A new concern for pet owners, could the food you are giving your pet be making them sick?
The FDA has heard from 400 people who claim a popular dog food brand is hurting, and in some cases killing their dogs.
The brand in question is Purina’s Beneful. The company responded to our concerns with several pages of information outlining why they believe it is not their food hurting dogs.
But still, dog owners are concerned and want answers.
The FDA has received upwards of four hundred complaints from concerned pet owners, but they have not found a reason to issue any warnings or recalls.
But online, many claim Purina’s Beneful pet food has made their otherwise healthy dogs ill, just on our CBS 21 Facebook page there were dozens of comments.
Shannon Donnison stated, “My husband purchased a bag by mistake, probably 2 months ago. We thought at first it was just the different food upsetting our dog’s stomach. After two weeks, we realized it was the food and threw it out.”
Jamie Lutz Kruse agreed, “The dry food we always feed our dog was out of stock for weeks. We tried the Beneful because our dog has a beef allergy. He was ok for a couple days and then threw up nonstop for a week.”
For Jennifer Tate Sheely, it was a similar story. “Our Miniature Schnauzer developed kidney stones from their food, which at that time was Beneful.”
We should point out there were also plenty of comments from people who say they haven't had any issues with the product.
But scrolling down the Consumer Affairs page, over 425 dog owners have a tale to tell about their dogs suddenly getting violently ill.
Purina Beneful representatives responded to our questions, writing, "like many commercial pet food brands Beneful is occasionally the subject of social media-driven misinformation. Beneful is a 100% complete and balanced, high quality nutritious food that is fed in more than 15 million U.S. households every year."
There is a website called dog food advisor that breaks down what is in each brand of food.
You can find it linked to this story, along with several other items. As with any health issue for your furry friend, the best advice is to speak with your vet.