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Blue Buffalo admits to bullshitting consumers, lawsuit with Purina heats up

Blue Buffalo admitted the truth in court yesterday: A “substantial” and “material” portion of Blue Buffalo pet food sold over the past several years contained poultry by-product meal, despite pervasive advertising claims to the contrary. Blue Buffalo asked the Court for additional time to file an Amended Complaint in the litigation, naming its ingredient suppliers as Defendants.

The admission came almost one year to the day when Purina filed a lawsuit against Blue Buffalo for false advertising after testing revealed the presence of poultry by-product meal in some of Blue Buffalo’s top selling pet foods.

In its original suit, Purina alleged independent tests showed that Blue Buffalo uses chicken by-products, egg shells, rice hulls and artificial preservatives in its products — despite claims to the contrary. Blue Buffalo has continued to make claims in its advertising that none of its pet foods contains animal by-products thereby implying that Blue pet foods are healthier for pets than competitive foods that contain by-products.

A lab report by Windsor Laboratories, which Purina submitted in the civil lawsuit, alleged several of Blue Buffalo’s pet foods contained poultry by-product meal which contained “between 22 and 24 % poultry byproduct meal, egg shell and raw feather.”

THE BY-PRODUCT BLUES

Animal by-products, the much-maligned pet food ingredient, probably tops most consumers list of ingredients to avoid: A concern that Blue’s advertising campaign exploited. Indeed, when Blue Buffalo commissioned consumer research and discovered that pet owners have strong ideas of what they don’t want their animals eating—above all, anything called a by-product– they discovered the basis for their marketing campaign: “Consumers just don’t like the sound of ‘byproduct,’ says Bill Bishop, the Chairman of Blue Buffalo.

What is chicken (or poultry) by-product meal? Generally speaking, it’s ground-up chicken necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines and it’s not supposed to include feathers (although Purina’s testing found feathers). Animal by-products generally are thought to include organs — lung, spleen, kidney, brain, liver — blood, bone, fatty tissue, stomach and intestines. Which, under certain circumstances, could be perfectly fine ingredients, as long as they were not rendered. Unfortunately, meat meals are typically the result of rendering, a process involving one of the meat industry’s most revolting aspects of dealing with slaughterhouse waste.

But, the central issue is not whether by-products are bad for pets to eat, it’s about Blue Buffalo’s insistent claim that their pet food did not contain ground-up chicken intestines and feet, when in fact it probably did or still does (no one is certain).

HISTORY DOES REPEAT ITSELF

An eerily familiar story involving Blue Buffalo emerged back in 2007, when Purina and many other major brands recalled tons of dog and cat food after the FDA found it was contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical traced to Chinese suppliers. However, Blue Buffalo arrogantly ran advertisements bragging that its products didn’t contain the chemical. Unfortunately, it turned out not to be correct, and Blue Buffalo eventually had to pull a third of its product line. At the time, Blue Buffalo said it had been “deliberately deceived” by one of its contract manufacturers. Sound familiar?

THROWING THE SUPPLIER UNDER THE BUS

Blue Buffalo now claims it had no way of knowing the bags contained by-product meal. A manufacturer is responsible for knowing what’s in its product, which a simple audit of its supply chain would have revealed what Purina discovered after reviewing the documentation.

San Francisco-based Wilbur-Ellis admitted that following a review of its facilities – in response to concerns about product mislabeling – it “revealed poor record-keeping and operational processes at its facility in Rosser, Texas, and the mislabeling of pet food ingredients that were sold to companies that formulate food for pets.” But, Wilbur-Ellis hastened to add that although mislabeled, albeit illegal, “the products sold were all commonly used in pet food and safe for pets to consume.”

Bishop explained, that when the company learned that Wilbur-Ellis screwed up and had accidentally mislabeled some ingredients, he complained that although Blue was “ordering and paying for 100% chicken meal, at times they were receiving shipments that contained poultry by-product meal.”

SELLING THE SIZZLE NOT THE STEAK

Contrary to its carefully cultivated reputation for authenticity, Blue Buffalo’s advertising campaign, as it turns out, was built on a claim that should have been verified. And the image of the little family run business up against Big Pet Food isn’t exactly accurate either: Blue Buffalo is, in fact, owned by a big Wall Street firm and they outsource all their manufacturing, as do most pet food manufacturers.

Started in 2002, Blue Buffalo was propelled by advertising techniques Bill Bishop honed as an ad man on Madison Avenue where he ran ad campaigns for for brands such as Kool-Aid, Tang, Tareyton cigarettes (“I’d rather fight than switch”), and later SoBe, a beverage company he co-founded in the 1990s. Blue Buffalo last year racked up an impressive $1 billion in sales, making it America’s fastest-growing major purveyor of pet food and the largest specializing in the all-natural kibble niche.

Bishop realized that getting into the pet food market by starting small with contract manufacturers making the product was a no-brainer and that all one had to do was, “Slap on a good label, come up with a slogan, and off you go.” He already knew it would be a cinch to pull the wool over consumer’s eyes, because, as he said, “There were already a lot of smoke and mirrors in how pet food was advertised, and that was the sort of stuff we were good at.”

Being the consummate ad man, one who might still believe that any publicity is good publicity, one can’t help but speculate that the wily Bishop has lured Purina into a fight where attention is the real objective.

AN APOLOGY, A RECALL, AND A REFUND

All consumers have received thus far in this debacle in the way of an apology (if you can even call it that) is the wishy-washy half-admission that Blue Buffalo products “may” contain undeclared by-products. If Blue Buffalo sold products to consumers with by-products, has products in the marketplace that are mislabeled, I would expect Blue Buffalo to withdraw those products from the market.

However, despite this admission, Blue Buffalo still has failed to acknowledge complete responsibility for betraying consumer trust in their brand:

  • They still have not informed consumers of the presence of poultry by-product meal is or may have been in certain formulas;
  • They still have not revealed if the mislabeled product(s) were removed from the market or which brands may still be on the market or in consumer’s homes;
  • They still have not issued a recall;
  • They still have not offered refunds for purchases of said product;
  • Instead, they have chosen to place the entire blame at the feet of its suppliers.

Perhaps Blue Buffalo isn’t necessarily worse than other brands, but there’s no real evidence it’s any better and therein lays the crux of the matter – that consumers were ripped off.

Quite simply, the very least consumers deserve in an unreserved apology for the deception, the lies that seduced pet parents to buy a pet food brand that they were told was better than other brands and superior in quality for the health and well being of their beloved pets.

While consumers are angry and hurt by the deception, Bishop shrugs and says, “What can you do? Litigation is part of modern business.”

SOURCES:

http://www.petfoodhonesty.com/pressrelease.php

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-07-24/blue-buffalo-vs-dot-purina-in-dog-food-fight-over-nutrition-claims

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  1. I am laughing my butt off! These people that buy into this nonsense paid $85 a for 4lbs of the exact same stuff I buy for $20 for 50lbs. Pure marketing genius though. Its like they say, there’s a sucker born every minute. My advice: don’t be a fool, your dog will be fine eating cheap food and you won’t get ripped off.

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  2. I read several reviews before writing this COMPLAINT. My lab became very ill several weeks ago chronic diarrhea, lethargic, weight loss, dehydrated and the list goes on. Spent close to $2,000 in vet bills for tests, X-rays, ultrasound, hospital stay and medicine. Would not eat. The ultrasound revealed that his intestines were inflamed and his blood proteins were very low. Tried plan boiled chicken and rice. Realized after he ate the Blue Buffalo Senior Chicken and Brown Rice he immediately went outside and was horribly sick. Spoke with vet and immediately stopped feeding the dog food; however, I was still giving him Blue Wilderness treats. I had to go out of town and paid for someone at my vet’s office to stay with my animals. He immediately mad the connection with the treats making him sick. Bear was scheduled for a $4,000 surgery to biopsy his intestines this week. Thankfully I received my Christmas wish/miracle and he is now doing much better on prescription Purina dog food (yep the brand that Blue says is so horrible in their commercials). I beg you to stop feeding Blue to your fur children!!!

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  3. We have two Lynxpoints.
    They had a lot of stomach sensitivity for the first 3 years of their lives.
    Someone recommended BB grain free and that stopped the vomiting.
    But that one is very expensive and we feed them BB canned 50% of the time which is also expensive.
    So we now give them the other BB brand dry food but one of my cats has had severe eye allergies for a couple months.
    When we were out of town, our neighbor fed her exclusively BB canned and that cleared up her allergy.
    Maybe after reading this i will look for another lower cost grain free brand for the other cat.
    Please note, when you give your cat all canned food you have to give it tartar control aids.

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    • Nature’s Recipe for dogs is good, and Authority for cats. They are only available at pet stores, not supermarkets, but they are not nearly as expensive as Blue Buffalo. They don’t pay for advertising, either, which is why most people don’t hear about them unless they ask their vet or happen to be browsing a pet store.

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  4. The only way I can be sure of the ingredients that go into my dogs food is to make it myself. There are cookbooks out there on how to make your own dog food.

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    • I hate to cook even for myself but if you could tell me where to find these cookbooks I’d give them a look for my dog.

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  5. I think l better switch to another brand until all is backed up or ingredients are changed and show proof of how it will change and then PROVE IT SOMEHOW LEGALLY AND ALSO HAVE PROOF OF THAT ALSO! But until then NO MORE Blue Mountain for my babies ( 2 beautiful Bombay cats) sorry too because they really did like that food!

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  6. I honestly do not know how to address this ! We are so careful reading labels . We have six cats , all very healthy. Have NEVER fed them Blue Buffalo and stay away from anything that isn’t grain free. BUT not one of them wants wet food . All they will eat is dry . We have tried and they balk and walk away from canned . Now you say dry food is the worst they can eat ! What are we to do? And before you tell me a about the Human grade food …they want NOTHING to do with it . We tried .

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    • I agree, you’ve got a problem.

      I imagine you’ve tried many brands, and starving them into submission is never a wise decision and I’m glad you didn’t try it.

      Instead, I suggest buying Bonito flakes or some other tatsy treat they can’t resist (not dry cat food) and using that as a toping as an inducement.

      By that “human grade food” I assume you mean the Honest Kitchen? My cats weren’t wild about it either at first, but as I suggested, try adding cooked chicken or fish as a toping until they are weaned off the dry food.

      Please undertand that cats rarely consume enough water to compensate for a dehydrated diet and most will likely have some long term health problems as a result, whether they are apparent to your vet or ever discovered is another matter. But they will be in a state of chronic dehydration which can lead to inunmmeranble health problems.

      Please consider this when they try your patience over their food choices. Get creative and I’m sure you can find some food, other than dry, that will satisfy them.

      Don’t give up!

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      • Well chicken is certainly easy enough to add. I am not sure all of them will eat it at first . Bonita flakes is also a possibility . We will give them a try for sure . Thanks for answering and the suggestions . I hate the fact that we may be contributing to the poor health of our beloved pets . I know they are big water drinkers though which makes me feel better , even if it may not be enough to offset a diet of dry food . But at least I know they drink a lot . And in fact one of the big guys also drinks out of the toilet like a dog…lol . But I am thankful I read your blog…it startled me into reality . Thanks again on their behalves .

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    • Dry food is not bad for pets. It’s the ingredients. As long as they have plenty of fresh water it’s fine. Mine would love to have canned, but too expensive for me. I use to have a cat that would eat raw chicken livers but he was the one and only one. I noticed that some dry food is harder than others. I try to pick a food that is hard but not like rocks that they can break a tooth on. It makes me sick what Blue Buffalo has done and I am going to read a lot of labels and find a new food. I think I will read Purina’s labels. Even if the food is good now, I refuse to buy from them again.

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        • Maybe your cats areen’t getting enough good-tasting, fresh, COLD water.
          My cats get filtered, cold water and they drink 3-4 cups a day. That is a tremendous amount for a cat, regardless of what food they eat.
          All of my cats, for 42 years of my life, have eaten dry cat food, and all have been healthy and very, very happy.
          Your argument is invalid.

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          • Dear Tiberius sir,

            Are you a veterinarian? What is your educational background? I am a physician, and your argument reminds me how patients come to me and attempt to correct my years of education, training, and experience.

            Kudos on the filtered water, but how the hell can you know your cats drink 3-4 cups a day? Do they tell you? (If they do, therein lies a bigger issue) Do they drink from a bottle you can measure, like an infant? Ever heard of evaporation? If the water, even in a bowl, will evaporate. Thus, your cats are not drinking 3-4 cups. You, in fact, have NO idea exactly how much they are drinking.

            And, lastly, you should trust the vet, who was a wealth more education, training, and experience than yourself!

        • Hello Mollie,
          I have to disagree with that. My cat is ten, she never tolerated any wet food at all, only dry food and treats. She gets her greens, and I even give her coconut oil, and a little white cheese as she tolerates very well. She drinks plenty of water, and is never dehydrated. I was a vet tech for a long time and am pretty knowledgeable about these things. I use to give IV fluids to the dehydrated pets.
          Thank you:-)

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    • Try topping the food with tuna fish. Mine will turn up their nose at cooked beef and even chicken but never tuna.

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    • My cat refused wet until I tried Applaws wet food – it’s just meat in broth, and she truly loves it. She will open the cabinet door where it is stored and curl up next to the boxes. It’s expensive, but if you go to Pet Express, they have a “buy 3 get 1 free” which helps.

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  7. please help, I have 2 cats 14 yrs old, one vomits daily and one young cat. i have been using dry food, all different kinds. what should i feed them??

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    • Number one: Take them to a vet. I am not a vet, nor would a vet be able to diagnose them remotely. I would stop feeding them “all different kinds of dry foods,” for a number of reasons. Dry food is terrible for cats, and feeding them a bunch of different kinds could throw them off. Have you considered a human edible pet food like the Honest Kitchen? That’s all I can recommend at this point. But take them to a vet!

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    • had several cats that were puke r’s. My vet advised me to mix dry food with high quality can food and to add vaseline to it. Not to much or they will taste it and not eat it. I Feed a handful of dry food mixed with a quarter can of cat food and about one quarter of my pinky finger of vaseline. Mix well. My cats stopped puking Immediately, and that was a year ago. I called it a miracle.

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    • Wet is better than dry. Cats digest it more easily. My grandmother used to feed her cats the store brand like foodtown or shoprite. Sometimes she would give them bumble bee tuna in water. They loved it and they never had any problems. Healthy happy cats.

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      • What vet told you can was better than dry? Ingredients are what matters. I have been feeding them dry from day one and they are around 6 to 7 years old. No health problems and they don’t throw up. However you are right about not changing their food constantly. It can really upset a cats stomach when you switch brands.

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    • A lot of cats throw up but it is wise to take them to a vet. Take a look and see if there is grass in the vomit (if they go outside). Grass juice contains folic acid, a vitamin that supports cats’ growth and helps increase oxygen levels in their blood. If your cat is grazing, it may be because he or she is battling a dietary deficiency and is in search of this vitamin boost. Supplement if you see grass. You might buy cat grass. If they will eat cat nip that is suppose to be good for digestion, it doesn’t hurt. I’ve had cats that eat cat nip and others don’t. Sometimes they throw up because they eat too fast or too much. Do you feed them like dogs or cats. Cats are nibblers and food should be out 24/7. If you want to feed them can food leave dry out for them during the day. Something they like, and see if the vomiting stops. Of course, it can always be the cat food. Get some reading glasses and a magnifying glass and see if you can read the ingredients on the cat food cans. Dogs I believe you feed twice a day. If cats or dogs feel in competition with each other, for a limited amount of food they may eat too fast.
      My cats have had dry cat food from the beginning and they drink plenty of water. I have three bowls of water out for them and for 2 cats the water level goes down pretty fast. For some reason all the cats I’ve had love water out of metal bowls. I have one huge metal dog water bowl and that is where I see them the most.

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    • They might have too much hair in the stomach and throw up food and hair and anything else in their stomach. If they get to go outside they will eat grass and it helps your cat have regular bowel movements, something that’s especially important for digestive tracts sometimes clogged by fur. While broad grasses seem to have a laxative effect, narrow grasses are suspected to help a cat settle an upset stomach.

      You may notice that your cat vomits shortly after eating grass—he or she is actually doing this on purpose. Cats don’t have the necessary enzymes to digest a large amount of grass, which is why it can make them sick. But in the process of throwing up, your cat also clears his stomach of fur, feathers, parasites or bones, which can irritate the digestive tract or even cause more lasting illness.

      IF YOUR CAT DOESN’T GET OUT. BUY SOME CAT GRASS AND HAVE IT AVAILABLE ALL THE TIME. If you buy some, get a clay pot and plant several. The clay pot will keep the grass upright. The plastic containers will always fall over. Put in a sunny spot.

      Also if your cats go outside have charcoal capsules. I bought some for myself in case I accidentally took my meds twice. They will clear you body of any drugs.
      My cat came in about a month ago crying and growling and making a real fuss. I knew right away she was poisoned. I opened up a capsule and rubbed it on the back of her throat and forced her to drink water. Kept giving it to her through the night and by the next evening she was fine. It doesn’t have to be an intentional poisoning. When people use toxic pesticides in or out of their house and the bug dies and the cat decides to eat, they get poisoned too.
      Please people use edible Diatomaceous Earth. Safe for any animals but kills insects as long as it doesn’t get wet. I sprinkle it through my house.

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    • I have a 12 yr old cat who was throwing up almost daily. He had lost a lot of weight, too. He was just diagnosed as hyperthyroid. I hope you took your fur baby to the vet.

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  8. Blue Buffalo saved my cat’s life. She was an older cat, and started vomiting the Purina brands. I switched her over to Blue Buffalo and she was so much healthier than on the Purina brands. Then my husband picked up Meow Mix to save time. Since I was out of the Blue Buffalo with no time to run to the store where it’s sold, I gave her the Meow Mix, and within a week she lost a ton of weight and started throwing up again. If I had kept her on it, I have no doubt she would have died within another week. Blue Buffalo brought her back almost as fast as she went downhill. So as bad as people are saying this Blue Buffalo is, try one of the Purina brands and see how they compare. The difference is night and day.

