Our dog Max has been getting Greenies for years, and he prefers them over other dental chews. He gets the Regular size and has no trouble consuming it, even though he’s now 13 years old and has a few missing teeth. The chews have a pleasant fresh smell and are shaped like a toothbrush.
Greenies help control tartar and plaque, and noticeably freshen breath. They work and meet VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) standards. These chews have never made any of our dogs sick and none of them ever turned down a Greenie. As with any chew, fresh water should be available, and dogs should get the appropriate size for their weight. If your dog has a tendency to gulp everything, you might want to try Greenies Smart Biscuits instead.
Greenies chews do not contain animal by-products and have a high protein content from wheat, rice, peas, and potatoes. They also contain mineral and vitamin supplements, along with some vegetable oil, natural fiber sources, and chlorophyll. The complete list of ingredients is shown below. Each treat contains about 85 calories. One per day is enough.
Gelatin, wheat protein isolate, glycerin, pea protein, water, potato protein, sodium caseinate, natural poultry flavor, lecithin, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, magnesium amino acid chelate, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide), vitamins (dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate [source of vitamin C], vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate [Vit B5],niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid), dried tomato, apple pomace, vegetable oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), ground flaxseed, dried sweet potato, cranberry fiber, dried cultured skim milk, choline chloride, taurine, decaffeinated green tea extract, carotene, chlorophyll (sodium copper chlorphyllin)
The only drawback with Greenies is the cost. I no longer buy them off the shelf at our local pet supply store. Amazon always seems to have the best prices and with Prime shipping, you can’t go wrong. The 36-piece “value size” is a very good deal. If you live in an area with a convenient Costco, that’s also an option. If your budget is tight, the new Milkbone Brushing Chews might work for you. Our dog likes them very much, but not quite as well as Greenies.