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Is Purina’s Beneful Dog Food Killing Dogs?


In 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.

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316 Responses to Is Purina’s Beneful Dog Food Killing Dogs?
  1. Avery
    July 18, 2014 | 9:07 am

    My dog has always eaten purina healthy morsels, every time (almost) he barfs it back up!
    Sometimes its whole and other times its mushed up like actual barf
    Lots of my friends had told me about this dog food tht kills dogs. None of them remembered
    What it was called. Then i decided to ask my dad what dog food we feed our dog
    He said purina, so i went on a mad search to find out if this was the food. Turns out, most likely it was

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  3. lin
    July 11, 2014 | 11:51 am

    I have two 12 yr old Maltese, both eat Beneful incredibites.
    Only one has been eating the chopped blends wet food. The one that has been eating the chopped blends, had 5 seizures, diarrhea and vomiting in less than 12 hrs.
    I took her to the vet thinking that they were going to tell me she was dying, they said it could be poisoning. My dogs are inside only dogs, after $800.00 in vet bills, I brought her home and have been only feeding her homemade chicken and salmon. She appears to be recovering. I will never feed beneful to my dogs again. I wish I had read this blog before.

    • Sue
      July 25, 2014 | 10:32 am

      Hi I am taking my dog to the vet in an hour. Four weeks ago I gave my almost 12 year old dog 1 can of the beef can medley and she has had diarrhea 4 times this month. I have been feeding her chicken and rice and each time I try to add back dry she gets sick. The dry is not a Purina product and she has been eating it for a very long time. Her stomach was so upset after eating the can dog food she was trying to eat anything green outside she could grab including bushes, ferns and some other long grass like plants. I keep her from eating them but it was clear she was in pain. I just feel stupid for not realizing that this tiny can of dog food could make her so sick. I am hoping my vet can help with her stomach ache and help me to find a way to get her back on to some regular food she is losing weight. I need to find her more nutrition that just the chicken and rice she is a big dog. Any ideas?

      • Sue
        July 25, 2014 | 4:09 pm

        My vet said that the wheat gluten in the can food is what makes the dog sick. i am to make sure that she never eats grain or gluten again. I have a pack of proviable this has the microorganisms in it to try and flush out her system. I hope this helps and will update this post if we have good luck.

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  7. Amy
    June 12, 2014 | 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
      July 6, 2014 | 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

  8. ajmom
    June 9, 2014 | 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…

  9. Keith
    June 6, 2014 | 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!

  10. Vince
    June 4, 2014 | 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.

  11. Teresa Aitken
    June 4, 2014 | 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
      June 4, 2014 | 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.

  12. Maria
    May 28, 2014 | 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

  13. ajmom
    May 21, 2014 | 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…

  14. PinkyPink
    April 30, 2014 | 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

  15. Jim
    April 12, 2014 | 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.

  16. Douglas Dobson
    April 4, 2014 | 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
      April 7, 2014 | 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
        April 9, 2014 | 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
          June 2, 2014 | 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
      April 11, 2014 | 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
      July 13, 2014 | 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

  17. Cindy
    March 9, 2014 | 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 ;)

  18. Kathy
    March 5, 2014 | 3:11 pm
  19. Richard
    March 4, 2014 | 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.

  20. Julie
    February 25, 2014 | 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.

  21. Tiffany
    February 13, 2014 | 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
      April 16, 2014 | 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
        June 19, 2014 | 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

  22. Brandon
    January 28, 2014 | 4:05 pm

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

    • Patty Al
      April 15, 2014 | 11:54 pm

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

    • Mary
      April 16, 2014 | 11:55 am

      Hope you never own a dog

  23. Angela
    January 17, 2014 | 7:40 pm

    Sorry I misspelled this crappy food!

  24. Angela
    January 17, 2014 | 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?

  25. Craig
    December 13, 2013 | 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.

  26. Sheaniel
    November 27, 2013 | 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.

  27. stephanie
    November 18, 2013 | 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.

