Pros: Natural ingredients, good texture, not too hard, good for teeth, unique heart shape
Our Boston Terrier, Baxter, has been getting half of a Nylabone Healthy Edibles Chew every day for the past few years. We also have an anniversary party for him every year on October 1, which is the day we got him back in 2005. That was a special day for us, so every year we celebrate it with a little party that always includes a special treat for Baxter. This year I was looking at the bones and chews at our local PetSmart and came across the Nylabone Natural Healthy Living Chicken with Pomegranate & Cranberry Chews. I picked up a single chew, as I just needed one, but these are also available in a bag containing several chews.
The Nylabone Natural Healthy Living Chicken with Pomegranate & Cranberry Chews are a long-ish (3-7/8") chew that is also in the shape of a heart. The shape is sort of a heart-shaped cylinder and is 5/8" wide. The chew is somewhat hard, but it's chewy at the same time. The center is tan in color and the outside is dark brown with tan speckles.
From Nylabone.com: These mouth-watering gourmet chicken chews are infused with Pomegranate & Cranberries, two powerful antioxidants. Treat your dog to the ultimate in healthy chewing enjoyment!
These chews are available in a single pack containing just one chew, or in a bag containing nine chews or 24 chews.
The Nylabone Healthy Living line also includes three other formulas: CoQ10 & Chlorophyll, which promotes optimum dental health, Pumpkin & Flax Seed, which provides a natural source of fiber, and Calcium for Puppies, which builds strong teeth and bones.
Ingredients (taken from packaging):
Wheat starch, rice flour, wheat gluten, glycerin, natural flavor, chicken, powdered cellulose, lecithin, guar gum, cranberries, pomegranates, calcium carbonate, bacon flavor, beef flavor, natural colors, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin E, biotin, Choline, inositol, PABA, ferrous carbonate, magnesium oxide, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, sodium selenite, calcium chloride, zinc oxide, copper oxide, manganese oxide, sodium molybdate, naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols.
Giving Baxter half of his regular daily Nylabone Healthy Edibles chew wouldn't be much fun, so I was glad I came across the Nylabone Natural Healthy Living Chicken with Pomegranate & Cranberry Chew. I wasn't sure about the pomegranate and cranberry ingredients, but I then remembered that about four years ago he used to chew on Nylabone chews that were available in banana and strawberry flavors, so I didn't think it would be a problem.
The single chew that I bought weighs .78 oz. This chew, I would say, is for a medium sized dog. I think it could be too much or a little too long for a small dog. However, everyone knows their dog, so it's important to check out the size of the chew before purchasing. Baxter is 27 pounds and leggier and longer than the average, more compact Boston Terrier, and this is the perfect size chew for him.
Taking the Nylabone Natural Healthy Living Chicken with Pomegranate & Cranberry Chew out of its package, it has a pleasant scent. It smells a lot like the Healthy Edibles chews that we give to Baxter - sort of like a chicken flavor dog food with a bit of a beef jerky scent mixed in maybe. It's hard to describe. It definitely doesn't have a cranberry or fruity scent mixed in there.
I absolutely love the heart shape of this chew. I think it's cute and I'd never seen anything like this before. These chews are long like a chew but look like they've been put through a cutter or extruder that makes them have a heart shape. It's a great idea. Baxter, of course, doesn't know that they're heart-shaped, but I like the idea of a heart shape because, of course, I love that dog!
I feel comfortable giving Baxter the Nylabone Natural Healthy Living Chicken with Pomegranate & Cranberry Chew for several reasons. First off, the ingredients are OK for him. There are no by-products or plastics in these, which is important. They also have a good texture that I think is good for his teeth and that keeps him busy for a while - they're hard but not too hard and aren't too soft. They also keep him busy for a few minutes while he's chewing them. He bites off a little piece at a time and can't really devour (or choke on) them in ten seconds, which is good. These also don't crumble much at all, and they don't leave a lot of tiny pieces on the floor as he's chewing them.
These chews don't have a foul smell that only gets worse when he is chewing them, unlike Nylabone's Nutri Dent chews. Those were the most foul-smelling chews I've ever encountered. These also don't stain the carpet, bedding or furniture as he is chewing them, so I don't have to worry about them leaving marks on anything. He is more of a "dry" chewer, meaning that he doesn't drool or slobber like crazy while he's chewing, so that probably wouldn't be an issue for us anyway, but there have been a few times that he has chewed these and left them on the carpet, bed and sofa while they were still wet, and there was no mark at all left behind.
Overall, the Nylabone Natural Healthy Living Chicken with Pomegranate & Cranberry Chews are a pleasure to give to our dog. It's a win-win situation for him and for us. We like that he has a healthy chew that is helping to clean his teeth and keep him busy, and he loves the flavor. A bonus (in my opinion) is that these are made in the USA. The only downside to these chews is that they're expensive. The single pack is 99 cents, which is a bit pricey for one chew, but since I buy these only occasionally, the price really isn't an issue for me. However, the nine pack costs about $8.49 and the 24 pack is about $19.99. So the larger quantity is a better value, but still, it's a bit pricey.
Price and Purchasing Information:
I purchase my single pack of Nylabone Natural Healthy Living Chicken with Pomegranate & Cranberry Chews at my local PetSmart brick and mortar store. The cost is 99 cents. The nine pack is about $8.49 and the 24 pack is about $19.99. These can also be purchased online at petsmart.com. Amazon.com has the nine pack for $9.99 and the 24 pack for $16.35.
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