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Blue Buffalo gets slammed by a shit storm of new lawsuits

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (Purina) aren’t the only people suing Blue Buffalo, now consumers have jumped on the litigation bandwagon and Blue Buffalo is getting slammed by a multitude of lawsuits alleging deceptive advertising practices. The growing number of lawsuits filed against Blue Buffalo keep growing and they are claiming, among other things, that the company falsely represented that their pet food does not contain ingredients – such as chicken/poultry by-product meals and corn – when it appears as if Blue Buffalo’s pet food might actually contain those ingredients.

Because of the number of class action lawsuits involved the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation has agreed to consolidate seven false advertising class action lawsuits filed against Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd. for misleading customers about the ingredients in its pet food. They alleged that Blue Buffalo misled its customers by claiming its pet food products did not contain any chicken by-products, corn or grain and led them to pay premium prices for the pet food. The class-action lawsuit was transferred to another court where several related lawsuits making the same allegations will be heard together.

The smoking e-mails

It is safe to assume that Blue Buffalo was aware, at some point, that their pet food did contain the vilified ingredient they based their marketing claim on, when during pretrial discovery—the process by which litigants demand internal documents and communications that could become evidence—e-mails revealed that Purina claims reinforce its allegations. In May, e-mails between a Blue Buffalo ingredient broker (Diversified Ingredients) and a major supplier (Wilbur-Ellis) suggest strongly that they did indeed sell pet food containing by-product meal. In an e-mail to Diversified Ingredients, a broker working for Blue Buffalo, a sales manager for supplier Wilbur-Ellis wrote that it did include “some by-product meal” in shipments from a Texas plant intended for Blue Buffalo.

Realizing that the inclusion of by-product meal now has potential legal consequences, Diversified Ingredients expressed alarm to Wilbur-Ellis and a way to respond to the kibble crisis:

“I think if we work together, we can band-aid this situation,” Diversified’s Collin McAtee wrote on May 15 to Darwin Rusu of Wilbur-Ellis. Referring to a “smoking gun,” McAtee added, “If you are going to fill these contracts for any reason, then I’m going to have to go to Blue Buffalo to address the breach of contract and undoubtedly divulge the details of what was shipped and the possibility that Rosser’s material is the smoking gun for their problems. That I do not want to do. If the finger is pointed in that direction and then later verified to have been the cause, then Diversified and Wilbur will both have to answer to this in litigation with Blue. The liabilities in this could be enormous. You are talking about massive product recalls, potential market share loss, etc. That would undoubtedly be in the several million dollar range.”

Blue Buffalo then claimed they were duped by their supplier, by publicly revealing that contrary to prior assurances, Blue Buffalo admitted that ingredients from their supplier did in fact contain poultry by-product meal after all — proving that the central allegations in Purina’s false advertising lawsuit against them. Despite Blue Buffalo’s admission, no mention was made about taking steps to recall the mislabeled pet foods, nor to compensate the millions of consumers that purchased the falsely labeled products.

Voodoo science performed in a highly sophisticated lab

Purina claims that testing of Blue Buffalo’s pet food were conducted in a “highly sophisticated, independent lab“, while Blue Buffalo calls their testing “junk science” and claims the testing was performed with a rudimentary microscope under less than optimal conditions with questionable methods. Regardless, the results of testing and analysis reveal that, in some instances, 9 out of 10 Blue Buffalo products tested contained poultry by-product meal, even though the packaging indicated otherwise. Instead, tests indicated the products contained several signature elements of poultry by-product meal: eggshell, raw feather and leg scale. Further, that quantities of grain were found in samples of Blue Buffalo’s pet food that were labeled “grain-free.”

To learn more about each case, click on the case information below.

SOURCE: U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in re: Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation

UPDATE: A number of my links to the individual lawsuits against Blue Buffalo that are pointing to Truth in Advertising (great site, BTW!) have all been consolidated into one post on their site: https://www.truthinadvertising.org/blue-buffalo-company-pet-food/.

 

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  1. If these claims and lawsuits are real, why on earth are they still selling Blue Buffalo? I was feeding my dogs BB Freedom for small breeds and they still are selling it everywhere. Is it only certain BB foods? I don’t know what to feed my dogs now.

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    • They are still selling because presumably, they changed their manufacturing practices. They should know that anyone with a few bucks can have their food tested so it would be wise that they no longer included such ingredients – and pay more attention to the ingredienst they purchase. And it is BB’s responsibility to test their incoming goods.

      My advice would be to buy a human-edible pet food (like the Honest Kitchen for example) than trust a pet food that is made with feed-grade ingredients.

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  2. It’s difficult to take an article seriously when it has so many grammatical errors and uses the word “shit storm” in its title. When your piece reads like this, people who want information that sounds trustworthy won’t read past the headline. If they do, they’ll stop after the first few sentences when the writing quality is so poor. Think about sounding professional in your writing and have someone edit your work in the future. I’ll look this subject up elsewhere.

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  3. I asked several PetSmart sales reps yesterday what was the best food, made in the USA, for my poodle. They all said BB. I purchased 3 of the small tubs just to mix in with his Fresh Pet meat and Rachael Ray kibbles to give him a different flavor. Now I find out that BB is poor quality too, even though Dog Food Advisor gives what I purchased the top rating of 5 stars. I won’t do raw and won’t take any chances either. Completely frustrated! Wish Fresh Pet would offer more of a selection. It’s the only food I feel comfortable with so far.

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  4. Having read thru most of the comments, I wonder why no one ever mentioned Orijen. This is a true grain free dog food. My Beagle/Lab mix was breaking out from the dog foods we had him on, Our vet out him on a Prescription SD or RC grain free food at over $100 a bag. He hated it and would rather not eat that have that stuff. I went to a locally owned store who recommended the Orijen Adult food for him. His skin cleared up in a few weeks, he loves the food and is full of energy and his coat shines. If you want a high protein dog food .. try Orijen.

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  5. I don’t know what all of ty are getting in your bags of dog food but as soon as only a few weeks of switching my lab to bb senior chicken his skin and coat has transformed beautifully. He no longer has any dandruff and his coat is darker and shinier than ever. He is active happy and no weird stools. I don’t know I would credit anything crappy purina says. That company is terrible. Their Beneful brand killed my other lab. Everyone forgetting about that terrible brand already??

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  6. Please help! I noticed cases as soon as just last week,please tell me WHY it hasnt been Recalled and pulled off of the shelves and in the news!!!! I just was given some small sample bags from our local RSPCA yesterday and my 2 kitties LOVE it like a Crack addict! Almost as if its addicting,they will go searching for it,tearing up the place looking for it lol,but if its dangerous,then its GONE! Ill toss it right now! Have they modified the food ingredients and why is it not recalled? Sincerely,a woman who loves ALL the furbabies,mine and yours <3

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    • Sorry Bridgett – somehow your comment ended up in the spam folder. Basically, it hasn’t been recalled because the only thing BB did wrong was not refund consumers money who bought pet food that may have contained “inferior” chicken in it. Inferior chicken is perfectly legal. But, what wasn’t legal was selling a mislabeled product. That’s all they are (were) guilty of.

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      • The problem is pet food manufacturers have 6 months to notify consumers of a change in infredients. So it’s technically not illegal to knowingy sell mismarked ingredient lists as long as when 6 months cokes around the packaging has to be foced

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        • Except from what I’ve heard they changed their recipe back in 2014 in Dec when someone bought them out. My dogs got sick and threw up yellow foamy liquid with the April/May batch. So it has been over 6 months since they shouldve changed the ingredients. The chicken by product meal isn’t even good. It’s outsourced from China where they have no quality control. So yes they are completely in the wrong and lying about everything. What a joke of a company.

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  7. Trust for a product can only be as good as the owners trust. Anything involving the owners of Blue Buffalo is a red flag to me. Direct past experience with the management has shown me their is nothing above board with the motives of the owner. I would suggest you learn as much as you can about the ingredients in any pet product from independent testing prior to buying. What’s on the label is only as trustworthy as the individuals behind the product.

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    • Excellent advice Mick.

      Also, consider the owner of BB is a savvy Madison Avenue huckster with years of practice honing his skills in advertising/marketing industry under his belt. He’s no fool. I should know, I used to work in advertising (in my previous life).

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  8. I want to know how to get in on the lawsuits. I have been feeding this dog food to all of my dogs over the past seven years, only to find out it is crap, that I am paying $54.00 a bag for every 2 weeks. That is infuriating. Anyone knows how to get in on a class action suit against this group please tell.

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  9. Dont be ignorant of this !!! (Pet food COMPETITOR Nestle Purina PetCare Co.) We started our dogs on Blue Buffalo years back after having one die & others being poisoned by Walmarts Ol Roy ( RAT POISON) dinner rounds. We looked at dog food ingredients & tried them on several. Best formulated brands by Science Diet, Purina, Eukanuba & Iams all gave stomach issues & soft stools. Blue Buffalo has changed our dogs health for the better, inside & out. Im sure the others out there are not much better than Ol Roy. I had a friend that swore by Eukanuba, but that was years back. Possibly they turned to the dark side also ? If you eat corn hard shell tacos from Taco Bell for a week, Then eat chicken strips from Chik Fil A for a week. Let me know how those weeks went. We are lied to everyday by government, businesses & lawyers. You just have to pick the best one after trying them all out. The only way to keep them honest. If you fall for the media crap, you failed ! Election is coming up, think about it before you vote. What have these candidates done for their state ? Good or Bad ?

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  10. Just wondering where this stuff stands. Is BB now listing their ingredients correctly? Or are they waiting to be ordered via lawsuit?

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    • Well, Sara, apparently they are on track now. Although I hesitate to call it an exceptional food- it still is a mediocre brand made with feed grade ingredients. I would consider homemade or a better brand such as Honest Kitchen or Answers Pet Food, before accepting BB advertising claims as valid.