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    • This might explain why my cats threw a every now and then, and no longer do. Maybe Blue Buffalo cleaned up their act and is no longer using meal in their food. ALWAYS buy grain free. Even humans don’t need grains. Cats are carnivores and need just meat. That is why the foods should never have soy. Soy is plant protein so manufactures can say it is 18% or whatever % protein but cats need MEAT NOT PLANT PROTEIN.

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  9. I fed all of my dogs Blue Buffalo Lamb & Brown Rice for several years. Then one of my dogs developed an allergy in 2010. He was losing hair, itchy all over & after several tests, my vet determined it was a grain allergy. But, I don’t feed grain-based food, I declared. Little did I know. My dog is now on a special grain-free holistic diet & is quite healthy. He’s only 11# but having to buy a separate food for one dog is a hardship on someone on a fixed income. I was misled by Blue Buffalo. I have since switched foods for all my dogs & will not recommend this I sent in all the paperwork for a refund several months ago. At this time, I’ve not heard a word nor received any compensation. I’m not out for monetary gain just satisfaction that they will honor their word. I should have expected that if they have lied about the food, they would lie about everything else. Sadly disappointed in this company.

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    • How were you mislead? Brown rice IS A GRAIN. The grain ingredient is right there on the front of the bag. Wow reading and comprehension skills are not your strong suit.

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  10. My dog has a an allergy to all chicken products which creates a problem in purchasing her food. After a great deal of research, I settled on Blue Wilderness Salmon recipe. My dog still scratches, but I attributed it to dry skin. Is my dog food part of the “chicken scandal”? It would break my heart to think I was hurting my dog.

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    • No, the salmon recipe shouldn’t be a problem, but I would hesitate in recommending salmon as typically it is preserved using ethoxyquin. Ask them what was used to preserve the fish during transport (it isn’t added to the recipe so it won’t be on the package as an ingredient).

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      • She will never get an answer, but you can be sure that the salmon is farmed salmon. That means there has been red dye added to their food to give them that pink look and they use tons of antibiotics in farmed salmon, but they sell the same salmon to people unless you ask for wild salmon.

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    • Dogs get dumped around my house a lot. The last one was covered in fleas. I used diatomaceous earth and the next day a bath and then after 3 days another bath. I knew her skin had to be dry esp when I saw dandruff so I started rubbing coconut oil into her skin and it got better before we took her to the Humane Society.

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  11. I’m confused by this whole thing… Purina bought out Blue Buffalo. I worked for Pet Supermarket and we had Blue Buffalo reps that came in to our store to promote their products, and so many of them were leaving because Purina bought them out and they refused to work with Purina.

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  12. After 4 years of feeding BB Adult grain free, two of my 10 yr old dogs have been diagnosed with diabetes. Something must be wrong here. Now switched to insulin treatments and Royal canin glycobalance.

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  13. Consumers who pay attention know that this company has had NUMEROUS product recalls, yet the chains like Petco kept selling this poison! If it was a smaller company, they would have been thrown out of the chain stores. They have FINALLY ADMITTED what we knew all along….there pet food products are a hit or miss proposition…you really need to stop watching the TV advertisements folks and read what is going on…DON’T feed any of these products to your dog or cat!

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    • I have a 9 year old shitzu and she is a finicky eater. She developed struvite crystals and is 5lbs over weight. Do you have a better suggestionthan? This scares me about BBQ cause ever since she’s been on it she has had very dry skin and itches so bad.

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      • Sorry for any misspellings. The stupid spell checker replaced actual words I typed

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  14. We have bulldogs and have been using Wellness brand Core dog food for some time now. We are very pleased with it and our girls love it.

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  15. My 2 year old Gracie (Chihuahua) died 3 weeks ago, just after I switched her to BB. No health problems up to that time. She was always a finicky eater and was told at the pet store BB was a great food. Exactly 9 days later, she passed away. We found her curled up in our favorite chair. My heart is broken.

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    • I wouldn’t be so quick to blame a pet food manufacturer for the death of your dog. If you only spent 9 days transitioning a dog known to have a sensitive digestive system from one pet food brand to another, the process of transitioning could have very well affected the animal’s health–not the food manufacturer.

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      • James,

        She didn’t have a sensitive digestive system, she was a picky eater. I consider that 2 different things.

        I had switched her food out several times in her 2 year old life. She had suffered no ill effects from those foods. The only change I had made in her routine in over 6 months was to switch her food to Blue Buffalo. Up to then no health issues at all.

        You have your opinion and I have mine. I will never use that brand again.

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        • Feed whole foods prepared by you! Learn how start simple and learn as you go. AllProvide is a great RAW that is delivered frozen to your door and if you choose you can lightly cook it! Dr Harvey’s is great too! These along with cooking my own doggy Goulashes is what I feed. My dogs are healthy have no skin and ear infections and no digestive problems! Even my 17 year old is bouncy and happy! Stop feeding processed fake food out of a bag! You will be happy and your dog will be healthy! ??

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          • I read in another article that while feeding raw homemade meals is best for your pets that if you don’t balance the nutrients properly your pet will be deficient. But no one is showing any simple recipes for dog or cat food meals nor suggestions of cookbooks to buy. Anyone have any?

      • James,

        I stated my dog was a finicky eater, nothing about a sensitive digestive system. It may have been a coincidence that my Gracie died just 9 days after starting BB, but after reading some of the other posts, it does make me wonder.

        Thank you for your input though.

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    • Dear Cheryl I’m sorry to hear about your little poochie. I agree with you. It makes me wonder if the BB is making my Missy girl sick. I was reading the lawsuit against BB for deceiving the customers that their products have no meat or meal by products when in fact they found chicken feathers and other ingredients that aren’t good for our pets. She’s been eating BB for over a year and I never saw a connectionbut now I do. I wish I read the article before my husband purchased a 11lb bag of it. I don’t care about the money part of it. Maybe I’ll send it to consumer reports so they can test it. They’re really good at finding things out.

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  16. Wondering what kind of dog food I can switch to. Definitely not Purina. That’s a given, and now not Blue Buffalo either.

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          • You realize that “human-grade” means literally nothing, right? It is entirely a marketing term and has no legal meaning concerning how pet food is processed. Even if you say that the food is processed in a facilty that is “follows human food processing standards” again it is literally a term with no meaning unless the FDA is coming through and inspecting this dog food company you speak so highly of. Here’s the cliff notes on dog food: it’s all marketing and spin, go with the brand that fits most nicely with your pre-conceived value system and stop preaching and pushing conspiracy theories. Or just carry on as you were. I guess that what Internet comment sections are for.

          • Of course I realize “human-grade” is a marketing term. Human edible, however, is not. AAFCO has a standard for what that means: It has to be made in a human food processing facility. If it is manufactured in a human food facility it is held to the same standards for the food you eat. Is it a perfect system? Of course not. Take a look at the recent headlines, human food is rife with problems.

            Don’t forget, I was one of the three consumer advocates at AAFCO that helped work on the definition of human edible pet food and animal feed. So, I think I know a little bit more about it than you do.

    • There is a company in Florida, Fiesta Pet Deli , Pompano Beach, FL (they ship) I get raw wild game from the butcher (owner) It comes in individual packs depending upon the weight of your dog. It will cure any skin allergies, and extend the dog’s life. The poops are so small because almost 100% is absorbed, urine is not as strong smelling either.

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    • I do not trust the ingredients that are used to manufacture commercial dog food. My 62-pound female golden retriever is fed homemade dog food twice a day. 1 serving includes:
      3 ounces of ground elk, venison, lamb, bison or kangaroo
      2 ounces of pureed sardines or mackerel
      1 large duck egg
      1 crushed shell
      3 ounces of pureed pumpkin
      2 ounces of chopped spinach
      Note: If your dog does not have allergies, other cuts of ground meat and chicken eggs may work for you.

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    • AllRovide and Dr Harvey’s !!!! Think outside of that bag of fake food! Also learn to cook some good food for your dog it’s not hard! Good luck!

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      • Melissa, I hesitate to recommend a brand Orijen or Arcana) that uses false advertising. They are NOT human grade. They are made by Champion – a pet food company not a human food company. Claims like that are therefore illegal unless they are made in a human facility.

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    • When I went to the pet store, the worker told me Wellness Core is a really good dog food. Been feeding it to my dog for a month now, and before she had a hard time going to the bathroom. She is doing quite a bit better now.

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      • My 100 lb lab 11 yrs old is on royal cain seems oka but main ingrediant is not meat?and it is really expensive dont know what to change to have looked at 100 different dig bags ?so confused????

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  17. OMG you srsly cannot trust ANYTHING these fugly food companies tell you these days….I luv my baby so much and cannot even fathom him being in this kind of pain from chicken byproducts. How could you even feed that crap to a cute cuddler like my baby?! Just one look and I know he deserves 100% best products out there. none of this byproduct lie!!! can’t even believe this. anyone have any recommendations of hwere to get GMO, pesticide, antibiotic free chicken?? I used to get my chicken from the grocery store until I realized they poisoned our food too!!!!

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    • I only buy Perdue chicken. It doesn’t have any GMOS or pesticides or antibiotics. They are raised cage free to which means less stress and better quality meat. Dark meat chicken is better for dogs cause they digest it better.

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  18. Mollie, I cooked my girls food for 7 years. Chicken breast and thighs, carrots, peas, spinach, pumpkin, Blueberries, organic low sodium chicken stock, omega 3 and organic coconut oil. My oldest had an intestinal infection which the vet was able to quickly cute. Afterwards I started them on Petfresh. They love it and have done well on it. I researched the company well.

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  19. My dog was throwing up and had terrible bouts of diarrhea, so we changed his food. The throwing up and diarrhea continued no matter what we fed him. Then one day I saw him carrying a frog around in his mouth. He loves to catch frogs, but unfortunately they excrete a toxin that makes him sick. I’m suing the frogs.

    Your pet food is not killing your pets.

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    • Aren’t first world problems hilarious? We actually worry about feeding dogs chick feet and intestines… Even thought these things are perfectly fine for your dog to eat.

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    • Paul has it right. I fed my English Bulldog BB for his entire 16 years, yes, not a missed key… sixteen years he lived. That is six years longer than an average Bulldogs life. Not the food, unless it has poison directly placed into, or grows in the bag.

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  20. Thank you for the info. I did share this with my pet friends. I do have one request, though. You could be a bit better in your articles if you don’t use such strong language. There are some people that are offended by it.

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    • I totally agree
      Had to apologize to my church folks for the language but a appreciate the info as I have a 6 month old blue nose

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  21. I am SO confused! I hear about all the illnesses and fatalities with this Blue Buffalo pet food for Dogs AND Cats,some are very recent in the last couple months,YET they are suddenly airing commercials on television again. How? Did they make some modifications? Was this ever tested by the FDA or whomever tests it? Ill say what I DO KNOW,i have 2 very young cats,not even a year old yet,they fell in love with the kitten food but once they had it so many times,1 started to vomit and thats when i put a sudden stop to it and threw away what was left! Id REALLY like to know how they are doing adverts on TV if its not safe as of a month ago,clearly not everyone is all that aware of this problematic product yet! Thats so scary!

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      • You like Honest Kitchen pet food? I’ve never seen it. Can you educate me? Maybe go t my Facebook/thunderscoot

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          • Per AAFCO (http://talkspetfood.aafco.org/humangrade), “A product formulated for a pet is unlikely to be nutritionally adequate for a human and vice versa…it should be underscored that not everything that a human can eat is safe for a pet. Such ingredients as chocolate, macadamia nuts and onions, to name a few, are edible and good for humans but can be toxic to cats or dogs. Human-grade does not automatically equal nutritional safety for pets.” You seem to disqualify pet foods that humans can’t eat as being ‘bad’ when in fact many human edible foods would kill a pet. I’ve had cats for 45+ years now and I’ve fed them all Purina cat chow with no problems, all living very long and happy lives. I switched to Blue Buffalo and saw absolutely no change other than me nearly going into debt every paycheck throwing a ridiculous amount of money at a very small bag of Blue Buffalo every week.

    • I have an older cat (she’ll be 13 in July). We got her when she was 10 and started feeding her Blue Buffalo for Mature cats (the dry food) right away. She loved it and did well on it. I noticed about a year or so ago that the kibbles started looking different (there were fewer of the dark colored kibbles in there), and at the same time, she started vomiting and having diarrhea each time we would get a fresh bag of food. So strange. I didn’t know it was a pattern at first, obviously, but it just happened again today! Once the bag has been opened (we just store it in its original bag, but closed inside a plastic tub), something changes, and she is able to digest it. I actually found this website while searching for a way to contact Blue Buffalo about this strange issue, but now that I see this article, I understand I won’t get an honest response from the. I don’t know what to do, either, but it sounds like our cats have the same problem. My cat digests this food quite well after it’s been opened and exposed to the air a bit (? strange), but I don’t think it’s worth her tummy upset every five or six weeks when we have to get a new bag!

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      • Cats do better with wet food then dry food. Give her small amounts of bumble bee tuna in water. That should help. Then read the ingredients on the cans of wet food. Usually the store brand like shoprite is pretty good. Hope all goes well for your kitty.

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  22. I am shocked to read this about Blue, I have been giving my dog for 9 years everything they make their food gluten free for sensitive stomachs, treats, wet food, all labled natural products used, no bone meal etc., My dog is small had I recently learned that he has a heart problem. Could this have been the problem giving him food that was not 100 percent natural as I thought…where do I go from here

    very very upset I came on line to order their Dental Bones when I read all the comments

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      • Any thoughts on settlement for very bills ? My dog is very allergic to chicken by product and had been very ill… Even needing several surgeries to correct damage caused by this.

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        • You won’t be recompensed for vet bills in this settlement.

          I’m curious, why did you feed your dog BB food with chicken in it, if he’s “very allergic” to chicken? Chicken-by-products and chicken are identical in terms of triggering a possible reaction. It is extremely rare to be “allergic” to an animal protein. How was your dog diagnosed with this allergen?

          What type of surgeries did your dog require? Did your vet confirm your suspicion by making a diagnosis? Did your vet document that his illness was the result of a food allergy?

          These are the kinds of questions you will need answers to before considering a lawsuit or a claim with the manufacturer. You will need documentation proving your assertions. Otherwise it is simply your opinion, not fact.

          If you are certain your dog was made ill by a food allergy from an ingredient not listed on the package, report it to the manufacturer, and the FDA.

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          • Is this only affecting the blue buffalo food that contains chicken? We just switched our dogs to blue buffalo wilderness with salmon. Does that also contain by product?!

          • Actually, most food allergies are the protein source in the food. Chicken allergy is one of the most common food allergies you will find. However, food allergies commonly cause skin irritation, skin infections, ear infections, etc. They can also aggravate symptoms in a dog with inflammatory bowel disease. I’m not aware of any condition that a chicken allergy can aggravate that requires surgery, however, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

        • Whole Earth Farms is made by Merrick, who was purchased by Purina. So I’d say stay away.

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          • Do you know any good dog foods? Puriname foods are awful as well. I was feeding my dogs BBC and steering clear of Purina. Now that both are off the table, what’s left? Thanks…

    • But no one has “admitted to false labeling”..That statement is a lie. In fact, the class action notification I got in the mail state CLEARLY that Blue Buffalo stands by thier lableling and thier product. If these claims are true I assume they would not be difficult to prove.I tore it up .Im not interested.

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        • Found your postings while researching new food for my German shepherd. Right now, feed Whole Earth Farms dry, with Blue Buffalo canned. Heard Whole Earth was bought by Purina! So, now I’ll need a new dry food & canned food supplier! Orijen seems a bit above my price range tho. What’s your take on this?

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        • Mollie, I total agree with your answer to the person who must not know how to read.
          I also have some slightly used freezers she may be interested in.
          I’m totally pissed at what I have just been informed of by my Vet. During and appt .today.

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  23. Im shocked and applauded …..i would like to talk to the lawers….

    Blue told me in writting that all ingredients were human grade….every last one of them , they encourage us to eat the food ourselves……

    I have important testimony to this case….

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    • I’m sorry they told you such non-sense – we know that the chicken meal was purchased from Wilbur-Ellis, the same company that provided BB and others with the melamine tainted wheat from China to many pet food manufacturers during the 2007 recalls. I would NEVER recommend eating their pet food, for many reasons. Primarily, as it is made from feed-grade materials – unsuitable for human consumption and very probably adulterated.

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  24. I feed my 2 year old german shepherd and 4 year old doxin BB and they are very healthy, full of energy, beautiful coats, and love the food. Started my shepherd on Pedigree puppy chow and it was horrible!! She was sick had diarrhea, ear infections, dry skin and lethargic. Took her to the vet and changed her food to BB. She started thriving!! Shes now 90lb and doing absolutely great!! My doxie is 11lb (shes a miniature) and they both love the hard and soft food eating about 11 cups of food a day, (10 cups for my shepherd and 1 cup for my doxie). I cant complain about BB. Haven’t been to the vet for any illness just for routine checks and shots.

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    • I am amazed. You should wait and see what happens down the road – years of feed-grade quality ingredients will eventually lead to serious health problems and chronic illness. It is inevitable.

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    • That is a lot of food in a day…
      My full grown Shepherds eat 3 cups a day and my 14 year old rottie eats 2 & 1/2 cups the 6 lb mini mutt eats about 1/2 cup a day

      They are all perfect weight and very healthy

      So my question is why does it take such large amounts of BB to keep them in shape
      I am not trying to be controversial here I am just curious

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      • 10 cups a day! That’s alot of food. My 100lb dobe eats 3. 1/2 cups per day and in great shape.

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    • I also had both my dogs on BB for years–6 years at least…they both did very well until a week ago I brought a new bag and within 8 days one got so sick that I had to put her to sleep on Friday May 6, 2016–she was 16 years old and I thought it was just time for her to leave me…but 3 days later my younger dog of 8 years old got sick the same as my Daisy did…digestive system was shutting down, all blood work was not normal and was vomiting and pooping blood and etc….cost $200 and lots of tears to put Daisy to sleep and it has so far cost me about $800 to keep Samson alive. BACTERIA INFECTION FROM HIS FOOD….he finished up his antibiotic today and we will have to wait and see if this works or will we have to start another round of antibiotic for him….He is on a Prescription Food from Hill Science Diet…He is having a hard time recovering because he is also missing the only dog he have ever known…we got him at 3 weeks, bottled fed him and Daisy just took over as his Mom…they have slept together for 8 years and spend every moment together and now he is sick and she is gone…he has gotten a double whammy in a matter of days…..Just as an added note….they were reluctant to eat the food but finally did…not gobbling it like they usually do but slowly over an hour, little by little…Did not know I was killing my pets…my life….I have never been so angry as I have been thinking about BB….they killed my Daisy and will never care…..

