The demand for high-quality, rawhide-free chew treats continues to grow since “Smart” pet parents know it can be unhealthy to give dogs rawhide chew treats.
Responding to the high demand, SmartBones by PetMatrix, announced today the addition of SmartSticks and SmartChips to its rawhide-free dog chew treats product line. Similar to the original line of SmartBones, the new products are made with chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients and are perfect for the four-to-five out of 10 consumers who prefer not to feed their dogs rawhide.
“We’re excited to offer additional rawhide-free options to our customers who have responded so positively to our product line,” said PetMatrix Chief Science Officer Martin Glinsky, Ph.D. “Chew treats are an important part of every healthy dog’s diet since eating kibble alone doesn’t thoroughly exercise a dog’s mouth and can cause teeth to become disused and plaque-ridden.”
And, since keeping pets healthy is paramount, SmartSticks and SmartChips contain a special vegetable layer that is fortified with vitamins and minerals to help supplement daily nutritional requirements. In fact, these treats offer more nutritional benefits than standard chew treats because rawhide treats offer very little nutritional value, Dr. Glinsky said.
“Even though rawhide is a form of protein, all proteins aren’t equal,” Dr. Glinsky said. “Rawhide is an extremely low-quality form of protein, not the type that animals need for nutrition.”
In addition to health benefits, SmartSticks and SmartChips are easier on a dog’s digestive system compared to rawhide treats. Both products are 99.2 percent digestible, which reduces the potential for intestinal blockages – a problem that can occur when dogs swallow large pieces of rawhide treats.
Both products are available in Chicken and Peanut Butter flavors at fine pet stores around the country and at www.SmartBones.com.
Like I’ve told you all before my little Lucy is quite picky on what she will and will not eat. She mostly likes the things that aren’t good for her. Such as people food. Her favorite past time is sitting under the high chair waiting for the scraps she knows the baby will throw her. I love that these treats are healthy for her. Plus since she is so small and has such a little tummy having treats that are easy for her to digest.
The bones don’t smell very good to me, but dog treats never do LOL The peanut butter flavor really gets my little dog going. Just pulling the bag out and she goes nuts. I love how it helps clean her teeth as well. My cat even likes to lick the dog treats. That is until the dog comes back. Even though she is little she is able to eat one of these pretty fast. There isn’t as much chew to them as raw hide, but then again I’ll give up the chew if it means my puppy won’t choke.
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