GREENIES® FAQ

It’s Good to Ask Questions. It’s Better to Get Answers.

As a responsible pet owner, it’s only natural to have questions about the GREENIES® Products your pet loves so much. Here are some of the most frequent questions we receive.

The greenies® brand

Where can I find your products?

GREENIES® Products are available online, at pet specialty retailers and at veterinary hospitals and clinics across the country. If a store near you does not carry the product or size you’re looking for, please ask the store manager to do so. Find a retailer near you.

Do GREENIES® Products have a satisfaction guarantee?

Yes! All of our products have a customer satisfaction guarantee. Simply return the unused product to your retailer, along with a cash-register receipt and a statement of why you are not satisfied. Your full-purchase price will be refunded.

Can the green color of GREENIES® Treats stain?

GREENIES® Treats do not contain any artificial dyes. Although it has not been a common problem, some of our treats, when mixed with a pet’s saliva, can cause the green color to be transferred to light colored carpet or fabric.

A typical stain remover should help remove the stain. If you are concerned, we recommend feeding treats to your pet in their food bowl and away from materials that you don’t want stained.

Dog Treats & Health

ORAL CARE & OUR
DENTAL CHEWS

Why is dental care important to a dog's health?

Poor dental health can affect a dog’s overall health. Periodontal disease is currently the #1 diagnosed disease in pets.* It’s important to control plaque and tartar, the two leading contributors of periodontal disease. However, more than half of all dog owners admit they have no daily dental regimen. If left unchecked, poor dental health could lead to life-threatening conditions, such as liver, kidney and heart disease.

What is the best way to take care of a dog's teeth?

Many veterinarians recommend a dental care routine that includes daily dental brushing and a professional oral exam once a year. Daily dental maintenance can be conveniently provided by feeding one GREENIES® Canine Dental Chew once a day.

To make it easier to remember, try scheduling your dog’s dental treats feeding at the same time as your own personal oral-hygiene routine.

If I give my dog dental chews daily, do they still need vet cleanings?

Yes! Just as professional dental cleanings are important to good oral care for people, semi-annual or annual dental cleanings by a veterinarian are just as essential for dogs. An in-depth tooth and gum analysis and professional cleaning from a qualified veterinarian at least once a year ensures that there are no other health problems on the rise. However, daily dental care routines are important, too. GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews help to control tartar and plaque buildup, and that helps promote good dental health.

How do your dental chews help clean teeth?

GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews feature a special texture designed for maximum dental effectiveness. Our unique treats help control plaque and tartar buildup by mechanical abrasion. Their chewy texture allows your dog’s teeth to sink in for maximum tooth contact. Much like a toothbrush, this action causes a mechanical scrubbing of the tooth surface. Our dental chews do not use chemicals to reduce plaque and tartar like many other brands.

How effective are GREENIES® Dental Chews for maintaining oral health?

The Nutro Company has followed the required protocols and product testing to meet the strict Veterinary Oral Health Council requirements for acceptance. We are proud to say that GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews are effective in controlling plaque and tartar accumulation. In an independent 28-day feeding study, dogs receiving one GREENIES® Dental Chew per day averaged 60% less tartar accumulation, 33% less plaque accumulation, 80% healthier gums and 45% improvement in oral malodor (halitosis) compared to dogs who only received dry dog food.

What is the Veterinary Oral Health Council?

The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) is an international organization of board-certified veterinary dentists formed by the American Veterinary Dental College. The council has established testing protocols with pre-set standards that a manufacturer must meet to receive their Seal of Acceptance. VOHC evaluates the effectiveness of veterinary oral-care products — similar to how the American Dental Association, through clinical testing, measures the efficacy of human products. Visit their site for more information.

GREENIES®, GREENIES SENIOR®, GREENIES® Weight Management and GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews all display the VOHC Seal of Acceptance for plaque and tartar control.

Are GREENIES® Dental Chews safe?

GREENIES® Dental Chews are designed to encourage dogs to chew off small pieces of the treat, which are easier to digest. Its formula contains high-quality, easy-to-digest ingredients that make the texture softer, flexible and chewy. The digestibility and chewy nature of our dental chews helps ensure that they are safe for dogs when fed the appropriate serving size. GREENIES® Dental Chews are 96% digestible, making them more digestible than the average dry dog food.

