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Tasty For Dogs, But Ineffective
on September 17, 2017
I have always had a love/hate relationship with Greenies. My dog is has been eating a one a day for the last 7 years of his life, which I figure is a total of 2,500 Greenies. Well you're probably thinking if I've bought that many then they must be great, right? Wrong! My dog absolutely loves the taste of them and has come to expect one every morning after he does his business. From what I can tell the treats are perfectly healthy and don't do him any harm, so he continues to get them. That's about as far as all of the positives go. Greenies claim to clean down to the gumline to fight plaque and tartar and freshen breath. They certainly don't do much at all in regards to any of these areas. His breath always has a permanent fishy smell to it, probably in relation to the food he eats. He has tried different foods of various varieties, but the bad breath continues to persist. I'm not complaining that my dog has bad breath, but the product shouldn't claim to freshen it if it really doesn't. When it comes to fighting plaque and tartar, it definitely fails at this immensely. My dog is only about 7 and he has lost probably about a half a dozen of his teeth already. I'm sure a lot of this has to do with just some dogs being more susceptible to having bad teeth, just like with humans. But eating a Greenie every single day has done absolutely nothing in terms of combating the degeneration of his teeth. Just as a comparison, my parents have two other dogs that eat a Greenie every day as well. Both dogs also have that persistent fishy smelling breath. So I can conclude that Greenies definitely don't help much in fighting the bad breath. As a result, I continue to buy my dog the Greenies because he's so used to them, but they're really nothing more than a tasty treat at this point with zero extra benefits.