Maui was telling me tonight it’s time to get back down to business and write about some treats. I figured she was right, as it is past the middle of June and we haven’t written about either of the treats she chose from Chewy.com for being a part of their Influencer Program. Chewy.com provides these treats to her free of charge in exchange for our honest opinion and review. Maui is excited so let’s get started!
This month Maui chose some salmon jerky dog treats by Nulo as well as Sizzlers by Blue Buffalo. Today we are only going to look at one of the treats Maui chose, the Nulo freestyle grain-free jerky strips salmon recipe.
When we received these treats from Chewy.com I set them on the table next to my computer. The next morning the bag was on the floor halfway across the room. Mysterious. We picked them up and put them back on the table where they were in the first place and the next morning they were on the floor yet again. I took a closer look at the bag and realized there were a bunch of tiny little puncture marks in it.
Figured out that our cats were so interested in the treats that they were trying to chew through the bag and pushed it off the table and across the floor! I’m going to have to let them try these salmon jerky strips, too!
Michael Landa founded Nulo in 2010 after becoming aware of how fat our pets are getting. At the time he worked at The Pet Staff (his Los Angeles pet care company) and was shocked at the rising number of overweight and diabetic dogs. The Pet Staff conducted a study asking over 6000 households about what they fed their pets and determined poor nutrition was the root cause. Pets were being over fed, often with low quality foods.
In the Community
Nulo Pet Food headquarters can be found right here in the United States in Austin Texas. According to their website Nulo appears to be really active in their community supporting pet related organizations, events, and active individuals that promote pet nutrition. They also partner with shelters and organizations across the country offering donations when they are able.
Nulo prides itself on taking no shortcuts and only using the highest quality natural ingredients in their foods and treats. They strive to provide their customers with the freshest foods and treats possible by producing and distributing products in small batches. This means their products spend less time sitting on the store shelf where they can lose flavor and nutrients. Nulo aims to keep their “products the freshest recipes you’ll ever find on the store shelf or to arrive at your door”.
Nulo foods are made in FDA approved facilities. Their dry food kitchen facilities are inspected annually by the American Institute of Baking (AIB) and consistently receives a “superior” rating. The AIB offers several different Standards for Inspection, depending on the industry of the company they are inspecting. While Nulo does not specify which Standards for Inspection were used when AIB inspected their kitchen facility, a rating of “superior” is as good as it gets!
Nulo Freestyle foods and treats are:
- grain free
- free of corn, tapioca, wheat, and white potatoes
- protein rich with at least the first three ingredients being animal sourced proteins
- made with low glycemic and low-carb ingredients to provide stable energy levels
- made with their patented BC30 probiotic for immune and digestive health
You can find every single recipe listed on their website listing all ingredients, calorie content, and guaranteed analysis. Transparency at its best!
Freestyle Jerky Strips
The Nulo Freestyle jerky strips come in five different recipes including:
- beef with coconut
- duck with plums
- chicken with apples
- salmon with strawberries, and
- turkey with cranberries
I feel like I just described dinners for my family for a week! Maui wanted to try the salmon recipe so that’s what we went for this month’s influencer choice.
These Salmon Jerky Strips are 92% Chilean salmon and 3% oh so yummy strawberries!
The ingredient list for the salmon jerky strips is pretty short and simple and includes salmon, strawberries, coconut glycerin, distilled vinegar, citric acid, dried Bacillius coagulans fermentation product, and mixed tocopherols. Descriptions of some of the possibly lesser-known ingredients are listed here –
Coconut glycerin: Glycerin is a fatty compound often used as a sweetener and a binder. The glycerin used in these treats is naturally derived from coconut.
Citric acid is an organic weak acid found in citrus fruits that is used as a natural preservative.
Dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product is used as a probiotic and is a beneficial bacteria to aid in digestion.
Mixed tocopherols: This is a safe, natural vitamin E preservative.
Calorie Content and Guaranteed Analysis
Each four-inch salmon jerky strip has 26 cal. You can feed them all as an awesome, nutritious, delicious snack or break/cut them into smaller pieces. You could easily get 12-16 smaller pieces out of one jerky strip making these treats a good sized snack for small dogs or for use in training.
Even though these are just treats and should only be given occasionally, I still like to include the guaranteed analysis for folks like me who just like to be in the know.
Crude protein 45% minimum
Crude fat 15% minimum
Crude fiber 2% maximum
Moisture 28% maximum
Bacillus coagulans 175,000 CFU/g minimum
Reviews and Price
Nulo Freestyle salmon jerky strips seem to be kind of new on the retail scene.
Chewy.com has only five reviews, but they are sporting a 4.6/5 stars with 100% of the reviewers saying they would recommend these treats!
Amazon also offers these amazingly delicious salmon jerky strips and they have a 4.3/5 star rating there, as well!
The price is the same no matter which retailer you purchased from. The salmon jerky strips are currently selling for $11.90 on chewy.com and Amazon for a 5 ounce bag.
Other flavor recipes of the Nulo Freestyle jerky strips range in price from $9.99 to $12.99 on both Amazon and Chewy.com.
Amazon offers free shipping if you have Prime and Chewy offers free shipping if you make a purchase of $49 or more.
Here’s a quick link to Amazon so you can check them out. Your dog will thank you for it!
These Amazing Jerky Treats
While some people may balk at the price for such a small bag, it is good to remember that these are made nearly completely from salmon (or other single ingredient animal protein) which isn’t usually a cheap commodity.
These jerky strips are made from fresh, nutritious, good for your pet ingredients. In my mind they are worth the cost.
Please let us know what your dog thinks of these amazing salmon jerky strips by leaving a comment below! Let us know if you try any of the other flavors as well, we are always interested to know what you think!