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Christmas time usually means our cats and dogs get extra treats, from friends or relatives, and it is at this time of the year that we need to be extra cautious about what we allow our dogs to have. Unfortunately, it is often by trial and error or through news of another animals suffering that we get to learn what treats, freely on sale in pet shops and on line, are not safe to give our dogs.
I have recently discovered that Pedigree Jumbone is not safe and I urge anyone who has bought one recently, to discard it.
Several months ago, I bought one from our local pet shop, there was nothing on the wrapper to make me think it was in any way dangerous or perhaps had ingredients harmful to dogs.
The Jumbone was about 11cms long and 3cms wide with a depth of about 2cms. I did not want to give the whole Jumbone to my dog so with great difficulty cut it in half. The fact that it was so tough should have rung alarm bells, along with the fact that no ingredients were listed. However, I gave him one-half, which he eagerly took and began gnawing.
Within minutes, I noticed he was having difficulty and on further investigation saw, he had managed to push his upper canines through the treat, and it was stuck fast, he could not remove the Jumbone, despite frantically pawing at his mouth. Fortunately, my dog is very compliant and allowed me to very gently; ease the treat from his teeth after which I threw it straight into the bin along with the other half, before any of it was swallowed.
There have been reported cases of dogs having expensive surgery in order to remove chunks of Jumbone from their intestines, when it had caused blockages and severe pain to the dog.
I have heard from reliable sources that since there have been a spate of dogs becoming very ill after eating these treats, vets have now questioned Pedigree regarding the ingredients used to make Jumbones .
So not only can Jumbones cause blockages in an animal’s intestines, it can also cause them to become extremely ill. Pedigree is now, investigating the problem and it is rumoured that it may have something to do with the sugars contained in the treat. Some sugars are toxic to dogs.
In some ways, I am glad my dog only got his teeth jammed into the treat and that he did not swallow any. I am also pleased that he was calm enough to let me remove it safely from his mouth and no teeth followed the treat into the bin.
I buy these occasionally as treats for my dogs and they are especially useful when settling a new foster dog to allow the three of them to settle down with something to do.
They are frequently included in our dogs Christmas stockings as well as for an occasional treat, but I do not buy them frequently by any stretch of the imagination, largely due to our old Greyhound getting tummy troubles, I am not suggesting that these were the reason, but they were one of the things we had to stop using. Before that we used to get them about every three weeks for the dogs. Unfortunately for us though the big dog size is packaged and marketed as a single "bone" whilst the small dog size is sold in packs of two. Making them quite an expensive acquisition.
The "bones" are not bones at all but a rice and cereal based processed chewy treat made to look a bit like a bone with marrow in the middle. Having a solid heavy feel and appearance the large version packs in at around 18cm and the smaller version is just 8cm with the width as well being comparable to the length at 5cm and 2cm for the different sizes that I tend to use.
Sold in packs of 1 Large Dog size and 2 medium or small dog size I used to buy these on my occasional trip to Tesco and I now pick them up occasionally when I see them on offer in whichever supermarket I happen to be in as they are widely available from supermarkets and pet food outlets.
Designed to be a chewy treat to give the teeth a work out they do have a slight rubbery texture when you take them out of the bag and I think this is cleverly caused by the rice gluten and I suspect they are made with the gluten heavy rice water we would throw away at home, if you think about it that sets in the pan that you drain the rice into. I believe that as long as you don't have a dog with a sensitive tummy these are an ideal occasional treat that gives the teeth and jaws a good workout as they work the jaw, loosen and remove plaque and will polish the teeth overall. Rice is one of the feeds to give when a dog does have a bad tummy, so these should be OK for most dogs. Jumbone seems to last quite well and it is a pleasure to see three little doggies lying down contentedly chomping away.
Worryingly the ingredients list has sugar as quite a high content and in something designed to clean teeth this is a bit concerning! These days too, it is important that we steer our canine companions away from sugary snacks as canine diabetes is on the rise as is canine obesity. So I have reiterate feed only as an occasional snack.
