Purina Busy, Busy, Busy Bone...Yum, Yum, Yum!
Written: May 16, 2011
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Good tasting (to dogs). Lasts a while. Doesn't smell bad like other treats.
The Bottom Line:
Purina Busy Bone Minis are more than a treat. They offer both entertainment and tasty meaty flavor. My dog loves them and yours probably will too.
It's always fun to give my dog a treat. He loves them because they taste good. And I love them because he acts so funny. It's always the same with Peanut. After some extensive test taking, i.e. sitting, speaking, laying down, etc., I'll give him the treat and he sprints to the rug to chow down on it. However, we have a tile floor, so sometimes he can't get the traction he needs to get going. As a result, he does his best Fred Flintstone impression and runs in place a bit. Eventually, he gets his footing and makes it to the rug. "Yum" he thinks and I have a smile on my face.
I like to change up my treat selection in the house so Peanut doesn't fall into a rut. I know that I would get tired of the some beer all of time and I'm sure he'd be the same way (about the treats, not the beer). One of the tried and true treats that I always have in the feeding rotation are the Purina Busy Bone Minis. They come in a resealable four pack and the bones measure about four inches long with a circumference of about one inch. These treats are appropriate for dogs between 5 to 20 pounds. For little dogs, they won't be able to get their mouths around the bone and larger dogs are apt to swallow the treat whole which could be deadly.
The Purina Busy Bone Minis have a twisted and hard bone-like shell. Then, on the inside is a tasty (for dogs at least) meaty treat. The interesting thing about these treats is that they are actually two treats in one. The outside covering entertains the dog just as bone would do. But then, once your dog gets through the shell, they will find that awesome flavor that only a dog could love. It's like a doggie Tootsie Roll Pop. In fact, my dog will play with the treat for several days before he finally gets to the tasty center. It's almost like he forgets what's inside. But once he finds it, that treat is gone as he woofs it down just as quickly as he would a normal treat.
One of the major concerns for my dog and his food/treats is the crude fat content. If it's too high, his little tummy can't handle it and he gets sick. But, with the Purina Busy Bone Minis, I don't have to concern myself as the crude fat content is a minimum of 3%. Unfortunately, that number is a little vague and it could be higher. But, my dog seems to be able to handle it so my guess is that it's not too much more that the indicated amount. The crude protein content is also similarly described with a 9% minimum. Luckily, the crude fiber is easier to define at a 1.5% maximum. And, I'm not sure what the significance of moisture is, but it's at 16% maximum.
It's always important to mention the ingredients even though they seem to vary quite a bit and can change regularly. But currently, the Purina Busy Bone Minis feature the following:
Rice, glycerin, water, wheat flour, poultry by-product meal, brewers dried yeast, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, sugar, dried beef stock, corn germ meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), wheat gluten, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Yellow 6 and other color), phosphoric acid, animal digest, salt, gelatin, sorbic acid (a preservative), meat & bone meal, liver meal, natural and artificial flavors, BHA (a preservative), BHT (a preservative), citric acid, calcium carbonate.
I really do like giving my dog Purina Busy Bone Minis. He really likes them and they last longer than the other treats that I buy for him. And, unlike other treats, these do offer him some entertainment as well. He'll dig in his bed and hide the bone for a later time. He may do this for a few days. But then, once he finds the meaty center, it's chow time. My only issue is that they are quite pricey at around $4 for a package of four. But, they do last longer than most. So, it's important to weigh that aspect in your treat purchasing equations.
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