Can someone please help clarify some of this for me? Thanks
I have two packages of Greenies I bought from the vet a couple of months ago, one for cats and one for dogs, and have been feeding them occasionally. (I've given the cats a few every week or so, and the dogs one every couple of weeks.)
Am I correct in my understanding that it's the cellulose in the Canine Greenies that's the problem for the dog Greenies and makes them indegistible according to that site's tests?
While my package of dog Greenies lists cellulose as the 4th ingredient, my package of Greenies for cats does not
include cellulose in the ingredients list.
This is copied from the package of salmon flavored Feline Greenies treats:Feeding instructions: Feed as a treat to your cat up to 6 pieces give 3 times per day (18 max). Feline Greenies is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO cat food Nutrient Profile for maintenance of adult cats
.Feline Greenies Ingredients:
Chicken meal, ground rice, ground wheat, corn gluten meal, oat fiber, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), poultry digest (source of natural liver flavor), salmon meal, brewers dried yeast, ground flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, biotin, niacin, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite, taurine, chlorophyll, natural flavors, rosemary extract
Is there anything in the list of Feline Greenies ingredients that looks like it would make them indigestible? The cat treats package does not contain any warnings about gulping, as the dog treats package does.
As for the Canine Greenies, I went with the size appropriate for the larger of my two dogs, and since neither dog is a gulper, I haven't had any problems, but I am concerned about it now. There are warnings on the box about observing your dog to make sure the product is adequately chewed. But if they're totally indigestible and unsafe even if properly chewed, why are these sold in vet's offices and listed as vet-approved ?
From the Canine Greenies label:Canine Greenies ingredients:
Processed wheat gluten, glycerin, natural flavor, powdered cellulose, monosodium phosphate, monoglycerides of edible fatty acids, magnesium stearate and chlorophyll. Not artificial coloring added, no synthetic preservatives and no plastics or other inert ingredients.
To soften Greenies - wrap in a moistened paper towel and microwave for 10 to 12 seconds.
Feeding Directions: Greenies are recommended for dogs over 6 months of age and over 5 pounds. (Use Greenies Lil Bits for toy breeds, puppies and dogs known to gulp). Feed the correct size Greenies for your dog's weight 1-2 times daily as a treat. Greenies are not intended to be complete and balanced and therefore should not constitute more than 25% of your dog's diet. A greenish color in the dog's stool is a normal and harmless result of consuming chlorohyll. As with any treat, always offer water after feeding. If obesity is a concern, reduce food intake.
Caution: As with any edible product monitor your dog to ensure the treat is adequately chewed. Gulping any item can be harmful or even fatal to a dog.
I'm not sure what to think about all this
*edited for typos and to highlight ingredients copied from my packages of Greenies.*