“ Brand: Tesco / Food Type: Dog Food „
These treats are from Tesco's own range of dog treats. I regulary buy my dogs their treats from this range because it's much better value for money than the higher-end brands such as Bakers and Pedigree, but it's still good quality. These particular treats are crunchy bone shaped biscuits which are flavoured with parsley and eucalyptus. I found this flavour quite a bizzare choice as most dog treats are either chicken or beef flavoured and I wasn't sure if my dogs would like them.
The fact they smell so strongly didn't really help either and my dogs weren't keen at first, but now they're used to them they seem to enjoy them. Tesco claim that the parsley and eucalyptus help freshen the dogs' breath and state that the treats contain natural oils which help keep the dogs coat and skin healthy. The treats have quite a lengthy list of ingredients including meat, animal derivatives, oils & fats, sunflower seeds and so on. There are also various vitamins included in the ingredients including vitamin A, E and D3.
The treats are great value at just £1.19 for a generously sized 400 gram box of treats. I have four dogs and one box of the treats lasts anywhere between a week and two weeks so it's brilliant value and much cheaper than a lot of similar treats sold by other brands. Obviously they won't be long lasting if you feed your dog handfuls of them each day, and I usually give my dogs 2 each everyday as they're the perfect size to be a nice bite sized snack.
Packaging wise, they come in a cardboard box which is the same size and shape that an average cereal box would be. The colour scheme is quite bland as it's a light shade of khaki and there's a large black paw print in the top left corner which has white font stating the product and brand name. Undearneath there's a brief product description. The main focus on the box is the photograph of a yellow labrador, this takes up half the box and obviously makes it clear that the treats are aimed at dogs. There's also a picture of three of the treats,showing the consumer clearly what the box contains.
I came across these in my local Tesco about six months ago now and decided to get them for my dogs to try. They seemed new and different and although the flavour seemed a little odd, I thought they were worth a try and even if my dogs absolutely hated them, at £1.19 it wouldn't be a massive waste of money. The box that they come in is a little bulky. I only have a small kitchen with limited storage space so the dog treats have to be stored either in the large dog treat storage box we have, or in the little gap we have on the work surface next to my microwave. The box hogs all of this space on my kitchen worktop so I have to transfer it into the dog treat storage box, which is worth doing anyway as once the box that the treats come in is open the smell leaks out and the box can not be re-sealed.
The smell is strong but not unpleasant, it's not meaty at all (like a lot of other dog treats are) and you can really smell the eucalyptus. There's a faint biscuity type smell as well which has quite a sweet undertone. The first time I gave these to my dogs I don't think they really knew what to do with them. Talia ran off with one in her mouth then spat it out and batted it around with her paw, Pip had a nibble then left it and the other two didn't take the treats from my hand so I put them on the floor. After a while of sniffing and playing with the bone shaped treats, they all ate them and i've been buying the treats ever since as all of my dogs seem to like them. They're the perfect size as an occasional bite-sized snack throughout the day (I give my four dogs 2 a day each spread out the day). They're not ideal as training aids as they're quite large (3 inches ish).
The treats are crumbly but as I have a wooden floor this is not an issue. If you have a carpet obviously the crumbs will become stuck to the carpet fibres so i'd advise putting your dog(s) outside witht these treats. My dogs all seem to like them and munch them up in under a minute so they must be tasty. They've not got a hard texture so a puppy wouldn't struggle with them. They're suitable for adult dogs and puppies over 4 months old.
Overall, these are an unusual treat, a bit messy and strong-smelling but cheap and my dogs like them so overall reccomended.
These little bone shaped biscuits from Tesco are a bit of an oddity. They smell unusual for a dog biscuit which I put down to the addition of parsley and menthol. I first purchased these for my dog some time ago whilst looking for something different to offer him as a treat. Because they are quite small, around 4 or 5 cms long they are ideal for most breeds as they are neither fiddly for larger mouthed dogs or too big for smaller ones. My dog was very tentative about trying them. I put this down to the unusual smell, I think he was unsure what they actually were and it took him a few hesitant tries to actually put one in his mouth. Once he started to eat one though, he thoroughly enjoyed it and was soon back for more. I have bought them again on several occasions and each time his reaction is the same. It takes him a while to recognise that they are a treat he enjoys. So, that said, I think they are a winner because they are a bit different and dogs get just as bored as we do with a repetitive diet. Great for training too.
Having recently acquired a young puppy I find I have a whole new range of products to try out on the supermarket shelves. I like to find little treats for him and as I recently read a review on these treats I thought I would look for them the next time I was in Tesco so that I could try them out on my puppy.
What are they?
They are little bone shaped biscuits which are about three inches long and which are flavoured with Eucalyptus and Parsley. According to the packet they also contain natural oils for healthy skin and coat. They come in a fairly plain box which is white with a picture of a sad dog on the front and there is no real indication on the packet how big the biscuits are inside. That probably isn't a problem for anyone with a big dog but if, like me, you have a small dog then it haleps if you have an idea how big they are.
Now eucalyptus and parsley seems a strange combination in a biscuit to me and you can smell the eucalyptus when you open the packet but little Ellery has no preconceived ideas about flavour combinations so it didn't worry him a jot what I thought - he relies on whether it tastes good.
Suffice it to say that the first biscuit was demolished pretty quickly and there wasn't a crumb left on the carpet (although they were a few made as he ate it). I take that to be a pretty good indication that he likes them very much especially as he has been pretty keen to finish the packet.
The nutritional information on the packet is pretty limited and I would have liked to know more. Sadly Ellery decided to destroy the box as soon as I had transferred the biscuits to his biscuit jar. However I did manage to deduce that they contain:
Oils & fats
Meat & animal derivatives
Derivatives of vegetable origin
so no good to give a dog a balanced diet in my view but fine I suppose as an occasional treat.
Would I recommend them?
Yes I would, they cost £1.19 for 400g and Ellery likes them. I will only use them as a treat now and again, largely when I want him to sit quietly for a few minutes instead of chasing the cats round the garden! The smell of eucalyptus is noticeable but not unpleasant in my view as I quite like the smell of it.
This review has also been published on Ciao by laramax