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    November 15, 2013 | 12:45 am

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  29. Sheri
    November 12, 2013 | 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

  30. Georgann Kemerer
    November 12, 2013 | 2:42 am

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  31. [...] The Dogington Post reveals that many of the popular dog foods, like Beneful, cite corn to be their number one ingredient.  Corn is often used as a filler in dog food with very little nutritional benefit to your dog.  The high glycemic index in corn causes your dog’s blood sugar level to increase. [...]

  32. bridget
    November 4, 2013 | 10:00 pm

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

  33. Heima
    November 3, 2013 | 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.

  34. MYRNA
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  35. FROMM
    October 23, 2013 | 11:53 am

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  36. Terri
    October 16, 2013 | 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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  40. jack london
    September 8, 2013 | 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?

  41. Kara
    September 7, 2013 | 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!

  42. Judy
    September 5, 2013 | 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.
      October 23, 2013 | 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.

  43. Chrissy
    August 12, 2013 | 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.

  44. LoveMyDog
    July 29, 2013 | 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.

  45. Tom
    July 28, 2013 | 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.

  46. Proud mom of a rescue American Bulldog
    July 27, 2013 | 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.

  47. R.P.
    July 27, 2013 | 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?

  48. sarahbell
    July 26, 2013 | 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?


  49. Evan
    July 14, 2013 | 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!

  50. Edith
    July 10, 2013 | 5:30 am

    If you are worried about what is in the dog food you are feeding your dog… cook for your dog… buy healthy meat.. read to see what is good to put into food for your dog…

    • Trent Rowe
      April 12, 2014 | 7:27 pm

      Don’t feed dry.
      Don’t feed canned. Don’t feed cooked.
      Feed raw chicken. Beef, pork turkey . . . Whatever you can afford.
      No one in nature cooks for wolves.

  51. not to worry
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    I have a pure breed Golden retriever that is going to be 2 in Novemeber. I have had no problems with purena products. All my dogs have been on Beneful and that is the only dog food that my dog will eat. Blue Buffalo and Evo have been recalled along with many other brands including science diet which is what a lot of vets in our area try to sell to you. I think that everyone should look into this before switching your pet to a different brand. My dof has been eating beneful since he was 6 months old and I have had no health issues with him…Good Luck everyone and yes I knocked on wood.

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  54. Peggy
    June 7, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    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.

  55. chris
    June 5, 2013 | 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.

  56. Rachel
    June 2, 2013 | 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
      April 3, 2014 | 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

  57. Mary McGlashan
    May 31, 2013 | 11:23 am

    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!!

  58. Jill Vradenburgh
    May 28, 2013 | 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!

  59. DoggieDermoToldMe
    May 27, 2013 | 12:09 am

    !!!**Switch to Royal Canin, Duck and Potatoe. IT SAVED MY YORKIES!!!. For years, I was dealing with my yorkies skin problems of bumps, pus and sores all over. Antibiotics and antihistamines really didn’t $uffice. Finally someone suggested I take the worst one to a doggie dermatologist. (FYI-That was about 15 or more years ago). I was…like…What! There is such a thing, a vet dermo!? I found one in Houston.
    The vet dermo looked at her underside and saw that her skin–besides all the obvious sores everywhere–she said the skin on her belly was very scaly and that was a sure sign that my dog was allergic to her food. She said to stop letting her eat rice, wheat, corn,chicken, pork, beef, and eggs. No more doggie treats, or human food. Astonished I asked, “what else is there?” She said duck and potatoes, and there is a brand that makes it. I asked, “My god, what if my dogs get allergic to duck and potatoes? What then?” She said there is Venison and Potatoe, and not to worry, it would be rare for my dogs to develope an allergy to D/P diet, but if they did there is that other option.
    She said to introduce the new food easy for the first week, then give the new diet at least 2 months to fully see the results. I saw a huge difference in just 3 weeks! I am sooo sold on this diet for my yorkies.
    Forever I will be feeding my dogs this brand of allergy-food. If you want a healthy pet, you have to be able to afford it. But the food is cheaper than doctors trips and medicine to “band-aid” the symptoms, and most of all, the agony of seeing you pet in pain. Also, I have to finish by adding that since being on the D/P diet, they have obviously no health problems!!!, and their coat has improved to be prettier, shinier, and silkier than ever before, and its still working for my current yorkies.

