Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mitzie Is Ambivalent To Redbarn Peanut Butter Flavor Small Bones, So I Am, Too!

The Good: Nothing bad in them, Will help dog's dental health if they actually chew them.
The Bad: My dog just licks out the filling and doesn't eat the bone, Expensive
The Basics: Redbarn filled peanut butter flavor bone (in the small size) is hanging around until our dog gets done with the filling.

The store my wife and I worked at had a ton of products that I think are drastically overpriced. Foremost among the ones which have recently come to my attention would have to be the Redbarn Peanut Butter Flavor small filled bones for dogs, which are essentially the same as the Bacon N Cheese flavored ones (reviewed here!). In fact, when we brought one home for our dog, Mitzie, she was so neutral to it that I wondered why Redbarn even bothered. I realized that the best thing I could do would be to help other dog owners avoid this mediocre product, especially as they search for stocking stuffers for their animals this holiday season.

The Redbarn Peanut Butter Flavor small filled bone is exactly what it sounds like; it is a filled cattle bone with a peanut butter paste in the place of the bone's marrow. The small are 2" X 3" in length (ours was 2 7/8" long, making it appropriate for our 20 pound cocker spaniel). The 1 1/2" wide and 3/4" tall bone is a cattle bone which has been dried, processed, filled with a peanut butter paste and then shrink-wrapped as a treat for dogs. This size treat is designed for smaller dogs, with larger bones (identical filling) being offered for bigger dogs. Despite what the picture with this listing shows, all of these which we got into our store have much thicker bone and thus less filling (the bone is about 3/8" thick!).

When given to our dog, Mitzie did exactly what my wife predicted, which was to begin licking out the center of the treat without actually eating the bone. The thing is, the nutritional value of the Redbarn Peanut Butter filled bone is negligible, so the real value comes in keeping the jaws and teeth of dogs healthy and strong. This only happens when a dog gnaws at the bone, which scrapes plaque and tartar off teeth. Unfortunately, dogs who are intimidated by hard treats, like actual bones, are unlikely to do that. Instead, they will do what Mitzie did; treat this like a glorified Kong toy and lick out the peanut butter center.

That said, Redbarn Peanut Butter flavor filled small bones could be worse. Mitzie did seem to like the peanut butter filling and she is curled up with the bone under her paw (she took about an hour to get through half the treat, before getting exhausted and wanting sleep). Mitzie will probably finish the filling, but given how long she has had the bone without even trying to gnaw it, it is unlikely she'll actually give that a try. She gives up easily on such things and she prefers other Redbarn products to this one, as well as other treats to this one.

The Redbarn small filled peanut butter flavored treat is not bad for dogs, though. It has a minimum of 7% crude protein and 5% crude fat and no more than 4% crude fiber and 35% moisture. It is intended as a treat and the package advises consumers to have adequate water available for dogs that use this treat. Mitzie, who does not usually seem to need a lot of water with her treats, did go right for her water before sleeping.

Ultimately, our store has these for a ridiculous price ($4.99) and that seems too expensive for me for a dog treat which is only marginally nutritious and our dog is pretty neutral to.

For other dog treat reviews, please visit my takes on:
Booda Bones Peppermint and Spearmint
Greenies Bones
Exclusively Dogs Carob Flavor Sandwich Creme Dog Treats


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