Free Feline Greenies treats

Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
edited 14 February, 2006 in Food & Nutrition
Meows, here is a link to get a free sample of Feline Greenies: http://smarttreater.com/en/get_greenies

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  • Diana GabaldonDiana Gabaldon PortlandMember Posts: 5,607
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Thanks Merlin. I hope they taste good!
  • Sarah WeedenSarah Weeden WinnipegMember Posts: 527
    edited 27 February, 2006
    I don't feed Greenies. They are VERY VERY dangerous. There has been numerous cases of death and injury do to Greenies. I'd stay clear away from the product, for cats or dogs.
  • Cathy SmethurstCathy Smethurst Member Posts: 570
    edited 27 February, 2006
    You can read about a lawsuit against the makers of greenies at burtscause.com. Then you can make your decision on whether you want to give greenies.
  • Katie PottengerKatie Pottenger Chicago/ Hyde Park- KenwoodMember Posts: 3,149
    edited 27 February, 2006
    courtesy of schatzi on Dogster: KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) -- At least 13 dogs have died after being fed the top-selling pet treat in the country, owners and veterinarians have told CNN. The problem comes because the treats, called Greenies, become lodged in a dog's esophagus or intestine and then some veterinarians say they don't break down. "I know they are marketed in saying that they do digest. Certainly the ones that we've taken out, esophageal or intestinal, that have been in for days are still very hard," Brendan McKiernan, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist from Denver, Colorado, told CNN. Greenies recommends owners check that the treats are chewed and Joe Roetheli - who launched the brand as a treat that can freshen a dog's breath and clean its teeth - said it was important to pick the correct chew for a particular dog. There are 7 different sizes to choose from depending on the size of the dog. But most of the dog owners CNN talked to say they did follow package instructions and they still had a problem. Mike Eastwood and his wife, Jenny Reiff, recently filed a $5 million lawsuit in New York, blaming Greenies for the intestinal blockage that caused the death of their dog Burt. "I'm mad that their packaging states that the product is 100 percent edible, highly digestible and veterinarian approved, yet our dog died of it," Eastwood told CNN. S&M NuTec, which manufactures the toothbrush-shaped chew, won't comment on the case but in court papers denied the allegations. Roetheli said the focus should be on the dental benefits and Greenies are saving dogs' lives by lowering the risk of periodontal disease. He says feeding Greenies is far safer than putting a dog under anesthesia to clean teeth. "Dogs really love the product!" he said. "They do a very effective job of cleaning teeth and freshening breath." Any suggestion that Greenies are defective was rejected by Roetheli, who developed Greenies with his wife, Judy. "Our product is safe. It is used every day by thousands of dogs, millions a week and it is basically a very safe product." A CNN investigation uncovered 40 cases since 2003 where a veterinarian had to extract a Greenie from a dog after the treat became lodged either in the animal's esophagus or intestine. In 13 of those cases, the pet died. One of those was Tyson, Josh Glass and Leah Falls' 8-month-old boxer, who was taken to Brent-Air Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, California, where vet Dr. Kevin Schlanger found the animal had a blocked intestine. "It was very clear that it was something dense and firm that had caused the obstruction," Schlanger said. He removed a Greenie from the intestine. McKiernan's says his Denver clinic has seen at least seven cases in the past five years, which he says is an unusually high number. That prompted him to start researching and writing a paper to warn other veterinarians of the problem. He says his research, which he hopes to get published in a veterinary journal, shows compressed vegetable chew treats, of which Greenies is the most popular, are now the third biggest cause of esophageal obstruction in dogs behind bones and fish hooks. The federal Food and Drug Administration says it's looking into eight consumer complaints about Greenies but has no formal investigation. The issue has also been the topic of news reports across the country. The chews are made of digestible products like wheat gluten and fiber, experts say, but the molding process makes the treat very firm and hard. 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. The company's Web site addresses the issue in its FAQ section with the question "When giving an animal Greenies, does it affect their digestive system?" The answer "The only time dogs would be unable to digest anything would be if they didn't chew it up before they swallowed it. Canine and Feline Greenies are highly digestible when chewed." The company says the number of complaints it has received is very low in relation to the vast numbers of treats sold, and CNN spoke with several vets who recommended Greenies. Introduced in 1998, we found Greenies now selling for about $16 a pound. Last year, 325 million individual treats were sold around the world, nearly three times the sales of its nearest competitor Milk Bone, according to the marketing company Euromonitor International. "At the end of the day ... literally millions of Greenies are enjoyed by dogs on a weekly basis with absolutely no incidents," company vet Brad Quest told CNN.
  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭
    edited 27 February, 2006
    We've had Greenies before with no problems. From my understanding, most of the problems were caused by dogs swallowing the big Greenies chew bones whole or nearly whole. The cat treats are small enough that they'd pass through even if they were swallowed whole and not digested, so personally I wouldn't worry too much about the feline ones from a health standpoint. Of course, if you feel the company has misrepresented products and caused harm, then not buying the treats on moral grounds would definitely be appropriate.
