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Dog Product Review: Innova HealthBar Baked Dog Treats (and giveaway)

Keep reading … we have THREE coupons for a FREE bag of Innova dog food or Innova cat food (up to a 6.6 lbs bag) to give away.

Because I sometimes write about dog food and cat food in my paid work as a journalist and because I’m not one to experiment with my dogs’ daily nutrition, I don’t often blog about pet food things. It’s an ethical and practical thing for me.

Food? No. Treats? Sometimes.

So, when the folks at Innova asked if they could send me some treats to try out, I said, “OK.”

Innova HealthBar Baked Dog Treats

 

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So ... when are you going to say I can have this treat? Yes, that one. Right there. See it?

These Innova HealthBar Baked Dog Treats are made in the USA and feature ingredients like:

  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Barley
  • Rice
  • Potato
  • Apple
  • Carrot
  • Egg

I checked the rest of the ingredient list, and I didn’t see anything that made me blanch.

So far so good. The treats are a nice size. Not too big. Not too tiny. BUT, they would be WAY too big for use in regular training. Instead, they are just right for these situations:

  • Stuffing into treat toys
  • As a bedtime snack
  • As reward for something BIG, like coming inside on a beautiful day when the dogs really, really, really want to stay outside

And, they break easily in half, so the dogs can share and the bag of dog treats last longer.

My only quibble? Overpackaging

Check out the promotional kit I received that opens and opens and opens to reveal the bag of dog treats, bag of cat treats, and pet food food measuring cup.

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Innova Free Bag Coupon Giveaway

The nice people at Innova who sent me these FREE treats also gave me THREE coupons for a free bag of Innova dog food or Innova cat food to giveway.

I’m sorry to tell our international friends that I think this one has to be a U.S.-only prize.

I’ve been trying to think of something new we could do to choose prize winners, and I’ve got nothing.

So, as usual, please comment with something pithy to this blog post before Sunday, September 18, at midnight (mtn time), and I’ll use the random picker to pick three winners. One comment per person = one entry.

 

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

dog biscuits treats - September 24, 2011

I missed the cutoff for the giveaway, but I’ll definitely be checking this product out.

Deborah - September 13, 2011

Pretty please sign me up! I’m excited about the prospect of a new and healthy treat for my four precious Chihuahuas!

Thank you!
Deborah Austin

Cynthia Downer - September 13, 2011

When I get my dogs treats, I get a new flavor and/or brand every time. They love the variety, and I love the fact that I don’t need to choose one treat brand out of hundreds of good ones. I also tend to get whatever brand of treat I have coupons for. Thanks for the chance to win! crzycoookies@yahoo.com

Kristine - September 13, 2011

Don’t include me in the giveaway as I am not an American – but I want to thank you for this review. As I am one to experiment with different food for my dog, trying to find the right balance. As we use kibble as training treats as well, there are a lot of factors that go into our choice. We have yet to try Innova so perhaps I’ll have to look into it. Dog food is so complicated – I wish it was a lot easier to understand.

Love the sweet photo of Lily!

Kim M - September 13, 2011

Pithy? I’ve got nothing pithy. But I have been feeding Innova to my cat for a few months now and she seems happy and healthy and still liking it (she can be rather picky). I’d love a coupon, as it isn’t cheap (not too terribly expensive, but not purina!)

Jenn - September 13, 2011

We use Innova food for our 2 chihuahuas. I’m going to try the treats for their afternoon snack. It might be good if I split them. They look a little big for my dogs.

Julie - September 13, 2011

I just adopted a 7 month-yr-old German Shorthair Pointer mix two months ago. I’ve found that the trick to training him is to use treats and positive reinforcement. Although, now I’m finding that he won’t do certain things without the treats in my hand. Should I keep using treats or should I be more persistent with the training commands? Anywho, if you have any advice, I would appreciate. Would love to win these for Dylan. I’m sure he would enjoy U*x*U

Melissa - September 13, 2011

I was looking at Innova awhile back. My BC-BH mix has a poultry allergy and its nice to see that one of their dog food brands is red meat only.

Kirsten - September 13, 2011

I love giving big, crunchy treats at bedtime…with peanut butter. My dogs still don’t get as excited as they do for highly flavored meaty snacks, but dry biscuits are great for when they’re really hungry…like, um, always 🙂

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