Although I mainly use “people food” for dog training treats, I am always on the lookout for high-quality and healthy commercial treat options as well. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to test and review Pet Botanics Healthy Omega Treats, thanks to manufacturer Cardinal Laboratories.
Rottweilers are generally chow hounds that will eat anything, so you may be wondering why treat selection is even a question in our household. We do have a few special issues here. Freya has a very mild case of IBS. She does not require a prescription diet and suffers only a few flare-ups each year, but we still have to be selective about what she consumes. Natural foods and treats with a limited number of ingredients are usually the most successful. Also, Freya gains weight a little too easily, but Axel has to be watched pretty closely to make sure he doesn’t run too much weight off. So calorie count of food and treats can be important.
With a short list of eight ingredients (NO grains are included, a good thing), and the low calorie, low fat designation (9 calories), Healthy Omega Treats looked to be a good fit to our needs. Main ingredient is meat (our sample was Duck, and the other available flavors are Chicken, Salmon, and Tuna), followed by sweet potato and cod. “Omega” refers to the Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are beneficial to dogs’ skin and coats.
As for taste, reviewers Freya and Axel both gave these treats a big “paws up.” These are definitely a high-value treat to them. The high value, small size, and low calorie count make them almost ideal as rewards during training. I say “almost” because my personal preference is for an even smaller and softer treat during training. It was easy enough to break these in half for our training sessions, though.
Freya was able to fully enjoy the Healthy Omega Treats with no bad effects despite her mild IBS, so we can now add this to our list of Freya-friendly treats.
We’ll definitely be checking our local retailers for these treats and are looking forward to trying the fish flavors in particular. They are also available for online purchase:
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Cardinal Laboratories provided a free 6-oz. package of Pet Botanics Healthy Omega Treats, Duck flavor, for us to sample. I thank them for the opportunity to test and review this product.
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