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Is Purina’s Beneful Dog Food Killing Dogs?

benefulIn the human food industry, there are laws against calling something healthy when it’s not. There are regulations against deceitful packaging and outright lies to consumers.

There are no such laws and regulations in the dog food industry.

That’s right, a manufacturer can fill a bag with massive amounts of sugars, animal by-products, and fillers, label the food as healthy and nutritious, cover the bag with photos of vibrant, happy dogs surrounded by fresh meats and vegetables and sell millions of bags to unsuspecting consumers that believe they’re doing right by their dog.

Such is the case with Purina’s Beneful line of dog food. Here’s how Beneful describes their Original flavor kibble:

Beneful® brand Dog Food Original helps keep your dog happy and healthy with a perfect balance of healthful ingredients, quality nutrition and superb taste. It’s made with wholesome grains and real beef, and accented with vitamin-rich vegetables.

The only truthful part of this statement is the superb taste. And that’s only because the manufacturer sprays the food with rendered animal fats, making it irresistible to hungry dogs.

In truth, the number one ingredient in all of Beneful’s recipes is corn, a commonly-used filler that provides very little nutrition to dogs. In addition to providing little nutritional value, corn has a high glycemic index, raising your dog’s blood sugar, and is not easily digested by dogs.

The next ingredient in this so-called “healthy food” is chicken by-product meal. This is essentially the waste that’s left over after the good meat has been removed: feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs, and organs (the only nutritious part of by-product) that are “unfit for human consumption.”

Third ingredient in their food is corn gluten meal. Glutens are an inferior source of protein behind meat by-products. Using corn gluten meal in their food allows Beneful to show a higher protein content on their bag, making it appear to be a higher quality food.

It’s not until the seventh ingredient that we finally reach beef. But, since beef is 80% water, when it is cooked down, it only amounts to a small percentage of it’s pre-cooked weight, meaning it could belong much further down the list of ingredients.

As if these reasons alone aren’t enough to avoid this product altogether, dog owners are now claiming that Purina’s Beneful is killing their dogs.

You’ll remember that Purina is the manufacturer of the Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats imported from China that have been investigated since 2007, only now being recalled after illegal drug residue was found in the treats.

Are they using the same Chinese factories responsible for nearly 500 dog deaths and thousands of illnesses to manufacture their foods, too?

Since October of 2012 until now, 229 complaints have been made against Beneful dog food to Consumer Affairs.

Dog owners are reporting such illnesses as vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, lethargy, weight loss, and seizures after only a few meals of Beneful dog food. Other, less-frequent complaints, have reported bloat (a life-threatening condition in dogs), liver failure, kidney failure, and even death.

According to a report by The Examiner, veterinarians have reported bacterial infections, liver and kidney failure and high toxins in pets that have been brought in related to Beneful dog food illnesses.

Clearly, Purina is ignoring the complaints by consumers (just as they did for over 5 years with their chicken jerky treats) and, as of yet, there is no FDA recall or warning on these products.

It is up to us, the consumers and dog owners, to stop supporting brands that don’t put our pet’s health and well-being at the forefront of their company mission. If we collectively take a stand against brands known for poor nutrition, questionable ingredients, and deceitful packaging, they will eventually be forced to change.

How many more dogs have to suffer because of an industry that allows them to?




  1. Imran

    Jan 24, 2020 at 4:25 am

    Kindly take care of your pet even more how we are taking breath in fresh air, we should care our pets however dog or other pet must be care their.

    • Alexia

      Apr 18, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      We need air as much as our dogs and animals do

    • Alexia

      Apr 18, 2020 at 5:07 pm

      I never used purerina because I thought there was something fishy about it.

  2. justin gleaso

    Dec 10, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Great post about Purina’s . Long time i used this purinas in my two pitbulls pups . I would like to know is it good or bad.. After reading this post i got my answer.Thanks

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  4. Shannon Lafountain

    Sep 12, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Thanks for posting this! I think this is crazy. I will definitely be staying away from Purina!

    • Jeffrey B

      Mar 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      We have a 7-year-old Boxer female. She arrived from the kennel with Benefal puppy chow, so we fed her that for the first year or so, and then moved her to Beneful Healthy Weight later. She has always been quite healthy. Until two days ago, when we noticed blood in her urine. We immediately made an appointment at the vet. It seems she has bladder stones, The xrays revealed that her bladder is full of them. She is currently in surgery–with xrays and other tests, setting us back about $1250 dollars. Worse, yesterday she passed one smaller stone quite easily. But last night she could not urinate at all from 7 pm until about 3 am, when she passed a second, larger stone.It waa the worst night our beloved dog, my wife and I ever shared.

      Our vet indicated that the ph balance (acid level) in Beneful dry foods is directly correlated with producing bladder stones. We were shocked. The vet indicated that 90 percent of the cases of bladder stones that she sees are from dogs that are fed Beneful.

      So I am posting this here to warn others: DO NOT USE BENEFUL DOG FOOD. It is not healthy for your dog.

  5. Luke tremblay

    Apr 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I bought Beneful for my 7 month old Jack Russell thinking it was a good and reputable brand the very next day she puked at least 10 times. I was told at the pet store they put the same ingredient as antifreeze in the food. And there's a class action suit against them. Thanks for poisoning my puppy assholes

  6. Nancy

    Mar 11, 2017 at 6:18 am

    This is a sad state of affairs in the industry. It really takes a ton of research anymore before deciding on what food you can safely feed your dog. Luckily, I haven’t had the heartache that many of the other commenters had but I do know I won’t be feeding my dog Beneful.

  7. Stacie Preston

    Mar 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    We fed my little Shi Zu beneful for the last year. About a month ago she got where she couldn't walk on her back legs a week later started having seziures and after taking her to the vet 3 different times and keeping her for 3 days in the hospital we find out her liver was not working properly then her sugar was dropping. She went from knowing her name and playful full of energy to nothing. I am hoping this is not the cause of my sweet girls sickness. We had to make the decision Friday March 3 to put our sweet girl to sleep . The most difficult decision we have had to make in a very long time.

    • Karie

      Oct 20, 2017 at 10:01 am

      My Shih tzu chewie….did exactly the same…..took him to E.R. vet he died in the morning Oct 2nd 2017…ate Beneful for a few years

  8. Gwenn Melis

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I've been feeding Beneful for 6 months, and have had no problems with my Schnauzers. We feed Beneful Playful Life.

  9. Rhonda Vari

    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I was giving my dog Beneful. Suddenly, she started having seizures. I heard on tv about the detrimental effects of Beneful dog food. I stopped giving it to my yorkipoo immediately. I changed the food but it was too late. She died just a couple weeks ago of a grand map seizure. I am inconsolable. Perhaps, the Beneful poisoned her and it was too late for my little dog.

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  11. Bill

    Oct 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    This is a sad state of affairs in the industry. It really takes a ton of research anymore before deciding on what food you can safely feed your dog. Luckily, I haven’t had the heartache that many of the other commenters had but I do know I won’t be feeding my dog Beneful.

    • Misty snyder

      Nov 29, 2016 at 1:53 am

      I just bought beef dog food and it has huge chucks of mildly dog food I came home from work to a sick puppy. She is my world and to lose her over so bad food is awful

  12. Marc E.

    Oct 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I am assuming this article is based on the dry dog food products. I have been feeding the Beneful Mediterranean style 3 Oz wet cans to my 12 lb dog 3 times a day. (Sometimes I use a different flavor from the same line) Are there similar issues with this line of food?

    • John Thomopoulos

      Nov 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      I did feed my dog for few years too! Looks like from some can dog food reports, they’re producing the same health issues!

      Also, same story goes for several dog treats. I used “Milos Kitchen Treats” and they suppose to be bad too.

      The “real” healthy dog food out there not sell in the “super markets”. Only Pet Stores and online and they’re expensive.

      Now however, I’m not sure how accurate and truthful these consumer reports are! To much competition out there. You never know.

      Anyway, here are few dog food that I have found and listed as exceptional and safe:

      DOG FOOD:




      Good Luck

      John Thomopoulos

  13. Martha Aams

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:48 am


  14. Rich

    Aug 24, 2016 at 2:23 am

    My 6 year old American bulldog died last night and for sure it is the food. I called Purina on Sunday night explaining everything and was told I would receive a callback. It is now going on Wednesday ad no callback as. Of yet. We have had her on benefit for 1 year. Up until 10 days ago she got really sick to the point she could not even walk, was having seizures,eyes dialated, high blood pressure, lethargy, and did not want to eat.. This was on Aug 10th. August 11 after not eating anything my wife and I got burgers from sonic. I bought my baby girl 2 for her to see if she would eat. She took one sniff and started to eat. I just gave her the patty and 1 bun. The next morning she was looking better so I enticed her with hotdogs as well as Pedia lite and evap milk, egg yolk and corn syrup and she ate it up. It took 3-4 days and she was able to walk on her own and go outside to use the bathroom.. I continued to give her that as well as Amoxicillan to fight of any possible infection as she had vistbular disease from recent humidity and rains is az. She was back to her normal self talking to us, jumping around being herself. Without thinking we gave her benefit with water to soften up the food and she was hesitant but at it. She was fine that night but the next morning it’s like she relapsed into a far worse state. She had 3 episode aka seizures it seemed like, with eyes dialed and jumping around. She could not move. She laid there all day shaking, twitching, fast heart rate.. then she deficit ed on herself and threw up. We watched her ll night and saved her as she was choking on her saliva. I took her to vet next morning and he came back with vistbular disease and charged 600 to run tests. WITH a broken blood machine and and injections of water and anti nausea. Dr said it was not a critical and released us saying she was stable. Our beloved American bulldog and my baby girl died 8 hours later from suffication due to the flew in her system that was as thick as a black widow webbing.. her mouth smelt rotten and rancid just like my cat had over 16 years ago and she was diagnosed with failing kidneys due to drinking antifreeze that my father use to leave open laying around (car nut) my dog died from acute renal failure from food poisoning!!!! READING RESULTS NOW AND HER KIDNEY/LIVER WAS FAILING.

    • Stacie Preston

      Mar 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      We fed my little Shi Zu beneful for the last year. About a month ago she got where she couldn't walk on her back legs a week later started having seziures and after taking her to the vet 3 different times and keeping her for 3 days in the hospital. When they sent her home she seemed to be doing better, but then she took a turn for the worse so we took her back to the vet and we find out her liver was not working properly then her sugar was dropping. She went from knowing her name and playful full of energy to nothing. I am hoping this is not the cause of my sweet girls sickness. We had to make the decision Friday March 3 to put our sweet girl to sleep . The most difficult decision we have had to make in a very long time. I am so sorry for your loss ,they are like are babies. I hope you get a call back from Purina. I see where there is lawsuit because of this ,I'm not sure how to go about it.

  15. Carla Woodward

    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I have long suspected that Beneful was the sorce for the problems that my beloved Shi Tzu “Pinto” had. Granted he was getting older but the last year of his life he suffered from urethral blockages (by stones that caused him to not be able to pee and had to be cathatered for relief). One time when the vet pulled the catheter out he put the tip of it on my finger and told me to rub them together. It felt like grit from sandpaper!!!!! I want to cry right now thinking about it all. And he drank water ALL OF THE TIME. He ate Beneful for pretty much 10 years…but I think that all just started building up in his system. There was no other explanation for his stones and “bladder grit”. My heart breaks thinking about how he must have been suffering. Was it because of Beneful? Who knows. But I do know I’ll NEVER feed it to the new doggie love of my life.

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  17. Stacey E.

    Jun 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Bloat is caused by intestines knotting up. It is not because of a dog food. The very first paragraph of this article is a lie. You can claim things are healthy when they aren’t, and there are no laws that prevent it. There are a lot of people that will believe anything they’re told, and because someone decided to try to make a buck off if it, then it must be true. I’ve read several articles where people try to pin the most ridiculous things on a dog food. Dogs can have genetic abnormalities. They have cancer, liver failure, tumors, kennel cough, and bloat and all of these things are genetic. You can’t blame a dog food for it. Some dogs die early from disease just like humans do. I think if this dog food was poisonous, then so many dogs wouldn’t be just fine after having ingested it. Some for years. It wouldn’t just affect SOME dogs as poison, it would affect all of them. That isn’t the case. Poison is poison. Some dogs don’t also ingest poison and get to be healthy. They’d all show symptoms. They all don’t. Internet hype doesn’t mean it’s true. I’d like some statistics about how many of these “murdered” dogs were purebred. I’m of the opinion that the weakened breeder dog is to blame in this instance, and not a dog food. In the effort of arrogant humans to have purebred dogs, they get weakened and sick dogs as a result. Those people should be ashamed for inflicting disease and sickness on a helpless creature.

    • Stacey E.

      Jun 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      woops, kennel cough isn’t genetic, but the rest are.


      Oct 6, 2017 at 11:53 pm


    • Yesenia

      Nov 20, 2018 at 7:15 am

      Strongly agree

    • Lisa Reynolds

      Jan 29, 2020 at 2:47 am

      Wow, sounds like your on the manufactures side. The whole reason I’m searching —is my1 year old reg. toy rat terrier. He hurt his foot yesterday. Nothing else Wrong..this morning he was acting latharget ,eyes kinda glassy and dialated. Can’t walk,breathing really hard. Gasping for air/ hyperventilating! If ano r that knows what I can do his he well Already tried prayers.

  18. Jenn p

    May 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Unfortunately we fed our 2 dogs beneful healthy weight and in 2008 our very healthy dog Scooby died from bloat:-( and in 2014 our dog Xena his sister started having seizures and died from a brain tumor:-( I’m pretty sure it was the dog food:-( I now feed my girl blue Buffalo and homemade dog food.

    • Phyllis

      Jul 15, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Funny that I fed my shitzu beneful for 16 years until he died of old age. No problems whatsoever. I now have fed my six year old boxer the exact same food and again one of the healthiest dogs my vet has seen. You may want to look for other reasons for your dogs illness.

      • Dee

        Aug 7, 2016 at 8:13 pm

        Keep us posted on your boxer because your shihtzu was one of the few exceptions. Even if you don’t feel Beneful hurts your dogs how can you feed them such low quality food? Chicken by product(food you wouldn’t ingest),corn(number one food allergy for dogs),synthetic vitamins??…and the list goes on. Love your dogs more than Purina loves lying about the quality ingredients in their products.

        • Peter

          Aug 31, 2016 at 7:19 pm

          Have had my dog on Playful Life for nearly 7 years witg no problems. I suspect these other dogs are having allergic reactios or other sebsirivity. Yes, it is not high quality food but when a typical canine will eat poop and scavenged food then how quality do you need to go? But everyone has their own opinions and reasons for doing what they do.

      • Zoritsa

        Sep 26, 2016 at 8:23 am

        Phyllis,maybe you’re dog is a lucky one. I’ve had three boxers, and one did just fine on Beneful (he died of old age), the other started having problems (she had a few accidents in the house) at the same time my third ( one year old) woke one morning and couldn’t walk. After an emergency vet visit and no confirmation of what was wrong, I started researching their food and immediately switched without a gradual change, in case it was the food. By two days later, my young dog was up and walking again and my girl stopped having accidents in the house.It might have been a bad batch, since my oldest was already gone and never had any physical issues…but, I truly believe it was the Beneful.

        I have a friend who switched to Beneful just over the past few weeks, and her dog started having skin problems. She is switching back to her old dog food to see if it helps.

  19. Clare purvis

    May 23, 2016 at 12:12 am

    My Statfy has increased her to after intake since starting Beneful$ so I did some research & im disgusted & shocked that the his food could kill my dog im in my second bag So im tossing it in the rubbish ho disgraceful is this company! I’ll sue th Se badtards if my dog gets an illness due to this disgusting dog food these horrid people are putting on the shells in supermarkets & they don’t care! Bloody False advertising!

  20. James

    Apr 20, 2016 at 12:51 am

    My beautiful Stafford shire of 9 years was just taken into the emergency room at the vets for lethargy, bloating, high water I take , and not being able to keep her hid quarters up. They said her vitamin d was extremely high and also that she was diabetic. Originally diagnosed as pyometra but later changed by another attending vet to an I don’t know d I diagnosis. More tests and more money . 3500.00 later my best friend my closest the other a child I will ever have and she is suffering a d needed to be put down. I gave her beneful for a week prior and now am certain that Purina poisoned my kid. I will not stop investigating both Purina and VCA until I get an answer to why I no longer have my family member Mary MJ with me. People feed on and take advantage of loyal owners who would do anything to save their pets and it has to stop. I will meet it my life mission to stopping these conglomerates and corporations for Murdering any more innocent animals.

  21. Don pieters

    Mar 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Our dogs have been eating both the dry and wet versions for years. First one did pass from old age at 15 but the 9 year old is still going strong

  22. Lee

    Mar 6, 2016 at 2:23 am

    I fed my dog exclusively purina dog chow throughout his life an then switched to beneful later on in his life thinking it was better. When he was 7 i noticed a change in him thinking it was old age. After a couple months the change was so significant i took him to the vet. They ran blood tests an i found out that his liver counts were in the thousands, normal being the low hundreds. Hes liver had failed. Two days later i had to have him put down.
    That dog was my heart an soul! Loved him and treated him like he was a child! It was such a devastating to go through! RIP Tank!

  23. Marian

    Mar 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I fed my St-Bernard couple years with Beneful Salmon flavour because he loved it so much. I had problem with my first St-Bernard who was not eating whatever brand I fed him (even veterinarian food) so I was happy for my boy to have found something he really liked. However in novembre of last year I had to euthanize him because of thrombocytopenia of unknow origin. Just hope it is not because of that food. I would never forgive myself for poisonning my big boy

  24. Motown Voice

    Jan 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    One thing this report is missing is the fact that corn triggers an alergic attack on dogs by releasing large amounts of histamine into their bodies, frequently leading to mast cell tumors (those baseball sized lumps of fat that your vet keep dismissing as “just a fatty tumor”. Mast cell tumors almost always become malignant and fatal.

  25. Dr. Bob

    Dec 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I am wondering what qualifies you to make statements about the quality of ingredients. I did not see any DVM, VMD, PhD, or other abbreviations after your name indicating you have any qualifying education.

    • Motown Voice

      Jan 17, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      You call yourself Dr. Bob yet we don’t see a shingle proving you’re not just a web troll going around telling people he has a PHD when really he doesn’t even have a GED.

    • Kathleen Jenkins

      Mar 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      I work for Nutro for demonstrations and learned the value of quality food. It is true the FDA didn’t does not regulate animal food and greedy companies after Nutro was bought out by Mars, don’t care… They are only for holy dollar is what they care about! Would you eat chicken feet and beaks and savory innards. An animal in the Wildwood ate a healthy parts of the organs and things but will walk away and leave what is not of choice!

  26. Brian

    Dec 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Been feeding my 8 year old golden retriever beneful for the past couple of months due to financial problems. This morning everything was fine and 2 hours later we were rushing him to the vet. Vet said he had Bloat in his stomach
    Sadly a few hours later he passed away. I am now wondering if the food did this to him

  27. Hannah Schultz

    Dec 21, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Can someone please tell me if the wet food also affects them? My dog has started throwing up because of it and I don’t know if that’s a side effect or not!!!!

  28. keeri

    Dec 2, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    We have been feeding my pup of 5 months beneful for puppies and he is now having severe seizures. I’ve taken him off of it and started cooking for him. I am hoping he will recover from this.


    Oct 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

    we have had to bury 4 of ours.and 3 others have severe seizures.contacted lawyers.

  30. Karla Watson

    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Iam at a total loss for words I have been using Beneful for 2 years and my Shitzu and my Lab love it BUT….. We Have been seeing some of these symptoms especially in our Kingsly our Shitzu Lethargy Vomiting we recently had to do a emergency Surgery on him as he was not getting blood flow to his Uretha and became strangulated very expensive but we Love our Animals and we will go with out before they do I pulled The Beneful from their Diets as of Today 10/20/15 I Will be Looking into this as I Also Have training in Quality Assurnce and being deceived is not what I will stand for WHY,,,,, would people allow this it sickens me to the core and I will send this to all people in my realm that truly do the best to love and get the best of everything for their Animal Signed Karla Watson Pleasanton Kansas

  31. Sean

    Oct 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I am desperately trying to find more information about what is going on with the suit. My wife and I read about it in May after noticing problems that 1 of our 2 dogs was experiencing at the time. After removing the Beneful from both of their diets, the problems our dog was experiencing went away within a week. Yesterday, October 8th, 2015, the 2nd of our 2 dogs(the one NOT experiencing problems initially), died in my arms. She exhibited every symptom reported by others the day prior, she died before we could get her into the vet. This was my wife’s service dog, a valued family member, and quite honestly, my best friend. I’m broken on the inside. Any information whatsoever would be appreciated. My son and I have cried for 2 days straight, it was all so unexpected. He would like to know more as well. Thank you in advance, Sean(Broken Heart)

  32. irisa anderson

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I knew about beneful, and quit feeding my dogs immediately, went to science diet. Well, read this i was stocking up for winter, because i live far away from town, i got robitussin cough med and though i would try another brand, familly wellnes. I was compairing the ingredients and low and behold, both contained propylene glycol, (antifreeze). Needless to say i am returning both and will in the future read before i buy.