"RICE FLOUR, GLYCERIN, SUGAR, CELLULOSE POWDER, WHEAT FLOUR, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM CASEINATE, NATURAL POULTRY FLAVOR, DRIED ANIMAL DIGEST, DRIED MEAT BY-PRODUCT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, VITAMINS (CHOLONE CHLORIDE, D-CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, NIACIN, RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE VITAMIN B6, VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], FOLIC ACID, DI-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE SOURCE OF VITAMIN E, SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, ZINC OXIDE, and COPPER SILFATE.
Each Pedigree Jumbone contains the following nutritional breakdown:
Crude Protein (Minimum) 7 percent
Crude Fat (Minimum) 5 percent
Crude Fibre (Maximum) 4.5 percent
Moisture (Maximum) 18 percent
Contain no artificial colours or preservatives."
Price & Availability:
As mentioned these are widely available and a quick check on Mysupermarket.com allows me to inform you that at the time of writing these treats are currently priced at £1.58 for one large £1.83 for 2 medium or £1.68 for 2 small or even better at any 2 for £3.00 at Tesco, Ocado and Sainsbury's.
Most dogs love these and benefit from them. There are some pleasingly good products in these snacks and they are fortified with vitamins and minerals, however, the high sugar content is a disappointment. They are trying to be a healthy snack/treat and pedigree are working hard to please the public with human standard hygiene in their factories and red tractor style traceability of all products used.
All in all these are a good healthy occasional snack to help your dogs teeth and gums and occupy an active mind for an hour or two.
I have been feeding my dog Jumbones for years, they are his weekly treat.
Jumbones come in a number of different sizes so you can find one that is suitability sized for any dog. As I have a large dog I normally buy the 'Maxi' which is the largest Jumbone. They come in foil packets and some of the smaller sized Jumbones have more than one in a packet, but unfortunately Maxi Jumbones only come in packs of one (I sometimes buy him the size below, they are just as good but slightly smaller and you get two in a pack). They come in both beef and chicken (& rice) flavours. I don't think my dog is fussed either way but I usually opt for chicken as we have had bad experiences with beef products in the past (bottom explosions!).
The Jumbone looks quite strange and not like a bone at all! It is about 5 inches long and a few inches thick. It's certainly a generous size. The outside is like a chew (dark brown coloured) and the inside has a soft meaty centre (lighter brown coloured). It completely smooth and almost looks plastic! Jumbones also have a strange smell, I can't really describe it but you can only really smell it when you get close to it, I never find that I can smell it when my dog is chewing on it.
The packet states that the Jumbone contains added 'omega 3, calcium and vitamins' (maintaining healthy teeth, bones and natural defences) which is good to know. It's said to contain 2% fat which sounds quite good but on the back it also states that it provides 49% of a 35kg dogs daily energy requirements. Therefore you should only feed Maxi Jumbones weekly and main meals should be reduced accordingly. I usually just make my dogs breakfast and dinner portions slightly less than normal if I know he'll be having a Jumbone that day. As with all chews and bones, my dog usually needs a drink afterwards so I would recommend having a bowl of water available. Maxi Jumbones are not suitable for puppies or dogs weighing less than 20kg. The ingredients of the Chicken & Rice Jumbone include cereals (including rice), meat and animal derivatives, various sugars, vegetable protein extracts, seeds, minerals, vegetable origin derivatives, herbs, oils and fats. None of the ingredients worry me too much, except for 'various sugars' but I'd like to think it doesn't contain too many various sugars.
My dog finds Jumbones extremely delicious and really gets stuck in to them. He refuses to leave it alone until it's all gone. He has very strong jaws and most of his treats last a matter of seconds but it takes him about 5 minutes of relentless chewing to get through a whole Maxi Jumbone. I believe Jumbones are not only tasty but they're very good at cleaning teeth. The Jumbone is nothing like a real bone, although it's very tough, it's not rock hard. Like most dogs, my dog is obsessed with chewing but I can no longer give him rawhide bones (which he really enjoys chewing on) as they're very dangerous and he has choked on them before. Although Jumbones don't last as long as rawhide and real bones, I find they're the next best alternative. My dog normally makes a big mess whilst eating his Jumbone, they aren't crumbly but they do get all slimy and bits tend to fall off as my dog chews it. For this reason I do not allow Jumbones on my sofa or rug! It's not all bad though as my dog hoovers up the remains afterwards...
