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Welcome to the Nutro and Natural Choice dog food discussion board. Please only post topics that pertain to Nutro or Natural Choice Dog Food Products. This board is mainly for the recent recall of the pet food and how it pertains to the safety of our pets. Nutro and Natural Choice Wet dog food was recalled. This message board is particularly interested in hearing from those that believe their animal has fallen sick due to the consumption of the DRY dog food that has not been recalled.

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If your dog has consumed Nutro or Natural Choice DRY dog food and has became ill, please post your story to the message board. Please include your name, dog breed and age, the type of dog food that was consumed, the dog's symptoms, and how long the symptoms have been shown.

We lost our dog due to Nutro. -- Llisa Maxwell, 17:57:40 10/26/16 Wed [1]

We lost our Tonka dog two weeks ago. He was a healthy active beautiful 9 yr old lab/Newfoundland. We began feeding him Nutro a few months ago. I have no doubt this food killed my dog. I thought we were alone until I found this site. I don't know what others experienced but ours dogs lost hair, vomiting, diharea, and trouble breathing. Lost control of their urine and lost strength. Completely refused to eat. Our other dog Emmitt is a Cocker he was very ill. I am nursing him now every day. Changed his food. He still is shaking and is almost bald but I think he is showing improvement.
Can anyone help me? This is the first I have heard of this food hurting other dogs as well.

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Whats Really In Nutro, Nutro Max, Natural Choice Pet Food Products -- Mark, 03:41:32 10/02/14 Thu [2]

Whats Really In Nutro, Nutro Max, Natural Choice Pet Food Products


PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Russell Keith
Monday, May 14, 2007 (305) 358-6555

Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Pet Food Companies and Retailers For Misleading Consumers Regarding the Contents of Pet Food

"Premium" Pet Food Marketed and Sold as "Complete and Balanced" Has Historically Contained Such Items as Euthanized Dogs and Cats, Restaurant Grease, Hair, Hooves, and Diseased Animals, and Other Inedible Garbage
[MIAMI, FLORIDA] A cat and dog owner from Michigan and two cat and dog owners from Florida have filed a nationwide class action against food industry giants Mars, Inc., Proctor and Gamble Co., Colgate Palmolive Company, Del Monte Foods, Co., and Nestle U.S.A. Inc. These manufacturers have a combined approximate 70% of the market share in the $16 billion dollar a year pet food industry. The suit also names as Defendants Nutro Products, Inc., Menu Foods, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Target Corp., Publix Supermarkets, Inc., Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., as manufacturers and marketers of their own brand pet food and retailers PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., Pet Supermarket, Inc., and Petsmart Inc.

The Plaintiffs maintain that these companies have spent $300 million a year in making false and misleading marketing statements regarding the contents of their pet food to the dog and cat loving American public. While these Defendants tout their pet food products as choice cuts of prime beef, chunks of chicken, fish, fresh wholesome vegetables and whole grains to induce consumers to buy them, the Plaintiffs contend the food is actually made from "inedible" slaughterhouse waste products of the human food chain such as spines, heads, tails, hooves, hair, and blood. Rendering companies who process this waste have also added other inedible "waste" such as euthanized cats and dogs from veterinarian offices and animal shelters, road kill, zoo animals, rancid restaurant grease, toxic chemicals and additives. Additionally, dead animals and those declared unfit for human consumption due to disease and illness are also placed in the mix.

The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida by attorney Catherine J. MacIvor of the 23 attorney Miami litigation law firm of Maltzman Foreman, PA. The case is pending before the Honorable Cecilia Altonaga. Class Counsel, Catherine J. MacIvor says that "The melamine debacle is not the only serious problem with pet food. The number and frequency of lethal pet food recalls in the last few years clearly shows the seriousness and extent of this problem."

The lawsuit alleges that pet food companies market their products as wholesome, choice cuts of meat, natural and complete and balanced diets even though they are fully aware that this food is largely carbohydrates and sugars combined with toxic preservatives and additives with very little to no meat at all. The lawsuit seeks damages to consumers for the false representations made in the Defendants' advertising as well as punitive damages.

"Sadly," MacIvor said, "the Defendant pet food companies and retailers recognized that American pet owners love their cats and dogs like members of their family. The Defendants deceptive advertising specifically marketed premium healthy food to the American public knowing that they want to buy the best food that they can for their loved one and knowing that the food consists largely of garbage, chemicals, additives, diseased meat and even residual pentobarbital from euthanized animals."

The 58 page lawsuit outlines in grotesque detail the actual manner in which most commercial pet food in the United States is made. The lawsuit also attaches and cites numerous news stories and research articles outlining the real content of the Defendant's pet foods and the misleading and deceptive advertising undertaken by the Defendants.

The Defendants targeted in the Complaint produce pet foods under a wide array of brands and names including: Pedigree®, Sheba®, Goodlife Recipe®, Royal Canine, Iams®, Eukanuba®, Science Diet®, Prescription Diet®, 9 Lives®, Amore®, Gravy Train®, Kibbles-n-Bits® and Nature's Recipe®, Snausages®, Milk Bone®, Pup-Peroni®, Meaty Bone®, Canine's Carry Outs®, Jerky Treats®, Wagwells®, Alpo®, Beneful®, Beggin' Strips®, Dog, Cat, Puppy and Kitten Chow®, Fancy Feast®, Friskies®, Mighty Dog®, Deli-Cat®, Pro Plan®, Purina One®, Natural Choice® Dog and Cat Products, Max® Dog Products, Max® Cat Gourmet Classics, Natural Choice® Complete Care® for cats, UltraTM Products for dogs, Americas Choice Preferred Pets, Authority, Award, Best Choice, Big Bet, Big Red, Cadillac, Companion, Compliments, Demoulus Market Basket, Eukanuba, Fine Feline Cat, Food Lion, Food Town, Giant Companion, Hannaford, Hill Country Fare, Hy-Vee, Iams, J.E. Mondou, Laura Lynn, Li'l Red, Loving Meals, Medi-Cal, Meijer's Main Choice, Mighty Dog Pouch, Mixables, Natural Life, Nutriplan, Nutro Max, Nutro Max Gourmet Classics, Nutro Natural Choice, Ol' Roy, Paws, Pet Essentials, Pet Pride, President's Choice, Price Chopper, Priority US, Publix, Roche Brothers, Save-a-Lot Special Blend, Schnucks, Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans, Sophistacat, Special Kitty, Springfield Prize, Sprout, Stop and Shop Companion, Tops Companion, Wegmans, Weis Total Pet, Western family US, White Rose, Winn Dixie, Your Pet, LIFELongTM, Ol' Roy and Special Kitty brands of pet food.

The lawsuit alleges, among other claims, that the pet food companies have fraudulently and/or negligently misrepresented and concealed what is actually in their pet foods, violated Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices, and Failed to Warn the public of the health risks to animals associated with a diet consisting of their commercial pet foods. Through the lawsuit, the Plaintiff's hope to recover financial damages for all pet owners who have been similarly deceived. "Ultimately we are hopeful that our lawsuit will force the Defendants to more accurately describe what is in their pet foods and to offer more healthful pet food options that provide pets with food quality similar to that provided in human food products."
A copy of the Complaint and supporting research materials is available at www.mflegal. com/petfoodlawsu it.

For more information about Maltzman Foreman PA please visit http://www.mflegal.com/

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NEW* Purina Beneful Dog Food Makes Dogs Sick -- April 2013 Purina Beneful Dog Food Bad, 10:51:32 05/31/14 Sat [4]

Purina Beneful Dog Food Bad

Please copy and paste the full article under this post. Thank you.

Copy and paste link for full story from news wsbtv.com http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/pet-owners-claim-beneful-making-their-dogs-sick/nXGMM/

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Sick dog -- David, 13:44:08 04/18/14 Fri [9]

We adopted a 3 year old Boston terrier in Sept. of 2011. Soon after we got him we started feeding Natural Choice dry dog food. In the past six weeks he started throwing up. I Googled Natural Choice and recall and found this message board. After reading here I realized he had some other symptoms that other pets were having. Bed wetting, shaking, excessive gas, drinking more water than normal. Needless to say we are changing to a different brand of food and the remaining Natural Choice is going in the trash. I heard that Nutro had changed their formula this year. Our dogs symptoms seemed to have worsened staring around October of 2012.

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[> Re: Sick dog -- Donna, 13:05:08 10/18/13 Fri [1]

I took my 2 dachshunds to the vet and she recommended I look up comments made on Nutra dry dog food. My husband brought home a bag 2 weeks ago and since then both dogs have been vomited yellow frothy stuff once or twice a day. The vet and I are under the assumption it may be an allergic reaction to this food since it was their only change. Since reading these posts I am not going to put them back on this food. I am concerned but I wonder what ingredient it could be that makes dogs sick.

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[> [> Re: Sick dog -- Board Owner, 13:44:08 04/18/14 Fri [1]

With so many 'junk' parts being used in the food now, there is no telling which one is making them throw up bile. We hope your pet thrives on a new food.

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[> Re: Sick dog -- Sharon L Kleczka, 17:25:30 11/06/13 Wed [1]

My dog had been eating Natural Choice Large Breed than Senior Large Breed Chicken Formula. My dog loved it, and the vet always commented on what great shape he was in. I always bought the large bag which I kept in large sealed plastic containers as it lasted him approximately six months. He went in for a complete vet exam on Oct. 23, 2013, just turning 8 years old, his vet was impressed and commented once again on his excellent health. I bought a new bag of food on Oct. 27, 2013. Within two days he was throwing up everything he ate, every time he ate. I found these complaints, back to Petco it went, they are great that way, and I choice a different brand, of course he's not happy, but the vomiting ended when I took the food away.

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[> Re: Sick dog -- Dianne, 09:31:21 11/11/13 Mon [1]

Similar story. New packaging and new formula and dogs were throwing up bile. Threw it all away thanks to reading these comments. Starting TOTW later this week after a rice and chicken diet for a few days to settle their poor tummies. And to think I let this go for 5-6 months!!! So much for Nutro and their sensitive stomach chicken rice oatmeal blend.

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[> Re: Sick dog -- Cheryl, 20:57:39 02/25/14 Tue [1]

Our morkie got very sick,vomiting several times per day until we realized it was the natural choice dod food. We had switched from Iams. Went back on Iams, no problems. I googled and found others have had same problem.

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[> Re: Sick dog -- Mary, 07:57:38 03/12/14 Wed [1]

In mid-Feb 2014 we were feeding our 4-1/2 mo old Boston Terrier Nutro Ultra puppy food and she loved it. We had been buying the 4.5 lb bags but decided to get a big (15 lb) bag since it was going so well. That night I fed her from that bag. 4 hrs later she vomited bile and started having gassy, stinky, watery diarrhea which has been going on every day since with no relief. I emailed Nutro to ask if they had changed the recipe or if larger bags were produced on a different production line from the small bags. Of course---NO response. She had all her shots and wormings as supposed to. The vet put her on Metrodizanole which has not helped. All she has to eat now is rice & chicken/or ground beef. ONE small meal from a new bag of food---and our lives changed--literally overnight.

