If you are anything like me, then you too believe that all dog foods that are available for purchase, are safe for your pet.  Seriously, do we even have to ask this question?  If it was determined that a product was unsafe, we would know about it.  It would be on the news and a recall would be issued and the bad food would be pulled from the shelves. Tests would be run to determine what caused the food to be unsafe and pet parents would be talking about it! Right?  I cannot imagine that the manufacture of a pet food and the stores that sell them would ever knowingly let a dog be harmed.


Keep reading to see why this can be a dangerous  way to view the pet industry.


This year in the news was a story of a lawsuit that claims that Beneful dry dog food is not safe for your pet and has caused serious sickness or death to thousands of dogs. This class action lawsuit was filed in California against the company that manufactures Beneful, Nestle Purina PetCare.


Some of the illnesses that the dogs have suffered include internal bleeding, liver failure, vomiting and weight loss, seizures and kidney failure. The lawsuit  claims that in the last 4 years, over 3,000 complaints have been submitted online about dogs getting sick or dying after eating Beneful.


What Went Wrong?

 The suit states that the food was harmful, that it’s maker knew it was harmful and failed to properly test the food or to investigate the many complaints that were made. It was further stated that the food contains mycotoxins that have been produced in grains that contain fungus and propylene glycol which is found in auto antifreeze.Sad_dog_looking_into_eyes

The eight types of Beneful dog food effected: Playful Life, Healthy Radiance, Healthy Fiesta, Healthy Smile, Healthy Growth for Puppies, Incredibites, Original and Healthy Weight.



What’s Next?

The legal team for the Nestle Purina PetCare claim innocence, that they are the victims of 2 previous  lawsuits based on similar claims and that were both dismissed by the court. They blame social media  for creating  exaggerated concerns based on false information. In light of this, it seems very concerning that purchasers of Beneful are being advised to continue to trust that they are feeding their dogs safe food. Which brings us to back to answer my original question, aren’t all products safe for your pet? Sadly, the answer is no.



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4 comments on “Aren’t All Products Safe For Your Pet?

  • Hi,

    You have posted a really good article and thank you for sharing. I have two dogs and two cats and I would never want anything to happen to them. My wife and I are always doing research to ensure that this does not happen to us or anyone we know with pets.

    The challenge is for us the consumer is to decipher if a major corporation is disclosing all the ingredients contented in what we purchase. That said, I have bookmarked your blog and will continue to follow what you uncover.

    Interested reader!

    • Hi Dwayne,

      Thanks for your comments and your interest in my site. You have hit the nail on the head regarding our challenge as consumers. It is no longer sufficient to simply purchase a food product for our pets, we must research, we must question and we must advocate.

      Take care,


  • Hi Erin, just read your post and it is terrible news. Big Corporation are in for one thing Profit and when things go wrong they point the finger everywhere and hope the proverbial !!!! sticks. Just not on them!
    I’ve got a cat who is so fussy over her food that she only eats more or less home made food.
    What organic options are there for pets?

    • Hi Simon,

      It is sad but true that we pet owners be vigilant is reading the labels on pet food to know if what we give them is safe. We must understand what ingredients are in food and why. We must also be aware of any pet recalls that are announced to alert us to issues. When seeking an organic option for any pet, I always recommend wysong.net. All pet food and supplements are holistic and healthy, are designed in-house by pet health professionals with the manufacturing never being out-sourced. Wysong is an excellent choice for both cats and dogs.

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