Are GREENIES® Dental Chews low fat?

GREENIES® Dental Chews are considered low fat. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines low fat as being no more than 9% crude fat for products containing less than 20% moisture.

How should I store GREENIES® Dental Chews between uses?

Sealing the package after feeding is important to preserve the texture and freshness of the uneaten chews. The Nutro Company uses the highest-quality packaging to help maintain the flexible, chewy texture throughout the shelf life of the product. We do not recommend freezing or refrigerating.

How do GREENIES SENIOR®, GREENIES® Weight Management and GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews differ from original GREENIES® Dental Chews?

GREENIES SENIOR® Dental Chews are specifically formulated for dogs more than 7 years old. These specially designed chews contain a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin to help maintain healthy joints. They also feature a soft, chewy texture to accommodate an aging dog's sensitive teeth and gums. Made with a natural blend of fiber, GREENIES SENIOR® Dental Chews are healthy and easy to digest.

GREENIES® Weight Management Dental Chews contain all of the oral health benefits of GREENIES® Dental Chews, but with fewer calories.

GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews contain all of the oral health benefits of GREENIES® Dental Chews. Plus, it includes natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin to support healthy joints and mobility. It’s one treat with multiple health benefits.

Why are there five sizes?

Groundbreaking research made it possible to design a dental chew with the most appropriate size, texture and hardness for dogs with a variety of bite force capabilities. The result is GREENIES® Dental Chews are offered in five different sizes (from Jumbo to TEENIE® Treats) and are designed to be effective for adult dogs of all sizes. See the Feeding Guidelines section on our product pages to find the size appropriate for your dog.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can feed GREENIES® Dental Chews in a day? Can I feed it as a diet?

We recommend GREENIES® Dental Chews be fed as a treat and not as a sole diet. The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition recommends that snacks or treats do not exceed 15% of your dogs’ daily caloric intake. Feeding one (1) dental chew per day follows this recommendation. As with any treat or chew, GREENIES® Dental Chews do not replace the main meal. If too many are fed or the wrong size treat is given to the wrong size dog, the dog could exceed its daily calorie requirement.

Can I give GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews to my cat or other small pets?

No. GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews are formulated for adult dogs. The texture is designed to accommodate a dog's bite force. We recommend you feed FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats for cats. We do not carry products appropriate for pets other than dogs or cats.

What is the shelf life of GREENIES® Dental Chews?

GREENIES® Dental Chews have a shelf life of 18 months. The "Best Before" expiration date is printed on the back or bottom of the package. It is very important to reseal the package with the zipper closure between feedings to ensure correct texture and freshness is maintained. We do not recommend feeding the product after the “Best Before” date.

Can GREENIES® Dental Chews vary in color?

GREENIES® Dental Chews are made with high-quality ingredients. From time to time, a normal variation in color can occur with some ingredients, causing a slight change in the surface color.

My GREENIES® Dental Chews have white specks on them. What is that?

GREENIES® Dental Chews are nutritionally complete and balanced for adult dogs. Vitamins and minerals have been added to meet the dog’s nutritional requirements just like in a premium dog food. Sometimes part of the added minerals may appear as white specks on the surface of GREENIES® Dental Chews. This is normal and does not affect the quality of the chew.

My GREENIES® Dental Chews are all clumped together. What do I do?

This in no way affects the integrity or nutritional quality of the product. You can easily pull them apart for normal feeding. Because the product is chewy and flexible it can clump together if stored under high heat or humid conditions. Please store the product in a cool, dry place. Remember to always keep the package tightly sealed between feedings to maintain product freshness.

Where are GREENIES® Dental Chews made?

GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews are made in Kansas City, Missouri.

GIVING MEDICINE &
PILL POCKETS® Treats

What are GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats?

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats help you and your dog have a positive medicine-giving experience. Our treat design was developed by veterinarians to conceal the taste and smell of your dog’s medications or supplements. They taste so good that most dogs won’t even notice the medicine inside.

I usually push the medication into the back of my dog’s mouth. Why should I use your treats instead?

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats were made to make the medicine-giving experience easier for you and your pet. They’re formulated to assist in the lubrication of the throat, which allows our treat and the medicine to enter the stomach as soon as it is eaten. This results in quicker medicine absorption.

