This is a guest post by Sori.
Classically, Aldi has been known for its bargain prices without having to forgo quality. I have been a loyal Aldi consumer for a number of years now, and as I was strolling through the aisles, I thought to myself, “Why shouldn’t I expose my dog to the wonderful land of Aldi commodities?”
Today’s review will be on the Heart to Tail Original Dog Biscuits (Medium). Honestly, it is difficult to gauge how much my dog likes these treats since he will gobble down lettuce and carrots like it’s his last meal. So we will have to put all our trust in how fast his tail wags and how high he jumps when the treat is presented.
The Heart to Tail brand is Aldi’s spin on everything pet-related ranging from dog food to cat litter.
Now these biscuits come in two sizes, which are small and medium. A 24-oz. (1 lb., 8 oz.) box costs about $1.75 (7 cents per oz.) not including tax. For a huge box that lasts us over a month, I’d say that is a deal that I will happily take!
Comparing these to the popular Milk Bone dog biscuit treats, which are priced around $2.99 for a 24-oz. box (12 cents per oz.) at my local Target (they cost even more on Amazon), Aldi proves its superiority once again. Are we even surprised? While $1.25 might not seem like a lot, it definitely adds up in the long run, especially with the way my boyfriend rewards our dog Tay for just breathing.
Looking at the nutrition facts, these are quite similar to Milk Bone dog biscuits with the main ingredients being wheat flour and wheat bran. I will say that there is a myriad of vitamins in the ingredients list, including Vitamin B and folic acid. To get a closer look at the ingredients, simply click the photo to enlarge.
Guaranteed Analysis is as follows:
- Crude Protein: (min) 15%
- Crude Fat : (min) 5%
- Crude Fiber: (max) 5%
- Moisture (max) 12%
These aren’t grain-free treats, but a few carbs never hurt anyone, or any dog, I should say. The feeding guidelines suggest one biscuit for every 12 pounds of doggy body weight. Our dog weighs around 50 pounds, so that would be equivalent to four biscuits daily. I try to limit our dog to two biscuits a day, so it is totally up to your discretion. Each biscuit is around 34 calories, so unless your furry friend is on a diet, I wouldn’t worry too much about this number.
My favorite thing about these dog treats is that there is virtually no scent at all. I don’t feel nauseous while giving them to Tay like I feel with meat treats where I have to wash my hands immediately after. The medium-sized ones are around four inches long each, so if your dog is on the smaller side, I would recommend getting the smaller-size treats or just breaking the biscuit in half.
A little warning is that there is no plastic bag inside of the box; the treats are directly inside the box, so be careful opening the box to limit air exposure. (Not that my dog would complain about stale treats.)
As you can see, Tay ran immediately to me and devoured his biscuit in a matter of seconds, and since he can only communicate in barks, I think these got his approval. Another advantage about these treats is that even though they are crunchy, they do not leave any crumbs or residue after your pup consumes them. I am weary about crunchy treats in general for the sole fact that Tay will leave a sloppy mess of crumbs mixed with slobber after gulping his treats down. But there was no cleanup for me after giving these to him!
I don’t know about you, but the most important test for me is if a treat gives my dog any digestive issues causing him to throw up or have diarrhea. Tay is not new to sensitive bowels and he has a list of certain treats/foods that he absolutely cannot have. I have been giving these biscuits to my dog for about a month now and they have not caused any issues for him. I am proud to report that these are very digestible without any concerns at all.
I would definitely recommend these treats for any well-behaved doggy, especially considering the value and quality. It gets two paws up from my dog and two thumbs up from me! Leave a comment about what your dog thought of these crunchy snacks!
Sori is a graduate optometry student who adores Aldi.