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      • THANK YOU for mentioning the issues with Blue Buffalo. I had no idea. I’m surprised, only just now found out ! I’m glad I already started adding other supposedly-“top” quality brands to my cats diet. I should investigate those too I guess !

        At first I heavily relied on BB, but noticed one of my cats seemed bored with it, and so I started buying canned food from two other top brands that you can’t find in regular supermarkets {have to get them in a pet store}. After all this I’m going to STOP buying BB altogether ! If they had no conscience at all to start with, why trust them now, or reward them with my business ? Disgusting. Thanks so much for the info !

        I’d like to just include this — to anyone thinking of making home-made food for their cats….please read up on “Taurine” and why you need to make sure your cat gets enough Taurine. And be sure their diet is complete as possible, {research it, talk to your Vet, ect}.

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      • A few months ago my Vet told me that while BB was good, it was high in fat, and one of my dogs is overweight. I switched to Wellness Core Wet and Dry. My 2 dogs eat the wet, but they wouldn’t touch the dry, so I went back to Blue Wilderness dry. My almost 11 yo 4 lb Chi would never really eat dry food, but the last month she was nibbling on the dry Blue Wilderness. 2 weeks ago she was diagnosed with a thyroid condition, and will be on medication for the rest of her life. She has chronic ear infections, and the vet thinks the thyroid and ears are related.Yesterday I took my Chi in because she was arching her back and acting different. She was “off the charts” with Pancreatitis. The test came back positive before the time was up. She’s now been given Science prescription food.The vet said the Pancreatitis was caught early, she’s glad I brought her in, and now I’m wondering if the dry Blue Wilderness brought this pancreatitis episode on? Mind you, I JUST opened a brand new bag of this dry food, and now I don’t want to give it to the overweight dog either. It has 36%protein. I just found out it should be around 30. Any suggestions on a good dry food for the 10 pound chi/terrier mix. He eats too much, is overweight, I’m not going to give him any more of this Blue Wilderness dry food, and he wouldn’t touch the Wellness dry I bought a few months ago. Thank you :-)

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        • I was told by the rep that the Blue Wilderness contains more protein because it is for high energy dogs like hunting dogs. I just put my 11 year old boxer on the Blue Senior and she loves it. I changed to Blue because it has no BHT, BHA or preservatives in it. I was concerned about these cancer causing ingredients.

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          • That is just the kind of marketing spin pet food companies tell consumers to get them to buy their products. It may or may not have “more protein” than other brands, but it is the quality of those ingredients and from where they are sourced that is of greater concern to me as it should be to you.

  11. I tried Blue Buffalo over 4 years ago for my cats thinking that it was a better choice for them. After a week of feeding them this crap, one of my cats developed an issue where he couldn’t urinate and a once lovable and kind cat became ferocious. I knew something was wrong right away and immediately took him to my local vet who after doing a number of costly and extensive tests told me my cat was suffering from a urethral blockage, crystals had developed in his urethra and the vet had to dislodge part of it which looked like this thick nasty gunk. The vet even filmed it and kept it to test it and see exactly what it was. My poor baby had to go through some painful procedure but thank God he made it. Now he will forever have to be on a prescription pet food for fear that if he eats anything else he can relapse. I never reported Blue Buffalo, but last night saw one of their b/s commercials and wanted to be part of the voices that are fighting to get them off the shelves and educate as many people as possible. Pets are more than just pets, they are family – a part of our lives. I would hate to continue to see other poor defenseless animals continue to suffer, poisoned and dead because of the despicable practices of the Blue Buffalo company.

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  12. Absolutely Terrible that blues share holder made money this way and lied about these ingredients. I love my pets and wanted the best quality food for my Molly that has been sick for some time. It’s unfortunate I haven giving her garbage but paying a fortune. Very disappointed but I guess not surprised since there are so many loop holes.

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  13. I have always fed my Westies Flint River Ranch Lamb Rice and Millet dry dog food. Flint River Ranch has never had a recall, no junk fillers in their foods and its products are made in the USA. I have never fed any of my dogs a Purina product nor would I. I don’t think they manufacture quality pet foods.

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    • I’m so sad when I read about “lamb”. I’m a vegetarian and suffer GUILT about feeding my cats their meat based food. But what can I do ? Nothing. But to me anyway, when I read “lamb” as an ingredient, it’s just too sad. Lamb and rabbit, too. I’m not “OK” with any animal deaths, but in p[articular it bothers me to read “lamb” on a label ! I refuse to buy that, same with rabbits as “food” ingredients. Just had to say that, and I know, any animal death is just as sad as another.

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  14. Can someone please tell me what is so bad about the BB grain free product for dogs? I have been purchasing BB dog food basics for years and never really had problems. Just changed to the grain free to see if it would help with the scratching/allergy thing of one of my dogs. They are older now 11/12 and I want to be giving them something that will not hurt them obviously.

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    • There is nothing terribly “wrong” with it, per se. What people objected to was BB’s deceit about the quality and grade of the chicken in the food. Personally, I think BB is probably OK – not much different than most mass-marketed pet foods. For problems with itching and scratching, you can try an omega-3 oil. I also suggest you up your pet food game to a much better quality food: Get a human-edible pet food made in a licensed human food facility.

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      • Thanks. I do also give both the dogs Free Form Snip tips (omegas) that was a recommendation of my Vet. I was concerned after reading so much negativity on the BB. They have done okay with it over the past 8/9 years but I just changed them over to the grain free a month ago.

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    • I have a cat that has wheat/grain allergies (which is pretty common), so I looked high and low for something he could eat without making him sick. When Innova food stopped being made, we switched to Blue. I’m infuriated they lied and put my cat at risk. No wonder he became a picky eater and lost weight. Back to turkey baby food and tuna water until we can find something else.

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  15. Do you know what is really interesting? National pet food companies that refuse to tell us where their manufacturing plant(s) are located. They claim they are made/packaged in USA, but say that plant location is proprietary information! Just try to discover where Natural Balance plants are.

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  16. I am extremely opposed to the feeding of any dry food to any cat or dog for a number of reasons. For cats a good quality grain free/low carb canned diet. Cats don’t have any use for grains. Stick with chicken, turkey rabbit stay away from seafood. I mention low carb because some companies remove the grains and then add in potatoes, peas which increases the carbs. Remember meat is expensive potatoes and peas are cheap the pet food companies use these products to increase their margins.

    Cats are obligate carnivores which means strict meat eaters. For dogs I do the same, although dogs are also carnivores they are not obligate carnivores and some fruits and veggies can be added to the diet.

    I make a homemade food for my pets using a BALANCED recipe, It’s very important to use a balanced recipe that meets your pets nutritional needs. This way you control the ingredients and you know exactly what’s going in your pets tummy’s. It takes me about 2 hours every couple of months to make my pets food and I store it in the freezer in wide mouth freezer jars. Cats and dogs get great benefits from the uncooked unprocessed enzyme’s in raw meat. I prefer to partially cook the food for my pets I back the meat to about 40% done and I grind the meat and bones and then add in supplements.

    For those of you interested in the recipe I use for my cats please see Dr. Lisa Pierson DVM’s web site at catinfo.org For those of you interested in learning more about making homemade dog food search Dr. Karen Becker DVM.

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      • She’s really awesome, explains everything in great detail. And her cat food charts are very helpfull to. She does mention on her commercial pet foods page that Blue Buffalo refused to provide the data she was requsting for the cat food comparrison chart she was creating, which took a lot of her personal time.

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        • I think she has one of the best sites on the net for explaining in great detail her logic for doing things the way she does. Plus, she’s got great pictures which is a plus for visually minded people like me! Now, if I could only afford those fancy grinder! I want one soooo bad. First, I have to get another laptop, this one’s on it’s last leg. sigh

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          • Yes Dr. Pierson is pretty great and she’s a perfectionist so I feel good about her numbers and calculations. I bought that grinder and I love it I hope you can get it soon. Another great web site and a wonderful visual either with pictures or video to see the pet food being made is catnutrition.org

    • This is a correction to my post. I meant to say I partially bake the meat to 40% done.

      I also wanted to mention that I do feed my cats some canned foods from Tiki Cat and Weruva I give them these foods when I am not going to be home for several hours because they can be left out longer than raw/partially raw food. Both are made in a human production plant which means they have to use human grade meats. I hope these foods are safe I will definetly be researching these some more. The only problem I have with these two brands is there are just way too many seafood flavors. I don’t allow my cats any seafood.

      Natures Variety is one food I previously used for my pets (I’m referring to the frozen/raw diet) but I don’t like that they use cod liver oil so I won’t feed it to my pets anymore. Cats need vitamin D but there is already liver in the food and adding the cod liver oil increases the vitamin D I wouldn’t want to risk my cats getting too much. I’ve written to Nature’s Variety asking why they don’t use fish oil instead but haven’t heard back.

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      • Weruva/Tiki are produced in Thailand, but some complain about them because they use menadione: “Tiki-Pet – menadione (listed as vitamin k3, sneaky). Unresponsive to questions, shady supply sources. Menadione then replaced with kale, then both removed and formula declared complete without any vitamin K additive.”
        Personally, I have not thoroughly researched their brand simply because I am uncertain about food safety laws and enforcement policies in Thailand. Other than that I really can’t say more about them without fully researching them.

        Two things to consider: human-trafficking/slave trade labor is used in Thailand to catch and process fish, and it is virtually untraceable to determine whether your fish was caught using slaves in Thailand. You can read more about it here: slave flavored cat food

        Also, Greenpeace International has added the albacore, bigeye tuna, Pacific bluefin tuna, Atlantic bluefin tuna, southern bluefin tuna and the yellowfin tuna to its seafood red list (the Greenpeace International seafood red list is a list of fish that are commonly sold in supermarkets around the world, and which have a very high risk of being sourced from unsustainable fisheries).