  33. mark

    Aug 2, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I have seen my share of others pets die from kidney problems & most are from excessive treats. Those treats are packed with things that taste good to dogs but are very much to blame for kidney problems. I have fed Beneful for over ten years to my 5 dogs currently & i have had about 10 dogs over past 20 yrs. All have lived to great ages of 15 to 20 yrs . none have died of anything other than old age. I am not advocating using Baneful just stating a fact that i can show.

    • Anthony Hepton

      Aug 9, 2015 at 1:35 am

      Mark, You have been lucky, I had fed my dog Beneful for a long time, but once she got sick she was gone in a week, with the same symptoms as the other Beneful victims. The incidence is about one in a thousand, so do the math.

      • Dawn

        Aug 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

        I don’t know if it is related but both my dogs have/had mammary cancer ( breast chain) beneful since it came out, switched to Iams this year

  34. Anthony Hepton

    Jul 26, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I lost my 6 year old part Border Collie who was on a Purina Beneful Original diet in April. In the past 3 months I have made many calls to the Purina customer service dept., the first being the day after my dog died, the last was 3 days ago. I have explained to them that I have an extensive background in QA in the food industry and cannot believe that the number of complaints they have received since the beginning go 2012 has not set off alarms in their QA department and that these would have been brought to the attention of management. They have refused my requests to speak with anyone beyond their Customer service Dept. , only referring me to their Third party Claims company. In the past 3 months I have researched their problem, identified probable causes and ingredients that can result in illnesses and deaths consistent with the hundreds being reported. Purins is not interested in knowing any of this and sticks with their mantra, “We stand behind our product”. The consequences of this reluctance to even listen will result in loss of brand name, recall of products, loss of sales, litigation expenses, payments to all customers adversely affected and the expense of rebuilding their damaged brand. What an arrogant and unethical company.

  35. Jackie

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Our black lab was just diagnosed with kidney failure. She ate beneful for YEARS. We started to notice her acting sick about 4 months ago and we stopped using beneful. After about a week of discontinued use, she was a new dog. Galloping around, prancing and jumping like a puppy (she is 11 years old). For the past two weeks she hasn’t been eating, we’ve tried everything. Today she is diagnosed with kidney failure and we are devasted. I do believe eating that crap caused this. Poor Molly. If we had only known. The only bright side is out lab mix is only 2 and we found out early enough that hopefully this won’t have a long term effect on him. 🙁

  36. Rob Nelson

    Jul 23, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    My parents’ bichon friese all of a sudden started peeing blood. Diagnosis: kidney stones. Had to have surgery to have them removed. Cause: dyes in the dog food little Bella was being fed. Dogfood: Beneful.

  37. George

    Jun 30, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    DO NOT LISTEN TO “Experts” about dog food . SUCH AS YOUR VET. Because……
    I have a min pin 8 years old now and unfortunately he been eating vengeful probably at Least 5 years of beneful. It was only recently I adopted to check online about dig food reviews and such. And got him a new one . Forgot the name but it was all brown and very pricey.
    But here’s the kicker now. My own Vet told me beneful was “fine”. He has had multiple times if hair falling out and having to go on antibiotics to cure it. Do not feed him beneful or anything Purina. Recently Purina pro life. Aired a commercial about how ” Purina pro life plan” can within 30 days improve your dogs mood. Since it was marketed for older dogs and the commercial used ” real customers” who were seniors they really made it look good. But given that beneful is not the first time they messed up with healthy food. I would recommend you check online reviews and forums as this one. “Word online” is the new ” word on the street news”. It’s always more reliable than any official source

  38. Cathy Barnes

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    So what should I feed my dogs one only wants beneful she goes on a hunger strike if I try anything else!

    • Josie Elizabeth Harper

      Jun 9, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      I have the same problem! My dog will NOT eat anything else I have tried…wet or dry! (and I’ve literally tried 15 or 20 different kinds that my groomer, vet, friends, etc. have recommended.)
      The only thing I can get him to eat now is boiled chicken.
      However, my dog is a pomeranian with long and extremely think hair… It all started falling out in patches and his skin was very dry and turned dark. My groomer told me about Purina Beneful and all the problems it was causing and I immediately threw it away.
      I have had him off of it (and anything else with propylene glycol) for several months now. His hair has grown back and his skin is getting better.
      Im SURE now that it was his food… I had spent 100’s of dollars trying to figure out what was causing his problems before I found out about Purine Beneful.
      It’s a pain in the butt to have to boil chicken every couple of days for my dog, but I definitely will not be giving him anything Purina makes ever again; he means the world to me and his health is certainly worth the trouble!


      Jul 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm


      • Dawn

        Aug 28, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        My dogs liked it and were the same way. It is filled with sugar, and they like it, and their body relies on it as an addiction, just like in our bodies. They may not eat for a few days, they will get over it.

  39. Angie Pratt

    May 18, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I do not think that people are necessarily at fault, they are just uninformed. My mother is older and she got her first dog for companionship. She does not use google!!! She watches TV and reads the news paper and according to the adds Beneful is GREAT!! so she bought it. Her dog started to vomit and I just happened to visit her. I seen what dog food she had and immediately threw it away and bought her Neutra brand. Imediately he stopped and he is just fine. But he wouldn’t have been and she just didn’t have any idea. She thought she was doing him good. My Best Friend called me one day and her dog started having seizures, I went over there to pick the dog up and take him to the vet for her because she couldn’t leave. I noticed she had a bag of Beneful, I told her to google it and she did. She was SURPRISED to say the least, she had no idea. She is not an animal person she got her son a dog because he wanted one like every child. She thought she was giving the dog good food becasue the commercials said so. She also had no idea what by-products were or that corn and corn gluten were bad! She actually seen corn and stopped reading because she thought it was full of veggies! She switched to Neutra also and he is just fine now. People are misinformed about these false advertisemetns and they are being lied to and it is NOT THEIR FAULT!! IT IS PURINA’S FAULT!!

  40. Schuyler Unger

    May 18, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I’ve been feeding my animals Purina for years with no issues. I don’t feed them cheap food. I check with my vet because the internet has good and bad information from people I don’t know but feel like they’re experts. I know my vet and he knows my animals.

    • Chris

      Jul 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Hate to say it, but Purina products are classed as a ‘cheap’ food. Check out http://www.dogfood Any dog food that has corn ad the first ingredient, is garbage. I’ve done research for 6 years now. Your vet probably gets discounts or free product from Purina, and that’s why the recommend it to their clients.

  41. Alaskan Klee Kai

    May 5, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I read a news article about a recall and I posted this on my tumblr blog. There I was blasted with many stories about pets especially dogs being harmed by Purina. I think they are killing dogs…unfortunately…What can we do to stop them?

    • Ray

      May 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Stop buying their products, that’s how you stop them. Nothing says “knock it off” louder than when you hit them in the wallet.

  42. devidsapher

    May 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Really helpful thing about dog food. Yes few food are bad and they kill dogs. That is why getting good food is very important. I used to get help from about food and I found that nutrition and vitamins are important.

  43. Jamie

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Our dog, Miley, just died last night. We rushed her to a 24-hour emergency vet (a 45 minute drive), but she died right as we pulled into the hospital’s driveway and there was nothing that could be done for her. Just doing a cursory check of her, the vet felt like it was some kind of liver failure. This was immediate and out of nowhere. We noticed she was lethargic and stumbling around a bit as we ate dinner and within minutes her breathing was labored. She was approximately 5 years old and has almost exclusively eaten Beneful. I am disgusted by this news regarding Beneful. And, for people to suggest that those of us buying Beneful lack common sense or don’t care enough about our pets is ignorant in and of itself. We don’t all live in the city where pet stores are on every corner, nor do we all have the kind of lifestyles where we can sit around reading articles on dog food all day. We trust the manufacturers to be honest, we trust the stores to research the products they sell and we depend on symptoms seen from our pets, after all, we aren’t vets. My deepest sympathies to all who have lost pets and to those who have had to try to nurse a sick one back to health.

  44. Alex Blackwell

    Mar 4, 2015 at 6:47 am

    It amazes me , all these complaints. I’m not advocating Beneful , it’s just hypocritical and irresponsible of people to blame Purina yet they mention feeding their dogs Beneful even after their dogs are vomiting and having diarrhea and continue to do so. I believe pet owners need to be accountable as well. Pet owners claim they love their dogs so much , however they don’t love them enough to buy a higher quality food. If you want to pay around $20 for a bag of dog food what do you expect to get. It’s called common sense, I suggest everyone get some. It’s also free!

    • Ray Gisclair

      Mar 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      I am amazed at your comment. You are one HEARTLESS Human being.

    • Kathy

      Mar 18, 2015 at 1:34 am

      I agree with Alex. There’s no excuse for ignorance when we all have access to Google. Read labels. It’s all common sense.

    • Renee

      Apr 28, 2015 at 4:40 am

      How sad…. you think you know what’s going on and how irresponsible people are. These companies lead you to believe how great and perfect their product is for your animal. So what exactly are you saying??? That people who feed their children foods that have something that kills them, it’s their fault? It happens to human children too. People purchase the products believing that they are not going to end up killing their dog. My dog was 13 and in excellent health until we switched completely to beneful and she was dead within a week and a half but here is another fact you are unaware of….. some dogs have irritable stomach linings and the same type of symptoms can exists as well as getting older can increase thirst. I can tell you that my dog was born in my arms and that is where she was when she died as I frantically tried to get her to the vet and as for being irresponsible, I think you seriously need a lesson on what that really means. As for everyone else…. I am so truly sorry for your losses, I know exactly how you feel and what you are going through. I’m not looking to sue or get anything except the industry now putting standards that must be followed and stop killing our animals! I recently found out that the glycol is illegal in cat food but not dog food, why?

      • Nora H

        May 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        With as much controversy as there has been the last few years with dog foods and treats, I won’t by any dog food or treat anymore without checking for recalls or possible problems with it. I truly believe I killed our 2-year-old dog with a treat three years ago and have never forgiven myself. Also with things I’ve read about that treat that were on-line from around that time, I’m sure now that was the cause.

        I’m very sorry to everyone that has lost a beloved pet, but please people, check things out before buying, it’s not like it used to be where we didn’t have all the problems we do with foods/treats. It’s a sad state of affairs when we have to do this, but our pets mean a lot to us.

  45. Elisa Gomez

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

  46. Tom

    Feb 26, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I have fed my 7 year old Labrador Beneful Healthy Weight 95% of the time. I purchased it at Sams Club. Shortly after his birthday, in the fall of 2014, he was diagnosed with a skin infection and yeast infection. He then had a large mast cell tumor on his side, Group II, which was removed in December 2014. He is now undergoing chemotherapy. I just learned of this lawsuit while watching the local news tonight.

    • Ed

      Feb 26, 2015 at 8:31 am

      I just wanted to say that you aren’t the only one that had a similar experience. I started feeding my dog Beneful as well as she immediately started to grow a tumor on her neck. It continued to grow as I feed her Beneful. I stopped feeding her Beneful, and the tumor stopped growing so I had it drained at the vets. I thought nothing of it at the time. Then I went back to Beneful because she didn’t want to eat the new food I was feeding her and the tumor started growing again. I took her to the vet again and they tested that tumor and found another one on her foot that was tested and it came back cancerous. We had both tumors removed as the vet told us that they thought they could remove the tumors completely (wide margins) and prevent it from spreading. Since then I stopped feeding her Beneful and the tumors have never returned… I’m very upset!

  47. Bill

    Oct 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Dog (8 years old) getting surgery on 10/20/2014 Vet said it was bladder stones, large ones. Asked us what type of dog food we use…. Beneful. He said that makes sense, a lot of dogs come in with this condition, always Beneful. They will be hearing from my dad soon.

    • LAURA

      Feb 24, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      I fed my poor dog Beneful for 8 years. He was violently ill twice a week vomiting. I didn’t think it was the food because my other dog was fine. I switched foods and he is fine! It is definitely the food.

  48. monika

    Oct 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I rescued a year old american eskimo/husky mix about a week ago – the person I got her from had been feeding her beneful. I knew it was very low quality, so I tried to start switching her food over right away. I blended the beneful 75% with 25% of the new food. The first time I fed it to her she ate it – the food had been wet. Second time I tried dry and she would not touch it, then I wet it, and again to no avail. Later that evening at feeding time again I opted for dry and left the food sit. Eventually she went to it and proceeded to pick out all the beneful pieces, leaving behind only the new kibble! I DO NOT want to continue feeding her beneful 🙁 but it’s like that’s all she wants… any suggestions? Should I just make her wait until she’s so hungry she HAS to eat something else? I feel bad because she will hold out ALL DAY for that crap.

    • Kelly

      Nov 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      You are doing the right thing by discontinuing feeding Beneful. It’s the worst dog good on the market. It’s full of bi-products and chemicals! Your dog likes it because it’s been sprayed with rendered animal fat to make it desirable. Find your local pet store and seek advice there. There are several options for food, just stay out of the grocery store, Wal-Mart…These foods absolutely DO contribute to sickness. Your dog will thank you.
      Good Luck.

    • Bonnie Tefertiller

      Nov 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Try giving her new food with beef broth and maybe just a little of fresh roast and
      see if that works. I am greatfull for the warning and will never buy beneful or any other product made by the company making it. Good luck

    • Barbara Rady

      Dec 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

      I just lost my American Eskimo to Diabetes in July and still have a Goldendoodle. I recently went to a pet store that didn’t have Beneful but gave me a history lesson on dog food saying that Beneful was a leading contributor to Diabetes. My knees buckled and I felt sick knowing that I lost one loved one and still continued to feed my other loved one the same food not knowing any of this. Shame on me for not doing research but bless those angels at the pert store for their education and most likely saving Kodi’s life. I switched to Diamond which costs a little more but will last longer because he feels more full and he loves it! Please research and make a change so you don’t go thru what I did with my 4 year old…

      • Barbara Rady

        Dec 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

        Also, get some coconut oil and put some in the food. it’s not harmful and they love the sweetness and it’s inexpensive!

    • Linda Comstock

      Feb 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Try Newman’s Own Dry food, I have a schnauzer (they can’t have any fatty foods) and he loves it! Newmans is manufactured without any artificial ingredients and absolutely no euthanized animals from rendering plants which is still allowed by the FDA!!

    • Susan

      Feb 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      make some boiled chicken and cut up pieces and mix it in the new dog food toss it around with a fork so the chicken sent gets on the dog food and gradually get rid of the chicken. You can also make your own dog food if you wish to I know of a few people that do, you can find anything you want on here (the internet).

  49. Chris

    Oct 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    This is why I do what I do…

    For a holistic freshly made pet food option please visit my website.
    One of our pet treats is from a winner recently featured on Shark Tank!

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    • Chris

      Oct 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      The pet food website is:

    • Mark

      Feb 26, 2015 at 2:23 am

      everything is a chemical in the entire universe…there is no such thing as “non-chemical” or “chemical free”.

  50. barry

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    you guys are all nuts beniful is a very good dog food been feeding my two dogs it for years there good and healthy do you really think any dog food company would risk their lively hood feed my old dog that two she lived 14 years before she got cancer did not blame dog food they have to die of something as we do to

    • Marguerite Carver

      Feb 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      You cannot even spell the product name….
      Beneful products ARE making dogs sick…….

    • Mark

      Feb 26, 2015 at 2:34 am

      A cause and effect mechanism has not been established between the food and the dogs illness and you all are letting your emotions and chemophobic tendencies bias your opinion while treating anecdotal evidence as unquestionable fact. Dogs get all sorts of tumors and diabetes later in life for many reasons. Notice I’m not saying you’re wrong, Beneful MIGHT be the cause, but correlation doesn’t mean causation, so you shouldn’t blame people for stuff you have no solid proof of; it sounds more like a witch hunt and a refusal to accept inevitable suffering and mortality of all things than anything constructive that might lead to better quality of life for your pet.

      • Ed

        Feb 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

        I started feeding my dog Beneful and she immediately started to grow a tumor on her neck. It continued to grow as I feed her Beneful. I stopped feeding her Beneful, and the tumor stopped growing so I had it drained at the vets. I thought nothing of it at the time. Then I went back to Beneful because she didn’t want to eat the new food I was feeding her and the tumor started growing again. I took her to the vet again and they tested that tumor and found another one on her foot that was tested and it came back cancerous. We had both tumors removed as the vet told us that they thought they could remove the tumors completely (wide margins) and prevent it from spreading. Since then I stopped feeding her Beneful and the tumors have never returned. I’m not a scientist, but in my experience it was the food causing the damage.

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      Aug 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

      My dog is off Beneful and doing so much better. Her tummy was swollen, loose stools, twitching, rapid breathing, not eating, lethargic. Very scary and just so glad she is doing so much better!

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    Jun 12, 2014 at 2:29 am

    My Shih-Tzu Daisy was a victim just like everyone else on here. When will this stop! I have pictures if anyone would like to see what Purina Beneful can do your dog. Why risk it? Over $4,000 later my dog is back to her normal self. Still a visit back to the vet this week to make sure everything is okay. This incident happened last week!

    • Linette

      Jul 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Amy I would like to see pics that you have so I can show to a family member that continues to feed their little dog this garbage

    • Tammy

      Aug 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

      Hi I have been freaking out the last two days on what could possible be making all my dogs sick believe it or not one of my dogs the fat one kept looking at the food and then me.Thats when I look the beneful up and made them some chicken an rice they are still sick specially my oldest Chihuahua which i have 3 and acariner terrier. i switch there food in mid june they loved it they would fight over it.Now my babies are vomiting,diarrhea, stomach very hard and very ut of it I pray they survive.I CANT BELIEVE DOG FOOD IS NOT CHECK AND THEY CAN JUST POISON & KILL ARE BABIES LIKE THAT IM COOKING FOR MY BABIES FOR NOW ON IF THEY CAN PULL THUR THIS SOMEONE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR POISON AND HURTING ARE BABIES FOR A DOLLAR. IM SO PISS OFF RIGHT NOW.

  60. ajmom

    Jun 9, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Old Timers Way to Take care and feed a dog! My grandpa and Dad had there farm dogs until their passing in their twenties… never went to in to a vet office but vet when out for a cow would give out Rabie shots.. worming was a pinch of gramdpa’s snuff.. and flees and ticks were taken care of by a special dip you submerged the dog in and in between dips dad would sit out side with his pliers pulling ticks… dogs were always mixed breeds. out side during day and inside house at night. Females were spayed but not males, that is why they were in at night so they did not tramp or chase deer.. As for food.. Table scraps, ground feed (corn) milk, eggs, dead chickens and butcher bones with some meat. what ever vegetables they wanted out of garden. most of this was just what ever they wanted even new born calf manure (ick) make sure your dog don’t lick your face after that snack.. and my dad always gave his dogs and half slice buttered bread every day.. when they got so old and had a hard time getting around they got a baby asprin for pain and arthritis.. any comercial dog food was a bag of cheep stuff left open in a dry corner of the barn and would last several months for 2 dogs… Always 2 dogs.. as one dog is getting pretty old they would get a puppy so the old dog could teach the pup things like house training to herding cows. and keeps the old dog young as he feels usefull and gets excersize playing with or avoiding play with the pup…. like I said every dog we have had in my life and my parents have lived healthy well into their 20’s……I am no longer on a farm and as I wrote a couple weeks ago on here my 18 yr old dog does eat beneful … don’t think I want to change…

  61. Keith

    Jun 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I have 2 mini schnauzers, 12.5 & 14.5 yrs old. When the older one hit 12 she had a massive tumor above her tail which I had removed, and again a year later. My younger one need to have her eye removed due to a tumor that grew behind her eye. The cancer ate through her skull & into her sinus’, I put her down 2 weeks ago, 1 month after the surgery. Last week the other was groomed for summer & has a tumor surrounding the base of her tail. Beneful is the only food I have fed them b/c I thought it was good. Looks like it gave both my dogs, different lineage, cancer! I am switching food immediately!