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[> Re: Sick dog -- Allir, 06:28:56 03/30/14 Sun [1]

I have two big dogs. I was feeding them something very expensive and was told to try Nutro..cheaper and still had the benefits Almost immediately they each started throwing up on average of three times. Our vet thought it was out town water. Even got them checked for diabetes because they drank water in huge amounts. It was crazy. They were throwing up bile all in excess. After about five months or more I went to a different store and I don't think they had the nutro. Bought a 4health food. They have never once got sick since the first day I gave them this food. So now two months later I can definitely say that the Nutro was what was really making them sick and after googling it I can see it's not just my dogs.

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2014 Nutro continues to disappoint -- Board Owner, 13:32:28 04/18/14 Fri [1]

Wow, how we are stunned that years after opening this board, we continue to read Nutro Dog Food horror stories. While we see the NUTRO brand continuing to FALL in price and issue many coupons monthly AND be offered in low budget stores now....we are still SO disappointed nothing has changed with this brand. It's the same JUNK FOOD.

We hope this board continues to serve as a reminder not to trust everything you read on advertising and do not believe every commercial you see. Manually pick up those dog food bags and read the ingredients! Read all of them. Try not to do business in our opinion with any pet food company like MARS that does business with MENU FOODS (where many dog food recalls have originated) - False advertising of natural or holistic food is such a rampant scam with many of these pet food companies. They get called out all the time.

We are sorry to learn dogs are still suffering 'allegedly' from this Nutro dog food. SKIP NUTRO!! Continue to spread the word!!

Try Blue Buffalo or research a food that is truly right for your pet. We are enjoying the Blue Buffalo FREEDOM gluten free food. This was a good fit for our fur babies. Years now, we are very happy with this brand. Our pets are thriving.

Sorry to read about your sick fur babies. We wish all of them to recover swiftly. To those that have passed to rainbow bridge, our hearts are sincerely with you. Your fur babies now run with three of ours. <3

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Nutro False Advertising -- lala, 13:30:48 04/18/14 Fri [3]

This law firm can help with False Advertising claims against Nutro for the way their label advertised their use of probiotics in the formula:

http://www.delmarlawgroup.com/wordpress/?page_id=24

Advertisement"No representation is made that the quality of services offered is higher than the quality of services actually performed."

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[> Re: Nutro False Advertising -- Allir, 06:38:44 03/30/14 Sun [1]

Wow so it's not my imagination. My two dogs were on Nutro for many months...at least 6. They each were vomiting bile all the time. I was told by vet that it was my town water probably because it was salty. I gave them bottled water, gave them ice so they wouldn't drink so quickly. Everything I did didn't help. I changed the food because I think they didn't have Nutro at a different store. So glad I did. They haven't once thrown up bile at all since the switch. It's been two months or so they are still drinking like crazy though. I have told others that it's not normal what my dogs drink. Now I understand it's probably from the Nutro. I wonder if they ever will get normal?

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[> [> This is what our dog went through -- Board Owner, 13:30:48 04/18/14 Fri [1]

Our dog was border line renal kidney failure. She was drinking SO MUCH water and shedding like crazy. She wasn't a breed that shed so it was very alarming. This tipped us off to Nutro which is the only food we had fed her for years. I remember Nutro had changed the ingredients a few years ago (for the worse) because right after the bag changed, the menu foods recall hit and all these dogs starting dying and fighting for their lives. This is the same junk food formula they are still selling. They never went back to basics! We gave our dog Pedialyte. Our vet told us to. This was after she was at the vet and given IV fluids. Once she came home, we got Pedialyte clear orignal flavor off the baby aisle at the grocery store and poured it in her water bowl daily. She bounced back. While this illness took a toll on her and we lost her way early than we should have, it bought us a couple of good years with her. She had stopped drinking so much. They even have a form of Pedialyte off brand at the dollar store. You can try that or ask your vet about it. We wish your fur baby a swift recovery. SO HAPPY you got off Nutro!

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2014 Nutro continues to disappoint -- Board Owner, 13:21:54 04/18/14 Fri [1]

Wow, how we are stunned that years after opening this board, we continue to read Nutro Dog Food horror stories. While we see the NUTRO brand continuing to FALL in price and issue many coupons monthly AND be offered in low budget stores now....we are still SO disappointed nothing has changed with this brand. It's the same JUNK FOOD.

We hope this board continues to serve as a reminder not to trust everything you read on advertising and do not believe every commercial you see. Manually pick up those dog food bags and read the ingredients! Read all of them. Try not to do business in our opinion with any pet food company like MARS that does business with MENU FOODS (where many dog food recalls have originated) - False advertising of natural or holistic food is such a rampant scam with many of these pet food companies. They get called out all the time.

We are sorry to learn dogs are still suffering 'allegedly' from this Nutro dog food. SKIP NUTRO!! Continue to spread the word!!

Try Blue Buffalo or research a food that is truly right for your pet. We are enjoying the Blue Buffalo FREEDOM gluten free food. This was a good fit for our fur babies. Years now, we are very happy with this brand. Our pets are thriving.

Sorry to read about your sick fur babies. We wish all of them to recover swiftly. To those that have passed to rainbow bridge, our hearts are sincerely with you. Your fur babies now run with three of ours. <3

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Illness of dog -- Beenie Baby, 09:06:55 01/16/14 Thu [1]

I have been feeding my 6 year old mini dashound the Venison for sensitive stomach for about 1 year and was having great results wiht her allergies. I bought a new bag on Friday 1/10/2014 and started feeding it on 1/15/2014 she became ill and started vomiting with hives. She was up all night with hives getting worse even after taking her predisone and benadryl. She is now in the hospital on 1/16/2014 and not sure what the out come will be. I am waiting for a call from her vet to check her progress and what the outcome of this will be. If something happens to this family member there is going to be a lawsuit and Nuto wll be held responsible for my family members illness and any vet bills that I incur from this issue. I have already called the pet store and informed them of the illness of my family member. I only feed her the one food and only by at the same store each time.

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Beagle w/acute vomiting & wheezing after Nutro Food & Biscuits -- Marysa Stenzel, 02:36:17 01/02/14 Thu [1]

4 year old healthy beagle mix has acute vomiting and/or wheezing after eating Nutro Natural Choice Lite Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal dog food, Nutro Natural Tartar Control Biscuits & Nutro Natural Sensitive Biscuits. We have withheld each one separately for a few days, reintroduced them separately each day and they all make her sick. These were all purchased @PetCo, where the biscuits were a BOGO free offer just b4 Christmas last week (2013). We stocked up as our beagle loves them. We have had her on Nutro Natural and Nutro Ultra dog food for over a year with no problems. But this is definitely the dog food. Have pulled all bags and are returning to Petco in the a.m. I cannot locate any FDA recalls but have seen other posts with similar issues and worse.

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Nutro Natural Choice Large dog food -- M Hansen, 06:56:08 12/12/13 Thu [1]

We recently switched the food we feed to our adult Lab from
Califirnia Natural to Nutro Natural Choice Large breed and the dog started vomiting loose bowels etc there is definitely something wrong with this food

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Dogs -- Raymond Williams, 04:49:16 12/02/13 Mon [1]

We have two dogs of our own.
6 1/2 Old English Sheepdog
3 year old Beagle
and last week four foster
35 lb Treeing Walker Hound
30 lb Red Beagle
15 lb Dorkie
10 lb Pomeranian (Small bite)

All are fed Nutro Lamb and Rice.
All have suddenly been sick usually first thing in the morning. All have been checked by the vets and nothing found. What has changed?

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My Dog Has Gotten Sick from Nutro -- Jessie, 17:40:26 11/19/13 Tue [1]

I was feeding my dog the dry food, Nutro Adult - Small Kibble (pink bag with a terrier on it) ( here's an image link http://www.petlanddiscounts.com/webVirtual/products/514330.jpg) -------- At first she was eating the food but then after some time she would just sit there at the bowl. I would tell her to eat and she would eat some but then she would just walk away and eat more later. After a while, it got to a point where she didnt want to eat it at all. Then, she started getting sick every now and then. That turned into every night. The same time of the night she would vomit. I STOPPED feeding her the food completely. I changed to Nature's Select and her stomach seems to be better but I think there are still symptoms remaining (water drinking, accessive use of the bathroom, shaking like she is cold) etc!! I am thinking to complain directly to the company. This is NOT okay!!! They should take care of our bills if vet help is needed.

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My Dog Has Gotten Sick from Nutro -- Jessie G., 17:39:16 11/19/13 Tue [1]

I was feeding my dog the dry food, Nutro Adult - Small Kibble (pink bag with a terrier on it) ( here's an image link http://www.petlanddiscounts.com/webVirtual/products/514330.jpg) -------- At first she was eating the food but then after some time she would just sit there at the bowl. I would tell her to eat and she would eat some but then she would just walk away and eat more later. After a while, it got to a point where she didnt want to eat it at all. Then, she started getting sick every now and then. That turned into every night. The same time of the night she would vomit. I STOPPED feeding her the food completely. I changed to Nature's Select and her stomach seems to be better but I think there are still symptoms remaining (water drinking, accessive use of the bathroom, shaking like she is cold) etc!! I am thinking to complain directly to the company. This is NOT okay!!! They should take care of our bills if vet help is needed.

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Changing dog food too! -- Dianne, 10:34:43 11/10/13 Sun [1]

I have had my two shitzus on Natural Balance Chicken/Rice/Oatmeal blend for over 5 years. Both dogs began throwing up bile since I bought the last two bags of their food. They were eating grass to bring it on sometimes. The younger one had begun to smell sour around her mouth from the bile. These bags were the new packaging. I did not think of a coincidence with it, even though my husband mentioned it. Well, after reading and researching this week, I immediately took them off this food and they are now on a rice and ground turkey mix to settle their poor tummies. No more vomiting bile or eating grass in the past 48 hours! I am just sorry I didn't stop feeding them this food earlier. I have some new Taste of the Wild salmon blend to start them on later this week. This was recommended to me by a small pet store dealer after I shared my concerns with her. I will never by Nutro products again!

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Natrural Choice Nutro dog food -- Carol Lindsay, 20:20:01 09/10/13 Tue [1]

9-10-2013
My dog is an 8 year old golden retriever. She has been on Nutro lamb and rice for most of her adult life and done well with it.
In June of 2013 we were at PetSmart. We ran into a representative from Nutro that told us that they had just been bought out by Mars and that the ingredients in the dog food were changing.
The bag of food we bought then was fine. The 2 bags we have purchased since then are not. Our dog is vomiting in the mornings and is very lethargic.
I called PetSmart. They said that there had not been any recall on Nutro dog food and denied that they had been bought out or that the food had changed at all. If you have the ingredients from a bag of dog food from May and a bag of dog food from September of 2013 you will see that the ingrediants have changed!
It amazes me that as I try and find out information about this all I get are ads for Natural Choice Nutro dog food and pages of positive statments for the dog food. Consumer affaris, which gives a 1 1/2* rating finally came up on page 11!

