Energy bars, protein bars, power bars! You eat them. Why not your dog? The wave is just getting started but is picking up faster than you can decide if your dog really needs more energy!
These bars are designed for dogs who are already very active - those that hunt, run, sled, joring dogs, and other active dogs. Power bars are also great for agility and show dogs, keeping them on their toes throughout their competitions. Protein bars are not generally recommended for dogs who do moderate exercise, but may be recommended for puppies who are underweight.
There are more choices of high protein dog bars on the market nearly every week, but here are three brands with some history and some really positive reviews: Zuke's Power Bones, Kronch Pemmikan Lakse Energy Barh Pemmikan Lakse Energy Bars, and Smart Cookie Beef Endurance Dog Treats.
Zuke's has an impressive line of healthy treats for dogs. With its motto of "Live Life Off Leash," Zuke's two varieties of Power Bones - Beef & Blueberry and Chicken and Cranberry - pack a punch for your dog's energy level. To be given before, during, and/or after exercise, these breakable power bones are reviving and yummy too! Here are the Beef & Blueberry ingredients broken down into nutritional information:
The Chicken and Cranberry recipe has a similar ingredient and nutrition profile.
Zuke's promises that its Power Bone recipes are "precisely formulated to maximize absorption and bioavailability." They are made in the USA and contain no corn, wheat, soy, or artificial colors or flavors. This is a highly-reviewed product by high-energy dogs and their parents!
Kronch Pemmikan Lakse Energy Bar are seriously made for seriously ACTIVE dogs. You can tell that by checking out the ingredients: Lard, Vegetable Fat, Fish Meal, Dextrose, Corn Barley, Brewer’s Yeast, Rice, Sugar, Garlic, and contain approximately 2,500 calories per bar (14 ounces). Higher in fat (59 percent) than protein (24 percent), these bars not only motivate your canine athlete but fatten up dogs that are underweight. They can also help lactating females produce more milk for their pups!
The bars come in 8 marked segments for easy dosing. The fish meal contained in the Pemmikan Lakse bar likely comes from the Kronch factory's nextdoor neighbor's salmon factory in Denmark!
These energy bars receive high marks from dog parents, but some dogs don't like the 'unusual' taste.
This protein-rich treat is an energy booster for active dogs, intended to enhance endurance in their activities. Rich in protein, the Smart Cookie Beef Endurance Dog Treats also contains Quinoa, Carrots, Ground Flax Seed, Lentils, Peanut Butter, Molasses, Cranberries, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (a source of Vitamin E), Rosemary Extract, and Green Tea Extract. How healthy can you get?
Well, since I asked the question, I can tell you that the Endurance Dog Treats are also good for your dog's teeth, nice and crunchy to help remove plaque! They are good for puppies as well as adult dogs that are active.
Smart Cookie products are made by hand in a small bakery in Denver, Colorado. You and your dog will appreciate the care they are given.
I bet that soon you'll be seeing protein bars for dogs displayed right next to where you buy yours! If not, you know you'll find them on Amazon!
That's the buzz for today!