have proved a hit with my little foodie, Dexter. With absolutely nothing artificial and made with human grade ingredients it is little wonder that he made fast work of them! Even what I would consider a more adventurous flavour won him over and with the gorgeous, easy to read and helpful packaging, I’m pretty happy too!