The only thing worse than watching your pet suffer from an illness or injury is trying to force the pills down his throat that will aid in recovery. I can’t count the number of times I have struggled with that chore. You force open the dog’s mouth, throw in the pill into the back of his throat, force the mouth closed and hold it while you massage his throat and pray he will swallow the medicine down. We tried hiding the pill or capsule in a glob of peanut butter but the dog would often work it around in his mouth until the pill was exposed and then spit that out. It’s a miserable process for both owner and pet! We found that Greenies™ Pill Pockets are the solution to the problem!
I first discovered the Pill Pockets when my Weimaraner was a puppy suffering from unknown ear and stomach infections. Each bout required a round of antibiotics and my growing pup wasn’t having any part of those huge pills. The Greenies™ Pill Pockets changed the routine. I pushed the pill into the Pill Pocket and pinched the open edge together. Gator gobbled it down, certain he had been given the ultimate treat.
In reviewing this product, let me begin by saying that although the company advertises the product as treats, Greenies™ Pill Pockets serve a special purpose: To ease the process of administering medication to pets. The flavor of the product hides the smell and taste of the medication and encourages the animal to eat it. That is enough to make me less judgmental and worried about the ingredients. Chicken is the first ingredient and therefore, the weightiest. It’s a good beginning. The second ingredient is glycerin, something I would not recommend in pet treats but am ok with it for administering medicine that won’t be forever. Wheat flour and wheat gluten are also ingredients that I would not include on a regular basis but they won’t hurt the animal as long as it isn’t allergic to this grain. I don’t like the corn syrup because dogs do not need sugar in any form added to what they eat.
The natural flavors listed is another name for MSG, used as a flavor enhancer. It’s a questionable ingredient but again, on a short term basis to help get healing medicine down the dog, you do what’s necessary.
Xanthan gum is used as an emulsifier in pet foods and is generally considered safe for dogs and cats. Personally, I would use it only in small amounts as it is another form of sugar.
The rest of the ingredients are not a problem. Overall, the Greenies™ Pill Pockets contain some ingredients that would concern me if a dog consumed them frequently. But if you dog is ill and meds are required, try the Pill Pockets and rest easier, knowing your pet will be taking the required drugs prescribed by your veterinarian.