        Natures Variety, on the other hand, uses HPP, a process I do not approve of personally. I feed my cats a third-party certified oil form Nordic Naturals. They have one called Omega-3 Pet which I like.

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        • I did read an article previously from the owner of Tiki Cat about how they do not use human trafficking if I can find that I will post the link. In the interveiw it was discussed how the plant that processes Tiki Cat also processes many frozen food items for humans that are sold in US stores.

          I do not feed my cats any seafood. There are just to many reasons not to.

          I will have to look into this oil you mention.

          One of the things I love about Tiki Cat and Weruva is neither of them have any dry kibble products.

          Nature’s Variety has their hands in way to many products rather than something specific. They have treats, cans, kibble and frozen. Also raw, cooked, freeze dried and air dried. And I don’t like some of their ingredients. And I agree about the HPP process.

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          • Well, that’s a relief. Although I understand it is virtually impossible to trace the original source of the fish: “By the time slavery-tainted fish reaches the shore, the origins have been obscured by a series of fishmongers and middlemen. The system is so murky that seafood companies can’t honestly assert that their trash fish purchases are slavery free.” Read my article herehttp://www.poisonedpets.com/slavery-tainted-fish-high-price-cheap-pet-food/ and here:http://www.poisonedpets.com/slavery-fish-flavored-pet-food/. The Guardian did the best one though, I have a link to it in both articles.

    • Oh no I made another typo I’m so sorry… In my reference to cod liver oil I worry about the toxicity risk of vitamin A not vitamin D.

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  17. If you love your dog, get them off Blue Buffalo immediately!

    Just yesterday I had to take our beloved Pug of 9/12 years into vet to be put down. We switched to BB for the “healthier” alternative and shortly after he started peeing blood. We got him off of it shortly after our vet advised us after the 2nd visit.

    I told the vet that I switched to BB and he looked at me and said ” Theres your problem right there, that stuff will kill him.”

    He was right, it did.

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  18. I’ve read through some of the comments regarding Blue Buffalo and had many emotions when I read about the mislabeled ingredient in BB dog food. I have been feeding Chicken kibble grain free for about 3 years. Sometime last year in the spring/summer my Corgi male began having mucus in his stools and our 3 year old Pembroke female was eating grass a lot. Then after a few weeks it passed and they are fine now. I started the female on BB puppy kibble and both are healthy right now. We had tried Purina One VERY briefly due to not having access to BB retailer where we live. This was about 2 1/2 years ago. After a few weeks my male’s fur became very dull and he did not have that twinkle in his eyes like he did. It had as an ingredient Menadione , a synthetic Vitamin K which is in a lot of foods and treats on the market. I don’t feed them anything with that in it. Research that. Anhyway, I put them both back on BB and with the exception of the few weeks of once in awhile mucus in his stool and eating grass, They haven’t had any problems. I don’t know what to do but I did look at the Better Business Bureau’s rating of Blue Buffalo as of May, 2015 and it is an F.
    23 complaints with several not resolved. I just wish I knew why, if they are a responsible company, why hasn’t these complaints been resolved, one way or the other???? All I know is that they look, feel, and act very healthy and I hate to change their food to WHAT? I will research “Wellness” someone mentioned. Thank you

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  19. I can’t say I’ve had any problems giving my Dachshund Blue Buffalo. In fact she’s a very healthy 17 1/2 year old. I will keep my eyes and ears open though.

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    • Slander? BB changed their recipe back in Dec of 2014. The April/May batch made my dogs throw up yellow foamy liquid. They were supposed to update the ingredient list with the by products and they have failed to do so well over 6 months. They are a joke. They lie and they’ve killed dogs.

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  20. My family is just beside themselves. We had 2 VERY healthy purebred bullmastiff’s. Oliver was just a year and a half and our Ruby was 6. They had never eaten anything other than Blue Buffalo. Oliver started getting sick October 2014. We went to specialists and his condition continued to worsen. We lost him on December 8, 2014. Our Ruby then began getting sick the middle of March 2015. Again, we went to specialists and found she had an unexplained mass in her stomach. We lost her on March 31, 2015. We lost both of our beloved family members within 3 months of each other. They both ate from the same bag of food. (Which I still have in my possession). Toward the end of Oliver’s life I began softening his food, grinding it and feeding him with a turkey baster. I look back now and realize he was getting worse from the food. To say that we are heartbroken at the loss of our dogs is truly an understatement. May 29, 2015 and I still cry every day. The pain and emptiness that our family feels is devastating. As a consumer of Blue Buffalo, I am not only angry, I am heartbroken. We put our trust in Blue Buffalo to provide us with a healthy product for our dogs. Dogs that were like our children. We wanted to give our pets quality food without all of the by products. Little did we know we were killing our best friends. We can never replace Oliver and Ruby as they were exceptional animals, both physically and personality wise. The trauma we went through watching them both go from healthy loving animals to death is something we will never get over. We had to cancel our family vacation in order to pay for treatment for our Ruby. A decision we would do over again in order to try and save her. If anyone knows the best way to start litigation, please give some direction. Although we can never bring them back to us, we would like to stand up for them, innocent animals that put their trust in us to provide healthy choices for their lives.

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  21. My 6 year old dog died from Kidney failure after eating Blue Buffalo in November of 2014. I have 7 empty bags that I have saved with product in each remaining bag because I knew that this food killed her!

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  22. How can consumers join the lawsuit? I would like to submit receipts for all the Blue Buffalo I’ve purchased due to their ingredients claims.

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    • Try calling them first. I called the other day with my accounts of my cat that spent about 10 days trying to pass this crap food through his system and underwent several enimas. They sent me a claim form for my vet bill and encouraged me to seek compensation on the food i purchased also.

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  23. I purchased 2 bengal kittens in September of 2012… BEFORE i purchased them i did my reaserch on what food i would feed them. After doing several comparissons both in store and online, i went with wellness wet because of the higher moisture and lower sodium content (to try and minimize renial failure as our last cat suffered from this and it was not pretty) and blue buffalo dry for their “better quality” of food and no by product, corn grains and other questionable fillers. Last year in April we got adopted by 2 rescues.

    This past fall/winter my male bengal cat got backed up really bad. I worried, did he swallow something that clogged him? After several days of being constipated, I took him to the vet on a Friday concerned that leaving him over the weekend in this state would turn bad, and after several enimas and i mean SEVERAL (Starting Friday with no imporovement over the weekend and a day stay at the vet for several more) he finally was cleared and the vet said the only blokage was from what he ate he was surprised to hear I did not change his food. He pressed me to change their dry food “try science diet” I figured he was trying to push his in house brand on me and science diet was very low on my list of trusted foods, so told him i was sticking to Blue Buffalo as it was a superior quality food that i was used to and trusted. He then advised to still change the dry food told me if i insited on blue to go with a higher fiber food. So i changed him to blue buffalo wilderness (gold bag).

    So after a vet bill, and being lied to… Yes i am a bit pissed off and i have no qualms about producing my vet bill and a statement from the vet if need be! This is inexcusable! I don’t care if the pope gave them mislabled product… Where was the quality control? They are accountable and i am dying to find someone launching a class action lawsuit in Canada because as a customer i feel lied to. I have been paying a premium for high quality crap that made my boy sick!!

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  24. I’m heartbroken and furious at the same time. I thought I was feeding my cats a fine pet food and I wasn’t.

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  25. Our vet specifically told us to take our cat off of Blue, and thankfully we did.
    Apparently in all of the cases that she had with UTIs, where wet food and dry food were concerned both for cats and dogs- the common link was Blue Wilderness.
    They contacted Blue over it, and they said that the vet had to prove it. So the vet did, had tests done, etc. And Blue said it wasn’t enough and dismissed their claims.

    So our vet suggested if we wanted grain free Wellness is a good food and it’s what I’ve been giving my kitty since. I also made sure to research online after talking with the vet to double check. In that I found out that Blue gave pets UTIs and that Wellness and several others have not seemed to.

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    • Well rather; she suggested anything other than Blue that was grain free, Wellness was one of the number she mentioned. It didn’t have to be a specific brand. Wanted to clarify that.

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    • I wish we had vets in NM that can recommend beyond Hills Diet By-product food. You are lucky! Another solid cure for UTI/Feline Lower Urinary Track Syndrome is switching entirely to wet or, even better, sterile raw food. Of course the wet should be from a company like Wellness that ensures a Human Grade standard because the issue is with FDA regulations. The FDA does not allow our food safety laws to apply to any animal because they have a different standard (Google FDA policy paged Titled ‘Diversion of Unfit Food for Animal Use’ to see FDA official position on pet food safety.) The UTI issue is caused by quality of meats – lower quality not absorbed and so blast the kidney’s and bladder track with stuff not absorbed. Also, UTI has little to do with PH. Changing PH in food has been shown not to change the incident of UTI, it only changes the types of crystals that grow. Dry Kibble, particularly ones with low-quality components, is the cause of so many UTI because on Dry the cats urine tends to be more concentrated than what is natural. Raw food is fed in daily portions that almost 1/3 the regular cooked portions so that boosted absorption really really helps the chronic cats get better. Also, using Tinckle Tonic from Animal Essentials with the raw food constitutes a solid cure for the chronic cases. I am getting rid of all my Blue today.

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  26. I switched my dog on Blue Buffalo on my vet’s recommendation because the inexpensive food was give her red itchy spots. Had her on it for long while until I came home from work one day and she was throwing up everywhere. The vet said she had a pancreatitis. I switched her to prescription food and she hasn’t had the problem since. On Blue Buffalo, she wouldn’t want to eat sometimes and even after eating, her stomach would sound upset, and she would be constipated often. Her prescription food has eliminated all of these problems and she loves her food. It might cost even more, but it is better to pay for the food than to have a poor sick puppy.

