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Q: Is it true that Greenies are bad for dogs?

October 1, 2008 | By Yorkie123 | 15 answers | Expired: 2008 days ago

I have had friends tell me that greenies r bad for my dog! I have been giving them to her for over a year and haven't had any problems with them.

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Maryjodellamaggiore
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Oct 14, 2008

don't give your dog Greenies. I've heard they 'clog' the digestive tract and can cause problems requiring surgery. there are so many yummy treats out there. you might even want to make your own and freeze them.

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Florence
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Oct 04, 2008

I had heard that same rumor too. So when I was at the vet dealing with Toddy I asked. The vet told me that the Greenies are no more dangerouse then giving bones.

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Georganne H.
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Oct 04, 2008

My vet told me that green bones aren't anymore dangerous to dogs than regular bones.The reason dogs have choked on them is because the dog must not have chewed up the bone enough.They also make grenn bones 'lite" now which is not as fattening for your dog

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paula m.
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Oct 04, 2008

im really not a fan of greenies. They are not made up of any naural ingrediants, and bother my dogs tummies. I use carrots, or make a liver treat

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ComicKitty
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Oct 03, 2008

I've been giving Odie greenies ever since I got him and he's never had any problem with them. The only way it affects him is that it makes his poo a little green but other than that he's fine. He is not a very heavy chewer though so he doesn't gobble down chunks of the greenie at a time.

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Lauren D.
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Oct 01, 2008

I gave my mom greenies for her sheltie because she has bad breath, unfortunately, they made her fart, which was much worse! I've noticed it has that affect on my dogs, too, and so did the sample of vegetarian dogfood we tried. Eliminating bad breath is great, but not if it creates bad smells from the other end! Now we use Bright Bites dental treats, which don't cause gas.

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Cheryl S.
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Oct 01, 2008

I give them to my dogs and don't have any problems, so far...everything ends up bad though

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Pam K.
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Oct 01, 2008

I've noticed that when I give them to my dogs, they seem to become more agressive. I had to stop using them because they would fiercely fight each other. I have not had this happen with any other type of treat. If you've been using them for as long as you say without any ill effects, then why stop? Vets recommend them.

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Meredith M.
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Oct 01, 2008

I doubt you want to give them more than one a day. Maybe just a few days a week? Anything can be bad for a dog if they aren't good chewers.

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Robyn W.
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Oct 01, 2008

As Sandy said, they are not good for dogs who are not careful chewers. The big chunks tend to get stuck in the esophagus. At my animal hospital we used to see dogs with Greenies stuck in their throats all the time. However, in more recent years, the formula for Greenies has supposedly changed to correct this problem. I have not seen an emergency involving a Greenie for some time now.

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