As Eamon's gotten older and his arthritis has grown stronger and stronger, I've been forced to give him all sorts of different supplements and medications to keep him comfortable and pain-free. Unfortunately, some of these medications also make my guy a little reluctant to eat. It's not at all unusual for him to leave a little kibble on his plate when dinner is done.
Recently, staffers at Stewart sent me some samples of freeze-dried liver treats for dogs, and I got an idea. You see, these little treats break down a little during shipment, and that means there's a little dusting of powder at the bottom of the container. I wondered if Eamon might eat a little better if I put some of that powder on his food.
I'm planning to tell you more next week about these treats next week in a post featuring Liam and Sinead. So watch for that post to see why these treats are great training tools for dogs. But, in the interim, I can tell you that Eamon really wolfed down his food when he had 1/4 teaspoon of dried treat to nosh through.
He also felt comfortable with the idea of just eating these treats out of our hands, which might be a way to get him to snack on something to whet his appetite on days when he doesn't feel much like eating.
The freeze-dried treats we're trying are made with 100% liver, and they're produced in USDA-inspected facilities. I feel very comfortable handing them out, even to pets like Eamon that aren't at optimal health. But, these are treats, so they shouldn't be used as a diet substitute. Although Eamon might like it if we went that route.
As I mentioned, I'll be doing a more comprehensive review of these treats with the dogs next week. But, if you do have a picky cat that isn't always interested in chowing down, these treats might be nice for you to try. They're certainly a hit over here!
Disclaimer: I was sent samples of these treats to try. The opinions and words are my own. No money changed hands in return for this review.