  62. Vince

    Jun 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Received advert email today and reviewed their Privacy Policy. However the BIG question is; due any of their products contain ingredients from outside the United States, I called their company and asked if they could guarantee that their products did not contain ingredients from outside the States and was told that they were unable to do that.
    We stopped using theirs and any other pet food and dog treat products over a year ago when it was reported dogs dying from food containing ingredients from outside the United States such as China. We now cook roast beef, chicken, vegetables and other ingredients sold and manufactured only in this country. Human Food that we can trust! For dog treats we cook Turkey Bacon till crisp and give pieces as treats. We will never buy dog food products again. The cost to cook your own dog food is about equal or even somewhat less than paying for already processed dog food. My dogs deserve quality food as members of our family, and I refuse to allow companies like Purina to place our little friend’s life at risk.

    • Tammy

      Aug 7, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Hi I have been freaking out the last two days on what could possible be making all my dogs sick believe it or not one of my dogs the fat one kept looking at the food and then me.Thats when I look the beneful up and made them some chicken an rice they are still sick specially my oldest Chihuahua which i have 3 and acariner terrier. i switch there food in mid june they loved it they would fight over it.Now my babies are vomiting,diarrhea, stomach very hard and very ut of it I pray they survive.I CANT BELIEVE DOG FOOD IS NOT CHECK AND THEY CAN JUST POISON & KILL ARE BABIES LIKE THAT IM COOKING FOR MY BABIES FOR NOW ON IF THEY CAN PULL THUR THIS SOMEONE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR POISON AND HURTING ARE BABIES FOR A DOLLAR. IM SO PISS OFF RIGHT NOW.

  63. Teresa Aitken

    Jun 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Purina Puppy Chow
    When moistening this “food” to feed puppies, one’s hand get so greasy it is necessary to wash them with soap twice to get the yuck off. When puppies eat this awful stuff, one small bowel movement makes the house smell like a slaughterhouse…….it is sickening. Change the food and no smell. Purina’s advertising is the only way they sell food…people fall for their untruths.

    • Vince

      Jun 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Received Purina’s advert email today and reviewed their Privacy Policy. However the BIG question is; due any of their products contain ingredients from outside the United States, such as China? I called their company and asked if they could guarantee that their products did not contain ingredients from outside the States and was told that they were unable to do that.
      We stopped using theirs and any other pet food and dog treat products over a year ago when it was reported dogs dying from food containing ingredients from outside the United States such as China. We now cook roast beef, chicken, vegetables and other ingredients sold and manufactured only in this country. Human Food that we can trust! For dog treats we cook Turkey Bacon till crisp and give pieces as treats. We will never buy dog food products again. The cost to cook your own dog food is about equal or even somewhat less than paying for already processed dog food. My dogs deserve quality food as members of our family, and I refuse to allow companies like Purina to place our little friend’s life at risk.

  64. Maria

    May 28, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I never write anything on website but this time I need to talk and letting know everyboday out there this specific brand killed my 5 yrs old yellow labrador. Last year she started throw up and her belly turned so big I took her to the vet and they required is to made a ultrasound they couldn’t see anything because she had too much fluid after that they suggested to us to make a biopsy and exploratory. They found her liver it was really damage and she could not survive the surgery they called us to suggested to put her sleep we felt that moment how we could do that to her when she even say bye to my kids so we decline and we took her to our home. She survived God made a miracle that night. We enjoyed her for a extra year with supplements, vitamins, milk thistle, probiotics she was fine but her liver could not resist any more. She was part of my family she was too young and I want to tell you guys none commercial food is good to our pets. I cooked for her and I saw how she enjoy it and happy she was. Stop buy commercial food. Today was Beneful but all the commercial brand are silence killer. It just a big monopoly

  65. ajmom

    May 21, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I question the validity of all the negative feedback on Beneful dog food. My Cocapoo is 18 years young, has never been sick in his life, and has been eating Beneful 99% of his life with out any problems. He is deaf this last yr and has some tumers that he has had for many yrs and dont bother him. He runs plays and learned hand signals very quick. I do give him a small dog bisquit every day and a bite here and there of meat from my plate and neighbor lady gives him a packaged treat now and then. I also give him a teaspoon of bacon grease if he is itchy… works wonders ( country Vet told me that ).. He has regular
    BM’s and normal unless I do change to a different dog food ,then he does his big job several times a day instead of once or twice a day. These were not cheap brands eather.. I am concerned about what I am feeding my best dog friend but hate to change as even the Vet marvels at his good condition when I take him in for yearly check up…

  66. PinkyPink

    Apr 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I’ve been using Purina Products for Centuries thought I try something new from the same company should not be bad. BOY was I wrong this Beneful Product gave my baby dog summer breeze an attack rushed her to the emergency room they asked what I gave her and I told them they kept her over night I’m never away from my babies I had to take my other poor baby dog with me skye blue I don’t recommend Beneful to anyone. Throw all the products of Beneful away or if u can’t sell them to the stores and call them KILLER DOG FOOD AND PRODUCTS

  67. Jim

    Apr 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    My mother’s dog has been eating Beneful for years, and he is NOT at a healthy weight. On top of that, he has now developed some kind of skin infection that is really horrible and smelly – probably yeast. I am going to buy a grain-free food from Costco and start him on that, in the hopes that that may clear his allergy.
    I always thought Beneful was suspect, because the first ingredient is corn. If I ate corn all day, I’d be big as a house too.

  68. Douglas Dobson

    Apr 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Interesting, it sounds like someone really did their homework. . . . or did they?
    Corn Gluten meal? There’s no harmful gluten in corn, there’s gluten in wheat and barley and to a lesser degree in some other cereal grains, how do I know this? I have Gluten intolerance, I can’t eat gluten, but I can eat all the corn I want. And if corn is sooo bad for dogs then why do humans eat so much corn? Corn is fine for dogs, or cats, we have one cat who loves corn, if they don’t completely digest it, then maybe when the dog eats his own turds it’ll break down better the second time through. Purina is never a part of harmful cat, dog, goat, cow, llama, monkey, gorilla, zebra, horse chows, and a bunch of others. Anyone can make inflammatory statements about any company and make it sound like they know. Whoever you are, what would YOU do with all the edible poultry by-products? Throw them all away and waste those parts? There is good nutrition in beaks and tongues and necks and organs they don’t give us at the grocery store. If the world went to hell in a handbasket and you had to survive and only had the catfood or dogfood, A) you’d gobble it up like potato chips, and B)it would sustain a human just fine for months with no other food and years with the inclusion of greens and occasional meat or fish. There’s a label on all their food with ingredients and nutrition information just like people food. Purina food is fine for your animals, probably the best animal food products on the market, I make sure every bag of dry food we get is a Purina product, Purina is the only pet food I trust to feed my cats. I’ve had cats live into the late teens all the way into their mid twenties on a diet of Cat Chow indoor and water with occasional treats, if you’re going to slam an animal food company, why aren’t you slamming the animal foods that have killed cats and dogs with tainted food?, why are you picking on Purina products that to my knowledge have never had a recall for harm to our pets? You’re right there with the Arby’s commercials slamming Subway for having their higher quality meats sliced off sight. Who cares as long as they meet required health codes? So you have processed meat food sliced on sight at Arbys or real high quality roast beef that’s sliced in a sterile facility for Subway. Give me Subway’s Roast beef over Arbys roast beef any day of the week. They don’t even sell that processed beef food loaf in the grocery store. . . Anyway, someone who knows needed to stand up for Purina, you can trust your pet’s health to Purina foods, especially the Chow’s. I don’t buy anything else, it’s worth the extra few dollars to have the peace of mind that your cat or dog isn’t going to die because the food was allowed to become contaminated, it’s not going to happen with Purina foods, if it does I will eat my old sneakers. . . . .

    • Holly

      Apr 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      There are so many things wrong with your comment but I’ll keep this short and simple; dogs are not humans. Just because they have been bred by us into house pets does not negate the fact that they are related to wolves. You don’t see wolves out in the wild eating corn on the cob and chowing down on wheat in the fields. That’s because it’s not in their natural diet, not even close. There are so many people with overweight dogs, dogs with diabetes and hip/joint issues because you are feeding them something that only gets them by and they can’t even digest properly. This is why most allergies pets have are food allergies because they are given food they can not properly get nutrients from. Yes of course they like it and yes of course they eat it but it is no where close to what they should be eating. Dogs should have grain free, no by products and no meat meal. All meat meal means is they throw various meats in and organs and grind them up. Does that sound healthy? If the first three in ingredients AT LEAST are not meat then the food you are buying is not an actual healthy food, you are being bought in by their marketing schemes. Spend the little extra and buy a REAL holistic brand that you can actually read all the ingredients and know what they are. I guarantee your pet will eat less, have healthier skin, coat and eyes and better bowel movements. Some great brands are Fromm, Taste of the Wild and Natural Balance and a few of them cost less than the Science Diet and such that vet are given kick backs to promote. All the fancy pictures and flashy words you see on these brands are not on the good brands bags because they do not have anything to cover up. I highly encourage everyone with cats or dogs to look at their food and actually read the list of ingredients to make an informed decision for your life long companion. They deserve better than the best deal on food you can find.

      • Steve

        Apr 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        You need to do some research on the correct diet for dogs before you start commenting on what they eat. Dogs may be decedents of wolves, however neither Canis Lupus nor Canis Familiaris are strict carnivores. Wolves actually do consume plants as part of their natural diet. They have been noted to eat fruit that has fallen from trees as well as the contents of the stomach and entrails of prey. Dogs have been bred by humans for thousands of years and do require greens in their diet. that is why dog food brands such as Blue Buffalo are actually very bad for your dog. They have excessive amounts of protein and can cause kidney and liver failure. Ask your vet about the dietary requirements for your pet, you might be surprised what he says.

        • loretta

          Jun 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

          Yes, “most” vegetables are fine & good for your dog (although some are not, onions, nightshade veg etc..)
          But there is one fact, yes, FACT I know for sure;
          And that is that CORN is not good for dogs.
          It’s actually hardly good for people.
          Wonder why your dog is itching with hotspots? outside of allergies to mold, household products & particular foods, it’s CORN.
          It makes dog’s itch and it also is terrible for dogs who are prone to yeast issues.
          Since there are so many people out there who can afford a computer, yet claim they can’t afford good dog food (but still have dogs), why not even try the walmart brand (since that is where you most likely pledge allegiance anyway) that has no corn or fillers?
          Yes, Walmart makes a brand called “Pure Balance” that costs no more than all these foods with colorful bags that lie in their advertizing
          & are no more than the equivalent of garbage.
          It isn’t bad food at all.
          Since I’m sure you will immediately peg me as some rich liberal who spends 60.00 a bag to feed my Bullmastiff, I’ll have you know I am
          just your average single, hardworking female who thinks dogs deserve the best we can give them.
          Believe me, I have red neck (& embarrassingly they claim to be proud of that because if they don’t claim to be proud of it, they feel inferior because they are too lazy minded to look beyond the tv, the walmart counter or the Mcdonalds parking lot) relatives who have hounds tied outside, bored to tears, cold in the winter & they use denial to convince their lazy, ignorant asses that it is okay.
          Plain and simple; Corn is bad for dogs, these popular foods are bad for dogs.
          You can fight about it all day, but it is a scientific fact.
          While I’m bitching, I may as well add that if your dog is too high energy?
          It’s because he needs to walk, everyday.
          Don’t have dogs if you aren’t going to treat them with the best of care.
          Get off your lazy butts and get realistic about life & you AND your dog will be much happier for it.

    • catherine case

      Apr 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      I have used purina products for many years – for my horses, cats, dogs.. When I read this article, I realized that purina was the manufacturer of those chicken jerky treats I read so much about. I knew better than to buy a food product made in china because of the lack of controls, regulation and governing standards employed by the USDA. Clearly, Purina is not engaged in an effective position to oversee it manufacturing plants in China but it is not really required to perhaps. Offshoring manufacturing to China provides reduced costs and expenses to product a product – and given the cost of shipping – it still is cost effective for this corporate Giant to take advantage of – the advantages to do this. If they don’t, Purina cannot be competitive. Purina will shut down. Purina cannot afford to hold onto to it’s values I am sure it was founded upon without putting itself out of business. So, one has to accept at this point that dog food isn’t safe for pet consumption. Purina or otherwise. But, since it took 5 years for Purina to deal with the chicken jerky treats, and dogs died because of uninformed and trusting consumers of the Purina label -I am as of today no longer buying Purina anything.

      Now, I must regroup and figure out how to feed my horses and dogs and at the same time, try to keep them alive and well with the feeding options I have.

    • laurel

      Jul 13, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      you are so misinformed. I have studied and researched cat and dog foods for 49 years. Corn is not good for carnivores. We are omnivores and eat corn but look in the toilet after consuming this vegetable and digestion is very difficult. You do not want your pet reconsuming his/her feces, this is a good way to spread giardia and other parasites. There have been many recalls from pet foods including Purina. They purchase much of their ingredients from China. Of course we all know of people who eat McDonalds every day and are relatively healty but many allergies and such can be stopped or fixed when better foods are fed. Sometimes it takes a while. Remember just about all things in Walmart originate in China

    • James

      Aug 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Mr Dobson,

      Obviously you are very ignorant when it comes to dog nutrients. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Years ago, while working my way through college, I worked for Purina. All that is important to Purina is the almighty dollar. They could care less about your pets so long as a dollar is involved. Some of their pet foods have ingredients that I would never feed to my pets. They cause health problems and can even cause death. In all good conscience, I could not continue to work for them. I quit after just 3 weeks. I couldn’t afford to quit my job but I felt I had to. I love animals and have had dogs all my life. I continually checked labels on dog foods and studied their effects on my patients. I couldn’t in all good conscience, recommend Purina foods to any of the pet owners I dealt with. There are a few other companies who are worse but not many. Some companies do testing on dogs and cats who mistreated animals to the point of being cruel and inhumane. I was a certified DVM for many years until my retirement a couple of years ago. Obviously, you don’t give a crap about your pets. Until you know absolutely what you are talking about, I would recommend keeping your opinions to yourself.

      By the way, I’m still trying to figure out how Arby’s and Subway wound up in a Purina dog food discussion. Doesn’t say much for you and your being an expert on Purina.

      Nothing personal but I hope your pets find someone who really cares about their health and well being. Take care and be safe

    • amy gaddy

      Feb 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Im sure you’ll be eating your sneakers soon enough I’ve been feeding my dog pupy chow for four years now all of a sudden shes vomiting everything had surgery cause they thought she ate something x ray had cloudy spot in her stomache but there was nothing but gas in it nowall of a sudden my 9 month old puppys vomiting im fighting for my dogs lives right now keep feeding your dogs purina if you want im already t 1500 dollars in and counting

  69. Cindy

    Mar 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    We have a 15 year-old Border Collie. She has eaten many different brands of dog food, with Beneful being one of the brands she has eaten. We tried some of the more expensive brands, but many of those are high protein products, and they almost caused her to have liver damage. We feed treats sparingly, she is fed a diet of dry and wet dog food, with human foods given sparingly. Some people may have good luck with feeding their dogs more expensive brands, but we have a very elderly, very happy and healthy 15 year-old Border Collie…we must being doing something right 😉

  70. Kathy

    Mar 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  71. Richard

    Mar 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I don’t see what the big deal is with Purina Beneful Healthy weight dog food as I have fed my little Miniature greyhound Purina Beneful Healthy weight since she got off the puppy chow with Purina and has been in really good health and is still in good health and she is going on 3 years old and her Kidneys are in good shape. Don’t blame it on Purina as the only reason your pet could be getting bumps is you changed the food and your pet might be allergic to the ingredients.

  72. Julie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I have fed my dogs Iams since we got them. The Boxer was fed Beniful when he started eating dog food. We had him a week and found out quickly he had a sensitive stomach and was vomiting and had bad gas. Our vet sugested we feed him a better quality dog food. Since they have been on Iams lamb and rice all there life they never have gas or any other health problems so far. They also have the softest fur. Other dogs we have had that ate cheap food always had bad gas and their fur was dull and coarse. And human food does advertise false claims about food being healthy when its not. Take special K, i took a class and Special K is not healthy or good for you.

  73. Tiffany

    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Hello dog parents, my name is tiffany and i am a customer advisor at Petco. Beneful is a disgusting food that leaves thousands of dogs either dead or horrendously ill. Pedigree is a very bad food with no real meat,vegetables, or vitamin supplements. My cousin fed her dog baneful and had to put her golden retriever down after he fell down the steps and broke his back legs. It was pedigree large breed dog food that did this to him. I do know that if he was fed a high quality food with the right protein and nutrients that a large breed dog needs, he would definitely still be alive today. I am telling you guys that you shoul read the food ingredients before you urchase anything for yourself, as well as your animals. For tips on some affordable, yet high aquality food, i will give you these suggestions. Merrick’s Whole earth farms is a very high quality food and is about 35 dollars for a 30 pound bag. This food is very good for your dog, as it has real protein, including chicken meal (dehydrated chicken), whole beef,brown rice, and other healthy carbs like potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Another food that i highly recommend is natural balance chicken and potato. It contains deboned chicken, chicken meal, which has double the protein which is very good for underweight dogs. It costs about 45 dollars for a 30 pound bag, but it has high protein and fiber so it fills them up fast so you don’t have to feed them 3 times a day, 2 times would be good enough. Another food that i really care about is a premium/ natural food called natural choice. Has different proteins like turkey, lamb, and chicken and even has sunflower oil which is very good for their coat. It is about 45 dollars for a 30 pound bag, which will definitely last a good month. WE have to understand that they are our family members rather than our pets , they need good nutrition just like humans do. WE care about our pets right? So that means that we need to feed them the proper way.

    • Lily

      Apr 16, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      I only bought Beneful because I had a coupon and honestly could not afford blue buffalo since I lost my job last year. My dog became so ill that after a week of him vomiting and pooping blood I had to take him to the vet, with all the test it was almost $600. The Beneful nearly killed my dog so instead of feeding him cheaply and spending a fortune at the vet I will feed him good dog food and avoid the vet.
      I love my dog, he is nine years old and to those who just say “they are just dogs” you probably should not have a pet. My dog is a member of my family and loved by everyone.

      • mikayla

        Jun 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        Hi my chihuahua is having diarrhea and is bloody sometimes and I just bought beneful last week and it started a couple days later if I change his food will he get better or should I go to the vet and I’m in the same situation a bag of quality food is much cheaper then the vet please get back to me I’m very nervous

  74. Brandon

    Jan 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    You people are all stupid. They’re just fucking dogs.

    • Patty Al

      Apr 15, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Maybe we should feed it to you…after all you’re just a heartless f’ing human.

    • Mary

      Apr 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Hope you never own a dog

  75. Angela

    Jan 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Sorry I misspelled this crappy food!

  76. Angela

    Jan 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Look I know everyone is discussing the dog food but you should know the treats are just as bad. I bought my dog the beniful bake treats’ two weeks ago she had a seizure I didn’t know what was happening, they ran out. Yesterday I bought more. Two hours later she had another seizure. I ran everything thru my mind, What was new today that was similar 2 weeks ago. BENIFUL. I have been giving this crap to my dog. I found the consumer reports online a few moments after her seizure. Purina guarantees their product but doesn’t guarantee your dogs life. Thy will not recall this food. WHY?

  77. Craig

    Dec 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Our dogs loves Beneful. We have a Dobermann that switched to Beneful when she was about 10. She immediately started getting “bumps” (tumors) all over her body. We took her to the vet and had a biopsy done. They could not find out what was causing them. Our lab, which is much younger, ate Beneful for the first five years and he was fine. During the last year of feeding him this food, he also started developing these tumors. It wasn’t until our pest control guy saw the Beneful in their food bowls and told us the horror stories with his dogs that we stopped feeding our dogs Beneful. We tried to warn as many people as we could but still had some friends who lost their dogs at a young age due to kidney failure, tumors of the stomach etc. it would take a lot to take down such a great source of revenue from a powerhouse supplier like Purina. Please do not feed your dogs this crap. Costco (Kirkland) and Petsmart (Authority) both make really good and cheap alternatives.

  78. Sheaniel

    Nov 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Hello, I just lost my dog smooches on tuesday 11/26 after eating beneful for 6 yrs. Sometimes he would throw up and sometimes he would sleep all day. On his last day, he pooped and bark and went to sleep and never woke up. I fed him pedigree and beneful only. Now I wished I cooked for him. My dog is irreplaceable. I rather have a cockatoo bird.

  79. stephanie

    Nov 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    My dog is 9 years old…she ate purina puppy chow until she was two…and then we switched to Benedikt…she has never had problems.

  80. Laure Topez

    Nov 15, 2013 at 12:45 am

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  81. Sheri

    Nov 12, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Thank God we had read this report on Beneful a year ago. Our dog had been on this food for 4 years and suffered from multiple (4) seizures a year. We have had him off the food for one year and not one single seizure! He now eats – Blue – an all natural/organic (very expensive) dog food made by a smaller time company that cares and gets it.
    The most difficult thing is people don’t know and the company doesn’t care. Thank you for all you to do to keep people educated. ~ Sheri

  82. Georgann Kemerer

    Nov 12, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally
    got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas!
    Just wanted to say keep up the excellent work!

