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Q: Are the greenies safe for dogs?

February 6, 2009 | By Donna W. | 11 answers | Expired: 2013 days ago

I've heard conflicting answers, my dogs love them but I'm afraid they splinter in the intestines

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Karen J.
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Feb 15, 2009

I have heard / read conflicting stories. We stopped giving them just because I was not sure. One of our dogs loves just the plain milkbones and our other dogs loves the pedigree jumbo bones. I break the jumbo bones in half because they are huge. They also are pricey, oh well - he is worth it. :)

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Nicole
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Feb 15, 2009

I heard they were unsafe for a while too, however I believe the formula has since changed. I haven't bought any for my dog because he likes lots of other treats and shews on bones to clean his teeth. I've seen vet clinics with greenies which leads me to believe that they are safe.

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Sheryl R.
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Feb 09, 2009

They are safe, in theory. The formula was changed so that they are more digestible, to prevent dogs from having obstructions.

My dog liked them but eventually he had so many teeth removed (he's a senior) that I was concerned he could not chew them properly.

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Kim G.
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Feb 06, 2009

Greenies used to have problems with not being entirely digestible, and dogs would get them stuck in their intestinal track. This was usually due to people buying the wrong size for their dogs. A while ago Greenies changed their formula and made them completely digestible now. With any chew, your dog can choke or get it stuck i their teeth, not just Greeneis. In my opinion, I don't think that Greenies clean teeth any better than chews like flossies or bully sticks, and they are a little healthier since they are mostly protein, and last a lot longer.

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Dj96
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Feb 06, 2009

Yes we would give our husky and border collie them, the medium ones. I do remember a couple times they got sick. But since I switched to the smaller busy bones or the bacon nutra bones. We dont give them the larger size bones, we give them the smaller for their size. Ill definately look into the greenies more but probably just stick to other treats. Dont need more surgeries.

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Greta G.
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Feb 06, 2009

I've fed my adult dog the teenie greenies for the past two years. She is small (13 pounds)and only has about one a day/five per week. She has not had any difficulty with chewing them and they have not gotten stuck in her teeth. I think they're worth trying out; however, if your dog has one or more of the reactions others have described, don't give them to your dog any more.

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Kelly B.
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Feb 06, 2009

I've heard very mixed reviews, but since there is at lest a risk of greenies posing a danger to your dog, I would recommend finding less controversial treats for your dears. I'm sure there are plenty of alternatives out there that they would be more than happy with :)

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RichardK
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Feb 06, 2009

I also have 2 dogs that love them but after reading below I think I will quit giving them myself

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Edie H.
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Feb 06, 2009

I used to buy the chewy petite greenies but my little boy got one stuck on his back teeth and it was quite the challenge to remove it.I have since stopped giving my babies greenies.

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Jude E.
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Feb 06, 2009

My greyhound, Danny loved greenies but would puke them up so I quit buying them entirely. There are other natural chewing items, even roasted beef bones, that are less expensive and easier to digest. Just my opinion.

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