The Good: Good for dog's dental health, Good ingredients, My dog prefers it
The Bad: Least economical pack!
The Basics: Booda Bones Bacon Flavored bones for small dogs are preferred by our dog, but they come in more plentiful - and economically sensible - packages than this single bone pack.
Every now and then, I find myself looking at my wife and wondering just who it was that I married back in April. The reason for this right now is quite obvious; a little while ago, my partner sat down with our dog, Mitzie, and had the dog pick which of two treats she wanted to eat tonight. This was done with my wife putting out her hands with both treats, still wrapped in their packaging, and letting Mitzie smell each one and go back and forth until she placed her paw on the treat of her choice. While this seems utterly ridiculous to me, it seems to work and tonight's dog treat as chosen by Mitzie The Geriatric Cocker Spaniel is the Booda Bones Small Bacon Flavor treat.
Booda Bones, she informed me, come in a wide variety of sizes for dogs and the small bones are intended for dogs less than 15 lbs. in size, so our old cocker spaniel still applies. My wife works at a pet store now and they are advertised as having dental benefits. Given that Mitzie continues to choose these treats, I have to assume they taste good as well.
The Booda Bones bacon flavor treat comes individually as a wrapped bone-shaped treat three inches long by 7/8" wide (3/8" thick). This is the least quantity one might buy them in and there are multipacks. For my tastes and budgets, the single Booda Bone treat seems a bit expensive at about a dollar a treat. Even with my wife's discount, it seems like the individually-wrapped treat is environmentally and economically not much of a value. There are multipacks of the bacon flavor on the market.
The brown bone is designed to help fight plaque and tartar build-up by having a texture to it. The bone has bumps and the bumps agitate the build-up on teeth whenever a dog bites into them. Because the bone is too big to simply be swallowed, the Booda Bones effectively brushes the dog's teeth and tongue using friction whenever the dog bites into it to split it and swallows it, dragging the bolus across their tongue. This has had wonderful results with Mitzie, even with only eating a few of the Booda Bones Bacon Flavored treats. Mitzie's breath has gotten better, though now instead of smelling like old food, is smells vaguely of fresh bacon.
One of the other key selling points of the bacon flavor Booda Bones treats is that it is wheat-free. Apparently, wheat is used in a lot of dog products and it is not great for their digestion. For those looking out for their dog's diet, the bacon flavored Booda Bones treat is made up primarily of modified food starch, water and glycerin, though it is flavored with the "natural flavor" of bacon. This is intended entirely as a treat, not a meal substitute or replacement. Mitzie has been thin for a while, since she moved from Michigan to New York to live with me, so we did not reduce her diet by 5% to accommodate the treat (the package recommends that). She has not bulked up significantly by having one of these treats each day.
These treats are not bad for dogs and the package says that if there are any messes from the dog they clean up easily, but Mitzie not only devoured the bacon flavored treats, she kept them down without any problems. Still, this is basically candy for dogs and the Bacon flavor offers little to dogs that is either beneficial or a detraction. This treat has at least 1% crude protein and crude fat and no more than 6% crude protein and 14% moisture, so those looking out for their dog's specific dietary needs, that might help.
When considering what to rate this, I ran into a bit of a problem. Mitzie clearly prefers this flavor to other Booda Bones flavors, but I cannot get around how expensive the single serving size is. As a result, I consider this more of an average, "once in a while" treat than I would the multipack. The treat is good, but it is a bit expensive and while we love our dog, it doesn't hurt to shop smarter than the individual bone.
For other Booda Bones reviews, please check out my reviews of:
Peanut Butter Booda Bones
Peppermint Booda Bones
Yogurt Booda Bones
Spearmint Booda Bones
Chicken Booda Bones
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