|Barked: Mon Jul 23, '12 9:31am PST |
|I'm always a little wary of "X food is killing dogs" stories since the 2007 recalls. As bad as they truly were, and as many dogs were legitimately harmed by the food itself, there were just as many people with dogs who had preexisting or unrelated conditions and jumped on the bandwagon simply to have somewhere to direct their grief and anger.
It seems there's now an idea that if you only feed the right food the right way, no harm shall come to your dog. In fact, dogs often just get sick from bad genes, or for no particular reason at all. There is no food-based reason to the fact that I've already lost one client to lymphoma this year - not even 2 years old - and another was just diagnosed at 8 months. All the grain-free, nutritionist-balanced homecooked, and raw food in the world would not have and will not save them - although it may prolong and improve their quality of life.
That being said, I completely believe Beneful kills dogs on a regular basis, the same way McDonalds would kill people on a regular basis if there weren't so much anti-fast food propaganda around... But it's not a fair argument in court because it takes too long for side effects to show up.
Unless there is something heavily toxic in a recent batch of Beneful, so that owners are trying the food or opening a new bag and their dog immediately begins having seizures, nothing will come of this. They also have to be recording the batch numbers and sending food samples to independent labs for testing - which few people actually do.
In that sense, yes, Purina is sweeping things under the rug - the food is crap and they must know it. They aren't actually doing anything illegal tho, so it falls to us as consumers to be wary of advertising and do our best to educate others.
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