  83. bridget

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I believe this also killed my dog. She had kidney failure, and ultimately died. I hope these companies get shut down.

  84. Heima

    Nov 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Three comments on this article:

    1) Is Purina manufacturing Beneful in China, perhaps even using the same factories as those used to manufacture Canyon Creek or Waggin’ Train? It would have been quite easy for the author of this piece to answer her own question, but it seems she would rather resort to sleazy innuendo than do a couple minutes homework. The answer is no. Beneful is not manufactured in China, nor are any of the ingredients involved in U.S. production sourced from China.

    2) While the FDA may have had its eyes on dog jerky treats for several years, Nestle completed purchase of Waggin’ Train late in 2010, barely 2 years prior to this publishing of this article. It’s a flat-out lie to state that Purina has ignored jerky complaints for “over 5 years”.

    3) And in regards to the recall of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek, the issue was a trace quantity of an anti-biotic that’s approved for sale in both Canada and the EU — but not the U.S. To call this “illegal drug residue” is grossly misleading.

    We all want what’s best for our dogs; by all means do your homework on what you’re feeding them and choose product accordingly. I respectfully suggest, however, that you avoid articles such as the above when making those decisions.

  85. MYRNA

    Oct 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm


  86. FROMM

    Oct 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

    FROMM is a great 4 star food….. Check into it

  87. Terri

    Oct 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I have to say that Milo our boarder collie/ Lab mix lived for 16 years and ate Beneful the whole time. He never got sick from it. We had to let him go in July because of old age and nothing else.


    GROUND YELLOW CORN, 2 Star – Indicates feed-grade source of protein/filler, not “whole” GROUND. Can have higher levels of Aflatoxins than allowed for corn for human consumption. GMO
    CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, 1 Star – ground up carcasses, internal organs, beaks, feet, intestines. Concentrated. Will have high levels of Arsenic
    CORN GLUTEN MEAL, 1 Star – Waste product, cheap, non-nutritive filler but used as protein source — can cause allergies and sugar imbalance, GMO
    WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, 3 Star – Whole ground wheat grain, more nutritious but flour is too processed. Wheat is often implicated in allergies in dogs
    ANIMAL FAT preserved with mixed tocopherols, 1 Star Non-descriptive fat from rendering can be anything rancid or 4-D (dead, dying, disabled, diseased). Can include Restaurant grease, Roadkill, Euthanised pets, Shelter animals, Zoo animals, regardless of natural preservatives such as Vitamin E
    RICE FLOUR, 1 Star – Cheap filler, causes bowel distress and can lead to diabetes in dogs. US produced rice has extremely high levels of cancer-causing Arsenic unless it is Californian
    BEEF, 4%, 4 Star – Whole muscle meat but is 70% water!
    SOY FLOUR 1 Star – Cheap source of grain protein, filler, can cause bloat/death in dogs. GMO
    WATER, 1 Star- Used as a non-nutritive filler in food
    MEAT AND BONE MEAL, 1 Star – Meat and Bonemeal is (species) non-descriptive. This can indicate 4-D Animals.. Dead, Dying, Disease, Dying and Disabled. It can legally include tumorous or diseased tissues plus bone meal can not be digested and assimilated for calcium! It is banned for use in animal feedstuffs in most European countries due to its link with Spongiform Encephalopathies (think BSE or “MadCow Disease”). It IS banned in the US as a ruminant feeed (your cows etc) Meat and bone meal is now utilized in Europe as a fossil-fuel replacement, and is commonly used as a fuel in cement kilns, landfilling and in incinerators. It was previously used as a fertiliser until the BSE outbreak when it was banned. In the US it is principally used as a low-cost protein source in dog food and cat food. There is NO testing on Meat and Bonemeal.. it is not required. The euthanising drug Pentobarbitol has been found in Meat and Bonemeal. It will also contain insecticides used as parasite control on animals as well as the drugs used to treat sickness that are present in a dead animal. From the EPA themselves: “Meat rendering plants process animal by-product materials for the production of tallow, grease, and high-protein meat and bone meal. Plants that operate in conjunction with animal slaughterhouses or poultry processing plants are called integrated rendering plants. Plants that collect their raw materials from a variety of offsite sources are called independent rendering plants. Independent plants obtain animal by-product materials, including rancid cooking grease, blood, feathers, offal, and entire animal carcasses, from the following sources: butcher shops, supermarkets, restaurants, zoos, fast-food chains, poultry processors, slaughterhouses, farms, ranches, feedlots, and animal shelters.”,
    PROPYLENE GLYCOL, 1 Star – contains 1% by raw ingredient weight. Adds sweetness to food, used in antifreeze! Has one third of the toxicity as regular antifreeze, Ethylene Glycol. Some preservative action, possible carcinogen,
    SUGAR, 1 Star – leads to hyperactivity, addiction to food (sugar rush), weight gain
    TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, 3 Star – Anti-caking agent, emulsifier and dietary supplement of Phosphorous needed for body’s alkaline/acid balance
    PHOSPHORIC ACID, 1 Star – A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats, implies poor quality fats are used. Used in fertilizers, detergents, food flavoring, and pharmaceuticals
    SALT, 1 Star – Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension
    ANIMAL DIGEST, 1 Star – Used as flavor enhancer. Animal digest is a cooked-down broth used for flavour, rendered by chemical and/or enzymatic processes. It is only found in the very lowest quality pet food. Its presence indicates a very poor quality product. Run away from ALL pet foods containing this ingredient! Animal Digest is made from unspecified parts of unspecified animals. The origin of the animals is definitely suspect, as it never named. If the manufacturers wanted you to know what the source was, they’d name it. So what DOES it consist of? I hope you’ve got a stromg stomach for thiss.. here we go! Ingredients that end up in the rendering vats include ground up carcasses often come from “4-D animals” (Dead, Diseased, Disabled, or Dying prior to slaughter), all internal parts void of healthy meat. ANY kind of animal can be used including zoo animals, cats, dogs, goats, pigs, skunks, horses, rats, snakes, raccoons, possums, deer, foxes, miscellaneous road kill, animals euthanized at shelters and veterinarian clinics, restaurant and supermarket refuse.. including the plastic trays and packaging.. and so on.
    POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, 3 Star – Standard source of Potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels
    SORBIC ACID (a preservative) 1 star – A mold and yeast inhibitor
    DRIED PEAS, 5 Star – Source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. Present in insignificant quantities
    DRIED CARROTS 5 Star – Good source of nutrients and fiber. Present in insignificant quantities
    CALCIUM PROPIONATE, 1 Star – Chemical preservative. Antifungal. Potentially carcinogenic
    CHOLINE CHLORIDE, 3 Star – Standard source of choline, a B Vitamin, emulsifies fats
    L-LYSINE, 2 Star – Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods
    VITAMIN E, 3 Star – Antioxidant used as food preservative,
    ZINC SULFATE, 2 Star – Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function. Poor absorption/bioavailabiliity
    RED 40, 1 Star – Artificial color, carcinogenic
    FERROUS SULFATE, 2 Star – Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support. Cheap to buy but poorly absorbed
    MANGANESE SULFATE, 3 Star – Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system
    NIACIN, 3 Star – Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves
    YELLOW 6, 1 star – Sunset Yellow, Artificial color, potentially carcinogenic. In studies Yellow 6 has been linked to kidney and adrenal gland tumors,
    YELLOW 5, 1 Star – yellow 5 “Tartrazine” is derived from coal tar and is the number one allergy-causing dye. Allergies to yellow 5 can range from mild indigestion to asthma to severe depression. It is estimated that 360,000 Americans have bad reactions to ingesting yellow 5. yellow 5 is a common dye and is in candy, cereal, and many other processed foods. It has been banned in several European countries. A variety of immunologic responses have been attributed to tartrazine ingestion by humans, including anxiety, migraine, clinical depression, blurred vision, itching, general weakness, heatwaves, feeling of suffocation, purple skin patches, and sleep disturbance,
    VITAMIN A, 3 Star – Standard supplement needed for a strong immune system
    BLUE 2 , 1 Star – Carcinogenic, artificial color
    CALCIUM CARBONATE 3 Star – Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods
    COPPER SULFATE, 2 Star – Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism. Poorly absorbed and utilised form of copper
    VITAMIN B-12, 3 Star – Standard source, involved in immune function, nerve and red blood cell production
    BREWERS DRIED YEAST, 1 Star – Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis,
    CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, 3 Star – Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity
    THIAMINE MONONITRATE, 3 Star – Standard source of B-1,affects nervous system and mental attitude
    GARLIC OIL, 5 Star – Antioxidant, antibiotic,
    PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (source of vitamin B6), 3 Star – Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production
    RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT, 3 Star – Vitamin B-2 needed for rich red blood cell production,
    VITAMIN D3, 3 Star – Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth
    menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity),
    CALCIUM IODATE, 3 Star – Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength
    FOLIC ACID, 3 Star – Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis
    BIOTIN, 3 Star – Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat,
    SODIUM SELENITE, 3 Star – Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response


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  91. jack london

    Sep 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I’m not a dog food snob but I have taken my pooch off corn based foods because they don’t make sense to me. On the other hand I don’t buy those absurdly expensive niche brands. No kibble is worth $2.60/pound. Dogs don’t need to eat organic reindeer and free range grouse with huckleberries in order to thrive. But one thing I have noticed about every variety of Purina kibble from Dog Chow to Purina One Plus: they all smell like chemicals. Almost like industrial cleaning solution. What on earth do they put in that stuff to make it smell like a hospital bathroom?

  92. Kara

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I found out about how bad beneful dog food was about 3 weeks ago, and right after I found out I got new dog food and took my dogs to the vet to check for tumors and they found a lot. Sadly my dog, and best friend of online five years passed away 2 days ago. He had mass tumors attacking vital organs. The vet and I don’t know what caused so many tumors in such a seemingly healthy, and young dog. The only thing we could come up with was the food. Both of my dogs have been eating it for three years. The dog that passed way an English springer spaniel (would have been 6 in about 2 weeks) and was eating the diet food. And the other is a chihuahua (3) and eating the puppy food. I don’t know if the diet food was worse but please don’t buy this food for your animals!

  93. Judy

    Sep 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for posting these warnings!! I have a bag of Beneful Healthy Radiance here for my dog, and I’ve been trying to find ways to get her to eat it. She smells it and walks off. She has made it quite clear that she would rather eat nothing. I actually was fooled into thinking it’s really a healthy food for her and that she is just being finicky!! Apparently, she simply has an awesome sense of smell! This bag of Beneful will immediately be disposed in such a way that no other animal will get to it, either.

    Now, what about other Purina Dog Foods? I suspect, if they don’t care enough about our pets to make Beneful good for them, then that mode of attitude by Purina will filter through to all of their pet foods and other products. Goodbye Purina!

    Anybody know if Purina has a hand in any other pet companies that are known by other names?

    • Donna J.

      Oct 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

      My dog also started turning up her nose to it. I have fed this food to my dog for several years and on occasion she has become sick, but I didn’t think it was the dog food. Recently she got very sick, with throwing up and white gums. She would go to her bowl, smell the food then walk away. I finally switched her food and she is ok now, and eating well. I called Purina and they said they will send me a coupon for free food. NO THANKS. I’m done with feeding my dog any products from that company. So many people are complaining about this Beniful, I don’t understand why there hasn’t been a recall on it. I threw the half full large bag in the dumpster.

  94. Chrissy

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

    My 13 year old collie has always been fit and well after eating a cheapish dry mix most of her life. However recently she was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and in the blood tests we also found some slightly high kidney values. The vet sold me an expensive pack of the Purina renal diet – which turns her poos a greenish colour… I did some research and the ingredients in most of the commercial foods are rubbish. Even some of those fancy ‘prescription’ ones. In fact I can guarantee that if we posted negative news about another brand. there would be people posting about their sad experiences with THAT one.
    But the higher quality brands cost so much, you can probably provide a much better diet yourself at a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately the establishment doesn’t always make it easy. My vet looked at me as if I had dropped off the moon when I said I wanted to try it and could offer no advice – apart from concern about getting the right balance of nutrients. It’s strange how my friends overseas, who can’t get commercial dog food, manage perfectly well with offal from the market etc etc.

  95. LoveMyDog

    Jul 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    My dog has been eating the Purina brand for several years, but for the last year he has been eating Beneful. He now has a mass on his gum line and has been picking over his food for a while and being thirsty all the time. Thinking he was just being a picky eater and thirsty from the heat, I didn’t pay much attention to it. I continued to monitor him more and noticed he was sneezing, very thirsty even when in the AC and breathed heavier than normal. He just had some blood work and an urinalysis done; I’m waiting on the results. His surgery to remove the mass is tomorrow. I will update you all on the results of everything. I am very sad to hear of this product causing so many problems for dogs and their owners. Has anyone contacted Purina or the FDA? I plan to even if I think my dog has become ill from Beneful. Blessings to you all.

  96. Tom

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    We have used Beneful for 5 years to feed our 3 dogs and tomorrow we’ll be taking the second one for surgery to remove massive bladder stones. The food has since been switched to a prescription formula to treat Urinary Tract disorders as the vet said the doge may now be prone to the stones in the bladder. Food source was suspected from the beginning.

  97. Proud mom of a rescue American Bulldog

    Jul 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Two days ago i changed my beloved bullies food to beneful and now we have massive hives all over his back and many more bowel movements than normal. Not loose stool but several times. I am concerned about the food and pulled it from him, but we also administered his advantage K9 flee and tick med day before yesterday. Just not sure what to think..i am very concerned that damage has been done.

  98. R.P.

    Jul 27, 2013 at 1:08 am

    So, what are some TRUSTED dog food brands? I have a nearly full bag of Beneful; have been feeding this brand to my two older doxies for a few years now and am just noticing the past few days one of them has been lethargic and red-eyed.

    Need to get something different to feed them right away but what?

    • betty

      Mar 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      A great source of information is I personally am feeding Rachael Ray’s Zero Grain or Just Six. My dogs are doing very well on it, and it is a reasonable price for quality dog food.

  99. sarahbell

    Jul 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    My 8 y.o. rescue Chihuahua has been eating Beneful wet AND dry for about a year (though we mix in different types of wet food for variety). We recently ran out of dry and were feeding a different kind of wet food as well for several days. Baby boy started peeing *A LOT* more than normal, but behaviorally is fine. I’m wondering if that means he’s simply -not- retaining water from the crap ingredients in the Beneful.

    Damn. Honestly, I already knew that an overwhelming majority of corporations are soulless greedy vampires, but wouldn’t it be nice to actually KNOW you’re not buying poison without having to go on some ‘Raiders of the Lost Arc’ quest?


  100. Evan

    Jul 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I hate hearing that a company might be allowing something to go on shelves that is killing these innocent animals, I will definitely be staying away from Purina!

  101. Edith

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      Don’t feed dry.
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    I had to put my 2 dogs down in 2012. I totally believe Beneful was the reason. Both my dog were healthy & happy go lucky until I fed them Beneful. My cocker spaniel suddenly developed a blood disorder along with other ailments & my rottweiler started having seizures, that started out of the blue. My vet could not find anything wrong to cause these health issues. The one & only thing they had in common was their food. I also got a rottweiler puppy who was eating Beneful puppy food. He started having health issues, so I researched Beneful food & saw all the complaints. I immediately took the pup off that food & his health improved greatly. It makes me sad that I was feeding my other 2 dogs that poison, they call food. I used to swear my Purina pet foods & it was all I ever used but not anymore. I will never purchase anything by them.

  106. chris

    Jun 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Ya buy some costco food- NOT- recalled from diamond foods last year- DONT BUY IT! I feed purina pro and have a stable full of dogs- I breed and for my breed I feed pro performance and have no problems- The prey diet seems to be the best- not as we don’t even know what our government feeds chickens or anything else for that matter- Its like anything else -use your common sense.

  107. Rachel

    Jun 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I think this is crazy. I have been feeding my dogs beneful for many years and nothing is wrong with them. All my dogs are healthy, perfect weight, energic loving dogs. They just had all there tests and everything is good. Maybe there might be some overreacting here maybe?

    • katherine harvey

      Apr 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      i think people should blame alot of these health problems on the flea and tick meds given, read the disclosure. it says it is a pesticide and harmful. i had two shih tzus who died from frontline. it ate there insides out. so it think people should be reading the labels on the flea and tick shampoos and all such type products

  108. Mary McGlashan

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    CANIDAE is the best. Made in USA. First three ingredients have a meat product listed. Fed both my Husky (died 14 yrs of age) and my Lab/Newfy mix ( died 11 yrs of age). Evo dry food has been recalled, so stay away from that brand!!

  109. Jill Vradenburgh

    May 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    My Shih-tzu Phoebe just turned 9 years old on May 24 2013. She suddenly became ill 2 weeks ago. She has always been a very healthy dog. I started to give her beneful dinners in the little plastic containers at the beginning of May 2013. She also ate Beneful healthy radiance dry food as well. Phoebe was going in for a dental cleaning at the vet and on her pre-op blood work the vet found her kidneys to be in trouble. They were not going to be able to clean her teeth because she could not have anesthesia. The vet kept her and started her on iv fluids and iv Ampicillin to flush her kidneys and treat for possible infection. She was hospitalized for 4 days. Her levels started out at BUN 155 Phosphorus 8.3 and Creatinine 3.3. After having the iv for 4 days her levels went down to BUN 66 Phosphorus 5.1 and Creatinine 2.6. She was discharged to come home. I brought her back 6 days later to have her blood rechecked to see how her levels were doing as of 5-25-13 her BUN 125 Phosphorus 12 and Creatinine 4.1. The vet said that her kidneys are not treatable and if she was a human she would be on dialysis and looking for a kidney transplant. I am completely devastated! Phoebe is only 9 pounds and only goes outside to go to the bathroom and I bring her right back in. There is nothing that she could of gotten into. The only thing different was that I gave her the Beneful dinners and whatever was in there caused insult to her kidneys and put her into Acute Renal Failure. My vet told me that she has 2 weeks at most to live!
    I really need to know if there is some contaminant or toxin in the beneful dog food that caused this with my precious girl! Some of her other symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, no appetite,lethargy and she looks sad. Please help so this does not happen to other dogs. The heart ache is tremendous!

  110. DoggieDermoToldMe

    May 27, 2013 at 12:09 am

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  112. Ace

    May 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I have been feeding my mix chihuahua Beneful for four days now. At first, he was chowing down at the kibble, but then he lost the appetite just as fast. He would only eat three or four pieces of the kibble, then stop. He’s very active though, healthy and of the proper weight. I just noticed his coat started to dull in just four day’s time. And then I find this. I am going to quickly change his kibble to something less toxic and save myself the tears, my pocket the struggle, and most importantly, my baby’s health. Thanks for this info. You just saved my little Mayo’s life c:

  113. Lexi

    May 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I don’t see how it’s exclusively Beneful food that killed your dogs. I’ve had 4 dogs. My first dog was fed Dr. Ballard’s food, which is a wet stew like food in a can. It was the cheapest stuff around, and I though it looked and smelled delicious, like real stew. That dog, Queenie, live 18 years and died naturally of old age (mind you with no heartworm medication, only rabies and her initial puppy shots). My second dog, Champ, was well taken care of, had all shots and medicine, and was fed a veterinarian recommended food, Royal Canine Medi-cal, and died at 11 of a horrible spleen and stomach cancer. His last days were incredibly painful. My next dog, Red, started out on Hill Science Diet, but then was switched to Beneful wet and dry food (a picky eater requiring a mixture) He only had rabies shots, just like the first dog. He lived 15 years, and died of a physical injury while being watched by a relative. My current dog is 6 years old and has been on beneful her whole life so far, and is doing well. I don’t see a problem with the food at all.

  114. Mya

    Apr 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I had a 20 year old pom that died last October. All his life he ate Pedigree dry and Pedigree pouch food. About once a week I would cook him plain chicken and rice with frozen vegetables in it. He was 20 when he died. And that was because he had some back to back seizures that caused other problems. Until then he walked just like when he was 10 years old. Never had any health problems. I would suggest cooking your own food to feed them though and add vitamins to it.

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  116. Jay Mozz

    Apr 15, 2013 at 1:13 am

    The fact that on all the other Purina brands, except for Beneful, there is a money back guarantee. Big stamp on back of bag on claiming money back if not satisfied, but not on Beneful.

  117. Robert Jackson

    Apr 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Purina has never had a recall …

    However, Blue Buffalo was very quick to respond to having too much vitamin D in a batch. They are likely the best in their price range.

