Greenies vs Minties- which one is right for your dog?

Greenies vs Minties- which one is right for your dog?

Today I want to do a brief comparison of two common dog treats used for fido’s oral hygiene. Minties and Greenies.

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Minties Ingredients: (Taken directly from a box of product)
Rice flour
Vegetable glycerin
Water
Natural chicken flavor
Calcium carbonate
Lecithin
Garlic
Tricalcium phosphate
Brewer’s dried yeast
Chlorophyll (Sodium Copper chlorophyllin)
Parsley
Fennel
Dill
Peppermint
Cholecalciferol (source of Vit D3)
Mixed tocopherols (Natural source of Vit E)

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Greenies Ingredients (taken from petsmart.com and drsfostersmith.com)
Wheat flour
Glycerin
Wheat protein isolate
Water
Gelatin
Rice flour
Oat fiber
Pea Protein
Potato protein
Lecithin
Natural poultry flavor
Apple pomace
Tomato pomace
Vitamins and Minerals
Ground flaxseed
Choline chloride
Decaffeinated green tea extract
Sodium copper chlorophyllin

Both brands can be purchased on Amazon.comA box of Minties can be purchased for $20.83 (27 treats in a box).
A box of Greenies can be purchased for $22.99 (27 treats in a box, large size dogs 25-50 pounds). The cost of Greenies will depend on which size treat you purchase.
Both brands appear to have their supporters and detractors.
Both brands have several ingredients in common: Rice flour, glycerin, water, natural chicken (poultry) flavoring, lecithin, Vitamins and minerals (Cholecalciferol is a source of Vit D3; Mixed tocopherols is a natural source of Vit E and is one of the most common forms of preservatives in holistic/natural dog treats), Sodium copper chlorophyllin (a color additive, extracted from Alfalfa).

Both brands have the recommendation of one treat per day. Greenies come in different sizes for different sizes of dogs (from teenie to large).

Greenies had some controversy a few years back. 1-800-petmeds.com sited a report from 2006 in which dental chews, including Greenies, was responsible for esophageal and small intestinal obstructions in dogs. After consultation with Veterinarian specialists the makers of Greenies came up with a new formula using protein isolates selected for high solubility and digestability. They also made their product easier to chew.

My dogs have used Minties and love the taste. But as you can see in the ingredients list they contain Garlic, which is a toxic ingredient for dogs. Another problem I had with Minties is that they are not flexible and my oldest dog is not able to chew them unless I break it up into smaller pieces. So I no longer give these to my dogs.

While I haven’t tried Greenies yet for my dogs, I will be trying them soon. In researching their ingredients I have not found an evidence of ingredients that are toxic to dogs.

Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know which brand you prefer.