Jumbones are widely available at most supermarkets (which is handy as it means I can pick one up when doing my everyday shopping) and pet stores. Maxi Jumbones generally cost around the £1.50 mark. This might work out pricey if buying a few times a week but as a once a week treat I can't really complain.
My dog thinks Jumbones are very tasty and they keep him busy for a while, as well as giving his teeth a good clean and providing him with added health benefits. I'm happy to recommend to all dog owners.
I'm reviewing our Pedigree Jumbones .
These cost me £1.50 for a pack of 4 in Tesco and are available in all supermarkets and pet stores at around a similar price.
I'm really not a pampering pet owner as regards spoiling our pets, and treats are picked up as and when I think of them, rather than as a very regular thing.
The smaller bite size treats have been excellent for training purposes , but I have to admit to finding them rather lacking in something. I just feel they are too miniature as a treat, and standing feeding them to our pets one by one seems a bit boring if not in training or used as a bribe. We like to teach our dog new tricks every so often and I prefer to keep the tiny treats for that (and general bribing).
For a change I wanted something that was a (as in singular) treat that I could offer Kizzy and leave with her for her to enjoy over HER time. Much like when I buy the children a packet of sweets that can last them a fair time . When I looked in the pets aisle in Tesco these Jumbones looked like they would fulfill my needs...... and Kizzy's.
***USING and OUR OPINION***
These are packaged in the very familiar Pedigree brand colours of yellow and red , with the Pedigree logo prominent.
They come as single, doubles or packs of four, and in three sizes suitable for small, medium or large breeds.
The treat itself is simply a hard outer bone style shell covering a softer inner content .
We buy the chicken and rice variety since our Kizzy is a chicken freak.
The packaging lists the ingredients, so you can read this in-store or even online if your pet has issues that might be aggravated by certain ingredients.
The recommended amounts are ,
Adult Dogs 25 - 50 lbs........ 1-2 per week
Adult Dogs 50 - 100 lbs....... 2-3 per week
Adult Dogs 100 lbs....... 3-4 per week
These smell fine. Not quite as pleasant as the tiny softer treats, but the outer coating on these is constructed more robustly and is akin to a raw hide chew (slightly), so there will of course be an odd smell there.
The inner core is softer and smells much nicer . It is a nice consistency where it breaks up easily and often crumbles so that the dog has the pleasure of finding tiny bits after the main treat has been finished off .
These are simply unwrap and serve, not complicated at all. When our dog sees the pack come out she literally freezes in her tracks and almost quivers with excitement . Once she is given the treat she shoots off to a quiet corner and becomes totally engrossed in the business of getting it demolished .
There is no mess with these, so that's a plus. Any tiny bits left just need pointed out and are promptly eaten.
Kizzy can eat this in about 10-15 mins. It varies for some reason .
I understand some breeds have digestive problems and feel sorry for them, and their owners trying to keep them on a healthy track
I'm also aware that there are pet experts and owners out there who will not agree with Pedigree products(among other names) and decry them as bad for your pet, but I go with our vet advice, which was "Try one tin/treat and then wait a few days. If dog/cat has no vomiting or runny stools or any other symptoms of the product not agreeing with him/her then use it". Simple as that.
We have been fortunate having pets with no special needs and nothing seems to upset their digestive system. Well, nothing WE feed them anyway....and this treat is similarly perfectly fine for our little dog.
One thing to remember is that these can be filling, especially for a small dog . That being the case I give kizzy hers around tea time/early evening , and then reduce the amount of dry food in her late night top up of her food bowl. Just like us humans, too many treats on top of full meals will cause weight issues or health issues, so downscale accordingly on treat days.
