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Old 02-15-2006, 02:11 PM
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Exclamation Greenies Bad News

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Old 02-15-2006, 02:13 PM
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Yeah, I read this when the KC Star ran the article. I'm trying to get work to quit carrying them; I found these dehydrated sweet potato slices yesterday where I buy my Innova from, and am looking into those as a possible replacement suggestion. It's nothing but sweet potato, no preservatives, no wheat, no corn, nothing. Just potato that's dry.
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:23 PM
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I saw that the other day when I was looking at something it said 13 dogs had died because of them
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:23 PM
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Wow. Bout time this all started becoming public knowledge. The guy that is suing the Greenie Company was on Dogster and made a thread telling about how his dog, Burt died from Greenies. Good for him! He was so crushed and he is doing something about it. He is the one that made me aware of the dangers. Wouldn't it be great if, through his efforts, those **** things were finally pulled from the shelves for good?

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Old 02-15-2006, 03:07 PM
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I've always found this to be an amusing thing -

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Roetheli, who runs S&M NuTec from Kansas City, Missouri, says Greenies do break down when properly chewed and swallowed by a dog.

He told CNN that any product has the potential to cause an obstruction in a dog and that Greenies packaging warns dog owners to monitor their dog to ensure the treat is adequately chewed. "Gulping any item can be harmful or even fatal to a dog," the package says
And it's amusing to me because I know of several dogs who do not chew their food. They gulp it down quickly. I also believe dog's teeth aren't meant for thorough chewign - they are designed to gulp food down as quickly as they can.

I'm fortunate that Mojo chews - and makes a mess of crumbs - but I stopped giving these to him a year ago based on reports that they can cause the sometimes fatal obstructions.

It seems like you have to be careful of just about everything that enters a dog's mouth - regardless if they are a chewer or not.
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Old 02-15-2006, 05:28 PM
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Thanks for sharing this.
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Old 02-15-2006, 05:47 PM
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After watching Otto gulp down his first Greenie a few weeks ago I immediately threw them away.
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Old 02-15-2006, 05:57 PM
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That is so ridiculous. Who would give their dog a treat like that if the dog didn't chew?

I can think of numerous things that are far better for a dog than greenies (raw bones) but people say they're dangerous too. Only difference is, you can't run all over the internet badmouthing cattle and trying to sue cattle ranchers because of a dog getting an obstruction from a raw bone.

If people supervised their dogs while eating things like bones and greenies, the dogs wouldn't have a chance to gulp down a huge piece and get an obstruction. Shame on the owners.
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Old 02-15-2006, 09:21 PM
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If people supervised their dogs while eating things like bones and greenies, the dogs wouldn't have a chance to gulp down a huge piece and get an obstruction. Shame on the owners. (Quote)

RD, believe it or not, more pet owners than you could even imagine are totally ignorant about what can harm their dogs.
People take it for granted that if a dog chew item is sold in a store, then it must be "safe" and therefore don't think twice about not supervising their dogs when they give them these "chewies". Do you think a dog should pay with its' life because of the owners ignorance? I don't.
I think people should be well aware of what could happen with Greenies, rawhydes etc. We all know about the "warning" on the Greenie package in small print but as we're said before, those things are sold in bulk and unpackaged, also.
The fact is, Greenies do not digest. I find it hard to believe that they digest even when chewed. If the pieces are small enough, the dog will simply crap them out. False advertising, plain and simple.
And to the Greenie Co. founder and his claim about how well they clean teeth and how much safer they are than putting a dog under at the Vets for a cleaning...well, gee, I'd be much happier if my dog expired from a Greenie knowing that his teeth were clean. : (
BTW...the guy who is suing the company seemed truley heartbroken over the death of his dog and I think the lawsuit is just his effort to get the word out and to shut the company down. I really don't think it's about the money and I doubt he is going to even get that money anyway. I spoke to him in e-mail and he is a really nice guy.

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Old 02-15-2006, 09:30 PM
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Its nto even the fact that they don't chew. If a dog has a couple little pieces collect in a part of the intestine and the slimy stuff reaches it it turns form a licquid slime back into a solidified mess. So your dog could chew every bit if it to have it reharden in the intestine.
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