    We’ve fed Hunter Purina One Lamb and Rice formula since rescuing him about 1 1/2 years ago.

    A few days ago he suddenly had a seizure, the first one for this very active boy.
    Within a half hour he was back to normal. I’d already called a veterinary, who could only say Hunter could be examined and have blood work, but there was no guarantee a cause would be determined. We chose to observe him closely, watching for a recurrence.
    I checked for snakes, bugs, etc., but found nothing in the yard. So I looked on the good old internet and found a blog on Purina, with mostly complaints about Beneful.

    Further research revealed Purina primary uses rice as a filler – little or no corn. (Probably brings a higher price to make ethanol.) Looking into rice, there is a concern about arsenic content. And it is likely they are using rice from China = questionable.

    While I cannot prove it, I now suspect his seizure was caused by digging up and ingesting a hyacinth bulb.

    So many people want a quality product, but cannot afford to feed their pet like a show dog. I used to compare ingredients, and used Diamond when their label was very similar to Iams … at a lower price. Then Diamond food was found to be contaminated by Chinese ingredients that resulted in a number of pet deaths.
    When I checked the lot numbers of the two bags I had, one was in the recall list. Thank goodness I hadn’t opened it, yet.

    My recommendation is to buy the best you can afford from a high volume supplier. Hopefully it will not be proven that Beneful is unhealthy.

    Purina has never had a recall …

    • Robert Jackson

      Apr 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Footnote: I would like to feed Blue Buffalo, but it is pricey.

    • Malissa

      May 28, 2013 at 7:08 am

      AND my advice to you and all others is COOK YOUR OWN FOOD FOR YOUR DOGS ITS NOT HARD…. there are no regulations for pet food companies they don’t give a shit whether they live or die just that they sell their products. COOK THEIR FOOD ITS CHEAPER AND GUARANTEED HEALTHY FOR THEM ! Then you don’t have to guess and hope and worry.

  118. Megan

    Apr 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    We have a Lab/Coonhound mix who we found and brought home a few years ago, he is our son’s best friend and we want to keep him healthy. Thankfully even though we have been feeding him Beneful he has not had any issues. With that said, after reading all of this we do want to switch his dog food. We also have two family cats who have been eating Purina Indoor cat food. We are a loving family of two adults, a toddler, a dog, and two cats so funds are limited……can you please give me your best affordable suggestions on both dog and cat food that will be better than Purina/Beneful? Thanks so much in advance everyone 🙂

  119. Denise Thomson

    Apr 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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  120. Whitney

    Apr 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This story just broke on my local news station….and I am outraged. I had been feeding my 2 1/2 yo terrier beneful from the time he was 4 months old. He then started to itch and scratch so much he would cause him self to bleed. About 3 months ago I switched to Purina One which seemed to fix the problem…for about 2 weeks. Then the bumps and scratching came back with a vengeance. My poor pup was so miserable we had to put an ecollar on him so he wouldn’t cause himself to bleed and daily antihistamine (sp) regimen. I have since put him on a hypoallergenic diet and every single symptom has cleared up. While the hypoallergenic diet is extremely expensive and probably not very cost effective, I’m so glad I have read all of your comments and saw the segment on my news so I can figure out a plan of action. It is seriously disgusting what they are doing. Recall your POS product, admit you have done wrong, and stop killing innocent beings.

  121. tish

    Apr 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I have two dogs. Noticed they were drinking alot. Both have suddenly started to develops lumps. Not the same breed or age. I have fed them Benedikt for over a year. Throwing it out right now!

  122. Jeff

    Apr 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    My 3yo mastiff died this morning, after his first bowl of beneful! He did seizures after seizures until he died, we could do nothing to save him!

    They killed my rex!

  123. Julian

    Apr 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    We lost our lab last summer due to diabetes at age 11. She was a thriving, healthy and strong dog who had no prior health problems. Six months earlier, we switched from Royal Canan (she just didn’t care for it anymore) to Beneful Healthy Weight. Out of nowhere, she started drinking constantly and began to limp. We took her to the vet and then a specialist. Her legs collapsed under her at the specialist’s office and she was gone within a month.

    At first I didn’t make a connection to the food. After reading a ton of comments online, now I’m certain that was the cause.

  124. Noelle

    Apr 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    We fed our Pitbull Beneful Healthy Radiance. It was recommended by our vet. 2 years later we had to have her put to sleep from the lymphoma that had taken over. I can’t be certain it was the food but after what I’ve seen I think it might be. We feed our new dog Blue Buffalo.

  125. rob

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

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    So what im asking plz does anyone know a good dog food that can help my puupy stool become normal? I would love to hear answers. Plz feel free to email me [email protected]. i really need some help. Hes pretty sick and im short in cash to take him to the vet. Any advice is great!

  126. lexi

    Mar 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    my advise feed youre dog youre self because those people are just wrong and they should be arrested and stay there for ever because telling people that it is good for youre dog and making all the money they are real a holes

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    Mar 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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  130. Sarah

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    My little pomeranian mix was happy and healthy until we switched to beneful. After a few days of eating the food, he had three very violent seizures. I talked with a friend of mine and realized that her dogs had also experienced seizures on beneful. We quickly changed foods and he has not had a seizure since. It may not be related to the beneful but it’s a very strange coincidence.

  131. Jessica

    Mar 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Call local breeders and find out if they order there food from a distributor. If they do, contact the distributor and see what they have to offer. They usually make you buy in bulk but if the breeder will order it for you then you can buy it from them and will have saved a few bucks a bag. This is what I do. Sorry for bad spelling.

  132. Rose Colett

    Mar 6, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I am so sorry I did not know about this web site before today. My beloved dog Princess, a 12 yr old cocker spaniel died this past Monday. I opened up a new bag of beneful healthy weight dry dog food on Saturday 3/2/13 and fed it to her on Saturday and Sunday. By Monday morning she was lethargic and by 3pm I found her dead. Prior to this she was a happy, healthy dog. My heart is breaking and she is truly missed. I am just devastated and I just didn’t know that these dog food companies are making garbage for our dear little pets.

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      Mar 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      yes and charge dearly for it i only hope they feel the pain i did when i lost ralph i cried months and months still do i recently got another one my god shes on purina puppy chow im scared of this food to

    • Amy

      Jun 12, 2014 at 2:29 am

      My Shih-Tzu Daisy was a victim just like everyone else on here. When will this stop! I have pictures if anyone would like to see what Purina Beneful can do your dog. Why risk it? Over $4,000 later my dog is back to her normal self. Still a visit back to the vet this week to make sure everything is okay. This incident happened last week!

  133. Trudi White

    Mar 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Good Morning Peeps!…. just sitting here reading all ya’ll posts and I am thinking to myself, “HOW MANY OF YA’LL COOK?”…. yes, COOK! As with children, animals rely on us to love them, play with them, teach them, and yes FEED them. So, that being said, why not cook for them as you cook for yourself? It is no different than preparing a meal for a child! The best part…. you know what your putting in it, healthy, nutritious, tasty meals! It is not hard. Did you know a dog can have garlic? NOT alot, but approx. 1/8 of a tsp. in prepared meals. Just for the taste of it, yes they do have taste buds, much like ourselves! 🙂 Ground turkey, ground chicken, shredded beef, chunky roast beef. Yes I spoil my lil’ people, as I cook for myself. Throw some veggies in it,sweet potatoes,greenbeans,carrots,peas.even alittle potatoe! If you don’t have the time.. you didn’t need the sweet baby in the first place! Do your part.. be a great pet/baby owner! As far as the FDA goes… GARBAGE! I’ve lived this long without their help, my babies too! Ask your Vet! Call me a hippie/ tree hugger, I’ll still come out KNOWING my pets ARE healthy & happy! Be good to your person, after all, they love you to pieces, they rely on you. Stop supporting the FOOD MEAL INDUSTRY! Make your own treats too! So easy to do, it would be silly not to try, and it’s fun too, as a kid.. they love the dough too! 😉 I hope your lil’ people live a long and happy life. <3

    • Malissa

      May 28, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Trudy your awesome !!!!!! and YES we owe it to them and that is clearly the ONLY way to ensure your pets are eating healthy.

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  135. kevin

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  136. donna berrish

    Feb 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Cook beef or chicken with rice if concerned about bought dog food. Only true way to your dog is getting.

    • cindy

      Mar 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      this is not a balanced diet please do not feed this a sole diet

  137. Jeanne

    Feb 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I don’t know if Beneful recently changed. But we fed only Beneful dry to our 3 dogs from the time it was introduced on market. Dogs also were never vaccinated, and lived on our property. The 2 large dogs died in 2011 of natural deaths, at 13 and 15 years of age. The third is still with us, trucking along at about 14 yrs of age.

    I am not questioning what these other folks have said, but just relaying my own experience. These dogs were happy, healthy and energetic into old age. I think maybe the whole “holistic, all natural” dog food thing is getting a bit over the top. Until most people in this country can afford to eat all organic, holistic and healthy diets, and not live on fast food and “freezer food”, perhaps we should all relax a bit. Next thing will be proving you can afford “premium” pet food in order to adopt!

    • cindy

      Mar 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      someone with some sense finally

      • Malissa

        May 28, 2013 at 6:41 am

        Cindy you are a doush bag ! By the way do you work for Purina ? And I sincerely hope that you get the karma YOU deserve !

  138. zeezee ilona

    Feb 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    wait, this is just the beginning, people all over eat horse meat and do not even know about it, never mind grouse that is
    And, I simply love horses and dogs and hate to see them hurting any shape or form..yet…history repeats itself and humans DO NOT CHANGE only their environment and circumstances…

  139. petunia

    Feb 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    As a groomer, I still see people using bio spot on their pets, if you look at their site and I havent in about 9 yrs. There were 300 pages of dog deaths, lawsuits that they had paid vet bills, etc… Dogs would not be around if Purina killed them, so sorry to say. There are many more poisons to your dogs than some commercial dog food, unless there is a recall, of course! Lawn chemicals, flea treatments, vaccs, carpet cleaners and powders, all chemicals… The list goes on forever. If dogs were that fragile they wouldn’t have been around this long. A lot of post on here are 10-12 yr old dogs going into kidney failure or being lost. Sorry to say that most dog breeds that is their life span.

  140. petunia

    Feb 27, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I don’t feed purina, but I feed a food that has corn and chicken by products to all but one that has a grain allergy. I lost my first at 13, my 2nd at 15 yrs 7 months, the third at 15, oops one at 9, then his mom had to be put down for arthritis at 14.5, still have a 14.5 yr old and a 14 yr old, that has been on Diamond dog food since pups. The one gets Taste of the Wild, and skin cleared up great… My food is very simalar to Purina One, but a little cheaper.
    What they want to blame on food is often yearly vaccs, that are not neccesary, causes cancer, skin problems,etc… Do your research and quit blaming it on food. Dogs don’t need yearly vaccs, unless in an unstable enviroment. They need the puppy shots and a yearly for a couple of yrs and maybe at 5 or 6 a booster. Some vets vaccinate a dog to death, why?? puts $$$ in their pockets!

  141. Linda

    Feb 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I think I’m going to make my dogs food myself, That way I know whats in it and I will more likely save money. A little more work, But It will keep my babies safe.

  142. L Manville

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I went to the Consumer Reports link and read some of the posts and was amazed at how many of them say, my dog ate Beneful for years and suddenly they are vomiting or have diarreha and blame it on the dog food. Really? 5 years your dog is on one dog food but the first time they get ill, it has to be this food? My dog is 7 and has always eaten Beneful. I have heard from friends that it isn’t the best food to give him and I have tried many others over the years but I keep coming back, because he eats it.

  143. J Kolt

    Feb 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I fall right into the ranks of those posting here. I fed Charger Beneful for years. In December 2012 he began vomiting, loose stool, increased water/urinating. Multiple vet visits, tests, treatments, internal medicine specialist, meds, etc…. I contacted Purina with the same “company line” that their food is safe. I emailed the FDA,,, etc, etc,…. On December 12, 2012 I lost Charger to Kidney failure. It is time for Purina to stand up and take responsibility for their wrong doings. I will join any class action against them.

  144. Alexandra

    Feb 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Despite Beneful possibly causing problems on its own, I see a lot of people complaining about it while saying “I just switched to this”, “it was just one bag,” and what have you. You’re supposed to switch foods gradually, not all at once. Some of the symptoms your dog experiences can be caused by rapidly switching foods. Vomiting and diarrhea and other upsets can be caused by giving your dog food it’s been on for ages, and giving them something new without introducing it slowly WITH the old food first. Try to do research on how to feed dogs and switch foods.

  145. Mary Krofcheck

    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I only feed my Basset Hound Jasper, Taste of the Wild dog food approved by AFCO which he loves and also only spring water. He’ll be 8 I’m April and so far no problems. The vet said never feed any dog food unless it has the AFCO symbol on it and the letters.

  146. Melissa

    Feb 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I can’t believe that the FDA still allows the practice of rendering and other nasty things that they allow the pet food manufactures to get away with. After I did my thesis in college on how pet food industry maneuvers and covers up the animal cruelty, testing and other nasty things that they do to market they product, I stopped completely using commercial pet foods. I use strictly holistic and or organic foods to feed my dog. I also read the whole dog journal and swear by the dog food dialysis to check the ratings of my food.

  147. mary

    Feb 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    how about wellness dog food grain free is that a good one!!

    • Sandy Tighe

      Jan 10, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Wellness Core dog food has a 5-star rating! (That’s as good as it gets.)

  148. Susan

    Feb 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I was a Mgr at PetSmart years back when there was a HUGE recall due to the melamine or whatever it was that China was putting in thier products. It was horrendous. All I can say to this is READ THE INGREDIENTS LIST before you buy. Educate yourself. It’s the best weapon against these companies lying to us about how great their products are.

  149. Caroline

    Feb 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Reva, Please click on my name in the above post. It will take you to Is Purina Beneful Killing our Dogs? Post Your Story

    Note that the Dogington Post have got a NEW story on Beneful, published yesterday about the fact that Beneful are not addressing customer complaints.

  150. Caroline

    Feb 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    We are seeing an explosion in dog deaths and severe illness right now.People are coming to us and offering testimony; we try to tell them what they need to do regarding signs and symptoms, record-keeping and FDA reporting. We believe that Purina’s Beneful MAY have become contaminated with deadly Aflatoxins from mold (just like 2006/2007, as 2006 was a drought year with extremely high temps causing an Aflatoxin problem, just like 2012, and Purina were culpable then!). Remember the signs of Aflatoxin poisoning are VERY SIMILAR to Antifreeze poisoning, which is what vets are assuming right now because they don’t know any better!

    Most of us are blocked from the Beneful Facebook site. Check out the comments there. The site has just recruited a bunch of new moderators.. some particularly unpleasant individuals who are deleting the “bad” posts just as quickly as folks are posting comments because they were unable to keep pace with the negatives!

    We are pushing hard to spread the word.. PLEASE join us on the link above.

    Thank You!

    • Reva

      Feb 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Please were is the link I want to stop this .

  151. Reva

    Feb 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Iam as of the moment going through seziure’s with my 15 lb Boston Terrior I pray he will make it , this is a sad time as I so was depending on a company not to let me buy food that would kill my dog , this is a product that should be removed from the shelves and not alowed back untill it is truely safe , or at the very least make the C.E.O. eat a bowl full several time a day is now my atitude at this point , my heart breaks for what my lil guy is going through and what is ahead for him and I pray for my guy and all the others out there suffering . May God be on our side and not let the company continue to get away with this hellish act .

  152. Kimberly Tepos

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Also I forgot to mention that since eating beneful my dog has gotten a couple of warts. Has anyone else’s dogs expire emceed this?

    • jimi

      Feb 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      very rarely will you see a poodle without warts or moles,whatever you want to call them. I did not see where cancer can be linked to a certain food. But the #1 cancer causing agents in dogs and cats are vaccines.

  153. Kimberly Tepos

    Feb 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    This makes so much sense! I started buying this brand about 3years ago for my poodle and she’s been peeing like crazy! We’re worried she might have diabetes.. She liked this food and I thought it was healthy for her but I’m definitely gonna switch it! She’s almost 9 years old and I want her to stay in our family for a long time!

  154. myk9sandme

    Feb 8, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Well Folks,

    Ive never used it and have been feeding one of the meatier holistic foods for years now and its done wonders for my shepherds ear infections and I believe his overall health.

    That said lets not go crazy on Purina here. They do more for shelters and rescues than most companies put together. Food is what it is and if yor concerned with your dogs health than you need to mtake a little responsibility. The ingredients are listed on the bag for crying out loud. ! WHOLE GRAIN CORN isnt very digestible. Good luck everyone

  155. Gigi

    Feb 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I am appalled that they to are able to still market and sell this product. My dog is 10 and I had been feeding him this since a month ago. He was getting very lethargic, allegies everywhere, dry eyes and he was a complete mess, I took him to a new vet and thankfully he is much better..I had done some research and immediately took him off this food along with all the treats full of garbage…Something needs to be done to protect these dogs!!! We as consumers need to be our own educators.

  156. Marina

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I just wanted to say that I think that Beneful contributed to the death my dog as well. I have been feeding all three of our dogs beneful for years and last year my oldest (maltese) began having seizures. I started doing some more research about this and decided to change her diet. I switched to an all natural food and low and behold the seizures stopped. Unfortunately I think it was too late for my little baby girl and she ended up bleeding internally and I had to put her down a week ago because the vet said she had a tumour that had exploded. Probably cancer he said. Fortunately my other two are still young and I will never feed them beneful ever again! Terrible terrible stuff and although I have no proof either I am confident that it was what led to her becoming so sick.

    • cindy

      Mar 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      she had cancer dogs get cancer so do people don’t blame it all on the food

  157. Mel

    Feb 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

  158. Mel

    Feb 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Sojos! It’s the only way to go. Dehydrated food (made in Minnesota) which you mix yourself.

  159. grueller

    Feb 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    no wonder my dog won’t eat the Beneful treats — she turned her nose up at them.

  160. May Parker

    Feb 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    There is nothing safe that says chicken by products..bone mean..chicken meal.beef bone meal nothing is safe at all it seems..whats bad about it I don’t think they even fine them even if they lie on the pagkage..I went to a store saw where it said where the dog food was make in the USA just to look at the bar code and it was from china!!

  161. Lilah

    Feb 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I feed this to my 5 dogs and they are fine and healthy. so i dont know the truth to all this. I have fed this to my all my dogs for years. and all of them lived very long healthy lives.

    • cindy

      Mar 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      here here

  162. Lisa Popadowski

    Feb 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    My dog has been on beneful dog food since we had her as a puppy. SHe has just recently started to kind of lick and eat her fur. Her whole neck is raw and disgusting looking and she is starting on her tail. I am noticing some lumps but am not sure if they are tumors or if it is being caused from the beneful after reading the posts. Has anyone ever had these problems. The same thing is happening with her sister that my mom has.

    • Gia

      Feb 8, 2013 at 12:05 am

      I experienced the same thing with my dog who was on Purina beneful for years,.I just weaned him off..He is now on Nutro, venison and brown rice..the poor dog was always liking and chewing himself raw, rubbing his eyes and I had over $600 dollars in vet bills in 4 months! He had to live with a cone on his head and it got so bad we thought we would have to put him down, I switched vets and switched foods…he is like a different animal…he is like a puppy again and he is 10! I am so thrilled…throw out the treats and dog food..try nutro and I also only started giving him pure sweet potato treats nothing else…he is full of allergies and so far so good!!! Good Luck!

  163. Melanie

    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Yeah… I’m one of the 229 complaints. 4 of my 5 dogs (at the time) got very sick on Purina Beneful Healthy Fiesta. I had $650 in vet bills/meds. Luckily Purina took responsibility and reimbursed me every dime. I cannot say the same for the Hartz chew that nearly killed my dog Macon. He spent the night in the ER… that whole fiasco cost me $750 and that was just ONE DOG!

  164. Michelle Grande

    Feb 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I completely agree with Laura and no it is not “over the top.” She’s absolutely right!

    I would recommend Flint River Ranch. They’re out of Roswell, GA and the food is really clean. Go to their website.

  165. emily liefer

    Feb 1, 2013 at 3:47 am

    My dog Ginger had to be put down just this past October 2012,due to kidney failer.We also fed her Beniful,but in Febuary of 2012 she had an ifection and had to have a blood transfusion ,an operation on her female parts,which after a week at the vet hospital,we were told that her kidneys were damaged,so since than she just never bounced back to her old self,and just got worst as time went on.A week before we put her down she was not able to use her back legs,I don’t know why,and she began to bloat again,so I couldn’t bare the thought of her suffering anymore.R.I.P. Ginger my love,I’m still missing you,baby girl

  166. Rose

    Jan 31, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I feed my dog Mollie (Corgi) Natures Select (chicken lamb and rice). She’s very fit and healthy and happy full of energy. I have feed her the same food for almost 2yrs. Natures select customer service is outstanding. They deliver for free right to your door step.

