My vet doesn't recommend them either. It's not just the splintering. There have been some studies done and it was proven they hardly digest at all. Also, there was an autopsy done on one dog who died rather suddenly - the owner requested it. They found large clumps of greenies in the tummy and intestines. This was a large dog and apparently his owner give him a lot of greenies. The person who performed the autopsy confirmed that the greenies had eventually caused a blockage, leading to infection and necrosis, and eventually death.xx-nathalie-xx said:even the petstore in my neigbourhood doesn't recommend them ...because they splinter ....... :? i'm lucky mine just don't like them
Now, let me say this was a one time instance and no one really knows for sure if this was just a freak case, or if it happens to some extent in a lot of dogs. I tried to find the site where I read this, but couldn't. Just remember reading it on the internet. I did ask my vet about it when I was in last time, and she hadn't heard about it but did say she doesn't recommend them. She prefers the CET chews.
Your babies aren't the only ones who don't like them, Nat. I had bought a couple for Jasmine before I spoke with my vet, and she would have nothing to do with them. Course she doesn't like the CET chews
However, I do agree if you stayed clear of everything that could potentially cause problems, you and your pets probably wouldn't eat at all. It's just a matter of weighing the pros and cons, and making your own personal decisions.