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  61. Ace
    May 14, 2013 | 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:

  62. Lexi
    May 10, 2013 | 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.

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  64. Mya
    April 17, 2013 | 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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  66. Jay Mozz
    April 15, 2013 | 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.

  67. Robert Jackson
    April 14, 2013 | 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
      April 14, 2013 | 3:02 pm

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

    • Malissa
      May 28, 2013 | 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.

  68. Megan
    April 11, 2013 | 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 :-)

  69. Denise Thomson
    April 9, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    Blue & Evo ect… Are no diffrent then the rest bit in price.
    Stop advertising for these foods .all dog foods
    These days are poor quality and give false claims
    And outrageous cost with fancy labels.
    I’ve been to hell and back with high end as well
    As med-low end .before you ask I gave every
    Food ample time to prove its self.
    My dogs are now 9 years of age and have thrived
    On a rotation diet by not getting to much of one
    Food so if there is a problem with the food ,enough
    Time hasn’t been given a chance to cause harm.
    May all you pet lovers have success with your
    Take care

  70. Whitney
    April 8, 2013 | 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.

  71. tish
    April 2, 2013 | 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!

  72. Jeff
    April 1, 2013 | 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!

  73. Julian
    April 1, 2013 | 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.

  74. Noelle
    April 1, 2013 | 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.

  75. rob
    March 30, 2013 | 8:59 am

    Sorry for any nasty details but i need help. My moms poodle was recently eating this beneful food amd she had the dark loose stool with almost mucus like pieces in it we thought it was the poodle and soy mom just switched food and she seems ok. Then my wife and i just got apuppy an australian shepard its having the same symptoms. Poor liytle guy cant seem to control it and it smells horendous. And looks just like the poodles.
    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 i really need some help. Hes pretty sick and im short in cash to take him to the vet. Any advice is great!

  76. lexi
    March 28, 2013 | 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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  78. donnasizemore
    March 12, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    i had ralph on this food for yrs 1st pankreitas then dibetes then blind then kidney failure god i went through a hard time it was like loosing a child i sure hope it wasnt this food that did this and if so whats gonig to be done truley upset donna from tn

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  80. Sarah
    March 9, 2013 | 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.

  81. Jessica
    March 6, 2013 | 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.

  82. Rose Colett
    March 6, 2013 | 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.

    • donnasizemore
      March 12, 2013 | 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
      June 12, 2014 | 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!

  83. Trudi White
    March 4, 2013 | 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 | 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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    March 2, 2013 | 8:13 am

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  85. [...] The Dogington Post reveals that many of the popular dog foods, like Beneful, cite corn to be their number one ingredient.  Corn is often used as a filler in dog food with very little nutritional benefit to your dog.  The high glycemic index in corn causes your dog’s blood sugar level to increase. [...]

  86. kevin
    March 1, 2013 | 2:41 am

    i do not feed dog food beneful

    my dogs eat good dog food

  87. donna berrish
    February 28, 2013 | 7:46 pm

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

    • cindy
      March 21, 2013 | 11:22 pm

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

  88. Jeanne
    February 28, 2013 | 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
      March 21, 2013 | 11:21 pm

      someone with some sense finally

      • Malissa
        May 28, 2013 | 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 !

  89. zeezee ilona
    February 28, 2013 | 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…

  90. petunia
    February 27, 2013 | 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.

  91. petunia
    February 27, 2013 | 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!