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Nutro small bits lamb & rice -- Arlene C., 14:30:43 09/09/13 Mon [1]

Our Yorkie, Trudeau, 8.5 years old was euthanized on Aug 19, 2013. Until January 2013 for almost 8 years Trudeau was fed Nutro small bits lamb & rice. In January of 2013 Trudeau suddenly stopped eating the Nutro, no matter how many times we offered, he refused. At the same time, he began vomiting, and at one incident there was blood droplets over the carpet. Trudeau was a house dog, pampered, always to the Vet if any problem, fully inoculated, groomed, but beginning in January food problems began. We switched food, offered Royal Canin Yorkshire28, ok for a week, then stopped eating kibble. Went to wet, canned food, ok for a month or two, but Trudeau was noticeably losing weight and muscle mass. By late May we did an ultrasound which showed his stomach lining and lymph nodes were swollen and he had stopped eating for the most part. We refused further testing, biopsies, etc., and began Prednisone, and Metronidazole therapy. His appetite increased greatly for 2 months due to the Prednisone, but he gained no weight. On July 26, even while taking his Prednisone steroid, he stopped eating almost entirely except for a few tablespoons. He eagerly came to the food dish, but then turned away. We offered every canned dog food or table food imaginable, but it was a challenge to get him to eat anything at all. During this awful scenario Trudeau was always in contact with his Vet, and we knew he was dying. When diarrhea set in August 17th & 18th we knew it was time to end the downward spiral. Confusing the issue was Trudeau's fight. He was not a lump, he remained semi-active, went for a daily walk, continued to guard our property, bark at strangers, looking out the window constantly, offering us a tad of hope that there was quality to his life, but his failure to eat and thrive was the death knoll. He died way too young. We miss him like crazy.

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nutro natural choice small breed -- carmela welte, 07:06:35 08/16/13 Fri [1]

So grateful to have discovered this website in time. I have been taking my Cavalier King Charles to the vet for 2 months, w/all sorts of diagnostic tests. No results found for symptoms of vomiting, loose stools w/blood, obsession w/grass. My question is what is best/safest recommendation for alternative dry food for small breed?

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Nutro does not stand by Guarantee -- Paul D., 12:35:07 04/24/13 Wed [1]

I have been feeding my black lab Nutro Venison and Rice for Sensitive skin and stomach for four years. Last bag I bought had "New and Improved" on it. About 1/2 way through a 30 lb bag she started scratching her sides, and biting her tail, resulting in loosing most of the fur from her sides and base of tail. Vet could not find anything wrong with her. Purchased different brand of food, and now one week later, scratching has subsided, fur is starting to come back. Problem with the food. Contacted Nutro and was told "we did not change anything", I responded with "then why the new & improved on the bag?" Response, "we added more venison, and removed some ingredients, and added other ingredients", OK, so you changed it, and now my dog is getting sick, I would like a refund for the food. Response - "We don't cover allergies", so I asked if she was a vet (which I think offended her) and she said no, why do you ask? I responded with "who said anything about allergies, I believe that you have a faulty product that is affecting my dogs health and your bag is stamped with "GUARANTEED" and I would like a refund" Bottom line is Nutro/MARS does not stand by the products they sell. DO NOT PURCHASE ANY FOOD PRODUCED BY THIS COMPANY.

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HEADS UP! News Story Hits 5PM Evening News - Breeder Blames Mars "Royal Canin" Food On Puppy Deaths -- Board Owner, 19:57:06 04/19/13 Fri [5]

A respected Georgia dog breeder talks to the local news regarding the recent deaths of 58 puppies. The breeder suspects the dog food the mother dogs ate BECAUSE he had recently changed from IAMS to Royal Canin to save money. (MARS MAKES ROYAL CANIN..they also make that nasty NUTRO!!) He said money was tight and he now regrets that decision. He claims his VET told him the Royal Canin food contained an ingredient that lowered the mother dogs immune system and the food actually contained something in it that kept the puppies from being provided with immune fighting vitamins that puppies normally get from their mother to maintain good bacteria that fights infections. The breeder maintains the mother dogs milk was straight nasty looking liquid when the dogs were eating Royal Canin. After the 58 puppy deaths, he switched his other mother dogs (that had not delivered litters yet) back to his trusted IAMS dog food and those dog delivered healthy puppies! The milk from the mothers that ate IAMS was thick like it should have been all along. This only helped him narrow down exactly what had happened to his puppies. He's out thousands on dollars due to pre-selling the puppies. I know some people are against breeders but the IMPORTANT story here is that these puppies died possibly from Royal Canin dog food. They are having more news at 6PM on the story..you know how they make you tune back in...

I had to share ASAP. If we can save dogs from going through this because you read it quick, that's all we want.

Here's opinion: If you feed Royal Canin and your pet has experienced any problems or is not acting like him or herself, contact the company MARS (good luck because news says they are in denial) and as always, DISCONTINUE USE IMMEDIATELY!! Consider feeding the dog clean prepared grilled chicken (not fried..think clean) + chicken broth, white rice and white bread for a few days. Something about bread and broth soaks up the infection, we've been told that. Pedialyte (you can get off brand for $1 at dollar tree) will help them bounce back. We add to water bowl when pets are dehydrated or ill. Switch to a new dog food brand. Do your homework. We aren't vets but this advice saved our animals in the past and we continue to read it has saved others! Always consult your vet if you are unsure of advice. Take them to the vet to get treatment if you can. I hope this has not affected many readers. Protect your babies. We wish you the best. All comments are welcome.

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[> More on the way... -- board owner, 15:09:25 03/29/13 Fri [1]

video and news links will be available for this story once the news site updates. they update their news site once news cast is over.

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[> Link to the news story on Royal Canin -- board owner, 18:57:20 03/29/13 Fri [1]

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/breeder-blaming-dog-food-deaths-puppies/nW7kh/

The news outlet actually spells the pet food name wrong, it's not Royal Canine, no such thing..it's called ROYAL CANIN. You can easily google it.

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[> [> More people have came fwd on this story with dog illnesses -- bob, 19:57:06 04/19/13 Fri [1]

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[> More recalls on this, beware -- Discontinue feeding, 19:56:40 04/19/13 Fri [1]

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Heads Up On More Pet Food Recalls 2013 Nurta, Beneful, Royal Canin ETC -- Board Owner, 19:54:50 04/19/13 Fri [1]

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/facts/pet_food_safety.html

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*In Memory of Cathy's English Springer Spaniel* -- Letter Received / Posted By Board Owner, 16:32:09 04/08/13 Mon [5]

Below is a letter I sent to Nutro after my dog died. I also sent a letter to Concord Pet Foods, the local pet food store where I purchased the food. Unfortunately, I have not had a response from either source. I have also made numerous calls to the FDA and have not received a response. I still cry every day, I miss him so much. It's just such a waste of a life. My guy looked alot like James, who won Westminster this year. He was a little too tall for show and that's why I had the privilege of having him as my best friend for six years. I hope that anyone reading comments from this website stops buying this food and any other brands made by Nutro and Mars. I'm sorry for any of you who are experiencing what I went through over the last year. Don't let your vet or anyone else tell you that it's not the food because it hasn't been recalled. Each week, more foods are recalled. Once the sale to Mars goes through - all liability will be gone. Mars will acquire only the assets of the company. The venture capitalists who purchased Nutro will walk away with millions. What a sad country we live in to allow this to happen.

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letter to Nutro:

On April 11, 2007, my English Springer Spaniel died from renal failure. He had turned six years old on April 9. We had been feeding him Nutro Natural Choice Lamb Meal and Rice for several years.

When I spoke on the phone with your representative, I told him that my dog had become ill last August. However, after going over his medical records, this illness began in March, 2006. As you can see from the attached records, each time he became ill, the vet suspected Lyme disease and put him on fluids and/or antibiotics, then boiled chicken and rice for several weeks. Each time, he seemed to bounce back. The diagnosis was never conclusive as Lyme is hard to detect once a pet has been infected. Hunter initially had Lyme disease in 2003. Although it has been known to cause renal failure, that normally only happens with older dogs with immune compromised systems.

At the beginning of December, he began refusing food and urinated in his bed. The vet believed it was a urinary tract infection and prescribed Clavamox. At that time, his creatinine was 3.4. He also prescribed a six-week course of Doxycycline as a precautionary measure. By the beginning of January, his bloodwork had improved only slightly and an ultrasound showed ‘something’ in his kidneys. A cystoscopy revealed that his creatinine level had shot up to 6.7. We were then referred to a specialist who performed numerous tests and diagnosed chronic renal failure. He was put on a number of medications and Eukaneuba k/d food. He improved somewhat, but I had to hand feed him morning and night, outside while I sang to him. On the Thursday before Easter, he just stopped eating and refused medicine. He just couldn’t fight any longer.

When this ordeal began and even after the recall of the wet food, I never imagined it had anything to do with the food. However, I gave the remaining half bag of Nutro food to my vet since he was on k/d food. He mixed some of it with dry food for one of his dogs and told me that she had ‘uncontrolled, violent diarrhea for three days and has now developed hot spots’. She’s 11 years old and had never had a problem like this before. He gave me the label from the bag and told me to contact Nutro. As I think back, there were numerous times over the past year that my dog had diarrhea and I stopped feeding Nutro and fed him boiled chicken and rice for several weeks until his stomach straightened out. Each time, he bounced back.

On April 12, I called Nutro to place a complaint. I was transferred to an answering machine and left the required information. After several days, I called again and was again transferred to an answering machine. I also sent email asking that they contact me. Finally, my call was returned on April 22. I was asked to explain my complaint and then asked a number of questions regarding his health and what other foods we fed him.

When I asked if Nutro was planning a recall this week, I was assured that their food was safe and told that ‘every once in a while a bad batch might go out’. He also suggested that the supplier could have stored the product improperly and caused a problem with mold.

It doesn’t matter to me whether it was rice, wheat, or corn gluten or mold, my beautiful, active dog is dead because of contaminated food. There are a number of websites where people have been posting information about their pets becoming ill. Many of them are eating Nutro dry food. This cannot be just a coincidence.

The enclosed files will show you that over the past year, I spent almost $5,000 on vet bills. I can’t begin to explain the guilt I feel for feeding him poisoned food. He trusted me to take care of him and I failed. I trusted your company to provide quality food for my dog and you failed.

