Greenies Pill Pockets For Cats - 100% Natural? The Bag Says It, So It Must Be True, Right?
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Greenies Pill Pockets For Dogs - 100% All Natural Ingredients? The Bag Says It, So It Must Be True, Right?

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I am piggybacking off the previous article regarding Cats here (http://health4uandpets.typepad.com/healthproducts/2012/12/greenies-pill-pockets-for-cats-100-natural-the-bag-says-it-so-it-must-be-true-right.html). Sure enough - same story with Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs. The bag states "All Natural" but their websites tells a different story.

Direct from their site (http://www.greenies.com/dogs.aspx#/products/dog-pill-pockets)

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats are 100% all natural tasty treats with a built-in pouch — ideal for hiding a tablet, capsule or liquid medication — so that most dogs don’t even notice there’s medicine inside. They’re the #1 veterinarian-recommended choice for giving pills.*
* Data on File, The Nutro Company 2012.

100% ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are nutritious and a healthier alternative to the commonly used human foods (cheese, tuna, etc.), as they contain fewer calories and less fat and sodium. They also contain antioxidant vitamins C and E to support a healthy immune system.

The bag as you can see has a nice All Natural label so the consumer will think this product is good for their dog. Guess Again!

Here is from this portion of their website listing the ingredients (http://www.greenies.com/faq/dogs/pill-pockets.aspx)

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats with real Beef:
Chicken, glycerin, wheat flour, vegetable oil, beef, natural flavors, wheat gluten, dried corn syrup, corn flour, caramel color, lecithin, brewers dried yeast, salt, preserved with potassium sorbate, methylcellulose, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), preserved with mixed tocopherols, vitamin E supplement.

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats with real Chicken:

Chicken, glycerin, wheat flour, vegetable oil, dried corn syrup, wheat gluten, corn flour, natural flavors, lecithin, brewers dried yeast, preserved with potassium sorbate, salt, methylcellulose, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), preserved with mixed tocopherols, vitamin E supplement.

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats, roasted Duck and Pea Formula:

Duck, glycerin, dried peas, natural flavors, vegetable oil, water, salt, potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness), xantham gum, citric acid, preserved with mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E).

Are GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats all natural?

No. We take great pride in the ingredients we use and everywhere possible we use natural ingredients. Potassium sorbate (mold inhibitor) and methylcellulose (texturizer) are not considered “natural” ingredients by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Additionally, vitamins often do not have viable “natural” options either. But we are searching for natural ingredient solutions that perform the same functionality.

Yes, you read that right - the bag and front of their website states 100% (not 90%) All Natural Ingredients but their FAQs page tells a different story. Just knowing that you should not want to feed these but then take a look at the ingredients! Wheat, sugars, corn and gluten? YUK! These are all ingredients that are high allergens and your dog shouldn't be eating dried corn syrup! My favorite is the "Real Beef" one. Beef is the 5th ingredient! Do you know how much "real beef" that really is? Let me tell you - not much!

Potassium sorbate and methylcelloluse are NOT NATURAL!!!! Potassium sorbate is a mold inhibitor. They need this because they use corn and there have been so many issues and recalls with aflatoxins.
Why on earth would you even want to feed your cat this? Please don't say because he or she likes it because you are the boss and you want your loved one to be with you as long as possible.

Moral of the story? Don't believe everything you read. You're in charge of making sure your cat or dog stays healthy. This is not a product I would recommend for any dog or cat. The package makes you believe the ingredients are all natural and they are not.

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Kim B

Do you have any other recommendations or alternatives you can recommend? I would like something that as organic or natural as possible.

NaturalDogFoodStore.com

You can take a look at Complete Natural Nutrition Pill Buddy Naturals Duck (Allergy Formula)- http://amzn.to/29T0m4m and here is another one -Zoe Assorted Pill Pops Treat for Dogs (Pack of 3), One Size - http://amzn.to/29TO674

Maybe one of those will work for your pup.

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