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      • I started my chi on BB 4/23/16 and found her dead on 5/2/16. I feel so guilty for feeding her this food. I was told at local pet store this was a great food. My chihuahua had just turned 2 years old with no known health issues. I feel in my heart that this food killed my baby. My heart is breaking and I miss my sweet Gracie. ?

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        • I am so sorry Cheryl. You must be certain it is contaminated with a toxin, otherwise, you are beating yourself up for nothing. Still, you may wish to report this to the FDA (here http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm and/or here http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/). You can ask that the food be tested. Alternatively, your vet can consult with a toxicologist and have a lab test it (here http://www.animalhealth.msu.edu/Sections/Toxicology/ or here https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/sects/Toxic/). Finally, have your vet perform a necropsy.

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          • Mollie,
            I just came across your site last night. It caught my attention as I’ve been very concerned about safe food for my little Chihuahua/? Dog for sometime now. She’s 20 pounds and seems to be in fairly good health. Taffy is almost 8 years old.
            I say “fairly good” as she is having the itchy skin back again. I don’t think? it’s her food because she gets this every year when the weather warms up. She doesn’t have it in the cooler months.

            Right now we are feeling her Nutro and have been for close to a year now. The treats we give her are Puperoni and Greenies.
            Do you know of anything wrong with these foods?

            Before Nutro we fed her Beneful (don’t think it’s spelled right, looks odd to me) Taffy liked it for quite a few years but then she stopped eating it for some reason? The pet store recommended we try her on Nutro and so far she likes it.

            Her treats used to be Beggin Strips and PUParoni but we stopped giving her the Beggin Strips when we heard a warning about Purina foods and treats.

            I feel so anxious and stressed a lot because I keep hearing about unsafe pet foods. I love my little Taffy girl sooo very much.
            Can you help me? Do you think the foods we are giving her now are okay?

            God bless you for caring for the animals,
            Most respectfully,

            Hannah J

    • 10 cups????? The feeding guidelines on my TOW for my 50 lb husky says approx 3 1/3 cups a day. A 150 to 175 lb dog 5 to 6 cups.

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  25. I reviewed the food on consumer affairs website about a year ago because the bag we bought was INFESTED WITH BUGS! The store we bought it at said they had several other complaints. I went back to that site to see what other people were typing for reviews, very similar stuff! Their pets are refusing to eat, getting sick etc! And this is still on the market apparently?

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  26. Personally, I think you should make your own pet food. As far as asking your vet, the truth is that the only one doing any studies on pet nutrition are pet food companies and you can’t trust them. Even your vet is no expert as they will admit. Read Dr. Michael Fox: ‘Not Fit for a Dog” and be informed. Everyone I know who makes their own food is amazed at the change in their pets. Dogs with chronic digestive problems are doing fine on home made diets. The crap in manufactured pet foods is revolting.

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    • Elaine, how do you make your own dog food??? I am assuming you may have a recipe I can get ideas from? Another thing… how do you know what amount to feed them if you make your own? I’ve thought about this before, but am a bit intimidated as to how to go about it.

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    • I cook my 2 dogs boneless skinless chicken thighs in the pressure cooker with nothing added but water. I also give them carrots, which they love to chew on. Also pumpkin and sweet potatoes and they like green beans. No added salt or anything else. They are doing great. My maltese is over 16 years old and doing fine.

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      • Just feeding them muscle meat may not be adequate, as it is much different nutritionally if they were to eat the whole bird. There are a number of other things to consider, such as added fat, (like an Omega 3-oil) that are important parts to their diet. I strongly suggest looking into the opinion of a certified veterinary nutritionist for accurate advice. That said, it is far superior to almost any commercial pet food on the market. Just be sure to feed them a variety of things, not just chicken breasts for animal protein. Add eggs, Omega-3 oil, and calcium (human grade only), for example.

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      • Linda, If your Dogs have lived that long with no medical problems, I think your doing a GREAT JOB ! Keep It UP Dear Lady !

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  27. All I know is I fed my beloved lab blue buffalo thinking it was healthy along with some snacks sold as healthy, I suddenly got the feeling they weren’t and started making him homemade food. Too late, died of a ruptured tumor on his spleen and I believe the blame is either on the food or the snacks. He was too young

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  28. Started using bb and I can say I love it. Two weeks and I seen a big difference. Shiny coat. And he loves it. That’s been 6 months ago, I have a teacup Yorkie., and looking for the best I could find. And this was it.

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    • If you care about your dog, you better re-think your decision. Your use has not been long term as of yet.

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  29. One food brand I didn’t see mentioned was Diamond. I have fed my boxers on it exclusively (with the one-time exception of that major dog food withdrawal), and they have never had an issue with it. They started with Large Breed Puppy, then Large Breed Adult, then eventually Diamond created their Naturals Line, with Lamb and Rice (and I think the other one is either Chicken and Rice or Salmon and Rice). Either way, my boxer gets the Naturals with Lamb and Rice. My dogs get free fed from the day they are old enough to eat dry food. I have never had an issue with a dog getting fat, or becoming ill, or having coat issues. I can see “being lucky” once or twice, but not consistently. In addition, I also foster dogs, who come to me in all kinds of condition, usually most not good. They also get fed on the Diamond Naturals if they can eat dry food (I presently have a 15 year old blind, toothless chihuahua as a foster). They all thrive on Diamond. The fosters, obviously, I can’t free feed, as they have frequently been starved, whether intentionally or accidentally. So they get fixed feedings, so they don’t overeat and become more ill that way. Is Diamond perfect? Of course not. But I have found it to have fewer “contaminating ingredients”, if you want to call it that way, than the bigger named brands. Sleek coats, healthy weights, no skin issues, no allergies, regular growth patterns, I can’t argue with something that has worked consistently for me over the past 14 years.

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    • Try not to fall off that high horse partner. Wouldn’t want to hear you utter a four letter word.

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  30. A lot of people don’t know much about what is really right to feed their pet. Words like “organic”., “all-natural”, “no by-product”, and “grain-free” are all just marketing ploys to sell food. Talk to your Veterinarian about the best food for you.

    Excellent article BTW I wish everyone knew the actual truth behind Blue Buffalo.

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    • Carla, Veterinarians have a 3 day course in nutrition put on by Iams and purina while they are in school – they know about as much regarding nutrition as your family doctor does.You have to use books, etc to research what is a good formula for home food and, I firmly believe, rotate ingredients regularly!

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  31. When we got our German Shepherd puppy we started her on Wellness large breed puppy however at about 7 months old we started noticing that she was refusing to eat, had diarrhea, and within a 2 week period lost 10lbs. Our vet couldn’t find anything wrong with her and suggested we try different foods, so we tried a few others(including Natural Balance limited ingredient) and ended up wasting a lot of money when she refused to eat them, no matter if we added canned food, chicken, gravy…whatever. We finally tried BB freedom large breed puppy and she gobbled it up. She is now a year old and doing great on BB at 80lbs and hasn’t skipped a meal since. Maybe the company has issues, but at this point our dog isn’t starving herself to death like she was on every other “good” food we tried to feed her.

    Our two older dogs are on Wellness Senior, its one of the very few dog foods with sodium levels low enough that our dog with a heart murmur can have, almost as low as the prescription Hills the vet put him on, that had almost no protein in it and he was always hungry.

    Our cats are on Wellness Core indoor and get Friskies cans. I have tried EVERY brand of canned food I can find and they won’t eat anything else(they will let it go bad sitting out in their bowl), and when we tried not giving them cans at all they stalked us around the house complaining that they were hungry(and plotting to murder us probably)

    Why our German Shepherd only seems to be able to tolerate the BB I don’t know. She is going to be tested for EPI at her next check-up, but even if that is her issue some of the other foods we tried to feed her should have worked just as well. We didn’t choose BB because of their ads or their claims, it was just one in a long line of foods we tried and it happened to work.

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    • Actually, cats will put up a fight and resist a change in their food, but keep this in mind: Wait them out
      1.) they will eventually come around and eat what you feed them. You are the adult, and you win.
      2.) ALL felines prefer dry over canned, and fish over fowl. What they need is fowl.Dry food should not even be sold. It causes Feline Urinary Tract disease, stones and blockage of ureters, and can be fatal in 48 hrs, and causes excess weight and diabetes.
      3.) YOU are the boss. Just like with kids, are you going to feed them candy bars & M &Ms for breakfast b/c they prefer it?
      4.) A fish diet, especially tuna, is addicting to cats, just like dry food is. However, it is nutritionally incomplete and leads to early death. The hallmark sign is balding of the belly (alopecia) which signals nutritional deficiency. It can be too late by the time this happens.
      What to do:
      1.) Read labels and choose a canned food. NO dry.
      2.) set it out, give them an hour to eat it, then Saran wrap it and refrigerate. Clean up the area around the dish of all crumbs or bits of food, leaving no food smells. When they smell food all day, it interferes withe their regulatory system and they will not feel hungry. Next meal time, feed the same dish. Repeat.
      3.) it usually takes about 3 days, and wall-lah! , they will give in and be converted.
      4.) this is cold turkey, no graduated change of mixing in some of the former food with the new. It simply does not work.
      I’ve done this before for my own cats, for “found” cats, etc. It works, trust me.
      5.) you are not being mean to your kitties, you are giving them a healthier life, and longevity, saving their lives, out of your love for them. Go for it! You’ll be glad you did! Oh, and don’t buy at supermarket, buy at pet store. Friskies is not a good product.

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      • Actually Jeannie. Can Cat food can be horrible for cats. Ash is a no-no. I’ve had cats for 60 years and use to have lots of problems feeding can foods. Have fed all 4 of my recent cats for the last 21 years dry and they are going strong.

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  32. Well I will now not be buying Wilderness (which is a Blue Buffalo product) when we get a new pug. Our previous pug was on Wilderness. Our rottie eats OvenBaked…a canadian product.

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  33. Well, at least they don’t put Ethoxyquin in their pet-food. Or is that poison completely banned now?
    To paraphrase some German playwright. “When I hear the words Natural and Organic, I reach for my Browning”…

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    • Presumably pets have been weaned on ‘antiseptic’ pet food. One wonders what they would eat in the wild?

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  34. Jeeze…with all due respect, I really wish I didn’t read this original post, or the comments section. I’m way more confused now than I was before. My wife and I do some rescue work in Hudson County, NJ. Both originally dog-people, we found such a need for cat rescue in the area, that we started doing that about 3 years back. I intentionally give them a variety of canned and dry foods (against some current wisdom) Blue, Friskies, Authority, Hill Science and Nutro. I also try and get some ‘lightly cooked’ fish into their meals because I hate the thought of canned or dry only and not getting something fresh into their systems. Also not beyond boiling up some chicken. That said…with all these conflicting views on pet food brands…what is one to do?

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    • As a Veterinarian I recommend Purina, Iams, Royal Canin, & Hills. Those 4 food companies while they also have inferior brands within the same company, have the top pet foods on the market both over the counter (in pet stores) and Veterinary diets. Your best way to feed is to find a good brand, with great ingredients that doesn’t cause any digestive or skin problems with that particular pet and stick with it for life. Wanting variety is a human desire, not a canine or feline one.

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      • Wanting variety certainly is both a canine and feline desire. Many of us have companion animals that prove this every day. I can think of no one that I know that would willingly work with a veterinarian who took that position, which is simply absurd. The brands you mention provide some of the worst products available on the market.

        Maybe that was just a “fake” posting and I am annoyed at nothing.

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      • I disagree about dogs and cats wanting variety! Mine have been fed a RAW and HOMECOOKED diet for almost 10 years. Each of my 4 dogs have their own preferences and favorites, even which likes dark or light meat poultry better.

        I began this kind of diet when I was researching food. Every pet food on the market is supplemented with synthetic vitamins and minerals. The dry processed kibble, full of preservatives, is sprayed with animal fat so it smells better to dogs. Whatever good was in the food in a particular dog food brand are processed out and long gone by the time you see it on the shelf.

        So why should I buy food ..waste money on the “best” dog food where you need to trust the big corporations that they’re actually using the ingredients they say (and close your eyes to whatever extras they put in and don’t need to label, or “forget” to label)

        I feed my dogs FRESH meat, vegetables, grains, and fruit! I don’t need to supplement. They get a multivitamin (food sourced and for dogs) but it’s not necessary. I make sure their calcium comes from the right proportion of raw bones, and their vitamins and minerals from a VARIETY of foods.

        A variety BTW that helps PREVENT food allergies…and those chronic skin itching issues.

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      • Carla, if you really are a veterinarian, please tell us where you work so that those of us who care deeply about our companions can be sure to stay away. Any vet recommending such lousy foods is either a paid shill or incapable/unwilling to do the most basic of research–and any caregiver who wants the best for their companions does not need such a vet.

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      • Those companies are the ones who come to the vet schools and indoctrinate new vets on their foods. READ THE INGREDIENT LABELS.

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      • It my be a human desire, but in the wild they eat a variety of meats, fruit and grass, not corn wheat or soy. As a vet you should know that’s just filler carbs and stuff that causes skin disorders and allergies. Dogs and cats eat bones, feathers and offal in the wild, which is their natural diet, including feet ! But they should be clean and disease free. Feeding g raw and homeade for some just isn’t possible financially, it’s very costly, but a good kibble, with limited ingredients is called for as a steady diet… I rotate, Earthborn, Canadai Pure Sky and Back to Basics , all grain free. Canadai Pure Sky has 7/10 ingrediants. Do your homeade and read the breakdowns of the food on. The Dog Food Advisor Web site

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        • I have to say TC, you mention dogs eating bones, feathers and all kinds of stuff in the wild and then you say but they should be clean and disease free, how does that happen in the wild?

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    • The fact that you are helping these cats who might be euthanized, abused, die in the streets, that alone is huge! You can drive yourself crazy with all of the different foods out there but another site to learn what each and every ingredient means is “TheTruthAboutPetFood.com”. It is important that we learn for ourselves what is in these foods since the FDA cannot be trusted to do their job. The best foods are expensive, though you do feed less. It is important cats get at least 90% protein. Foods that list corn and other products first are clearly not that. Also boiled chicken would be better than fish because fish actually depletes vitamin b-1 and E as well as having heavy metals in it and assisting in urinary tract problems in cats as well as other dangers to cats. Also it just came out that fish “flavored” cat foods have high levels of formaldehyde in them. Again, I know it’s overwhelming but once you learn the basics you can stay on top of it and thank you for taking care of these precious souls that don’t deserve to be abused, starving, injured or worse. You’re an angel :)

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    • I totally agree. I have a brand new puppy and have researched many, many puppy foods. All of them have positive & negative reviews. I really try and pay attention to reviews from consumers as they have first hand knowledge as to what works for their animals. My dog was on Royal canin from her breeder and I was given a complimentary bag of that. I slowly switched her to BB due to consumer reviews and BB website info. My pup does fine on either of the foods. But like I said, all of the pup foods have had conflicting reviews to the point that it’s mentally exhausting. I guess we have to go with what works and pray nothing changes from those results. God bless!!!

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    • I am wondering the same thing! My cat has been on BB Senior for about 4 years and seems to do well. He is about out and need to buy ? i had a cat his brother who died 2 years ago with kidney failure, partial bare belly and now I wonder about the food?

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  35. As a breeder of Chihuahuas and Chinese Crested. I have found the best dog food that is available is Castor & Pollux it is a natural ultramix natural formula with added essential vitamins and minerals. Grain-free and poultry free dog food number one ingredient. Natural salmon no grains no soy no poultry prebiotics to help support digestion multiple fish sources including Salman herring meal and menhaden fish meal with real pieces of fruit and vegetables as for exceptional nutrition. I swear by this dog food so much that when I sell a pop I will take a piece of this dog food and literally eat it in front of the person that has banana chips in it carrot pieces. This dog food is available at http://www.chewy.com some would say it’s expensive but isn’t your pet worth it. and I firmly believe that if its a pet food that is human can take a piece of it either the kibble or the fruits and eat it that says something for the dog food. How many people are that confident of their dog food, are you

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    • Thank you for sharing. I have two crested, one I’m sure can’t handle chicken. I put them on Blue Buffalo Salmon, now I didn’t know what to put them on. I will try the food you suggested. Thanks again!

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    • I have a 14 year old Schnauzer mix. His heart was enlarged and he had horrible allergies. We found the grain and poultry free mix by Castor and Pollux. He has been on it for a while. Well, his heart is no longer enlarged and his allergies are gone. He is a much happier guy now. My Irish Setter loves Natural Balance bison and sweet potato better. Anyone heard or read anything bad about Natural Balance foods?

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  36. Hmm, 2 St. Bernards who lived until the age of 12 and 13 respectively. Both were fed mainstream mid-range dog foods. Both past when their back legs couldn’t hold them any longer. No cancer, an occasional hotspot and both died of a natural condition a lot older than normal for a giant breed dog. So suck it, holistic and organic and blah blah.

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    • So your experience with two dogs indicates that there’s no truth to this? I work with diabetic cats and it’s been proven time and again that dry food causes diabetes. I have seen many cats go beyond the need for insulin, just by getting off of dry. I have never seen a cat go off insulin, when it stays on dry food. I’ve had people counter the argument by saying that they fed their cat dry food its entire life and it did not get diabetes. My question is always, “so what?” I’m sure that there are many cats out there that have never gotten diabetes, in spite of their poor diets. Just like there are many humans that never become diabetic, even though they eat tons of sugar. These experiences do not mean that that there is nothing to a more holistic and healthy lifestyle for our pets. Some animals are simply more susceptible to illness, and don’t need the extra help to push them over the edge. It certainly can’t hurt to give animals less crap and better ingredients, even if you believe, based on your experience with two dogs, that there’s nothing to it..

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      • It’s not just experience, there are no scientific studies indicating that, in general, “holistic” pet food allows animals to live longer than any mainstream brand.

