AUTHORITY PACKAGE DESCRIPTION
Experts in Nutrition
Crunchy Dog Treats
Made with Real Turkey & Pumpkin
The package claims its ingredients exclude artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. It is apparently
- “Rich in Beta carotene to support healthy vision
- Natural source of protein for strong muscles and a healthy heart
- Natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals
- Great for training
- Cleans teeth and freshens breath
- Helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup”.
Supposedly, Ozzy (my bichon-poo dog) was “sure to wag his tail” for these treats. After several attempts throughout the year of using the product to train and/or reward him, my dog would just sniff the biscuit and leave it alone.
APPEARANCE & SMELL
As I opened the package to peek inside a waft of gingerbread and pumpkin scent filled my nose. Each biscuit was shaped like a miniature brick-like doggie bone. It was a grainy tan brown in colour, with slightly browned edges, indicating these are baked treats. The package was about a third filled with biscuits. I bet the rest were thrown in the garbage bag after spending its lifespan being kicked around on the floor and never in my dog’s belly or waste. I took one. It looked like an ordinary biscuit. I bit into it.
THE TASTE TEST!
It tastes nothing like how it smelled (which is probably good for dogs as seasoning is bad for them apparently). It has a grainy texture. It actually tastes similar to SkyFlakes crackers with a very faint gingerbread taste. This also reminds me of eating cinnamon graham crackers, except an extremely bland version of it (no sugar, etc.). The more I chew and keep it in my mouth, the more my saliva works with it, creating a fine paste that is similar to baby food “Heinz” bland oatmeal cereal. It did not take long for the biscuit to turn into a pasty and creamy consistency with hints of tiny grainy texture either.
OTHER FUNCTIONS: CAN CLEAN TEETH?
I looked at the ingredients and recognized wheat flour, ground wheat, turkey meal, turkey, pumpkin, oatmeal, dried carrot, rice starch, dried cane molasses, salt, dried egg product, cinnamon, preserved poultry fat, nutmeg, and the rest are all scientific sounding. Looking back at the prided bullet points the package promotes, I am interested in how these biscuits can clean teeth, freshen, breath, and reduce plaque/tartar build up. Would this function work on me too? It seems any dog food/treat that has this ability reminds me of human chewing gum products that can “strengthen teeth/gums” and “freshen breath”.
I Googled “how can dog biscuits clean teeth?” The first link that popped up was from DogFoodAdvisor.com. The same link that showed for my very first blog post. I found myself returning to this site as it answers my questions quite fully so I checked it again. The title of the article by Mike Sagman was “Dry Dog Food and the Myth of Cleaner Teeth”.
In a nutshell, “Dry Dog Food Could Contribute to Dental Problems”! Food particles are easy to remove but plaque and tartar requires physical scrubbing to remove. Plaque is what you must remove with toothbrush while dentists scrape away tartar. An alternative to clean your dog’s teeth is to let them chew on raw meaty bones as it has the ability to flex around the teeth. Keep caution on harmful bacteria and never used cooked bones due to splinters. A surefire way to prevent dental disease in dogs is… get them a toothbrush.
I finally surfed the Internet for some reviews on this product. There was not much. I found most reviews from PetSmart Reviews: Authority Crunchy Dog Treats. Most or all customer reviews on the page gave the product 5 stars upon reviewing different flavors, and said their pets loved them. Still not so convinced, I tried to snoop around DogFoodAdvisor.com and found Sagman’s review for “Authority Dog Food (Dry)”. He gave them 3 stars. I guess it’s not so bad. Either way, I guess my dog’s pretty picky since he was not interested in them.