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WHAT kind of treats do you give your dogs? Sab, a Beagle who is very fussy about food, took a great liking for Dog Snack Gnawlers, particularly the bacon flavor.
Dog Snack Gnawlers come in other flavors that include cheese, chicken and even seaweed. They also come in at least three sizes: 3” (6 bones in a pack), 4.5” (2 bones in a pack), and the largest one is at least six inches or longer.
The fine print on the label claims that this dog snack uses 100 percent digestible, natural ingredients and no colorants. This probably explains the generally brown color of the bones, except for the seaweed variety.
Made for all breeds, the Dog Snack Gnawlers are softer but not cookie soft. Sab likes gnawing at a piece while holding it upright between her paws. But for a big dog with powerful jaws and teeth, a piece of Dog Snack Gnawlers would be an easy chew.
Made from China by Foshan Phoenix Pet Products Co. Ltd, the Dog Snack Gnawlers are available in many local pet stores and supermarkets. The two-piece pack costs about P50 while the six-piece pack sells for P74.75 at TrueValue.
So what goes in every Dog Snack Gnawlers? Here's what the packaging says:
BACON FLAVOR CHEESE FLAVOR
* Vegetable protein * Vegetable starches
* Wheat flour * Wheat corn powder
* Natural collagen * Natural Albumen glue
* Soyabean lecithin * Vitamin complex
* Organic trace elements * Amino acids
* Bacillus subtilis * Active Bacillocin
* Small peptide protein * Small peptides
* Cheese powder * Soya Lecithin
* Natural antioxidant * Natural Antioxidants
* Bacon flavor * Natural flavors
* Potassium sorbate
* Caramel colorant
WHICH TRANSLATES TO:
* Energy 1059KJ
* Crude protein 46.75%
* Crude oils and fats 7.13%
* Crude fibers 0.49%
* Crude ash 3.13%
* Moisture 13%
* Sodium 0.27%
* Calcium 0.51%
* Total Phosphorus 0.24%
While Dog Snack Gnawlers supposedly promotes balance nutrition and absorption and adjustment of intestinal microflora, it would be wise to give a “test piece” to your dog for the first time as you would with any other new snack. If your dogs like it and they don't negative physical reactions to it, you may want to feed them Dog Snack Gnawlers based on their age, chewing strength, size and weight.
As always, do everything in moderation. It's tempting to reward a good dog with the biggest Dog Snack Gnawlers, but if it's completely consumed in one sitting, it might overwhelm and upset the dog's stomach. The 4.5” bones are a good compromise for a big dog, while the 3” would make a small dog happy and satisfied.
The Dog Snack Gnawlers have a two-year shelf life.
WHEN monitoring pets' food intake, experts say it should start with pet owners' assessment of the pet food nutritional label to make sure it's right for their pets.
Calories are essential nutritional components that convert food to energy. Taken too much or too little could have some side effects on pets.
Pet Food Institute (PFI) along with the Veterinary Practitioners Association in the Philippines believe that total pet wellness is hinged on good nourishment and proper exercise.
Pet owners must understand that different pets may require different portions or even different food. It depends on the pet's species, size, health, activity level and age. This might be challenging for a multi-pet household where different dogs, for example, tend to get the same kind of food. Providing uniform pet food for everyone is not effective in addressing the unique health requirements of each pets.
In terms of how much to feed a pet dog or cat, experts recommend that pet owners try to feel for their pet's ribs. The ribs should be felt easily, but should not be visible. If the ribs aren’t felt, owners ought to reduce the amount of food given daily or switch to a weight reduction diet.
The feeding instructions on the pet food label are based on the food's nutrient content and calories. The more calories consumed with less energy output, the more chances of weight gain. Giving pets table scraps and several snacks on top of their regular food can also lead to obesity.
When pets become obese, they become lethargic with less stamina, their breathing becomes hard and loud and they waddle when they walk. They also become prone to hypertension, heat intolerance, diabetes, liver disease, osteoarthritis, lower immune system and cancer.
A veterinarian can help determine a pet’s body condition and provide expert advice on how much food it should eat daily. A balanced diet and proper exercise can improve a pet’s lifespan.
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