Can my dog eat cat greenies? The Ultimate Guide

What Are The Biggest Differences Between Cat and Dog Greenies?

The first difference besides the ingredients in the cat and dog Greenies would be the shape. The cat Greenies are designed to be slightly larger than a typical piece of dry cat food and crunchy. This is to suit the strength and size of the cat’s mouths.

The dog Greenie on the other hand comes in a larger size and is designed to be much chewier. A cat couldn’t really be able to break this down, their jaw isn’t strong enough.

However, a dog would be able to gobble up a cat Greenie pretty quickly if given the chance.

Are Greenies Safe For Cats 2021?

There is no definitive answer to this question as opinions vary depending on who you ask. Some people believe that greenies are safe for cats, while others believe that they can be dangerous. The best way to determine if greenies are safe for your cat is to consult with your veterinarian.

Greenies are delectable, but they also help to clean the teeth and remove plaque buildup. Greenies treats are made with oat fiber, which aids in the absorption of kibbles that aid in the cleaning of cat’s teeth. Adult cats are at high risk of periodontal disease because they accumulate plaque. Many pet food brands have been recalled by the FDA. Greenies treats designed for felines are used to clean their teeth. According to digestible testing, the 82 percent digestible content of feline greenies dental treats is entirely due to their nutritional value. The dental treatment, which includes 35% protein and 14% fat, is completely nutritious.

A Fiber-based treat in the Feline Greenies Dental treat aids in the cleaning of teeth by chewing the treat in their mouths. This protein is made from chicken, beef, lamb, and pork, and contains vitamins A, B12, D, C, and E, as well as essential minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc. Greenies cat treats are designed to remove plaque buildup from your cat’s teeth with a crunchy texture. If your cat weighs more than 15 lbs, serve it 10-12 pieces. If you have obesity concerns, the pieces should be reduced. It is critical to serve water after feeding and to eat twice daily.


I have 3 cats and 2 dogs. My dogs steal treats from my cats and I’m afraid they’ll get sick. Is there some kind of cat treat they can all eat?

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

Years ago, there was a big hubbub about Greenies, the dental health chews that people give their dogs to help clean their teeth. Some dogs would apparently not follow the instructions, and rather than chew them, would simply swallow them whole or nearly whole. So much for helping their teeth!

Many dogs needed surgical removal of the Greenies from their intestines. Owner were not pleased. Veterinarians were stressed. I doubt the dogs were enjoying it much either.

So Greenies responded with a new formula that came out a few years ago. It is a bendier chew, but still offers the chewing experience needed to help your dog’s teeth and gums. But if your dog decides to swallow it whole, it will dissolve easily by letting the digestive juices do their job, no surgery needed.

I had a personal experience with the new formulation of Greenies a couple years ago that proved these suckers do, in fact, dissolve!

A tiny, 4 lb dog swallowed his big brother’s Greenie. It didn’t even make it to the stomach! Instead, it sat in the esophagus, right above the stomach, which I am sure was very uncomfortable for the dog. I could see on x-ray the clump of Greenie stretching the esophagus to 3 times its size! I immediately told the owner to take the dog to a specialist up the road from where I was practicing. They had an endoscope, and could put the dog under anesthesia, reach down his throat, and pull out the Greenie. Easy peasy, right?

The people chose to not go, for whatever reason (financial I assume), and the dog did not have the procedure. I called them a couple days later (not knowing they never went to where I sent them) to see how the dog was doing. The dog had been completely miserable for 48 hours, and unable to eat or drink. The owners did not understand the seriousness of this situation and chose to “give it time.” Well, apparently, over the course of 3 days, the Greenie dissolved, even in the esophagus, which lacks significant digestive juices! The dog was able to fully recover.

I was less than thrilled the dog had to unnecessarily suffer that long (and no one told us!). But I was very impressed at the dissolving ability of the new formulation of Greenies! The dog eventually recovered after one miserable weekend.