  167. melissa

    Jan 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    How on earth are people still feeding this garbage to their dogs??? It seems to me that there’s info. everywhere educating dog parents; on tv commercials like for Blue Buffalo, and all over the internet. When you bring a dog home, you should know that you are adding a family member, and it will cost a bit of money, like caring for a child. But it doesn’t have to be expensive. Even for low-income families it can be cheap, you just need to know how to shop. I just got Avoderm for $3.17 a bag at Petsmart! Plus with coupons (which are usually for $3+ off), it’s not that expensive. My dog generally eats Halo (we rotate because he gets tired of any food after a while); I use a coupon plus wait for it to be on sale. Just join Halo’s (or other company) website and you’ll have access to coupons every month. For instance Petco often has Halo on sale for $10, minus the $3 coupon, you’re only paying $7! Also be on the lookout for free samples, independent stores and feed stores all have them.

    • Deirdre Doyle

      Jan 31, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      It doesn’t seem to me you’re doing that much better. Yeah, it’s better than Beneful – like that’s saying much. For optimum health dogs need to be fed real food – whole food, preferably raw, or at most minimally processed by home cooking. Living your whole life on highly processed food, even if it started out as something decent before all the nutrition was heat-processed out of it, is not healthful. Sorry. The difference between a raw-fed and a kibble-fed dog is phenomenal, especially in older animals. I switched to raw in 1997, and have fed no fewer than ten dogs at a time on raw since then – and I would never go back. It is more expensive and it is less convenient, and I will never go back. And I’m very far from well-to-do.

  168. Diane Feehan

    Jan 31, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I switched my 14 yr old mixed breed male to beneful a few weeks ago. He was already deaf and pretty much completely blind but was active … about a week ago he started barfing up his food …only a little at first .. then it got worse… I started to give him Iams wet food mixed with rice .. 2 days after stopping Beneful .. he was still barfing up undigested Beneful .. today… he stumbled around outside and had to be carried up the steps .. he has slept all day.. got up to pee and could barely walk to the chair… he is being PTS this afternoon … did I speed up his death ? I will never forgive myself

    • Deirdre Doyle

      Jan 31, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Yep. You did. Educate yourself, instead of being marketing’s plaything.

      • jimi

        Feb 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

        you do not know if he speeded up his dog’s death deirdre. 14 yrs is a pretty good life span for a mixed breed.with older dogs you can stop the barfing by lifting their bowls up due to eating with their heads hanging down they do not chew or digest food as well as when they were dog has been on beneful since she was a puppy and she is 7 now and has no health issues what so ever..

  169. Deb Patchin

    Jan 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I have had two of my three dogs diagnosed with pancreatits in the last two weeks. They have been eating Beneful for a logn while now. Symptoms emerged suddenly. The first ended in the hospital for 4 days on IV’s. The second we were able to bring home with antibiotics and pain meds. Both are recovering on the Hills Rx I/D canned food for now. Will hopefully be able to go to something else in a few weeks. Only time will tell how much damage they suffered. I had no idea that this food was causing problems or I would have changed a long time ago. Yes, I am guilty of being ignorant regarding the ingredients as well. Too much blind faith in a highly recognized brand name. Never again.

    • jimi

      Feb 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Pancreatitis is another word used for garbage gut, usually noted when dogs are fed to much people food or get in to something they are not use to eating i.e. dead animals like rats or mice.It is not a long term problem nor is it contagious..


        Nov 9, 2013 at 3:17 am


      • Sandy Tighe

        Jan 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

        What do you mean by “people food”? Isn’t FOOD really FOOD?!? I had a friend with a beautiful German Shepherd that lived to be in his late teens (unheard of in these days for a large dog). This dog ate nothing but oatmeal, eggs, bacon grease left over from cooking breakfast in the morning. Also thrown into the pot was whatever was left over from lunch and dinner. In my world…that’s all “people food.”

    • cindy

      Mar 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      yeah, but did you or someone else feed something from the table or did they get into the trash?

      • Malissa

        May 28, 2013 at 6:53 am

        Cindy you are starting to really p— me off ! What credentials do you have ? Do you even own a pet ? wtf are you doing in this chat room anyway ? I am sure you are employed by one of the pet food companies and your post MAKE IT OBVIOUS !!!!! Like I said karma straight back at you and to one of YOUR family members !

  170. Michelle MacDonald

    Jan 31, 2013 at 11:59 am

    We were feeding our puppy Purina Puppy Food, she got skin iritation had to have prednisone and anti biotics. She is now on Natural Choice by Nutra it is lamb and brown rice. It has made her coat beautiful and she loves it. It is expensive but aren’t our animals worth it..

  171. melody milanowski

    Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I have been feeding My Dogs Rachel Rays food how do I check that food out My dogs love it

    • Sandy Tighe

      Jan 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Rachel Ray’s is a 2.5 star dog food with LOADS of corn and other carbs! Go to and look for a 4 or 5 star food.

  172. Amy

    Jan 31, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I am from southwestern Ontario, Canada, and I’m wondering if this potential Beneful problem is both a USA and Canada problem…my bag says the product is manufactured in Mississauga Ontario, not China, although the list of ingredients appears to be the same. So far I haven’t been able to find any warnings or complaints on Canadian websites, but we’ve been feeding our 13yr old lab Beneful ever since I can remember…she’s in great health, lots of energy and always a voracious appetite, but I’m thinking we might be changing up her diet regardless. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    • Deirdre Doyle

      Jan 31, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Yes, but are all the ingredients from Canada? Probably (certainly) not.

      • Sandy Tighe

        Jan 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

        Did you know that even though you THINK you’re not purchasing anything for your dogs that was made in China, the actual “vitamin mix” that is added to commercial kibble all comes from China?!?!? Just about every company uses that vitamin mix, and it doesn’t have to be listed on the bag of food!

        Raw or homecooked is absolutely the way to go!

  173. Laura

    Jan 26, 2013 at 4:16 am

    PET OWNERS OF INJURED PETS: I suggest you contact Bruce Newman who is one of the lawyers involved in the chicken jerky treat class action against Nestle-Purina. He is in Bristol, Connecticut (Google him) and might be able to help you. Our pets deserve to live healthy long lives, not be killed by toxic food from large corporations whose only concern is making a profit at the expense of our beloved family members.

  174. Sarah

    Jan 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

    This is really upsetting. I actually use to think Beneful was great. My 3 labs were on it and luckily I switched to Merrick because of a sale they ran a few years ago. But if it weren’t for that, my dogs would still be on Beneful because they liked it and I thought it was healthy. It’s a scary thought.

    • Deirdre Doyle

      Jan 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      What could you possibly like about it? The bag is pretty. The list of ingredients reads like a nightmare, and there is almost no meat in it. What meat there is, is Four-D meat – from animals that arrived at the slaughterhouse down, dead, diseased, or dying. It is condemned for human consumption. The “meaty bits” are apparently made from soy and sorbital. Yummy! The commercials are really well done, though.

      • sarahbell

        Jul 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        Don’t be a jerk about it, Deirdre. Most people have no idea that pet food isn’t regulated (I believe that’s by design) so they read “Healthy!” and think it’s healthy. She’s expressing her surprise at finding out how wrong she was- no need to belittle or insult.

    • Jolie Hendricks

      Feb 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I use Merrick too, after researching on It’s a superior food and I don’t feed anything but.

    • jimi

      Feb 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Thats a worthless website.. The author doesn’t feed commercial dog food and you pay for her list of foods… give me a break. thats like going to a blind eyeglass dr.


        Nov 9, 2013 at 3:09 am


  175. nancy sterken

    Jan 18, 2013 at 6:09 am

    i’m terrified to trust any dog food anymore. my vet says try using hill’s science diet. i have 3 dogs and would like to be able to get them dog food by going to the dog food store. all 3 of my boys are sick, my youngest was diagnosed with addison’s disease by the time he was 1 yr old. i think their food is a big part of it. i don’t like to keep changing foods, and i know that’s bad for them. i just would like one food and stick with it. has there ever been a recall on blue dog food and is it made in america? thanks so much for your posts.

    • Sarah

      Jan 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Sorry to hear about your dog with Addison’s disease

    • Mary DiBlasi

      Jan 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I use Blue and it’s made in the USA and I don’t believe it’s ever been recalled. They have a website you can check out. My dogs are doing well on it. Beautiful coats and healthy. Pricey, but in line with other premium foods and worth it.

      • cindy

        Mar 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

        yes it has been recalled a few times……

      • sarahbell

        Jul 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        I actually was asking my vet specifically about BLUE DOG FOOD. She stated there are no studies, no reports that she knows of, but a notably large number of dogs she treats for digestive problems are fed BLUE DOG FOOD. Take that for what it’s worth, but it’s enough for me to steer clear of it.

    • Deirdre Doyle

      Jan 31, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Make your own food or buy a commercial raw food. Hills Science Diet is crap, although apparently they do have a new, better quality food, because too many consumers have figured out that all their other foods are crap. I am suspicious of dog food companies that have a line of crud food and various “better” more expensive lines. It doesn’t show any kind of commitment to excellence to me. I might dislike Hills more than Purina because their foods are really expensive and they’re STILL crap: Almost all grains, by-products, full of chemicals not on the label, etc. And vets sell them! And vets get what little nutritional training they get from Hills! A dog food company! And most of them seem to swallow it hook, line and sinker. On the other hand, most of the movers and shakers behind the natural feeding movement are also vets, the ones that come up with the answer when they see sick dog after sick dog.

    • Sandy Tighe

      Jan 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      The more I read the comments from everyone, the sadder I am that most people don’t really know what to feed their dogs. Personally, I never feed kibble at all…I use Stella and Chewy’s raw patties, Nature’s Variety Instinct raw, and Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl premix that I mix with raw meat. My 3-year-old poodle, Boo, has bright shiny teeth, no doggie breath, and small (twice-a-day) poos.

      As for not changing the foods you feed, and stick with just one food for the dog’s entire life…that would be like you eating the same brand of cereal every day, for each meal, as long as you lived. You might be able to exist on it, but you wouldn’t THRIVE! Boo eats a variety of meats, veges and fruits, and is able to tolerate everything just fine. (If you ate cereal every day for a year, and I handed you a hamburger, you’d probably get sick too. But if you ate a VARIETY of food, you’d be able to tolerate just about anything!)

      That being said, Boo will NEVER eat kibble! Too many perks to keeping her on the raw diet!

  176. Neixa

    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I read an article about dog nutrition and how really have the dog food.. I now read the label and no “by product” food is coming home. I change to Blue Buffalo and have been a blessing.

  177. PCW

    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Honestly, I really didn’t know that anyone still fed their pets this kind of trash. Read the ingredients… they’re all terrible ingredients to feed to a dog day after day. It would be akin to feeding your children candy bars for every meal. Worse, really… at least candy bars aren’t soaked in propylene glycol.

  178. Cindie

    Jan 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    CRAP! That’s what my husband bought when the store was out of Rachel Ray food. Guess I’m throwing it out tomorrow.

  179. tricia giacalone

    Jan 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    My puppy loves the treat-peanutbutter and cheese flavor—Are these part of this whole thing?

    • Deirdre Doyle

      Jan 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Yes. Don’t feed your puppy crap full of sugar and sorbitol!
      People need to get educated, instead of just taken by the pet food industry. Since when can you trust corporations to do something right if they don’t have to, or if it isn’t in some way self-serving? To you actually think what’s on the package is what’s in the food? Do you realize pet manufacturers aren’t even required to report what additives are in the food when they buy the ingredients? So if they but a shipment of “chicken meal” to put in their food, and said chicken meal is loaded to the gills with chemical preservatives, that doesn’t need to be put on the bag. In fact very likely the lie “all natural” or “naturally preserved” is put on the bag.

  180. Marshall

    Jan 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Well….All our Beneful went into the trash today….NO MORE…EVER!!

  181. Stormyw

    Jan 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

    When Kibbles & Bits first came out, my mom and I read the ingredients and mom deemed it “Twinkie’s for dogs”. I’ve never read the ingredients on Beneful, but I assumed it was just as bad. I’ve cooked my own vet approved dog food for the last 10 or so years. A dog that was plagued with kidney disease, bladder stones, and gastrointestinal disorder never had a problem again after he stopped eating commercial dog food. He lived to 16 years old, as did his companion. Another family member’s dog, same breed as mine, ate commercial foods & developed diabetes. He only lived for 9 years. I’ll stick to cooking up my organic mix of brown rice, ground meat, & fresh vegetables. My ingredients have never been recalled either.
    By the way, you can tell the quality of the food, by the quality of the poop. A lot of poop means a lot of useless fillers in the food.

    • Debbie Gallaspy

      Jan 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Stormyw, Can you tell me more about how you know what to cook for your dogs. I would like to see if I can save money by cooking my dogs food vrs buying the really expensive bags of dog food. I feed 14 cups of food each day to my 7 dogs. Every time I look, the price of good dog food has gone up. I really would cook their food, if it would save some money and not reduce the quality of their food. Thanks, Debbie

    • Nancy

      Mar 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Yes, this is what I make!! I use organic brown rice, very little, and get lean beef, chicken and turkey. I stock up when it’s on sale. I steam pumpkins, carrots, peas etc. My dogs also love a slice of apple or a piece of green pepper. My raw fed dog gets a whole variety of meat. Only way to go.

      • Nancy

        Mar 12, 2013 at 11:32 pm

        Forgot to add that all my dogs love eggs!! crack it raw into the bowl and they eat the shell too.

  182. Mary

    Jan 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

    My little poodle died Dec. 4th. He loved to eat, he lived to eat. He stopped eating like he usually did. The second day I made an appointment to take him to the vet. He had to stay the weekend as the blood tests showed his kidneys were failing. He started to eat that weekend and I was to pick him up on Mon. the vet had me keep him there another day to see if he was eating better. He took a turn for the worse and I had to had him put down. He was only 8 yrs old. The vet and I can not understand why he died of kidney failure as he as young. I had my dogs on Waggin Train but took them off the treats when I saw the warning on the computer last summer. They ate the ones with the jerky around a doggy treat bone. I was giving them the chicken/rawhide chew that is easy for small dogs to eat but they are not Waggin Train but made in China. I quit and went to my vet and got some Science Diet dog treats that are not made in China. I was in Walmart today and I saw they did not have any Waggin Train treats but still have the Milo treats. It broke my heart to lose Mikey as I bought him while going through Chemo and radiation in 04, after losing my little poodle Bitsy of cancer. I have a little Chi that went blind 2 yrs. ago and I do not know if the China treats caused that.

    • Laura

      Jan 26, 2013 at 4:18 am

      Mary – please read my post below. I suggest you contact Bruce Newman in Bristol, Ct.

  183. RoseAnna Gonzales

    Jan 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this article & what do you guess I have sitting in my dogs bowl, Yes Beneful, no wonder neither one of them like it, they rather eat table food and ppl tell you not to feed your animals table scraps but I believe there lots safer than BENEFUL, maybe the ppl from BENEFUL need to sit down next to a nice fresh bowl of BENEFUL & see what they experience? I feel so bad, I will go out tomorrow morning and make a change, coupon or no coupon, I am sure not to ever buy that crap ever again! Shame on you big shots making thousands and thousands of dollars to kill everyones animals, but it all comes back? You guys will be the next animal to die, with your greediness! I now know the reason for their thirstyness?? BENEFUL your products going in the trash where you. . .

  184. Kathy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    My perfectly healthy Sheltie died on Dec. 18 less than 5 days after I opened a new bag of Healthy Weight Beneful. The vet wasnt sure why she died because she was healthy and happy prior to her death. She ate Beneful exclusively. Maybe a bad batch. I have no proof, but i am sure Beneful contributed to my dog’s death.

    • Laura

      Jan 26, 2013 at 4:20 am

      Kathy, read my post below. I suggest you contact Bruce Newman in Bristol, CT.

    • Desirae

      Feb 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Sounds like what just happened to my lil black pug girl right before Christmas. One day she was fine and the next sick – After a week her condition was so bad I had to put her down – my heart still breaks. She was only 6 yrs old and ate Beneful her entire life. I still her her ‘big brother’ and today will be the last day he ever eats the crap. I am thanking God right now for bringing me to this page. Thanks to you all to for your information. I just feel sick now that she trusted me to do right by her, I just didn’t know.

  185. Ken

    Jan 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    So what is your solution

    • Mary DiBlasi

      Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Educate yourself about what dogs should eat, then read the ingredients on every bag of dog food you buy. If the first ingredient isn’t meat, move on to another bag. Don’t buy anything that has corn in it. Dogs can’t digest corn, it’s only there to fill up the bag. Look at the end of the ingredient list and see how many and what preservatives are used. Look and see where it is made. I’d avoid anything made in China at this point. And I have been fooled by companies whose products I didn’t know were made in China until I took a closer look. Grain free is a good option for many dogs especially if they have allergies. There is much written on this subject these days, check the internet. It does get confusing, but you can find enough information to make a choice you feel comfortable with.

  186. Ken

    Jan 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    So——what is your solution ????

  187. Beth

    Jan 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This stuff is junk pure and simple. In fact pretty much every dog kibble you buy in the “pet” aisle of your local grocery or wal-mart is bad. I once did an experiment with “Kibbles n’ Bits” I took a hand full of the kibble and soaked it for a bit in warm water…the nasty coarse black hairs that were in almost every piece of kibble made me sick! My opinion is that if you don’t want to spend the extra money to buy high quality food for your dog then at least cook human food that you know is safer.

  188. Corinna Burkhardt

    Jan 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve been feeding my older dog Beneful for quite some years and she hasn’t developed any health problems. I wonder what else people whose dogs die suddenly of kidney failure feed next to the dry. Older dogs can develop these problems without eating a single bit of Beneful in their life. It depends on the breed. I tried Blue Buffalo and neither of my dogs liked it. And I had to feed them more per serving of that brand than of the Beneful. This “wholesome” petfood is not worth its money if you end up having to buy twice as much food as before.

    • Renda Luvaas

      Jan 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      A very dear friend of mine had to put his beloved dog down last week because of kidney failure. She was only six years old and he thought he fed and cared for her the best there was. She ate Beneful her whole adult life .She was a happy healthy dog until a few weeks ago. Then boom!!!! her weight dropped and never stopped dropping, she couldn’t drink enough water and within a few days the vet gave my friend the news of his “Vinnie’s” terminal condition. IDK maybe it was just her time but it does make you wonder. Corinna for you and your dogs sake I really hope it was just “Vinnie’s” time and you both have many more healthy years together.

      • Laura

        Jan 26, 2013 at 4:21 am

        Renda, Read my post below. Have your friend contact Bruce Newman in Bristol, CT.

    • Nancy

      Mar 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Hi, Corrina, Read the label on Beneful. It is made mostly of corn. Corn is for cows, not dogs. Also, keep in mind, many people no longer eat corn. Corn and soy are the two products most likely to be GMO and both absorb alot of pesticides. I eat neither corn or soy.
      I lived in Europe for 8 years. There is no dog food there (Spain). You buy meat and veg, feed raw or cook. Really simple. I have made dog food for 40 years. Shop on sale and it is cheaper.

    • D Rahr

      Jul 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      We have seven smaller breed dogs and they have been on Beneful for years. We switched to Blue Buffalo for small breed dogs and altho they liked the food, most of them had vomiting and diarrhea daily, which stopped when we started feeding them Beneful again. I am very concerned over the possible health problems, but what if they can’t tolerate other foods? I really don’t know which dog food to feed them now.

  189. Amber

    Jan 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    How can we accept products that come from china a place where they eat dog’s and cat’s? In the US we continue to allow company’s to buy cheep products from china – a country that does not allow American inspectors to even test the products they are manufacturing.
    We can’t expect to trust any of the pet food company’s because they are in business to make money and they will make there products as cheaply as possible so that they earn the highest amount in profit.
    Company’s don’t care about our pets, its not until so many family’s looses their beloved companions that they care and only because the bad publicity hurts their profit and stocks.
    I make my own pet food’s as I make my family’s food. It takes me a half an hour to make homemade pet food that lasts a week in the fridge, I use the dehydrator to make dog treats it takes me 10 minutes to prepare.
    I have peace of mind using human quality meat and vegetables bought from the grocery store (or grown in my garden) and I find that it costs less then the premium brands of pet food.

  190. Debbie

    Jan 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Does this report also include Beneful “Wet” food? My 11 Black Lab has been eating the Beneful wet food for years and has never had a problem. Just wondering if anyone has heard negative reports.

