A Different Kind of Chew: SmartFillets Review (and a Giveaway)

english bulldog eating smartfillets

Om nom nom.

Rawhide is a great way to give your dog a jaw workout, but it’s not so great for their stomachs.

The traditional, widely available and cheap chew treat is extremely hard for a dog to digest. I’ve heard horror stories of dogs dying from rawhide that got lodged in their intestines. And I’ve personally noticed increased digestion issues around dogs I had in the past who consumed rawhide.

Apparently, rawhide that is dyed and flavored may also contain harmful chemicals.

All signs point to the need for an alternative.

That’s the concept behind the PetMatrix SmartBones® brand.

After finding success with its signature product – affordable chews that look just like rawhide but are a far more digestible, patented alternative – SmartBones now presents SmartFillets.

SmartFillets are vegetable and jerky chews, formulated to last longer than traditional chicken jerky.

I was sent a bag of SmartFillets to review.

SmartFillets jerky chews

I actually offered these treats to my cousin to test on her power chewers – a pair of English bulldogs.

Hells Bells is the bulldog featured at the top of this page. As you can see, she enjoyed her SmartFillets.

My cousin said Hells Bells wasn’t sure about the treats at first, but then she began to chew and worked on each one until it was gone.

Unfortunately, the more finicky Weezer, mother of Hells Bells, reportedly turned her snub nose up at the treats and wasn’t interested in them at all. (Maybe she wanted her jerky to be in the shape of a beer bottle.)

In spite of the rejection by Weezer, my cousin seemed to be in favor of these treats.

smartfillets ingredients

I’m glad my cousin had a mostly positive experience with SmartFillets.

I am certain my golden retriever Luke would have enjoyed them. Because my dogs are older and not power chewers, I do appreciate the fact that SmartFillets are meant to last a little longer than regular chicken jerky but not as long as rawhide. At this point, both of our dogs are old enough that they need treats they can consume in one sitting (unless the treat is a real marrow bone).

Yet, there are a couple of reasons I would be unlikely to purchase SmartFillets on my own.

  1. The ingredients list – although sweet potatoes and chicken come first, most of the other words on the list are rather unpronounceable.
  2. Although produced in a “food grade” facility, these treats appear to be made in China. With all of the controversy around Chinese chicken in recent years, as a general rule we try to avoid it for our pets.

However, the choice of what to feed a pet is up to an individual. My cousin, for example, avoids recalled items but generally doesn’t go all crazy picking out dog treats and food like I do.

There are a lot of reasons to like SmartFillets, including that they are affordable (about $10 for a 10-pack at most online retailers I checked) and contain real meat, rather than a by-product.

What do you think? Would you feed your pets SmartFillets?

If the answer to the second question is yes and you have a U.S. address, then you are invited to enter for a chance to win a bag of SmartFillets for your dog.


Click below for your chance to win:

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Disclosure: I received a free bag of treats in exchange for my honest review of SmartFillets. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on October 2, 2013, in Dogs, Dogtography, Family, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. We’ve definitely got power-chewers in our house. They love rawhide, but we feel the same about it as you. We’ve also used antlers, but have had a broken tooth (not sure from what), so we’re a little hesitant on them now.

  2. My dogs would love to try these. I don’t think they’d care for sweet potato but if it’s just chicken flavor , I know they will. I think they would love these treats because they are made with real meat.

  3. BabyGirl and Midnight go crazy over fish and I am sure they would love to try smart fillets

  4. Hey, I can’t seem to find an email address. Can you email me back to ask you a question?

  5. We came over from Blogpaws! We would love to try these treats. We are power chewers and nothing lasts long at our house!

  6. These look delicious! I’m sure Duke would love to try them! –Jess @ Life with Duke

  7. My 3 dogs love treat & chews, and we really like finding kinds that are healthy and wholesome!

  8. My dogs love treats but I’ve been very leery of many that are on the market. I would love to try some that I know are safe AND good for my dogs. Thanks for making this offer available to try!

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