I have a wonderful little dog companion called Molly. She is now a senior dog in years, having passed her decade milestone in the autumn, and although being in good health now, she did have a spell of stomach problems at one stage, which have responded well to a change in diet. She is a Shih Tzu and she enjoys her food immensely, and in times gone by was rather partial to the odd Bonio! However she now eats a completely different diet and has left her old eating habits behind her!
This dietary change was recommended to me by my daughter, who is a mixed vet in Wales. She sees a lot of dogs with dietary issues during the course of her work. She suggested to me that maybe feeding Molly commercial mainstream food was not suitable for her and to try alternatives. Since I did this at the beginning of 2010 I have been delighted with the transformation in Molly's health, and now feed her on a diet which I obtain from two suppliers. The first is, Lily's Pet Foods - a relative newcomer to the British market, and the second is a company called Orijen, who are based in Canada, and who specialise in natural foodstuffs for dogs and cats.
Lily's Pet Foods make wet and dry foods for dogs, and they also produce a variety of treats including "Bedtime Biscuits" which are the subject of this review. These oval shaped biscuits are made with probiotic yogurt and contain honey, passion and chamomile flowers. In fact they smell so lovely I could be tempted to try one myself! They are quite substantial biscuits- slightly larger and more chunky than Winalot Shapes.
The biscuits are baked using oats and organic rye flour, and they are gluten and wheat free, making them an ideal choice if you have a dog with stomach issues, especially if they have a sensitive tummy as Molly had. It is important to say that there are no artificial ingredients in these biscuits at all, so they are completely natural. They are also low in fat so should help in weight control. Camomile is a soothing herb and so should help with sleep, but I have to confess I don't feed these to Molly at bedtime as I prefer to give her one as a daytime treat. She doesn't have trouble sleeping and is usually heard snoring before Coronation Street starts in the week, but enjoys barking during the day as passers by walk past the house, so I prefer to give her them during the day so she stays calmer with regard to her barking behaviours!
The full list of ingredients is: Organic Light Rye Flour, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Whole Oats, Organic Probiotic Yoghurt, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Honey, Nutritional Yeast, Organic Chamomile (1%), and Organic Passion Flowers (1%).
I haven't noticed any change in Molly's mood after eating these biscuits, but I can say that she adores them! I usually give her just one a day and this keeps her going until supper. She always retires to her bed to eat one, and this usually signals to me that the snack in question is to be savoured somewhere private, as it is too delicious to let one of my Persian cats catch sight of it!
The box itself is beautifully decorated with moons and stars and retails for £3.74 from Lily's website, which can be found at www.lilyskitchen.co.uk. Inside the box I counted 26 biscuits which last Molly almost a month. I also purchase their cheese and apple treats which are smaller biscuits ideal for training treats.
If you have concerns over commercial run of the mill pet foods then Lily's is a good choice. Certainly for Molly it has been excellent, and she has benefitted greatly from a dietary change. She no longer has stomach problems which were recurring with greater frequency on her old diet. These bedtime biscuits have a lovely fresh scent to them, and I feel confident that the ingredients are nourishing and kind to her digestion.
The range of Lily's food was designed by a vet and developed by his sister. She had a dog with issues similar to Molly's. When the opportunity came up to sell her publishing company she took the chance, and spent time developing the business. This involved a considerable amount of research, and now Lily's has become a successful company retailing natural pet foods. I have purchased mine from the website itself where delivery is free if you spend over £20, and you can also buy her products in farm shops and online from Ocado, though as yet they do not stock the bedtime biscuits.
The biscuits have a good shelf life. My recent purchase is good until March 2012, so they are ideal if you just want some for a holiday treat. I have been delighted with these artisan dog biscuits and can highly recommend them as well as the company who make them.
They are not an inexpensive choice but they do represent quality, and certainly my vet bills have ceased since Molly left her old diet behind her. I think these are lovely biscuits with a freshly baked aroma and are a pleasure to feed to Molly - not just at bedtime either!