    • Deirdre Doyle

      Jan 31, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      “Wet” foods usually contain gluten, which is frequently contaminated. And believe me, the other ingredients in them are not human grade. I would not feed any processed pet foods, not even the most expensive types, although I will admit the most expensive types are better than the cheapo crap in the grocery store, or made by Purina or Iams or Science Diet or Pedigree. If you can’t make your dog’s diet yourself, then buy the best ones from small pet supply places, or feed commercial raw foods, which are frozen, such as Darwin’s, or Primal, or BRAVO or Top Quality or Steve’s Real Food, etc.

    • Jeff

      Feb 1, 2013 at 8:50 am

      We didn’t go for Beneful at all. Since labels show ingredients in order of percentage, it just didn’t add up right. Wet or dry Beneful just didn’t seem good for us.

      We did end up with Pro Plan (black bag) kibble mixed with Pro Plan chicken and rice (ground does not have gluten).

      Research is critical, but sometimes you do want to “listen to” the dogs. We were trying Merrick, which is supposed to be very healthy (and expensive). Our toughest girl started getting sick and not wanting to eat. You never know sometimes. Like our cat that starved for a week rather than eat Eukanuba.

  191. Stephanie

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I recently bought Beneful because it was on a great sale. Just one bag. One dog that never gets sick woke me up throwing up at 3am and threw up another 7 times. I took him to the vet–she couldn’t find anything wrong with him–“it must have been something he ate”. Well, my conclusion (not official in anyway) is that it was the Beneful. Then 2 days later this info started making the rounds on FB. I will never touch it again. That $5 off bag of dogfood cost me $70 at the vet. No problem with regular Purina…well, so far.

    • Susan

      Jan 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Stephanie, hate to tell you, but ANYthing Purina is bad. Purina owns Waggin Treat / Canyon Creek Ranch, which has been selling poisonous chicken jerky and other treats made in China – hundreds of dogs have died of kidney failure or liver disease after eating this. Purina does NOT care about pets. They care about $$ and that is it. Friskies is also Purina.

      Rule of thumb: If you can get the pet food at the grocery store, don’t buy it. Got to a pet food store and get a high-quality food like Blue Buffalo or Merrick. You might pay $10-20 more per month, but you will save $ in the longrun – your dogs and cats will be healthier with less illness. Pet food stores do carry the cheap food too – stay away from it.

      This site keeps up-to-date info on the quality of dogfood:

    • Diane

      Jan 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      I had switched from the original Purina-had 2-3 bags in a row that smelled terrible, like urine; my whole kitchen picked up the smell. I contacted Purina & they sent me a special bag to send them a sample, which I did, and I never heard from them again-that’s when I switched to Beneful. Every brand I look at all seem to be made by Purina-what do u feed your dog now? Thanks…

  192. Patricia Revello

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    My 7 year old Shih Tzu suddenly started vomiting and was in kidney failure and died. He had never been sick. I changed his dog food and it was Beneful now I know why my Bubba died. I have my cat on Purina indoor cat for 2 days now and is vomiting. It is getting put in the garbage. They will not kill another of my pets!!

  193. Audie

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I have 2 rescues a pit bull lab mix, and boxer mix. They have been eating Beneful for 3 yrs. now and this severely worries me. Even though they have no symptoms and are still very playful. I switched their food once before and they would not eat it, no matter how hungry they were. My deepest condolences to those who have lost a family member from eating Beneful. Time to research new food for Juno and Tuxedo.

    • Diane

      Jan 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      I put my dogs on this about 9 months ago & I haven’t had any problems, nor any of the signs; but this still really concerns me….what have others here switched to? Which dog food do you prefer and trust now? Thanks….

      • Kirstin Emershaw

        Jan 18, 2013 at 1:56 am

        I don’t believe in feeding dry dog food. Anything with a shelf life of a year+ just doesn’t seem like food to me. I feed my 4 dogs Darwin’s Pet food( It is free range raw meat and organic vegetables. They send me a shipment once a month. My dogs go nuts for it and they are very energetic and healthy. In fact, I just switched my 13 year old who I recently rescued from Innova to Darwin’s and she is a totally different dog. She is running around like a puppy even though she has very bad arthritis. If you are going to feed kibble, I would go with Candidae, but that still is not even close to as healthy as Darwin’s.

      • Elle Doyle

        Feb 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

        When I adopted my husky mix last year, I did a lot of research on dog food and dogs’ diets. (I would suggest Dog Food Advisor as a starting point, if you are interested.) After much research, I have switched to Taste of the Wild. It has much higher quality products than Beneful, and pure meat is always the first ingredient. It is also grain-free. Although it may not be “better” than brands such as Canidae, Evo, or Nature’s Instinct, I find that it is a happy compromise. Whereas I would prefer to feed my dog Nature’s Instinct, I am a college student and paying $70 for one bag is just out of my budget. I have found that TOTW is cheaper than other premium brands (yet, still as nutritious!), and I can often find it at stores such as Tractor Supplies and Ace Hardwares as well as independent pet stores.

        My mother had been feeding her dogs Beneful for awhile, and I finally convinced her to switch this summer. She bought the large bags of Beneful at a local Tractor Supply and switched to buying the large bags of Taste of the Wild at the same Tractor Supply. The difference was $6 more.

        If you are worried that your dog will not like the new food, most independent, local pet stores will give you samples of their dog food if you ask. Again, Taste of the Wild works great for my lifestyle, but another brand may be better or you. I would do your research and keep asking around.

        • cindy

          Mar 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

          the first ingrediant is only the thing that weighed the most before they cooked it. it doesn’t mean that it the thing that is the most of in the food.

          • sarahbell

            Jul 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

            Does anyone else here think it’s odd that all “cindy” is doing is defending Purina/ commercial feed??


          Nov 9, 2013 at 2:37 am


    • Maria Yapelli

      Mar 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      I also have (had) Pit rescues. I had two but was forced to put down one last year due to kidney failure after eating Beneful for less than two years. My little Boo who isn’t even two years old yet and has only been eating Beneful for less than a year has developed crystals in her urine. I have taken her off of Beneful at the advice of my vet. She is now eating Costco’s Kirkland Lamb and Rice. Great price and great nutrition. My dogs both loved the Beneful but Boo is eating the Costco food with gusto. She did turn her nose up for one day. I let her go without dinner and by the next day she was happy to eat it.

  194. Phyllis

    Jan 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I am truly disappointed with Purina. I trusted them over most of the pet food out there. I guess this warning extends to Purina cat food as well. Guess I gotta start doing more research on pet food and hit Petsmart of Petco————–

    • Doug

      Jan 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Phyllis –

      If you “hit PetSmart or Petco”, PLEASE hit the “Premium” aisle and don’t waste your time with most of the junk they sell that costs less…

      And PLEASE don’t buy ANY dog food from Wal-Mart or Costco – their house brands are pure GARBAGE…

      Your best bet is to support your local, independent pet feed store…chances are they are carrying food that is better for your dog anyways…it might cost a bit more per bag, but you’ll probably save hundreds or even thousands in veterinary bills…

    • Kim

      Feb 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Hi Phyllis-

      I’ve had great luck with Halo brand/Spot’s Stew Chicken for my Husky. I previously only bought Organix and Blue Buffalo, but Spot’s Stew is the only food that doesn’t give her GI problems.I drizzle a bit of olive oil over her dry food, and she loves it.
      I also give her, each night, with her dry food, a can of human grade salmon or sardines- or some cooked turkey (that I get from the deli- I’m a vegetarian! ;)).
      She’s really healthy, and I’ve been lucky to find Halo brand. I get it at Whole Foods, but I’m pretty certain that Petco and Petsmart carry it as well.
      Congrats for getting off Purina asap!!

    • Deborah Moore

      Feb 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

      PetsMart and PetCo can have garbage food on their shelves too. Just do some research on ingredients before you buy anything. Understand how to read the labels. And If you feed inexpensive food ba
      sed solely on price, please think about this…..when a food is full of fillers and literally garbage, your dog is not getting satisfied nutritionally. He eats more, poops more. If you feed your dog a more expensive, higher quality food, your dog will be getting the nutrients it needs, eats less and poops less. By your dog eating less and being nutritionally satisfied, it actually works out to about the same money as the cheap trashy stuff.

      • CJL

        Nov 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        And I’ll just add that even thoroughly reading the labels doesn’t tell the whole story. I was feeding my 2 little guys Natures Recipe and were just fine. But with all the things I read about grain-free being better for your dog, I tried the Costco grain-free. I read that label over and over and it was a cost savings over the Natures Recipe (or other premium brand) grain-free. Well, needless to say, they both got very ill…vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, etc. I reported it to Costco and got my money back. Later I found all the negative on-line discussions and complaints about the food. So we can read labels all day long and not know what we need to know. I really can’t understand how this stuff is still out there. And they’re back on Natures Recipe with a little supplementing of good human food like rice, veg, or meat. I found Natures Recipe to be the most moderately priced of the premiums but still maintains a high quality ingredient list. No corn, no wheat, etc.


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  195. Christine

    Jan 16, 2013 at 11:52 am

    My dog eats beneful, but not as amain food,it’s his snack we put it in his dish during the day and he goes back and fourth and eats it here and there, he also has his wet food half can am and half can pm. He is healthy and Happy.

    • Eli

      Jan 31, 2013 at 11:29 am


      If you believe your dog is healthy you are deluding yourself. Take off your blind fold and do the research as to the garbage that is many of the dog foods that are promoting themselves as “healthy”. There are little or no regulations as to what type of food and the quality of food that passes for kibble. Your dog gives you his undying love and devotion. Doesn’t he deserve better than this?


      Nov 9, 2013 at 2:16 am


  196. Ann

    Jan 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    My dog had been eating this for several years – picking out about half of the food as edible, but that is her history with nearly any dry dog food. Last winter, she went blind very quickly – one Saturday, no problem finding her favorite ball when I threw it, the next Saturday, I’d have to help her find it about half the time and by the third Saturday, she was walking into things.

    I am sick about this, suspecting that perhaps it was due to my choices. Always hard to know what food & toys are ‘safe’.

    • Meg Holmes

      Jan 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Omnivore doesn’t mean it’s healthy or safe to withhold meat from them. Omnivores rely on a mix of plant and animal based foods to maintain proper health.

    • Deirdre Doyle

      Jan 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Nice shorthand for safety in pet foods – if it’s as cheap as Beneful, it CANNOT be good. It is not possible to make a decent food that cheaply. Of course, high price does not guarantee goodness. To find out what is acceptable in a kibble, read this months issue of Whole Dog Journal, which is like a doggy Consumer Reports – it takes no advertising. February is it’s “better kibbles” issue. Naturally, a highly processed food like kibble, any kibble, is not great. Only by feeding your dog yourself, preferably a raw, whole foods diet, can you be sure that they are eating as safely as they can in this crazy world.

      • cindy

        Mar 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        please consult your vet before starting a raw diet or a diet that you make yourself so they can help you to make a diet that is appropriate for your pet and nutritionally balanced. raw diets can give pets salmonella, and other diseases that’s why we don’t eat it raw. wolves in the wild don’t live a long life not only due to people being stupid and killing them ….they also die from disease and parasites, etc.

        • Anna

          Jul 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm

          Raw food does not give your dog salmonella poisoning dogs have salmonella in there digestive systems already, and your dogs wont get parasites because parasites live in the organs and raw food is frozen so it kills whatever is in the meant my dog has been on a raw diet for 2 years and he has never been healthier switching to raw was the best thing ever! I refuse to feed him this commercialized dog food crap which is full of fillers and chemicals. Please do your research before posting things like this.


            Nov 9, 2013 at 2:11 am


  197. Rebecca Hall

    Jan 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I wouldn’t ever buy the stuff. My dogs are vegetarian. We cook healthy and mostly organic foods for them and supplement with packaged food delivered by Veggiepets – no rendered down animals in their products and you know it’s safe. My one rescue dog is now 13 and still behaves like a puppy and despite steel pins in her front legs (both broken when I found her not quite fully grown on a Spanish roadside) she runs like the wind.
    Why kill one animal to feed another when dogs are omnivorous – they can eat a great variety of things and mine beg for raw vegetables, especially carrots and cabbage stalk.

    • VB

      Jan 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Rebecca, dogs aren’t meant to be vegetarian. They’re carnivores and need meat in their diets. They need that animal protein for their own health. They may be able to eat a lot of things, but meat is necessary in their diets. Think about it, they’re descended from wolves and wolves hunt animals for food. If you don’t want to eat meat, that’s your choice, but until your dogs can say otherwise, it’s not smart to eliminate meat from their own diets. I’m sure any vet will tell you that. Cook them some meat if you don’t want to buy them dog food, that way you have control over what goes into that meat.

      • Deirdre Doyle

        Jan 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Yes. While dogs are not obligate carnivores like cats, the food their digestive system was primarily meant for, from teeth to gut, is raw meat and bone. To say they are omnivores is not accurate. To believe otherwise is to delude yourself. Because they survive on something does not mean it is optimum. Also, in Beneful and other cheapy kibbles, as well as many more expensive ones, meat is not the bulk of the food. Beneful is at least 80% non-meat, which is typical of processed kibbles. Only a few very expensive grain-free kibbles have high meat content. Chemical preservatives added to the separate ingredients before they are added to the food, often to the meat meal part – and therefore not required to be mentioned on the label – and fungal and other contaminants in the grains or glutens cause both the short and long term problems in dogs and cats. Kidney failure, liver failure, and cancer, as well as neurological problems, are the unhappy results. I will say Rebecca’s homemade diet is far superior to anything Purina or Iams has ever come up with. However, it is not an ideal diet for dogs, full stop, no leg to stand on as an argument. Dogs are NOT vegetarians. So not. So very not. Sorry. I am a vegetarian, though, if that helps.

    • S

      Feb 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Dogs Are Carnivores…

      • Michele

        Feb 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

        I know a few dog owners who feed there dogs a vegan diet and are healthy than any other dog I know. I used to believe that dogs need to eat mostly meat. In fact, I am a breeder and adopted out one of my dogs to a Dr. who decided to not feed meat and I was so angry… I am not upset anymore, this dog is amazingly healthy ! I am not a vegan or vegetarian. But we need to feed our dogs the same as we feed ourselves with fruits (berries) and veggies. Honest Kitchen is a good raw food brand and they have fruit and veggie products. The best thing you can do is cook for your pet, but be sure you add kelp and other nutrients and vitamins to their meals as well.

    • cindy

      Mar 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      dogs are omnivores just like we are and need a good source of protein.

    • Lisa

      Aug 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Whack jobs feed their dogs as vegetarians, real people with education understand that a dog is a CARNIVORE. This feeding dogs as vegetarians, has become a trend of the s t u p i d. DOGS DIE if they dont get animal protein. It just pisses me off to see this kind of post. Get a grip and feed your dog some chicken, beef or deboned fish. Find a dog cook book and follow.OR give your dog to someone with a brain.

  198. A.A.

    Jan 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I am SO GLAD I saw this. My dog has been eating Beneful 6yrs now.
    I noticed hes been very thirsty these days & doesnt really want to eat the dog food.
    Reading this put two & two together.

    • Christine Livingston

      Jan 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      My miniature schnauzer tried Beneful when it first came out. In a short time he developed diabetes and even with insulin his blood sugr was hard to control. I suspected the Beneful as he had no problems before and took him off it, but he still had problems and drank lots of water. The vet put him on insulin and he developed cataracts and his blood sugar was hard to control. In spite of everything we lost him. I have never bought anything by Purina since, nor anything that was made in China.

      • judy

        Feb 1, 2013 at 4:01 am

        my beloved schnauzer peanut ate beniful also for the first 7 yrs of her life and also got diabetes she was put on some exspensive food from the vets office and she required insulin also i have lost her since and her passing almost did me in cause she was my baby i guess what i want to say is that i am so sorry for your loss also and i will be telling my friends with pets not to purchase this brand or brands of purina foods of any kind thank you for your story

        • cindy

          Mar 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

          schnauzers get diabetes look it up …..and has nothing to do with beneful. schnauzers are also prone to bladder stones, wart like lumps, etc. I’m sorry for your loss though…..

    • AJ

      Jan 31, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      My pure cocker has been fed this for 4 years, he is 6 and I’ve had him for 2. Also noticed that he has been drinking a lot of water and like yours, he doesn’t want to eat the dog food. Now I know… Thanks all

    • sandy m

      Feb 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

      My 15 year old rescue poodleimix was on beneful healthy weight for 8 years, the entire time I had him, developed bumps, very thirsty, diagnosed with diabetes in nov 2011. After 5 mos of 2 shots insulin per day and vet prescribed food, he siezed and had to be put down. Get him to the vet and off the beneful asap! Good luck!

  199. Jody Robinson

    Jan 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

    This really pisses my off. My dog Robbie ate this food his whole life and then I had to put him down because of kidney failure. I don’t know how companies can go to sleep at night doing things like this.

    • May Parker

      Jan 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I just had to put my pit down after 10 years.. She had so many knots on her body.. never in my life had I ever has a dog whit this disorder..

      • Heather

        Jan 24, 2013 at 12:09 am

        What was wrong with your dog? Mine was eating beneful and knots came up all over him also a couple days ago. The vet said to give him benedryl and when I did it seemed to clear up….but once it wears off the bumps come back. They said to give it a couple more days and if the bumps r still coming up on him to bring him to the office. What’s is causing these bumps? Why did you have to put ur dog down? Please reply I’m worried!!!

        • Laura

          Jan 26, 2013 at 4:26 am

          Do not feed your dog anything made by Nestle Purina or any company they own. Buy high quality American brands (like Blue Buffalo or Evo) that are in the ‘premium’ section of the higher quality stores. Anything else is sadly a death sentence for your animal. Read the FDAs websites and read about the complaints against Nestle Purina. They are producing garbage that causes kidney and liver failure, and diabetes, and other terrible things, and they don’t care because it’s profitable. There is no check and balance system in the pet food industry (like there is in the human food industry) and pet owners are fooled at times even by their own vets who tell them that “x commercial pet food diet’ is safe when in fact very few really are. Most educated people who love their animals have come to realize that there are no shortcuts and they cook for their dogs. Believe it or not, it is cheaper and healthier in the long run.

          • Jeff

            Feb 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

            Some of that is a bit over the top. Yes, you do need to research the food. We don’t only feed dry, but it’s hard to find one without corn at all.

            While Blue Buffalo or Evo are better, they are hideously expensive around here. And before you go on about “money is no object”, think about the fact that we, and others, have several rescue animals, and in this economy right now, we have to make sacrifices even for people.

            That said, we use a mix of Pro Plan wet and dry. The ground wet being gluten-free. For cats, we use Fancy Feast, which is gluten-free and one recommended for feline diabetes (we have a diabetic cat).

            So while a huge company like Purina (owned by Nestle, I believe) may have an occasional problem, since they buy up so many other groups, it does not mean that all of the hundreds of products are bad. Do some research, people.

          • Peggy

            Feb 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

            If money is a problem, Costco has a good dog food, lamb & rice, that is grain free and at a good price. You can find alternatives.

          • Lora

            Feb 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm


            I have to take issue with your comment about feeding dogs ‘high quality’ products like Blue Buffalo and Evo. First of all, neither Blue Buffalo or Evo is all natural. Both of them contain bi-products and other ingredients that can cause issues. Secondly, both Blue Buffalo and Evo have had their foods recalled! And, if you do some fact checking, which clearly, you have not, both of the foods you mentioned have caused the same problems that people are claiming Beneful has caused. So, claiming that “feeding our animals anything but Blue Buffalo or Evo is a death sentence” is an egregious error on your part! Obviously, you only read FDA reports for items manufactured by Purina and not checked the FDA reports filed against both Blue Buffalo and Evo!!! I don’t mean to be rude, but their are people who will read your post and take it to heart! And, there are more good reports about Purina products than there are bad!! Just sayin’!

          • lexi

            Mar 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

            my advise cook youre dog food because other wise he probaly will die and i think these people need to be arrested because that is just wrong

          • lexi

            Mar 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

            feed youre dogs hand made food because those people are a holes and should be arrested

          • pat

            Apr 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

            I’ve fed my Lab Evo since he was a pup..just found out Evo was recalled too. I’m trying to figure out what I can feed him, as it seems like everything is on recall. He likes Beneful, but I see that is out.

          • donna rice

            Jun 24, 2013 at 1:41 am

            Don’t trust what thesze companies are feeding us either. forget checks and balances since GMOs showed up in our food supply ten years ago with NO LABELING. Lab rats must be force fed the crap for testing and are presenting with all sorts of serious health issues. I can only imagine what’s in dog food when human food is riddled with poison. Read”Seeds of Deception” by Jeffrey Smith..its a real eye opener! All or most of the trusted brands we grew up supporting have sold us out, Kellogs, Kraft, nestle..the list goes on and on. GMOs are being linked to liver disease diabtes, autism and Bee die off.. just to name a few. There is a food crisis in this country and many Americans are unaware.