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  27. My two year old French bulldog has eaten Blue Buffalo since we got her as a pup. A couple months ago she started getting bumps all over and we haven’t been able to figure it out. I will be changing her food to something that’s actually a premium grain-free dog food.

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    • My dog also developed bumps after eating BB for a few months last summer. He started having skin issues in the fall so we put him back on Royal Canin. The bumps turned into sores and then hot spots. After several courses of antibiotics, topical ointments, prescription shampoo, Hill’s hypoallergenic food and well over a thousand dollars spent on all of the above, he”s still only about 75% better. I just found another bump on his belly tonight.

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  28. You are all a bunch of idiots. Thinking just cause your dog had cancer it is due to the food? Seriously stop blaming everyone else for everything.

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  29. I used to feed my pit BB when he was an only dog. His coat was so shiny and soft while I did. After I got married and we ended up with 2 more dogs plus 3 cats, I switched to Rachel Ray’s food. The chicken one gave them gas, but other than that, it was good. Then we found a grain free brand at Sam’s Club and started getting them that and there’s no gas issues and their fur is soft and shiny. I wish I had the time and money to do raw food, but since I don’t, grain free foods are the best. I hope they get their act together. They use to have such good products

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  30. I used to feed Blue Buffalo to my dog and cats, back in 2007 during the massive pet food recall. Despite my best efforts to convert my dog’s diet slowly over several weeks, the BB kibble gave him terrible diarrhea that never cleared up until I changed his diet again. When the BB cat food got recalled, I switched my cats as well. Blue Buffalo has a chronic issue with quality control of its production lines. They have too many manufacturers making their products, making it nearly impossible to keep track of everything that’s going on. However, I do believe that this recent lawsuit is shining some light on what else may be going on here. BB is also lying about their ingredients. I hate Purina and the horrible garbage they call “food” that fill grocery store shelves but, this suit shows that any company is capable of dubious business practices, all at the expense of our pets health. Makes me sick. 3 years ago I made the decision and commitment to making my own homemade pet foods for my dog and cats. No issues with diarrhea or vomiting since. It’s a bit of work and time to make but it’s also less expensive and my pets have never been healthier or happier.

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    • Sue, can you share some of your recipes, I know its work but I really don’t know what to feed my little guy anymore after all this ….

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  31. RC is higher in sodium and that is why your pets find it more palatable. Do your homework and read your labels. There are only a couple of companies that actually test their foods clinically and know how they truly benefit our pets. Ask your veterinarians what will benefit your pet. Purina and Hill’s SD have the science to back their claims.

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  32. how exactly can i sue blue buffalo for false advertising???? Im very angry about this. I try to feed my dog only the best and for them knowingly false advertise is outrageous to me.

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    • The ingredients in much of science diet are fillers and preservatives. In my experience, most of what they make isn’t even palatable. If a dog doesn’t even find the canned food appealing… Blech.

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      • You’re information is dated. Please check the update formulation of Hill’s products.

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  33. In November 2014, I changed from Science Diet Hairball control to Blue Buffalo Indoor Hairball control for my female cat. I thought I was making a great and healthier choice by changing, but now I feel guilty I did. When I first transitioned my cat over to the BB, she loved it and couldn’t get enough of it. Over the past month, I noticed that my cat was losing weight and started to refuse to eat the BB. Then she started projectile vomiting and eventually stopped eating and drinking all together. I took her to the vet a week ago Monday and had testing done. All blood work came back normal except for the Urinalysis which was orange and her bilirubin level was two times the normal limit. My vet has narrowed down the diagnosis to four possible things: pancreatitis, fatty liver disease, ibs, and/or a blockage in the liver or gallbladder. Right now we are just monitoring her as she slowly recovers. She has received fluids on three occasions over the past week and a half. She is currently on an anti-nausea medication so she can eat and keep food down so it doesn’t turn into fatty liver disease, (if it’s not already). My vet also prescribed an antibiotic and Hill’s I/D food for now. She’s improving slowly. If she doesn’t show more improvement then she has up to this point and/or continues to vomit, an ultrasound will be done next week to rule out a possible blockage and/or to see if the pancreas or liver is enlarged.

    I have been researching the internet on bilirubin levels in cats and ran across stories upon stories about animal parents feeding their animals BB and the animals having uti issues, pancreatitis, bladder crystals, vomiting , dehydration, and some dying of this.

    I really feel BB is to blame for my cats sudden onset illness. She has been a healthy indoor cat until this past month. This change in food looks to be the blame. My vet said that she has been seeing many pets come in with diarrhea and vomiting that have been eating BB and she has advised the owners to change foods because BB is “too rich” for them.

    I truly hope my baby is on the mend. I feel so guilty feeding BB to my cat. Everyone always said I was feeding my cat crap with the SD, but it looks like BB is crap too. I am going back to her SD Hairball control once she’s closer to normal and my vet gives the okay. She was a healthy happy kitty on that food and I want that kitty back again.

    *** Anyone who has just started their cats on BB, keep a close eye on them and if you notice any ounce of weight loss, either change the food or take her/him to the vet. ***

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    • Royal Canin has a better prescription food than Science diet. I would get that instead of SD. RC is not perfect but better than SD. Once you get her stabilized than transition her to a really good food. Check out dogfoodadvisor.com for the best comparisons

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      • Did you know that the website is run by a dentist? They have no nutritional background for animals.

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      • What do you base this claim on? They go off ingredients and in the Pet Food industry all pet food labels , unlike human foods , are based on pre-manufactured weight of the ingredient. Which is at least misleading if nothing else. This is an AFFCO regulation.

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  34. To fellow beagle- and any dog – lovers! We switched Bit and Miss to Blue Buffalo in the wake of the Purina revelations. (They had been on Beneful and healthy weight dry for years.) We switched to Blue Buffalo and Lil Miss got sick within a week. We thought it was her back disc issues. Not walking. Peeing the bed.lethargic in the extreme. Took her to the vet for bloodwork, x Rays etc. then Lil Bit got really sick really fast on Saturday. Limping. Panting. Lethargy. Duh. I googled Blue Buffalo complaints. There are over 900 horrifying stories on Consumers Affairs site. They ate it for 17 days. I am hoping there is no permanent organ damage. They have been eating boiled chicken and rice for 48 hours and are much improved already. THROW IT AWAY!!!!

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    • I doubt the 900 horrifying stories are true im guessing maybe at max 100 might be true and thats pushing it. Most of the complaints are just Purina trying to level the playing field for there shitty product. My dog got horribly sick from Purina and thank god he didnt die !!! ….Blue Buffalo you are now my supplier.

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      • Here’s the thing. Purina’s food may not be perfect, but you’d be shocked to learn how many different brands of food are made by the same suppliers–using identical or very nearly identical formulas.

        We learned this some years ago when numerous dogs died when exposed to grains and glutens imported from China. You might remember this from 2007. A huge number of dog food snobs-the kind who looked down on people who couldn’t afford to feed their dogs super-premium/human grade foods–were very silent for a long time. Blue Buffalo was among those foods. Interestingly one of the few unaffected by it was Purina because they buy all their foods from domestic producers and they own their own factories.

        I don’t feed my dogs Purina–I’ve found a product I like better. But my cats eat Purina One Urinary Tract Health, because over the years I’ve had two cats who had “blocked tom” disease and a vet I went to for a second opinion recommended it over the much more expensive Science Diet formula. It’s been ten years now and we’ve never seen another case of it.

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  35. My dog would never eat the little black pieces and if there was anything other than that she would eat that instead. It would take her like a week to even eat a bite of it. Maybe we should just cook them some meat and veggies ourselves instead of thinking it will come in a bag.

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  36. I changed my dog’s food in February 2015 to the no-grain Blu Buffalo in an attempt to find the source of his scratching (most likely allergies from pollen). Within a few weeks he lost 20 lbs and developed lymphoma. He stopped eating so I switched to the wet canned Blue Buffalo. He stopped eating all together and the vets told me chemotherapy was the only hope for a few months of prolonging his life. He died last night. From late February until last night (March 20th) he lost the weight and his abdomen was swollen and tight from lymphoma. I suspect it was Blue Buffalo Pet Foods so I began to look online and found thousands of complaints with dogs having symptoms just like mine did. Stay away from this food.

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  37. I fed my now 10 year old shi-tzu/poodle BB for about 6 years. 6 months ago she started loosing weight rapidly, vomiting and there was blood in her stool. She was diagnosed with kidney disease and protein sparing nephropathy. The Vet didn’t know what caused it but after reading about this I can’t help but wonder if the food had something to do with it. I had been feeding her BB because she is allergic to corn meal and grains. For the lady year she was eating it she was scratching all the time and had patches on her skin but I believed her food was grain and corn free! Now I am very angry that I trusted them.

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  38. Our 12 1/2 year old Golden Retriever Ben died on March 3rd, 2015. We bought a new bag of Blue Buffalo in December which we started giving to him in January, after which he started throwing up violently. We didn’t think it was the Blue Buffalo food because we thought it was a premium food and he’d been eating it for a long time. From looking at other complaints it looks like something changed with their food in the month of December where dogs were getting violently ill, some having diarrhea with blood in it, and others just kept throwing up- like our dog, and could not hold anything down. See consumer affairs for similar stories: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/blue_buffalo.html

    The last time we gave Ben the Blue Buffalo was the end of January. When we found out about the other complaints and issues it was too late. We took him to two different vets. He was put on an IV because of the dehydration from throwing up, and he was given an anti nausea medication as well as antibiotics that only seemed to help for a little bit. His body was already poisoned, he lost 20 lbs and he could not recoup. We tried to save him by spoon feeding him chicken and rice (blended with water) for about 4 weeks to keep him alive but he started to take a turn for the worse and we sadly had to put him to sleep. Ben was always a very healthy dog, went on two walks a day and never got sick until this happened. He was not just loved by us but by anyone that he touched. He was a beautiful guy and this is just wrong.