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      • Canned food is 75%or more water. Your diabetic cats got better because they were eating less food and more water. Just like people, some have better metabolism, energy levels, etc.

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      • My diabetic cat is on special diabetic dry food and does extremely well on it. She doesn’t need insulin at all due to it. Canned food has its own issues. If you don’t properly keep their teeth cleaned, it can lead to gingivitis and severe tartar. These can lead to other health issues such as GI problems and heart disease. Cats are kind of designed for failure no matter what you feed them. They require a high protein diet which can be tough on the kidneys. Pretty much all cats will end up with kidney disease at some point in their life. It’s inevitable. I would like to see some research on your dry food causes diabetes theory though, like real peer reviewed research. I haven’t heard that ever be mentioned in any of my veterinary classes, including the nutrition ones. You’d think that’d be something they’d mention if substantial research had confirmed it.

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        • Glad to hear that your cat is doing well on a prescription formula dry. Disappointed to see more very outdated myths being perpetuated.

          Dry food does not improve teeth. Any legitimate study attempting to compare the two has found that feeding canned food does not lead to an increase in dental problems, probably because the dry food/ teeth connection was based on a flawed premise (the mistaken belief that cats actually “chew” their food enough for the food to scrape tartar off–they don’t), and those promoting that theory also failed to take into the account the residue on the gums that can do as much harm as good.

          As to dry food and diabetes? Dry tends to be significantly higher in carbs, which right there is a significant contributing factor. In addition, proteins in dry food tend to be lower quality and more difficult for cats to process.

          I also find it ironic that you appear to be attributing the high rate of kidney failure to protein (and possibly canned food.) The majority of information used to support claims that high protein diets in cats lead to kidney failure is based on studies in animals that are NOT obligate carnivores, and thus are not designed to process as much protein. Cats have much greater protein needs and systems that are designed for their natural diet. There is far more evidence linking dry food to the high rate of kidney failure than there is to support link the protein in canned! Even with water drinking, cats on dry food diets take in significantly less water than they would with their natural diet. Many reputable experts believe that the chronic low-level dehydration is the biggest culprit leading to kidney disease (not to mention urinary tract issues.)

          As someone involved in cat rescue for over 20 years, I can honestly say that an increasing number of people in the community have found a decent quality canned food or homemade diet to be equal to (or in most cases far better than) an overpriced, highly artificial prescription dry food diet for both diabetic and CRF cats, and the cats fed these better diets tend to be happier and have better quality life. I myself had an elderly CRF cat live 3 1/2 healthy years in renal failure, despite my decision to drop the prescription food within a month of diagnosis.

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          • Totally agree! I had three diabetic cats, not from them same litter, they all ate Science Diet dry food. I think it did cause diabetes in two of them. The third one had acromegaly which caused his diabetes. Our other cat never became diabetic, she ate the same dry food however she was overweight. All of them did much better when I switched them to canned food. One of the diabetes went off insulin! The switch also helped the two over weight cats drop a few pounds. Dry food is more convenient but it is not the best thing for cats to eat.

      • Do you have a recommendation for what brand of wet cat food to feed my two cats? One is 16yo and one is 12yo and I’ve been feeding them dry – I didn’t know! Thanks for any info!

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          • Thank you for the suggestion – I will do my own research of course, but I look forward to switching them over ASAP!

          • Mollie, I’m curious if you are getting paid to send people to Honest Kitchen as I have seen you posting HK about every fifth post!! Just for that reason alone I am leary of HK. If by chance you are just trying to be helpful. Thanks I think we know your opinion, you can take a break ?

          • Honey, I wish. NOT. You obviously have not read anything about who I am and what I stand for. I do not have, nor will I EVER have any financial relationship with the pet food industry. Ever. Period. Full stop.

            See, the thing about THK is – it’s the only pet food in the USA that is legally allowed to say it’s human grade…because…it is human grade.

            Basically, Shelly, people don’t have time to do the research and they ask me what I feed my cats – and I tell them. And, if you think this is some kind of sleazy affiliate marketing scheme – check the links. Do your homework. Hater.

  37. We have fed our dog nothing except Blue Buffalo and their pumpkin treats. When she was a puppy the trainer recommend it because she said the person who developed the food was a biochemist. He was upset his dog died of cancer and he wanted to make a holistic food. Well at the age of nine, my dog has cancer. So much for holistic foods.

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  38. Dear Sue and Anonymous,

    My daughter is in her last year of Veterinary school and I have learned so much listening to her. First, the people who become Veterinarian’s love animals more than anyone can imagine. They love your pet as much as you do. This includes the Vet. Tech’s. They are the smartest students in Universities and must have a 4.0 to be eligible for the Veterinary Graduate program. A 4.0 doesn’t even guarantee admission due to limited spaces in the Vet program. It’s harder to become a Veterinarian, then it is to become a doctor. Your statement was incorrect, yes, they do learn about nutrition. Think how difficult eating problems are because each animal is like a child. A pet is basically a child who can’t tell us what’s wrong. Are they having problems due to allergies, do they not like it, etc. Please be careful with human food, some is harmful to animals. If the person who didn’t like what the veterinarian said, find a new one or question them. The food may have changed and they didn’t know. These opinions are mine, not my Vet. student.

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    • It is true that veterinary school students are high achievers. However, your insistence that vets “love” their clients pets as if they were their own, is overbroad and often, simply wrong. There are quite a number of vets who are remarkably indifferent to the patients that they earn their living by. There are also vet techs who are more than indifferent: they barely tolerate animals. In urban and sub-urban environments you’ll confront persistent clamoring by clients looking for a new vet. Cost (high cost) is not an issue in this problem… the veterinary profession is simply not passionate, as you suggest.

      Veterinary schools devote little overall attention to nutrition, and unfortunately, rarely question “big pet food” because those companies subsidize certain aspects of their education. They are reluctant to “bite the hand that fed them.” We must confront the societal phenomena, of why clients so blindly accept the advice of their often surprisingly undereducated vets. We should question why vets routinely endorse inferior foodstuffs that in so many ways slowly poison the pets that they provide medical services for. If the veterinary profession was really doing its job, there would be collective and loud clamoring by the profession, counseling their clients away from many, if not most, of todays commercial pet foods.

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      • Sadly, this is a phenomena not just in veterinary schools, but it is true of the medical profession as well: “Veterinary schools devote little overall attention to nutrition, and unfortunately, rarely question “big pet food” because those companies subsidize certain aspects of their education.”

        Big Pharma also plays an integral part in their education, preferring a chemical approach to healing vs. food as medicine.

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      • I can attest to this since being a vet tech for 14 years and being a past nutrition counselor for both Purina and Hills Science Diet…. I would say vets know little about nutrition and simply follow what the reps tell them (Both foods are horrible) they do so blindly. !! Those are the simply facts.

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  39. Thank you for this information! Would you consider eliminating the obscenity from the title of your article so that I can share it with others? I think “lying to” would be a great alternative!

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    • Mollie,
      I just came across your site last night. It caught my attention as I’ve been very concerned about safe food for my little Chihuahua/? Dog for sometime now. She’s 20 pounds and seems to be in fairly good health. Taffy is almost 8 years old.
      I say “fairly good” as she is having the itchy skin back again. I don’t think? it’s her food because she gets this every year when the weather warms up. She doesn’t have it in the cooler months.

      Right now we are feeling her Nutro and have been for close to a year now. The treats we give her are Puperoni and Greenies.
      Do you know of anything wrong with these foods?

      Before Nutro we fed her Beneful (don’t think it’s spelled right, looks odd to me) Taffy liked it for quite a few years but then she stopped eating it for some reason? The pet store recommended we try her on Nutro and so far she likes it.

      Her treats used to be Beggin Strips and PUParoni but we stopped giving her the Beggin Strips when we heard a warning about Purina foods and treats.

      I feel so anxious and stressed a lot because I keep hearing about unsafe pet foods. I love my little Taffy girl sooo very much.
      Can you help me? Do you think the foods we are giving her now are okay?

      God bless you for caring for the animals,
      Most respectfully,

      Hannah J

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      • Hannah, thanks for commenting. I do not recommend any of those products. I feed my cats homemade, human edible, USDA certified organic, animal welfare approved or certified humane ingredients from local farmers. Ask your vet for a recommendation to a certified veterinary nutritionist for dietary advice for the problems your pet is experiencing. They can give you qualified nutritionary advice, I cannot. You are welcome to email me and I can give you more detailed advice: molliemorrissette@poisonedpets.com.

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  40. We fed our dogs Beneful for several years. Our older dog started losing hair and having flakey skin. She seemed stick and tired all the time. The younger dog developed Diabetes and lost her eye sight. Maybe not because of Baneful, but who knows. We have since started feeding our dogs human food. Rice, Oats, leftover steak, pork, chicken even grinding up corn and green beans, scrambled eggs, cheese. I try to get at least 4 items in their dinner every meal. They both are doing so much better. No hair loss any more. Both are healthier and are excited to get their breakfast and dinner every night. Stay away from Beneful.

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  41. My dog was affected by the 2007 recall….I contacted the company who just blew me off. Thanks for posting this….the more people know about the bs behind companies like this the more I hope people will turn to feeding their pets real food…prepared themselves. It’s the only way to really know your pet is getting a healthy diet and hopefully we can all put companies like this out of business.

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  42. Purina is is now owned by the Nasty, I mean Nestle corporation. I used to feed my dogs Purina but the yeast infections in their skin and ears had us researching better dog food including making our own. Nestle goes after the little guy to either buy them out or put them out of business. I personally stay away from anything sold by Nestle. They have undermined so many breastfeeding relationships and harmed mothers and babies with their marketing tactics so why should they treat dogs any different? Do your research!

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  43. For purina the makers of Beneful to be calling out another dog food co is calling the kettle black. I wish I had never fed my last 2 dogs Beneful. As a result they both died within 4 months of each other. Kidney failure (vet had never seen such a high number-suggested my dog got into poison. Well Beneful) & lots of other health problems. My 3 babies now won’t eat any purina. They do not have any diet caused health issues

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    • I fed my Dalmatian. Beneful with a few other home cooked goods,but she also developed profound kidney failure,it was around 2007 also,when the melamine stuff was questioned in all the foods.That was a horrible experience.Never again.still reading about diff.foods,always wary lof the pre packaged junk that is out there. :(

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  44. Hook line and sinker, the Purina press release regurgitated by this lazy blogger. There are two sides to every story, be informed, do a little work and check it out. My babies have been fed BB for almost two years and are doing great. Their hotspots are gone, no ear issues, and they have lost some weight and have more energy. Not every food works for every dog, but BB has worked for my too. I would never feed Purina to them. Just look at the ingredients!

    Bad news for this blogger I also just checked BB IPO looks like it was a success. Good for BB, I love their food!

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    • It is not a regurgitation of a press release, nor am I lazy blogger.

      I have done the research and read the complaints. Did you?

      BB did not take responsibility for selling a misbranded product, nor did they offer consumers a refund.

      In my estimation, BB failed miserably time and time again to repair consumer confidence in their brand.

      Also, in case you think I am a fan of Purina – I am not. I am not stupid enough to take a single press release from Purina as gospel.

      Clearly Wilbur-Ellis fucked up and BB just tried to place the blame on their supplier, when it was/is BB’s responsibility to test and hold incoming material. They didn’t. Their bad.

      As far as their IPO, only time will tell…

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      • I have been a BB user as well and I noticed in the past few months my cats have been throwing up undigested kibble and they are very finicky about eating it. While I still feel Purina makes McDonald’s grade pet food, I am no longer using BB. I have also read consumer complaints of many other pet owners having a similar issue, with some pets becoming extremely ill from something in the food with most indicating a change in 2015. I would be very, very careful about feeling your pets this food as there is definately something wrong with it in recent months as all of my cats appear to be vomiting from the dry food. I just through out the bag after reading consumer complaints. Anyone questioning this should do themselves a favor and read what other pet owners have experienced in recent months with the BB food. BTW…they are outsourcing to China..which is NEVER a good thing for any Pet food company or pet owner.

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          • Honey I just read that you don’t believe BBC ever outsourced it’s products. Yes, they did I worked for the company in 2007 and dealt with the problem.

      • Mollie, the industry that perfected consumer manipulation also perfected the art of
        Internet mole..
        This mole takes many forms, but pretending to be a consumer is a biggie.
        Especially as the new ‘consumer’ can hide behind a non-existent identity.
        ‘Casey’ above is a perfect example, but not a very adept one.
        Pet lovers worried about the health of their animals routinely check the IPOs of the company in question, don’t they?
        Right. They don’t.
        What a crock.
        Thanks for this article.
        It’s full of good actual information.

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    • Casey, it is good that BB seems to have worked well for you. Your observation about this essay, however, is off base.

      This essay is about the historical pattern of BB to deflect criticism.

      An interesting commentary on the issue appeared just a week ago in the Huffington Press. One observation there sums it up nicely:
      “Blue Buffalo wouldn’t be facing down Purina in court if it had fixed its supply chain management after the 2007 debacle.”

      The article is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pet-food-safety_55b67875e4b0a13f9d1976e7

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  45. Before there were ever any pet food companys our pets ate what was the meal for the evening.Never heard how they were poisoned or grew ill eating regular table food. I love my dog for all he’s worth and i find the time to cook him real chicken and real beef. No byproducts in real food.

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    • Thanks to the pet food industry they scared everyone away from feeding their own pets. They demonized table scraps.

      Imagine if human-food companies said you can’t possibly feed your own children, you’ll screw it up. So, everything you feed your kids has to come out of a can or a bag?

      Bullshit.

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      • Not to go off topic, but as to your comment about if companies had told parents that human food is bad for children..etc: In the 40s this was actually an issue. Parents were being told (by a leading pediatrician no less) that formula was better for babies than breast feeding. This led to millions of women not breastfeeding (with all the natural benefits) in favor of formula (wherein lay allergy risks). The original books by Dr. Spock pushed the formula issue the most.

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        • How true. The company mostly responsible for pushing (marketing) this erroneous notion was none other than Nestle (Purina) – a despicable practice that continues today in some third world countries.

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    • I checked with my vet and i prepare meals that include chicken.ground beef. sweet potato’s and brown rice. She has more energy a better coat and very solid stool.

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      • I don’t have dogs – just cats. I do not recommend dry food for cats. Fresh food is always preferable to highly processed dry cooked food. Dehydrated raw food is OK, though.

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  46. Nothing has convinced me to change my opinion of Blue. Works great for our two dogs. if your dogs get sick or react to anything the sensible thing to have done BEFORE you fed your dog was to read the label. For any food, not just BB. Not all Blue contains chicken or by-products. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. The poison label is unfounded. Perhaps you should worry but flea chemicals more.

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  47. I find it hilarious that Purina has any rights to complain about what others put it their dog food. We just lost our 13yr old only 2 to 3 weeks after switching to Beneful due to kidney failure. Purina is well aware that propylene glycol is killing our fur kids and are doing nothing about it. I would like to think I could trust a dog food because by rights, I should be able to since that is their business… keeping our fur babies healthy and living life. Shame on you Purina for trying to act as though you are above everyone else and please don’t get me wrong, if in fact other dog foods are not being honest; it should be brought out but you are doing the same thing!

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    • Maybe research before you feed your dogs some s…. In a bag. I only trust me to feed my dogs, prey model raw, vegs, organic!

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    • My sheltie lived to the ripe old age of 16 eating Purina………my now 7 year old golden retriever also eats Purina and acts like a three year old………I think a lot of these new dog food companies jumped on a band wagon and said “oh you need to buy our product…free of this and free of that….we will charge you more because it is better for you pet……I call bullshit

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  48. You should check your facts on what constitutes animal by-products because you are incorrect. Animal by-products used in pet foods are organ meat and bone meal that and are very high in nutritional value. They are not allowed to contain any intestinal material, hooves, chicken feet, beaks etc. by AAFCO guidlines. The word “by-product” simply means what is left after the animal has been butchered for human use (skeletal muscle removed). Follow this link to (properly) educate yourself on pet food regulations etc.

    http://www.aafco.org/Consumers

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  49. I have 2 cats, brothers, 6 years old. I decided I was going to feed the “right” and fell for the Blue Buffalo advertising. In March, one of my cats wound up with a urinary obstruction. I wound up having to take him to my regular vet and an emergency hospital. Interestingly, both vets (who hadn’t spoken with each other) asked me what I fed my cats and both mentioned that they see a lot of cats with struvite crystals who have been fed Blue Buffalo. Both said it was anecdotal, not based on any study. That was enough for me – I tell everyone I can about it. I would hate for anyone to go through what I did with my sweet boy.

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    • Many cat foods in particular are astonishingly high in phosphorous, which leads to development of urinary and kidney function issues. Even when you spend a lot, you can end up “poisoning” (how appropriate a word) your cat, despite your best intentions.

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  50. I’m am a current vet student so hopefully this can help some people:
    Blue buffalo has caused a lot of animals to come into our vet clinic. It is very high in fat so contributes to obese pets and does not give you any higher qulaity than other pet foods despite the high price. If your pet is doing well on it then by all means keep them on it, but I would not recommend someone switching to it. Blue a few years back actually killed a whole bunch of dogs cause they had a toxic level of vit D in the food- the organs got mineralized and they went into liver failure.
    Purina has also had its fair share of recalls though, mostly because of manufacturing in China. Some of Purinas products are good quality but I do not like them much because they are the company behind friskies and fancy feast which are terrible foods. Good for shelters cause they are cheap but they are advertised as good quality.
    Hills and Nutro remain my favorite brands of food- haven’t seen any recalls and hills is tested very throughly and both hills and Nutro dont put out junk food and claim it to be good.

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    • We’ve been feeding our dogs Hill’s for decades. They have been healthy, long-lived dogs. I don’t feel that Dog Food Advisor is a good source of nutrition advice because the seem fixated on grain content. Not all dogs have grain allergies, perhaps not even a majority of them. They rate Blue Buffalo highly and Hill’s very low. Our vet has always recommended Hills.

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      • Your vet recommends Hill’s because they are paid/sponsored to sell it. Blue Buffalo is a special case in the dog food industry. There are loads of other really great dog foods that are far above Hill’s. Wellness, Acana, Orijen, Fromm, Honest Kitchen … those are all amazing dog foods. The reason Hill’s foods are rated below lots of other foods is because it is loaded with grains and corn. They’re basically cheap filler ingredients that don’t add a whole lot of nutritional value.