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[> Our poodle dies -- Sylvia Evans, 11:06:05 04/20/12 Fri [1]

We started feeding our 5 year old poodle nutra natural choice about 3 weeks ago. Last week she had no energy, could hardly stand up. We rushed her to a vet er clinic. They could not figure out what was wrong. Her liver started to fail her glucose dropped She would not eat had to have Iv everyday she got worse. Her liver caused her such issues. We tried to figure out what could have changed to cause this only thing different was the dog food. We thought we were doing good by giving her natural choice, we didn't know this food was going to kill her but it did. I called the company and got a call back fixing to send them bar code info how ever our dog died yesterday. We googled the food prior to her dying and saw all the complaints, we have contacted PETA as well as the FDA. When I spoke with the "killer dog food company " I told them I have already spent about 3000.00 on the dog I have no problem spending a few more $$$ on a lawyer. They say they take complaints very seriously. I'm book marking any sites that I find about their killer dog food. Please help me if you find any more info on "nutra natural choice killer dog food ". Cause I'm not done with them yet!!!!

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[> Re: *In Memory of Cathy's English Springer Spaniel* -- Stefanie, 19:02:55 01/29/13 Tue [1]

What was ur dogs reaction to this food what did he do when u fed him my dog just passed and I believe it was the good the drs said they had no idea what it could have been and he was only 6 months old I need to kno what was ur dogs reactions my dog bleed internally and couldn't breath

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[> [> Vets -- Board Owner, 16:32:09 04/08/13 Mon [1]

Some vets won't make the call. They are cowards. You have to protect your pet by removing the food and providing something else. Nurse them back to health. If your gut says it's the food, it probably is. Just an opinion.

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[> Re: *In Memory of Cathy's English Springer Spaniel* -- FeFeSquared, 13:16:43 01/30/13 Wed [1]

Has anyone had any negative experiences with Nutro Ultra?

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Georgia Dog Food Plants Having Issues With Food -- Dog Food Recall, 16:28:00 04/08/13 Mon [1]

Here is an article from an Atlanta, GA based news outlet regarding dog food plants:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/pet-owners-claim-beneful-making-their-dogs-sick/nXGMM/

First Royal Canin and now Beneful. Beware.

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Nutro natural choice adult lamb and rice large breed -- Susan mark, 14:32:52 03/29/13 Fri [2]

8 year old female golden had white spots in her throat and was vomiting bile. Vet unsure of source of problem but antibiotics and homemade chicken and rice seems to have resolved problem. Was it her kibble?

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[> Kibble Changes -- Board Owner, 14:32:52 03/29/13 Fri [1]

If nothing else was new in her life and she was in good health...you should question the kibble. Has she been stable on one kibble or recently changed? If she has been on the same stable kibble, have the ingredients changed recently? Sometimes it will say on the bag, "new formula" or "NEW LOOK" - those are all heads up to read the label..its my opinion the changes are rarely ever good. When the dog food companies start cutting corner to save money, you have to read and watch those ingredients labels...so important. Thanks for posting and joining us!

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Nutro Max caused my dog to get bad UTI and crystal -- Sally, 20:23:03 01/28/13 Mon [3]

I fed Nutro Max to all three of my dogs for over a year now. They recently changed their formula of Nutro Max and put it out on the market in early Jan. 2008. This is when my greyhound started to experience drinking large amounts of water. In Feb. 08 she developed a horrible bladder infection. The vet bills were over $450 for this trip. The symptoms continued into March 08 while I continued to feed Nutro Max. My dog developed a worse bladder infection with struvite crystals in her urine. She now has to be on a Hills Diet s/d food in hopes that it clears up the problem. I trusted Nutro to provide quality safe food. Instead the are ignoring the issues that pet owners are posting about their products. I can assure them that Nutro caused my dogs health issues and will reinburse me for the vet bills. If your feeding Nutro Max and your dog starts to drink gallons of water, acts confused, has incontinence or not acting normal, STOP feeding Nutro and get to your vet. I will never feed this product again. Mars Company has decided it would be better to make a less quality food and put our pets at risk to make money. Shame on you Mars and Nutro --- does the lives of our pets matter to you?

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[> Re: Nutro Max caused my dog to get bad UTI and crystal -- Tammi, 06:57:44 01/09/13 Wed [1]

My 2 year old lab has been having UTI infections and a sense of urgency and urinating in the house. He has never had any issues before. We have tracked it down to his consumption of Nutro Max Dog Food. We have never had any issues before and realized it started when we started feeding him this dog food.

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[> Re: Nutro Max caused my dog to get bad UTI and crystal -- Felicia, 20:23:03 01/28/13 Mon [1]

After reading all these concerns about Nutro Max, it really makes me stop and think of my old Boxer, Sasha. We had her on Nutro Max for most of her life. She was a very energetic dog, no major health concerns. One day we noticed after she got up from laying down there was a puddle of urine under her. Got her checked out and they said to just keep her hydrated since we live in the dry desert. That would happen every few months, just thinking she is getting UTI's from dehydration, crystallized bladder from the water where we live (not uncommon) etc. When we purchased our neapolitan mastiff, i changed both their food to Blue Buffalo. Now thinking it was too late :(
Mother's Day of 2011 I came home to find my poor little 8 year old girl (Boxer), outside not being able to move. I picked her up and put her on the tile in the restroom hoping she didnt have heat stroke. Gave her little water at a time and finally she was able to lift her head at least. I called my original vet (before we even had her), and rushed her in at 9:00pm. As soon as they went to take samples from her abdomen, the syringe was full of blood. Right then they knew something wasnt right (obviously). What happened was she had an undetected cancer/tumor in her stomach that erupted. When it did erupt, and since it was attached to a nerve, it paralyzed her. I had to make the decision that everyone hates making right there. My poor little girl. (RIP Sahsa, we will always love you!).Ok im crying, but now it all makes me wonder if it all started because of her food?

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My Yorkie Died "RENAL FAILURE" -- Teresa, 16:46:17 12/11/12 Tue [1]

After our yorkie was stolen in Feburary 2012, I purchased another yorkie in May 2012, a healthy adult male which we named "DUKE", I only feed him Natural Choice dry, he was about 6yrs old and we got a friend for him in September and she ate the same. In early December 2012, I noticed Duke seemed a bit under the weather and did a few home remidies then I noticed he would not eat the dry food so I bought the Natural Choice wet food for him which he ate, but at the same time I began to see that he would NOT drink water, so my husband took him to the vet,and that is when we found out he had renal failure and had to be put to sleep, the vet said there was nothing to be done. My husband immediately found out about this brand of dog food is poisioning dog's to death. We have gotten another kind of dog food for our female and the pet store ask that we return what Natural Choice we had left for a full refund.
PLEASE POST IN MEMORY OF "DUKE"

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Extremely sick dog from nutro natural choice dog food -- Andrea Nelson, 15:35:45 09/26/12 Wed [1]

We have recently had an episode with our Shiba Inu becoming violently ill. He suddenly became ill with severe vomiting and diarrhea and was hospitalized for 5 days without clear reason. The vet did all the appropriate tests and could find nothing clinically to attribute it to. When we began doing the research on the internet, to check on recalled products, I found this site and have been disgusted as well as enraged by the information. Our precious Rocky was almost lost to us, and we believe, after having done the research that the wet food as well as the dry food was attributable to his illness. The products we were using were Nutro, Natural Choice and Nutro, Ultra.....wet and dry kibble. After spending a great amount of money, he is doing better and will survive. UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS NOT THE CASE FOR ALL !! Someone should be held accountable for all the suffering animals!!

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Nutro Natural Chouce Lite Killed my Dachshund -- Robina Oliver, 11:47:21 07/31/12 Tue [1]

I am the former owner of a 11 year old dachshund.
Yesterday evening we opened a new bag of Nutro Natural Choice Lite dry dog food.
UPC= 0 79105 10987 1
Best before 24 Apr 13 28 2
Other code = 217C2VIC01 16:37 CAPFD 0024
Last night my dog died of apparent organ failure in the hands of an emergency vet.

He has been on Nutro Natural for a few years, and would vomit bile intermittently, but I did not make the connection to his food.
We fed him last night, and he ate reluctantly. Shortly afterwards, he began panting uncontrolably, and his eyes were bugged out of his head.
He went into anaphylactic shock, and we rushed him to the emergency vet, who tried to get him to breathe, but he was unable to.
His heart was still strong, and beating regularly, the vet told us.

My beloved Schatzie died last night, far too young.

This Consumer Affairs website has MANY people recounting a lot of the same stories.
Only they caught their poisening in time. I did not.
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/nutro.html

When I called PetSmart in San Marcos, TX, where I bought the food last month, they offered to refund my purchase price of the brand new just opened bag of food, even without a receipt. Nice of them, but it makes me wonder why they are so gererous and eager to rectify the situation.

I have filed an 'event' with the FDA

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Still No Follow Up From Nutro Corporate - 05.12.07 -- Board Owner, 14:39:54 03/24/12 Sat [2]

Two months go by and I still have not received any contact directly from the Nutro Company corporate office. After filing many complaints with this company--both online and by telephone, I have not been contacted by anyone that actually works for the company.

I did receive a phone call from the "call center" on Tuesday, 05.08.07. The call center representative that phoned me was a woman who did not work for Nutro directly.

The woman that I spoke with was talking to me like she was reading a script. When I told her that yes, my dog was sick from what I believed was eating the dry dog food, she commented with, "Your dog doesn't like the food." I couldn't believe she said that. My dog has been eating this food for years, what do you mean she is sick because SHE DOESN'T LIKE IT?! In my opinion, if that woman believes that is why my dog is sick, she is seriously disturbed.

She promised me a phone call from the corporate office in 24-48 hours. Today is 05.12.07. That phone call never happened. I do not understand....if the Nutro Company has nothing to hide, why are they avoiding me?

