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    Greenies Warning!

    We have a miniature schnauzer, who is approximately 12 pounds. To keep up her hygiene we went with a Petco recommendation of GREENIES as a good source for treats/dental health.

    An agonizing trip to two doctors, an emergency room and three days of ICU vet bills ringing up in excess of $1,500 leads us to believe the x-ray showing a blockage within our dogs digestive track was from a portion of Greenies bitten off and swallowed.

    Needless to say, we will never purchase this product again and anyone who values their dog's health should either never purchase this product or keep a very close eye if you do. Coco is an in-door dog and I am a stay-at-home mom, so there is hardly 30 minutes in a day where we are not in the same room together!

    It's amazing to see what people out there will sell, even the "respected" and large corporations, to make a dollar, knowing that any animal could be harmed. Don't rely on the people selling these products to put a warning label on the front - "that just isn't good business."

    Good health to all! Pay attention to products!

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    Re: Greenies Warning!

    I knew about greenies before. I used to use them too but have stopped. I use raw bones now. The dogs teeth have NEVER looked better.

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    I used them once on my old boy and he threw the whole thing up- I am glad for that! I also us raw bones now and my boys teeth shine more than mine do! makes me want to start gnawing on them, too!

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    Thanks for the reminder. Those who have been around the forum for a while know that this warning has been out there for a couple of years, not too long after Greenies came on the market.

    And even though the cat Greenies are totally different than the dog ones, they are small tidbit type treats not dental chews, I refuse to even think about buying them. If a company has had so many complaints about one of their products I jsut don't trust them at all.
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    I had no idea! Do your dogs have any trouble with cutting their gums when they chew on raw bones? That was always a concern of mine.

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    No actually working on the bones keeps the gums in better shape. ONLY feed raw though. Never cooked, and I stay away from smoked because of the chemicals.

    You have to make sure they're big enough for the dog, and not weight bearing bones.
    If you're really interested, go to the Food section and look at the stickys up top. Lot of good information there, even id you don't feed exclusively RAW.

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    I am so sorry to hear about Coco's emergency surgery, and I am happy to hear she is doing fine now.

    I quit using Greenies in 2005 when this came out http://www.burtscause.com/

    The Greenie Corp claims to have made their product better so this problem doesn't happen but as you have found out it is not true.
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    Doesn't the company put a disclamer on it. "Supervise this product use don't let big pieces get swollowed" or something?

    What a laugh. I read the warning here before I bought any.

    I get cow hoofs and that seems to help a lot as my dog eats bones like popsicles.

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    Please never give your dog Greenies! It's not worth the risk! My husband and I had a beautiful 5 month old Papillon puppy who was perfectly healthy. In fact, she had just gone for her regular vet check up and was absolutely perfect. We gave her Greenies because we've known several family pets (including a 13 year old jack russell) who loved them as their favorite treats. Within a week she was throwing up (20 times in one hour). The emergency vet found that her colon was completely blocked and gave her an enema and sent us home. They didnt detect the Greenies, only a blockage, and thought she was only constipated. By the end of that week her system was shutting down and she couldnt breathe. After watching an otherwise healthy very active puppy slowly and painfully die for no apparent reason and with nothing we could do, we finally had to have our baby put to sleep. We'd only had her for 2 months. She was at the best vet school in the state for treatment when she started having trouble breathing, but by that time it was too late to have any definitive testing done because she was in too much pain. Dogs go crazy for the Greenies, but it's not worth the risk.

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    Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for the info.
    I also didn't know about raw bones. I'm going to the grocery store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange County Ca View Post
    Doesn't the company put a disclamer on it. "Supervise this product use don't let big pieces get swollowed" or something?

    What a laugh. I read the warning here before I bought any.

    I get cow hoofs and that seems to help a lot as my dog eats bones like
    popsicles.
    I WAS using chew hooves until two weeks ago. Dog acted a bit off. Then she had this bloody diarrhea and chunks of chew hoof came out. I always make sure she doesn't get real small hooves (take them away as she wears them down to prevent choking hazard). However, she must have broken off chunks and these came out.... along with some blood.

    I put her on a mild antibiotic (consulted with my vet)for five days and observed her (temperature, pulse, eating, attitude etc.) and she improved and was back to normal in two days (on medication for 5 days). After this, no more chew hooves. I am thankful there was no blockage or punctures. I suspect the blood was from being scraped (OUCH) on the way out.

    I have avoided Greenies and Nyla bones and rawhide.. I am down to filling a Kong and letting her have that. I would use raw bones, but NOT in the HOUSE. Sorry. THAT is just NOT happening. Outside in her yard is fine.. but she isn't out there much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrissyBz View Post
    ONLY feed raw though. Never cooked, and I stay away from smoked because of the chemicals.
    Also, the smoked bones will splinter. Our lab mix had a blockage from a smoked bone she had been chewing on. We had a pretty expensive vet bill and thank God she was able to work it out herself and surgery wasn't needed.

    After that, the smoked bones went into the trash and they only get raw bones now.
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    Re: Greenies Warning!

    I have a miniature poodle. Which raw bones should I get at the butcher? Since they are not cooked is there a risk of bacterial infection from salmonella, e coli, etc.??

    Are bully sticks risky too?

    Thanks!

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    As far as I know, Bully Sticks are safe. For a Mini poodle I'd get smaller shank bone that's cut in half lengthwise and about 4 inches long WITH marrow. Salmonella a minimal risk with raw bones.
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    I'm amazed that these are still sold as "100% digestible" or "edible"....
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    I know, there have been SO many warnings about hte product, why haven't they been pulled off the market. If a dog food had caused as many injuries and deaths it would have been recalled!
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    Re: Greenies Warning!

    thanks for the heads up ive never used them with my 3 siberian huskies only raw hides but i was going to try them sometime. now i wont

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