November 8, 2013 | Comments Off
Jones Natural Chews had a booth this past summer at BlogPaws 2013, and they gave us a few samples to bring home to Spenser. After he proved that he liked their stuff by inhaling it in something like two seconds flat, we asked for some additional products to do a review on, and they sent us over some of the most massive bones that I’ve ever seen! Jones Natural Chews, Co. is based out of Rockford, IL. They manufacture all-natural (no artificial ingredients added) pet treats and chews. All of their products are grown and made in the USA. They were originally founded as a small meat market with a smokehouse to provide custom butchering and smoking for local farmers. The best cuts of meat also produced the best bones, and word traveled fast that Jones was the place to go to for naturally baked dog chews. Over the years Jones Natural Chews has carefully developed several types and sizes of treats and chews – made from beef, chicken, lamb, pork, rabbit, and venison – for all size dogs.
Here are several photos of what Jones Natural Chews sent us:
Here’s a video where I take a closer look at what was in the package:
Here is some information about Jones Natural Chews from its website:
Top 10 Questions
1. Are your products made in USA?
All Jones Natural Chews products are grown and made in the USA. The entire manufacturing procedure from start to finish is on the American soil.
2. Are the animals organic/free-range/caged?
All Jones products are purchased from USDA inspected meat plants within the US. The plants are not certified organic or free-range; however, several of our sources are from ranch areas and not feed lots.
3. Where do I purchase your products from?
Jones is in the process of updating the website. Eventually, we aim to have all the stores that carry our products listed on it. There are many already listed at www.jonesnaturalchews.com under retail stores. Click on your state, and the towns are listed alphabetically.
4. Are your bones safe? We are afraid of splintering.
We test all of our bones for splintering. We conduct pressure tests and moisture tests to ensure the best bone strength. Because of the all-natural process we put our bones through, they will not splinter any easier than a raw bone. As with any food or treat, supervision is always recommended. All dogs have different chewing habits. We at Jones give all of our own dogs our products with confidence.
5. When do you introduce new products?
We strive to introduce 2 to 4 new products per year. These are usually introduced in the month of February.
6. Can I purchase direct?
No, it is our policy to sell through our distributor base.
7. What bone or chew will work best for my dog?
Choose a bone that is the right density and size for your dog. The bone should be larger than your dog’s mouth. Pork bones and lamb bones are soft bones and are only for smaller, light chewers. Beef bones are good for most chewers. Beef shank and knee caps are the hardest bones for aggressive chewers. If large slivers or pieces are breaking off, take it away and try another type. Bones are not intended to be ingested, but chewed and gnawed on. Knuckles will be consumed and will leave a hard bone piece to gnaw.
8. What is good for a puppy?
We make several types of jerky products that break apart easily, making them awesome for training. Beef shank bones, knee caps, and stuffed bones are good chewing aids to rescue your shoes and furniture! Make sure to supervise the puppy with any bones as he/she is just developing their chewing habits.
9. What are the casings?
The casings we use are the same type of casing used in human consumption sausages, a natural collagen casing. They are safe for all dogs.
10. What is glycerin made from and is it natural?
Glycerin is a by-product from vegetable oils and corn. The viscosity of glycerin gives it an antibacterial property. There are natural and synthetic types of glycerin, but Jones only uses the natural glycerin.
Here are some photos & videos of Spenser enjoying the various bones he received:
The verdict? Spenser just loved all four of these! I can totally understand why too. See, I had to have Mark open the individual packages due to the issues I have with touching and smelling meat. These had meat falling off of them, and thus they smelled very strongly! And Spenser dove right on in, obviously! I’m glad he liked these so well since we’ve basically relegated him to small treats after he got aspiration pneumonia from eating rawhides. But these thankfully don’t get gummy or caught in his throat, so now he can enjoy something large and yummy again. Speaking of, as with any toy or bone, your pet should have the necessary supervision. And we are definitely getting him more of these for Christmas! If you purchase any of their products, please let me know what you think!
(Full disclosure – Jones Natural Chews provided these items to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)
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