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Asking for Advice on Using the Limited Diet Natural Choice -- Charlene leigh, 21:36:03 03/13/12 Tue [1]

Hi, I notice that all the posts were done years back. My question is have they improved on the safety of Natural Choice since 2007? I have been feeding my little Maltese and little Yorkie the Natural Choice chicken and rice now for about two years with no problems. Just purchased the limited diet of Turkey and potato to see if I can put my new little dog on it since he is 6 months old and has had trouble transitioning onto the Natural Choice, Chicken and Rice. I have him on the canned Canidae to regulate his bowels but would like to get him on a kibble and i selected the above.
Any suggestions, feedback, would be greatly appreciated. Maybe I should not use the Natural Choice at all after reading the posts from people who have had horrible experiences.
Thank you, Char

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my experience with nutro -- Konrad, 06:19:18 05/20/11 Fri [2]

Ive had a recent experience with nutro as well, and i hope i can contribute in reaffirming what everyone has been saying about nutro. As far as background goes, my dog is a 3 year old chihuahua/min pin mix, with a stomach of steel. I mean, this dog has accidently gotten into spoiled trash, dirt, all sorts of human food from pizzas to burritos, and at on point while i was away at work he managed to get into a whole sealed pack of greenies, and had taken down 9 greenies in one sitting before i caught him (his poop was green for 2 days, and ive sinced stopped feeding him greenies due to the risk of indigestion which im sure u are all aware of). He's eaten all these things before without diahrrea, vomiting, or any ill symptoms...which leads to the fact that food brand changes have always been easy for us. Well recently Ive noticed hes been having a lot of excessive shedding...more than i can attribute to just climate change. I did some research and realized that his diet was a large contributer to his skin and coat health, and proceeded to go to the local big chain pet supply retailer, and picked up a small bag of Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice small bites assuming that they were the best commercial food on the market for the same reasons why everyone else puts their pets on nutro. Regardless of his stomach of steel, I did the right thing, and started with a mix of a low percentage of nutro and a majority of his old food (Iams). I fed him for 2 days before he started vomiting bile, and shaking in the mornings (the only time he had shivered like this before was when he had a stomach infection of some sort that required antibiotics.) I knew it wasnt simply food transition problems, and searched online until i found this website. I stopped all the nutro, and have done a food change with Wellness. I pretty much switched him over to wellness in just 3 days, pretty fast i know but i was eager to get him off of nutro or anything food with wheat corn or rice filler) Hes doing great with no ill effects. As a matter of fact this is the most normal ive seen him in a couple of weeks, with a eagerness to eat that had gone missing for the past couple of weeks even before the food changes. For the 2 days that i fed him nutro though i noticed some things. First, it was like my dog was on crack. Nutro advertises that their food gives dogs more energy...but this was just absurd. He would wake up at 6am to play, toy in mouth. He normally doesnt wake up til 830, and that just cause he needs to pee. His thirst level did seem to increase, though i may attribute that to the "crack" effect. This was then followed by the sickness phase that i mentioned earlier. But the part that really conviced me was my roomates experiences with nutro. His dog has been on nutro since day 1, and his dog has always been insanely hyper, drinks lakes worth of water, and throws up often. All this time i thought that was the dogs character. Im convinced something is up with their food, and I hope you will listen if u havent already. Thanks to everyone whos contributed so far; you've shed light on a gray area and have helped many, including my own dog, and for that I thank you all.

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[> Re: my experience with nutro -- Carol, 06:19:18 05/20/11 Fri [1]

I agree that your dog was affected by the nutro food, I have had 4 dogs on nutro who have vomitted within days of eachother, they will not eat the dogfood and now I have an older dog on the seniors one that has major blood in the stools. This is very serois, we don't buy dogfood to have our dogs die and this is totally unacceptable. I hope that everyone in this forum goes and emails the company of Nutro dogfood and makes a complaint when you get too many people complaining it stops for awhile. I am glad to hear their is a lawsuit as well.

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Natural Choice Chicken, Rice and Oatmeal -- Irene Z., 11:52:13 01/22/11 Sat [2]

I made the switch to Nutro for my miniature poodle approx. 2.5 years ago. I was feeding her Iams at the time and wanted to give her something better, more nutritious, hence chose Nutro because I heard it is a "premium" brand. I started with Nutro Max for small breed (small kibble), instantly her stool became very runny and awful, even though I only gave her a little bit. So I immediately stopped it, and started her on the Chicken Rice & Oatmeal for sensitive stomach. She was okay on it, nothing awful happened immediately. However, a couple months into the food, she started vomiting bile every day. This worried me so much I took her to the vet. Vet gave her some medication for stomach ulver, and the condition subsided. At this time, I thought my dog had developed sensitive stomach, so my husband and I stopped feeding her people food altogether to avoid upsetting it even more.
A year down the road, just to give her variety in feeding, gave her the Herring formula for sensitive stomach, and within a few days, she had bloody diarrhea!! I took her to the vet and mortified, I know for a fact this is what caused it! Unknowingly, I put her back on the Chicken formula. After the last incident, she did not have any more bloody diarrhea, but continued to vomit bile, sometimes everyday, sometimes only occassionally. The vet would give her medicine to relive her stomach, but could not figure out what was wrong with her. She seemed to be healthy otherwise.
Last week, I stumbled upon the website containing hundreds of complaints from people whose pets got sick from eating Nutro food. I read and continued reading in horror, how their stories are so similar to mine!!! Suddenly it struck me that there is nothing wrong with my dog until it got poisoned by Nutro! I stopped dead in my tracks, bought my dog a new brand of food, took everything Nutro out of my house and my sight, and vow to never go back to Nutro again! I deeply regret not knowing about this sooner, we could have avoided all the suffering my poor dog has gone through, all the stress, anguish, and vet bills, and we still don't know what the long term effects this will have on her. I just pray for the best. I cannot forgive myself for poisoning my dog, even though I did not mean to.
I spoke to a Nutro salesperson in Petco when I went to buy her a new food, told him all about how it made my dog sick. He claimed that Nutro made the best food, and all of people's complaints are "false". I told him, "so those hundreds of complaints are false?" Hey, I am speaking from my own experience!!! All those allegedly "good" things he said about Nutro won't change my mind.

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[> Re: Natural Choice Chicken, Rice and Oatmeal -- shafal, 11:52:13 01/22/11 Sat [1]

Hang in there... almost 4 years after Nutro poisoning our sweet golden lab has been diagnosed with severe liver disease... So far she is hanging in there, we are feeding her homemade liver-healthy foods and she is on expensive medication... Wish we'd had her blood tested sooner so we could have begun treatment and possibly slowed the effects.

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Symptoms a lot of the dogs are experiencing: *Updated* -- Board Owner, 19:57:14 11/16/10 Tue [2]

From reading the emails, many dogs have the following symptoms in common:

Energetic dogs that now appear lethargic
Dogs that refuse to eat
Vomiting
Seizures
Shakey legs
Hair loss
Constant thirst--never satisfied
Crying for no apparent reason
Eating grass
Shaking during and after vomiting
Dialated pupils
No appetite
Gassy
Bloody bowel movements
Frequent urinating and urinating in the house (when its not their character)

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[> Re: Symptoms a lot of the dogs are experiencing: *Updated* -- K.C. Clark, 19:57:14 11/16/10 Tue [1]

I swithched to Nutro sensitive stomach and Natural Choice 2 weeks ago at the begining of November. Novemver 13 my 4 year old great dane died of a 360 degree stomach flip. She had been showing signs of not liking the food, but she is or was a picky eater. My mutt that has a stomach of steel has now been vomiting for two days. It is Nov 16th and i will be switching foods immediately. I have 5 dogs, now 4, all of different breeds and ages. I have NEVER seen a reaction to food like this. My dogs are between 4 and 10 and not once has food been an issue. my baby girl that passed away was the most healthy out of them all. This was a complete shock. I hope that my mutt doesnt suffer the same issues that my dane did. If something happens to her I will never forgive Nutro. Respectfully, K.C.

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Natural LIfe Adult Lamaderm -- Penny Stimpert, 14:56:50 09/09/10 Thu [1]

My daughter's Min Bull Terrier, Nip has suddenly started peeing large quantities in the house. She hasn't had an accident in at least a year (since a month or two after she bought her). She also has red bumps on her muzzle, one that is dime size. The rest of them are small, pimple type spots. She also has them on her belly, some of them have what looks like a pimple head... white spot in the center that is raised more than the rest of the red spot. She has what look like blood blisters on her feet and between one or two toes. My daughter recently started feeding Nip, Natural Life, Adult Lamaderm dry food as "they" believe that Nip has food allergies. Since this food specifically says tha it has no ingredients known to cause allergies, they chose it..... I recommended Taste Of The Wild which has no grains and is the food I have finally been able to feed my 5 month old mixed breed GSD/?. I've tried to go through posts to see if anyone else has had problems with this food but, all I could find was one reply mentioning this food and how glad they were that they found this forum... No mention as to what they learned about Natural Life, Adult Lamaderm.

Could someone please tell me whether Natural Life Adult Lamaderm has any "problems" associated with it?

Thanks In advance for any and all help!
Penny

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Getting Sick since last bag of Nutro -- Walt Foster, 21:48:58 08/19/10 Thu [1]

We have been feeding our dogs, a black lab and Pudel Pointer, Nutro Natural Choice, Lamb and Rice for several years and have been very happy with the dogs overall health and quality of coat. Last November we had to put our lab down, nothing related to the food, he was just old, 14 years.

Last week I purchased another bag from our local pet store and Maggie our 5 year old Pudel Pointer refused to eat it. Natural Choice is the only food she has had for the past 4 years. The weather here has been hot and we figured maybe she had lost her appetite because of the heat. We tried the ole adage, ‘when she gets hungry, she will eat.’

She continued to just smell it and walk away. At $50 bucks a bag, we decided to disguise by adding an egg to her food. She began eating again but now is very lethargic and has a sick appearance. Tonight I purchased a different brand and offered both to her. She eats the new food, and still rejects the Nutro.

I will post her condition after we have had a few days of her eating the new food.

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Nutro bought by Proctor and Gamble? -- Bob, 13:08:39 06/25/10 Fri [1]

I have heard that Nutro pet foods has been acquired by Proctor and Gamble. Is that true? When will the change take place? Will the processing of the food be moved to P&G plants?
Thanks

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DRY Natural Life Lambaderm dog food -- Renee, 12:50:22 03/11/10 Thu [-2]

I purchased this at Walmart - a small bag as the package says it contains no corn meal. My beagles have been acting as if they might have allergies, so I was going to try this pet food that the pkg says has no ingredients known to cause allergies.

I mixed it about half and half with their existing food and saw one of my dogs vomit within a short time. This is something I have never seen her do.

I read this forum and am glad I did -hopefully there will be no lasting damage. I have read the heartbreaking accounts on here and I can't believe this is still on the shelves.

Thank you so much and my heart goes out to all those who have had suffering pets, and those that have actually died.

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Rocky and Nutro -- Mark, 13:37:04 02/03/10 Wed [2]

I use to feed Rocky (my boxer) Nutro food. I thought it was better than most foods and with several times seeing "Nutro Reps" in the stores felt that it has got to be pretty good. Well I had to put Rocky down in May. He was sick and lost a lot of weight in just a few weeks. I took him to the vet in early May and got a clean bill of health. He did scratch a lot and always smelled like a dog, but I thought it was normal. Just a dog being a dog. well then he started to vomit, drink lots of water and pee. He pee'd in my bed at night a couple of times. It was if he would sleep through the urge to go or could not wake up, but then it was several accidents in the house. I took him back to a different vet and he treated him for allergies. Then it got worse and off to the emergency vet. Several hours and close to $1000.00 later I was leaving with a collar and his leash. His kidneys has shut down and the poisons had made him so sick that the vet said that there was nothing else to do. I feel like a total idiot. Why did I not see this? I trusted Nutro and never thought it might be the food. Well I went down to West Virginia and adopted a white boxer. I feed her Canidae food or food I make for her. I will not buy anything else for her. I will not go through that again. I had to put my buddy down because of some big execs that put money and profits in front of right and wrong.

