Dog and Cat food recall (more brands being added)

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  1. judiz

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    I am reaching the point where I may have to feed my dog veggies very well washed and cut up fine or blended.
    No meat or dog food.
    I am afraid to take the chance anymore
    Must find some natural recipes.......
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    arrrgggghhhhhhh. . . guess my day tomorrow will consist of returning bags of dog food. . .

    From http://www.diamondpet.com/information/

    To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on their bags. If the production code has a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.
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    I don't think dogs do too well on a vegetarian diet. :eek:

    I've heard of people cooking dog food for their dogs. I've been feeding my cat a homemade raw chicken diet and it's working out pretty well so far. I use chicken thighs packaged for human consumption, so if there's a recall, it would be pretty big news. ;) Supposedly, cats get food poisoning much less often than humans because their stomachs are so acidic.
  7. cruisin

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    Anyone looking for a good dog food, Nutra Is very good. I give mine a holistic brand, but I cant think of the name of it.
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    Mine eats Nature's Variety Prairie dry dog food. She used to eat Canidae, which is being voluntarily recalled, but I switched her cause she had some issues. Hmm. :dog:
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    What do people think of the Blue Buffalo brands for their pets? :shuffle:
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    I feed my dog Blue Buffalo and he seems to be doing very well on it. It is one of the better pet foods.
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    From what I understand, anyone who decides to feed a homemade diet to their dog or cat needs to supplement with vitamins and minerals. Check with your vet if you decide to go the homemade route.
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    Unfortunately almost all pet foods have had recalls over the past years, several years ago Nutro had a massive recall after dogs and cats started dying of kidney failure from contaminated gluten in the food.

    I found a website www.truthaboutpetfood.com which has up to date information. Unfortunately not all pet food recalls get media attention outside of one press release
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    I feed Blue Buffalo Wilderness. My dog has been on the wilderness for a year and was on the chicken and rice for maybe 6 months before we switched to grain free. She does really well on it--very sensitive stomach, but we haven't had issues since she's been on the wilderness.
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    Blue Buffalo is supposed to be very good. I used Nutra for several years, my dog did very well on it. I give him a half cup of dry dog food with a little bit of cooked turkey mixed in 2 times a day. He gets no treats at all. I recently switched to Precise (I remembered the name). My dog (typical of Cavaliers) gets impacted anal glands. And we thought a holistic brand might firm up his stools a bit, to help with that. It seems to have helped, somewhat. We have to see when we go to the vet, this week.

    Blue Buffalo had a few products which were involved with the recall back in '07, but they are fine now. Nutro was not part of that recall. Precise, was using Menu for their canned dog foods, but since they are gluten free, they did not have any problems.
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    Dogs are carnivores and will not thrive on a vegetarian diet!!!!!! Natural diets require a lot of supplements and carefull balance of proteins.
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    ^^ Absolutely!
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    God help you if I find out any of you try to put your cat on a vegetarian diet. :lynch:
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    Just to verify, Nutro is not part of this recall either, right?
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    I feed my dog Kibbles and Bits Small Bits.
    She has eaten it for years and has never had any problems yet, but, it just takes one bad shipment from a factory.
    Oh heck, I don't know what to do.
    My vet isn't any help, everytime I ask her what is best to feed my pup, she just shrugs, which ticks me off no end.
    I use to feed her Halo for about a year and she did well on that too, but, you can't buy it around here anymore.
  21. Jenny

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    Get a new vet.
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    It's frustrating. We've gone to great lengths to avoid 'junky' pet food (especially anything with "by-products" on the label), and Chicken Soup and Taste of the Wild are both great foods. . . and they're on the list :( It dismays me to think that alllllllll those brands of pet food come from the same company. Ick.
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    We can hardly tell where our OWN food is coming from or what's been done to it--how can we trust food for pets? I say that half jokingly, but at the same time, I feed my dogs raw. Lots of great information out there on both sides of the argument, certainly enough to make an informed decision. I have 2 Newfs, one six, one two. Bones, coat, skin, teeth, overall health excellent.
    Dogs have been domesticated for over 12,000 years; commercial pet food has been around since @1860?
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    Some brands of Solid Gold dog food were recalled today. Check the truth about pet food website for details.
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    I used to feed my dogs Orajin (sp?) which is really good food, but it turns out one of my dogs is allergic to chicken and one to fish and each variety has chicken or fish in it. Now I feed them a mix of Natural Balance venison and sweet potato and the vegetarian one. They're both 100lb+ dogs and to feed them both the venison one only was costing a fortune and the vegetarian is basically everything the Orajin one has minus the chicken but I can't bring myself to feed them just vegetarian food. That just doesn't seem right. Luckily none of the bags I have are so far affected by the recall.
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    I just finished switching my two beagles from Orejin to Blue Wilderness. Orejin just got crazy expensive. Blue Wilderness consistently gets great reviews and my dogs do great w/the high protein.
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    Every vet I've been to and most guides I've seen have said that Science Diet is the best overall brand. That's all I feed my cat. I was surprised to see no one uses them - am I missing something?
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    Science Diet, Eukanuba, and Iams were the first high end dog foods. And they are all good. Some are better with different formulations. For instance: Science Diet might have a better Senior formulation, Eukanuba might have a better Adult formulation. I had my Cavalier on a veterinary line of Eukanuba, it gave him some digestive problems. I switched to the Nutra chicken and oatmeal, to get him off of wheat products. He did better on that. A few months ago I switched to Precise Holistic, to try and firm up his bowel movements. He was needing to have his anal glands expressed at least once a month. He is able to go 3 months on this, so it is helping. A lot of the reason to choose different brands is ingredients, allergies, gastro intolerances. Some brands just work better with one dog/cat, and others work better with other dogs/cats. My vet like the Precise very much, said it was an excellent food.
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    Science Diet uses by products in a lot of their foods which can cause seizures and other problems.
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    Our last dog was allergic to corn and ScienceDiet used corn as a filler. So...no, no ScienceDiet for us. :p
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    I've only heard bad things about Science Diet and the only reason vets push it is because they get paid to. Dogs should not have corn in their diet, it's really hard for them to digest.
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    that's because Science Diet pays the vets to sell it. Most vets don't know squat about nutrition just like most people doctors don't. They are considered on a par with grocery store brands.