Can’t I just use peanut butter or cheese to hide medication?

Many pet owners try to hide their dog’s medicine in human foods. GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats are better because:
  1. They are a healthier alternative. Commonly used human foods usually contain more calories, fat and sodium. A spoon of peanut butter has 85 calories, and a slice of cheese has 80 calories. One capsule-sized GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treat has only 23 calories.
  2. They discourage begging. Feeding table food to your dog will encourage begging when they see you eating the same food again later.
  3. Dogs love them! With the pill completely sealed inside, even finicky dogs will gobble them right down. With human food, a picky dog will generally find the medicine in the food because they smell it as you are feeding it to them.

How many GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats are in a pack?

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats come in two sizes — for capsules or tablets. Our formulas have approximately 30 treats in each package. We also offer the original formula Chicken-flavored capsule size in a 60-count package. Our allergy formula pack contains about 25 treats.

What is their shelf life?

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats have a 12-month shelf life. Look for the expiration date on each pack. We preserve the product for freshness and flush each package with nitrogen to prevent oxidation. Nitrogen is an inert gas and is widely used to preserve freshness in both human and pet products.

How do I store PILL POCKETS® Treats between feedings?

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature. We do not recommend refrigerating or freezing the product because it might absorb some of the smells associated with table food and could result in a dry, crumbly product.

What if my dog has food allergies?

For some dogs, common animal proteins, such as beef, chicken or dairy, can aggravate food allergies. Other ingredients, such as wheat, corn or other grains, might be difficult for dogs to digest. GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Allergy Formula Treats are made with duck, a unique animal protein that is not commonly associated with allergic reactions, and pea, a carbohydrate that is easy for dogs to digest. Note that our allergy formula does contain dried cultured skim milk.

How do I properly seal a GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treat?

Place the tablet or capsule into the treat’s pouch. Using the fingers that DID NOT TOUCH the medicine, squeeze the treat shut, sealing in the smell. By not touching the treat with the hand that held the medication, you prevent the transfer of the medicine’s smell or taste.

Will the GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats conceal liquid medications?

Yes, but you might find this difficult or messy to do. GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats are air tight when properly sealed. The treat will need room to close, so never fill it to the top with liquid. If the amount of liquid medication exceeds the size of your GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats, ask your veterinarian about where to buy and how to use a liquid syringe.

What if my dog won’t eat the GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats?

Check the following:
  • Is the GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treat properly sealed? Medicine has a strong odor to your dog. If not sealed, some dogs will smell the medicine and refuse the treat or eat around the medicine.
  • Did the hand that touched the medicine also touch the GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treat? If so, be sure to hold the treat in the hand that does not touch the medicine so you don’t transfer its smell or taste.
  • Do you have lotion, perfume or cologne on your hands? GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats might absorb lotions or other items from your hands.
  • Periodically “treat” your dog with GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats without medication to help them overcome the learned behavior.

Where are GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats made?

GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats are made in Kansas City, Missouri.

Where is the source for GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats ingredients?

Its ingredients are sourced from the U.S. and Canada.

Should the packaging for GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats look puffy like a balloon?

Yes. Nitrogen gas is pumped into the package to protect the treats. Higher temperatures, such as those during the summer, will make the packaging look more inflated and puffy like a balloon. This is normal and does not indicate any issue with the product.

Can I give GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats to my cat?

Yes. GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Canine Treats are safe to use with cats.

Joint Health & Our Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews

What happened to GREENIES® Joint Care Canine Treats?

In order to bring your dog even more health benefits, this product has been replaced with GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Canine Dental Chews. Our joint care product has a new look, a new name and added oral-care benefits. These dental chews provide the same joint health and mobility support while delivering a total oral health solution. No need to purchase two different products. We now offer multiple benefits in one tasty chew!

How do GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews help care for joints?

In addition to cleaning dogs’ teeth, GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews help to actively nourish joints and protect mobility for dogs of all ages and sizes. Our tasty treats contain natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin, from both New Zealand green mussels and chicken cartilage, to provide the building blocks for healthy joints. Natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids, from New Zealand green mussels, fish oil and flaxseed, provide essential nutrients the body needs for healthy joints. Our dog dental chews also feature naturally occurring sources of amino acids, a source of sulphur for normal cartilage maintenance, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, copper and manganese.

