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Chew on this: Not
all treats created equal
April 9, 2006 -
Greenies are a popular dog treat that are touted as controlling
tartar and plaque in dogs, leading to fresher breath. And dogs —
at least those I’ve observed coming into contact with the treats
— enjoy gnawing on them. The success of the original Greenies
treat spawned several imitators that make similar chewable
dental treats for dogs.
The original Greenies are shaped like a toothbrush on one end
and a bone on the other, and come in a variety of sizes for
different sizes of dogs. The treats are made primarily from
wheat gluten, which is high in protein, and include chlorophyll
to give them their green color. In addition to Greenies for
dogs, the company also makes biscuits, “Lil’ Bits” or small
flakes of Greenies, and Feline Greenies for cats.
Greenies are endorsed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council and
have been found to reduce tartar by 62 percent and bad breath by
31 percent in independent studies. Seems like they really do
make an impact on dogs’ dental health.
But now the company that makes Greenies, S&M NuTec LLC, is in
some legal trouble. A class-action lawsuit, filed by 10 pet
owners in eight states, accuses the company of making a product
that can kill or injure dogs. As many as 13 dogs have been
reported to have died by choking on the treats or developing
blockages in their gastrointestinal tracts. Several others have
needed emergency surgery.
Treat Maker Finds Itself In Bigger Legal Doghouse
April 7, 2006 -
The Associated Press.
Ten dog owners from eight different states are seeking
class-action federal lawsuit in New York, and a product
liability case has been filed in Los Angeles, and FDA
investigation is being demanded in Seattle. Claims are
pieces of choke or block intestines, causing surgery or death.
Greenies makers claiming owners must buy right size for dog and
ensure dog chews treat completely.
(Image from KCTV5.com)
February 12, 2006
The Associated Press.
have been warning for years about "chewable" teething bones,
rawhides, etc and how they are not digested well and can cause
blockage in dogs. The latest is a popular product called
"Greenies". The product does not digest and dogs don't
always "take small bites" therefore the product remains large
enough quantities to create intestinal blockage creating
potentially expensive health care and in some cases death.
For more information go to
www.kirotv.com and read what KIRO 7 TV Consumer
Wayne Havrelly reported
on November 15, 2005.
(Image from KIRO7TV.com)