Kizzy loves these, and Freddy cat looks on longingly when Kizzy is eating one, so I really think she'd love to try them too , but I think not.
So are there any negatives ? Only the price. The larger ones cost £1+ for just one, and four Kizzy size (mini) ones cost anything up to £2 . That means I restrict these to one a week .
At present they are 2 pks for £3 in Tesco, which is a reduction, but not by much and still expensive for a treat in my opinion.
These come in Beef flavour or Chicken and rice, both of which we've tried and enjoyed.
In my opinion they are a more satisfying treat due to the time spent enjoying one, and the fact that our pet finds them exciting and presumably tasty.
It feels like I'm giving her a treat AND a toy and she utterly adores them.
Would I recommend Pedigree Jumbones ? Yes .
Thank you for reading ~~myloh.
My dogs are much loved members of the family and therefore like us humans they each received a stocking at Christmas full of dog friendly treats and toys. One of the items my mother bought for each of them was the Pedigree Jumbone. Pedigree is one of those brands that everyone has heard of (be it good or bad) and has probably bought something from their range for a dog at some point. I certainly have and I regularly buy one of their items for training purposes.
The Pedigree Jumbone comes in either chicken or beef (turkey at Christmas as a limited edition) and come in three sizes; small, medium and large. My dogs although classed as a large breed both received a packet of the medium size Jumbones which come as a duo although singular Jumbones can be bought. Regardless of the size, the shape and what they are made of are exactly the same.
Jumbones come in a wrapper style packaging in the usual yellow and red coloured packaging of all of the other Pedigree products. On the front there is an image of a dog together with the red Pedigree logo and the product name. On the reverse of the wrapper there is information about the product, feeding suggestions i.e. the amount per day as well as an ingredients list and contact details for Pedigree.
The Pedigree Jumbones are essentially a long, hard but chewable treat for your pooch, very loosely resembling a bone but obviously completely safe to eat. Depending on which variety you buy the "outer shell" will be a slightly different colour. This "outer shell" is to be the bone of the treat which is quite a hard, layer on top of a softer centre which although is solid, it is more crumbly compared to the outer shell as well as being a darker brown colour.
The Jumbones have been created by Pedigree in conjunction with both nutritionists and veterinarians of Waltham® (they are apparently the world's leading authority on pet care and nutrition) and are free from artificial colours and flavours. They are complete with Omega 3, calcium and vitamins to help the overall health and condition of the dog. The suggested daily amounts are:
Adult Dogs 25 - 50 lbs: 1-2 per week
Adult Dogs 50 - 100 lbs: 2-3 per week
Adult Dogs >100 lbs: 3-4 per week
For obvious reasons I wouldn't feed my dogs the amounts listed above, at a push they would get one once a week. Even if they were the healthiest treat in the world, having 3 a day would be actually quite expensive! Each apparently provides around 35% of the daily energy needs of a 77 lb (35 kg) dog (my lab is just under at 26kg and my flat coat is 35kg). Therefore, your dog's main meal should be reduced accordingly.
Now, although I buy Pedigree treats I find that some do not agree with my fussy and also intolerant to some things flat coated retriever so I did wonder whether these would be almost a bit too rich for him (the delicate sort!). However, these Jumbones haven't been a problem for him at all but I really do limit him on these more than I do the Labrador as I can't risk his skin being irritated.
Both of them have the large variety which they certainly cannot demolish in 5 seconds flat. The fact that they have to gnaw at the harder outer shell to get to the softer, "meatier" centre. The fact that this keeps them completely occupied for a good 20 minutes is great for me as well for them. Once they have go through that outer shell then the centre seems a lot easier for them to get through making short work of the Jumbone once they have managed to get into it.
Now, whilst I do not feed these to my dogs that regularly, simply because they don't really need them I do find that they are a welcomed occasional treat which keeps them more than happy with their 'prize'. An ideal treat to keep your dogs occupied for however long they last even for larger dogs. 4 stars from me.
