I'm a little late on the Greenies post front. Some of my fellow bloggers have written on this before me. One of my favorite sites, Dogma, wrote about Greenies earlier this year.
For those of you in the dark, there have been some lawsuits and complaints by some that Greenies are dangerous, can cause choking deaths and are not digestible.
There are many comments on the Dogma site, some stating that their dogs have died from getting Greenies stuck in their throat, or from parts of the bone obstructing their bowel. Other say that based on the millions of Greenies sold, that they are indeed safe.
I have three dogs (well, two and one foster). They LOVE Greenies. Just going to the Greenies cupboard causes them to quiver with anticipation. I could get my dogs to jump off a roof for a Greenie. But, they have had problems with them. My cocker got a case if Irritable Bowel Syndrome that sent him to the emergency vet clinic. My Standard Poodle has barfed up bits of Greenies. I can only assume that they both have problems digesting the treat. Generally, they have no other digestive problems. However, I don't give them rawhide, either.
The owners of Greenies have announced a new formulation that is supposedly easier to digest and chew. I'll try them for my dogs. But, if I find already-chewed Greenie bits on my new carpet, they're outta here.
I do applaud the PR department for their approach to this. They found a problem, supposedly solved the problem, and were up-front about it. I think dog-owners will give them credit for that, and give the treats another try.