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Old 01-29-2011, 07:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Zulee LOVES Greenies. I've never been real excited about the wheat gluten as the primary ingredient, but figured every now and then wouldn't be too bad. I really want to make sure I keep her teeth clean and strong as long as possible. Even though I feed Raw, I figured it would be a good compliment to a good diet.

As you may have noticed from another thread, I am getting more involved in making her treats rather than buying them. As I was researching trying to find out why Greenies were so good for dental health, I came across a disturbing article.

It isn't overly surprising that some Greenies get lodged in dog's throat because they are not chewed properly. However, it showed where the wheat gluten and other ingredients were not digesting. The undigested lumps were getting lodged in their throats and in the intestine causing death.

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As with anything, do your own research. I just thought it was interesting to see this article. Perhaps there are several others indicating that they are perfectly edible. For now, I'm more motivated to fix her own treats and supplement with tooth brushing (as we already do).
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I would not give Greenies to my dogs. People feed them all the time and never have a problem, but there are other choices out there.
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Thank you for the article.
No Greenies here. I used to give them to Muffin, but this causes her to vomit bile. And I never saw any improvement with her teeth. Oh, not to mention the ingredients in these stuff.
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I don't feed them, but Greenies were reformulated and they aren't dangerous anymore, according to what I know.
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Speaking of chews, does anyone feed the Zuke's bones?

Amazon.com: Zuke's - Z-Ridge Dental Bone, Carrot Fresh Breath, Medium: Kitchen & Dining Amazon.com: Zuke's - Z-Ridge Dental Bone, Carrot Fresh Breath, Medium: Kitchen & Dining

I gave one to my mini and he loved it, but he threw up that night and I am assuming it was the bone. He only ate about half of a small one.
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That is interesting. I have never fed Greenies but I was at a local store last week and they were selling "Christmas" boxes of small greenies to get rid of them. So I had heard of them and I thought they were good for cleaning teeth.

After what I read, I am not sure that I will be feeding them any more. I was cutting them in small pieces anyway, so perhaps I can give them small pieces now and then.
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I'm not a big fan of greenies. The only chews my dogs get are bully sticks, antlers and RMBs (turkey necks, pork ribs and chicken quarters).
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I don't give my dogs greenies. I used to give some of those ages ago when I didn't know better, but after a lot of research now I'm extremely picky about what I give my dogs. Plus I don't think any chew snacks out there do anything to clean their teeth.
The only things they have for chewing is their toys, mostly Kongs. Well, and the RMBs they get with their raw food, usually chicken bones.
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as far as cleaning the teeth, its such a load of horse crap. Try taking a tablespoon of moist flour and rub it all around their teeth. Its the same thing. What cleaning properties does wheat gluten contain??? ZERO. Its made from waste products and marketed to dummies who are too lazy to properly take care of their dogs teeth. DONT BUY GREENIES
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