Research at The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition has validated the effectiveness of New Zealand green mussels, the featured ingredient in our hip and joint care chews, so you can be assured you’re giving your dog the best nutrition to help support a lifetime of healthy joints while delivering a total oral health solution.

What is New Zealand green mussel?

The New Zealand green mussel (or Perna Canaliculus) is a sustainably harvested, bivalve mollusk shellfish only found in New Zealand. New Zealand green mussels have a dark brown or green shell, a green lip around the edge and only have one adductor muscle (similar to the muscles in a human hip). It is one of the largest mussel species reaching 240 mm in length.

It’s clean, green cultivation and pollution-free growth environment make them one of nature’s best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, glucosamine and chondroitin. This unique blend of nutrients provides the building blocks known to promote healthy joints. GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews are the only joint care treats in pet specialty stores to include this unique ingredient.

What are the levels of glucosamine and chondroitin in GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews?

The levels of glucosamine and chondroitin are labeled in terms of mg/kg on the product packaging, as required by AAFCO regulations. We guarantee a minimum of 1,000mg/kg of glucosamine and 1,000mg/kg of "chondroitin" sulfate. The levels of glucosamine are 49 mg for the large size, 31 mg for regular, 19 mg for petite and 9 mg for the TEENIE® Treat size. Chondroitin has the same levels.

Can I feed GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews in addition to a glucosamine and chondroitin main diet or vitamins?

The levels of glucosamine and chondroitin in GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews are OK if fed with foods or tablets that also contain these nutrients. The same would be true for vitamins and minerals. Like humans, any excess micronutrients that are beyond what an animal’s body needs for normal metabolism will be naturally eliminated.

How long should I wait to see the nutritional benefits of GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews?

We recommend that pet owners feed GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews for at least eight weeks.

Do I need to feed GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews every day?

We do not have data to support joint-health benefits when feeding GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews less than a serving a day. One would expect to see some improvement if fed every other day, but we do not have the data to support that recommendation.

When fed daily for at least eight weeks, GREENIES® JointCare Treats has demonstrated a beneficial effect on joint health, which helps make both owners and dogs happy.

Can GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews be used on a long-term basis?

Yes. GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews may be used long term with no adverse effects.

Are GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews considered low calorie?

GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews contain a calorie content similar to a weight-management product, but are not “low calorie” treats. The calorie level of GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews is 3.3 kcal/g of metabolizable energy (ME), whereas a “lite” treat or diet should report a calorie content of no more than 3.1 kcal/g of metabolizable entery (ME). GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews large-size treats contain about 156 calories per treat on an as-fed basis. Regular size has about 98 calories, petite size has about 56 calories and TEENIE® Treat size has about 26 calories per treat on an as-fed basis.

Can I cut a larger chew in half and feed it to dogs less than 5 lbs.?

We do not recommend altering the size or shape of any GREENIES® Product, including GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews. We also do not recommend feeding them to dogs less than 5 lbs. because of the diameter of our treats. If a small dog were to swallow a treat that was physically larger than the diameter of their esophagus or without adequately chewing it, it could result in choking or digestive problems.

Can I give GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Canine Dental Chews to my cat?

Currently, we do not have GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews for cats. We also do not recommend giving GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews to cats.
Although they don’t provide joint health benefits, see our line of FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats to give your cats daily dental care.

What is the shelf life of GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews?

GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews have a 12-month shelf life. The “Best Before” expiration date is printed on the back of the package. We do not recommend using the product after the “Best Before” date.

How should I store GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews between feedings?

We always recommend that GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews are stored in the original, unopened package until being fed. We would not advise refrigerating or freezing GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews. They should be stored at room temperature.

Is there a chance my dog could be allergic to shellfish?

We do not have exact numbers for dogs that are allergic to shellfish, but we believe that it is low when considering the dog population as a whole. If you are concerned that your dog might have an allergy, consult your veterinarian.

What if I have a shellfish allergy?