  92. Linda
    February 27, 2013 | 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.

  93. L Manville
    February 23, 2013 | 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.

  94. J Kolt
    February 17, 2013 | 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.

  95. Alexandra
    February 16, 2013 | 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.

  96. Mary Krofcheck
    February 13, 2013 | 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.

  97. Melissa
    February 12, 2013 | 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.

  98. mary
    February 12, 2013 | 2:32 pm

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

    • Sandy Tighe
      January 10, 2014 | 2:51 pm

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

  99. Susan
    February 12, 2013 | 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.

  100. Caroline
    February 12, 2013 | 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.

  101. Caroline
    February 9, 2013 | 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
      February 10, 2013 | 4:52 pm

      Please were is the link I want to stop this .

  102. Reva
    February 9, 2013 | 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 .

  103. Kimberly Tepos
    February 8, 2013 | 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
      February 21, 2013 | 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.

  104. Kimberly Tepos
    February 8, 2013 | 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!

  105. myk9sandme
    February 8, 2013 | 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

  106. Gigi
    February 7, 2013 | 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.

  107. Marina
    February 7, 2013 | 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
      March 21, 2013 | 11:17 pm

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

  108. Mel
    February 7, 2013 | 3:21 pm
  109. Mel
    February 7, 2013 | 3:08 pm

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

  110. grueller
    February 7, 2013 | 1:54 pm

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

  111. May Parker
    February 7, 2013 | 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!!

  112. Lilah
    February 7, 2013 | 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
      March 21, 2013 | 11:16 pm

      here here

  113. Lisa Popadowski
    February 7, 2013 | 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
      February 8, 2013 | 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!

  114. Melanie
    February 1, 2013 | 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!

  115. Michelle Grande
    February 1, 2013 | 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.

  116. emily liefer
    February 1, 2013 | 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

  117. Rose
    January 31, 2013 | 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.

  118. melissa
    January 31, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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.

  119. Diane Feehan
    January 31, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 10:47 pm

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

      • jimi
        February 21, 2013 | 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..

  120. Deb Patchin
    January 31, 2013 | 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
      February 21, 2013 | 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..

        November 9, 2013 | 3:17 am


      • Sandy Tighe
        January 10, 2014 | 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
      March 21, 2013 | 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 | 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 !

  121. Michelle MacDonald
    January 31, 2013 | 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..

  122. melody milanowski
    January 31, 2013 | 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
      January 10, 2014 | 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.

  123. Amy
    January 31, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 10:39 pm

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

      • Sandy Tighe
        January 10, 2014 | 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!

  124. Laura
    January 26, 2013 | 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.

  125. Sarah
    January 24, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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
        July 26, 2013 | 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
      February 28, 2013 | 8:19 pm

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

    • jimi
      February 21, 2013 | 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.

        November 9, 2013 | 3:09 am


  126. nancy sterken
    January 18, 2013 | 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
      January 24, 2013 | 11:13 am

      Sorry to hear about your dog with Addison’s disease

    • Mary DiBlasi
      January 31, 2013 | 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
        March 21, 2013 | 11:12 pm

        yes it has been recalled a few times……

      • sarahbell
        July 26, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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
      January 10, 2014 | 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!

  127. Neixa
    January 17, 2013 | 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.

  128. PCW
    January 17, 2013 | 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.

  129. Cindie
    January 17, 2013 | 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.

  130. tricia giacalone
    January 17, 2013 | 2:26 pm

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

    • Deirdre Doyle
      January 31, 2013 | 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.

  131. Marshall
    January 17, 2013 | 10:23 am

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

  132. Stormyw
    January 17, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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
      March 12, 2013 | 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
        March 12, 2013 | 11:32 pm

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

  133. Mary
    January 17, 2013 | 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
      January 26, 2013 | 4:18 am

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

  134. RoseAnna Gonzales
    January 16, 2013 | 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. . .

  135. Kathy
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 26, 2013 | 4:20 am

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

    • Desirae
      February 8, 2013 | 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.

  136. Ken
    January 16, 2013 | 6:00 pm

    So what is your solution

    • Mary DiBlasi
      January 31, 2013 | 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.

