Maui has coaxed me back to writing about more treats! It works out because we happen to have what she considers to be a very yummy new treat to write about. These treats came to us by the way of the Chewy Influencer Program. Chewy.com sends us a couple different treats each month in exchange for an honest review. It’s a win-win for everyone! Maui gets to try new treats more often and I get to share what she thinks of them with you.
One of the treats Maui chose in May are the pork nibs made by Primal Pet Foods Inc. These little pork nibs are little tiny pork jerky dog treats. Maui was so cute when we received these treats. We held up two different bags of treats and asked her which ones she wanted to try first. She sniffed each bag a couple times and then took the bag of Primal pet treats out of my mother’s hand and brought the bag to me. She definitely wanted to try those first!
The ingredient list for these chewy pork jerky nibs is about the shortest ingredient list I’ve come across yet. Are you ready, hold on to your boots. The ingredients in these treats are:
- pork heart
- sea salt
That’s it. Super simple, single protein, all-natural, wholesome pork jerky.
I don’t even know what more to say about it. It’s kind of like what a ham might be to me. A delicious ham with some sweet honey on it and the yummy salty taste of the meat. Absolute perfection in the simplest form.
These little dog jerky treats are also grain and gluten-free!
These little guys have no added preservatives and are made from pork heart so their shelf life expectancy sitting in the bag on the counter is significantly shorter than a highly processed, dry treat that has added preservatives.
Once you open the bag always be sure to reseal it tightly. If these pork nibs are left unrefrigerated after opening Primal suggests using them within three days. If you place the bag in the refrigerator after they are opened, Primal suggests using them within 14 days.
I offer Maui a variety of treats when we train and there is no way we would use that entire bag in 14 days. I chose to divide all of the treats in the bag into four piles. I kept one pile for use right now and put the other three piles into separate baggies and put them in the freezer. This will extend their shelf life even further.
Kind of like when you go to the store and buy a steak. If you leave it sitting out on the counter you will want to use it right away; if you put it in the fridge you probably have a few days to use it; and if you put it in the freezer it can hang out there for a really long time until you decide to thaw it out to use it.
Guaranteed Analysis and Calories
These treats are very high in protein content as they are made only from meat.
- Crude protein 45% min
- Crude fat 16% min
- Crude fiber 1% max
- Moisture 22% max
The bag does not mention how many calories are in each treat. The primalpetfoods.com website says there are 119 calories per ounce, which equals 476 calories for the entire bag.
When using these for training it is always good to keep in mind how many treats your dog gets throughout the day. To avoid giving your dog too much food in a day, decrease the amount of their regular dog food on the days they have gotten a lot more treats.
Great as a Training Treat
These treats are super small. When I gave the first couple to Maui I think she didn’t realize she chewed and swallowed them, they were so small. What’s good about such a small treat though is that they are great for using when you’re doing a lot of training. Here is a photo of some of the nibs next to a dime to give you a size comparison.
Training dogs can often mean they are getting a lot of treats. Lots of treats can add up to a lots of calories if you don’t watch which treats you use as well as their size. These tiny little nibs and their low calorie content make them an excellent choice for training. You could even break the little dudes in half if you wanted to.
Wash Your Hands!
It’s always a good idea to wash your hands after handling any treats or food that is made from animals.
Great for Friends
These little treats seem to be promoted mainly as dog treats but they are a great healthy treats for cats as well! Their small size and chewy texture make them juuuust right for your dog’s feline friends. … Or just for your cat if you don’t have a dog. We have four cats here in our home so I’m going to see what they think these little treats, too!
Cat update: Tried them out on our youngest cat Oreo. Took her forever to sniff it out but then she gobbled up one of them! Gave her another but she wasn’t all that interested in having seconds. All the other cats are snoozing away right now so can’t try it on another right now.
About the Meat
The primal pork jerky nibs are made from vegetarian-fed pork that has been raised in the United States. The meat used is 100% USDA edible-grade meaning it is not made from a lower pet-grade meat. The pork is processed and inspected under strict USDA guidelines for sanitation and safety.
The treats are slow cooked at a low temperature to bring out the great flavor and texture.
Pork organ meat is:
- low in saturated fat
- rich in the trace mineral selenium
- rich in niacin (B vitamin)
- rich in vitamin B6
- rich in iron
- a natural source of bioavailable glucosamine and chondroitin, and calcium
The Primal Company
Primal was founded in early 2000’s when Matt Koss formulated a raw diet for his dog Luna, who was displaying early signs of renal failure. After switching to his special formulated Biologically Appropriate Raw Food diet Luna’s health and quality of life improved dramatically. Matt was inspired to bring this special diet to market and make it available for everyone so that your pets can enjoy a healthier, happier, more vibrant life.
Primal prides itself on providing you with the highest quality raw foods and treats possible. They obtain all of their ingredients from vendors which they have strong, long-term relationships with and only use “vendors that humanely raise, sustainably grow and responsibly process all of the proteins, organic fruits and vegetables, and unrefined food-based vitamins and minerals used in their products”.
They are actually so proud of the ingredients they use they are 100% transparent as to where each of the ingredients used in their foods and treats are obtained. You can find the ORIGIN OF THEIR INGREDIENTS plainly listed on their website. This is pretty awesome; I admit it’s great to know exactly where each ingredient is obtained. It gives peace of mind.
Primal’s Commitment to Quality
Primal is 100% committed to providing safe foods and treats. When making anything that gets eaten or put into living organisms companies should follow strict procedures and guidelines. Primal does this to the fullest extent by:
- adhering to Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
- following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
- having a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) program
- segregating/separating different production lots
- following other industry best practices
Primal also adheres to and follows other safety and quality measures which you can explore on their website PrimalPetFoods.com.
Price and Availability
These amazing little treats can be found on Amazon, Chewy.com, and a few other Internet pet supply sites.
The price on:
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Sounds a little pricey but I believe not unreasonable considering the quality of the ingredients and the number of treats per bag.
There is absolutely no doubt that Maui LOVES these little nib pork jerky dog treats! I will definitely add these to our “purchase regularly” treat list.
PROS: The treats are made with amazingly high quality ingredients; are all-natural and incredibly nourishing; the company is transparent about their manufacturing procedures and the origin of ingredients; they are great for dogs and cats; and perfect size to use a dog training treat.
CONS: The shelf life is very short once the bag is opened (but this can be worked around by refrigerating and freezing unused portions) and the price is a little higher than some other treats (but is not unreasonable due to the exceptional quality of ingredients and attention to safety in manufacturing).
Maui definitely suggests giving these treats a try! Nothing truly negative to say about this treat or company we both give these primal pork jerky nibs a 10 out of 10!
Let us and other readers know what your dog thinks of these Primal treats by leaving a comment below.