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  39. Great site!

    I nearly lost a 2 year old Pom by feeding him Blue Buffalo. $2000.00 later, we saved his life. Now he’s going bald. Last week, my mother’s dog died because of toxic Purina Beneful food and the other one has lost 10 lbs and can’t see. Sick and tired of the food crimes against animals and people. Fresh Organic foods only….for the dogs and the people I care about.

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    • dear Robert i spent 4000 to save my dogs, all got sick on purina pro plan chicken/rice shreds. one died of intern.al bleeding ,the other 5 were sick with a toxic gastrointeritus.bloody vomit/dieria.i call purina,told them,sent a food sample to them,vet sent a food sample to state lab.have not head from purena sence.

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  40. Though we had to euthanize our 8.5 year old Great Dane last week, we have only fed him Blue Buffalo Wilderness. All other foods affected his stomach and his stool. I, too, believed the hype on the grain-free, etc and at $60.00 for a 22 lb bag of Wilderness the price IS high. I would pay it all again just to have him back. I don’t agree with the highly inflated price for a product that is misrepresented, though.

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  41. I’ve recently switched my own dogs to a raw diet and they are doing great. For my foster dogs, I rotate brands, but mostly EVO, Annamaet, Acana, Orijen – you should be safe with any of those brands.

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    • I would be suspicious of any commercial processing. The only way to know 100% is to make it yourself. Same goes for human food. This is the last straw for me. I am going raw/home cooked asap.

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  42. The more I learn about the commercial pet food industry, the more I am glad that I make my own cat food. My cats are doing great, too. Cleared up all kinds of GI issues.

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  43. I tried so many dog foods and my Dachshund got diarrhea from every dog food we tried and my Chihuahua wouldn’t eat it. So I fed them human food for awhile. I realize that they can’t eat human food forever so I bought BB. I think out of all 8 dog foods, this is the only one that my dogs didn’t get sick, both my dogs eat it. Now my cats, my one cat used to lick her fur off, she was almost bald on her stomach and tail.I switched them from Friskies to BB and she has all her fur back. Also my 3 cats are probably the softest they ever been.

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  44. If the dogs were in the wild, they would eat everything of the animal they killed. By products bother people because they don’t like it. The grain and corn can cause problems. Allergies. Personally, i have never seen a carnivore allergic to meat in general. It is their staple in the wild. RAW. People create their own problems. My dogs eat Blue Senior? Love it and keeps their weight under control. Animals will eat feathers.

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    • I agree with you. MY GSD eats BB and she is great. And yeh I think people look for anyway possible to sue. Dogs are scavengers in the wild. they kill and eat anything. grain and byproducts are not going to kill them. feeding them a darn plate of human food with seasonings and oils – way worse imho

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      • Well my dog got very sick and ALMOST DIED because of kidney stones that were huge and the only food she ate was BLUE BUFF!!!!! Wish I knew who to contact to be included in law suit!! Roxie, my blue heeler is MY CHILD WITH FUR and it was awful to see her go through the surgery and recovery….

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  45. I’m a huge fan of Fromm and Nulo.
    They are both small companies that have had no recalls
    My cats do awesome on either one. But Nulo is more affordable and my cats have alot less hairballs.

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  46. I stopped buying Blue Buffalo food for my two years about four years ago because I had heard they lied about the ingredients in the food. I switched to Taste of the Wild and my dogs are so healthy and that makes this consumer very happy.

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  47. Bottom line….. … I buy this BBC Lamb and Rice as my Setter has a lot of allergies….. if it is advertised as having certain ingredients and free of others…. it should have exactly as advertised. I feel decieved. …certainly a company as big as this has some kind of quality control. ….. or SHOULD have.!

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  48. This food if fine, some by products? So, my pets r good on this food so no change is necessary. Stop charging so much money

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  49. I went to our local butcher who also has a kitchen and got some shredded beef tacos, there was a feather in the taco and the meat tasted and looked old. My cats eat Taste of the Wild which one loves and does well with and the other has a skin allergy that shows up. They both eat Blue Buff, the wilderness duck bag. we are all relatively healthy but Food for all of us will continue to be an issue for many reasons in the times that we are in now re pesticides everywhere used by untrained folks….

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  50. I bought blue last week for my mini pin, he started throwing up, diahreea, took him to the vet. $129. Later & meds she said it was the dog food.!!

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  51. Please include me in updates as to a class action ! I switched to Blue based on its claim of being grain free and no chicken! My bulldogs have allergies and it is important to feed them with good quality food! What kind do you recommend!

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    • I feed our two Darwin’s. Awesome customer service, and it’s amazing how wonderful our two rescue dogs looked after eating it for a couple of weeks. They are Boston Terrier mixes which are infamous for gas, but no issues with that at all once they adjusted to the food (the first couple of weeks, they shed their coarse, dry hair out and replaced it with super soft, shiny fur, their stool was a bit soft during that time as well as they adjusted but once they did, NO issues!) They also have great looking, white teeth with no issues and are incredibly healthy. Our vet even has asked us what we are doing with them because of how awesome they both look…especially compared to how they looked when we first got them. Anyway, Darwin’s offers a variety pack, one of which is Chicken but you can email them and request not to get that (our don’t seem to care for the beef so we don’t get that in our pack). They respond to emails within hours and are always very courteous and friendly. Darwin’s ISN’T cheap (unfortunately lol) but sometimes you get what you pay for! Below is the link to their website (we get the organic which costs a little bit more). Some people also make their own food—basically they chop up their own raw meat/veggies. We’ve thought about trying that to save some cash, but just haven’t yet. That might be something to consider for yourself though—then you know for sure what your pooch is getting! Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.darwinspet.com/our-raw-foods/?gclid=CjwKEAiAgfymBRCEhpTR8NXpx1USJAAV0dQyTqueuWRSCMLVe1xubhLD-D6FF4fRwhfGuhMmMgu61BoCmxrw_wcB

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    • I feed my Husky and Lab Wellness Core. I’ve been feeding it to them since I adopted them. The shelter my husky was at fed her Nutro, and the shelter of my Lab fed her Hill’s. Wellness hasn’t had any recalls like other foods.

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  52. My 9 month old Pyranees/dalmation mix has been on BB’s lamb LID since 3 mos. He had demodex that was at first suggested to be a protein allergy. We were told that it would take 3 months to successfully identify any food allergy. I was relentless in changing and changing until I could make him better. And the vet was right. 3 months on BB LID we can now confirm at best a protein allergy. We were told only after 3 months, try a different protein. Sure enough, loose stools, thinning hair (overnight), and extremely red skin with Fowl protein. Let me just say I spend hours in the pet store looking at ingredients, and everytime I find a list that looks perfect, there is always chicken or turkey by product meal. First of all, the only LID alternative other than BB, was the vet’s HSD LID at $200 for a 20lb bag (1 weeks worth for our pup). Secondly, like many posts, these ingredients are not bad for dogs, but dogs who potentially have allergies this could cause major issues. It would take one feeding for us to notice that the ingredients weren’t right. He’s still a puppy and could very well grow out of the allergy. I just want to be able to trust what I read on the bag, because I trust that they have to be honest. I think when it really comes down to the nirty gritty that’s all anyone here wants. My senior 12 yo Hymilayan cat rushes to the dog bowl while he goes for his walk, and she acts like a kitten again. What is good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander. If you suspect or are advised a reason for the absence or presence of certain ingredients it is important for the 3 month test. Your dog will tell you if the change is something they are willing to tolerate or not, and you should listen to those signs quickly. I myself thought that was rediculous, but the vet, the professional was right. As he usually is, as much as my $3500 vet bill in 9 months hates to admit it. If you can afford BB you can afford a vet visit and blood panel to determine any issues your pet may or may not be having. Just my two cents! Take it or leave it I suppose.

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  53. So, as a vet tech I’ve seen lots of issues with diarrhea in dogs that eat blue, and I’m not a fan at all of their food, but for those of you who’ve fed it for years… If your dog or cat is doing well on it, why would you switch? I personally feed Purina Pro Plan to my dogs, and I credit that food to my dogs’ longevity (they range from 9 to almost 16 years old and they’re all large breed dogs) but really, like the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. There is nothing wrong with by products or grains. They actually hold nutritional value when fed in regulation. In the wild a dog would eat the entire chicken, he wouldn’t leave the by-products. And as far as grains go, it’s very rare for dogs too be allergic to grains. They’re allergic to the protein source like chicken, beef, lamb, duck, etc. Again, I don’t like blue’s food but thanks to the likelihood of GI upset they help keep food on the table for those of us in the veterinary field. I personally don’t recommend it but we won’t tell people to switch if the pet is doing well on it.

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    • I agree with pit bull. If your dog is doing well on his food, don’t change.All I have been hearing about lately is, raw chicken, bones and all. Even vets encourage it. Think about when your parents were little. Back then the dogs and cats were given scraps, including bones. Perhaps some of these allergies are due to the water they are drinking, or the air they are breathing. Pit bull is right when dogs were wild, they ate the whole critter.

