Greenies are some of the most popular dog treats available. Every time I go searching for a new treat for my Poodles, they’re either stacked on the shelves or the first brand to be recommended in a browser sidebar. The name is a dog owner’s household word for three good reasons: One, their treats are proven to fight tartar buildup, used to help get pesky pills down the throats of pups, and, possibly most importantly, they’re one of the treats that can help make puppy breath a little more bearable.
I knew that Greenies offers treats for dogs of every size, but what I’m excited to learn is that their formulas are fantastic for many dog diet plans: Grain-free, weight management, and age-care? Count me in! And an even bigger bonus, they make sure to cater to the taste buds of all pups. You can give Fido his favorite chicken and Missy pumpkin spice.
Overall, these treats appear to be a great go-to when toothbrushing or medicine day is a struggle, but let’s take a deeper look into how my two pups, Zeta and Blanche took to them.
At a Glance: The Best Greenies Dog Treats
|Greenies Fresh Dental Dog Treat
|Greenies Anytime Bites Original Flavor
|Greenies Pill Pockets Peanut Butter Flavor
Greenies Dog Treats Reviewed
My Poodles are always up for a new treat, and they sniffed out these from the moment the box landed on our doorstep. So, of course, opening the package, they were ready to dig in, and I was ready to give them a taste. These are treats I wouldn’t mind giving Blanche daily for both health reasons and rewards for positive behavior. That being said, there are a few minor drawbacks that would prevent me from giving it to my other dog, Zeta.
Who Makes Greenies Dog Treats and Where Is It Produced?
Greenies dental treats are made in Kansas City. The company was founded by devoted pet parents Joe and Judy Roetheli who wanted to make “puppy breath” a positive phrase in their home. So, they developed a healthier way to freshen their dog’s kisses. The duo didn’t stop there. The brand has since branched out into creating more health-conscious treats, making it easier to give pets medication and supplements.
In 2006, Mars Petcare acquired the Greenies brand while keeping headquarters and manufacturing in Kansas City. Each recipe is made in the USA from ingredients sourced from around the world, and even though it’s not clear where these ingredients are sourced, the brand says that all ingredients are quality checked, and are never paired with artificial preservatives or fillers.
Which Dog Breeds Is Greenies Dog Treats Best Suited For?
Greenies are a fantastic option for most dogs. Since they come in four different portion sizes, there isn’t a breed too big or too small to handle them. They’re soft enough for puppies as well as seniors, so you’ll never have to worry about damaging teeth while trying to clean them.
If your dog is like my Blanche, their breath can go downhill easily. Knowing that these treats have the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of approval, allows me to rest easy giving them to my pup so she doesn’t smell like whatever mystery mush she picked up in the backyard.
Which Type of Dog Might Do Better With a Different Brand?
If your dog has any sensitivities to chicken like my Zeta, you might need to be careful. Most Greenies treats have some form of chicken in them, even if their flavor isn’t a protein flavor. The same goes for grain and gluten as ingredients. While Greenies does offer some grain-free options, pet owners will still need to be careful as to which bag they pick up and if it’s right for their pup’s diet.
If your dog tends to inhale treats without barely getting a taste, please offer these with caution. If your pup swallows one of these treats whole, it could get stuck in their throat due to the design. Owners of fast-eating dogs might want to consider OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews. These are smaller and break down a little easier, making them less of a choking hazard.
For a final caution: If you have a dog with a preexisting dental or oral condition, please consult your vet before offering Greenies up as dental care.
Discussion of the Primary Ingredients (Good and Bad)
Greenies prides itself on building formulas using all-natural ingredients without fillers. Please note though that the term “natural” isn’t exactly regulated by the FDA, so there is no true definition for what “natural” means in this case.
However, Greenies does not use artificial or synthetic ingredients and every formula is based on the AAFCO guidelines. This means you can be sure you’re giving your pet pure ingredients with health benefits, including the prevention of tatar regrowth.
Personally, I feel like someone in the Greenies design department deserves a pat on the back. Not only are the traditional dental treats in the shape of an adorable toothbrush, but the flexibility and grooves aid in scrubbing and dislodging tartar, right up to the gum line.