== Product Information ==
Sizes: small, medium & large
Price: Anywhere from £1 upwards and increasing in size
Availability: Pet stores, supermarkets and online
I have two border collie dogs which I absolutely adore. I am always looking out for treats to get them while I am out shopping and I also like to try and vary what I get them.
Jumbones are part of the Pedigree range. They contain vitamins and minerals which benefit your dog and are also great for removing the plaque from their teeth as they chew on them. Each chew is about 7 inches long by an inch wide. The Jumbone is a beige colour on the outside, with a meaty filing which is a brown colour.
Jumbones are low in fat which I like because I never like to give my boys anything too fattening.
I either buy this product from Tesco's or from my local Pets At Home store. Each packet which contains two Jumbones costs £1.58 from Pets At Home which is a little expensive compared to some of the other treats but when you consider that these last a lot longer than your average biscuit type treat, then I think the do offer good value for money.
Jumbones are available in two different flavours which are beef and chicken and rice. At Christmas time, they released a Turley flavour one, although I haven't seen it in the shops since then.
Jumbones can be bought in three sizes which are small dog, medium dog and large dog. The one I am reviewing is for large dogs.
Mine & My Dogs Opinion
Well, as you have probably guessed, my boys adore treats of any kind to be honest. Having said that, my eldest dog Dax can sometimes be a bit fussy with treats and he doesn't really enjoy the rawhide type ones that are available. He does, however absolutely adore these Jumbones. He does seem to have a real taste for meat and the moment I start to up-wrap these, he comes over to give me a nudge to let me know he wants it.
Once the boys have been given their treats, they tend to march off to their own beds and settle down to eat them. Both of them hold the Jumbone between their front paws, at an angle which them allows them to chew on one of the end. The Jumbones are pretty tough and strong and you can see them both chewing away trying to break a piece off. This is how it helps to get the plaque from their teeth.
I have found that on average, a Jumbone lasts my dogs around 15 minutes which is longer that many of the other treat items I give to my dogs. I think the fact that these treats are so hard, and the fact that your dogs has to work really hard to eat it, means that the treat lasts longer, and also has the added benefit of cleaning their teeth in the process meaning both owner and dog are happy.
I would highly recommend this product. Jumbones are low in fat, full of vitamins and mineral and also help to clean plaque from your dog's teeth. The one downside is that if you dogs don't eat the treat in one sitting (as mine sometimes don't when they think something better might be happening, such as a walk) then the end where they have chewed tends to get sticky and can leave sticky residue on the carpet. Having said that, on the rare occasion that this does happen, it comes out of the carpet no problem with a quick wipe with a wet cloth.
So all in all, although this product is a little more expensive than some of the other dog treats available, I do think that they still over great value for money, especially when you consider that you dog enjoys them, and they are also beneficial to their health.
My mom got it for our chihuahuas, they are puppies and mom didn't read not for puppies but still they loved the bones and ate like two in about 20 minutes. They seemed fine, during the night though one of them had diarrhea all over their potty pad. They are acting a little better this morning but they still have diarrhea. I say it's the bones that gave them the diarrhea because they didn't have anything else but their normal food and water yesterday. So now just watching them through out the day. I just wouldn't give it to any dog ever again. They love the bones like crazy but you and them don't want to have diarrhea all over.
It looked great in the shop and I thought it would keep him occupied for a while as he loves to chew! Well he waited exitedly while I unwrapped it; he sat, stood, lay down and would have done any number of tricks to get it. Once I relented he took it to his favourite eating spot under the table and chewed away. Great I thought.. he will busy for ages. I put the kettle on and looked forward to sitting down for a cup of tea. Teabag brewing, I looked round and who should be sniffing round for seconds but Gremlin (yes that is his name). He had demolished the whole thing in less than 5 minutes and is now polluting the room with his stinky farts. My advice would be don't get a cattle dog but if you have got one you'll need something a lot more substantial than a large size jumbone!
