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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-30-2007, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, how gross are these? I gave one to Gryff yesterday and he loved it -- but it also made the hair around his face and front paws all nasty. I had to practically pull it out to get all the gunk out. And these things are supposed to make their breath smell better? No thanks.

I also bought him a bag of liver treats once that wound up looking like balls of poop - smelled like it too.

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Okay, how gross are these? I gave one to Gryff yesterday and he loved it -- but it also made the hair around his face and front paws all nasty. I had to practically pull it out to get all the gunk out. And these things are supposed to make their breath smell better? No thanks.

I also bought him a bag of liver treats once that wound up looking like balls of poop - smelled like it too.
Sully won't touch dog treats unless they are real meat. So, he gets chicken breast or coldcuts.
Our papillons we used to have tried both both greenies and starch bones one time. It gave them "corky" looking poo and then REALLY runny stool for days. I can only guess how gross it was to clean a greenie out of a Hav coat!

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Maybe they are trying to tell you greenies aren't very safe for dogs (especially our little guys.)

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At the 2005 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACIVM) meeting, there was discussion among internal medicine specialists about Greenies® causing esophageal obstructions that were difficult to relieve. Over 30 cases have been reported with most problems occurring in small breed dogs, however there was one case in a medium and one case occurring in a large sized dog. All of the problems were related to ingestion of Greenies or similar products and resulted in esophageal foreign bodies.

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After the reports about dogs getting real sick from eating Greenies, I wouldn't buy them. They claim they are safe and that the owners weren't supervising the dogs, or giving them the wrong size to chew.

My dogs aren't big on treats. They love Flossies, freeze dried beef liver and sometimes they will play with Ziggies from Kong, but only the liver flavored ones. Also, beef marrow bones are a big hit with mine.


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I wouldn't give Greenies for all the reasons mentioned above. If you want something that will make his breath smell better, I use an oral hygiene solution from Oxyfresh that I add to Kubrick's water (http://oxyfresh.com/pet/petoralhygiene.asp). It works really well and Kubrick doesn't notice it at all in his water. His breath is about 100x better after I started using it.

I also give Kubrick N-Bone Pearly Whites and he loves those as well. They smell really good to me too (vanilla scent).


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I didn't know anything about problems with Greenies. My vet gave it to me. Generally, his breath is fine.

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A couple of years ago when I first heard of the problem, I called the manufacturer. I two boxes which I had not kept receipts for so I could not return them to the store. (My guys loved them) I returned them to the manufacturer and they returned my money - promptly and with no questions.

I am also quite certain that there have been several lawsuits as a result of dogs dying from a blockage or surgery to remove a blockage caused by the product. I think that the company will settle cases if the plaintiff agrees not to publicize the problem. I knew someone in that situation and they did not take the settlement. They felt it was more important to get the word out about how dangerous the product was. For my two cents, I think there is plenty of publicity on the dangers of the product - I suggested they take the money and donate it to a charity. The settlement offer wasn't much but if the manufacturer had to pay enough small claims, they might be inclined to take a closer look at the product. . . . Maybe this company actually did as there current labelling states something like "even more digestible".

I still would not feed them to my guys.
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There have been several dogs get sick and a few died on Greenies. When I read about the ones choking on the pieces that break off, I quit giving them. Goldie loves them and my vet still gives them away, but its not worth it to me.

I agree with Arlene, just not an option. Flossies they love! Plus they take longer and dont break off so easy.
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Max loved the small greenies but he had the worst looking throw up after the last 2 he ate so I stopped giving them to him. He also threw up after eating a Booda bone by Nylabone so I won't buy any of those again. I started giving him an all natural bone by Zuke's and he hasn't had any trouble with those at all. There are 15 small ones in the pack and he gets maybe 2 or 3 a week. They are also good for doggie breath. And he loves them!!
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Has anyone experienced anything alarming with the Smart Biscuits from Greenies?

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