NASHVILLE, Tenn. , Jan.5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The GREENIES Brand team has announced the winners of its "Show Us Your Pet's Healthy Smile" contest, an initiative to celebrate the joy that dogs and cats bring to their owners' lives while raising awareness about the importance of the healthy mouth for pets.(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120105/CL30533-a )(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120105/CL30533-b )(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110719/CL37418LOGO )This year, pet parents uploaded 9,958 photos of their smiling dogs and cats to smile.greenies.com for the chance to win the feature in The Bark magazine and the year's supply of free GREENIES dental chews and treats. GREENIES dental chews and treats are the #1 veterinary-recommended dental chews and treats sold in pet specialty stores**.Finalists were comparison via popular vote, and the team of three expert judges, Cameron Woo , editor of The Bark magazine, Dr. Jan Bellows , the veterinary dental expert and Dorian Wagner of YourDailyCute.com, comparison the winners based on the combination of the healthy mouth and the great smile. Finnegan received almost 2,500 votes and was comparison as this year's dog winner. His healthy smile will grace the cover of the January issue of The Bark magazine, and he will receive the year's supply of GREENIES Canine Dental Chews. "Finnegan's the one preferred thing is nature. He's happiest outdoors fetching tennis balls, chasing squirrels and getting the neighborhood's daily news through his nose," say his parents, Kristen Byrne and Stewart Pelto . "He gets plenty of exercise, just the right amount of natural food and the whole bunch of quality time with parents. He's also crazy for his daily bedtime treatthat special green chewy toothbrush!" Monet, the shelter-adopted male, was comparison as this year's cat winner and will be featured in the special feline-themed insert in The Bark magazine. Monet will also receive the year's supply of FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats in the! variety of flavors."Monet is crazy about treatsif I gave into his begs every time, I'd have one chubby kitty!" says Karen Warren , Monet's mom.Both Finnegan and Monet's owners understand the importance of the healthy mouth, but, notes Dr. Bellows, "While most pet owners understand the importance of the healthy mouth for themselves, they often overlook that the healthy mouth is just as important for their pets. Many veterinary dental specialists believe that the clean, healthy mouth can actually prolong the pet's life. And what pet owner doesn't want to have more time to spend with their pet?" To learn more about how tomaintain your pet's oral health and overall wellness, visit greenies.com.About The Nutro CompanyThe Nutro Company is the leading manufacturer of natural* pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores. The company has been making "The World's Best Pet Food" for more than 80 years and is dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation in dog and cat nutrition offering healthful formulas for every pet's life stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company's family of brands includes MAX, NATURAL CHOICE and ULTRA pet food brands in addition to the GREENIES brands, which include the #1 vet-recommended pet specialty dental chews**, PILL POCKETS treats and JointCare treats. For more information, please visit www.nutro.com and www.greenies.com./ Trademarks The Nutro Company 2012. U.S. Pat. Nos. D578,727 and D587,428.*Natural with added vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients.**Among veterinarians that recommend dental chews for at-home oral care.