  • rachel brownrachel brown weatherfordMember Posts: 1,299
    edited 27 February, 2006
    i'm with you Arthur. we love out kitty Greenies and mommy has not qualms feeding them to use since they are just like any other crunchy kitty treat on the market. now sasying that she doesn't give any of the dogs in our family Greenies because of the health risks with the Canine product. i have not heard any reports of cats begin hurt/killed by cat Greenies, only dogs and the two products are very different.
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Meows, Feline Greenies are NOT the same as dog Greenies. Feline Greenies are like Pounce tartar control treats, just a hard crunchy tasty treat. Dog Greenies are dental chew toys (not treats) made of compressed plant material. Here is the info from the Greenies company: http://www.greenies.com/aboutUs.cfm The company specifically calls dog Greenies dental chew toys. Methinks some dogs are able to chew off a big chunk of Greenies and swallow the pieces causing stomach problems. Feline Greenies are just regular crunchy cat treats.
  • Kelly OhlKelly Ohl VickeryMember Posts: 62
    edited 27 February, 2006
    I don't know if I would ban the product over just a few instances. If I notice choking, I will definitly discontinue use and report it.
  • Molly ShepherdMolly Shepherd FrankfortMember Posts: 25
    edited 27 February, 2006
    I\'m with you Mojo! I\'m purrrring over these crunchy bits \'o heaven! My person says the common sock poses just as great of a choking or obstruction hazard as a Greenie (esp. in those stupid dogs, who\'ll eat ANYTHING). She says make sure to read the directions! The right size treat and especially the right AMOUNT!!! Just like you wouldn\'t give a giant hard pretzel stick to a 6 month old baby, don\'t give your puppy a greenie stick, \'cause they\'re not made for puppies! Also, since they are 85% digestible, feeding too many treats (more than the package directions) could conceivably cause an obstruction. Of course, the real concern for edible death in pets is the swallowed ribbon, sock, poisonous house-plant, and thread. Be careful what you eat my fellow pets! :) (but munch on the right kind of Greenies, \'cause more pets die from bacterial infections and other complications from poor dental health than choking!)
  • Christine CianciottoChristine Cianciotto PleasantonMember Posts: 319
    edited 27 February, 2006
    HI EVERYBODY!!! I KNOW THIS POST HAS BEEN UP FOR AWHILE AND THIS MIGHT NOT GET READ, BUT MAYBE, IF IT IS......I HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT MY GREENIES!!! I DO LOVE THEM OH SO MUCH!!! BUT, I DO HAVE A HARD TIME EATING THEM. SO WHAT MAMA DOES FOR ME IS SHE LOOKS FOR THE FLATTER ONES SINCE I CRUNCH THOSE UP PRETTY WELL. THEY ARE A BIT HARD FOR ME. I HAVE SCARED MAMA A FEW TIMES THOUGH AND SHE THOUGHT ABOUT NOT LETTING ME HAVE THEM ANYMORE. COME ON MAMA!!! WITH MY ADORABUBBLE, CUTE WITTLE FACE AND MY BIG GREEN EYES, SHE EVENTUALLY POPS A FEW OUT OF THE BAG FOR ME TO GOBBLE UP! THE FEW TIMES I HAD TROUBLE WITH THEM, I THINK I WAS NOT CRUNCHING THEM GOOD ENOUGH AND I WOULD HAVE MY MOUTH SORT OF OPEN AS IF A GREENIE WAS STUCK IN THERE!!!! THAT WAS NOT GOOD FOR MAMA TO SEE, SO SHE CAME TO HELP ME! AND TOLD ME THAT I NEED TO CHEW, CHEW, CHEW IT GOOD HONEY!!! WELL, I JUST WANTED TO SHARE MY GREENIE STORY WITH YOU GUYS. THEY ARE VERY DELICIOUS AND IT REALLY DOES WORK FOR THAT OFTEN, STINKY MOUTH SMELL, I GET!! HA HA HA!!! AND MY TEETH ARE BEING CLEANED AT THE SAME TIME!! WOW!! I HOPE EVERYONE IS DOING WELL AND ENJOYING YOUR GREENIES OR WHAT EVER OTHER TREATS YOUR MOMMY\'S AND DADDY\'S ALLOW YOU TO HAVE. THANKS FOR HAVING THIS POST!!! MAMA APPRECIATED READING WHAT YOU ALL HAVE EXPERIENCED. THANKS FOR THE FREE GREENIE LEAD!!! HEE HEE MEOW MEOW, PURR PURR AND WET WHISKER KISSES!!! LOVE, SYLVESTER AKA BOO BOO\'S
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