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These Soft Savories Science Diet dog treats in the flavor combination of peanut butter and banana were one of the gifts that came our way this month. Since the late 1940s, approximately, Hill’s Science Diet has been available on the market. This product has a very lengthy history. They have a great deal of expertise in the production of dog food and dog treats, and as a result, I was curious to find out what they had to offer in the form of these peanut butter banana dog treats.
Soft Savories Flavors
These dog treats come in three different flavors: beef and cheddar, chicken and yogurt, and peanut butter and banana. They are part of the Science Diet. Today, we will be looking at the goodies that are made using peanut butter and bananas. Because Simba is such a huge fan of peanut butter (are there any other dogs in the world that don’t LOVE peanut butter?) I went with that combination.
I also thought that this flavor would be an interesting choice for people who need to give their dog a vegetarian diet. However, as you can see in the ingredient list that follows, the peanut butter and banana treats contain chicken fat as well as pork gelatin. Despite my initial thoughts, this flavor is still an interesting choice.
Packaging, Price, and Reviews
These tasty snacks are available in a resealable package of 8 ounces for each flavor.
On Chewy.com, the pricing varies depending on the flavor you choose, but the peanut butter and banana varieties both cost around $5 per bag right now.
These sweets come in a variety of flavors, each of which has received a very good review rating; the peanut butter and banana kind has received a rating of 4 and a half stars! This item comes highly recommended by chewy.com reviewers, with 94% of them doing so.
The list of components found on these goodies is a little bit lengthier than the ingredient list found on the treats that I often examine; nonetheless, it is beneficial to examine some other substances and get an understanding of what they are used for. What exactly do you intend to do with all of these components?
|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|
However, not all of the components are as evident as the others, and some of them are natural foods that are good for your health and provide essential nutrients. Let’s start by going through the components that you may be less acquainted with.
- Glycerin is a tasteless, odorless, colorless, and viscous liquid that is safe to consume and does not have a harmful effect. It is often used in culinary applications as both a sweetener and a humectant (a compound to help preserve moisture). Additionally, it helps bind the treat together, which makes them chewier, and it protects against mold growth. Glycerin does not truly contribute anything beneficial to one’s diet in any way. Glycerin that comes from plant and animal sources is thought to be harmless, however glycerin that comes from the manufacturing of biofuels is not safe to consume. These dog treats from Science Diet do not disclose where the glycerin used in them came from.
- Chicken fat: Just like humans, dogs need a specific amount of fat in their diet in order to maintain a healthy weight. It is often included to dog diets and treats, and it is wonderful that the source of the ingredient in these treats is specified to be hens. Omega-6 fatty acids may be found in high concentrations in chicken fat.
- Peas: Feeding your dog peas isn’t going to hurt them, but they won’t do anything for their health, either. As a filler ingredient, peas are often used in dog diets and treats.
- Gelatin is something that everyone is familiar with, since it is the main ingredient in Jell-O and other desserts. Collagen is a kind of protein that may be found in pig skin and bones, and this protein is used to make pork gelatin. This pig gelatin has a very low calorie count and an exceptionally high protein content. It imparts a texture that is suitable for chewing onto snacks for pets.
- Dried Skim Milk: There is no problem with providing your dog with a little amount of milk. A wide variety of confections include dried milk in one form or another. Milk not only contributes taste but is also a nutritious source of vitamins and minerals.
- Acide Citric: L’acide citrique is un conservateur naturel que l’on trouve dans les fruits citrus.
- According to Petfoodindustry.com, lactic acid has the potential to assist prevent the development of microorganisms (bacteria) after treats or meals have been packaged and sent from the producer.
- Mixed tocopherols are a type of vitamin E and a natural preservative that helps retain freshness and extends shelf life. Mixed tocopherols are also known as tocopherols.
In conclusion, the list of ingredients is somewhat lengthy, but there is nothing in it that raises serious concerns, with the exception of the unknown source of the glycerin.
About The Treats
As soon as the bag is opened, neither a peanut butter nor a banana smell is very prominent. Just something like the scent of wet dog food. These sweets are on the larger side, around the size of a quarter or more. Despite the fact that they are soft, it is not difficult to cut them or break them up into smaller pieces.
It is recommended that you consume these snacks within three weeks after opening the bag in order to ensure that they remain as pliable and flavorful as possible. They do come in a bag that can be resealed, which helps maintain their freshness; also, I think that if you chill them, their shelf life will be somewhat extended.
Since I give Simba a wide range of goodies, it is impossible for me to get through a whole bag in three weeks without giving him excessive amounts of food. I’m going to take the sweets in this bag and split them up into smaller servings, placing one of them in the fridge for immediate consumption and putting the rest in the freezer for later use.
Calories and Analysis
Every single one of these sweets has 27 calories in total. Because of the high number of calories in that, I wouldn’t recommend giving more than one or two of these treats every day to your dog, unless you have an extremely large breed.
I would recommend chopping them up into smaller pieces if you have a dog that is on the smaller side. One goodie might easily provide you with four to six smaller portions. In this approach, your smaller dog will be able to enjoy a greater quantity of smaller goodies that have a lower total calorie count.
The following is a verified analysis of these delectables:
- crude protein minimum of 10 percent
- crude fat minimum 8 percent
- crude fiber maximum 4 percent
- moisture minimum 22 percent
Hill’s Science Diet Beginnings
The history of how Hill’s Science Diet came to be something that it is now is rather fascinating, in my opinion.
In the late 1930s, a young blind man called Morris Frank named Buddy, his German shepherd guide dog, was traveling the nation with him to promote Seeing Eye dogs. However, Buddy was in a critical state and suffering from renal failure, so Mr. Frank sought assistance from Dr. Mark Morris Sr. Dr. Morris and his wife came up with a unique recipe for Buddy’s pet food since they felt that inadequate nutrition was the cause of Buddy’s illness and that Buddy was suffering from renal failure.
This unique dish, which Hill first referred to as Raritan Ration B, served as the foundation for his prescription diet, which was denoted by the initials k/d.
In 1948, Dr. Morris entered into an agreement with Burton Hill of Hill Packing Company to can the food under the brand name Canine k/d. Dr. Morris also granted Mr. Hill a license to create his pet food formulations.
The cooperation proceeded to develop into Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and more formulations were introduced to the range of meals that are considered to be prescription diets.
Over the course of many decades, Hill’s Pet Nutrition was aided in its expansion by Dr. Mark Morris Jr., the son of Dr. Morris. In 1968, the pet food brand was first marketed under the name Hill’s Science Diet and distributed exclusively via veterinarians and pet specialists.
Hill’s Science Diet is always expanding the range of goods it has available for purchase. The firm now offers more than fifty varieties of pet food, each of which is tailored to meet the specific dietary requirements of a pet at a distinct period of its life.
Simba thought that these snacks were really tasty; but, I must confess that there aren’t too many things that Simba doesn’t think are tasty.
Due to the fact that:
- Glycerin comes from an unidentified source.
- huge size
- large amount of calories present
It is my sincere desire that I be able to presume that a firm such as Science Diet uses a glycerin that comes from a trustworthy source; yet, one can never be too sure. Because I don’t know what’s in these snacks, I can only give them a rating of six out of ten.
I would give them a higher rating of 8/10 if the source of the glycerin were listed (and it was safe), because the remaining ingredients are not questionable, and it is easy to break them apart or cut them into smaller pieces, which would allow you to give your dog smaller pieces that have a lower calorie content.
You can get your hands on these tasty morsels at either Chewy.com or Amazon if you’re interested in giving them a try.
Hail to the king of peanut butter!
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