          • Lisa

            Aug 11, 2013 at 7:54 am

            Blue Buffalo also has problems and EVO can be too high in protein for small breeds, creating kidney stones.
            Fromm is the healthiest I have found, however, its not as tasty. I mix a high quality canned — avoid Merrick – it gives my dogs instant diarreah.
            I am a small dog breeder; I breed about once a year to keep my lines going, and to provide healthy puppies to those who really want them. Ive tried about every food on the market. So far Fromm is the best.

          • Ryan

            Oct 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

            I don’t mind Purina.
            94% of Purina’s food is made in the USA
            6% is just them slapping their name on Chinese treats.
            Purina does their own research and test their dog food (unlike your recommendations).
            I find it funny how you knock Purina but then recommend other companies that PAY Purina for their research and base their recipes from research done by Purina.

            Purina would not recommend Beneful, they only put this product line for people who can’t afford their other product lines. They would rather you buy their Pro Plan line instead which use better ingredients. So keep paying more for dog food that can’t afford to do their own research and base their product line on calculations….

        • Marilyn

          Jan 31, 2013 at 9:10 pm

          its the damn food !!….they are saying that there are traces of a liquid in it as whats in antifreeze….change his food, and watch the bumbs go away

          • Alexandra

            Feb 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm

            Propylene Glycol, although found in antifreeze, is used in tons of human and dog foods. It is GENERALLY SAFE as the FDA has stated. It can cause allergic reaction but oral toxicity with Propylene Glycol is incredibly hard to do, if at all. It has been used for forever. It’s a food additive. Research things before you post.

        • cindy

          Mar 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm

          how long have u been feeding beneful? and how long has your dog had the problem? what else is going on in the environment that could have caused the problem? allergic reaction to something…..

        • Debra

          Jan 14, 2014 at 2:45 am

          My dogs had a bad reaction to Beneful, nausea and sickness. I knew by the way they acted that something was very wrong, so we got another brand. I’m sorry so many of your pets have suffered from this stuff.

          • connie

            Feb 20, 2014 at 1:46 am

            gave to my dogs one almost died and the other one did

        • Michael Newberry

          Jan 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

          Many dogs are grain allergic and your dog seems to be exposing that truth. You have to shell out more money but in the long run you save money not going to the vet and you save yourself from not watching your dig suffer. Grain free food is the answer to your problems, nothing else is wrong with your dog I believe. Good luck, Michael

      • Linda Moore

        Feb 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

        I have a 3 legged Border Collie that is 12 and she has these wart like growths all over her body. One is oozing and I have to keep the hair around it and just clean it with Peroxide daily. I don’t know if it’s been caused by the foods, but if it is, That is just wrong!

        • June Schott

          Mar 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

          You should have the vet examin the wart like growths, as it could be a sebaceous cyst (skin glands that secrete sebum, yellowish color oil). The sebum is what makes the dog’s fur and our hair shiny. Cleaning them peroxide is good, but if you have a ruptured sebaceous cyst, which oozes yellowish fluid, you may want to make sure what it is and if the dog needs antibiotics in the event of infection. It looks like a white crusty bump and is nasty looking with it is infected and ruptures, leaves a deep hole. Most vets will want to operate, but as in my dog’s case, the antibiotic, cleaning it daily with 50% water and hydrogen peroxide, covering it, should do the trick, can take up to month for it to completely heal. Without a diagnosis from the vet, you cannot treat it, let alone identifying causation. Some dogs do have allergies, not all caused by grains or gluten. Some dogs are allergic to chicken and lamb. Limited ingredient dry dog food product, like venison and whole brown rice or fish or bison or duck should be explored. The vet is still the best resource to diagnose the problem. If you believe the dog food is the causation, then give a small sample to the vet for testing.

          • Big B and my dog Loki

            Sep 10, 2013 at 12:52 am

            Peroxide is not good to use, i stopped using it when i heard from serveral doctors its not good for you, i only use rubbing alchohol, and anyone who owns a animal should keep a bottle of apple cider viniger it works wonders and can save you lots of money on vet visits and meds, you can kill ear mites cure ear infections put some in the animals water check online all the things it can do ive used it several times on my dogs ears and they clear up within a day or two, i bout my dog some new purina food which he had been eatin purina for months with no problem well the next morning her threw up twice i started looking online and saw others had the same problem i took it back and got my money back, i got him a bag of pure balance and ill see how he does the next few days. Apple cider viniger is good for humans too

        • cindy

          Mar 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm

          take your dog to the vet and find out what they are. lots of older dogs get lumps and bumps and cancers on their bodies as they get older….that have nothing to do with food maybe it does , maybe it doesn’t…..

          • Judy

            Sep 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

            Sorry, even though there are exceptions, most Vets are not trained in nutrition. Same with human doctors; they are not trained in nutrition. And, the FDA does not control the content of foods. They only have rules about labels, and those are quite lax. I once called the FDA to find out why a Kraft sliced cheese was labeled as fat-free, when it was mostly made up of vegetable oil (not really cheese, actually). Well, the sliced cheese had 25 calories per slice, with most of those being from fat, but because it was just a bit less than 2 grams of fat per serving (9 calories in a gram of fat), according to the FDA person, it could be labeled as fat-free. That’s just one example of how the FDA “controls” the labels of our foods, and how deceptive they can be.

            Remember also that the FDA is government, and the grocery industry has lots of lobbying pull in Congress. Follow the money. If you didn’t grow it in your garden, using soil that you know, and using methods that you know, then you can’t know for sure what is in it or on it. If you didn’t personally cook it using ingredients that you know, then you don’t know for sure what’s in it or on it, NO MATTER WHAT THE LABEL or the AD says…

          • vivi y

            Feb 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm

            My precious Toto is a Jack Russell Terrier; I feed him 1/2 Cup Breeders Choice Dry food Chicken & Brown Rice and I mix in 1/4 Cup of 1/4 C “Alpo Prime Cut Lamb/Rice” can food, Purina; The Breeders Choice Dry food is made by a company from Calif. I also substitute another dry food also make from Torrance, Calif. “Lotus” my pet loves the food. I will continue to feed Purina Can Food and Alpo Snaps treats by Purina to my dog… until there is a recall, I am sure they are from good source. One must also look into like drinking water and exercise their pet than just food! I have a 4 yr. degree in Nutrition and I know what is good for food for myself and for my pet. Cooking fresh food for dogs are nonsense…my dog gets a run from eating chicken from people soup!

        • lexi

          Mar 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

          those people profit the money and for there treat kill youre dogs ‘change there food’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • gigi

          Apr 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

          Hello, I suggest buying a bottle of castor oil and put it directly on sores and rubbing it in for 5 minutes 4 to 6 times daily. Trust me castor oil is a miracle medicine and its $5 a bottle aand you can buy a big bottle at whole foods if there is one near you. My dog had a few lumps on his legs 4 years ago and i rubbed castor oil on them religiouls for about a month and they disappeared and i got the idea fom an old lady about 95 years old that suggested it to me after going to a vet that said it may be bone cancer. Tumeric powder i used also as she suggested and sprinkled it in his food for about 3 months. She said that gets rid of tumors just in case it was a tumor. Stop feeding the benefiul NOW!!!! My 12 1/2 year old Akita died January 16 after feeding him beneful for 2 1/2 weeks because, I was in Georgia for the holidays and ran out of his dog food I had been feeding him for 7 years. He had pneumonia in October but, I put him on antibiotics and he was pretty much all better before I went home for the holidays but, I stayed longer than I expected and ran out of his Hills ID and Hills WD that I mixed for years and had no problems. My sister fed her dog this beneful crap and my dog loved it so, I was stupid obviously and saw no harm in it when I know your not suppose to change their food anyways but, he seemed to go crazy over it and I knew he might get an upset tummy from the change of food but, he was older and I thought what the heck let him have some bad stuff for a week or two cause he never ate his food up like he ate that food. The Hills food was bland and I had heard things of it as well but, my vet had him on it and it was working for him. He had just had a check up and he had no liver problems or kidney problems just a little weak from the pneumonia which I had no idea how he got in the first pace but he was 87 so, I just accepted it but, when I got back to Florida he could not get up on his own and he had thrown up 2 days before I left Georgia but, just thought it was from the change of food and had plans on buying his food as soon as I got back home. The doctors said the pneumonia just took over and he was dying and said there was no need for expensive test at his age because the anesthesia would just kill him most likely because he was older but after reading all these post I know now that it was that crap food because he had gotten totally better after being on antibiotics for the pneumonia. I am so upset with myself because he probably had a couple more years left before he would pass. If I had an autopsy on him and found arsenic I would be suing but, its to late now and I can’t let myself get upset about this because I just now was accepting it till I saw this article about beneful.

          • Judy

            Sep 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

            I’m very sorry about your dog. I had one that died of Cushing’s disease, and I’m sure it had something to do with his diet, but I could never figure it out. He did live 6 years beyond the diagnosis, though. I used to supplement his food with cooked turkey and vegetables. Now, I wish I had just cooked all of his food.

            Your comments about Castor Oil are great! I recall reading a book about the great healer, Edgar Cayce. In the book, it explained some of his recommendations and one was to mix Castor Oil with Baking Soda as a great healer of skin lesions.


            Nov 9, 2013 at 12:57 am


        • Debi

          Oct 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

          My dog, a shitzu/terrier mix also has those warts! They are horrible and they crop up where ever you touch her. I thought it was just old age. hmmm…


            Nov 9, 2013 at 1:07 am

            HELLO AGAIN. ALSO HERE IN CANADA , There was just a recall on those BEEF JERKY,S TREAYS . As dogs don,t really chew up there food . and it,s bee found that this beef jerky get,s wound around the dogs intestines . and hello hosp. dr. AND HOW FAT IS YOUR WALLET. IN MY PREVOUS COMMENT ABOUT ROYAL CANIN CANNED DOG DIET FOOD IS MADE BY (ROYAL CAIN USA, inc. st. Charles mo63301 and there phone # is 1-800-592-6687. and I,m in Canada and don,t work for them in any way . just want to be helpful to all , with my experience. with my dog ( RUSTY ) AGAIN SINCERELY RALPH SMITH ONTARIO.CANADA. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

        • Debra

          Jan 14, 2014 at 2:49 am

          You should have her checked by a vet, but we have a long haired American Eskimo, and he has small tumors, too. The vets says they aren’t cancerous. I think it’s a skin problem caused by all the hair.

    • JT

      Jan 22, 2013 at 8:59 am

      They catch a little cat-nap on the company Lear during the flight to Tahiti.

    • Betty

      Feb 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I am completly heart broken. I feed my Sadie girl beneful, she died of kidney failure in Oct. 2012. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. I wish I would have had this information sooner.

      • Jacqueline

        Feb 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        I lost my miniature Schnauzer last nov 19, due to kidney &liver failure and high toxins in his body
        Due to Beneful
        Iam still heart broken as he was healthy and full of life 3 weeks prior
        and now hes gone

    • Caroline

      Feb 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Is BENEFUL by Purina KILLING dogs – Post YOUR Story!

      We have members of our Facebook group with testimonies that will break your heart.. and now the first necropsies (two dogs) are just back..

      PLEASE JOIN US whether you have good or bad experiences.. because you WILL start to get some answers very soon!

      Click on my name to join the group!


      • Millie

        Feb 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

        We had a great dog.Bebe she was eating Beneful for years(3) .she died when she was 4. Just last year,I am hoping it was’nt the food. She all of a sudden stopped eatting her food and I cooked for her and she would get better than fail again I was still feeding Beneful free choice. Took her to the vet’s about 4 times, then to another vet,he did surgery and found a large mast wrapped around her liver…..we had to let her go.Best dog we ever had, and only 4 years old…Sorry for anyone that has to go tough just should not be happening in this day and age. Bebe was a Beagle/Benesie Mountain Dog.Beatiful Dog.Thanks for lisening.Millie

      • sandra

        Feb 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Our Hannah is a minature schnauzer 9 years old and pretty healthy till last Friday she began to refuse to eat. By Sunday she was weak and pitaful looking. We had been feeding her Beneful that comes in a container, the fancy stuff. We first tried chicken soup, still would not eat. Finaly cooked her up some lean ground beef, rice and peas and carrots. Also, got her some Pedigree dry food for small breed dogs and sat it next to her ground beef. She ate it all and stated to get her strength back. Today is Monday and she is doing so much better.

        I guess I will stick to Pedigree dry food and cook lean beef or chicken with peas and carrot and rice for her.


          Nov 9, 2013 at 1:22 am


        • Anne

          Nov 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

          Discontinue Purina Beneful and Pedigree (dry) because it does have corn in it (not good for dogs). It is good you are cooking human grade beef and (use) Jasmine rice or brown rice in health food stores and that is what is keeping your dog healthy. Beneful and Pedigree lines are lower grade cheap ingredient dog foods. Go to for the best foods according to 5 star scores and listing their ingredients. Hope this helps. Try a grain free dog food with natural ingredients. I use Wellness or Dick Van Patens Natural Balance dry and mix with human grade food or canned higher quality when I can get it.

      • Mila

        Feb 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        I have been feeding benefel and sometimes have had my dogs to the vet with these symptons. I make 1/2 the food and mix with benefel but now need a better dog food. I just switched to purina pro plan savor and they like this better but is it better for them????

        • Nancy

          Mar 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          Hi, if you are already cooking, then you are better off to cook for your dogs. With careful shopping, it works out better and you know what is really in it.


            Nov 9, 2013 at 1:29 am


          • Debra

            Jan 14, 2014 at 2:59 am

            Dogs can eat some “people” foods:

            plain yogurt

            sweet potato (even though one of my dogs got sick all over the place from it, so I don’t give it to them anymore)



            vegetables like green beans and peas and carrots

            sometimes to hydrate my pets, I boil some lean chicken, and give them the water to lap up

            Right now they are eating the new Iams, no sugar, dyes, or preservatives, that was when I noticed that the dogs noticed the missing SUGAR. They don’t like the new Iams very much, unless I top it with another dry brand like purina. I don’t know what to think, that is why I came in here to read what others have to say.

      • monica anastasiadis

        Jun 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        if baneful is killing how can they still be selling it? this many folks complaining is reason to do away with it? what the hey????

    • Mark

      Feb 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Yes, one has to ask why renal failure is so common in dogs. Your vet will probably tell you it’s just age and it happens, but there’s little question in my mind that the daily diet has a lot to do with this. I’ve never met a canine that’s not a carnivore…they eat meat, or are supposed to. The added grains have nothing to do with “healthy”, it’s all about keeping the costs cheap and the margins high.

      But we live and we learn and while I have some regrets about my dogs in the past I simply didn’t know about this. Going forward with this raised awareness things will be different.

      Check out Mercola Pets. Dr. Becker there is a big believer in a good species specific diet and has some good suggestions. A simple search and they should show up in Google for you.

      • cindy

        Mar 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm

        dogs are omnivores like we are cats are true carnivores. corn is actually a source of protein also check out the aaha book on nutrition available from science diet and AAHA

        • Larry

          Aug 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm

          Oh, come now! People don’t visit websites like this because they’re interested in “facts.”

          • Debra

            Jan 14, 2014 at 3:01 am

            But dogs are getting too much sugar from corn. My brother’s dog had diabetes, shots and blindness and it was really sad.

    • donnasizemore

      Mar 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      same here ralph ate this for yrs seens like over nite hes peeing blood no one ever mentioned the food he had to be put down the vet said to much fat caused pankreitas then dibetes then blind then the kidneys god i loved that dog hes all i had in this world i still cry to this day i have another yorkie shes 3months on purina puppy food im scared now thats not good for her i hope if this food has done this these people need to have to answer to all these deaths truley hurt donna from tn

      • cindy

        Mar 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm

        thousands and thousands of dogs have been on purina puppy chow at one point in their life with no problems. please don’t put problems where they aren’t.


          Nov 9, 2013 at 3:29 am


      • Lisa

        Aug 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

        small breed dogs should be on a small breed puppy food. Purina puppy chow is for LARGE breed dogs.
        Look for Fromm or Royal Canin.

    • Dale

      Apr 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Companies don’t care, all they care about is money & their profits from sales. I lost a dog too & I fed Purina’s Beneful all his life, he got cancer.

    • Susan VOTTO

      Jun 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Beneful is the only thing I ever fed my dog and last night we had to put her down due to kidney and liver failure and high levels of bacteria. She was a well loved dog and she was taken care of with all my heart. How are these people getting away with this? I am missing Bianca so much and then today I started reading all these articles because I was trying to answer questions in my own mind on how she got so sick. Especially after the vet said she had high levels of bacteria. She always went to the vet regularly and lived a good life.

    • Sandi VanSickle

      Jul 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

      I just had to put my 5yr old chocolate rednose pit down 2wks ago as she ate beneful for the first 3yrs of her life. After researching, I believe wtih all my heart it was her food that took her from us, even though for her last 2yrs she ate another brand, the damage had already been done by what I thought was best? Sad for all who have lost their loved ones 🙁

    • Larry

      Aug 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      I don’t know how ANY company can go to sleep at night. Sure, they might turn off some lights, but does that mean the company goes to sleep?


        Nov 9, 2013 at 1:49 am


    • Sharon Freeman

      Sep 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

      We just put our Abby down after feeding Beneful to her for 3-4 years (she was 7 years old). We are just devastated over the loss. We had to put her down because of kidney failure. The signs were there but even our vet didn’t connect the two. She had a couple seizures when she was younger but they were only an occasional happening. Then she started drinking gallons of water. Never owning a lab before, we thought it was normal, but on her annual vet visit, we did mention it. She would also vomit every so often, not every day, not every week, but enough to worry us. It always seemed to happen if she was given a bone, so we stopped giving her bones. Mentioning it to the vet didn’t do much because it wasn’t something that was happening every day or every week.

      Finally, she stopped drinking water, got very lethargic, and only eat once a day, which then turned into every 2 days. She lost 7 pounds when we took her to the vet for a checkup and we were happy because she was overweight to begin with. Then she started gagging on food and water and would “spit up” thick, white stuff, almost like yogurt (she never had yogurt). We took her back to the vet again. When we took her to the vet, we knew she was really sick because she was happy to be there. That was a first! A blood test showed kidney failure and it wasn’t irreversible. Vet told us he never saw a BUN and creatinine so high in all the years of practice.

      Abby was my husband’s best friend. He would sit with her on the floor at night and hug her, pet her and talk to her for hours. In the morning, exactly at 9 a.m., she would tell him it was time for her morning walk and she would give him “heck” and block the door if he didn’t take her with him when he went outside to do some work. They were inseparable. He has stated he never wants another dog and I don’t blame him. I can still see her look at me when she was sick, when lying on her bed, with eyes kinda asking me what’s wrong and couldn’t I help her.

    • Is BENEFUL by PURINA KILLING our Dogs?

      Oct 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

      PLEASE JOIN US! Since February 2013 when we started our group, we have had more than 1100 people join us who have had dogs killed or sickened by BENEFUL. Since then, between us, we have saved thousands of dogs’ lives through the dissemination of information about poor quality food, and Beneful in particular. For those of you who know or suspect that Beneful has killed or sickened your dog, we know that you may be angry, confused, upset and guilty about feeding your companion poor quality food, often without even being aware of it. Many in our group have told the same story. Our aim is to share information on canine.. and feline.. diet and health.. and to spread the word about inferior.. and often downright dangerous dog and cat foods and the ingredients that you MUST avoid at all costs.. and of course that is not just limited to Putrina’s Beneful! One of the positive knock-ons is that we are also successfully helping each other with diet-related health problems, which is fine by me!

    • WL Smith

      Mar 22, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      I am truly sorry that you had to put down Robbie. This is a difficult thing to do and I know, I have had to do it also. But you made a statement I wanted to reply on. Mitt Romney said once that “Companies are people.” and should be afforded the same rights as people. This is a lie of course. A Company’s sole purpose is to make money and that’s it.. It is not to protect it’s workers, nor protect the consumers it deals with. This is because of the lack of any regulations, and this stems from the Conservative party in our government. They say Regulations tie the corporations ability to make money, and hire employees, which is bull also. I know this because every major and most minor pet food manufacturers (now with all plants overseas) are run by Republican CEO’s and a full Conservative Board of Directors. They do not feed their pets the same pet food they produce.. be assured of this. First.. but American. This will reduce the chance of this happening again. Second.. contact your local district and state legislators and tell them your story.. get the news involved if you can. Don’t trust anything that comes from overseas, they don’t regulate like we do, or at least we used to before the USDA was gutted.

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