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Mon, Oct 8 | By DAVID TWIDDY/AP | 145

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The makers of Greenies, one of the nation's best-selling dog treats, have settled a class-action lawsuit claiming the teeth-cleaning product injured or killed close to a dozen dogs. U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner on M… more ›

Greenies dog treat lawsuit settled
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Jonathan M.
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Jonathan M.
5 years ago

I just bought some of these last week and noticed my dogs gulped them down. I was afraid they were going to choke. After reading this I won't be buying these again.

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Bonnie K.
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Bonnie K.
5 years ago

I no longer feed these to my pets.

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

I dislike these nondisclosure settlements when the public has an interest in their terms.

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Wendie
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Wendie
5 years ago

After all of this went down a few years back, Greenies redid their formula and spent a lot of time promoting how the new greenies will disintegrate in water. The damage is done though and I know the majority of people will no longer feed them.

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deb a.
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deb a.
5 years ago

I have never liked the greenies, rate right up there with rawhides in my opinion

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Billie R.
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Billie R.
6 years ago

Are there doggie dentists?

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Wendie
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Wendie
5 years ago

More than likely there are. But, most vets perform "dentals" which involves your dog being put under and his teeth cleaned quiet well. Often times, during a dental, pets even get teeth extracted. If your dog has super smelly breath, he may need a dental. Remember, just like in humans, dogs teeth can rot and it's painful and unpleasant for the pooch!

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

I have heard about their problems and would never buy these for my dogs!

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Logan
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Logan
6 years ago

I hope they fix it so other dogs don't get hurt.

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rebecca t.
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rebecca t.
6 years ago

my dog never had a problem w/ greenies and i never knew they were potentially hazardous

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Maybe the new formulation will help. As for the comment below, pig ears pose the same risk if not chewed thoroughly.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

Sounds like its best to avoid these things and buy them an old fashioned pig ear instead.

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Linda L.
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Linda L.
6 years ago

Many things can be choking hazards. Watch your pets closely.

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Alexis F.
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Alexis F.
6 years ago

whenever we give our dogs bones or anything hard like that, we watch them so closely... my best advice would be avoid anything hard that can fit down their throat

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

I'm glad you posted this article

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EddieP
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EddieP
6 years ago

I had never heard of this. I will tell my dog owner friends.

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

i never heard this until this story was posted. we were giving these to our shih tzu

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

Thanks for the info on this

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Teresa K.
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Teresa K.
6 years ago

Sounds like the warning were there in the first place and not properly headed but I am glad the warning are clearer now.

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Sandeecbell
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Sandeecbell
6 years ago

Dogs also choke on rawhides. My Goliath will swallow big chunks whole. So no rawhides at our house. I don't blame the makers of greenies. You have to know you dog and their eating habits and evaluate for yourself the product you are using. It is sad for the owners of the dogs who died. But I believe these were sad accidents.

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Sarah H.
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Sarah H.
6 years ago

Good move.

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Jess  L.
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Jess L.
6 years ago

Dogs can choke on anything really. Pig ears are right up there. I'm glad they made the warnings more visible and changed their formula. It doesn't sound like it was totally intentionable.

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

good thing our dog can stand a regular toothbrush.... lol

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

omg, this is the first i heard of this. we've been feeding these to our shih tzu. not anymore.

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Michelle R.
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Michelle R.
6 years ago

I think that as long as I know for SURE that the treat is safe, I would buy it again. Although, you can never tell whats good and whats bad for sure.

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Lambrhondal
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Lambrhondal
6 years ago

I HAVE BECOME VERY LEERY OF SEVERAL PRODUCTS OUT THAT STATE ABOUT HELPING CLEAN TEETH. I BOUGHT ONE AND ONE OF MY DOGS BEGAN HAVING AN UPSET STOMACH AND JUST DID NOT ACT LIKE HIMSELF. I WENT BACK TO THE FOOD I HAD BEEN GIVING AND HIS PROBLEMS CLEARED UP. IF A PRODUCT HAS SOMETHING STURDY ENOUGH TO CLEAN PLAQUE THEN IT MAY NOT BE GOOD FOR THE OVERALL PICTURE. ANYWAY, MY BABY IS DOING FINE NOW.

