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Yummy Fro Yo
Anytime, it turns out, is a good time for frozen yogurt from The Bear & The Rat for your pup. At least Bay Woof test dogs Wiley, a young husky mix, and Memphis, a senior Pomeranian, have licked up their little 3.5-ounce containers lickety-split, equally liking the two flavors — bacon peanut butter and banana peanut butter — they tried. Yum.
Called “Cool Treats for Dogs,” these little 90-calorie-per-container gems are good for gut health, because they contain probiotics and digestive enzymes. They are made with human-grade ingredients such as nonfat yogurt, rice syrup solids, peanut butter, banana purée, probiotic cultures, and guar gum. So, yep, you can eat them, too. Other flavors include pumpkin and cinnamon, frozen goat milk, and frozen goat milk with coconut. The frozen goat milk flavors are formulated for dogs and cats. If your dog takes a lot of antibiotics or has a sensitive stomach, this product might make a helpful difference. And it makes a fun treat.
The Bear & The Rat was founded in 2010 by a husband-wife team and their two taste testers, a Lhasa Apso who growls like a “Bear” and “his brother from another mother,” a “Rat” Terrier.
I picked up the treats at local Pet Food Express outlets, where they sell for about $8.99 per box. Learn more at CoolTreatsForDogs.com.
Tasty Bone Broth
Bone broth is apparently not only good for humans but also for dogs, too: It’s something of a nutritional powerhouse that is thought to improve gut, digestive, and joint health and boost immune systems. Brutus Bone Broth sent Bay Woof chicken-flavored Bone Broth Biscuits (8 ounces) and a carton of beef Bone Broth (32 ounces) to try out, and Wiley and Memphis have enjoyed them both immensely.
As he ages, Memphis has become a pickier eater, so the broth has been perking up his meals lately. Wiley turned her nose up at the broth initially, which occurred with a simultaneous kibble change. After a kibble-size adjustment, she is happy with the new food and happily slurps up the bone broth additive.
The biscuits are smallish and include 18 grams of protein. The ingredients for the chicken biscuits include whole wheat flour, whole oat flour, poultry meal, cane molasses, sunflower oil, chicken bone broth, natural chicken flavor, flax seed, dried cultured skim milk, sodium bicarbonate, mixed tocopherols, and rosemary extract.
The broth, made from human-grade bone broth, contains glucosamine and chondroitin for joint and digestive health and helps with added hydration and nutrition. It contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Additional ingredients include beef broth; vegetable broth of sweet potato, carrot, and celery; sea salt; natural flavor; beef flavor; yeast extract; modified potato starch; torula yeast; and turmeric.
Founded in 2017, Brutus Broth is a women-owned, family-run business that donates a portion of proceeds to help animals in need. A two-pack of biscuits is $19.99 (six-pack is $49.99). A two-pack of broth is $19.99 or $17.99 by subscription model. Learn more at BrutusBroth.com.
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