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[> Re: Rocky and Nutro -- Ann, 13:37:04 02/03/10 Wed [1]

Read the reviews of Canidae and switch to something else. I had fed my dogs Nutro and realized it was causing incontinence, bedwetting and blood in the urine. The vets just kept prescribing different stuff. Not one said to change the food, because it was Lamb and Rice. I researched Canidae and found a similar list of horrors. We have to be so careful with our pets. I now feed Wellness and California Natural, but am keeping my eyes open about them, too.

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Food For Thought -- Board Owners, 19:54:22 11/21/09 Sat [2]

The Mars Company makes Nutro Dog Food. The Mars Company also makes Pedigree DentaBones. If you turn the DentaBone package over, you will see the "Mars" logo.

Visitors have suggested allegedly something may be not be quite right about these DentaBones. It is a matter of opinion but "Pedigree" products have appeared on past recall lists.

If your pet shows sign of illness, it is opinion to discontinue use of the treat/food.

Try another food that is made by an entirely different company. Research the dog food brand to see which company makes the food. It only takes five minutes. It's worth the time.

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[> Re: Food For Thought -- Benjamin, 19:54:22 11/21/09 Sat [1]

I have used 2-1/2 bags worth of nutro natural choice dry food(both senior and lite)and even canned food.My dog tolerated it fine,NO problems.However,I figure we`ve just been lucky,and because of nutro`s poor record since 2007,I figure its best to go with another brand.On the recommendation of a friend,I am using "by nature"(blue seal)now.

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allergic reaction causing blindness -- Kirk Miller, 07:50:22 10/08/09 Thu [1]

Good day,I live in canada and here Nutro makes the Presidents Choice Lean dog food.I switched from pro plan to the presidents choice lean as I was told that it was of the same quality as the pro plan.Well by the third bag(in one month)my dogs eyes had a greenish moucus slime on them and when I called my vet he told me to take them off that food immedietly and she was at the vet the next day.it was a reaction to something in the food.I have 3 pugs a 7 a 5 and a 2 1/2 year old.the 7 year old(Peggy) is now blind as she has a pigment in her cornea that is only removable with surgery which she is going for next week.This all happened over a 2 month period,the first month she ate the food,the next month she was blind.If you have a similar story I would love to hear from you.You can email me at ktmiller@prairie.ca and have a Good Day EHHH...Kirk

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Nutro dog food -- R. Nygaard, 20:00:48 08/06/09 Thu [3]

I recently purchases a 40# bag of Nutro dog food(silver bag w/glucosomine&chondroitin)from petco. Was out and needed food now so got it there. I have an 85# boxer-springer mix. 10 yrs. old. Read the bag and felt reasonably ok about this dog food.I usually get all my animal foods at Fleet Farm and knew they had that kind if I should continue to use it later. Since my dog is 10 I do expect his time is limited Therefore I was not surprised to have him show some signs of congestive heart failure. Lots of coughing and heavy breathing during the hot weather we were having. His condition deteriorated w/lethargy-loose stools. He smelled bad. Just generaly bad condition everyone comented on. The bell still hadn't gone off in my head. My son spent several days w/us w/his dog who ate the food. I now know why that dog was vomiting and letting loose stools. My neighbors dog spends alot of time here and has access to our food also. They called me about thier dog vomiting and having diaheria after spending time here. The pile of vomit from there was clearly the food she had eaten at my home. I then went on line looking for this dog food and was shocked to see all the postings. This food was just purchased end of june-first of july 2009. I'm seeing postings back to 2007. What is going on? This clearly needs to be stopped. Why did I not hear about this till I started digging? I still have some of the food. They want me to return it to Petco for a refund. I did not save the bag. By the sound of things they are still selling the stuff.Is anything being done? Any suggestions. My dog appears to be recovered now that he is not eating this dog food. R.Nygaard

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[> Re: Nutro dog food -- Board Owner, 14:15:54 08/03/09 Mon [1]

Sorry to learn your dog was ill. We are glad your dog recovered though! It seems Nutro does not have to answer to anyone regarding the alleged illnesses that could possibly be from their brand of dog food. Our opinion is to discontinue use of any Nutro products. Until someone in a powerful position can urge Nutro to face the alleged issue, consumers will be forced to strictly watch out for themselves and their animals well being. We now internet search all potential products we are interested in giving our dog BEFORE we give them. This way we can stay educated on whats out there! Spread the word.

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[> Re: Nutro dog food -- Heather, 20:00:48 08/06/09 Thu [1]

Wow, I did not realize that Nutro was still having problems. My dog is my service dog and when he was about 6months old (back when the pet food recall happened) he was on Nutro Natural Choice. Just a couple months later after starting on Nutro and couple months before the recall he started throwing up and had the runs. The vet doesnt know if it had anything to do with the recall when I finally got him in. Well now he is 3 1/2 years old and he started throwing up again and having the runs on a different brand. Well ever since the recall my dog has been having horrible problems with ALL dog foods in general and his digestive system. I have had xrays and his stomache wall never was inflammed until the Nutro. I was going to try Nutro again but now that I know all this is still going on I am glad Iam now feeding a homemade diet and so far no problems have come up. He gets organic everything from the store. I will even eat with him. I've come to the conclusion store bought pet food is a big NO NO for my guy Dakota. If I won't eat it he doesn't get it either. I'd rather pay over $200 a month in dog food then over the $5,000 I have spent on his digestive problems at the vet since the recall.

If you want my opinion STAY as FAR, FAR away from Nutro as possible. Your animals will thank you.

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nutro max dry dog food -- dian, 18:49:57 04/29/09 Wed [2]

two weeks ago my dog who has been nutro max for several years became ill with what appear to be bleeding in his eyes. Took him to a vet and his platlets were dangerously low and his red blood cells were attacking the platlets as a foreign body. He is now on steroids and two eye medications, has had a bone marrow test and they tell me that his condition has something to do the immune system has been compromised. My bill is now at $4,500.00 and I am going to find out if the food has had anything to do with this condition.

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[> Re: nutro max dry dog food -- Margot, 18:49:57 04/29/09 Wed [1]

I'm so angry! I'm grateful though that I found this site because otherwise I wouldn't know what is happening to my 4yo beagle. I started feeding her Nutro Natural (Venison) for Sensitive Stomach only last Sunday because it was recommended to me by the Nutro lady roaming around Petsmart. There was a letter displayed from Nutro's CEO contesting the news floating around about an investigation on their line of products - I read it and thought nothing of it...my error. I bought a small bag to start as well as 4 cans of their soft food. Immediately Sunday night, she started throwing up which I thought was just the seasonal allergies. However by Monday her stool moved from normal in the morning, to very wet in the afternoon. I continued to feed her Nutro then within 3 minutes her stool became globbish, dark red!! Still I thought it could be parasites or her intestines have been severely cut by something sharp she ate. Same thing happened tonight although not as much because I stopped using the Nutro soft food, and went back to Purina One soft and kibble, and a little of Nutro kibble, still not realizing it was the Nutro brand that's killing her. I did extensive research online and came across several complaints about Nutro and the effects on their dogs which are very consistent to my beagle's case. I won't feed her until tomorrow night which will only be bland food of rice and boiled chicken,then if she improves, it's back to Purina One. I will keep a log of the changes if any.

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Kidney failure in dog fed Nutros -- susan, 10:04:22 04/15/09 Wed [1]

We just lost our blk lab family member of 5 years. Kidney failure. We had him from a puppy and had been fed Nutro lamb and rice formula from 1 yr. About 6-8 weeks ago, our store was out of lamb and rice and we substituted chicken rice oatmeal formula. He was ill, diareah, etc. We thought it was the sudden change in food and as soon as the lamb and rice came in, we switched him back, he had been on the other formula about 2 weeks, and he seemed better. Until he suddenly refused to eat breakfast, seemed bloated and had a stiffness to his walk. We took him at 6:30 am to the vet, low Albumin, protein in urine, water loss outside the intestine. We lost him just after 9 pm, despite the best efforts of 3 vets at our animal hospital. His food may have nothing to do with it, we don't know.

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Let's do something about Nutro's Pet food -- Courtney, 05:39:54 02/21/09 Sat [2]

I gave my dog(mini dachshund) the Nutro Ultra adult dog food and she had terrible #2 problems. I had to help her get it out a couple of times that week and she tracked and rubbed her bum everywhere. Anwyays... I happen to work for a lawyer and asked if he could do something about it and after reading a couple of posts he asked me to post this little contact blurb below!!

***** I read your posts about Nutro pet foods with great interest, as our firm is currently investigating consumer concerns surrounding the Nutro Ultra line of dog foods. I am a consumer class action attorney located in Birmingham,AL. As part of our investigation into Nutro Pet foods, I would be interested in talking with you or anyone else about the experiences with the pet food. I can be reached by email at birby@mhcilaw.com or toll free at 1-888-230-2622.

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[> Re: Let's do something about Nutro's Pet food -- Mike Berger, 05:39:54 02/21/09 Sat [1]

I fed Nutro-Max dry food for years with no problems, but recently two of my dogs (greyhound and airedale) developed chronic diarhea, I had no idea that others were having problems with Nutro, but I'm switching...

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The Disappearing HubPage @ HubPages.com -- Board Owner, 12:24:57 01/15/09 Thu [1]

Our Nutro Hub Page, located at hubpages.com has been removed from their web site. After exchanging emails back and fourth with them, we have no real explanation as to why our board was removed. The emails are confusing and in our opinion, the email explanations make no sense on purpose.

The board contained hundreds of posts from heart felt pet owners sharing their experiences about the Nutro brand pet food. There was even scientist posting on the HubPage and information about Nutro's facility.

We understand that allegedly Nutro contacted Hub Pages asking them to do something about the page. This is wrong. That is a violation of freedom of speech under the Constitution of the United States of America. Just so Nutro knows, every single message from hubpages.com has been backed up, saved, and copied. We fully anticipated Nutro would try to make the information disappear. We intend to redirect the information to a NEW SITE.

If Nutro has NOTHING TO HIDE, why is the company going after message boards and community web pages? Makes you wonder!

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Nutro Venison and Brown Rice -- KW, 07:30:28 12/05/08 Fri [1]

Fed my young Standard Poodle Nutro since 4 months. Switched from Puppy Lamb and Rice to Adult Lamb and Rice at 1 year. I've owned a number of Standard Poodles, but this one will not anything except dry dog food and always a colicky stomach. Will eat and several times a day, just throw up and go his merry way. On September 13, I bought Nutro Venison and Brown Rice at Petsmart in St. Louis Park, MN because the bag states it is useful for sensitive stomachs. The dog liked the food, but noted he threw up more - my vet later cautioned me that I should ease the transition to a new food over several weeks. On September 15, took the dog for a walk and he became agitated, threw up and "licking at the sky" which I recalled were symptoms of BLOAT. Immediately, I took him to the vet and insisted he be seen. The dog had bloat which fortunately was resolved by decompressing the stomach and not having to do surgery. At his post procedure check the next morning, the vet told me she would never have believed the dog had bloat until x-rays confirmed AND, no other client had brought a dog in early enough to avoid the surgery. For those who have experienced this situation, understand that surgery is highly risky and costs several thousand. Many dogs die even with surgery. This day cost me $700. Thinking about the food switch, I thought that perhaps my dog over ate, I had exercised him too quickly, etc. I tried to mix in the Nutro Venison and Brown Rice with a new bag of Nutro Lamb and Rice and he still kept throwing up more than usual. I threw out the remaining Nutro Venison and Brown Rice and he is just eating Nutro Lamb and Rice. I also switched to the smaller chunks and am being extremely careful about timing meals, water and exercise. Honestly, I have grave suspicions that there was something wrong with the bag of Nutro Venison and Brown Rice and will not risk ever feeding it again. I am also concerned that several years of colicky stomach might also be related to any Nutro products. I didn't retain the bag for it's lot number. Sorry. I would welcome suggestions about bagged dog food which I can safely feed my dog (and cats). Thank you.

