We give a four paw up rating to these great treats! At first I thought they would just be like any other treat, but there are several things about the Loving Pets Company and the Barksters treats that stood out.
1. Loving Pets Company sends a sample of EVERY BATCH of their products to an FDA approved laboratory for testing. Even better, on their website you can enter the batch number from the back of your packages and see the lab results for your specific product! (See their Quality Control page here)
I find this practice absolutely amazing. You can feel sure you are not feeding any harmful substance to your pet. The melamine disaster that caused the death of so many pets would not happen with this company. Since every batch is tested, you and they would know right away if there was something wrong. I really commend Loving Pets for undertaking this extra expense and effort to make their treats safe for our precious pets!
2. Barksters are 100% made in the USA from USA grown ingredients! To me, that is a big plus! While their testing procedures make the safety problem practically a non-issue, I still like the idea that these treats are 100% American.
3. Barksters are all-natural and healthy! When I read ingredients, I like to see a short list that I can understand. Here are the ingredients for the Barksters Sweet Potato & Chicken Krisps:
Sweet potato, rice flour, chicken, and rice bran oil
4. Barksters are low-fat and only 12 calories per treat. Yes, even our furry friends have to watch that waist line!
So, the really important part….Did it pass the four dog taste test? Yes, it did. Even my finicky Papillon Mr. Darcy likes them.
To further describe the Barkster treats, they are similar to the texture of a pork rind/big corn flake. They definitely make a crispy crunchy sound as they dogs snack on them. Because they are of that puffed, crunchy texture, they crumble apart if you try to break them. I found that some pieces in the box are smaller than others, so I just gave the big pieces to the big dogs and the little pieces to the little dogs. But, since they are light on the calories, you can give a full piece even to a small dog.
All in all, a great treat!