The pill pocket treats are just as convenient. Blanche is currently winding down on her dosage of medication. And while it’s about a 50/50 chance that she will either eat it inside a slab of lunch meat or pick it out, there was no problem giving it to her with a pill pocket. The pill slipped easily inside, and a quick pinch to close to top kept it hidden from her taste buds.
Besides dental care, Greenies addresses some of the most common issues in dog health. Joint issues, immune issues, and digestive problems can sometimes be prevented with the right supplements. Now, I can’t say for sure how well they might prevent such things with my one-year-old Poodles, I have confidence they will based on the ingredient list.
Oats are a great source of fiber. Gelatin holds anti-inflammatory properties, helping with joint pain. And the roughage and dried apple pomace both help with gut issues and to scrape teeth clean.
Obviously, these are treats. They’re not supposed to be used as a nutrition staple for your dog. But when comparing the ingredients to other dog treats, I have to say, these are a fantastic, healthier option. I feel confident giving my pups the natural ingredients, knowing that I’m rewarding them with something that is going to improve their quality of life.
What I Wish Greenies Would Include
Since I have one dog who can safely eat almost anything under the sun, and one dog who is sensitive to proteins, I wish Greenies included some limited protein formulas in their treats. I know Zeta would scarf them down pretty happily if I allowed her.
A Quick Look at Greenies Dog Treats
There was a recall in 2006 for Greenies not being easily digestible. Since then, Greenies has changed their formula to be more protein based, making it easier for dogs to digest.
Greenies Dog Treats Reviews
Greenies makes several different formulas in their different treat varieties. Take a look at three of my personal favorites below:
1. Greenies Fresh Dental Dog Treat
As far as dental treats go, these are probably my dog’s favorite. They do a great job at keeping her teeth clean, she snacks them down happily, and the fresh mint scent keeps her breath odor free.
This reasonably priced treat is something I’m glad to have on hand to keep her oral health in check.
2. Greenies Anytime Bites (Original Flavor)
These are a great treat to keep around for consistently removing plaque from your dog’s teeth. I’ve noticed, even after a few treats, less tartar on my pup’s pearly whites.
3. Greenies Pill Pockets (Peanut Butter Flavor)
This is the canine equivalent to a spoonful of sugar—minus the sugar! Pill pockets are the perfect treat for fooling your dog into taking the bitter medication they can easily sniff out of meat, cheese, bread, or any other food you can try to hide it in.
Our Experience With Greenies Dog Treats
The Greenies shipment arrived at my doorstep and my dogs knew it was for them. Their noses twitched and their eyes begged for me to open it. The moment I did, they both dropped into an automatic “sit” position.
While I couldn’t give Zeta any to eat, the smell alone got her to listen to simple commands. (Yes, I treated her with Zeta-safe treats.) This became the perfect opportunity to show Blanche, who is a little more nervous at the sound of new packaging, that these treats are worth listening to every command.
We started with the pill pockets, which were the most pungent of the three. Likely, that also meant the most exciting. Blanche took her medicine like a pro. She didn’t even bat an eye at me putting the pill inside. Next, we moved on to the anytime bites. She was a little reluctant to try this at first, but a single taste and she came around. Note: after a few days of these, I have noticed a difference on her teeth. The few that are normally a little discolored have almost cleared up completely.
Lastly, I offered up the fresh dental treats. These freshened up her breath immediately, and even though they’re on the larger side of treats, it didn’t stop her from coming back and begging for more.
Note that none of these irritated her stomach. She hasn’t had any problems digesting them or keeping them down. They do, however, leave a slight green tint on her white fur. And now that she knows these exist in our treat bin, she’s asking to grab just one more taste.
All in all, these are Zeta-wanted, and Blanche-approved.
Greenies may have started with a simple idea: making dental hygiene for your dogs, easy. But they have grown to include a variety of products to make holistic canine care simple. With natural ingredients and an eye for nutrition, it’s no wonder Greenies have become a staple in many pet homes. They’re attractive to dogs, have their health in mind, and make caring for pups a little easier.
The only concerns I’d warn about are to watch the ingredients if your dog has any allergies, and be cautious if you’ve got a speed eater on your hands. But other than that, we’re giving them four and a half paws up in our household.
So, if you have pups like my Poodles who are happiest with an extra snack and could use some breath freshener once in a while, Greenies are a great option to add to your treat arsenal.
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