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Nutro Natural Choice Dog Food -- Terry Brown, 11:18:39 10/18/08 Sat [1]

My Akita is a year old. She has always had a sensitve stomach, oftentimes getting diarrhea when her food was switched. As I was looking for a sensitive system formula in PetSmart, a Nutro representative urged me to try the Chicken Meal, Oatmeal and Rice Natural Choice. I told her about the sensitive stomach issue, and she said this would be a good choice as it was formulated for dogs with just such a problem. My Akita ate it once and vomitted severely all the next day. I have never seen her so ill--she wretched until there was nothing left, and then she dry-heaved. I immediately suspected the Nutro and did not give her any more, even though it had cost me $37.00 for the bag. My daughter, who had had a similar problem with one of her dogs when the whole contaminated food issue broke, recommended Canidae All Life Stage Formula. I started feeding it to my Akita and have not had one problem since. I am only glad that my daughter had done her research and shared with me. Like many of you, my puppy is my baby, and I think it is unconscionable for a company that produces such an expensive food to knowingly continue to put our pets at risk!

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This is a NEW recall -- Board Owner, 14:04:28 09/14/08 Sun [1]

Make sure your pets arent eating this food. Mars makes Nutro too...just FYI. Nutro does not appear on the recall list but THINK about it...

http://www.petcare.mars.com/

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Nutro Natural Choice chix, rice, and oatmeal -- Meghan, 20:29:21 09/07/08 Sun

I have two dogs a 2 year old Weimaraner/Shar Pei mix and a 1 year old English Springer Spaniel. My 2 year old has always had allergies to wheat, beef, and gluten. I had a hard time find a food for him until 02/2008. I bought him Nutro Natural Choice Chix, Rice and Oatmeal. It worked! His stomach problems subsided and so I switched their food to it. Then around the beginning of Aug I bought a new bag (same food just a new bag) and within 12 hours both dogs had severed diarrhea and vomitting.

I didnt think it was the food at first. But what else could it have been they hadnt had anything different but a new bag. My 2 year old was losing weight. I would leave them in their kennels and when I would get home from work they would have gone in there and I would have to give them baths and clean the kennels. I stopped them on it and the diarrhea and vomiting stopped. I also took them to the vet, they said it was probably the food and to contact the company. When I contacted them they said they hadnt made any changes to the formula and didnt know what it was.

I changed them to a new food California Natural Chix and Rice and they have done excellent on it. Its been about 2 weeks now and no problems. However, I still had some Nutro treats laying around the house and my husband accidentally gave the dogs the Nutro treats and within a few hours the diarrhea started again w/ both dogs.

That just proves to me that it MUST be the Nutro. I am so disappointed in this company. Luckily I did my research and found California Natural and I will stick w/ that.

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Nutro Lamb & Rice Small Bites -- Diane, 10:33:27 08/29/08 Fri [2]

We have been crazy with worry since May,08. Our 2 mini dachshounds have been eating Nutro Lamb & Rice Small Bites for years now so we didn't suspect the food. They generally have cast iron stomachs and have not had issues with food. They both developed colitis and vomiting, somewhat incresed thirst, shaking, lethargy, weight loss, loss of appetite. They are small dogs so a few pounds is a lot of their body weight. We took them in almost every other day for rehydration injections. They became so weak they could not walk up a small step. We have spent quite a bit at the Vets and had tests and x-rays done with not definitive results. We did change their diet and had them on meds. They got better. The vet concluded that it must be a GI virus and it ran it's course. We started the dry food up again a week ago (along with wet food) and one has developed a dry retching and eating a lot of grass. I went online to do some researh and found the Consmer site and this one. I immediately threw out all of the Nutro products and purchased some Wellness brand. I hope this resolves the problems and my dogs stay well. I would like Nurto to acknowledge a problem and not sacrafice our animals. I told my local pet food store, who coincidentialy is dropping the Nutro line and informed my vet. Thanks for your grass roots forum.

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[> You are welcome. -- Board Owner, 10:33:27 08/29/08 Fri [1]

Thank you for visiting the forum and sharing your experience. We hope your sweet dachshounds recover and remain healthy.

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Nutro lamb meal & rice -- Bruce Edgecombe, 21:20:30 08/11/08 Mon [2]

This is too similar to other reports I am seeing out on the web. I am a long time user of Nutro lamb meal & rice adult formula. Our dog seemed different more slow less peppy. When he stopped eating we first thought it might be a bad bag of Nutro so we bought a new bag of Nutro. At the same time we were experiencing the health problems as described in our dog’s death notice below. To get our beloved companion to eat we doctored up his Nutro with his favorite tuna he than ate the Nutro. Little did we know that we were killing him We need to get this information out to the general public as soon as possible. I am convinced it was the Nutro and am going to have the rest of the dog food analyzed. I hope the blood samples are still available for further tests !!!!

ROUGH SEAS' NEWPORT BLACKWAVE
AKA: NEWPORT
AKA: NEWPEE
It is a very sad day today. As most of you may know Newport has not been feeling well for the last couple of weeks. Blood tests last week confirmed that something serious was wrong. After further blood tests x-rays, and needle biopsy's. It was confirmed early this week Newpee had a tumor-growth that had taken over most of the left side of his belly. Surgery was contemplated but with less than a 10 % chance of success. Cortney and I made the right loving decision to put him to sleep. Newport's long time Vet Chuck came over to the house. Newport went to sleep peacefully in his bed in Bruce Cortney and Joey's arms at 3pm Wednesday afternoon. We buried him on Cortney's family's farm later that day below a nice shady tree.

Our beloved pet for 10 years is dead Our Vet bills exceed $800.00 The cost to replace our dog with a new dog of the same breed will exceed $2,000.00 the emotional toll is incalculable

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[> Re: Nutro lamb meal & rice -- Darlene, 21:20:30 08/11/08 Mon [1]

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you & your loved ones. My two dogs survived after a long illness & over $10,000. Be sure to report to FDA in your state. I hope you saved the dog food for lab testing.

my deepest sympathy
Darlene

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Nutra Ultra line? -- Lisa Morano, 23:42:21 07/10/08 Thu [1]

Hi, I've been reading these and other posts about the horrible experience so many dogs, cats and their owners have had with this brand of pet food products. A question: have there been any pet owners reporting similar experiences with the Nutro Ultra line? It seems that in every case the suspected culprit was either Natural Choice or Max. We've been feeding our 5 yr old Brussels Griffon the Ultra Weight Management dry kibble for about a couple of years now with no adverse effects whatsoever and a healthy, gradual weight loss. Please advise; we just bought a new bag, and, while Andy is not showing any of the symptoms these poor people have described, I am considering switching once this bag is finished, as long as he continues to do fine.

Many thanks - and thanks for the service your board provides.

Lisa Morano

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Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice -- Hank Szlenkier, 07:42:14 07/01/08 Tue [1]

Fro the last month or so, my three dogs have been refusing to eat the Nutro Natual Choice Lamb and Rice. I'm wondering if it is the heat effecting their appetite or something else. Anyone else seeing this problem?

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skin problems? -- Andrea, 00:31:07 06/28/08 Sat [-1]

Hi,
I have reported a few times on this forum about my 16 month Corgi Cash. He was one of the luckly ones to survive nutro's posioning. He now has hot spots which caused a staff infection. I was wondering if anyone else had this come up after the dog began to recover? These days I do not know what is a by-product of his posioning and whats not. He's on anti-biotics for the infection which seems to haved cleared but he is still itchy. Thanks for keeping this forum going, keep up the good work! It makes me sick to my stomach whenever I read all these complaints wondering when is someone going to do something, when is someone going to be held accountable? Here is a link to a report I found from Consumeraffairs.com. You can report your case to them too. Maybe they will continue to look into it if they hear how many have really been effected!


http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2008/04/pet_food_recalls93.html

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Dog very sick from Nutro Dry Dog food -- Christy Morey, 11:05:32 06/13/08 Fri [3]

May 2008 Our dog Maya ( a 3 year old bichon mix) became very sick from a new bag of Nutro DRY dog food Lamb and Rice. She was throwing up, eating grass, diarehea, bad gas, and not eating. Her stool and throw up started getting some blood in it. We took her to the vet and she had blood tests in which her protien levels were very low. The vet immediately put her on an IV and had us handfeed her boiled chicken and cottage cheese over the next couple of days. She started to feel better and a week later we tryed to reintroduce her to the Nutro dog food - and she started to get sick again. We stopped feeding her the dog food and she got better. We are now feeding her baby food and chicken and cottage cheese with a multivitiman. We do not trust the dog food companys anymore. We thought we were buying her premium food only to find out we were lied to and our dogs health put in jeapordy.

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[> Re: Dog very sick from Nutro Dry Dog food -- angelique, 14:54:44 06/07/08 Sat [1]

My dog used to get me out of bed in the morning to feed him - how excited he was! I switched to Nutro Natural Blend Lamb & Rice Formula and things went down hill. He won't touch his food until the end of the day when he's starving. He's eating more grass, his stool if loose, his breath is worse than ever. Worst of all, though, he's always dry heaving now. He throws up considerably more and he has gas. I woke up late the other night, having had it occur to me all of a sudden that perhaps his food was poisoning him. I come to the internet and come across all of these similar stories and now as soon as I am finished typing here I will go out and purchase new food - but what?!

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[> Re: Dog very sick from Nutro Dry Dog food -- a friend, 11:05:32 06/13/08 Fri [1]

There is currently a discussion about Nutro in a thread over at Itchmo, people are welcome to join if you are interested. http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/do-any-forum-readers-personally-have-problems-with-nutro-food-t5071.0.html

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Hub Page May Be Deleted -- Board Owner, 19:46:47 06/06/08 Fri

Thanks for continuing to post and share your Nutro stories with everyone that reads this forum.

We received a message at the top of our "hubpage.com forum" stating our hub page would be deleted due to some sort of inactivity. The forum appears to still be very active with viewers, therefore we find this message to be unsettling and suspicious.

The information on hubpages and voy.com are opinions and deleting our forums in any way would be a violation of the United States Constitution. We are entitled to share our opinion and views.