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        • I really wish this misconception would die the death it deserves. Veterinary staff don’t get paid or sponsored to sell Hill’s or any other food. In the ten years I spent in the field as a veterinary professional I never got a single free thing from Hill’s apart from the occasional ballpoint pen and once a t-shirt when a rep happened to be at my workplace when I got covered in blood from a badly wounded dog and I didn’t have time to go home and get changed and didn’t have a spare shirt with me. I say this as someone who never worked in a single practice that didn’t sell Hill’s, so it’s not like I didn’t have much exposure to their food. You could canvass 1000 veterinary staff and they’ll all tell you the same thing. Veterinary staff who feed Hill’s pay RRP for their pet’s food same as clients do in order to qualify for multi-buy free product and need to attach receipts the same as clients do. Hill’s will not provide a free bag of food if staff are given food discounts by their employer. Most other food companies do not do this. You can have staff discount and a free bag. Of all the companies whose reps I regularly dealt with, Hill’s give you the LEAST in terms of freebies, not the most.

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    • Science Hill was very bad for one of our six cats. They were on it for years. She developed severe weight loss and hair loss and we could never figure out why and would constantly throw up her food. I switch to Blue Buffalo about a month ago and she has gained weight, her hair around has grown back, and her coat feels so good. We don’t call her our bag of bones anymore. She looks wonderful!!!!!!!!!! So Science Hill isn’t what it is all cracked up to be either and I’ve learned it all depends on what works for your pet. Science Hill use to contain only nothing but the real deal of meat like BB including vegs and fruits to begin with also which is why I switched to it from Iams years ago but noticed all it has in it now is meat by-products and no more vegs or fruits. I am sorely disappointed in what Science Hill has become!!

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  51. I have a one year old rescue kitty that loves BB, he is very healthy but after reading all these statements, I will have to find him something else to eat..he tends to “bury” any new dry food I bring into the house.What is upsetting is this is expensive food and I purchased it based on the fact that I thought it was good quality food. Are there any class actions suits against BB yet? If not..who is interesting in starting one? Feel free to contact me, caligigi@hotmail

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  52. I adopted a 13 week old Husky puppy last week. Took her to the vet for her first check up, she was given a 100% clean bill of health. Three days later she died from an allergic reaction/poisoning that closed her airway and suffocated her to death. The last thing she ate…….you guessed it! Blue Buffalo training treats. She didn’t choke on the treat either, she died 10 hrs after eating it. It was the most violent death I have ever seen, heaving and gasping for air, and vomiting……..and I was in the Marines during the Iraq war!!!! Blue Buffalo, you are forever in my sights. I hope you go bankrupt and are forced to eat the poison you so readily feed our animals. Disgrace of a company. Ohhh, and yes, she has had a necropsy done and the vet is baffled because she had perfectly healthy organs and he has ruled out Parvo or any sort of genetic fault.

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    • did you get an autopsy done and test the treats??? you could start a lawsuit over this…

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      • A necropsy is an autopsy on animals. Autopsy is only used when describing the process in humans.

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  53. I started to feed my dog BB last year. On the 4th day of mixing it with the food she had been eating she started to go into seizures. She had 14 seizures in one night and the vet bills cost several hundred dollars. Of course I didn’t feed her that food again. I e mailed the company and they denied the food ever making a dog sick I found out soon after about the law suits. So sad!

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    • It’s extraordinarily easy for any pet food manufacturer to deny the nexus between a pet’s illness and the food. I once contacted a so-called “ultra premium” manufacturer, and despite that there was simply no other opportunity for my cat to be poisoned, they denied any connection. Unless you have a veterinary statement that says “X Cat” was poisoned specifically by “X food,” you are generally out of luck.

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      • In my case, even having a veterinary statement that BB cat food poisoned my cat in 2007 (and receipts for the recalled food), BB blew off my claim. They only reimburse customers through Class Action Lawsuits.

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  54. Purina is not the worst, whichever idiot said that. Pedigree is one of the worst! Yes I work with animals , yes I rescue, yes ive worked at vet clinics, so dont even go there! And yes BB is awful!

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    • Sam, since you work with rescues you must know that most shelters depend on the affordable lines to make ends meet. While I can barely afford high-end pet food, many cannot. And if consumers, who are just barely making ends meet, had to buy the expensive foods, they might end up surrendering them – something that no one wants. While mainstream (“awful”) pet foods are not the best they do serve a purpose in a society that tosses pets away like trash, dumps them at animal shelters and are too lazy to get them spayed and neutered, they are the cheap foods feed the poor animals that languish by the millions in shelters all over the country.

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  55. Each animal’s digestive system is different just like us humans. My female golden can tolerate BB but my male golden/lab cannot. It makes him a walking fart bomb. My last two golden/lab mixes lived to 13 and 16 on Pedigree and then BB their last 4+ years with no issues. You can’t blame the food for everything wrong with your pets – they just may not be able to tolerate a certain ingredient.

    Speaking of ingredients – the point of the article was about misrepresentation of ingredients not about if the food is good or bad. If someone tells me I am buying a diamond it damn well better be a diamond.

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  56. I had a 10 year old mix breed that had gotten very sick. The vet said she was a little overweight and that her kidneys were not working very well and she had a bright grey tint over her eyes. He suggested Blue Buffalo to help her with losing weight and to see if it would help with her eyes. After 6 months on Blue Buffalo, she had lost the weight, the grey tint on her eyes was gone. She acted like a puppy again! She lived for another 7 years to an awesome age of 17!!! I have a new dog that is now 2 1/2 years old and she has never had anything but Blue Buffalo. She is a great Pyrenees mix and she has had no issues with the food. While I understand that people are upset that this food has items in it that are not supposed to be there, it is still the best food I have ever used for my dogs. There have never been any issues with this food for my pets. To me, this is still the best food out there for pets and I will continue to us it as long as it is available.

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  57. After several years of feeding my little dogs homemade food, I was a bit concerned that they might not be getting enough vitamins even though I gave them a pet multivitamin everyday. Anyhow I wanted to feed them the best & spent $57 for a bag of Blue Buffalo. It almost killed them. From Day One, they both were gulping down huge amounts of water, even during the night which they had never done. They literally sloshed when they walked. On the 5th day, my little rat terrier/chihuahua mix began vomiting & had a seizure.

    No more Blue Buffalo!

    I emailed the company & demanded a refund & finally got it. If you love your pet, don’t feed them this stuff!

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    • OMG! My dog does the same thing, he gulps water like CRAZY after he eats. I have used Blue Buffalo for many years. I want my money back. Any idea how I would go about it.

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      • Good luck with that. My cat was poisoned by BB during the 2007 recall. They stay in contact with you until you send in your claim information. In my case, they confirmed that they received my claim, never contacted me again, and stopped replying to emails (I like everything in writing). I filed a claim with the BBB, and as I expected, they didn’t reply to the BBB’s contact either. They have an “F” rating, by the way.

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        • That is disgraceful. They should be ashamed of themselves. I hope their IPO tanks. And that Nestle-Purina hangs them out to dry in court and that all the petsumers that are suing BB will at the very least have their day in court.

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          • There was a class action lawsuit against BB after the 2007 recall. I’m not the only one who submitted a claim that was ignored. Unfortunately it was awhile later and I was no longer following the recall blogs, so I missed it. BB’s president sent an email to everyone 1 day after the close date for customers to get involved in the class action lawsuit. The way they handled themselves every step along the way after the recall was to scapegoat all responsibility. I’ve spent thousands of dollars for vet bills related to the kidney failure that my cat experienced from being poisoned by their food, and I nearly lost her in the beginning. I think they’re a moral-less company that NEVER does the right thing. I’m glad they’re being sued.

          • From what you say this an evil, despicable, company that has no business being in business, much less selling pet food. I hope their IPO tanks and that consumers have their day in court – this batch of consumers anyway. I’m sorry you missed out on it. Perhaps these class actions will be retroactive – dating back to when the errors in manufacturing may have begun. They do that because many consumers could not have known about the problems until after they are discovered, before it all became public knowledge.

  58. I had a yorkie on BB for most of her life, but it was cut short at 11; which is at least a few years short for a yorkie. Not sure that i attribute any or all of it to BB. But some of her failures do have me wondering. Because it was recent, I try not to think about what other r food may have had to do with it. I did switch her at one point to a raw freeze dried brand made in Boulder called I and Love and You, and I really loved it because I knew exactly what we were getting. My new puppy just started on one of BB’s puppy formulas. I have been struggling, because she now has diarrhea, and has to go in the middle of the night a few times; which is a new thing for her. Also, has she terrible gas on this formula. Enough to clear a room at her teeny 12 pounds. Shocking. Looks like the trust I had in BB wasn’t what I thought. Back to the raw freeze dried food. I adore the I and Love and you brand and will happily use them again! Based on comments, I think that’s our best plan. Good luck with what everyone feels is best for their babies.

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    • Try using Fromm Grain free Formula dog food (avoid the puppy or gold formulas) And be sure to buy a different “Flavor” after each bag. Avoid dropping dry foods into a feeding container unless you wash it out with Hot water & soap after it empties (oils go rancid, attach to the fresh food and can cause the stomach issues you are describing) Also add any scraps of people food (NO CARBS!!) of certain/safe Veggies, Fruit & meat scraps in each meal. Feel free to contact me for more detailed info on how to feed healthy from home. I find it extremely time saving & convenient feeding “human grade” food.

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      • Am wondering why you say to avoid the Fromm Gold brands? I really appreciate your response! Thank you so much!

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      • Also wondering why you say to avoid FROMM Gold. I feed my 3 Goldens and 1 BC Fromm Gold and have seen a drastic improvement in coats and energy levels. I’ve heard that I should switch the protein source with every other bag which I haven’t done yet.

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  59. Shame on this blogger for being a Purina shill and lazy in posting disparaging remarks with no attempts to look at the facts…read the court documents and then post with an informed view vs. reposting Purina PR as fact. The only bullshitter here is this blogger

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  60. In a nutshell dogs are easier to feed than cats. Dogs are omnivores, but cats are oblique carnivores. However while pet food is easy to buy and makes our lives easier. Both Dog and especially Cat food is best made at home with an added taurine supplement (either powder or from organs that are high in taurine). It is a pain in the tush but you will have healthier pets. I have actually found that a mackerel, tune, chicken, taurine mix is cheaper and our 20 cats do much better on it. Our dogs get boiled meat with a veggie mix and thrive. No recalls or health issues here. I do all this and I own a livestock feed store, so have easy access to pet food.

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      • So do you barely afford high-end pet food or do you make your own! At least try to keep your stories straight.

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        • Both. I don’t have two stories. When I have time I make my own, but when I don’t I buy Honest Kitchen. Yes, it’s expensive, but the alternative is something I cannot consider: the ill health of my cats and vet bills. I live on a fixed income, so yes, it is a hardship. In fact, right now, my computer is on it’s last leg, I need glasses, my car is broken, I can’t afford to get my teeth done, and on and on and on. But that’s how it is for most people today. Life is a struggle at times. But at least I have my health, and my cats health, and I have a roof over my head. And for that I am grateful. Does that answer your question?

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          • I’ve fed BB to my 3 Shih Tzu’s since they became part of my family 6 and 5 years ago (two are 6 years old). Two were rescue babies. I switched to a different flavor/blend of BB every month.

            They seemed to do well on BB until this past year (2014) when they started refusing to eat it. They would eat one so I stuck with that. Now, they don’t even want to eat that one.

            I’ve noticed a very peculiar odor from it – sort of a medicinal/metallic scent.

            My 3 have started drinking water like crazy – gulping it down every few hours day and night – one has even started to cough, gag, and vomit on a regular basis. I’m concerned about this and so is my vet – and he suggested I try a “raw” diet/basically a human grade/home made diet..

            I want to find a new food for them but not sure what is good and what is bad. I’m supplementing them right now with human grade foods – they love veggies and some fruits – and I do know what is safe and not safe in the human range for dogs to consume.

            I’m interested in the food you mentioned – Honest Kitchen. I’ve never seen it anywhere in this area. Could/would you tell me where I can find it, please?

          • Thank you very much for the info. I’ll definitely check them out!

    • Yeah, my family would be better off if we raised our own cows and chickens and grew our own vegetables, too. We live in the city, work full time, and have five pets. It’s not happening. I’m also not interested in cooking for dogs and cats (been there, done that). Your claim that the pets will be “healthier,” is based upon what data? Anecdotes don’t mean anything. And if you’ve never dealt with a human-food recall, count yourself lucky.

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  61. Hey Purina…how about you clean up your own backyard before you start accusing other companies of bullshit. Your products which include Beneful and Cat Chow have ingredients in them which are so not necessary for pet consumption. Animals do not need colouring agents in their food, they don’t care about the colour, they care about the smell and the flavour. Adding chemical colouring just adds more chemicals to our animals’ systems in a world that is so chemical based. I don’t want extra chemicals in my pet food so I decided a long time ago to write you off…which is too bad because being a Canadian company I truly wanted to support you.

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    • I agree, however, Purina did not base their advertising on false and misleading assertions. Now, had they claimed their food did not contain any of those ingredients and a competitor tested the food and found them in their formulas…Lawsuit time!

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    • hey Anonymous, Blue Buffalo food is significantly more expensive than Purina and is presented as so much higher quality, Purina Dog Chow had never had a recall and does not advertise on Pitbull hater websites like Blue Buffalo does. I have fed Dog Chow to my dogs for 20 years and they all lived healthy happy lives – Rottweilers died at 12.5 and 12 years old, my GSP was 15, my Springer 15, all very long lives. All had great looking coats. Food snobs like yourself can feel better that you are paying $60 a bag and as such you must love your dog so much more than all those who feed them cheap food, but as the article states your snobbery is easy prey for companies like Blue Buffalo.

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      • Really? BB is more expensive? You have to feed twice to three times the amount of Purina. Just because a bag of food is more expensive it all depends on how long it lasts. A little math goes a long way. Sort of like the people who think they save money with ethanol gas but get worse gas mileage and destroy their engines.

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        • If you really want your money’s worth try a food they can actually digest. Both foods are crap in my estimation – regardless of the price per pound or consumption rates.

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    • Anonymous- I would like to know: do you have a degree in veterinary nutrition or animal nutrition? Can you back YOUR claims up with facts? I highly doubt this since you are, after all, “anonymous”.

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  62. to anonymous from May 18 about her brothers dog dying questioning purina dog food. My dog also acquired cancer of the spleen and passed just two weeks ago. It was attributed when we gave three vaccines in a matter of two weeks(rabies, distemper and bordetella) NEVER give a combination of vaccines in dogs. Spread them out six months at a time. The LIVE serum can be too much for a dogs spleen to fight off. I never knew this and now am spreading the word to others. I miss my dog terribly and don’t want other people to lose their fur baby like I did not knowing this information. This cancer is common and is called Hermangiosarcoma.

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  63. We switched to BB because our dog had fatty cysts. We started her on the adult weight formula the cysts went away but she now has had 2 pre cancerous tumors removed and I just found another one. She will be 8 in December. We have decided not to get this one removed because we just can’t afford to do it and we don’t want to have to keep having her endure surgeries. It makes me wonder if it is the dog food. Will be changing brands and will not go back to BB.

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  64. My Puppy Dakota was throwing up all the time& having Dirrahea all the time !!! I swore by the dog food the place where I bought her said that they have been feeding it to her I continued for another two years I was spending a lot of money at the vets!!!! Finally switched her to Merrick she does not itch scratch anymore! Or have watery Dirrahea her eating has improved!!! Totally wrong Blue buffalo messed with my loved one !!

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  65. Just more proof that you’d better assume there are no good commercial pet foods. And do any of the differences in the ingredients even matter? I’d say not, considering meat products in commercial kibbles can be 4D meats, whether they are by-products or not. Not to mention what the rendering process itself does to the nutrients in any materials used. The only way is to feed whole foods, control the ingredients YOURSELF. As you would do for ANY of your ‘kids’!

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  66. If you actually read the bag BB says by-products Taste of the Wild is my go to now & my dogs (&cats) love it & itching stopped

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    • Taste of the Wild is made by Diamond… another super food with issues… lots of recalls… might want to try Earthborn foods… very similar.. higher quality and NOT made by Diamond (the Death squad, as I call them)

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  67. Thank you for posting this. I have been feeding my cats BB for years thinking it was better and safer than all the other brands. This is helpful, but now I need to switch brands and do not know what to switch to. Can someone point me in the direction of a food for cats that is completely natural and without health risks?

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    • I have had lots of cats in my life (I’m old). When I was young I always bought good brands of cat food and things seemed to be fine. My cats were generally pretty healthy. Starting around 15 years ago I really I came to the conclusion that something was wrong with the cat food. My cats were having to many health issues (polyps, tumors, sinus problems, urinary problems, cancer, heart disease,) So I kept switching from one brand of cat food to another to see if their health would improve. I had to wonder, why are they always vomiting up their food. I did that for maybe 10 years and things just got worse. So I took them off of store bought food and started making their food myself. It is simple I buy whole chickens on sale, I stick one in the crockpot with a little seasoning salt and a vegan vegie boullion cube , put the lid on, no water or anything and let it cook over night on low. In the morning I drain the chicken and save the broth. Then I debone the chicken and save all the meat, skin, and any organ meat that might come with the chicken. Now add about half of the broth from the chicken to the meat and process in food processor, or blender, or you could even you a stick blender. Add as much of the liquid as you need to get the consistency your cats like. Then I get out my cupcake pan, oil it a little, and scoop the chicken into each cup then freeze. After they are frozen I put them in gallon plastic bags. I thaw out what I need each day. I also give my cats cat vitamins five days a week. I still buy some dry food like the Wellness brand no grain from the pet store. My cats eat mostly the chicken meat, but sometimes they like a little dry food and the Wellness brand is the best I can find around my area. After one year of this diet my cats were doing really good. Vomiting is almost non existent, my cat with sinus problem greatly improved, My cat with cancer has also improved. My young cats are beautiful healthy lively. I don’t know what is wrong with most store bought cat food but I don’t think it is good for cats.

