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Beneful Dog Food Killing Dogs/ Making them sick.

Started 1358262216.597 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1358386978.69 by bucky462

The pet forum does not show up, so I want everyone to know about this.

There is a problem with Beneful Dog Food. Snopes says the clain is undetermined, and to stop feeding the food until this is figured out.

Better safe than sorry.



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CasinoMom1358262542.57923 PostsRegistered 2/6/2007Indiana wish I were back in Kentucky

To get dogfood recalls there is a website that will email you as they are recalled. They also rate dogfoods. Dogfood Adviser.com

Shaunac1358262614.7173252 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

For future reference, the Pet Forum can be found under For the Home.


AAGMA1358263921.013260 PostsRegistered 4/22/2008

I've been feeding my Boston Beneful for about 6 years now. With all the scares out there, what on earth am I supposed to change his food to? It gets confusing. Dingos was one of his favorite snacks and when it turned up on the list a few months back, we stopped giving them to him. But I have no clue what brand of dog food to get him. Beneful is about the only one I've tried that doesn't make him gassy. Any recommendations would be appreciated. I would really like to buy in a store rather than going to Petco or Petsmart as we travel with my husbands job and alot of towns we go to do not have these specialty stores. TIA

KatCat11358264210.21318217 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

NutroMax is an excellent cat and dog food. It costs a little more but worth it. Sold at Pet stores only.

Robin18691358264225.1031234 PostsRegistered 12/30/2004

I feed my 2 schnauzers natures receipe from petco.

fllady1358264359265 PostsRegistered 12/28/2008fl

Thanks I did not know about Beneful.I am grateful you posted this.I don't care what Forum its under.Headed to the Dogfood Adviser.com site.

keepmoving1358265195.46216 PostsRegistered 4/13/2011

I have feed my dog Beneful for years and my son has done the4 same. Both dogs are healthy and lively and playful. No problems here, so I will stay with the food they like and seems to work well for them.

sdcowboy1358265234.23815 PostsRegistered 2/9/2009Palm Springs, Ca.

Hi I use Blue Buffalo dry dog food for my two Belgian Malinois and they are thriving on it.

Maloinois are very active and high energy dogs and need the extra bounce Blue Buffalo puts in their food.

Blue Buffalo is made in Nebraska from local gorwn crops and cattle...their website and customer serrvice is great...always very helpful and caring...

theBabe1358265737.12919 PostsRegistered 6/16/2010the USA

That warning on Snopes was started in 2007.

Chihuahual­uv1358265997.02666 PostsRegistered 2/23/2011

Thanks for letting people know.

I feed my 2 little chihuahus Blue Buffalo. It's rather expensive, but my babies are worth it.

Feathers f­rom Heaven1358266544.73881 PostsRegistered 3/17/2009

It depends on the existing health of the dog....I guess. But I only feed grain free Blue and I cook chicken, beef, or pork for mine and use Nu-Vet vitamins. You never know who to trust anymore; companies are so bad these days. Even Blue has had recalls.{#emotions_dlg.scared}

luvbigdogs1358266901.0461 PostsRegistered 4/28/2012

Years ago, before I had access to the internet, I had a dog that died at age 6 from kidney failure, I believe that Beneful led him to an early grave. Most people don't care to look at what's in their dog's kibble to see what exactly they're feeding them and these companies put in whatever garbage they can and lie and say it's healthy for your pets. Unfortunetly I can't afford to feed my current dogs a raw/natural diet so I currently use Fromm. I also make sure to never buy any treats that are made in china.

You can't reason with unreasonable people.

GizmosMom1358267169.52320 PostsRegistered 2/9/2012

I second the vote on Blue Buffalo. I have a Boston and a Chi-mix and they are doing exceptionally well on this food. My Boston is 13 years old and was a senior rescue about two years ago and was given 6 months to live. Well, she is running around like a puppy most of the time and so does my Chi baby. My vet told me that Beneful is like giving dogs a big bowl of candy. Did lots of research on quality, made in the USA food before I choose Blue Buffalo and it came out on top of all the research I did.

apricott p­ie1358267447.74638 PostsRegistered 8/16/2009

{#emotions_dlg.tt1}My toy poodle and maltese have always refused dog bisquets! take it out of their bowls and put on floor! lol,I like to give them homemade chicken, soup, hamburg, and what we eat at home. They do like a little of ceasar wet in their bowls, pull tab container in the morning.I also give them carrots and other vegtables, celery, potatos and the poodle likes oranges!

