Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cloud Star "Dynamo" Dog Treats Review

Life with a crazy dog is never simple. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Jon at Cloud Star, the makers of Buddy Biscuits and purveyors of the "Wag More, Bark Less" meme. Jon was offering us the opportunity to test and review their new "Dynamo Dog Functional" line of treats.

We were familiar with Cloud Star's Buddy Biscuits and I noted in my reply to Jon that Bella may have even liked them - high praise coming from Little Miss "I Eat Slugs But Turn My Nose Up At Honest Kitchen" Finicky-Pants. I warned Jon that when it comes to Bella, there's no accounting for taste. But I was intrigued by the new offerings so agreed to do the review as long as they didn't mind if I hired out the taste test to our neighbor's dog if Bella refused to cooperate.

The new "Dynamo Dog Functional" treats are formulated to help keep our dogs looking and feeling their best. There is a Skin & Coat formula made with salmon oil and vitamin E and a Hip & Joint formula with glucosamine and chondroitin.

But it was the Tummy formula that got our attention.

What? Me, worry?
You see, recently Bella was unofficially diagnosed with Colitis. I say "unofficially" because the diagnosis is based on symptoms as opposed to doing a colonoscopy or Trypsin-Like Immunoreactivity Test. But it's apparently not an uncommon among high-anxiety dogs.

As a result, Bella is on a prescription diet but still has occasional flare-ups when things get a little too stirred up around here. We were hoping that the Tummy formula might provide just the little bit extra support during especially stressful times. And we had the opportunity to test that theory just days after we got the treats to review.

The first time we sent Bella to Boston for the steroid injection in her shoulder, she was such a good girl but boy did she (we) pay for the trauma we subjected her to the next day. Poor, poopy puppy.

Are you going to give that to me or what?
We got the treats from Cloud Star a few days before Bella was scheduled to go back to Boston for the second injection and started her on them right away. She survived the trip and we survived her constitutional outings afterwards.

Cloud Star's Tummy formula has added pumpkin, ginger and probiotics - ingredients we've used separately in the past to help ease her tummy. And while we're not about to take Bella off her prescription diet, it's nice to have a little extra digestive support in the form of simple treat to help keep her bathroom habits consistent even under duress.

And as for simple? Well, that depended on Bella. Would she actually just eat the treat or would she turn her nose up at it unless we wrapped it in Pill Pockets or hid it in her canned Tripe dinner?

"She likes it. Hey Mikey!"

That's right folks, not only did the Tummy treat work, Miss Finicky-Pants actually LIKED them!

Bella liked the treats and the Tummy version really did seem to help. They're not smelly or slimy and break easily into smaller bites. The fact they are grain-free, gluten-free and made in the U.S. are just more reasons why we're giving Cloud Star's "Dynamo Dog Functional" two paws (and one ear) up. Thanks, Cloud Star, Bella is definitely "a Dynamo Dog" now.

Disclaimer: We were given a sample of treats to try but anyone who knows me, knows my opinions are all my own.


  1. My Shyla gets the poopies after a stressful day too. I didn't know about these treats, and I'm going to try them! Thanks.

  2. Two French BulldogsApril 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    We sure hope those tummy treats keep on working. They work for my Lily too
    Benny & Lily

  3. Our boys really like Cloud Star. We may try the tummy treats for Sam.


  4. Wow, they work and she likes them? Awesome! I'm going to have to get those for Lassie and Petal next time it's time to buy treats. Thanks for sharing!

    Marquie, Lassie & Petal

  5. Oh that's just wonderful, it's bad enough she gets anxious over the appointment but having the potty issue on top of it must be horrible for her!

  6. oh my gosh--one ear up! so so cute. i'm glad bella liked the treats. desmond didn't fare as well, because he's a jerkface. :-)

  7. ServiceDogsSaveLivesJune 16, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    My service dog woke up with an upset tummy and vomiting in a hotel on our recent trip. I happened to find these treats in a pet store when I was looking for something to help him feel better and they worked wonders! He was back to eating and drinking like normal and no more vomiting! He loved the treats, too! I will be keeping these on hand for situations like that and sharing the info with my friends who have service dogs. I'm so glad Bella liked them and they helped her, too!