These baked treats are big, hard, and crunchy teeth cleaning dog biscuits. Like homemade treats, they have wholesome ingredients, such as oatmeal, chicken, egg, and flaxseed. Health Bars have no corn, wheat, soy, or poultry by-product meals. At 30 calories, they’re to be savored at a special time. Max knows that the Health Bars bag has the good stuff and jumps for joy when I get it from the pantry and carries off his treat to enjoy in a quiet place. He still has good teeth and these treats are crunchy enough to help remove tartar and tasty enough to be a favorite.
My first impression of the Health Bars is that they look just like something you’d make yourself. They don’t fall apart, have a pleasant non-greasy feel, and smell good. I will definitely buy Blue Buffalo Health Bars again and try some of the other flavors. They’re available from big pet supply stores such as PetSmart and online from Amazon. They aren’t cheap, but a 16-ounce bag will last quite a while as a once-daily treat. For training treats, I prefer something a lot smaller, such as Organix Cheese Cookies. Here’s the ingredients list for the Chicken and Liver Health Bars:
Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Whole Ground Oats, Rye, Chicken Meal, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Carrots, Oat Fiber, Calcium Ascorbate, Vitamin E Supplement, Salt, Calcium Carbonate.
Brushing, chew toys, and crunchy treats, and some dry foods can help prevent serious dental health issues, such as periodontal gum disease, gingivitis, bad breath, and excessive tartar build-up that lead to debilitating tooth loss. See Web MD’s article on Dog Dental Health for some good information and related articles. Tooth brushing wasn’t on my radar until recently, and I don’t know if I could actually pull that off, but we do provide a diet that includes dry food as well as canned, Greenies chews, and Blue Buffalo Health Bars. Giving dogs real bones can result in sharp bone fragments in their digestive systems. Having seen that first hand, we no longer give our dogs large beef or rib bones. It’s just too risky. Chicken bones splinter readily and have been a no-no forever.
I’m happy to see that Blue Buffalo, which makes excellent dog food, is branching out into a greater variety of treats, with about a half-dozen flavors of baked Health Bars, as well as bite-sized treats, grain-free biscuits, and jerky.