With all the dog treats available in the market it can sometimes be difficult to select the best one for your dog. After having tried many I can personally say that dog Greenies are the best thing out there. This is for a number of reasons.
First off is the obvious health benefit. Greenies are not only a healthy choice, unlike many treats which must be used in extreme moderation to maintain a healthy diet, but they also are designed to clean the dogs teeth and provide it with much better breath. Studies show that Greenies actually provide as much as a 60% reduction in tartar and about 15% less plaque, these are of course not only unhealthy to dog’s teeth and gums but also a source of bad breath.
The next reason is very straightforward. Dogs love Greenies. Unlike a traditional biscuit style dog treat, Greenies have the extra benefit of tasting good and lasting a long time. Some dogs take as much as a few days to completely finished chewing their Greenies treats. This can be a great benefit for you as well, leaving a dog with an oral fixation home alone and simply providing it with some Greenies helps to make sure that your dog won’t get into any chewing trouble.
There are a few things that you should know when you set out to select the appropriate Greenies for your dog. For starters you need to choose the right size. Greenies come in LilBits for puppies under six months and dogs less than 10 pounds. The next step up is Petite which is designed for dogs that weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. Up one more notch is the standard, or Regular Greenies, these are designed for dogs with a weight range of 20 to 50 pounds. For even larger dogs, those weighing 50 to 100 pounds, you should purchase Large Greenies. And for a really big dog, over 100 pounds, they also make Jumbo Greenies. It is essential that you purchase the appropriate Greenies for your size of dog. Buying any size that is too small to be an extreme choking hazard.
On that note there is one safety issue with the way that some dogs chew their Greenies. Often a dog will chew their Greenies mostly on one end first, away from the brush end. For some reason this tends to result in a sharp point. If you see your dog doing this you need to remove the Greenies and break off the sharp point after a couple of hours of chewing. If you fail to do this the dog can easily cut its mouth and even intestines if it attempts to swallow its treat.
Remember the basic safety tips of not giving your dog undersized Greenies and also supervising it. Also keep in mind that Greenies are treats; just because they are more healthy does not mean that they should be given to your dog at all times. Keep these pointers in mind and you will have provided your dog with one of the best treats available, Greenies.