Category Archives: Food Alert

Dog Food with Toxic Ingredients?

Dog_food_ingredientsDo we feed dog food with toxic ingredients? Can it be that a dog food we all know very well from TV ads, that the manufacturer claims it is healthy, all natural and whole grains,  is in fact toxic?

You’ll have to decide. I don’t have the tools and the knowledge to determine if it is true or false.
On the consumer affair website you’ll find 1714 letters from dog owners claiming Beneful® Nestle Purina’s caused side affects and even killed their dog.  Some examples:

“started throwing up and had terrible diarrhea ”

“Exactly 7 days from start of mixing this food my poor German shepherd who was perfectly healthy died in my arms. ”

“I switched to Beneful dry dog food last spring thinking the commercials were right. I was under the assumption the food was good for dogs. My dog ended up with severe skin allergies and open sores due to the food. I had to take her to the vet’s office 3 different times and spent a bucket load of money on prescriptions. As soon as I took her off any Purina foods, she cleared up.”

You can read all complaints on the consumer affairs site

The issue i do have with the consumer affairs is that while i was on the site reading the Nestle Purina’s Beneful® consumer letters, a pop-up advertising other company’s dog food. In my book that is the last place i expect to see ads, and i ask myself (and you), is it ethical?

The FDA did investigate the food and the three factories where the food manufactured in the USA.  No action taken.

You can read FDA final report from 2013

What you can take from all of the above? 
WE should not be influenced by ads only. 
We need to check and investigate our-self. Read labels and understand the ingredients and the order they are mentioned. As they say, if any ingredient name is too long that you cannot pronounce it, it shouldn't be there. Move on to the the next food. If meat or fish is not at the top of the list, move on to the next food, and so on. 
After all, all we want is a happy and healthy 4-legged baby at home.

**The facts in this article wasn’t checked by me. I am only reporting from the consumer affairs site and the FDA site

Cat Food Recall 3/22/2015

Primal Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls A Single Lot of Raw Frozen Cat Food. It’s a Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag as a response to a single consumer complaint for a a low thiamine level.

The lot involved in this voluntary recall is:

Primal Pet Foods Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag (UPC# 8 50334-00414 0) with Best By date 060815 B22


For the full alert please check the FDA site @

Health Alert: Jerky Pet Treat Recall

jerky pet treat recallThe FDA has issued a jerky pet treat recall due to over 3600 dogs and 10 cats to date reportedly becoming ill from eating all kinds of jerky pet treats. Most of these treats are made in China. To date, the FDA has not been able to identify the cause of the illnesses, but the correlation between eating the treats and the number of illnesses has warranted an investigation.

The FDA is asking for veterinarians and consumers to report any suspected cases. The FDA and the American Veterinary Medical Association recommend eliminating jerky treats that were not made in the USA from your pet’s diet.

Jerky Pet Treat Recall: Illness Symptoms

Most pets who have been affected have had symptoms within hours to days of eating the products.  Symptoms include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucous), increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Severe cases are diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney failure, or the resemblance of a rare kidney related illness called Fanconi syndrome. Many have recovered from the illness, but the FDA has reports of more than 580 deaths.

Reporting Complaints

If you think your pet has contracted any illness due to the treats, you can help the FDA’s investigation by reporting complaints through the Safety Reporting Portal.

You can also contact the pet food/treats company and alert them about your pet’s illness (see packaging information). While this jerky pet treat recall continues, consider purchasing some safe, organic dog treats.

Source – Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital in NJ