A supplier of high-quality seafood to chefs and restaurants for more than 20 years, Pierless Fish Corp recently launched Pierless Pets, a treat line that enables the company to use the entire fish from nose to tail for zero waste production while also making healthy fish treats for pets.
Being sourced from 100% all-natural fish harvested from North American waters, the treats are made from “restaurant grade” seafood that contain easily digestible lean proteins, Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients. In addition to its manufacturing taking place in the U.S., Pierless prides itself in being a pro-environment company, which is supported by the fact that its treat production uses only earth-friendly rice paper packaging.
Pierless offers both dog and cat treats, which include such items as salmon and whitefish biscuits, salmon skin rolls, freeze-dried whitefish, scallops, tuna and royal red shrimp as well as monkfish livers and tripe.
With so many options, it was difficult to select just one product to review. But we were intrigued by the cod “bones” shaped treats, which Pierless describes as being sourced from the North Atlantic, then hand-tied and slowly dehydrated in the company’s facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Available in both 3-ounce and 6-ounce packages, these grain- and gluten-free treats contain no additives, preservatives, antibiotics or hormones. The nutritional analysis states there are 25 kilocalories (kcal) per treat.
Confident that the treats are healthy for our dogs, as the Omega-3 fatty acids support a dog’s healthy heart, brain, eyes, joints and coat, we decided to test their palatability with Vicki, our collie-husky mix. Before we could even open that package, she had her nose inspecting it. And upon opening the package, Vicki was licking her chops in anticipation. By now, our noses were catching the fresh seafood aroma, which was much more appealing than we expected.
According to Pierless, the treats are intended for supplemental feeding, and the company recommends they be fed as a healthy reward. Vicki has been attracted to treats before, but this was an over-the-top interest. So her increased attentiveness allowed us to attempt some tricks before being given the reward.
Vicki completed the trick on her first attempt, and was eager to take the treat. For the next half a minute – the length of time it took for her to consume the treat – she chomped down on the dehydrated cod “bone,” creating a noticeably loud crunching sound that enhanced her experience. This appeared to make the reward even more enjoyable for her, and she proceeded to lick up every piece of treat that she could find. Since being introduced to Vicki, the cod “bones” have become her favorite treats that she’s come to look forward to on a daily basis.
If you’re seeking a healthy treat that is natural, crunchy and highly palatable, we highly recommend that Pierless Pets’ cod ”bones” be on your radar. And the fact that the company uses rice paper for its packaging, which makes it an eco-friendly product, is an added plus to us.
As always, it’s important to have fresh water available with the treats, and it’s a good idea to introduce any new protein slowly to a dog or cat.