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    • Amanda B.
      Nature’s Variety is a very good brand. They offer kibble in several varieties, raw food, raw(dehydrated), and cans. Instinct is their best line for cats imo. It’s completely grain-free. (Their Prairie line however does contain grains). They also do their own manufacturing.

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    • After many years of not really paying attention to what we fed our cat, I rescued a tiny kitten and wanted to give him the best start in life I could. I did a lot of research and settled on Nature’s Variety Instinct canned (and a little of the dry kibble and treats), Ziwi Peak canned and Taste of the Wild canned. My goodness … Our 15-year old cat that had gained too much weight and became lethargic started getting down to a healthier weight, eating more, and her spunk returned. The almost-dead kitten I rescued went from poor, malnourished wretch to shimmering black panther in one month flat. They both love the food.

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      • Depending on your location, Mauri is a great new brand that makes a variety of single, novel protein canned food formulas for cats including: venison, frost fish, hoki fish, unagi eel, kangaroo and brush tail. I just wanted to let you know about this brand, because its protein sources come from New Zealand, similarly to Ziwi Peak, but it is slightly more economical. Just thought you might be interested after reading your comments!

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    • I give my cat Wellness as she has a sensitive digestive system and is picky with her flavours. She loves it and it has quality ingredients. When we first got her she had diarrhea a lot and now her digestion is completely normal and her coat is gorgeous. My sister feeds it to her cat and she loves it

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    • Try Merrick. I switched my cats 3 months ago due to the unsettling information about illness and BB that was popping up online. I researched and talked to my vet. Merrick was the best decision.

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      • I just wanted to let you know that Merrick was recently purchased by Nestle Purina, along with Castor & Pollux. Within the past few months, Merrick had already added caramel color (a known carcinogen) to several of their formulas, so I am sure that following the purchase by Nestle Purina, there is a good chance that they may continue to cheapen their ingredient list and/or sourcing of the ingredients. Just something to look out for in the near/distant future! If you feed canned, I would recommend Wild Calling, Mauri, Tiki Cat, Nature’s Variety, Nature’s Logic, Party Animal, Ziwi Peak, among others. If you feed dry food, Nature’s Logic, Nature’s Variety and Now!/Go! (both formulas made by Petcurean) are great alternatives if ever interested in switching brands due to possible concerns following Purina’s purchase.

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      • Merrill has been purchased by one of the big manufacturers so how will they recoup their money for purchase? Hopefully not with cheaper ingredients

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    • Honest Kitchen is amazing if your cats will it (it’s dehydrated food that you mix with water). My cats wouldn’t, unfortunately. Hound & Gatos is a good minimal ingredient food, no recalls, and a smaller company. That’s what I feed my cats.

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  68. I have used several premium brand kibbles, in addition to a balanced raw diet. I have tried BB, because it is popular and a bit cheaper than many of the other brands I use. I have always been suspicious of it. My animals (dogs and cats) don’t like it and it has the same mass produced smell and texture of low grade foods like Purina. I’m not surprised to hear that it has by-products in it. Even with that said, I think it is probably a pretty good food for it’s price range and there is a reason it is cheaper than most premium food brands.

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  69. My dog seems to like BB, but he also likes to eat dogshit he finds on our walks in the neighborhood.

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      • I have the same issue as Wrong Number. I don’t use BB but I feed my dogs a healthy diet and one still eats crap. Spoke to the vet and it’s far likely not dietary but just an obnoxious behavioral issue. And super gross…he prefers our other dog’s shit which is heavy in carrots.

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    • Fact is, dogs will eat shit, whether you see it or not. Even in the wilderness, where we practice cat-sanitation, we often find our holes dug up by coyotes and the contents consumed. Think about that when your dog licks your (or your child’s) face . . . .

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    • try putting your dog on vitamin Bcomplex…my girl always ate poopsicles in winter but when i added that vitamin in her diet she never touched them again.

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  70. I fed my cat BB when she was around 15 and lived to a ripe age of 17. She did great on it; she slimmed down to a healthy weight and her fur was a lot softer. She had a lot more energy as well for being an elderly cat then she did when she was on Purina. It makes me sad to read this article but regardless I think she was a lot happier in her last days. RIP Zildjian <3

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  71. Our wonderful vets have been adamant about not feeding our fur babies BB. He said there were too many ingredients that were potentially harmful. They did not suggest the brand they sell. I, too, thought I was being a good mommy buying the expensive BB because it was supposed to be so healthy.

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  72. I would never go to my medical doctor for dietary advice……….I am a health care worker. We do lots of rescues and there are great pet food recipes out there. Protein, veggies, a bit of rosemary, oatmeal or rice depending on your pets’ bowels. I buy organ meat from the chicken lady really inexpensively and can cook a batch up quickly.
    We still give our cat kids kibble as they enjoy it but we also share our real food.
    Our last cat lived a healthy life to age 22.

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    • Being a health care worker you should know better than to recommend rosemary without a warning to pet owners who’s dogs have seizure disorders or could potentially have them. You should also not be feeding a diet made up of purely organ meat – muscle meat is very important.
      Cats require meat more than dogs, so why would you feed your cat kibble?

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  73. I resent some of the comments here that imply that people are either irresponsible or just don’t care about their dogs if they don’t spend a fortune on the food they feed them. Those statements are ignorant and rude. We have three dogs and two cats, all of which were part of our family for a long time. The recession forced our family to cut back hugely on our expenses, and our budget tightened tremendously. To suggest we shouldn’t own a dog, as one poster did, because we can’t afford highest priced foods is outrageous. That being said, I feed my dogs Purina One. Am I happy about it? Not really. But I don’t have much option right now. And honestly, the dogs all seem very healthy and very happy. I do sometimes get very nervous reading about the things in dog dry food and I really wish there was another option for my pups. This whole BB scandal got me good and concerned. I wish there was an affordable and healthy brand option for dogs. It would be damn nice if someone would create it.

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    • To everyone feeding Blue Buffalo- they did not fail you or your pet- YOU DID. For whatever reason- your friend feeds it, you saw the commercials, you got a free sample and they liked the food, you tried the True Blue test—- YOU didn’t do enough research. This is no surprise to anyone who has ever looked at the back of a bag of Blue Buffalo, or whom did any digging at all.

      Here is another thing- Blue isn’t alone in these deceptive practices- they are all doing it at some level or another. That fact that kibble is regulated as if it was FEED and not FOOD should tell you everything you need to know.

      Do some digging. Cook your pet it’s own food, or feed a prepared raw food. If not, really dig deep and find the better kibble companies. It’s true that not every high priced food is better in quality- there is typically a distinct reason why one food is $90 for a 28.6lb bag, and one is $55 for 30lbs. More importantly, stop shopping at mass retailers that won’t clue you in to these things. Shop at independent pet retailers that will talk with you honestly about pet food.

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  74. I am angry to know that Blue Buffalo would deceive pet owners like this. A refund will not help me at this point. I buried my BFF (Best Furry Friend) last year. With tears in my eyes I remember talking to a Blue Buffalo representative in the pet store. I told her that I was looking for the best food for my aging dog because I wanted to keep him around as long as possible. About 8 months later he started acting differently. And, six months later he died with cancer of the mouth that was spread to his sinus. I am angry that while trying to feed him what I thought was the best food Blue Buffalo didn’t care about animals that may have been sick.

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    • For the last few years of my Chi-mix furbaby’s life, I fed her BB. She developed Lymphoma a year and a half later into eating it, and passed away six months later. But since she was getting older, 13 years old, I wanted to feed her what I thought was a better food. I should have stuck to the cheaper food. I lost my very best fur-friend and baby. She cannot be replaced.

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    • My brother’s dog was fed Purina (I know this is not the company the article is about) and he was 8 while outside on a walk he laid down and would not get up. Found out he had a tumor in his spleen and it ruptured and was leaking and it put him into shock. Unfortunately, there was only a 25% chance he would survive the surgery and even if successful, a 25% chance he would live another 2 months so we put him down in order to spare him the pain. Is it possible have had just been unlucky in developing it on his own? Yes. Do I think the food at the very least contributed to this? Absolutely. I’m not really sure what else could be done unless you feed them uncooked or cooked boneless chicken breasts and make up something else like some rice or something to go along with it. Seems like all BB cares about is making money and you can just ____ off. It’s disgusting but unfortunately again, a lot of companies don’t give a four letter word about you and your little dog too.

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  75. I think they should gives us our money BACK…. They made enough from everyone who bought it!!!!! I switched cause I was told it was all natural. And I have six dogs

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  76. I have fed Blue Buffalo for years after switching from Purina’s vile Beneful. Let’s not forget that Purina themselves are currently defendants in a lawsuit alleging that Beneful has actually killed thousands of dogs. In my book, that’s a much more serious accusation. While Blue most certainly should have been testing the batches themselves and caught this before one of their competitors did, they DID inform customers of the issue and that they had dropped that particular supplier back in October 2014. This is nothing different than what they said then. As I obviously paid premium bucks for a not-premium product at some point last year I would have appreciated some sort of voucher but as far as I’m aware there’s no membership program and literally no way to prove I bought the product a year ago, it’s simply impossible. This does not convince me to stop using Blue, especially when my dog is in excellent health at 10 years old, and I do not feel as though I’ve been bullshitted any more than any other marketing is bullshit. If I switched to anything I’d be switching to homemade dog food instead of another brand. If you’d like further indication that those in the know don’t think this was handled improperly, this story is floating around on blogs, non-expert-run watchdog sites, and straight up quack sites. The story about the suit against Purina made it to legitimate news sources internationally.

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    • Actually, Blue Buffalo has NOT been telling the truth about not knowing about these byproducts. Nor have they been telling the truth when they claimed that, as you believe, when they “learned in 2014 they were getting byproducts from Wilbur-Ellis”, they immediately told their customers and dropped the the supplier.

      To the contrary, they initially denied this was happening. Indeed, when the lawsuit was filed last year, the CEO of BB assured their customers that “Blue Buffalo does not use chicken by-product meal or poultry by-product meal in any of our products.”

      By the way, BB finally admitted in court THIS MONTH that a “substantial” and “material” portion of Blue Buffalo pet food sold over the PAST SEVERAL YEARS contained poultry by-product meal. They had NOT admitted it previously! You can read the court proceedings if you’d like. They’re available online.

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      • Back in 2007, Blue Buffalo was ordering ingredients from Wilbur-Ellis. That’s where the melamine-tainted wheat gluten came from. Clearly, they don’t care how “deceitful” this supplier is. They have continued using them for almost a decade.

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  77. I am amazed at how many supposedly intelligent pet parents have bought into the blue buffalo hype. If you really care about the quality of food you feed your pets, do a little research and stay away from anything your local grocer, pet store, or vet has in stock. These mass produced and marketed brands are little more than crap in a bag. I took a pet nutrition class, and what I learned about the pet food industry in general absolutely floored me. I will never buy into the marketing hype again from the major brands. All they are interested in is your money, and keeping their stockholders happy. And your pets deserve better than this….

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    • Before the internet existed, I was sold down the river too and believed the advertising.

      Many do not realize there is a problem until their pet becomes ill and sadly the internet is not the best place for advice as many reports are anecdotal.

      Not all brands are “crap in a bag,” and there are a few manufacturers that are ethical, honest, and care deeply about animals and the product they make. I have done the research and know those companies and the owners and it takes allot more than “a little research.”

      Yes, it’s true, most major brands (like Nestle-Purina, Mars, Hills, etc.) are mediocre at best. But I really don’t think it is fair to abuse consumers for not having known better. When we know better we do better.

      You were fortunate enough to have been educated about the pet food industry via an animal nutrition course – most consumers will never have that luxury.

      Thanks for sharing!

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    • Greg share your wisdom with us. I was just thinking of trying out BB for my 2 cats aged 4 and 8.Reading this latest news now I have no clue what to feed my pets.

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  78. This really makes me sick. I’m a senior on Social Security, $800 a month. Blue is the most expensive dog food I’ve ever purchased and have used it exclusively for 2 years. The pet store keeps a record of our purchases…I want an apology and a refund!

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  79. I had a diabetic dog with pancreatitis. Vet put him on Purina DCO, he went downhill. I started to home cook and use Blue, he improved. Nine years a diabetic, he died of old age arthritis. I adopted a dog who by process of elimination was determined to be allergic to chicken, put her on Blue no-chicken, she did fine. Don’t use Blue now because Costco has comparable and cheaper but never had problem with Blue and used it for years on dogs with health issues prior to switching to it. Cats on it too but I try to reduce kibble overall to cats.

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  80. I purchased BB because I thought it was the best and healthiest food for my cat Shadow. He had not had any major health issues prior but was getting older, about 10 yrs. He started to slim up and was eating okay. He died last October 28th with no good reason or with any warning. I don’t know if BB food had anything to do with it or not but after reading all of this I am suspicious. He was my child, my buddy and my friend….I feel that I let him down and am still so hurt by his death! This should never happen in this day of technology when things can be checked so easily. This is a major CON pulled on society because people do love their pets so much. Laws should be upheld and these people made to pay for this especially if the melamine statement is true. I will never waste another dime on Blue Buffalo products!!!

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  81. Wow, get a clue people. You all do realize that in the wild, carnivores very frequently eat diseased, dying, or recently dead animals (easiest to hunt and catch) and eat all the “by product” materials of the animal that you are railing against. Wild carnivores aren’t taking down the healthy animals and just trimming off a nice piece of tenderloin for their meal. Most are not above scavenging old carcasses and will feed on a killed or scavenged carcass for weeks while it rots. You would be disgusted to see what they will eat in the wild. The chemicals used to render the by products may be a concern, but there is nothing wrong with the source material typically being used.

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    • For me, at least, it’s not how disgusting the thought of scavenging old carcasses is since I do realize that’s what they do in the wild. As you point out, it’s the chemicals that are the real concern for me. We have poisoned the food supply not just for animal feed, but for ourselves, with chemicals and then wonder why we have higher rates of things like cancer. The other issue is the relentless false advertising these companies put out. Calling something “natural” or “healthy” when it’s full of harmful chemicals is a huge lie that needs to be stopped.

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    • exactly. my dog is raw fed and i buy a bag of beef by-products (no bones or brains according to the label) from a local country market that sells frozen raw dog food. i supplement it with chicken hearts, pork liver, chicken necks with bones, etc. i also buy 80% ground chicken or beef with 20% bones mixes.
      an ideal raw diet consists of 80% meat, 10% organs and 10% bone.
      i surprised more raw feeders aren’t commenting here.
      no kibble is ‘good’ for dogs. some are less ‘bad’ than others.

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  82. This is so terrible! here you think your doing something good for your pet that is family to you. And you are being lied too. who do you trust these days.

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    • Trust is very difficult to find these days in any arena. The pet food industry is a 50 plus billion $ a year industry. Big companies pay big bucks in advertising which is not regulated in the U.S. AFCO allows Dead, Diseased, Euthanized and Road Kill Pets to be used in Pet Food. The only Trustworthy person in this country and doing everything to help Pet Owners to keep our pets healthy and live long lives is Dr. Jane Bicks. She is considered the #1 holistic /nutritional scientist and veterinarian in the U.S. Her bio will amaze you. She offers free monthly newsletters, has a ongoing blog containing almost 2 decades of educational video on any subject. The On going Pet food recall since 07 is approaching 2,000. Without her and her site we wouldn’t have updates on any of these. I found out about Lifesabundance Company 10 years ago and have shared it with hundreds of pet owners and professionals . The public needs to do their due diligence and not trust anyone until they research this site thoroughly. Scroll down and watch videos, go onto her blog and learn from the Best. No Obligation and if you choose to try anything it’s wholesale and 100# money back guarantee. My Best to You and your Pet, Tammy Brown

      http://www.PetLink2Life.com

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  83. Lying is one thing but lying and charging top dollar for less than premium food is most irritating! Glad I switched!

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    • That’s why I’m frustrated, luckily my pups are very healthy but I’m furious that I paid $50 a bag of food for just some run of the mill chow. What the hell?!

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  84. We switched to BB several years back, because we believed the marketing. Our male beagle who was overweight immediately started losing weight, and we thought aha, it’s healthier, and he’s eating more appropriately. But he kept losing weight. He ended up dead two years later of kidney failure, with damage to his kidneys, liver, and pancreas, weighing in at about 2/3 of what he should have weighed if healthy. I don’t know that BB was to blame, but I’m a lot more suspicious after reading this.

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    • A few years ago, I fed this food to my 3 cats, two of which have allergies to chicken. I bought it because there was no chicken in the ingredients. The food made all 3 cats horribly sick. They were on it about a month. If I hadn’t switched, I’m sure they would’ve all died. I’d put money on the food causing your dogs death. :(

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      • Devon, you cite an important reason, that this issue is so serious. Consumers don’t realize that they are only buying from a “manufacturer,” but the manufacturer doesn’t really make the product. And in this case– NOT unique or unusual in the industry– the “manufacturer” is not monitoring its suppliers.

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  85. When I got my puppy last March, he was being fed Purina for adult dogs and my pup was constipated. After some research and asking around (he is my first pup), I slowly (about a month) changed his food to Fromm prairie gold grain free for puppy (beef) and Fromm gold for puppy (duck with a bit of grains). I switch them every other day so he gets some variety and I mix his first meal with organic pumpkin.

    All is good as per our monthly visit to the vet for his core vaccines and exams. His daily stools are good too (helps that I have a bit of background testing human stools). The only time he vomits is when he gets in my car, my poor boy.

    This week, I started giving him a bit of Fromm salmon and chicken pate. His training treats are the freeze dried variety from Orijen. He also gets Tiki for dogs in his frozen kong puzzle toy when I leave him to go to work (got to work to support us). He gets to also share a tiny bit of my breakfast (just the fried egg whites) and plain Kefir.

    Fromm and Orijen seems to have very good track record, no controversy and my first puppy, shih tzu/pomeranian mix seems to be thriving. I can only hope that I am taking the right decision for my pup since like a child he cannot do it for himself.

    I am wishing everyone a good health for you and your fur family.

