Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bark Bars Peanut Butter And Carob Chip Cookie Bars: Only Worthwhile As A Clearance Treat!

The Good: Mitzie eats them, Nothing bad in them
The Bad: Expensive unless on clearance!
The Basics: A good, but not great dog treat, Bark Bars Peanut Butter & Carob Chip are liked by our dog, Mitzie, but seem expensive online.

One of the recent times my wife and I were out shopping at the pet store, we were pleased to find some new (to us) dog treats for us to try on our geriatric cocker spaniel, Mitzie. Fortunately, in the case of Bark Bars Peanut Butter& Carob Chip dog treats, we found them on clearance and that made all the difference in my ultimate "recommend."

The Bark Bars Peanut Butter & Carob Chip dog treats are intended to look like a candy bar for dogs. As such, it comes in a plastic wrapper which is then covered in a paper wrapper, much like a Crunch bar. The Bark Bar came to us with no pretense: it was in the clearance rack and we had heard nothing about it before we bought one cheap ($1.00) and fed it to Mitzie. . .

. . . or rather tried to. Originally, Mitzie did not devour her Bark Bars Peanut Butter & Carob Chip dog treat. Instead, she warily smelled it and carefully licked it. It took her about an hour to get around to eating the 5" long by 2" wide Bark Bar. However, it seems it is an acquired taste as the next one I opened up for her, she ran right over and devoured! This Bark Bar is segmented into seven pieces so it may be broken up for small dogs, though Mitzie seems fine giving it a try from the full bar and the exercise works her teeth quite well.

The Bark Bars Peanut Butter & Carob Chip dog treat is a hard, mealy bar which smells only vaguely of chocolate. It seems to help break plaque off teeth, so it works well for promoting good dental health in dogs. Mitzie tends to like real peanut butter, so the fact that she came back to this treat more vigorously implies that it actually tastes like what it claims to.

The Bark Bars Peanut Butter & Carob Chip is made with all natural ingredients, primarily wheat flour, water, peanut butter and carob chips. Even without extensive preservatives, the bar we bought in late May is supposed to last until the middle of 2012, which makes one wonder why they were clearancing it! This treat has a minimum of 16% crude protein and 9% crude fat and no more than 6% crude fiber and 9% moisture. Because of the very low moisture content and the presence of ash in the treat, it is highly recommended that one have water available to the dog right after they eat this. Mitzie, who does not usually seem to need a lot of water with her treats, did go right for her water each time she had this treat.

Our pet store had these on clearance for $1.00 and for how much Mitzie enjoyed them (once she grew to like the Bark Bars Peanut Butter & Carob Chip), that is a good value. But I would not pay the online prices for these, as they do seem excessive for this type of treat.

For other dog treats, please check out my reviews of:
Purina Pro Plan Chicken & Rice Shredded Blend
Greenies Senior Dog Bones


For other pet products, please check out my index page!

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