  137. Ken
    January 16, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    So——what is your solution ????

  138. Beth
    January 16, 2013 | 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.

  139. Corinna Burkhardt
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 22, 2013 | 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
        January 26, 2013 | 4:21 am

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

    • Nancy
      March 12, 2013 | 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
      July 3, 2013 | 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.

  140. Amber
    January 16, 2013 | 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.

  141. Debbie
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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
      February 1, 2013 | 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.

  142. Stephanie
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 17, 2013 | 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…

  143. Patricia Revello
    January 16, 2013 | 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!!

  144. Audie
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 17, 2013 | 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
        January 18, 2013 | 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
        February 7, 2013 | 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
          March 21, 2013 | 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
            July 26, 2013 | 9:29 pm

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

          November 9, 2013 | 2:37 am


    • Maria Yapelli
      March 15, 2013 | 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.

  145. Phyllis
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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
      February 7, 2013 | 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
      February 8, 2013 | 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
        November 5, 2013 | 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.

          November 9, 2013 | 2:27 am


  146. Christine
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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?

      November 9, 2013 | 2:16 am


  147. Ann
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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
        March 21, 2013 | 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
          July 28, 2013 | 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.

            November 9, 2013 | 2:11 am


  148. Rebecca Hall
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 27, 2013 | 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
        January 31, 2013 | 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
      February 7, 2013 | 1:32 pm

      Dogs Are Carnivores…

      • Michele
        February 23, 2013 | 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
      March 21, 2013 | 10:56 pm

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

    • Lisa
      August 11, 2013 | 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.

  149. A.A.
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 16, 2013 | 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
        February 1, 2013 | 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
          March 21, 2013 | 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
      January 31, 2013 | 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
      February 8, 2013 | 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!

  150. Jody Robinson
    January 16, 2013 | 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
      January 17, 2013 | 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
        January 24, 2013 | 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
          January 26, 2013 | 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
            February 1, 2013 | 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
            February 7, 2013 | 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
            February 12, 2013 | 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
            March 28, 2013 | 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
            March 28, 2013 | 8:00 pm

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

          • pat
            April 20, 2013 | 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
            June 24, 2013 | 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
            August 11, 2013 | 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
            October 23, 2013 | 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
          January 31, 2013 | 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
            February 16, 2013 | 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
          March 21, 2013 | 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
          January 14, 2014 | 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
            February 20, 2014 | 1:46 am

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

        • Michael Newberry
          January 24, 2014 | 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
        February 8, 2013 | 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
          March 2, 2013 | 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
            September 10, 2013 | 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
          March 21, 2013 | 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
            September 5, 2013 | 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
            February 15, 2014 | 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
          March 28, 2013 | 8:03 pm

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

        • gigi
          April 20, 2013 | 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
            September 5, 2013 | 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.

            November 9, 2013 | 12:57 am


        • Debi
          October 23, 2013 | 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…

            November 9, 2013 | 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
          January 14, 2014 | 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
      January 22, 2013 | 8:59 am

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

    • Betty
      February 8, 2013 | 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
        February 24, 2013 | 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

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      February 10, 2013 | 3:39 pm

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      • Millie
        February 12, 2013 | 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
        February 18, 2013 | 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.

          November 9, 2013 | 1:22 am


        • Anne
          November 11, 2013 | 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
        February 28, 2013 | 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
          March 12, 2013 | 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.

            November 9, 2013 | 1:29 am


          • Debra
            January 14, 2014 | 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
        June 18, 2013 | 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
      February 12, 2013 | 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
        March 21, 2013 | 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
          August 13, 2013 | 6:10 pm

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

          • Debra
            January 14, 2014 | 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
      March 12, 2013 | 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
        March 21, 2013 | 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.

          November 9, 2013 | 3:29 am


      • Lisa
        August 11, 2013 | 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
      April 9, 2013 | 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
      June 26, 2013 | 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
      July 25, 2013 | 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
      August 13, 2013 | 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?

        November 9, 2013 | 1:49 am


    • Sharon Freeman
      September 3, 2013 | 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?
      October 3, 2013 | 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
      March 22, 2014 | 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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