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  86. When the words by-products are used, it means dead,diseased or road kill animals including feathers and feet. Don’t take anyone else’s word for it but Dr. Jane Bicks. this Vet of 30 plus years is world renound and can answer any question you need to know. Videos explain what AFCO allow which include the above. It’s no wonder Europe and others won’t allow them to be sold there. As a pet owner, we want the best and without knowing about and having access to Dr. Jane, it’s pretty much impossible. Learn from the blog and videos and keep your pet healthy and out of the Vets office unnecessarily!!! http://www.PetLink2Life.com

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  87. We switched from Nutro Max (which was what shelter we adopted from fed) to the pricier Blue Buffalo because our Vet recommended it ! This news is very disturbing

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    • bb has never ever hurt my animals in fact it helps them use the wilderness brand its great

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  88. Feed my dogs raw meat and home made sugar free bread,plus butcher bones.healthiest diet for canines.mimics natural diet.every dog I’ve had for 43 years been just fine.keep seeing posts that have told people they shouldn’t have dogs if they use commercial dog food.wow.considering what farm dogs eat on a daily basis,feed your dog whatever they enjoy,if it doesn’t complicate their health.And always listen to your vet,not the internet.

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  89. Well, another so-called great food off the list for my cats! Natural Balance almost killed all 3 of them…now this! I’m so sick of these shoddy pet food companies! !

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  90. I heartily recommend anyone reading these posts to check out dogfoodadvisor.com. Basic membership is free, and has an abundant wealth of knowledge of pet foods available to the public, check it out! I had decided to switch from Blue Buffalo once I realized they use caramel coloring in their food. Dogs least developed sense (I’m told) is sight, and when it comes to food, I know my dogs could care less what it looks like. Smell, taste, touch, and maybe even sound are more important to a dog considering an unknown morsel, so why use caramel (or any color) coloring in dog food? While I realize marketing (e.g. business) reasons for coloring (after all, they are marketing to me, not my dog, and I’d think twice before feeding myself or my dogs blood-red color, or any unappetizing (to me) color food),they could at least use uncontroversial coloring ingredients. Caramel coloring is controversial, so if it doesn’t make any difference to the dogs, why use it?.

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    • Except that dogfoodadvisor.com rates blue Buffalo as 5 stars, if Blue Buffalo has by-products in it then it sure doesn’t deserve 5 stars.

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      • Cyndi Jones & Anonymous;
        dogfoodadvisor.com is a great source for info on recalls and such but they do not scientifically analyze the dog foods they rate. They only go by what’s printed on the products’ bags themselves. So if the manufacturer is lying about their ingredients, dogfoodadvisor wouldn’t know about it.

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  91. Last year I was trying a new higher end food for my fur babies and an employee of Petco recommended BB… never finished the bag because my youngest kitty got crystals in his pee and couldn’t control his bladder. He spent the next few months on special diet and later went back to Purina and has been okay since. I don’t have enough evidence to blame this on BB but I really wonder if I got a bag of contaminated food :(

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  92. I have been buying this based on the claim that this company did not use crap and slaughter house floor scraps. Have spent hundreds over the years based on what appears to be lies. Maybe we should find a page to start a multi million dollar class action law suite.

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  93. I’ve never fed my dog anything but BB, and when we got our second dog (rescue) we switched her from Eukaneuba to BB and she did great… she is now 10+ years old, and has the energy of a pup. I am not thrilled about the lies and mis labeling, but my dogs are happy and healthy.

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  94. I am always so amazed by the number of people who value what they read online or from their breeder over their veterinarians recommendation. Why do people even bring their pet to them and ask their opinion about foods when all they do is argue if they hear a brand veterinarians recommend that they don’t agree with? Why waste your money and ask their advice if your not going to listen to them anyhow? They went to school for years and have a DVM after their name and pass their boards but yet people value something anyone can post on the internet about foods or from someone who breeds pets for a living over a doctor. It never fails to amaze me. All I can do is shake my head and wonder why some people think the way they do.

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    • Vets who sell dry foods in their practices, do so for one reason and one reason alone, MONEY. Perhaps you should all do some studies on the history of pet nutrition and the manufacturing of pet food from the 1950’s on. Then you will clearly understand when the beginning of dis-ease and cancers began in companion animals, hardly not coincidental with the onset of that wonderful new invention of DRY FOODS (sarcasm).

      The world of pet nutrition is changing, slowly but surely. And the vets and top veterinary facilities in this country, DO NOT RECOMMEND dry foods for any companion animals. Check for yourself. Corn, wheat, soy, and gluten will cause underlying issues amongst a menagerie of other health problems.

      Too many vets practices are strictly in business for the financial gain. If they continue to sell products which will affect the health of your animals, additional services and visits will be required, chi ching ! It’s unfortunate to learn the hard way, at the expense of the lives of the poor victims, who suffer and die at the hands of incompetent veterinary care. And they always have an excuse. The same vet who killed one with an overdose for hyperthyroid disease, went on to charge $1000’s, for every test known to vet-kind, still unable to determine the cause of the unexplainable diarrhea. Gee, but funny, less than a week after completely removing Blue Buffalo Indoor Heath cat food, like MAGIC, formed, round bowel movements replaced the mess this food created. And then the subsequent vet who wanted to operate on a 19 yr old male for crystals, or start yet another directly on insulin right away. Once this crack cocaine like dry food was eliminated entirely and replaced with wet canned food and supplements were introduced to provide renal / enteric support, everything changed for all these affected cats.

      Check and see how many hours are actually dedicated to nutrition, during those “YEARS” of basic veterinary studies. You’ll be shocked to realize they are hardly qualified to make nutritional recommendations, with such a minimal amount of hours; but will gladly do so, to increase incoming revenue. Veterinary care is at best, mediocre, and I am thankful for having the vocational background and education for human nutrition, fitness, and wellness, which can be applied to the furry friends. The top veterinary facilities and specialists in this country are far and few in between, but at least I know our animals, are guaranteed the best care with the industry leaders and specialists. And it’s a relief to have an intelligent conversation with like minded professionals, when it comes to nutrition.

      I feel so sorry for the animals being fed not only Blue Buffalo, but Science Diet, Royal Canine as well as any other dry foods. And the ones who are surrendered by owners to shelters and KILLED for litter pan issues and urinating outside the box. Anyone who has ever suffered a kidney infections, knows the discomfort and pain associated with this, and imagine the poor animals who cannot express their pain any other way, and continuing to be fed dry food, ruining their kidneys, affecting their heath, and causing their untimely deaths.

      And for everyone who believes annual vaccinations are necessary, check and see how many decades it’s been since the last reported case of rabies was documented for indoor pets. The health consequences of over vaccinating pets is another area, critical for people to educate themselves on, TITER TESTING is the way of the future.
      Rip Ringo, it wasn’t bad enough your poor leg had to be amputated for that sarcoma caused by being over vaccinated for rabies, that of course, your wondeful veterinarian had no qualms of administering.

      CHI CHING, CHI CHING, CHI CHING. WAKE UP PEOPLE, WAKE UP.

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      • Christine,
        I agree wholeheartedly with your statement, especially the part about veterinarians and the importance of titer testing. I take all of my pets to the vet every year for their check ups and I’m constantly having to argue with them NOT to give them anymore vaccinations. The “shot every year” system was only put into place to insure that pet owners would bring their pets in regularly, not for any health benefits, beyond the initial dose. But due to state law, I MUST have my dog vaccinated regularly for rabies and distemper or be denied a dog license, which of course is the law…own a dog, it must be licensed. I also feed my animals homemade diets. My cats eat raw food and the look of horror on vets’ faces is priceless. I don’t know what they think I’m feeding them but it is very well balanced and carefully prepared. Since taking my dog off of kibble 3+ years ago, he no longer suffers from gas, weight gain, diarrhea, ear infections or tartar build up on his teeth. He is shiny, slim, and full of energy. His homemade diet is also less expensive than those “premium” foods on pet store shelves. Yes it’s a bit more work to prepare but, I’m already cooking for the humans in my household, why should my pets get cheated out of good, healthy food? And all that crap you heard growing up about, “never feed your pets table scraps”, is just that, crap. That was a genius marketing campaign invented by Purina to get people to buy their dry kibble. It was only made for convenience, nothing more.

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        • I too fed my cats the raw diet when I first purchased them, and they did very well. They started to become bored w/ it and I switched to Fancy Feast caned and Taste of the Wild dry.
          I would have preferred to keep them on raw but I gave in to their wishes. They are 6 yrs old now and doing fine, so far.

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    • You can’t always trust a vet… When one of my cats was finally diagnosed with a chicken allergy, my vet recommended their own hypoallergenic cat food for her. I tried it and didn’t see an improvement. That’s when I checked the ingredients and noticed there was in fact chicken in it. I pointed this out on the next vet visit. The vet had no idea.

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  95. I am always so amazed by the number of people who value what they read online or from their breeder over their veterinarians recommendation. Why do people even bring their pet to them and ask their opinion about foods when all they do is argue if they hear a brand veterinarians recommend that they don’t agree with? Why waste your money and ask their advice if your not going to listen to them anyhow? They went to school for years and have a DVM after their name and pass their boards but yet people value something anyone can post on the internet about foods or from someone who breeds pets for a living over a doctor. It never fails to amaze me. All I can do is shake my head and wonder why some people think the way they do.

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    • anonymous;
      Veterinarians do not learn anything about animal nutrition in vet school. The only course offered is lectured by representatives from the 3 biggies: Purina, Hills Science Diet and Iams. They are taught how to sell their products in their offices. This was admitted to me by at least 2 veterinarians in the last 10 years. It is NEVER a waste of time to research and learn about the food you are feeding your pets and the companies that produce it. Things are changing all of the time. There are corporate buy outs, ie: Iams being sold to P & G in the 1990’s. I was feeding my cat Iams at the time this sale occurred. When the new “revised” cat food formula hit the shelves, my cat started having bloody stools which took my vet a while to figure out it was his food. Iams went from being a quality food to bargain basement crap that made my cat very sick. Yes vets go to school for years but unfortunately, nutrition is not one of the subjects that is offered.

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  96. I am totally shocked on this one! Have been feeding my dog blue for 3 years now she has never had any of theese problems. She never vomits or had bad bowels….my 15 year old cat is still doing good on this food has lots of energy…my 2 year old male cat has never ever got sick or vomit from this bb food either…so crazy my best friend switched her dog to bb and has never been sick after the change…????? until i see a difference in my animals from this food i will not take them off of this!! People really need to read this guys story about his dog food and why he went into business! !!

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    • Its not the same story that his marketing campaign put out for everyone else as when he has his reps go out to major stores to train them on how to sell the food in major stores. I’ve had to sit through those because of where I worked in the past. Young dogs coming into the hospital with liver issues who have only been on that food from the time they were weaned, kittens with urinary tract infections and full of crystals at very young ages. How about the story of his personal dog Blue having cancer and him putting the animal on this food and that is why it is labeled to extend your pets life and is listed as holistic, while he was actually paying for chemo treatment for his dog. Also bet they didn’t tell you that the entire nutrients that your pets need could be found in the life source bits which most pets hated eating because of how bad they tasted and the actual kibble being filler. Also most animals with allergies are not actually allergic to corn! Its usually the protein source that they have issues with!

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  97. Sons mini-Aussie died, only fed BB of bowel irritation per vet.(15weeks of age). Food recommend by breeder

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    • I agree with you there,except, When any pet food is sold to the major stores, they are kept in warehouses so there is always supply. These foods sit in uncontrolled temperature trucks, on shipping docks (rat fecies and disease on outside of bags go straight into your home) and average 18 months in the U.S. Before our pets actually get the bag. After 6months, what is written on the bag begins to loose it’s nutritional stated value and eventually becomes old. Our pets deserve strict guidelines and way more than AFCO allow. video of AFCO pres saying sure, your next door neighbor’s dead dog “fluffy ” could be in your pet food, it’s protein! Take a closer look. Scroll down and watch videos and ingredient comparisons http://www.PetLink2Life.com
      Best thing I ever did for my pets 10 years ago!!!!

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  98. I own 4 cats down from the 6 I had so I thought I could afford to pay for a better product. I have have made 3 trips to the vet because the cats cough like they are dying, have gas and running stools. My vet told me to return the BB and the problems have cleared up. I don’t like companies that play with my cats health. Where the lawsuit?

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  99. Great scam you got going here. Badmouth products, insist you’re “the expert” and want “the consumer” to pay you $50 for your opinion. Wow. Plus a book worth $18 million in sales. But no real information on pet foods.

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  100. I have feed my cats bb because of the claim someone needs to sue them for not giving us what we paid for

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  101. I am extremely angry and don’t take it too kindly being ripped off! No wonder why this 6 1/2 month old pup is always hungry and his stools are always runny. Always has gas. I only purchase this product because my husband is a health nut and wanted the best for the newest member of the family. I will never purchase any products by Buffalo Blue again. No control of the suppliers is totally bull shit. I just suspect that the chairman didn’t think that he would get caught.

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    • Switch to Royal Canin or Eukaneuba. Unlike BB, they don’t farm out their manufacturing, they have veterinary nutritionists on staff and they verify the ingredients of their foods. If you don’t mind paying a premium price, at least get premium food.

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      • Bothe Royal Canine and Eukaneuba are full of corn, by-products and fillers. Read the label. My 6 cats have been on B.B. for 3yrs and have no problems, vet calls or anything else. They are silky, never throw up, energetic, smart and extremely healthy, including my 16yr old, playful and ” in charge” I will never switch.

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        • since when did Royal Canine have corn, the one I fed had no corn listed, I switched over to diamond naturals when RC decided to shrink the bag size and raise the price several dollars.

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          • Holly,
            Diamond Naturals has had it’s fair share of problems. It’s products are produced in plants that are ‘shared’ with other pet foods being processed there also. So, ingredients can be mixed and picked up from the machinery etc. Their products have been recalled many times. I personally would not use any Diamond Natural products for that reason. I do hope you have continued good luck.

          • Don’t forget about the massive pet food recall back in 2007 ! Royal Canine, Diamond all 4,000 plus products were made in the same facilities. If one product is compromised, it can get into all of them. they were all taken off the shelves. Mass production of pet products not only runs that risk but has to keep up with need for having enough product to supply all the stores. The bags often sit at rat infested shipping docks( that’s how so many tainted bags over the years caused human salmonella poisoning). Only way to ensure safety, trust and real cutting edge news is to watch up to date news video, learn about necessary advice given by the top Holistic Vet/Nutritional Scientist in our nation Dr. Jane Bicks. Her bio is extraordinary and is on the site www PetLink2Life.com
            Just continue to scroll down to watch important news video, check out the blog which has been ongoing for almost 2 decades. A free monthly newsletter gives fantastic info necessary to stay on top of your pets needs. The company has Lifesabundance has never had a recall. That is why the company doubled in size and moved into a new facility. I’m thankful I found it 10 plus years ago and have never been disappointed. All my best to you and your Pets! Tammy Brown http://www.PetLink2Life.com

            P.S There is a price comparison area which will amaze you because there are no middle men!! They offer wholesale prices to everyone and are at your door in 2-3 business days and all products are 100% money back guaranteed!!

  102. What happened to good ol’ Alpo? While growing up, we never had issues with our fourteen year old dog who loved Alpo.

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  103. While I am disturbed by BB’s lack of transparency and failure to own up to misleading advertising (whether deliberate or not) I’ve fed my dogs BB for years. I foster dogs and have had an even dozen through here in the past two years, and all have been healthy and in good coat. No vomiting or other issues.

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  104. Well,I am not surprised they all lie and yes you too Blue . You better hope my cat that has kidney failure was not caused by your so called great food. You can’t trust anyone or anything anymore in the country I Love. Stop letting other countries do the dirty work because it’s cheaper. Companies are getting CHEAPER ALL YOU WANT IS EVIL MONEY YOU DON’T CARE, ANYONE SURPRISED? NO I HATE WHAT THIS GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS BECOME. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. PEOPLE YOU BETTER WAKE UP BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. BUT YOU WANT TO GREELY. I WILL NEVER BUY YOUR FOOD AGAIN AND I’LL SPREAD WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

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  105. I have fed my boxer who is 2 blue buffalo and he likes it but would always throw up and I thought it was due to boxer stomach. He’s underweight and I feed him so much and this could be the reason why.i really thought blue buffalo was a top dog food. I recently got a puppy a mastador and he eats bb puppy food.
    I will def change my dog food anyone know of a great food to get??

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      • Mollie, Susan Thixton charges for that list, this to me is just another “snake oil” salesman stunt to make money. better off going to http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com which rates dog food by the ingredents listed on the bag and figures the amount of protien, fiber etc. Why pay for something you can get free. Are you getting kick back for “promoting” her website. For the record Purina is one of the worst companies out there, I refuse to feed their brand to any species they cater too. I will stick with Manna Pro on our rabbits thank you very much.

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  106. Exactly why my dogs were taken off commercial foods & placed on a raw diet 6yrs ago. Their skin & fur is healthier, teeth are all still there & healthy w/only a minimal amount of tartar on the geriatric (16yo) Pomeranians-unheard of-& we never once brushed them, allergies disappeared & haven’t had a single health problem since. Proof is in the pudding for me, feed a dog what they’re MEANT to eat & all is well, otherwise…ppl are killing their pets out of laziness. JS

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    • yes!
      when dog’s food is cooked, it doesn’t have the same nutritional benefits that it does raw.
      aside from the ‘icky’ factor, it’s much more convenient than cooking for your dog.
      polly eats raw ground chicken/bone mix, ground beef/bone mix, beef by-products, ground bone, chicken necks, pork chops, liver, hearts, marrow bones, water packed tuna and sardines, the occasional plain yogurt and more. i’m lucky in that i’ve found a local abattoir that packages frozen raw dog food and it’s definitely less expensive than a ‘good’ kibble.

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  107. What does it matter either way what’s in the pet food? If the dog or cat where wild they’d be eating the whole carcass of said animals. Dogs eat way more grosser things. So I really wouldn’t worry about it

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  108. I have used this brand for 4 years no problems! The headline article says poisoning? No where in the artical does it state one dog or cat has been poisoned . sounds like it was written by a Purina spokesman. Although , I do not like the fact they lied, and they are responsible for the suppliers ! Get it together Blue. I also noticed some of the products that were mentioned by people here in their responses to the artical HAVE BEEN RECALLED!