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Jane M.
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Jane M.
6 years ago

Just out of curiosity, how do you make sure your dog adequately chews it and doesn't gulp it down?

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

I know a lot of people give these to their pets and they really seem to like them. They have reformulated this product, but I am still afraid to give them to my dogs and will never do so.

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Kim M.
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Kim M.
6 years ago

I'd rather just brush my dogs teeth. They dont mind now I've been doing it so long and I don't really trust most chew toys.

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

Yeah, millions for the dollars, pennies for the grieving dog owners.

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cathi g.
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cathi g.
6 years ago

its a shame that we are such a sue happy nation. who would know that the animals would have trouble? my dogs cant handle the rawhides, so i dont give them to them. its not the companie fault that my dogs like to swallow big items. would you sue oscar meyer if you choked on a hot dog? give me a break

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Vicky
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Vicky
6 years ago

heard they weren't good so i never bought them for my pooch

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Jodi R.
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Jodi R.
6 years ago

It's all in the way your dog chews its food. If its a gulper, then no kind of rawhide or chew is going to be good. My dogs chew their food and have never had a problem with greenies. As always, people should supervise their pets when eating treats. My dog got a regular cookie stuck in his throat the other day.

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Kim M.
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Kim M.
6 years ago

I have gulpers! I cant give them anything that wouold be unsafe to swallow whole.

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Bridget D.
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Bridget D.
6 years ago

this is what gets me. ANYTHING can be a hazard to a dog. a toy, that is made for dogs, the food that they eat daily, anything in the yard. people even feeds rawhides thinking that they are safe for dogs to chew and to tell you the truth really nothing is SAFE. how about having a 5 month old rottweiler puppy choke on a milkbone dog biscuit and die? ever happen to you? ask us. i'll tell you.
i think that people are getting a little sue happy these days and don't give things accordingly to how their dog may eat something, or that a dog may gulp to keep another from getting something they have. yes is is heart wrenching to lose a pet. no matter what or how. people also don't want to blame themselves for a death, its easier to blame someone else.

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Brian K.
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Brian K.
6 years ago

Agreed Alexander. This lawsuit scared me away from them.

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Tonycat
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Tonycat
6 years ago

As in most cases, responsibility is shared here: consumers and manufacturer. Consumers need to be smarter and wiser.

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Vicky
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Vicky
6 years ago

wouldn't give them to my dog

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

Does anyone give dog treats a test run before they are marketed? There should be standards in place for the safety of our pets.

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Jenn
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Jenn
6 years ago

That's so sad.

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

i wont buy these anymore

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mike o.
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mike o.
6 years ago

this one sounded good too. I wish had not missed it.

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Matt & Margaret M.
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Matt & Margaret M.
6 years ago

i wish i hadn't missed this story,,,,wont buy greenies just to be safe

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
7 years ago

So glad to know about this. I have been using greenies for years and never had a problem!

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Patter5
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Patter5
7 years ago

Glad someone took charge

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Morgan
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Morgan
7 years ago

Greenies are banned from my house now

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Threecats
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Threecats
7 years ago

I'm glad to find out about this. I would be very hesitant to give this to my dog if I had one. My cats did not like the cat version of Greenies. I wonder if any problems have come up with the cat version.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
7 years ago

One of my dogs almost choked eating a greenie, so I stopped giving them to my dogs. I later started hearing these reports and was glad I was no longer giving these to my dogs. I hope that they have made them safer, but I will not be trying them.

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Missy
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Missy
7 years ago

its good to know about the greenies. I give them to my dog as a treat, now I surely will not. The company should have tested the product better to ensure it wouldn't harm any animals.

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Bbmalo
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Bbmalo
7 years ago

Good to know! My little dog loves them but I often wondered if they could pose a problem. She will have to live without them now.

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Abg8s
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Abg8s
7 years ago

i think that 13 out of 300 million is good. millions of of things happen every year and this is something thats just gonna happen.

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Spydog0619
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Spydog0619
7 years ago

no i wouldnt buy it

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Julie F.
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Julie F.
7 years ago

I still see these on the shelves. I hope pet owners are reading articles such as this and aren't buying them.

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