I was recently offered the opportunity to provide you with even more reviews of awesome dog treats. I was invited to join the Chewy.com influencer program. I’m super excited about it! Participating in this program means every month I can choose one or two dog treats from a select list which they will then send me in exchange for a completely honest review. Deal! Maui and I can handle doing that!
One of the treats we received this month are peanut butter and banana flavored Soft Savories Science Diet dog treats. Hill’s Science Diet has been around for a very long time, since about the late 1940s. They have a lot of dog food and dog treat making experience under their belts so I wanted to see what they had to offer in these peanut butter banana dog treats.
Soft Savories Flavors
These science diet dog treats come in three flavors of beef and cheddar; chicken and yogurt; and peanut butter and banana. We are taking a look at the peanut butter and banana treats today. I chose the peanut butter and banana because Maui absolutely adores peanut butter (are there any dogs that don’t love peanut butter?)
I also thought this flavor would be an interesting choice for people that need to give their dog a vegetarian diet, but you can see in the ingredient list below that the peanut butter and banana treats contain chicken fat as well as pork gelatin.
Packaging, Price, and Reviews
Each flavor of these treats comes in an 8 ounce re-sealable bag.
The price varies depending on which flavor you choose but the peanut butter and banana are currently about $5 per bag on Chewy.com.
Each flavor of these treats has a pretty high review rating, with the peanut butter and banana having a rating of 4 ½ stars! 94% of reviewers on chewy.com would recommend this product.
The ingredient list on these treats is a little longer than treats I usually take a look at, but it’s good to look over some other ingredients and understand what they are for. What is the purpose of these ingredients?
|1. Peanut butter||6. Peanuts||11. Natural flavors|
|2. Potatoes||7. Chicken fat||12. Dried skim milk|
|3. Wheat flour||8. Bananas||13. Citric acid|
|4. Cane molasses||9. Peas||14. Lactic acid|
|5. Glycerin||10. Technical pork gelatin||15. Mixed tocopherols|
Several of the ingredients are pretty straightforward and are healthy, nutritious natural foods but others, not so obvious. Let’s go over the ingredients that might be more unfamiliar.
Glycerin: Glycerin is an odorless, colorless, thick liquid that is sweet tasting and non-toxic. It is commonly used as a sweetener and a humectant (a compound to help preserve moisture). It also helps bind the treat together to make them chewy and can help prevent against mold. Glycerin doesn’t really provide any nutritional benefits. Glycerin obtained from plant and animal sources is considered safe, but glycerin obtained from biofuel processing is not. These science diet dog treats do not specify the source of glycerin used.
Chicken fat: A certain amount of fat is necessary in a dog’s diet, just like it is in ours. It is often added to dog foods and treats and it’s great that these treats specify the source is from chickens. Chicken fat is a good source of omega-6 fatty acids.
Peas: Peas aren’t bad for your dog but they don’t offer a lot of benefit either. Peas are often used in dog foods and treats as a filler.
Technical Pork Gelatin: We all know what gelatin is – like Jell-O. Pork gelatin is made from collagen which is a protein found in pork skin and bones. This pork gelatin is super high in protein content and low in calories. It gives pet treats a chewable hardness.
Dried Skim Milk: Nothing is wrong with giving your dog a little milk. Dried milk can be found in many different treats. Milk adds flavor and contains healthy vitamins and minerals.
Citric Acid: Citric acid is a natural preservative found in citrus fruits.
Lactic Acid: Petfoodindustry.com indicates lactic acid may help control microbial (bacterial) growth after treats or foods leave the manufacturer.
Mixed Tocopherols: Mixed Tocopherols Is a form of vitamin E and is a natural preservative that helps maintain freshness and extend shelf life.
So, all in all a fairly long ingredient list but nothing really questionable except the unknown source of glycerin.
About The Treats
Opening the bag they really have no strong peanut butter or banana scent. Just kind of a wet dog food smell. These treats are fairly large, bigger than a quarter. Although they are soft so they are easy to cut or break apart into smaller pieces.
The bag says to use these treats within 3 weeks of opening to keep them as soft and fresh as possible. They do come in a re-sealable bag which helps preserve the freshness and I imagine if you refrigerate them it will extend the shelf life a bit.
I personally feed Maui a variety of treats so I would never be able to use up a whole bag in 3 weeks without overfeeding. I will divide the treats in this bag into smaller portions, keeping one out for feeding now and putting the others in the freezer to save for later.
Calories and Analysis
Each of these treats has 27 calories per treat. That’s a pretty hefty calorie content and unless you have a really big dog I wouldn’t feed more than one or two a day.
If you have a smaller dog I would definitely cut them up into smaller pieces. You could easily get 4-6 smaller pieces from one treat. That way your smaller dog can get lots of little treats of lesser calorie content.
Guaranteed analysis of these treats:
- crude protein minimum of 10%
- crude fat minimum 8%
- crude fiber maximum 4%
- moisture minimum 22%
Hill’s Science Diet Beginnings
I found the story of how Hill’s Science Diet began to be kind of interesting!
In the late 1930s a young blind man named Morris Frank was touring the country with his German shepherd guide dog Buddy promoting Seeing Eye dogs. But Buddy was very ill, suffering from kidney failure so Mr. Frank asked Dr. Mark Morris Sr. for help. Dr. Morris believed Buddy was ill and suffering from kidney failure due to poor nutrition so he and his wife developed a special pet food for Buddy.
This special food was called Raritan Ration B and was the beginnings of Hill’s prescription diet k/d.
Dr. Morris contracted with Burton Hill of Hill Packing Company in 1948 to can the food under the name Canine k/d and licensed Mr. Hill to produce his pet food formulas.
The partnership continued to evolve into Hill’s Pet Nutrition and additional formulas were added to the prescription diet line of foods.
Dr. Morris’s son, Dr. Mark Morris Jr. continued to help grow Hill’s pet nutrition over several decades. In 1968 the pet food line was made available through veterinarians and pet professionals as Hill’s Science Diet.
The products available from Hill’s Science Diet continue to expand. Today the company has more than 50 pet foods formulated for different lifestages and special needs in pets.
Maui found these treats delicious (but I must admit there aren’t many things that Maui doesn’t find delicious).
Because of the:
- unknown source of glycerin
- large size
- high calorie content
I hope I can assume a company like Science Diet would use a safe source of glycerin, but one never knows. Due to the unknown, I rate these treats a little lower and give them 6/10.
If the source of glycerin were listed (and safe) I would give them a higher rating of 8/10 since the remaining ingredients are not questionable and they are easy to break apart or cut apart into smaller pieces so you could give your dog smaller pieces of a lesser calorie content.
All hail peanut butter!