“ Brand: Pets at Home / Type: Small Pet Food „
I think it is safe to say that all of my pets are spoilt and as such almost every time I go to pets at home to pick up sawdust or bedding for my hamster I end up coming away with some form of treat for him and my dog Jess. One of the things I bought a few months ago for my hamster Harry was the pets at home apple drops and this is my review of the product.
The product comes in a plastic pack which contains 75g of apple drops for your pet. The bag features a picture of a rabbit and a guinea pig as well as a red apple and so you may be mislead in to thinking that it is only suitable for the larger end of small pets but this is not the case and under the apple drops name it does state that these treats are suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and hamsters. The product fits in well with the pets at home treat range I think as it follows the same packaging with purple plastic along side the green pets at home logo. The front of the packet has a small clear plastic window so that you can see the treats inside which is a good idea I think as they are quite big and some owners may be put off by this. I thought that as they would be an infrequent treat for Harry that they would be fine though.
According to the packaging the apple drops are a great tasting treat for all small animals but they also state that they are fortified with vitamin C which makes them an ideal treat for guinea pigs as they cannot produce this important vitamin themselves. To be fair I would think there are much better ways of getting some vitamin C in to your guinea pigs should you own them and I think it is very important to remember that these are a treat and should be limited to your pet. The packaging does remind us as this but says that they can be used as a treat or reward anytime as long as you do not over feed your animal. They are not suitable for small animals under four months of age either. Pets at home do offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee in that you can call them or visit their website and let them know you aren't happy with their product and I am guessing they would refund you though it doesn't actually say this on the packet!
What I like with this treat is that once you cut off the top of the pack it actually has a section much like a sandwich bag in which you can reseal the pack to keep the treats fresh. Personally I think this is a great idea especially given that I bought them for a hamster and they are quite big and there are a lot of treats in the bag and so they do last a long while. There is a best before date on my bag of 04.2013 and I bought them in February I believe and so there is plenty of time to use them providing you do use the seal on the bag and keep them fresh for your pet.
At first when I offered Harry one of these apple drops he looked at me as if to say "are you having a laugh? Where is my chocolate drop?" but I left the apple drop in his food bowl and went about my jobs. When I came back Harry was stood there like a meerkat munching on his apple drop and since then he has been happy to take them! They are quite a big treat for a hamster and certainly can be around three times the size of the small rotastak chocolate drops for example and so he does tend to eat half of his treat when he is given it and take the other half to his little house for later on. My sister has some of these for her rabbit and he likes them too but will eat them all in one go as obviously he is a bigger animal! The pale green treat smells reasonably fruity even to me and so I can see why the animals do like them but I am not likely to try one to see what they taste like!
The drops cost £1.79 for a 75g bag and this isn't the cheapest treat you can buy for your small animal but I do think for the amount you get in the bag and the length of time that a bag does last that you are getting a very fair price to be honest. We still have around half a bag left after four months of use with Harry. I am not sure I would use a treat as large as this as a training tool, or a reward, especially not with a hamster when you are just getting them used to being handled as I think they are a bit big for that but as a now and then treat I think these are great.
Thank you for reading my review!