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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] boosette at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

My coworker John told me that his cat was seriously ill--throwing up, lethargic, refusing food, dropping weight. The previously healthy 6-year-old, 15-pound cat had lost a third of her body weight over the last few months. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Blood tests were clean, and she didn't have any known illnesses. Yet she was a few days from organ failure.

That was a week ago. She's fine now. The solution was... to stop feeding her Purina cat food.

When John told me that, and said that friends of his had the same problem with their cats and Purina cat food, I looked into it. Holy shit. Take a look at the consumer complaints about Purina cat and dog food. This exact same problem has been an issue with Purina pet foods since 2007, but since this summer, the rate of complaints has picked up drastically. People who previously had to problems with Purina are reporting issues. Comment after comment sounds the same:

I've been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast canned food Chopped Grill Feast for many years. They have always devoured their meal and licked the plates clean. Last week, I noticed they did not want to eat much and went from plate to plate, ate a little. Next day, none of them would eat it. I kept trying new cans. What they did eat made them vomit and one cat was lethargic for days. I refuse to buy any more of this food. It's very scary. I don't know what is wrong with the food, but I fear it has toxins in it. I switched to another brand and the cats are fine now. Did anyone else experience this?


My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow (green bag) for about four years. They used to eat only Iams, but due to financial issues, we had to go with a cheaper brand. The last bag I purchased was about a week and a half ago. My 14 years old Labrador has vomited about 5-6 times and my German Shepherd has vomited about 4 times. Something is wrong with this food! The food has a kind of metallic smell to it. It just does not smell right. I'm taking it back to the pet store. I am changing my dogs' food, it's just not worth taking the chance to save a few dollars.


We purchased a large bag of Purina One Salmon dry cat food to give to a needy pet owner. She emailed us a couple of days later ,to say that there were maggots, lots of them with what looked to be like strands or webs with more dead gnats or flies, pieces of web in the food and "shells" of gnats or flies in the bag. Cats would not eat much of the food and, fortunately, they did not get sick. The store had noticed this problem in other bags and was willing to swap out.


I purchased a 34 lb bag of Purina One Smartblend dog food every three to four weeks for my two Labradors. The last bag I purchased seemed fine until I noticed a new infestation of little black bugs. Upon further inspection through the contents of the bag, I noticed clusters of white "eggs" adhered to quite a bit of the food. Some of these clusters contained larvae in the process of hatching. I immediately threw out the remaining contents of the bag but did save samples for my vet.

We went out of town last weekend and had friends dog sit for us. We originally attributed their lethargy and random vomiting to separation anxiety. Although they are doing better, I am still concerned and will be watching them closely. As stated, I saved samples of the infested dog food for our vet in the event that anything results from this issue.


I recently switched to the Friskies Poultry Variety pack (32 cans) that says it must be used by August 2013 (12281789 09:31 lo61237) sku (050000454242). I have 5 cats and feeding them this food, I noticed some of them throwing up. There's nothing in it but liquids, no hair ball, no food, nothing. My cats range from 8 weeks to 13 years old.

I switched my own cats to Purina a couple of months ago, and their coats look so much better than they did on the old brand of cat food... but Buffy has started vomiting stomach liquids. Purina and Fancy Feast are off the menu. Permanently.

I have no idea why this isn't news. But if you're feeding your pets any Purina brand, please don't wait for media confirmation that something is going on. Stop feeding your pets Purina immediately.

(EDITED TO ADD: I don't actually have a pet, myself; those 'I' statements up above are from those who cobbled this together. But if I did still have my pet, you can bet I'd be changing her food.)

Date: 2011-12-04 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wendy.livejournal.com
Almost all commercial pet food is crap -- literally made of extra bits. The reason why is simple: People don't want to pay for expensive pet food.

I buy Canidae, which is made with human grade ingredients. It's one of the very few that is, and it's available only at specialty stores, and yes, it is very expensive.

Science Diet also is one of the worst. It's notorious for causing stomach upset. And people always say "But my vet told me to use it." Which, they probably did. Because Hill owns most of the vet schools too.

Date: 2011-12-04 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiet000001.livejournal.com
We feed Evo and when we adopted Pirate, he was on Science Diet from the shelter, and he looked pretty ragged on it. (Dry fur, dry skin, dandruff.) I did the whole mix-the-two thing to gradually shift him over, only by the second day he'd started picking through the Science Diet to get the Evo and making a mess of Science Diet kibble all over, so I gave up. :)

After about a month on the Evo, he looked like a different dog. (Really, we had to go back to the shelter for some paperwork thing and we took him with us to visit, and they couldn't believe it was the same dog.)

It is a bit of a PITA to go to a local small store to buy it, and it is expensive, but you can also get it online if you need to, and when looking at the expense, a lot of people don't take into account that if you're feeding food that isn't the nutritional equivalent of cardboard, the dog tends to need a lot less of it. So a bag lasts a lot longer.

