Pros: A time my dog wants privacy to relish his snack and leaves me in peace.
Cons: Top two ingredients aren't necessarily the best and known allergens.
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Purina® is a registered trademark of the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company which is n international and wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., Avenue Nestlé 55, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland. The General Office, however, is located in St. Louis, Missouri. What began as the Ralston Purina Company which William H. Danforth founded in 1893, today is the world's largest producer of dry dog and soft-moist cat foods. From humble beginnings in 1893, through a series of acquisitions, mergers and sales of companies, the Ralston Purina Company merged with a Nestlé subsidiary and the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company was created in 2001.
Purina® Beggin' Strips Cheese and Bacon Flavor 6 oz. - The Product
The Purina® Beggin' Strips Cheese and Bacon Flavor 6 oz. product comes in a yellow resealable pouch with the Purina logo affixed with product logo in white letters and a peach color swoosh stripe over the bottom of the bag along with a caricature of an excited dog holding slice of cooked bacon in his left paw while standing upright and a long silly tongue hanging out of his mouth on the upper portion of the bag.
Purina® Beggin' Strips Cheese and Bacon Flavor consist of the following ingredients:
Ground wheat, corn gluten meal, wheat flour, ground yellow corn, sugar, water, glycerin, meat, soybean meal, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, dried cheese powder, bacon fat preserved with BHA, salt, sorbic acid, artificial smoke flavor, calcium propionate, glyceryl monostearate, phosphoric acid, choline chloride, added color: red 40, yellow 5, blue 1, yellow 6.
According to petobesityprevention.com, each strip contains 30 kcal per strip.
The company describes Beggin' Strips as "dog treats that look, smell and taste like real bacon. Dogs will love the taste of these delicious snacks so much they will never know they are low in fat. We encourage you to use these treats when training your dog as a tasty reward. This treat is good for dogs of all ages. Made with real meat."
Although the company describes this dog treat as being "good for dogs of all ages" the ingredients the treats are made with have received a lot of attention by the United States Food and Drug Administration who is empowered to regulate the ingredients in Pet Foods under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. As "[t]he AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal is ‘the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm,'" which translates into an ingredient that is considered to be of low grade quality with no nutritious value, it is a reminder that this ingredient is also the second largest ingredient of what makes a Purina® Beggin' Strip.
In addition, corn gluten meal along with other pet food ingredients are ingredients that were listed in the 2007 Melamine Contaminated Pet Foods recall that scandalized our country. Luckily, Beggin' Strip and the Purina® mark are not listed on the FDA's recall list that has been updated since March of 2007 although many other internationally known brands of pet foods and treats were. For more information, please visit: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/petfoodrecall/#Dog.
Finally, wheat and corn gluten meal are also ingredients that are known as cheap fillers and allergens for dogs. Should your dog develop a skin rash or begin itching and scratching when he has been treated for fleas, an easy way to stop the allergy is by discontinuing the use of any food or treat that contains these ingredients while contacting your veterinarian.
Purina® Beggin' Strips Cheese and Bacon Flavor 6 oz. - A Personal Experience
Since my dog knows what the packaging looks like, whenever he sees me unload my purchases, if he spots that 6 oz. yellow bag of Purina® Beggin' Strips Cheese and Bacon Flavor he begins to jump up and down in excitement and then performs a number where he'll jump up and down twice, and then do laps around the entire apartment a few times and then come to my side and beg me for a Beggin' Strip. The second I give him one, he'll take it in his mouth and leave, usually to his room where he would sit down and lick it while holding it between his paws and nibble on it until he finished the strip.
I have been purchasing this product, usually at Target or Wal-Mart, and it is available online at numerous locations or typically at large discount department stores like the aforementioned, for quite some time and my dog, a white Maltese male, adores it. When eating his Beggin' Strip, I have taken notice to the fact that he doesn't eat it like food, which he devours. My dog treats his Beggin' Strip like an actual treat, which he eats and really relishes each and every morsel, and it takes him a while to finish. During this time period, he hates being bothered as he appears almost euphoric!
To date, my dog hasn't developed an allergic reaction and since I don't over feed him the Beggin' Strips, I am confident since he has such a positive reaction it. Although the two largest ingredients of the product may be considered low grade fillers, half of the things that people eat are absolutely horrible for us and yet we do it anyway: instant heart attack food like fried pork skins, potato chips and candy bars and things of that nature. What can I do? That is how I view Beggin' Strips. It is just for snack time and given in moderation.
When I first purchased Beggin' Strips about 4 years ago, and I usually purchase about a bag per month, I made the mistake of calling it a "Jerky Treat" which incidentally is another type of similar dog treat that WAS recalled by the 2007 Melamine Contaminated Pet Foods recall by the FDA, and since that time, even though I purchase Beggin' Strips, my dog knows his Beggin' Strips to be a Jerky Treat as well, to the point where if I even mention the words "Jerky Treat," he jumps up and down and then begins doing laps around the apartment thinking that it is snack time! For this, I deeply apologize to Nestle Purina and warn others not to confuse the two brands. And I am so terrible that sometimes, I say "Hey Dulis... Jerky Treat, Jerky Treat" just to watch him jump and do laps around the apartment!
Technically, I want to give this product an above-average rating as that is what I feel that product's effect has on my dog. However, due to fact that the key ingredients can cause allergies in dogs, I feel compelled to give it an average rating, again, with the statement that after having given this treat to my dog for the past four years, my dog has not had an allergic reaction but as people, each dog is individual and may not experience the same reaction.