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This Just In: Getting Greenies Just Got a Little More Difficult . . .

Rather controversial but still well-loved by pups across the nation, the manufacturer of Greenies just announced today that the product will now be offered exclusively through vet hospitals and pet specialty stores. The hard treats help reduce plaque and tartar buildup, but some dogs have trouble chewing and properly digesting them . . . which leaves many animal lovers confused and on the fence about the snacks. Citing studies that show nearly 75 percent of pets exhibit some stage of oral disease by age 3, Carolyn Hanigan, vice president of marketing for Nutro Products, Inc. says:

We believe that pet medical professionals at veterinary hospitals and well-trained, knowledgeable staff at pet specialty stores are best equipped to answer pet owners’ questions about our products, and to make the right recommendation.

I've given these treats to North in the past and, while he'll gladly gobble most anything, I would never offer one unsupervised. What do you think of the news? Does it change your take on the toothbrush-shaped snacks?

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KibzeeLovee KibzeeLovee 8 years
my Diego loves their kitty treats!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
These are such a hot topic, people against them are SUPER against them. But B-Bops had a few here and there since he was small and we never had problems. They aren't his favorite treat so I'm not too worried. As for Nutro I'm finding pages that say yes and no that they're being investigated but here's a link: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/04/nutro_foia.html
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
We use these and our dog loves them, so this is kind of annoying. On a side note, I recently switched my picky eater dog to one of Nutro's brands of dry food. The day after we switched, I read about a potential FDA inquiry into Nutro. Anyone know the real story there?
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
It doesn't really bother me as I get Zena's C.E.T. chews through the vet and I get nearly all of her supplies at PetSmart in the first place. The great thing about C.E.T. chews over Greenies is that the C.E.T. chews are easily digestible and my dog loooooooooooooooooooves them. They reek something awful but they keep her teeth sparkling white!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I use the cat treats but I can only find them at pet specialty stores anyway so it doesn't really change anything for me.
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