We don’t recommend that people with known shellfish allergies come in contact or handle GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews without taking adequate precautions. For every individual this will be different. Each individual should know the level of exposure that it would take for them to have a reaction (i.e., how allergic they are and how much contact they can have before a reaction will occur). As a precaution, we have printed on the packaging that "New Zealand green mussel is a shellfish and might cause allergic reactions in humans.”

Do GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews have any oral-health benefits?

Yes! GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Canine Dental Chews are a total oral health solution. Like our other dog dental chew varieties, they help naturally clean teeth, fight tartar buildup, control plaque, freshen breath and maintain healthier teeth and gums. If you have additional questions about the dental benefits of GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Canine Dental Chews, see the Dog “Oral Care & Our Dental Chews” FAQ section above.

Where are GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews made?

GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chews are made in Kansas City, Missouri.

Where is the source for GREENIES® Hip & Joint Care Dental Chew ingredients?

Its ingredients are sourced from the U.S., Canada and New Zealand.

Cat Treats & Health

Oral Care &
Our Dental Treats

Why is dental care important to a cat’s health?

Poor dental health can affect a cat’s overall health. Periodontal disease is currently the #1 diagnosed disease in pets.* It’s important to control plaque and tartar, the two leading contributors of periodontal disease. However, more than half of all cat owners admit they have no daily dental regimen. If left unchecked, poor dental health could lead to life-threatening conditions, such as liver, kidney and heart disease.

How do FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats work to promote dental health?

Chewing promotes good oral health. The more cats chew, the more opportunity they have to mechanically scrub the plaque and tartar from their teeth. FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are formulated with natural oat fiber. Think of it as "nature's toothbrush." The oat fiber provides texture within the kibble to scrub your cat's teeth. When used daily as a part of a dental care routine, FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats can reduce tartar buildup.

What if my cat has food allergies?

Cats with food allergies are usually sensitive to common animal proteins, such as beef, chicken or dairy. Cats can be allergic to other ingredients, such as wheat, corn, or other grains, too. If you are concerned that your cat has a food allergy, consult your veterinarian.

Are FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats like GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews?

No. FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are an extruded kibble that is cut slightly thicker and larger than main meal kibble to promote dental benefits. They also have a light, crunchy texture appropriate for the bite force of cats. GREENIES® Canine Dental Chews are injection molded and have a texture appropriate for the bite force of dogs. Both products utilize the mechanical action of chewing to clean teeth, but only the animal they were designed for should use them.

Are FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats digestible?

FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are made from highly digestible proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Digestibility testing shows that FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are approximately 82% digestible, which is similar to premium dry cat foods.

Are FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats low fat and low calorie?

FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats contain approximately 12% crude fat, so they are not considered low fat. However, fat is an important source of calories for active cats and serves as a flavor enhancer.

FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats also can’t be labeled low calorie. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines low calorie for cat food as no more than 3,250 kcal/kg of metabolizable energy (ME) for products containing less than 20% moisture. FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats provide about 3,490 kcal/kg of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as-fed basis.

Are FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats safe for cats with a history of urinary problems?

Please check with your veterinarian before using if your cat has a history of urinary problems.

Are FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats organic?

No, FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are not organic.

Do FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats contain any GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?

FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are not tested for GMOs, and we do not make GMO-free claims.

Do FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats contain any sugar?

FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats do not contain any added sucrose, corn syrup, glucose or fructose. However, the total complex carbohydrate content of FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are about 30%, which is predominately starch.

What is the shelf life of FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats?

FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats have a shelf life of 18 months from the date of manufacture in the original, unopened package. The package is flushed with nitrogen (a common inert gas) to reduce the level of oxygen to levels low enough to prevent fat oxidation. Once opened, the product will have a shelf life in your pantry of one to two months. We do not recommend feeding the product after the “Best Before” date. We also do not recommend refrigerating or freezing FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats.

Where are FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats made?

FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats are made in Sabetha, Kansas.

Giving Medicine &
PILL POCKETS® Treats

What are FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats?

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats help you and your cat have a positive medicine-giving experience. Our pocket design was developed by veterinarians to conceal the taste and smell of your cat’s medications or supplements. They taste so good that most cats won’t even notice the medicine inside.

I usually push the medication into the back of my cat’s mouth. Why should I use your treats instead?