    I make my four scotties food and only give BB dry as a snack.

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  109. I dont’ know what to think…I thought I was buying a grain free top notch product…so what is the recommendation for cat and dog food? It appears everyting has been adulterated.

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    • The veterinarian that I work for reccomends: Royal Canin, Eukaneuba/iams, Purina one or pro plan, and hills/science diet.

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    • Orijen pet food is made in their own facility in Canada and they are very transparent about how & where their ingredients are sourced. They are also truly grain-free. They also make “Acana” which is their slightly less expensive line which is also very good but some have grains and some are grain-free. They are only sold at small, specialty pet stores and online.

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    • Don’t worry, there is a grain free pet food with zero of the issues going throughout the U.S. Concerning pet food. Do your due diligence for your pets and your wallet. http://www.Petlink2Life.com Scroll down to watch videos and learn from the blog maintained for over 10 years. I thank God someone introduced me !!!

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  110. Okay I don’t feed my dogs or cats blue but know people that do and never have had any issues all food to me is basically the same I feed my dogs Iams and nutro natural choice and science diet it’s all about what my dogs and cats want and will eat I have switched trying to get them to al eat the same thing it’s all about the dog or the cat and what food they will like and eat not what you want to feed them some are picky some aren’t Blue Buffalo is good food just like some may say pedigree is good oh well let them eat what they want if it upsets their stomach switch to something else just like us you go get food they say this and that is in it is it really pesticides bugs etc come on are food is just as bad as every kind of dog food ugh people let it go it is what it is

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  111. About three years ago at Christmas we had to rush one of our twin yorkies to the vet. We were told his intestines were basically damaged and he was staring to shut down. We found a miracle vet specializing in GI in dogs. He told me if I would have kept my dog on their dog food this would not have happened. We spent thousands of dollars on medication and treatment and he is still alive. Needless to say I will never buy Blue Buffalo again…EVER! YOU CAN MAIL ME MY REIMBURSEMENT CHECK!!!!!!!

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  112. This is NOT a surprise… those of you that have used it with bad results…. why the hell did you continue to use it? Seriously…. get a clue ! If it is heavily advertised, sold in a big box store DO NOT BUY IT! PERIOD!

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  113. When i got my dog, the breeder feed him puppy chow, it was horrible! I never wanted to feed my dog bb, he eats wellness. And we have never had any tummy issues. And his coat is great.

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  114. I never fed my dogs BB I have always fed them pedigree puppy and pedigree small bites I never ever had a problem with their products. All I see is BB Is very expensive. I will stick to pedigree I have for over 30 years no problems at all with my dogs. They are very healthy

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    • Pedigree is like THE WORST food you could feed your dog….. Don’t bash other foods when you clearly have no effing clue about what good dog food is. Personally I do not feed my dogs kibble because of all the chemicals that are in processed food. My dogs are fed raw, all day every day and they are very healthy. However if you do want to feed your dog kibble feed them a good brand, not Pedigree, it is literally the shittiest food to feed a dog next to Beneful. If you do not like the prices of decent dog food, don’t own a dog.

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      • And this angry, factual statement about why Pedigree should not be used is based on…..?

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        • A reply to Cris, who mentions Pedigree, and questions why it should not be used: Reading the ingredient list: Reason #1. The first ingredient is Corn, (many dogs are allergic to it, or cannot digest it, as well it being prone to develop deadly molds known as mycotoxins.). #2. is MEAT AND BONE MEAL, (Hello, This is a BY-PRODUCT, what this article above is all about.), which is rendered from diseased, disabled, dying, and euthanized animals. #3. is Corn Gluten Meal, CGM – a cheap source of protein, to which many animals become allergic. #4. Animal Fat, (it goes into the rendered meat and bone meal category). #5. Preserved with Bha preservative. #6. Soy meal, (GMO). #7,8,9 are wheat, rice and beet pulp, (all fillers). #10. Natural flavor, (nothing “natural” about it). #11. Salt. #12. Vegetable Oil (Linoleic Acid, Preserved with Bha/Bht), #13. Vitamins sourced from China. And lastly: Food Colors (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2).
          .
          Do these ingredients sound like a food that a dog would eat and remain healthy until old age? The only reason they eat it is because it’s been enhanced with “Natural Flavors”, whatever they are. This info sourced from http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com. You can read her references there.

          Note: Pedigree is only one of a myriad of other brands with very similar ingredients.

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          • Consumers interpret the term “Natural flavors” as beneficial, but it really doesn’t mean anything. More importantly, manufacturers spend fortunes on research to develop palatants, generally, animal fats that are sprayed on dry foods at the end of the process. The palatants get dogs and cats to eat foods which they would normally never touch.

  115. I work in a shelter in a petstore. Blue buffalo sales people walk around trying to get customers. Its weird that a company would do that. I been grabbing cans of thier wetfood and giving it to my dog. He had such bad loose stools he was having accidents in the house. Never agian!

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    • i do not know why i chose you, Christine, to reply to, but here goes:

      loose stools after changing pet foods is actually normal. if a companion animal has been eating the same food for a while, and the food is changed, there will be stomach upset, which is why it is recommended that one always mix some of the new with some of the old, to wean them off of one, and onto another nutritional profile.

      that said, i have no personal knowledge, or experience with the animals discussed herein. i do like BB, but the complaints here regarding the lapses in judgement in the supply lines, as well as the manufacturing lines seem entirely valid–internal validity and all.

      …am doing research. all i know is that i HATE to feed my babies that chewy, taffy-like, plasticine meat-like stuff. Hill’s uses that stuff…where is the animal product? it looks like my beef replacement chunks, but harder to look at.

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  116. Since BB outsource everything, that means they can’t possibly know what is in their product unless they audit the manufacturers, all of them. They don’t audit the manufacturers. So they have no idea what is in their product. So even that part of what Mr. Bishop has to say is baloney too.

    That quality has declined is probably because Blue Buffalo squeezed their contract manufacturers. I know all too well how that game is played. Get 3 companies, and tell them that if they cut the price that company gets more business. That creates a race to the bottom, and has the inevitable outcome of terrible product that kills or sickens animals that eat it.

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  117. I fed Blue Buffalo to my Great Dane for years; he had constant diarrhea. I chalked it up to finicky stomachs some Great Danes have, and I would give him anti-diarrheal pills and boiled hamburger and rice till he got better, then gradually switch to his dog food. I bought an Australian Labradoodle puppy who was eating Orijen puppy food. I figured I may as well switch to Orijen for my Dane, as well. That was over 6 months ago; he’s never had diarrhea since, and it had been a weekly occupancy previously. Orijen is more expensive, but you feed less, so it’s a wash. The main thing is the health of my animals.

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  118. I have fed Blue Buffalo exclusively for 3 1/2 – 4 years with wonderful results for my 3 Jack Russells. Their coats
    improved as did their appetites. I have NEVER had any of the issues everyone else is complaining about. My oldest dog is now 14 and he runs around like an 8 year old whenever we’re on a walk!! For me personally, it’s been a great food.

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    • I feed my dogs BB after feeding my cavalier kings charles Purina Light and “Healthy” which gave him pancreatitis and he almost died. He had bloody stools, vomiting and had to be put on extensive antibiotics. I will NEVER use a PURINA product again.

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  119. i am LIVID! my cat was diagnosed with IBD and i was spending money left and right trying to find a cat food that didn’t have chicken in it when trying to find a food that wouldn’t upset his stomach. i live near boston and during one of our many blizzards this winter we almost lost him as he quit eating due to acid reflux (giving him 1/3 tablet of pepcid a/c got him to eating again until we could get to the vet). he was bone thin. blue was one i fed him b/c of their advertising on what was NOT in their foods. this makes me want to cry.

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  120. Buffalo Blue is not Poisoning Pets-that is the name of the article for everyone to notice. If you read the article throughout it is only about the fact of chicken meal versus chicken by products. This is they way Lawyers and Big companies make their money. One company is making another company change their marketing. Do not always believe everything that is posted until you understand the entire issue. There is absolutely NO TRUTH that either the manufacturers of the products that go into any of the dog food produced under the Buffalo Blue name is poisonous or has poisoned any pet of any kind.

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    • Marcia Skiff, I disagree. When you insist that “There is absolutely NO TRUTH that either the manufacturers of the products that go into any of the dog food produced under the Buffalo Blue name is poisonous or has poisoned any pet of any kind”, you are making an overbroad assumption.

      The issue about what a manufacturer states is “in the bag” can be critical to consumers who need to avoid certain ingredients. That could be for medical reasons, as an example. If that consumer purchases a product relying on that information, the animal who eats it could indeed be “poisoned,” or suffer health consequences. Many pet guardians (including myself) struggle mightily for pets with allergies, which can be food or environmental, and, in which at the least, food sensitivities act as a cross-trigger. The reaction can be strong and multi-fold: it isn’t just an issue of some scratching or red skin… it can be serious outbreaks in the face, eyes, ears, body, feet… everywhere… that can take weeks or months to attempt to control, often, with little success.

      Regardless of how this issue was revealed, it does mean that consumers cannot rely on claims of quality or ingredients from BB. We simply cannot. BB clearly is not monitoring its supply chain, and that is a responsibility they hold on behalf of the consumer who supports the company. Its fair to interpret that the consumer is paying for something that may be other than what s/he is led to believe. In response, BB blames others and apparently will not take effort to compensate consumers who paid premium prices for their products. Pet guardians are in the adversarial position we are in today, because manufacturers are using pet food to recycle garbage, and it is my determination to avoid certain ingredients, because they are “poison.” And byproducts, by my definition, can be made from “poisonous” ingredients.

      I don’t believe the BB is terrible food. But it may indeed have poisonous ingredients.

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  121. I have used blue buffalo for about a year with my dog and cat. Just this past week I noticed my cat is vomiting and my dog has diarrhea. Guess it’s time to change.

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  122. I used to feed and recommend BB religiously, until in the last year or so both my dogs have become increasingly itchy and developed anal gland problems. Switching them to Acana/Orijen cleared both these issues up very quickly.

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  123. Yeah I stopped using this dog food a year or so ago – the regular bouts of diarrhea were just too much.

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  124. Feeding dry food, BLUE BUFFALO, SCIENCE DIET, ROYAL CANIN or any other brands for that matter, should be considered animal NEGLECT AND ABUSE. And anyone who believes otherwise, or uses VETS WHO SELL THIS GARBAGE, needs to #1, EDUCATE themselves and #2, PROBABLY STOP EATING MCDONALDS THEMSELVES. It may be convenient, but it’s only a matter of time before the animal’s health is compromised. But that will put more money in the vet’s pockets.

    It wasn’t until we ELIMINATED BLUE BUFFALO ENTIRELY from our household two years ago, and switched to 100% wet food only, that the bowel and diarrhea issues that went undiagnosed after spending $1000’s, finally disappeared. Really ? Coincidental ?

    WHAT COMES OUT, MUST GO IN. THINK ABOUT IT.

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    • Tricky. For a long time I offered my cat her choice of BB dried food and a variety of canned offerings. Given the choice, she won’t eat the canned stuff. I learned this after her adopted brother cat passed away. Turned out he was the only one who ate the canned and she really prefers the dried.

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  125. They need to reimburse customers. Should be tarred and feathered. Companies need to be held accountable but never are. It’s ridiculous!!! My dogs have had very loose stools and vomiting. Gee, guess thats the reason. No excuse for this. Throw the book at them!!

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  126. What about the poor humans. Let’s test the hot dogs and processed meat. Nitrates and whatever else is in them. Hormones antibiotics etc. My dog wont even eat them.

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    • us humans choose for ourselves what we eat. our animals eat when we feed them. give your head a shake.

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  127. I have used Fromm Four Star Naturals for years, sometimes grain free, sometimes with grains. Fromm Family has their own mill in Wisconsin, no outsourcing and NO recalls ever. Do not agree that you should buy from large companies. Purina and other big companies have had their share of questionable quality dog food.

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  128. We just stopped using Blue Buffalo a couple months ago due to the vomiting and diarrhea that became more and more frequent to the point it was happening after every feeding. We thought he was getting into something outside, but as soon as we stopped giving it to him the stomach issues stopped.

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    • Oh, please, Mr. Anonymous, if you are claiming a scam, please provide your proven source.

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    • I have a 12 year old Pomeranian who has eaten BB her entire life…she is extremely healthy and does not look or act her age. I dont mind paying a little more for it knowing it has kept her healthy and active.

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      • She could very well be very healthy. She also has likely been eating chicken by-product meal at an increased price compared to any other pet food brand. Congrats.

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  129. Always buy pet food from a large reputable manufacturer. They have the best ingredients, quality control, and the product is fresh because it sells off the shelf fast. Never had any food problem with my dogs or cats!

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    • Uh… “a large reputable manufacturer”? I think the point of this essay is that a reputation that consumers rely upon may be built on a false foundation.

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    • On the contrary, that’s the last place a I would ever trust. Big companies have had 50 plus recalls each over the years. The AFCO regulation is a joke, videos prove the president saying – sure your neighbors dead dog fluffy could be in you pet food bag- after all it’s protein! What is allowed is cutting corners and taking chances with pets health. There are going on 2,000 pet food recalls since 07 and it’s because essentially nothing has changed. Maybe a new look on the bag. Lack of controls allow anything to be written on the outside of the bag as long as there is even a scant of it in the bag. I learned something 10 years ago, Don’t trust anything bought in stores. 99%of pet foods are made in the same facility, just one bad ingredient compromises all of them. Due your homework and keep your $ in your pocket and your pets out of the expensive Vet offices. Take some time to watch video, go to the blog, compare products and see what is guaranteed and what is not. See what essential vitamins and minerals are not guaranteed per serving in the top selling pet food. My Very Best to you and your pet, Tammy Brown.

      www.PetLink2Life.com

      As for Costco Brand, they too are mass produced. They are also not a pet food company but a wholesale human product store that saw the $ they could make and are!!! No different! Real personal experience- I shopped at Costco 2months before the March 07 4,000 plus pet product recall. I was approached from Costco workers with a coupon offering a $5.00 discount today only on Benefil. I say numerous people running around getting these coupons into customers hands. I went home and learned that there was a huge recall on Benefil! I called Costco and spoke with the Manager of that facility and said stop the coupons and take the product Off the Shelves NOW. I knew what they were up to, they had so much product the wanted to get it out of their stores and fast. Horrible, it’s all about making a buck, now you know!!!

      http://www.PetLink2Life.com Scroll down to see all the info!!!!

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  130. A primary focus of BB management seems to be coming up with excuses. So the chairman of BB, Mr. Bishop, complains that although Blue was “ordering and paying for 100% percent chicken meal, at times they were receiving shipments that contained poultry by-product meal.” What about the consumer who paid for 100% chicken meal? BB has simply not acknowledged the need for transparency and respect for its customers. BB has not compensated customers in any way and has no plans to, ever. This all just gets forgotten? And we are supposed to keep patronizing the business?

    You are absolutely correct: a company that outsources its manufacturing process is responsible for auditing its suppliers. If BB put half the effort that they put into blaming everyone but themselves into monitoring its contract manufacturers, we would all have gotten better products.

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  131. I used to feed Blue Buffalo to my cat until he started vomiting…..to the point of almost every meal…..a couple years ago. Because of this I believe he developed IBD. I have spent alot of money on tests and medications, and still do, to help him live out the rest of his life. He was only 2 years old then, he’s 4 now. I am very upset with this company and would never feed their product again!!!!!

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    • I’m sorry for you and your cat!! Vets these days are trusting those big companies to give them honest information. After all shouldn’t they trust the companies that spend the time teaching them the limited nutritional advise they receive in Vet school? Obviously no! These are companies that make huge claims and have millions invested in advertising. Unfortunately AFCO doesn’t regulate what’s said on the bags of pet food. A scant of something could be inside and the outside advertising on the bag could be stressing the need for this ingredient. It dosesn’t even have to be in each per serving meal, it could just be a tiny amount on the bottom of the bag. Their is no rhyme or reason that AFCO allows this to occur. They just don’t put health and safety first. I have an answer that I found 10 years ago. Dr. Jane Bicks is internationally renown for her expertise in Pet food nutrition. Her Bio is extensive over 30 years and has given back to shelters and rescues that are making a difference. Scroll down and watch Videos, exceptional on going recall info and free monthly newsletters. She makes herself available to answer questions and is the hands on developer to Lifesabundance . Wholesale prices are available to anyone and 100% money back guarantee if you choose to order. This is the Safest and most Healthy Pet products site you will ever need. The knowledge you will attain will give you a heads up on anything you need to know. The blog has been ongoing foe going on 20 years with video!! Never once has Lifesabundance had a pet food recall which is not the case of the 99% pet companies in the U.S. Do your due diligence for your wallet and the safety and health for your family pet.

      MY Best, Tammy Brown http://www.PetLink2Life.com

      P.S. What is advertised on the bag is 100% guaranteed to be fresh ( within 4-6 weeks of manufacturing). Made in small batches to control safety and freshness. Wholesale prices offered to everyone because there is no advertising and middlemen. Products made in mass quantities are on the average 18 months old and have little to no nutritional benefit left by the time someone buys them in a store and feeds them to their pet. Bags bought in Stores have had issues with salmonella poisoning contaminating kitchen and responsible for humans ending up in hospital because of bags sitting on rat infested shipping docks . These are just a few facts I’ve learned on this site over 10 years. I wouldn’t feel comfortable having a pet without access to this site!

      http://www.PetLink2Life.com Please share this info with other pet owners or Vet Professionals!!
      Our Pets depend on us!

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    • I had a very similar situation with my Pozzi. I didn’t know for years and years he was allergic to the grains and developed IBD, a serious condition. I switched to Science Diet/Hills cat food for cats with food allergies. It did him in. He was allergic to that too.He got pancreatitis, and suffered terribly before he died. It’s a terrible tragedy. He was only 15.

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  132. I used to feed Blue Buffalo to my cat until he started vomiting…..to the point of almost every meal…..a couple years ago. Because of this I believe he developed IBD. I have spent alot of money on tests and medications, and still do, to help him live out the rest of his life. He was only 2 years old then, he’s 4 now. I am very upset with this company and would never feed their product again!!!!!

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