Choose A Healthy Food For Your Dog

Commercial dog foods pretty much all claim to be formulated to keep your dog healthy. The fact is most of them are mediocre at best and some can be downright dangerous! Do your research before settling on a brand of dog food as well as dog treats. Your canine buddy's life may depend on it! I regularly check to get the latest advice on dog food. They review the ingredients and quality of dry, wet and raw dog foods.

My rule of thumb is that if you can buy it in a supermarket or one of the big box stores, it's not your best choice.

Keep in mind it's all about money and profit. Inferior, inexpensive ingredients increase profits but nobody benefits except the manufacturer and the retailer. Low quality dog food can decrease the life expectancy and compromise the overall health of your dog. Every now and then, it may even kill your furry friend.

Check out this recent article by Dr. Karen Becker, a well known proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian:

By Dr. Becker

Many of you may be aware that in early February, a pet owner, Frank Lucido, filed a lawsuit in California federal court against the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. Lucido charged that Purina’s Beneful brand dry dog food sickened two of his dogs and caused the death of a third.

According to the court filing:

“Mr. Lucido brings this Class Action on behalf of all persons who purchased Beneful brand dog food in the four years prior to the filing of this complaint and whose dogs became ill or died as a result of eating Beneful. Beneful contains substances that are toxic to animals and that have resulted in the serious illness and death of thousands of dogs.”1

All Three Lucido Family Dogs Became Ill While Eating Beneful,

One Died

The Lucido family included three dogs, a 4-year-old German Shepherd, an 8-year-old English Bulldog, and an 11-year-old Labrador Retriever. In late December or early January of this year, Lucido began feeding all three dogs Beneful exclusively. Since the Lucido home was undergoing renovations, the three dogs were staying in three different houses. This information is important because the only thing the three dogs had in common during the timeframe in question was the food they were eating.

By the end of January, all three dogs were ill and tragically, the English Bulldog was found dead in the backyard on January 23rd. A post-mortem exam showed signs of internal bleeding in his stomach and lesions on his liver. The German Shepherd, who became very ill a week before the Bulldog’s death, had similar symptoms and signs of internal bleeding and liver disease. According to the lawsuit, the symptoms were “consistent with poisoning.”

The Lab became ill shortly after the Bulldog’s death, and as of the lawsuit filing date of February 5th, both surviving dogs were still under veterinary care.

Lawsuit Notes Use of Propylene Glycol in All Beneful Formulas, As Well As

Contamination by Mycotoxins

According to Lucido’s lawsuit, there are over 3,000 online consumer complaints made by owners of sick or dead dogs that were fed Beneful kibble. The symptoms most consistently mentioned were vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, internal bleeding in the stomach, and a problem with or failure of the liver. You can read a sampling of the complaints in the court filing.

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