Yesterday, I received a email from the dog food advisor on a recalled brand of raw dog food due to Salmonella. I later received a email from Dr Becker stating that 3000 complaints have been filed against Purina for their brand Beneful due to sickening and killing peoples dogs now leading to a lawsuit. I receive these kind of emails almost daily. It is so important these days to REALLY check the ingredients going into your body and your pets.
Here are the ingredients for this Purina Beneful-
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, rice flour, beef, soy flour, meat and bone meal, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, animal digest, sorbic acid (a preservative), mono and dicalcium phosphate, dried spinach, dried peas, dried carrots, L-Lysine mono hydrochloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, Red 40, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, Blue 2, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
The very first item is corn, then chicken by product meal, neither suitable and 3rd item again is corn! Look at the ingredients! I would not feed my pet rat this food and yet because Purina says “A special blend of wholesome ingredients, including grains, real beef, and accents of vitamin-rich veggies. It gives dogs the complete nutrition they need and a taste they love.” everyone believes it. These companies are out to make money folks. They do not really care what is in it as long as it will pass inspection and you will buy this shit! Purina has been around for a long time and they do not have any products but maybe 2 that I would even consider feeding my animal. The people who kept buying and feeding this stuff to their animals must take some of the blame. The ingredients were right there on that bag. Just because a company whom is out to make money tells you something it isn’t necessarily true ESPECIALLY with pet food. There is no big brother standing there looking at pet food saying it is not nutritious, that’s your job!
It is also important to look at how often a pet product manufacturer has recalls. For instance, 2006 the biggest recall in history involving several manufacturers occurred due to contaminated rice protein and wheat gluten imported from China. The Chinese intentionally put melamine into the wheat gluten and rice resulting in 1000’s of deaths of animals. Here are all the recalls just since January-total of 8.
Jump your bones pet treats (1/1/15)
J.J.Fuds raw pet food (1/23/15) they would not disclose why the recall
Big Bark dog treats (2./1/15)
J.J.Fuds raw pet food (2/6/15) Listeria and Salmonella (I would stay away from this food)
Pet International beef trachea (2/11/15)
Nutrisca dog food (2/11/15)
Nylabone dog chews (4/26/15) Salmonella puppy starter kit
OC Raw dog food-5/16/16) salmonella
While it is good that they are doing recalls more frequently it is not just food but treats that are in danger, especially if you use poultry in their food or treats. Even humans are now threatened by eating poultry these days and the laws for companies handling poultry for human consumption are much more strict than pet food. If you do not have it go to DOG FOOD ADVISOR and sign up for email alerts for your pets sake. Please find out what company makes your dog food and look them up under recalls. If they have frequent recalls reconsider the brand of food you are using.
This is definitely a consumer beware story and if we are going to change things we will do it with money. When people stop buying Purina they will have no other choice but to change or die.
For anyone reading this I beg you to take 5 minutes and go get your pets food and look at the ingredients. If you would not feed it to yourself then why would you do it to your pet? Lets stop the lawsuits and really get them where it counts-at the store. New companies are emerging because consumers are becoming more aware of pet nutrition and I support those who take our pets health seriously. My money is supporting companies who care and I hope you will care whom your money supports as well.
May our pets live long!!! VIVA LA DOGGIES