Originally Posted by Gibbs Mom and Dad
I'm starting a new thread to avoid from Hijacking the other.
The other thread has alarmed me and I'm hoping we can expand the discussion on the safety or lack thereof on dental chews (Greenies).
I'm hoping you will provide a timeline of when the product was supposedly re-formulated and when Kodi had his problems.
I'm usually reliable at separating the chaff from the wheat, but find myself at a loss. Most of what I've found suggest dental chews are safe, including Greenies.
1800 Pet Meds - Posted June 27, 2012
Seal of Acceptance by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) - 3 products 2011, 2013 & 2014
pets.webmd.com lists Greenies, Del Monte Tartar Check Dog Biscuits, Bright Bites, & Vetradent Dog Chews as edible - NOTE: The reference the VOHC
Mercola Healthy Pets has their own product
I have currently taken way Gibb's dental chews until I can find out more.
Kodi got sick in Jan. of 2011. It was well AFTER the reformulation of Greenies, and as I have said, I was told, (by my vet at the time) before I fed them to Kodi, that they had been reformulated, and were now safe. Tufts can only tell us what they find as obstructions in the bowels of dogs, and dental chews are THE most common culprit when they have to open a dog up. There is no question that this was Kodi's problem too, as he did finally pass the large chunk. We were just lucky that they were able to manage him medically, and avoid surgery. Otherwise, the bill would have been twice what we paid (and $1700 was quite enough, thank you
) and the outcome might not have been positive.
As far as that VOHC list… When I saw the list of foods they approve or endorse or whatever, most of those at the top of the list are such terrible quality foods that I would never feed them to my dog.
The Web MD article, while not wholly discouraging the use of edible chews, does warn about the dangers of dogs biting off and swallowing large pieces.
As far as Mercola is concerned, if I were going to trust ANY of them, I guess it would be that, since I do like much of what that particular vet has to say. But personally, with my dog, I wouldn't take a chance on it. Brushing teeth is just not that hard, is the most effective way to clean teeth, and is also completely safe.
To satisfy Kodi's urge to chew, I give him the flavored (boiled) moose antlers (blade slices) from Acacia Antlers.