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    • I’m disappointed to see this. I feed my own dogs and my fosters Earthborn Primitive Natural, which is grain-free. That said, I have a foster bullmastiff whose gut wasn’t doing well on much of anything. He had good skin, but soft stool. Usually that’s attributed to them changing foods rapidly as they go from home-to-shelter-to-rescue. Fecal tests negative. I tried 2 different Earthborn flavors and then tried CA Natural (which made him worse). I refuse to feed anything by Science Diet, so I cooked for him using potato as the carb. That made him formed, but not solid. I carefully read all the labels in the premium dog food aisle and decided on Blue Buffalo Freedom. Pricey? yes. However, by the second day of being on it, his poop finally was firm! He’s been doing great on that food for weeks now. I don’t know what his specific problem was, but I’m not switching again! Again – disappointed that even this food’s ingredient list isn’t reliable. So many other foods list “Bison” or “Fish” as their protein source but then down the list there is in fact still chicken or lamb. BB was the only one that didn’t. ::sigh::

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    • You are right about grains rarely being the cause of allergies, but they are completely unnecessary in a dog’s diet. They are in the food because they are cheap, period. And, yes, dogs eat by-products in the wild, but they are also eating MEAT. When you see chicken by-product meal on a dog food label, it means they are using ONLY the by-products – feet, beaks, feathers, etc. They are using what is left over after the meat is gone. This is in no way healthy.
      My dogs are on a raw diet. They eat meat, bones, and organ meat with some organic vegetables a couple of times a week. I supplement with coconut oil and raw goat’s milk. Your dogs might do well on Blue Buffalo or Pro Plan, but think how much BETTER they could do on a diet of real food. Just because it isn’t “broke” doesn’t mean it is working at it’s full potential.
      If you feed kibble – I recommend Orijen, Acana, Annamaet, or Innova EVO. There are also freeze dried and dehydrated foods like Honest Kitchen, Grandma Lucy’s, and Sojo’s that are healthier than kibble, but still just as convenient.

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      • Actually AAFCO defines all of these, please get your facts straight before posting erroneous information. http://www.aafco.org/Consumers/What-is-in-Pet-Food is the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially de-fatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs. It shall be suitable for use in animal feed. If it bears a name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto.” They are only By-products because they are not preferred by humans. They are nutritionally dense and DO NOT include feathers. Also, I hope you are aware of the risks of feeding indoor pets raw. They are likely spreading salmonella and other bacteria via their saliva, fur, and feet all over your home. Major human health concern. The FDA, CDC, AVMA, and various other public health agencies recommend against feeding pets raw.

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        • Actually the by-product meal in question did include feathers, as well as egg shells and leg scales. They were found as a result of Purina’s testing of the product (http://www.scribd.com/doc/240273599/Preliminary-Report-Independent-Testing-by-Windsor-Laboratories) – which BTW – BB should have done in the first place; it’s called “test and hold” and it is a good manufacturing practice that BB would have been wise to implement or they would not be in the position they are now. The point is that BB claimed their products did NOT contain poultry-by products when in fact it did (in addition to feather meal, egg shells and leg scale and rice hulls): That constitutes false advertising, and the product was therefore mislabeled and it is illegal for it to enter commerce. That is the basis of the lawsuit. This is not an argument about the nutritional content of by-products. This is also not a debate about what to feed pets – raw or otherwise – it is a story about a manufacturer who has consistently misled consumers, engaged in false advertising and has not only broken the law, but broken the trust that consumers placed in BB. A trust which was placed in them based solely on marketing that their products were superior to the competitors because their product contained no by-product meals. Blue Buffalo’s promotion, advertising and packaging repeatedly and unequivocally stated that its products contain “NO Chicken/Poultry By-Product Meals.” You don’t need to tell me what the law is – I understand it completely. I also am an advisor to both AAFCO committees on Ingredient Definitions and the Pet Food Committee.

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  54. I bought this food under the assumption that it was one of the better dry foods out there to supplement the raw food diet I was feeding my cats (I typically use dry as a sort of filler since feeding three cats raw food can get expensive). I had previously been using Spot’s Stew grain-free dry food. The blue cat food made 2 of my cats incredibly ill. I had to take them both into the vet. They became bloated and lethargic and one cat began vomiting. I have now switched over to making them homemade food because I want to heal them from whatever the Blue food did to them. Scary!!!

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      • The other small privately owned pet food manufactures had better start saving up their money for future law suites if Purina succeeds in this one. Blue Buffalo has been the most successful at marketing and has become an easy target because of this. They have their product in the larger chain stores, which has made them a target for the huge conglomerate pet food manufactures.

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  55. How do I join this and does anyone have any other food change suggestions? I’ve been buying this food for about 9 years…

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    • I switched from Blue Buffalo to Orijen about 4 years ago. My dogs absolutely love Orijen. The dog food is made totally in Canada and is grain free and garbage free. A little expensive but well worth it.

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  56. I love my vet but he doesn’t know the first thing about pet foods. I did a lot of research after my first Sheltie developed kidney disease. I love FROMM–excellent food but can be hard to find. I also feed Nature’s Variety. When we adopt out, we give a list of good foods to the adopters and ask they not feed anything they can buy at the grocery store. Petsmart has started carrying better foods but Pet Supplies Plus carries more. California Natural has a good limited ingredient food. We’ve had lots of success with their food and Natural Balance (yes, they’ve had recalls in the past) Limited Ingredient Fish and Sweet Potato. After doing research, those two lines are the only readily available foods we’ve been able to find without white potato, carrots, or fruit but with fish as the protein–a diet that helps dogs with severe skin and/or ear issues. Helps eliminate anything in the diet that feeds yeast.

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  57. I bought a very tiny Yorkie and was told to feed him BB so I did along with a very tiny female that I already had. I had never had any problems with her and I was feeding Nutri Source and raw diet that consisted of venison and chicken that I ground myself. I was gone and my Son had just given them the BB food because he did not deal with the raw food. He left one night and came back the next morning and they were both dead in their exercise pen. I did not get them checked, but there was no reason for 2 healthy dogs under 3 years old to die especially at the same time. The only change in the way they were being treated was the fact that they were forced to eat only BB for the week that I was gone and they had both thrown up the food before they died. I knew that they would throw up when they ate dog food with corn in it, but it never occurred to me that BB would have corn since if was not listed in their ingredients. It really makes me feel guilty that it might be my fault that they died because they were forced to eat food that made them sick because of the corn that they could not tolerate. I lost 2 very loved members of our family and they were also very expensive pups being fed what we believed to be a very good dog food. Very sad situation for our whole family.

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    • I am soooooo Very sorry for you! Don’t you or any family feel guilty! You did not know and bought them what you thought was a high quality one of the best food. You Go After Them! Hope you can handle the stress of it. Hope it is worth it. Remember who you are fighting for. Your babies and others! Cybe Huggs to you and yours! Jackie

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  58. I went to a Specific Formula from Blue Buffalo that our vet recommend for a cat with a very sensitive system. It was supposed to be as ‘clean’ as possible for what the vet suspected was causing the problems but they cat actually became even more ill. Knowing what the vet was looking for us for avoid, I switched to the Purina Sensitive formula… now it still had some things like corn gluten the vet wanted out but it was close to ‘clean’. It did the trick and was clean enough. Truth in labeling matters, even for pet food people. At least the big guys know from experience that they need to inspect and validate their suppliers or they could lose big.

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  59. It’s funny how most people on here say they wouldn’t trust their vets opinion when it comes to dog nutrition, yet they look to the internet to do their own ‘research’. Reading posts online isn’t research. I’m not saying that your vet will be the #1 dog nutrition expert, but they likely know more about your pet’s health and wellness than any internet site.

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    • I would trust a vet’s opinion more if it extended beyond what prescription foods (usually Science Diet) they sold on their shelves. Those foods may be OK for the very short term, but they’re not able to sustain a dog’s weight and healthy coat over time. Plus Science Diet is the only canned food I’ve seen dogs turn their noses up at. It looks like ground erasers! If the vet has had more than the Science Diet-Sponsored nutrition class in vet school and had a more open mind about clean and nutritious options, I’d be completely inclined to listen to him in that regard!

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  60. I started to feed my little healthy female MalteseBlue Fuffalo Co Life Protection formula with LifeSource Bits with Natural Chicken and Brown Rice Small Breed Adult Formula in September 2014. She would eat the food but spit out the little LifeSource Bits. It thought what a waste of money if a lot of the food is not eaten. I kept trying other foods but kept going back to this food as she liked it and I felt it was healthy for her. She started to love the Natural & Delicious healthy kibble that I cut into 1/4’s of each piece for her. Then I tried to go back to the Blue food as I am running low on the other and I have so much left of the Blue food but she had diarrhea for two days. Back to the Natural & Delicious and she as firm poops again with energy. I want a refund of this very expensive dog kibble that I was lied about having no corn or by-products as these ingredients are not listed on the label on the bag despite the lab finding them in the food and they falsely pretend the food is so healthy. I am very upset. My tiny little Maltese needs only nutritious food. I am willing to pay more but only for healthy ingredients.

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  61. Our dog was quite sickened by Blue Buffalo and it was from the food that was recalled. We got absolutely no compensation from them. You can read the whole sad saga here: http://thoughtsfromthebarkside.com/?p=353 Blue Buffalo obviously will try to get away with what they can. Thanks goodness, our lovely Shelby is fine.

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  62. Now that this byproduct “outbreak” is trending, everyone is going to find something wrong with their dogs and blame it on BB. I fed my dogs BB with no adverse effects. I switched to Wellness and then to 4Health — again with no adverse effects. My dogs are extremely healthy. I can’t feed a raw diet because one of my dogs is registered with Pet Partners and they don’t allow a raw diet, but I wouldn’t do it anyway because I don’t take that much trouble with my family’s diet. Soooo, I think it’s a shame that you all didn’t get what you paid for (whole meat protein) but your dogs are not going to die from byproducts. Lighten up, people.

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    • There’s a reason you’re anonymous. Follow the vet bills. Where there’s smoke there’s usually
      fire. Lighten up people? Are you for real? My dog has $3400 plus in vet bills. You’re lucky your
      dogs are healthy in spite of your ignorance.

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  63. Anything I’ve found about dog nutrition I’ve found via research. I think the comment about asking your vet is nice, but I wouldn’t trust my GP with my own nutritional needs, so why would I trust a regular vet with my dogs. Not to say I don’t trust my Vet. With my dog’s general health because I do, but I think his training on nutrition has its limits, and I’m not buying Hills.
    I would feed raw if I had better access and could get over the gross factor.