(I bought this in France and at over 2 Euros it cost more than my meat for dinner tonight)
I have a 3 year old staffordshire bull terrier who wolves down any food or treat put down on front of her. She will not leave any treat half eaten or unfinished. We have tried many different treats since getting her in september 2011. She has had numerous different raw hide tied bones which due to her personality and want to scoff absolutely everything in sight, these have proved to be a bad treat to give her as she tries to eat them too fast and when it comes to the end of the raw hide she ends up having a big chunk in her mouth that she then chokes on.
With this in mind we decided to get her 2 pedigree jumbones for christmas as these are alot softer than the raw hides, they are a good substantial treat to keep her occupied for a while. There was no choking when she got to the end of the jumbone and she really enjoyed the taste. The only down side of the jumbone was within seconds of her starting to chew on it she had managed to cut her mouth and began to bleed. I dont know if this is to do with the jumbone itself or the way she eats but due to the fact staffies have very strong teeth and jaws i can only assume it had somehow cut her gums.
We regularly buy Pedigree Jumbones for our Aslastion cross dog. He often gets a bit bored sitting around the house all day and if we haven't had the time to take him for a walk or we have visitors and he starts to get boisterous we will give him a Pedigree Jumbone to distract him as they tend to last him quite a long time as he happily will sit chewing while we have our conversation with whoever has come to pay us a visit.
They are made by Pedigree which is a brand we know well and I personally trust and we pay about £2.59 for a pack of the two medium sized ones from Tesco. They do come in different sizes according to the size of your dog but the medium 200g ones suit our dog very well indeed.
They are also good for cleaning his teeth and keeping them free of dental plaque and other debris so this is an added bonus. As he chews his way through them the floor can become very messy as he gets towards the end of his chew though so we have to put them on his special mat while he eats them as he will salivate and dribble over everything as he tries to demolish the lot. They are full of added fluoride too and have added vitamins so we know they are doing his teeth and general health some good.
Our dog seems to love these as a tasty treat. We don't give him many though as they can work out to be a bit on the expensive side, but I think once every now and again is fine.
Recommended by us all.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
I rarely buy these as at £2 each in my local Tesco they're rather expensive, but i treat my labradors to 1 each every 2 weeks or so or when they're on offer.
They're a big treat, having the appearence of an odd shaped bone. They're solid and quite heavy, bein around 7 inches long and an inch or 2 thick. They come in two flavours which are chicken and rice and beef, however at christmas there's a Turkey one available which my dog's aren't keen on, but they thoroughly enjoy the beef flavour!
The treats have a weird texture, they're really hard on the outside but also have a rubbery feel to them. Inside they have a soft, bouncy feel that's obviously meat flavoured. 1 jumbone will last my dogs around an hour, compared with a rawhide chew which will last for 20 minutes max!
Overall these treats are ideal for your dog. They work the jaw well, reducing tartar and plac aswell as bein good for there teeth and also low in fat.
After your dogs chewed and eaten it there may be a small soggy patch but this doesn't stain my carpet or wooden floor and my dogs enjoy licking it up.
ICE FLOUR, GLYCERIN, SUGAR, CELLULOSE POWDER, WHEAT FLOUR, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM CASEINATE, NATURAL POULTRY FLAVOR, DRIED ANIMAL DIGEST, DRIED MEAT BY-PRODUCT, POTASSIUM SORBATE (A PRESERVATIVE), VITAMINS (CHOLONE CHLORIDE, D-CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, NIACIN, RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE [VITAMIN B6], VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, ], THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], FOLIC ACID, DI-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE [SOURCE OF VITAMIN E], SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, ZINC OXIDE, and COPPER SILFATE.