    I feed mine Nutro Plus alternated with TOTW high prairie or bison. They won't eat the salmon type and the high prairie gives the gas. I can't figure out why venison does and bison doesn't. Hmmm... Since one of the was diagnosed with IMHA, I wanted to avoid grains due to corn allergies. They do very well on both and only eat 3 cups of feed a day. I've considered a raw diet, but you've really got to pay attention and make certain they get the supplements for the missing amino acids. Getting a scoop out of the container twice a day is a lot easier. :shuffle: They get raw bones to chew so that's something. I never let mine have rawhide chews.
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    Every brand of pet food is the same nutritionally, because there are national guidelines they have to follow. The difference is quality of ingredients and filler, or lack thereof. That's the part that takes experimenting, to see how your pet responds to it.

    I feed my cat raw (having a meat grinder would be easier but half-freezing the chicken thighs and cutting it that way isn't bad) and he seems to be happier. Bonus is that his poop doesn't smell at all. It smelled HORRID on dry food, and even Whole Foods brand wet food.
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    I hope you're finding a way to get taurine into his diet, Anita. Absolutely essential for cats.
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    Crystal form. :) They sell that!

    He's been on the diet for a number of months now, I'm pretty sure he'd be dead if I wasn't putting taurine in there. ;)
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    Yep. Or blind. :)
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    One of the worst things you can give your dog. Second, only, to rope toys. Dogs should never have either of those things un monitored. Both can cause strings to get caught in their intestines. I don't know why they even sell that stuff. Lots of people let their dogs eat rawhide. They should only be allowed to chew on it until it gets soft, then take it away. I, like you, just do not give them to my dog.

    And be careful with Milkbone treats. Someone gave my dog one meant for a large dog. I never give my dog treats. And this person gave it to him while i was not in the room. My dog ate it up. This person told me afterward that he gave it to my dog. My dog was throwing up blood, the next day. The vet told me there is too much fat in Milkbones and that they are not good for dogs.
  39. michiruwater

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    So, for a 2-year-old cat who has always been pretty healthy aside from a serious scare when he was 3 months old (he ate a ton of stuff out of the trash and had to have surgery to remove it), what brand should I go for that has few fillers and will be good for him? I always trusted the vet about Science Diet and now I'm a little nervous. I've been giving him the regular adult Science Diet in addition to the kind that works to clear the teeth of tartar, because he had a slight build-up at his vet appointment last year.
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    Depends on your cat, but I wouldn't give a male cat dry food. My cat lived on dry food as far as I knew (we got him from a friend of a friend who couldn't keep him), but he had a UTI scare earlier this year - was peeing outside the litter box and the vet only found "a few red blood cells" in his urine when I took him in, twice. And the second time, he didn't have any urine in his bladder so they kept him for another 4 hours and periodically poked him with needles to see if he had any pee to test. Poor cat! :rofl:

    Many cats don't drink enough water, and male cats especially need to be clearing out their bladder often so they don't get a blockage. Once a male cat gets a blockage, it's very dire and they can die in a day or two. Not to make you panic of course, but it's definitely something to be aware of if your cat pees outside the litter box and starts getting a fever and stops eating. If that happens, don't wait a single second to get him to a vet!

    Worrying about UTIs during that time was really stressful, so I said "Feck it, I'm only giving him wet food." Which eventually led to me making his food because I felt buying a can of wet food every day was a damn waste of packaging. :p

    Even wetting his dry food is probably better than nothing, IMO. But I felt he needed to be getting even more water than that so I just give him wet food. I put so much water in his food it's not even funny.