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Pictures from concerned dog owners claiming to have found what looks like wires embedded in their Pedigree dry dog food have gone viral over social media this week.
Hearing the reports, Samantha Barrett checked her own bag of Pedigree brand dog food, hoping it might explain why her dog has been eating grass and having stomach issues. “…sure enough almost every piece of food had these black (and some lighter color) hairs coming out of them. Some people think it is wire, some think it is pig or cow hair, but it is pretty sharp,” she explained to WWBT.
A second 12 On Your Side viewer sent in a photograph of a piece of kibble from her own bag of the popular dog food, clearly showing some type of unidentified hair or wire-like object poking out. Along with the photo, the viewer posted, “PIECES OF WIRE FOUND IN EVERY single piece of my pedigree dog food! Don’t feed your dog pedigree! My dogs have been acting funny from eating! You can see it from just holding it or when your break open its in there!”
Now, dog owners around the country are taking a closer look at their dog’s food, and many are finding the same unidentified “hairs” in Pedigree brand food.
Francesca Gordon posted a photo which clearly shows a fiber poking out of a single piece of kibble, asking Pedigree for answers. “Can you tell me what this is in my dog’s food? It feels like a plastic fiber.”
Missie Carter posted another photo, explaining, “My dog has been feeling sick and not eating and couldn’t find anything wrong until this morning making his breakfast I noticed what I thought was a hair and went to pull it out and was surprised it was a wire inbeded in the grain so I started looking through the bag of pedigree and there is more of the wire through out the bag of dog food. This needs to get out before a love one passes from this.”
Pedigree customer Iliana Williams posted yet another photo of a single piece of kibble with what appears to be a short black hair or wire sticking out from the side. Rightfully concerned, she says, “Pedigree… We want an explanation. I see zero replies to people’s posts.”
Melanie Miller says she’s trusted Pedigree for years, but when reports of wire-like objects in her dog’s food began circulating, she decided to check her bag, too.
“We have been buying Pedigree for years because we trusted it. Late last night, we were alerted by one of my husband’s friends that there were fibers in the food. Next day, we checked our HALF USED (meaning our poor dog has been eating this crap!) bag of food and sure enough, we find these clear wire things! Upon further investigation, I find Pedigree isn’t doing anything about it! We are not buying Pedigree for our dog anymore until a recall is done. This is not quality food.”
A look at Pedigree’s Facebook page reveals dozens of the same – photos of kibble with mysterious hairs, fibers, or wires sticking out, upset, concerned customers begging for answers, and stories of dog becoming sick after eating the same food they’d been consuming safely for years.
The one thing that is blaringly absent from Pedigree’s Facebook page is a response to the dozens of customers begging for answers, aside from the occasional “copy-and-paste” response that reads:
“Our team has conducted testing on affected kibble and determined these are natural fibers from meat and bone meal, like pig hair, that occur with products made using those ingredients. PEDIGREE is completely safe for your dog to enjoy. If you have any other concerns, please call us at 1-800-525-5273 (8:00am-4:30pm CT), or send us a direct message with your phone number so we can call you directly during those hours. Thank you.”
There have NOT been any recalls.
Pedigree has admitted to recently changing to a new “meatier” recipe, which could explain why dogs fed the original formula for many years have suddenly rejected the food or experienced upset stomach after eating. Still, customers are alarmed at the appearance of hairs, fibers, or wires now found in their kibble.
As always, The Dogington Post urges pet parents to thoughtfully consider their dog’s diet. Look for high quality foods that are made and sourced in the USA, from a company that is completely transparent and forthright with their ingredients and manufacturing processes.
Your dog is your family, feed them as such.
If you find a problem with your pet’s food, please stop feeding it at once and report your findings to the FDA through their online Safety Reporting Portal by clicking here and report to the USDA by clicking here.