These two have never wanted canned or hard kernel dog food! Maybe they are immitating humans and like what we eat.

they even bark for icecream, just a spoonful!

apricott p­ie1358267506.397638 PostsRegistered 8/16/2009

Also want to add that they like liver cooked up for them, and so does the kitty!

chickenbutt1358267695.1527149 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

My guy eats Wellness and it is a good brand with excellent ingredients. I also agree that Blue Buffalo is an excellent choice. Sure, these foods cost more than the grocery store stuff but they aren't full of wheat, corn, gluten, by products, soy, etc. Those things are BAD for them so it's worth it to give them good quality food.

I wonder what it is about this Beneful food that is, allegedly, hurting and killing dogs. :( Sure, it's not a healthy choice but there must be something more in there to do that kind of damage.

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LipstickDi­va1358270936.8641898 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio

I think this thread is also in VP? I will repeat my post. I have 2 dogs. 1 has skin issues/allergies and a very sensitive tummy. I switched him to a 100% holistic dog food that I have to order and it's quite pricey. I also checked the Pet Food Advisor website and looked at the list of highly rated foods and those with a very low rating.

About a month ago, I ordered my dog a probiotic pill to take. The order came with a laminated card that gave info. about dog foods and some of the horrible ingredients in many of the foods. The card had a list of foods never to feed your dog and a list of recommended foods.

Some of the do not feed foods on that card are foods that are highly rated on the Pet Food Advisor site. It makes me wonder if there is a kick-back or something for some of these recommendations.

For the record, I know Wellness, all Purina, Rachael Ray, Taste of the Wild, Iams, Natural Balance, Biljac, Kirkland, Chef Michael and Diamond were foods on the do not feed list that I can remember off the top of my head.

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You can't buy love but you can adopt it. Adopt, don't shop.

emmysmom1358271223.896079 PostsRegistered 6/22/2010

I only feed my baby dog food from Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Never any recalls that i know about. Only the best for Miss Emmy!

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
― Corrie ten Boom

jaxs mom1358271848.356989 PostsRegistered 4/18/2012

We have been feeding raw for 5 years. Raw meaty bones from the store and some organ meats. It's a dogs natural food that their bodies were designed to eat. Best part is you never have to scoop poop in the yard because it just disappears within a couple days. Yes we do pick up if they go while they are out for walks or at the park. Raw food has a higher digestability ( which also means they "go" less), does not contain grains which dogs are not designed to eat and keeps their teeth sparkling. They have never needed a dental cleaning either. Plus they are getting human grade meat.

Just doing some research on what most pet foods are made of and on how to read pet food labels would turn most people off of commerical pet foods ( learn what the words "formula" and "dinner" mean on pet food labels for example). The pet food industry was created to use up the left overs that were not fit for human consumption. That is not what I want to feed my beloved animals that share my home.

Wadzlla1358274938.82073 PostsRegistered 2/25/2009

The snopes article was updated this month, and Purina has still not addressed the issue.(it is at the end of the article)

I know people who were SPOONFEEDING their dogs the poison food from the China/Melamie debacle a few years ago. The companies refused to acknowledge the poison in the food until thousands of dogs died.

I do not take chances with my animals anymore than I would my the rest of my family. To each his own.

SuzeB1358283886.35149 PostsRegistered 12/3/2010

I have no knowledge of whether or not Beneful is problematic. However, the Snopes post doesn't provide any guidance, and the Examiner "article" is not from a newspaper and doesn't provide any data about the alleged problem besides pointing to anecdotal reports on the Consumer Affairs website. My opinion is that pet owners should do whatever they think is best with respect to their pet's food.

KateChopin1358304759.34563 PostsRegistered 1/17/2010

They have all been recalled at one time or another. Blue was recalled last year, I remember. We use Merrick or Halo---get it from 1-800-petmeds. They have prob been recalled, too, at one time. Look at all of our food that is recalled---I don't remember that happening so often years ago. Good job, FDA.

HappyDaze1358304815.8120124 PostsRegistered 6/13/2012
On 1/15/2013 Danae24 said:

They have all been recalled at one time or another. Blue was recalled last year, I remember. We use Merrick or Halo---get it from 1-800-petmeds. They have prob been recalled, too, at one time. Look at all of our food that is recalled---I don't remember that happening so often years ago. Good job, FDA.

No, not all dog foods have. I know of at least three that have never been recalled.

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HappyDaze1358304896.54320124 PostsRegistered 6/13/2012

Dog foods like Beneful are equivalent to junk food for humans.

LuvMyBoxer1358305399.331618 PostsRegistered 1/4/2008

Both of my dogs are on raw food diets and have been for 5 years, as well. Unfortunately, they don't have magical poop that disappears after a few days. Fortunately, though, they don't have problems with gas, diarrhea, allergies, etc since going raw. The ingredients for Beneful are not great...a lot of grains, fillers and animal by-products (disgusting):

Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, zinc sulfate, glyceryl monostearate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

There are a lot better "natural" foods on the market, but they are definitely tough to find in grocery stores.

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