The couple of times we've had to switch back to a supermarket food temporarily (like the one time when we had a blizzard and the roads were so bad the only place we could get to was the local supermarket by WALKING) both dogs get less happy stomachs and generally look at the food bowl like '... what is this crap?'

My dad doesn't get why supermarket food is so bad, but at least he trusts me that it is.

Date: 2011-12-04 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raynedanser.livejournal.com
I've used Canidae in the past and use their grain free treats now. Belle gets Barking at the Moon, which is on par with Canidae quality wise. You couldn't pay me enough to buy something from Big Box Store now.
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Date: 2011-12-04 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamesinboots.livejournal.com
Do you have a source on that? I'd just like it for linkage for someone... :)

Date: 2011-12-04 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apetslife.livejournal.com
Crap. It was in an email link, and I didn't check the date until just now to give you the link...it's out of date. It was this summer's recall, my friend must have gotten confused.

I can't find anything at the FDA website, so I'll delete my earlier comment!

Date: 2011-12-04 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brandywine28.livejournal.com
I didn't even realize that Fancy Feast was owned by Purina. My cat Moe, who died last year at age 22, loved Fancy Feast Chopped Grill with a fierce passion that I never understood. When I tried to ween him off of it he actually went on a hunger strike rather than try any of the nicer brands I had started buying. He was a little brat. :) But you can bet if he were still alive right now I wouldn't be putting up with his crap in the face of this nonsense. Organ failure, my god.

Date: 2011-12-04 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raynedanser.livejournal.com
Or just don't feed "your" pet Purina. It's a terrible, horrible food for your pets and has very little nutritional value.


Date: 2011-12-04 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kgoodbuddy.livejournal.com
Aside from the bug issue, Purina is full of genetically modified grains, and most animals will eventually wind up with serious skin and allergy problems from it. Some studies show that hamsters fed a GMO chow are all sterile by the third generation. There's no way that GMO crap is any safer for humans. Our dog gets EVO (which is primarily meat and no grains) and is healthy as a horse----she eats about half as much as the recommended dose of garbage dog food, so that helps with the fact that it's more expensive. It's still way cheaper than vet bills, though.

Date: 2011-12-05 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiet000001.livejournal.com
Our dogs are doing really well on Evo also. I recently looked into it again, just because Evo is a pain in the butt to get locally, but we ended up staying with it. (Though for emergency food shortage purposes, I decided Wellness CORE is close enough to Evo to feed that if necessary, since it's easier to get.)

But yeah - they do eat a lot less, volume-wise, with the Evo, so a bag goes a long way, which makes the price less painful in the long run.

(Plus, and this is gross but always comes up sooner or later with dog food conversations, they poo a lot less. My dad was once unconvinced that the dogs needed the Evo, so he bought a bag of something Purina-like instead - mostly grain protein and fillers and flavoring - and that lasted for all of, like, two days, after he'd walked them a couple of times and had to deal with all that filler junk coming out the other end.)

Date: 2011-12-05 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] electricmonk333.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing - this may be a problem for our dog. It's homemade food for Samuel Winchester from here on.

Date: 2011-12-05 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiet000001.livejournal.com
You have to be careful with homemade food recipes, though. A lot of them don't have all of the necessary nutrients so it ends up not really being that much healthier for the dog.

I think this is mostly because a lot of recipes are basically 'feed this only' and then the dog's diet ends up being quite limited. In prepared foods that issue is made up for by supplementing the kibble or whatever with vitamins and so on, but a lot of homemade recipes don't do that, or if they do, you don't know how the amounts were determined - it could just be that someone threw in a little of this and a little of that, you know? But on the other hand - we don't exactly eat every meal perfectly nutritionally balanced, either - we avoid being malnourished or deficient in things primarily by having a varied diet. I don't see why the same wouldn't apply for a dog, provided you made sure to include variety in your homemade food.

(That said, when I looked into it for our goobers, I decided it was easier to feed a high quality kibble - I feed Evo Weight Reduction kibble - as the 'base' for the diet, since that made sure they got a little bit of everything, and then supplement with 'real' food - generally just bits and pieces of whatever we're having that's dog-safe, although occasionally I do treat them to something I wouldn't eat, like a bit of fish or some organ meats if I get a good price.)

But anyway - just make sure you research your recipes and maybe choose a few different ones to alternate, to get some variety if the recipes don't have supplements added to make up for any nutrients missing in the ingredients.

(I should add that we switched to the Weight Reduction fairly recently, because one of our dogs has seasonal allergies and occasionally has to go on steroids if they get bad enough, and then she turns into a bit of a butterball. Using the Weight Reduction formula and then supplementing that with Real Food[tm] seems to help with that - I think because she can fill up a bit more on the kibble when she's got the steroid munchies.)

Date: 2011-12-05 05:35 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rainbow.livejournal.com
oh man, that last comment -- throwing up just liquids is a sign of renal failure :( :(

i'm so thankful we can make homemade food.


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