I sure wouldn't give mine one a day and not just because of the cost either. Once or twice a week, but not daily. The cheapest place I've found them (keep in mind that I buy the petites) is www.petguys.com. I can get a 24 pack for around $10 (not including shipping)
I worked the Crest-Care booth at a Pet Expo this weekend and Greenies had a booth there. Next month they are coming out with the coolest nail trimmers. They are a guillotine type with an adjustable guard so you don't take off too much, the clippings are stored in the handle so they don't go flying across the room, but the best part is on the opposite end of the clipper they have a dremel stone for getting off the rough edges and it's designed so that even those of us with long-haired dogs don't have to worry about the hair getting caught up in the dremel. It is very cool and I will most definitely be buying one. They're also coming out with some cool new treats, one of which is a peanut butter treat (shaped like a peanut, of course). Don't know if their website has any info on these new products, but is worth a gander.
Oh, forgot to mention that are coming out with even smaller than petite greenies too. I love it because I always thought the petites were a bit too much for one sitting and I'd pop them in the microwave to soften them up & then just cut them in half. My kids all love Greenies.
I saw those smaller sized Greenies at Petco today.. they were called Teenies. I cant even imagine a dog small enough to chew on it... it looked more like the size for a rat or something.
I get Kiba a Jumbo one and she's been known to chew it all up in one day. But I limit her so it lasts longer. With the smaller ones (she's only about 17 lbs) she'd chew them up real fast and then throw up Greenie bits. Yum.
I would definitely say 2 would be way to many. Out my five dogs the only one who really likes Greenies is Winston the others didn't seem to care for them which Im kinda thankful for because they are so expensive and whenever I gave them to them it caused runny stools which I sooooooo can do without!
Talk about your money sink. 1-2 times daily is what the package says but I'd never ever give them that often. I think once a week is more than enough to give them a nice treat and freshen their breath without busting the wallet.
The teenies are great for my kids, Merico. My dogs 10, 8, and 12 lbs so they're the perfect size. I have one (my 8 pounder) that will eat nothing (except Bah Bah Qs) unless it is in bite size pieces, so I even have to nuke up the teenies & cut them for him. Spoiled brat.LOL
Kiba always has white tarter free teeth. I think it's because of chewing on the Greenies. I tried the Edible Nylabone ones but she just gets those all caught up in the fur in her legs and they leave a mess around the house.
Personally I only give my dog a Greenie once a month (after I groom her). I only FEED her twice a day so I definitely wouldn't be giving her any type of treat twice a day! Especially one that big. Or even once a day! I cannot imagine a person actually feeding their dog a greenie twice a day. I'm surprised the package would even suggest it! That's ridiculous.
I don't even give my dogs daily treats. Treats are just that.. treats. Just as I don't go out for an ice cream treat at our local Brewsters ice cream place on a daily basis, I don't give my dogs treats every single day either. I think then the dog can come to expect the treat as part of its routine, instead of it being somethign special.
I agree minniyar. The word treat is misused on these products if they're recommending daily consumption. A treat is something special. Something you get daily is part of the routine, it's not special. But of course if they called them "desserts" or "snacks" then they would have a hard time claiming they are healthy. LOL
***Edited By: ms_mom on 5/18/2005 5:04:47 PM*** Reason: rephrased
I'm not sure what 'greenies' are as i am from the uk and have never seen them here.. but i did read one comment made about them ..twisting in your dogs gut.. I used to give harvey my dobe some very large rawhide plaits ~ well he absolutely loved them and he always had them when i was around as he would try and gulp them down in big chunks .. i have read several articles on how these can be dangerous to your dogs gut and my vet told me that several dogs he has seen have had to have operations ~ i have now stuck to the Kong (he has the black huge one) i can safely leave him with it and its cheaper filling the kong than buying lots of rawhide and less mess and last longer. i always found the rawhide got really dirty and covered in fluff etc. The kong is alot more hygenic as long as its washed before each use.
His teeth are fantastic and amazingly white (puts mine to shame!) to help keep his teeth free from tartar etc i do brush them with a toothbrush but he also had a ragger (very tightly wound cotton threads made into a plaite) which acts as a dental floss for him. ~Twink
***Edited By: twinkletoes on 5/19/2005 9:09:22 AM*** Reason: edit