Each Pedigree Jumbone contains the following nutritional breakdown:
Crude Protein (Minimum) 7 percent
Crude Fat (Minimum) 5 percent
Crude Fiber (Maximum) 4.5 percent
Moisture (Maximum) 18 percent
I'd reccomend this to any dog owner, even if you have a smaller dog/puppy and worry about his teeth, there are puppy, senior and 'small' dog sized jumbones available. Something for everyone! :)
If you are buying ths because it is lile a bone, buy a real bone. These do not have a great deal of "Bone" ingrediant in them and are mainly rice or cerials.
They come in large, medium and mini and have alarge price tags for what they are really. They are in Beef, chicken and at Christmas, Turkey. However the meat content is so minimal that it doesn't really matter what variety you get.
My dogs eat this pretty well, it does not last long at all, probably about three minutes so dont get this thinking it will keep them occupied for a long time.
Saying my dogs will eat this is not that much of a complimant as my dogs will actually eat anything, seriously Anything!
The treat has a hard, almost plasticy, outer shell with a meaty inner which does smell dog treaty. It is very tough and hard to cut up with a knife but not tough enough to keep the dogs going for ages!
Price for these, the large ones are about £1.60 each and the medium ones 2 for £1.60, mini 4 for £1.60. To be honest you can get a lot better for your money and I would buy them over this anytime.
The only time my dogs get these are if I'm looking for something to give my dogs and I can't find anything else. It is not a treat to keep them occupied for ages, but they do tend to like the treat for the time it lasts for. I would not make a habbit of giving this treat due to the ingrediants and would rather give a carrot as it lasts about the same time, just better for them.
On Christmas day, no one gets left out at our house, not even the family dog, In addition to her share of the Christmas dinner, she got a few treats as well. One of these was Pedigree Jumbones, which fortunately come two to a pack, so each child had one to feed the dog. The Jumbone comes in three sizes, we choose medium for the simple reason, that the shop was out of other sizes. The bone is listed as 19.5 cm long. We also ended up with the beef flavour, but there is also a chicken one available. I don't know if it makes much difference as this only contains 4% meat products.
The Pedigree Jumbone is a hard outer shell with a soft meaty filling which is meant to serve as a treat, and to help keep your dogs teeth clean. This is meant to be a longer lasting chew, something the dog can gnaw away at for awhile, and is often suggested as an alternative to rawhide. Many people prefer not to use rawhide because of potential choking hazards. There are also concerns about foreign substances such as insecticides, and has been at least one case of arsenic residues on imported rawhide, as the hides are not regulated as food product would be. That said I do use rawhide myself but always recommend supervision to avoid choking. Pedigree also boasts that this is fortified with vitamins, including omega 3, and is a low fat treat. So far this sounds pretty good, low fat, vitamins, keeps dogs teeth clean, and a treat they can enjoy for a good while, so something to keep them busy, all the while being safer than traditional chews like bones and rawhide ( as well as less messy).
So - where do the problems come in ? Well my first is with the ingredients, the primary ingredients being rice flour and sugars. So just what I want to protect my dogs teeth, sugar. I am sure the children would love a similar idea. But this biggest problem for me is my dog simply will not eat this. The two bones have been replaced next to her basket every day since Christmas. She carries them away and leaves them under my computer each day, and I put them back. I think she is saying "here you eat them cause I sure as ----- won't!"
My sons really tried, pretending to eat them, carrying them about, trying to coax the dog, but no , she will have none of it. Perhaps she is just disappointed - I mean the kids got new bikes and all sorts of stuff, I suppose a jumbone is a rubbish gift. She would have loved a bicycle, or at least a good chew at the boys ones, which are kept well out of her reach. You see she loves bikes - to eat. I think next year Santa may be very careful, she may well decide to use him for a chew toy if she gets another rubbish gift like this. In the meantime I may as well throw these in the bin.
In deciding what rating to give these, I am taking into consideration that many dogs love them. However, not only does my current dog refuse to touch them, so did my old staffy as well. In balancing the fact that these can provide a safe chew and a nice treat for dogs who like them, with the fact that the ingredients are poor, and neither my current nor my last dog would touch these, I am giving these only 2 stars. I am sure Tora would give them only one. I do think there are better products available. I think we will stick to bones and raw hides, as at least they get used, and I have to take special care of her teeth as they were damaged when we got her. That and our old trusty nylabone.