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    • Kim – Food Lion actually has good deals on meat a lot of the time. I buy a lot of split chicken breasts and whole chickens for my dogs there. I also really like haretoday.com, but it can get a little pricey with shipping. Best to save up and order a lot at once.
      As for the gross factor, it depends on what you are feeding. If you are doing prey model – yeah, that’s gross. I know plenty of people that give whole dead carcasses to their dogs. That’s not for me. I essentially give them the same type of meats I would be preparing for my own meals, so it’s no different than making dinner to me. I use mostly chicken with one dog because it’s cheap and he does well on it. The other dog eats duck, beef, and lamb because he doesn’t do well with chicken. That one also has a hard time with bones, so we do mostly ground bone. I add ground sardines to both every few days for the fatty acids, both get coconut oil and raw goat’s milk daily for fatty acids and probiotics. They’ve done great on it and it rarely takes me more than 5 minutes to get their meals ready.

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  64. Why is chicken byproducts bad for dogs? Foxes and coyotes that kill and eat birds eat the “byproducts” from them – the feet, a few feathers, the “innards”, etc. In fact, the pieces that are “byproducts” such as the heart, gizzard, liver, etc. contain high levels of nutrients essential to life that are not included in the muscle meat (thighs, breasts, etc.). Egg shell is an excellent source of calcium – as are ground bones. I don’t like corn, soy, or oats in my dogs’ foods because of the skin issues that can be caused by them, but other grains? Grains can provide calories for energy and fiber to aid in digestive tract health. So…I’m not sure what the issue is other than false advertising. I’m not sure that one can make the leap that the ingredients included will result in health issues for dogs, unless a dog is allergic to a particular item that isn’t listed.

    That said, I feed my dogs raw chicken and a grain-free natural dog food and their treats are dehydrated pieces of chicken meat or gizzards sold for human consumption. Although, they do get an odd piece of pizza crust now and then and other “goodies” from time to time. :-) It doesn’t harm them.

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    • Because “chicken by product meal” means ONLY the by-products and none of the meat. A healthy diet consists of mostly meat with some organ meat and bone – not just organ meat, feathers, beaks, and feet.
      Grains may not cause issues for most dogs, but they are there as fillers and nothing else. They are not a necessary part of a carnivorous animal’s diet.
      False advertising is the issue. I don’t think any animals got sick, but people aren’t getting what they thought they were paying for. They trusted the company and spent the extra money to buy what they thought was a premium diet for their pets and they were lied to.

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  65. A raw food diet is actually cheaper than buying specialty dog food – my sister feeds her two dogs raw turkey, oatmeal, kefir/yogurt and egg yolks with a few supplements and some turmeric. She also has some dehydrated food that she uses if she is in a rush. Your best bet it to consult with your vet and get a raw food diet/supplement recommendation from them and then tailor that as you see what your pet likes. If you want to use kibble, all of the folks above have good suggestions. DON’T use what your vet has in their office as many times they are not grain free and just cost more.

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  66. So upset and confused. I have 3 Rottweilers, 1 Pitt and 1 Pug. The youngest rottie (22mo) came as a rescue with severe stomach and bowel issues. After trying multiple brands we tried BB Wilderness Salmon and he has excelled. Now what?? I honestly don’t know what to do. I’m disabled and can’t do a raw diet. Help!!

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    • If he’s doing well on it and you’d have a hard time changing, don’t worry about it.

      If you do decide to change brands, I recommend Orijen, Acana, Annamaet, or Innova EVO. The EVO herring and salmon is reasonably priced and similar to the BB food you are using (only much better quality).

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  67. Does anyone know how to get in on this lawsuit? I fed my cats bb for the last decade (give or take a couple years, but I know my vet has documentation of it), and they both developed kidney disease unexpectedly. I just lost one of them a week before Christmas. She was my best friend and now she’s gone. I fed them this garbage and trusted this company. How dare they make a sub par food and claim it’s so much better.

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  68. You would all do well to stop trying to figure out veterinary nutrition on your own and talk to a veterinarian about these issues. As I read the comments, I am amazed at how many people are doing their pets a huge disservice while trying hard to provide the best nutrition for them. Of course blue buffalo has been deceiving you, but so are all of the people selling you raw food, grain free, and other so called natural diets. They may not be purposefully lying, but they are misinformed regarding what is good or bad for our pets. There is a large body of literature regarding veterinary nutrition, but people who accept these ideas choose to ignore it, and claim that we are all in on a big conspiracy to get their money and kill their pets. That is not true.

    Here are some resources that actually have merit for those of you that insist on reading for yourself.
    http://www.acvn.org this is the American college of veterinary nutrition. These are the actual experts on this subject.
    http://www.aahanet.org also has some helpful links.

    Please try to open your minds and stop buying into the crazy theories comparing your dogs to wolves. They are not wolves, and they will hopefully live for much longer than a wolf. Stop listening to the craziness regarding carbohydrates. Wheat, barley, rice, potatoes, for most pets it does not make a difference. But they absolutely need carbohydrates. They also need fat and protein in the right balance. More protein is not necessarily better.

    I realize that I have just wasted 15 minutes writing this because none of you will listen. These crazy ideas have become like a religion to many of you. But oh well, I tried.

    Sincerely Dr. Michael Clayton, DVM.

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    • Dr. Clayton, I’d have liked your post even more if you had refrained from donning a martyr’s hat for that last paragraph. I agree that many of us in the U.S. have gone pretty nuts over pet nutrition. I’ve tried to stay out of any arguments on the subject, and so far that’s working for me. I clicked on your first link above, to do my bit so that your time hadn’t been wasted. I found this sentence, which made me pause and think: ‘Your veterinarian is the best source of information regarding the appropriate diet for your specific pet.’ I think very highly of vets in general. I think very highly of my own vet. I’ve got a houseful of dogs and cats, and my vet’s statement re. pet nutrition suited me very well. I had asked him about feeding raw to one of my dogs. He said, ‘Dogs have evolved to eat a wide variety of foods and to thrive on them.’ Possibly I like that statement only because it’s what I think, myself, but I don’t believe so. I think it’s true, and I was very glad to hear him say it. But what if he’d said, like many vets do in reply to a general food question, ‘Well, this office recommends Hill’s Science Diet’? In that case, that vet is not the best source of information regarding a pet’s appropriate diet. What does that say about your link, then? Considering the financial relationships between some food companies and many vets, we would be just as foolish to have complete faith in vets’ dietary recommendations as we would be to have no faith in them at all. Until there are no financial relationships and we can have faith, what you’ll see is what you’re seeing–a bunch of people trying to find other owners they can trust, to ask for the truth about pet nutrition. I’d work on reforming from inside, unfastening those veterinary/food company relationships. Try not to take it personally, that pet owners in America are searching for themselves.

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      • The response from your vet sounds like a carefully crafted statement so as to not lose your business. If he had told you that studies have shown no I’ll effects from feeding dogs a diet content of over 50% cooked corn, he likely would have lost your business, or at least your trust on nutritional matters… ’cause internet.

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      • Agreed, Ingrid. I have worked in veterinary medicine for over a decade now and I’ve worked with at least 20 different veterinarians during that time. My current vet isn’t super crazy about the idea of the raw diet, but has admitted to me that his concerns are based more in “what if’s” because he’s never actually seen any of the problems he worries about in his 25 years of practicing medicine. I do work with a holistic vet who feeds raw to her own dogs. She practices acupuncture and is certified in chinese herbs. She also isn’t afraid to use traditional western medicine to treat her patients. She has done a lot of research on nutrition (much more than any of the other vets I have worked with) and she chose to do a raw diet with her own pets. That says a lot. Most vets I have worked with seem to put very little thought into what they feed and recommend and, yes, Science Diet is often high on their list. Many claim this is because of kickbacks from the company, but it’s not. It’s just that the very few hours spent on nutrition in vet school is often taught by Hill’s and Purina.

        Now, I’m not saying that feeding Dog Chow is going to kill your dog. Plenty of dogs lead long, healthy lives on crappy kibbles. Plenty of humans live to be 90 years old while chain smoking or eating junk food. It doesn’t mean it’s healthy, but it just isn’t going to affect every animal the same way. If your dog is healthy and happy and eating Ol’ Roy, great. I’m sure they’d be doing BETTER on a better food, but whatever. If your dog is having issues, though – anything from allergies to digestive issues to kidney or liver issues to joint problems – why not start with a better diet?

        And to the vet that posted – do you not think I know that it is important to feed a balanced diet? I researched on my own and talked with multiple vets and experienced raw feeders before deciding to switch. I plan out meals based on meat to bone to organ meat ratio. I select vegetables based on what they can provide for my dogs and what issues they are currently having. Feeding kibble would not give me the option to add and subtract single ingredients from my dog’s diet based on their exact nutritional needs.

        And it’s not a “crazy theory” that dogs are wolves. They were descended from wolves and feeding kibble wasn’t even a thing in the US until about 60 years ago. If you can explain to me how feeding something that has been cooked and processed and loaded with preservatives to the point that it can sit on a shelf for a year is healthier than feeding whole, fresh meats and vegetables, please do.

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    • Hi, I did care about your info and read it. I went to the site. All the links I needed for food info for my dog were dead links. 404, Sorry not here. So thanks anyway.

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    • Thanks, I do listen and read what I think is good for my precious Westies, one who has severe skin allergies. I spend hours looking at the dog food bags because they never seem to have the same thing or are out of it, so I have to switch. I am so careful about anything that she gets.

