Product Type: Bakers dog food
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Bakers Maxi Chew
Bakers Maxi Chew
Author Name: daisylee3
Bakers Maxi Chew
Date: 13/11/12, updated on 13/11/12 (34 review reads)
Advantages: Dogs liked them, affordable
Disadvantages: Smelly and messy
I very rarely buy treats like this for my dogs (eg jumbones and meaty twists) as I find that they can be quite messy and not as long lasting as the usual rawhide chews that I buy but seeing as my local Poundland sells the large 300 gram ones for a pound each I thought I might as well stock up as it seemed like a good deal. I've got four dogs and bought eight of the chews. The chews have recently been discontinued from supermarkets as far as I know but they are available from a range of discount stores (B&M, Poundland etc) and a wide range of online retailers sell them too. I have seen them in Tesco in the past and they retailed at around £2.50 each if I remember rightly which I personally wouldn't pay.
The chews come in individual wrappers which are made from a thick plasticy type of material and the inside is foil lined to keep them fresh. The colour scheme is the usual Baker's design - blue with the red Baker's logo. The product name is written clearly on the front of the packet in yellow writing on a red background and information such as the ingredients can be found on the back of the packet. Information about the product is also written on the back with the manufacturers claiming that the chew is low fat and high in taste. The flavour of the chew is bacon and as far as I know this is the only flavour available which will be a disadvantage if you plan on buying these regularly and want to give your dog a little variety. They are best suited to large dogs. I've got three large breed dogs and a medium breed dog and they all found this chew a good size to easily carry around in their mouths.
The first thing that I noticed when I opened this was the really strong, overpowering smell. It smells like burnt smokey bacon and it made me feel quite sick to be honest! My dogs loved the smell though and before I knew it they were crowded around me waiting for their treats. The chew itself is quite average in appearence. I was expecting a rectangular solid treat like jumbones are but instead it is a weird spongey/meaty type of texture and it has twist detail all over it which I think my dogs liked as they enjoy new/different textures. My dogs snatched the treats from me which they very rarely do - they're normally pretty patient and are happy to earn their treats but I think because these smelt so strong they couldn't wait to tuck in! They all settled down and began chewing on their treats. The first thing I noticed was how quick they were all chomping through the chews but not actually eating them, instead they were just chewing them up.
The dogs were a lot more dribbly and messy than usual with these treats as well as quite loud - it sounded just like someone eating chewing gum with their mouth wide open but ten times worse and after 5 minutes the chews did actually resemble big blobs of reddish brown chewing gum and my dogs spent a good ten minutes chewing on them which was messy and kind of gross to watch and listen to. I'm pretty certain that my yellow lab swallowed most of the gunky messy ball of meaty looking stuff whole which luckily had no bad effects! Overall these are messy and stinky dog treats and even though they're only a pound I will not be re-purchasing. My dogs did like them though and the chews kept my dogs entertained for a good 15 minutes or so, so I give them two out of five stars.
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