Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dog treat review: Caru broth

Liam the pug with chicken broth

Most dog treats are bite sized. They're designed to pop in our pockets for a quick treat when we (and our dogs) are on the go and/or working on training. But some of the best dog treats just can't fit into a pocket. Sometimes, the best treats come in unusual formats.

Take this delectable broth the team at Caru Pet Food sent me last week to sample for this blog. I certainly can't fit this into a baggie to take with me on my walks with my dogs. But this is something my dogs are sure to love as an intermittent treat.

This broth from Caru is sourced from free-range chickens raised on farms in the United States. Chicken bones are cooked with carrots, celery, parsley, apple cider vinegar, peppercorns, bay leaves and thyme until a rich, thick broth is produced. And that broth is boxed up and ready to serve to dogs (or cats).

Dog broth with dog food

I've used this broth to make the lunchtime kibble meal more appetizing for Liam and Sinead. And I've used it to help reconstitute the raw food they eat for their breakfast and lunchtime meals. The broth is very fragrant, and the dogs do seem pretty excited about it. They spend a little more time licking their bowls when there's a broth component involved, when compared to meals with no broth.

I had been worried that the broth would be a little fatty, as chicken soup for humans sometimes is. But I didn't see any fat globules on the surface of the broth when I opened the box. That makes me happy. But even so, this is a product that's designed for intermittent use only (likely because it's pretty rich and rather high in calories), so you'll need to treat it like a treat.

Liam the pug with his snack

I can see using a product like this to tempt a picky pet to eat after a dental procedure or at some other point when eating becomes less pleasant. I can also see using it as a special-occasion treat for a pet on a birthday or a gotcha day. And I would think that using this broth as a base for special pup treats like biscuits or cakes would be especially smart.

The one drawback involves shelf life. This product comes in a 1-pound box, which contains many servings for a small-sized dog. But the product will only last for a week in the refrigerator. If you don't have other pets who might like a sip, you could have spoiled product in your fridge.

But, for people with larger animals (pr people who think ahead), this could be an awesome product and a way to help ensure that pets get the liquids they need. I recommend it.

Do you give your pets unusual treats like this? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know!