I have a chihuahua and a westie and from time to time I like to give them a bone, not only because they enjoy it, but also because its good for their gums and teeth. However, as they are small dogs, I tend to buy them small bones because, well, this makes sense! However, they tend to demolish the small bones in no time at all and they're left wanting more. For this reason, I decide to try them with a Jumbone to see if this left them any more satisfied and lasted them a longer time!
I chose the Jumbone not only because it is large and chunky looking, but also because it is manufactured by Pedigree - which is a brand I know and trust. The Jumbone does come in different sizes and I opted for the smallest Jumbone which is still considerably larger than most small bones - and feels much more chunk and solid in structure. For this reason, I felt like it would give them something to sink their teeth into! One of the smallest Jumbones costs about £1.50 from Pets At Home which is fairly expensive compared to the other brands on the market.
Obviously I can't tell you what the Jumbone tastes like, but my dogs give me the impression they are very tasty....at least for those with four legs. A small Jumbone lasts my chihuahua about 3 days and it lasts my westie about 1.5 days and so although the Jumbone is more expensive, it is actually good value for money as it lasts both dogs considerably longer. The only annoying this is that bits of the bone can flake off when the dogs are eating them and then get left on the carpet until they decide to go back and pick up the pieces.
I have bought bones for them before which have left them with diarrhoea, but there are no ill effects with these bones at all.
I purchased a pack of two Jumbones from Sainsburys recently. I have purchased these in different sizes and pack sizes. To give you an idea to price Sainsbury's are selling two for £2.50 for the medium sized bone( 2 x 200g) Amazon sell the small single size for £1.50 and £1.85 a mini pack of four.
I recently re-homed a 6 year old collie cross, called Indie. He really enjoys his food but never seems to chew it so breakfast and dinner are gone in no time. I wanted something a little longer lasting but don't really like the idea of bones because of the way they split into sharp pieces, I always worry he will end up hurting himself.
Whilst out shopping at the supermarket I came across the Pedigree Jumbone, it looked very big compared to other treats on the market and good value for money so I thought I'd give it a try. The fact that they're low in fat appealed to me because when I got him he was a little too well loved. Once I gave it to him, he chewed on it for ages. I also liked the fact that the chew helps fight plaque on your dog's teeth when they chew as well, so not only is it good for him inside it also helps any breath problems they may have to.
The Jumbone comes in two flavours, chicken and rice and beef, my dog doesn't really have a personal favourite, he likes both equally.
I usually buy mine from Tesco, they're priced in there at £1.35, which may sound like a lot but they're about an inch thick and at least 7 inches long. They come in three different sizes, small dog medium dog and large dog. I get the large dog size. Prizes may vary at other stores or local pet shops but I shouldn't think it would be by much. They last my dog a lot longer than most other treats you can buy, and are also very healthy. They contain lots of minerals and vitamins that all dogs need as well.
My dog's opinion
He really enjoys these treats; as soon as he smells them he sits in front of me wagging his tail then takes it away and chews on it for at least 20 minutes. He really likes the taste of the meaty centre, and lays down with it between his front legs trying to get at it. He never leaves a trace of it anywhere. I'm sure all dogs would love these treats because they have a great mix of a harder outside and meaty centre (the meaty centre always seems to grab their attention!) It makes the dog work more for it other than just scoffing it straight down.
In my opinion the Pedigree Jumbone is a fantastic treat for any dog. The health benefits and the helping of cleaning their teeth make so much sense. I believe that they're so much safer than normal bones which as I said can tend to split; I've trod on so many bits of broken off bone to know how much it hurts. The only real downside I could possibly see to these is that once they get wet they do become a little sticky. If it should leave a mark on either their bed or the carpet it comes off easily enough with a little water. I would certainly recommend this product to anybody who is looking for an alternative treat for their dogs.
Long-lasting, delicious treat.