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats were made to make the medicine-giving experience easier for you and your pet. They’re formulated to assist in the lubrication of the throat, which allows our treat and the medicine to enter the stomach as soon as it is eaten. This results in quicker medicine absorption.

Can’t I just use peanut butter or cheese to hide medication?

Many pet owners try to hide their cat’s medicine in human foods. FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are better because:
  1. They are a healthier alternative. Commonly used human foods usually contain more calories, fat and sodium. A spoon of peanut butter has 85 calories, and a slice of cheese has 80 calories. One FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treat has only 3 calories.
  2. Cats love them! With the pill completely sealed inside, even finicky cats will gobble them right down. With human food, a picky cat will generally find the medicine in the food because they smell it as you are feeding it to them.

How many FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are in a pack?

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats have approximately 45 treats in each package.

What is their shelf life?

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats have a 12-month shelf life. Look for the expiration date on each pack. We preserve the product for freshness and flush each package with nitrogen to prevent oxidation. Nitrogen is an inert gas and is widely used to preserve freshness in both human and pet products. We do not recommend feeding the product after the “Best Before” date.

How do I store PILL POCKETS® Treats between feedings?

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature. We do not recommend refrigerating or freezing the product because it might absorb some of the smells associated with table food and could result in a dry, crumbly product.

What if my cat has food allergies?

Currently, FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats do not come in an allergy formula. Cats with food allergies are usually sensitive to common animal proteins, such as beef, chicken or dairy. Cats can be allergic to other ingredients, protein sources, such as wheat, corn, or other grains, too. If you are concerned that your cat has a food allergy, consult your veterinarian. GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Allergy Formula Canine Treats can be used for cats with food allergies.

How do I properly seal a FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treat?

Place the tablet or capsule into the treat’s pouch. Using the fingers that DID NOT TOUCH the medicine, squeeze the treat shut, sealing in the smell. By not touching the treat with the hand that held the medication, you prevent the transfer of the medicine’s smell or taste.

Will FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats conceal liquid medications?

Yes, but you might find this difficult or messy to do. FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are air tight when properly sealed. The treat will need room to close, so never fill it to the top with liquid. If the amount of liquid medication exceeds the size of a FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treat, simply use two or more treats, or ask your veterinarian about where to buy and how to use a liquid syringe.

My cat isn’t usually finicky. Why won’t they eat FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats?

Check the following:
  • Is the FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treat properly sealed? Medicine has a strong odor to your cat. If not sealed, some cats will smell the medicine and refuse the treat or eat around the medicine.
  • Did the hand that touched the medicine also touch the FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treat? If so, be sure to hold the treat in the hand that does not touch the medicine so you don’t transfer its smell or taste.
  • Do you have lotion, perfume or cologne on your hands? FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats might absorb lotions or other items from your hands.
  • Periodically “treat” your cat with FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats without medication to help them overcome the learned behavior.
  • Try rotating flavors. Cats are a lot like humans in food selection. We love certain foods, but we also like variety and get tired of certain flavors over time.

Where are FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats made?

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are made in Kansas City, Missouri.

Where is the source for FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats ingredients?

Its ingredients are sourced from the U.S. and Canada.

Do FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats contain any GMOs?

FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are not tested for GMOs, and we do not make GMO-free claims.

Can I give FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats to my dog?

Yes. FELINE GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® Treats are safe to use with dogs.

Cat Health &
Our SMARTBITES® Treats

Do I have to give the recommended amount of FELINE GREENIES® SMARTBITES® Treats all in one feeding?

FELINE GREENIES® SMARTBITES® Treats do not have to be fed in one feeding to be effective. You can feed the recommended amount throughout the day.

Where are FELINE GREENIES® SMARTBITES® Treats made?

FELINE GREENIES® SMARTBITES® Treats are made in Bolton, Ontario Canada.

Do FELINE GREENIES® SMARTBITES® Treats contain any GMOs?

FELINE GREENIES® SMARTBITES® Treats are not tested for GMOs, and we do not make GMO-free claims.

Can FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats and FELINE GREENIES® SMARTBITES® Treats be fed at the same time?

Yes. Adhere to the feeding guidelines for each product.
* Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health Report, 2011.