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I buy my dog loads of different snacks but I have to admit that I don’t always check the ingredients and go mainly on what I know he will like and enjoy the taste of more than anything else. I do occasionally feel guilty about this and when I see something that is more natural I tend to buy him it even though they are usually more expensive.
He absolutely loves these pig trotters though I am not so keen on buying him them. The trotters are natural pig trotters that have been air dried and are a more natural treat without loads of additives etc added to them.
It is nice to know that he is getting something that he not only thinks is tasty but it isn’t bad for him. The reason that I don’t like them is purely selfish and it is because they are a bit disgusting for me to handle.
Luckily they don’t smell very strongly but they do have a really greasy feel to them when you take them out of their packaging and there is no way to disguise that they are the trotters of a pig. I can handle all that though but what really gets to me is that they make such a mess.
My dog likes to think he can just go wherever he wants and normally I don’t mind it and he has free reign to go on the couch and even the bed if he wants but with these I have to keep my eye on him and make sure he chews them on the floor because I have made the mistake of letting him off with one and found bits of trotter all over my sheets which wasn’t fun at midnight.
When he is chewing the trotter is breaks into pieces and will leave a greasy stain on fabric not to mention little bits of trotter everywhere which is absolutely disgusting.
Although I know he absolutely loves these and would love them all the time I do tend to go for something else most of the time as they make such a mess. Other than the mess though these are a great treat as they are tasty for your dog and also more natural than most of what is on offer normally.
They aren’t cheap and cost £1;45 per trotter but they last a while and keep them entertained for a little while just be careful not to let your dog up on the couch while chewing one of these.
Anyone who's a dog owner will understand how important long lasting chews and treats are! I've got 4 dogs, which are all big chewers. Without bones, rawhide and various other chews they'd more than likely do some damage to the house now that i'm busy with my new baby. They are quite content with a simple rawhide bone however as I love them so much i'm always treating them to new treats that I think they'll enjoy, which sounds rather sad but never mind! My boyfriends parents own dogs and his mum was the one who reccomended the pig trotters to me a while ago. I was disgusted at first and thought she'd gone mad! Saying that though I have bought weird treats before for my dogs anyway (eg pig ears, pig snouts and cow hooves) so I thought it was worth a try and after looking at the pictures and product description on Amazon I decided to buy a pack of ten as I had a voucher to use up anyway.
These particular treats are primarily sold in bulk and as far as i'm aware they can only be purchased individually from a small number of pet supplies websites and of course pet shops. The packs of ten are much more widely available. I've seen them on countless pet supply websites, eBay and obviously Amazon which is where I bought them from. They're even for sale at Argos (bizzare!) Price wise they're not too expensive but they're not the most affordable treats, either. For a pack of ten it varies from £14-£18 excluding delivery. I paid £19 including delivery which I think is quite expensive although each treat does last for ages so it's worth it in the long run in my opinion. The treats come in a large blue cardboard box and each pig trotter is individually sealed in thin plastic with a sticker on it with the product name. The packaging is easy to get off and I like that they're individually sealed as it stops the box from getting smelly or greasy. I personally store these in the garage in the box as the idea of having them sat in my kitchen isn't very appealing!!
Physically, these pig trotters look like what they are; pig ankles/feet. They even have the nails still attatched.. in fact they look just like they would attatched to a pig but they're obviously quite dry in texture rather than feeling fleshy as they've been air dried. The colour is the usual pale pink fleshy colour with darker bits here and there. Some of the trotters have a little bone exposed while some are in perfect condition. Smell wise, they have a slightly greasy smell.. you know when you fry some bacon, and the smell that gets in the air.. it's a little like that but no where near as mouth watering! The treats are completely natural, have been cooked and air dried and have also been salmonella and bacteria tested. Chewing these treats also helps your dog keep their teeth strong and healthy, aswell as helping to remove plaque or tartar that's built up in your dogs mouth. Each treat is: Protein 45%, Crude Fibre 9%, Oils & Fats 23%, Crude Ash 16%, Moisture 7%.
When I gave each of my dogs one of these treats, none were really sure what to do with it. Talia nudged hers around a little, Clyro threw his in the air and played with it, while Pip ran around with it in her mouth manically wagging her tail. Harvey had a little nibble but at first didn't appear to be keen. Within about 20 minutes though they'd all settled down and tucked into their treats, there was no arguining over who has which chew (do NOT give this to a food posessive dog if you have other dogs in the house or children). Within an hour most of them had chewed most of it up, with flakes of dry bone, skin etc all over the garden patio. I wouldn't reccomend giving this to your dogs in doors as it makes a helluva mess, although as I had wooden floor it wasn't too much of a problem although now I have a baby in the house I prefer to keep the dogs outside with their treats to be as hygienic as possible. The treats lasted for a few days and kept my dogs very entertained, however after that I decided to throw them as they were soggy, flaky and pretty gross. These treats are definetly a hit with my dogs although I don't think i'll be buying them again as at around £20 for ten they're not the most affordable treats although they were nice for a change. Overall reccomended if you want a long lasting treat for your dog and don't mind coughing up the cash. I would not reccomend these if you don't like messy treats or have a dog/puppy with fragile teeth or if your dog is food posessive.