Dog Blog: Vets Kitchen Treats & Joint Supplements

May 17, 2016 No Comments

Last month
we had an email through for Flash and Melle from
Vets Kitchen asking if we’d
like to try some of their food for the pups. As we’d recently changed their
food I wasn’t comfortable in changing their dinner again so soon. But after a
quick chat with the vets* at Vets Kitchen, we decided that we’d try some of
their treats and, as Flash has a bit of a clicking paw, some of their
Active Joints Supplement a
go as well.

Well, we’ve
had the treats and glucosamine for a month now, plenty of time to try them
fully and report back, so here goes. 

Let’s start
with the 
ActiveJoints glucosamine supplement. I wasn’t sure what to expect of dog
glucosamine as I take it for my shoddy knees and they are little gel capsules,
but this doggy stuff comes as a gel in a squeezy tube, a bit like ketchup. For
the last month I’ve been squeezing a teaspoon sized amount of it into Flash’s
food once a day. I’ve said it before, but it should be noted that Flash is a
bit fussy when it comes to food, so anything new can be a bit hit and miss. And
honestly he was a bit unsure to start with but once it was mixed in with the
kibble and wet food he normally has, he started wolfing it down.

We’ve only
been using it for a month, and our vets have told me that it could take a while
for us to notice any difference, and that we might not even notice anything at
all, he’d just be healthier, so whilst we can’t see for sure what taking
glucosamine is doing to his little clicky paw, I feel better that he is taking
it and the gel is such an easy way to get the medicine into the body of a very
suspicious dog!

And now, on
to the treats. We received packets of the chicken and salmon treats for them to
try. Both have their own unique qualities; the
Salmon Active+ treats are enhanced with
 glucosamine, healthy joints and Omega 3 and 6 for a healthy
heart, skin and coat
, and the Chicken Smart+ treats have added DHA to help brain development.

We’ve done
extensive taste tests with Flash and Melle with both treats and Flash is huge
fan of the salmon which is helpful as they are the Active + ones that are good
for joints! Flash is not only a bit of a fussy eater, but he’s also a really
delicate eater. He takes treats from your hand so carefully and eats his dinner
so carefully. But when he’s hungry and he knows there are treats in the bag he’s
the first to start demanding them – he’s even been known to go rifling through
my bag for them, which he does when he knows I’ve got Vets Kitchen treats out
with me.

Melle on the
other hand will just eat both flavours without even stopping to notice which
one he has. But to be fair this is a dog who loses it over ice cubes and cat
poop so we can’t trust his culinary judgement can we? He’s far too excited that
food is around to stop and notice things like flavour. Although he does come
running the minute I shake one of the little grey bags in the air. For a puppy
his recall has always been good, but when faced with a bag of treats, it’s
perfect every time! I do try and push him towards the Chicken flavour, what
with him being slightly cray cray and them having a brain power supplement – we
can hope, right?  

For me, the
great thing about them is that even though each bag has loads of treats in
them, they come in handy handbag sized packets that are re-sealable. I hate
having to wedge a huge bag of treats into an already full bag!

The only issue
I’d have is that for small dogs they are seem a big to use as ‘all the time
treats’. This might be my paranoia as I am so scared of the dogs becoming
overweight (it’s the pug in them) and I know the pups are in no way fat but I
like that they don’t need to diet. As they are 5calories a pop and quite hard
to snap in half, I mixed up some kibble into the bags too to mean I had some
smaller treats for them on walks but I don’t pretend to not be able to see
their disappointment at a kibble treat and not a little star!

What are
your dog’s favourite treats? Please tell me there are others who devour cat poop too!


(Just an
FYI, the chat with the vets and the fact they were willing to change to plan
with regards to their review strategy  made
me feel super reassured that these are people who know their stuff and aren’t
just after reviews no matter what!)

**We were sent
both the treats and the joint supplement to try for free, but all opinions are
ours.
 **

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