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    • Thank you for your advise. I did ask my vet about a raw diet and he did not act positive about it. I don’t mind the fruits and veggies but not sure about the raw meat>

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  69. Honst Kitchen – Kindly. We use the base and add in lean turkey, kefir and coconut oil. It took us a while to find the perfect combo but we’re there now. I love the ingredients compared to everything else we’ve tried. Our sweet guy just couldn’t properly digest kibble and everything made him sick. So glad for companies like The Homest Kitchen.

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  70. Life’s abundance has no recalls and is rated 4.5-5 stars at dog food advisor!
    Have it shipped to your home
    Life’sabundance.com/vonwards

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  71. This makes me beyond angry. We’ve been buying BB Wilderness and albeit, I know it’s not the best, but we have six dogs and I do research to ensure my dogs are eating grain free and by product free food; I guess I will start looking at my other options now. I expect crap ingredients from Purina, but we spend over $100 a month on dog food. I hope they do the right thing by their customers.

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  72. I’ve had my two Aussies on blue Buffalo since they were born. My Max developed seizures two years ago. And now Maverick developed seizures two months ago. We don’t know where it came from. Talk to the breeder no other puppy from 2 separate litters or the parents have any seizure problems. People keep asking me what are you feeding them. I continue to tell everybody I feed them one of the best dog foods which costs a lot of money. Now I don’t know?? Feeling sad and helpless. Have to give them both medication twice a day and still deal with seizures. It is an awful thing to go through, would not want anyone to have to deal with this. Have spent so much money on this expensive dog food, vet bills, and medication. Don’t know what to do now??

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    • Blue Buffalo isn’t the best food money can buy. I think you should look up a true holistic pet food store and go there to do some research. I feed my dogs ZIgnature- it’s a limited ingrediant dog food. Fromm is a great brand also. If you want even better Evo or Orijen is a great way to go if you can’t afford raw.

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  73. I’ve switvhed to Raw Instinct. He eats it all up and no more poop problems or throwing up. Met a woman in a local pet store who has researched it fully. In fact she told me several months ago not to use Blue.

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  74. My dog became so I’ll on BBC that I she had bloody stool and throwing up. She now lives on brown rice boiled chicken and chicken consomme.

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  75. Our 8 wk old maremma is on bb wilderness large puppy. Is that type food involved also? she had horrible runs and we switched her to boiled chicken and rice,and the runs stopped. We started her up on the dry again and the runs are staring again.
    I’m so glad I saw this posting.TY very much for the info.

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  76. Our 8 wk old maremma is on bb wilderness large puppy. Is that type food involved also? she had horrible runs and we switched her to boiled chicken and rice,and the runs stopped. We started her up on the dry again and the runs are staring again.
    I’m so glad I saw this posting.TY very much for the info.

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  77. I have 4 cats who were all throwing up every day when I was feeding them Friskies. Now that I am giving BB Chicken, none of them are throwing up. What to do now.

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  78. I started feeding my puppy BB because she had stomach problems, she hasn’t had any problems since. I told my daughter to give her new puppy BB I feel really sad that BBC has lied to us. What will BB do?

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  79. Very sad to think that I still cannot find a reliable high-quality dog food at my local grocery or pet store at any price. I suppose it’s like so many things, if you want it done right you simply have to do it yourself. When I got my first dog, the vet cautioned me not to feed table scraps. I do it now, though–not as the entire diet, but a small supplement. At least I know what came off my plate is fit for consumption.

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    • Not to sound like a jerk, but I’d never feed my pets blue buffalo. Never have. Never will. I heard awful things from the start. Pretty good theory is if you can buy it at Petsmart or a Grocery store it’s not good enough and likely is fake “grain free” ——– Try finding a holistic pet store close to you and going there. I can’t afford raw which is obviously the best choice for our pets- so we feed Zignature (made in the USA)- limited ingredient- it’s also a rotation diet. It’s GREAT! We’ve also given them Fromm Gold, which is good as well and family company owned from Canada. Evo and Orijen are wonderful brand as well :) Store like Pet people are Krisers are amazing Natural pet food stores :)

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  80. Is there a pet food company out there you can trust anymore with your pets health any more?! When did the bottom line (profits) out way the health and well being of our animals. Why won’t a company actually step forward and be what we need the to be, it’s not as if they would lose money. Considering what we all would do for our animals, I know i would spend a great deal knowing that my pets are getting the actual best.

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    • I feed my small dog Castor and Pollux Organix small brred kibble mixed with 1/3 of a can of different varieties of their canned food. I also add 1 1/2 teaspoon of USA made canned pumpkin puree

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    • I know, I always worry about that. But, there are times when shit-storm just sounds better than a whole bunch o’ lawsuits. Sorry for offending those of you out there who object to my use of urban slang.

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  81. I tried alot of other brand of food including purina with my bassett hounds, and by far BB has provided them healthier lifestyles. Purina gave them the runs, stinky ears, oily fur, and bladder infections. Purina is butthurt that their sales suck, and the vast majority of their foods are by products. This article is half witted written and proves nothing other than it has chicken by products in it. Quit being blind sheep and look into it deeper, lets see just what by products are in kibble n bit’s

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  82. This is why I feed my shepherds a RAW diet too many foods recalled and pets being sick and worse.

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  83. i make my own with brown rice boneless skinless chicken breast and carrots
    as it takes so long for the rice to cook i throw the frozen chicken in at the start
    along with the frozen carrots

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  84. This is truly scary. My pittie was on the Blue Freedom for almost her first year. It wasn’t cheap either. I switched her to Orijen puppy until she was 18 months and she has been on Orijen Regional Red for the last year. She seems to be healthy and gets good checkups at vet. You try to give your pets the best even if this means you do without and something like this happens and you feel terrible.

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  85. Now I see why my baby has had constant diarehha since he’s been on this. I’m not happy BB. IDIOTS!!!!

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  86. Corn is an added ingredient in most pet foods, which has sometimes been chemically treated with a substance that is lethal over time and repeated usage. I have often wondered if it wouldn’t be better to feed our animals a mixture of rice/chicken/sweet potato (or carrots), cooked and then served lukewarm. I know that my cats and dog love that mixture. Whenever there are skin or digestive problems, this mixture helps to eliminate those issues. In other words, natural food stuffs are better than chemically manufactured, repurposed, recycled, manipulated foodstuffs.

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    • PLEASE make sure, if you make food for cats, to be certain they’re getting TAURINE for their eyesight !!!!!! It’s supposed to be part of their diet.

      Read up on what cats or dogs HAVE TO HAVE in their diets.

      { Sorry for using caps, it’s not meant as “yelling”. I’m just trying to make it noticeable for anyone who happens across this website } .

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  87. Make your own just make sure you do it right. If your not sure how just make sure you research and give a complete, natural muti vitamin. Look into small companies.
    FROMM is excellent for people that don’t have or knowledge to make their own and dogs & cats typically love it. It’s a really good company & a great product.

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  88. Not sure of your point with article. Based on the info above, it sounds like the broker and Wilbur Ellis did not share this info with Blue Buffalo. Sounds like Blue Buffalo has a case against the broker and Wilbur Ellis.

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    • They do have a case against them, and even though the discovery was made in documents obtained by Purina through the legal process from one of Blue Buffalo’s ingredient suppliers, it begs the question:

      How can BB claim ignorance when they make the claim that they yest and hold their ingredients for quality and safety (there is a different chemical analysis of the two products in question), particularly in light of similar problems BB had with this supplier in the past.

      To claim innocence and oblivion is absurd.

      Good luck explaining to the court and consumers why they didn’t test their ingredients as they so often tell consumers they do.

      If BB is stupid enough to open that can of worms they are only digging themselves in deeper.

      The day that manufacturers rely on the assurances of suppliers are over – it is their duty to assure that the ingredients they receive are indeed what they claim to be. Passing the buck (as BB did to their supplier and distributor), just doesn’t fly with consumers these days. It is the manufacturers responsibility to test and hold their ingredients for safety and quality. Period. Full stop.

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  89. Mollie I’m sure you have told us before, but I forgot. What dog and cat food do you feed your pets? Can you share this or would it possibly be a conflict?

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    • Well, I make my own (raw, organic) and I supplement their diet with Honest Kitchen’s Prowl (dehydrated, raw, human-grade). I like their Smittens treats and their dog food too, but I do NOT have any relationship with the company. I want to make that perfectly clear. If I could afford the shipping, I would buy Answers Pet Food (frozen, raw). I’m waiting for them to come to my area.

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    • Oh honey, you are asking the million dollar question – what now. You can make your own – that is your best bet. Or buy a human-edible pet food made in a licensed human food facility.

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    • I feed my chihuahuas Flint River Ranch. It is available via mail order and I believe they have small sample bags they sell at a very reduced rate. Never any problems.

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      • “Ridiculous.” And table scraps give dog’s pancreatitis. Read something or talk to a vet before you give out bad and misspelled advice.

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  90. That’s the reason I switched foods in the first place knowing that there wasn’t garbage in there like most brands of dog food. Even though spending high prices, I thought my dogs were getting quality food and all along they weren’t. Give us our money back!

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      • You are lying. PetSmart, Petco, Tractor Supply, and Pet Club would NOT sell this food at premium prices if it was what you say.

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        • Horseshite on you, “John Smith”. I work as an animal nutritionist and over the last nine years have seen multiple cases of domesticated animals getting sick or worse from ingesting the gimmick ridden toxic “food stuff” that Blue Buffalo and their representatives peddle. As long as Humanity’s ignorance and it’s generally male population’s desire to pretend that their Corgis (or any other obviously domestic dogs) are really wolves or the very least a wolf hybrids and want to buy Blue Buffalo to feed them ‘right and proper’, PetSmart, PetCo, Pet Club, and Tractor Supply WILL continue to sell it for premium prices. LifeSource Bits, my arse…

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  91. What a bunch of scoundrels. No doubt all this will take years and years leaving only the lawyers with any satisfaction.
    Good reporting.

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