You’re just trying to feed your dog; a member of the family. Then, because of what you’ve been feeding the dog, it gets very sick; maybe the dog dies. Wouldn’t you want the company who makes the dog food to do something?

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The Nestle Purina PetCare Company is under fire with their Beneful kibble dry dog food. A class-action suit is underway in California, claiming that the food is poisoning and killing dogs. The dog food has seen over 3,000 complaints from people about what’s happening to their dogs after eating the food: stomach internal bleeding, malfunction or failure of the liver, vomiting, diarrhea. In some cases, dogs have died.

The lawsuit points to the ingredients propylene glycol and mycotoxins as causes for the illnesses and deaths. Propylene glycol is used to preserve the moisture in dog food. It’s also antifreeze for your car. According to, the FDA says that propylene glycol cannot be used in cat food. The feds don’t have a problem with it being in dog food, for whatever reason. Mycotoxins are poisons created from grain molds; grain is a key component to dog food.

What does Purina have to say about all this?

From NBC News:

Regarding the recent complaints about Beneful, Purina said, "Like other pet foods, Beneful is occasionally the subject of social media-driven misinformation. On-line postings often contain false, unsupported and misleading allegations that cause undue concern and confusion for our Beneful customers."

Beneful recently set aside over $6M to compensate pet owners after some treats had been linked to killing over 1,000 dogs.

[Source: NBC News]

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