All the posts, stories, and information are backed up/saved on a daily basis. If the forums should be deleted, we will make a new forum and make sure the forum can be located asap.

Thanks to our readers for continuing to support us.

To the companies trying to take down our forums, MANY unique users are posting. If you would fight as hard to make your dog food PURE, instead of trying to take these boards down, you wouldn't be having a problem with what people were saying.

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Nutro Ultra -- Linda Tew, 22:25:54 06/01/08 Sun

I have 5 dogs and the youngest is 6 months old. I had not used Nutro until I bought her and the seller highly recommended that I continue to use the Lamb and Rice formula Nutro Natural Choice. I am blessed it did not kill her. She always had bad breath and loose stools, though.

Two days ago I started really trying to find a good food for all the dogs. I had the 2 Bichons and the 2 miniature schnauzers on Natural Life Lambaderm for a year with no problems but then I started reading about all the recalls and through I should get better. I bought Nutro Ultra like an idiot 2 days ago. Yesterday they were all throwing up--all 5 of them. I have the mess ready to take back and today went and bought bags of Buffalo Blue and their dog biscuits, too. Then after they ate tonight I saw where the Blue biscuits were recalled last year but the company said the company that made them put in rice gluten without permission and they would no longer use them.

I am so frustrated I do not know what to do. These dogs are like my children and I have no way how to find out the best food or if the Blue is o.k. One website will tell you one is great and the next will say it is not.

I do know I will NEVER have another drop of Nutro anything around here.

Thanks and I would appreciate any tips on food. I am so sorry for all of you who have lost your pets due to this criminal behavior on the part of dog food producers.

Linda

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If you feed NUTRO your dog is going to be DEAD! -- David G., 01:55:51 05/21/08 Wed [1]

I had a six year old Newfoundland who was killed by NUTRO. He was healthy and vigorous until 5 days after I started feeding him NUTRO. He became extremely ill, I rushed him to an Emergency Critical Care Vet Hospital. After an hour or so a vet tech came out and told me that when he came in that my newfie had almost no blood pressure, and was hypoalbuminic. Albumin is a very basic protein that the liver makes. Basically his liver was shutting down. She said that they were trying to get him stablized. I asked if I could see him she let me look from the doorway. There were two medical people on the floor with him and he had more tubes and cables and displays around him than I could believe. She said she had to go back to help and that I should wait in the lobby. I waited all night until the next morning. In the morning the ECC Vetrinarian came out into the lobby and told me that he was in critical condition but they had him stabilized and he had rested a while and now was raising his head and looking around. The Vet said that I should go home and get some rest because they needed to keep him until they had a diagnosis. In the afternoon I got a call from the Vet hospital telling me that his vital signs were starting to look better and that visiting time was at 7pm. When I went to visit him they told me it would be just for a few minutes that he was in the ICU. He had a urinary catheter, two IV's, a heart monitor and a blood pressure monitor. When he saw me he tapped his tail but he didn't get up. They told me they will call tomorrow and I went home. When they called the next day they said he wasn't eating or drinking and that I should come at 7pm. This time he sat up for a minute or so and only had one IV, a urinary catheter and a heart monitor. Again they said they would call with an update tomorrrow. When they called they said they had removed the urinary catheter and that he had been taken outside to urinate but was very weak in the hind quarters and needed to be assisted to walk and that visits were at 7pm. I went to see him at 7pm. This time they had me wait in a room. When he came into the room he looked a little better but they were assisting his hind legs with a sling. They told me he had started drinking but was refusing food. I stayed with him a while then they came in the room and assisted him back into the ICU. The next day I got a call and they said he had started eating a bland diet and that he could go home if he continued to improve. I brought him home and read the discharge instructions. They said give the pills two times a day with food and feed normal. Thirty minutes after he ate the food (NUTRO) and pill he vomited everything back up. I notified the hospital. They thought it might be the medicine so they said to bring him in for daily injections of medicine instead. He was drinking lots and lots of water. He didn't seem to be getting better each day he seemed to be getting worse. On the sixth day out of the hospital he was wretching trying to vomit but nothing came out. I took him back to the hospital and they did abdominal ultrasound and didn't find anything. But his bloodwork showed a super high white count. They gave him an injection and said to bring him back the next day for another injection. When I took him home and put his bowl of food (NUTRO) in front of him he put his nose under the bowl and flipped the food all over the kitchen floor. So I swept it up and threw it away. The next day when I took him in for the injection a vet tech checked his heart with a stethoscope. The vet tech turned so pale I thought she was going to faint, her eyes got really big and she hurried out of the room. 30 seconds later she came rushing back with the director of the hospital. They said they needed to do cardiac ultrasound. They brought him back to the room an hour or so later and told me that a valve in his heart was getting damaged, and he was hypoalbuminic again, and that he would have to go back into the ICU. He was in the ICU for five more days and on the fifth day they told me that the valve was destroyed and his condition was fatal and there was nothing they could do. So I took him home and stayed with him in the yard under a tree and brought him water and he hobbled around, took a nap, hobbled a few feet and pee'd this went on for 26 hours then he sat up for a moment and let out a horrible scream and collapsed DEAD.

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Nutro Never Again! -- Rick, 10:35:19 05/09/08 Fri [1]

I was a loyal Nutro customer for 4 years. It started when we got a our yellow lab as a puppy and were taking for obedience classes at PetSmart. Our trainer recommended Nutro for us because we needed a food that would meet the needs of the younger growing lab (he was 9 months old) and our 4 year old Shih Tzu. Nutro was great! The boys loved the food and they seemed to really benefit from it. Then came the recall of 2007. Nutro dry dog food, Natural Choice Lamb and Rice Formula, is all that we fed our dogs, and it wasn’t on the recall so we didn’t worry. Later that summer, around June and July, both dogs started vomiting. Every dog vomits every now and then so I dismissed it at first. Then the vomiting became a daily occurence and was accompanied by diarrea. Suddenly both of my dogs were sick. I kept telling myself that it wasn’t the food because it wasn’t on the recall list and that it was such an expensive brand. We had just bought a new 40lb bag of the food and I didn’t want to just throw it away. After a week and a half I began to panic because they started losing weight. Both dogs went to the emergency vet because they were lethargic, not eating and drinking water like crazy. Lab tests showed elevated levels of something having to do with the liver and a high white blood cell count . I went home still unsure of what it was. I decided to just stop the Nutro to see if that worked. I fed them both beef and rice (home made) by hand and after a couple days they started acting better. I then went out and bought another brand, one of the few brands accessible to me that wasn’t on the recall list. They have been on that ever since, their coats are better, they have boundless energy, and the lab has really benefited from the protein, he is extremely strong and fit. I will never trust Nutro again! Like many others, I wrote and called Nutro and recieved no help what so ever, they wouldn’t even address the issue. I do believe it has something to do with Mars buying them out. They have changed the formula, just read the ingredients on the bags from now and from 3 or 4 years ago, they are different. Mostly the same but a couple things on there are different. As for those of you who say it is a great “Premium” food, Nutro calls itself a premium food. I don’t consider any dog food company a premium food when they manufacture their food in the same place as O’le Roy dog food, which was the case with Nutro during the Menu Foods Recall. I drove 45 minutes south to go to PetSmart to get that food, when I could have gotten food made by the same people in the same way right up the road at the local pet store or Wal-Mart. Nutro in my opinion has now become nothing more than an extremely overpriced below average grocery brand, it’s definitely not a premium brand, much less a “super premium” brand.

I mean come on, $40 dollars for a dog food that is made right next to $8 O’le Roy?????? That’s a slap in the face!

As for the dry dog food, sure, it's made in the USA, but I bet some of the ingredients (if not all) come from somewhere else!

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Nutro Natural Choice/Chicken, Oatmeal and Rice Caused Vomiting -- Kimberly Johnson, 14:52:30 04/21/08 Mon [1]

I was approached by a Nutro specialist while shopping in the dog food section of Petsmart. I normally feed my 6 month puppy Purina since that is what his local breeder recommended and the "specialist" stated that was the lowest quality food and to give my pup a healthier coat, I should use the Nutro Natural Choice Puppy product. I was persuaded and started my pup on the new food gradually. I made sure to mix small amounts of the old Purina food with the new Nutro food. By the 4th day, he started vomiting morning and evening. I thougt I may have given him too much of the new Nutro food so I gave it to him for one more day to see if he would get used to it. Nope! There was still vomiting. I decided to check online and I'm so glad I did! There has been many complaints on the consumer affairs website. I was so upset, I returned to the Petsmart store and told them my dog is vomiting from the food and to check online since there has been many complaints. They told me they haven't heard any complaints. There was another Nutro specialist working and I told him that the food made my dog vomit. He said that Nutro is in the process of switching suppliers from out of China and changing their rice supplier so there has been changes to correct this. WHAT!!! Why is the old stuff still being sold then? I also noticed there has been recalls on this same company last year. I was so fortunate to catch this early! I switched back to Purina and he hasn't thrown up since. Please let everyone know. I have read sad stories of other dogs that had worse reactions to the food some involving death and I surely hope they pull this contaminated food off the shelves.

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Nutro Max -- Kelly, 13:34:21 04/14/08 Mon [1]

I have a beautiful american bulldog now for 6 years. She has been on Nutro Max since a puppy. I would say in the last 3 months she has been having nothing but problems-with her skin- red rash and scratching uncontrollable. Also she was taken to the vets given a shot and medicine which then it cleared. Then she was having some weight loss, which it was then determined she has parasites we were also given medicine. $300 later, she now has the rash back - I have since then taken her off of Nutro Max. Thinking maybe a skin allergy from the food. I was in shock to see the complaints from this dog food. I never heard of any of this! Now, I am so upset. We will once again have a vet check her out. Before this time she was an extremely active, and the best guard dog...it seems she has totally changed. Please if anyone has some in sight as to what we need to do please let us know. After reading some of the horror stories from this food- I am in utter shock this food is still being sold. How can this happen?

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Update -- Andrea, 10:52:48 04/14/08 Mon [1]

I wanted to update you on Cash. After I posted on Friday the 28th of March he got worse. He was vomiting all day and that nihgt started with diarrehha. I took him to the vet Satruday morning where they gave him and IV, anti-nausea meds and antibiotics. His blodd test came back showing blood in his urine but all other kideny functions were normal, he had high beli-Rubin but all other liver functions were normal, he had a very high white cell count and very low potassium. After he got his fluids and stoped vomitting we took him home. It has been a slow recovery but he is doing much better. I slowly started feeding him rice and chicken and after a while of keeping that down I started him on Bil-Jac. He has kept in down and loves it! I pray that no premanent damage was done. I wanted to start showing him but that will have to wait now that I put all his training money into $1000 vet bills. I took him back to the vet a week later and his blood test had improved. His white cell count was down but his beli-Rubin was stil higher then normal. The liver regenrates so hopefully this will improve in time. I have passed this owrd on to many dog owners and vets. Everytime we go into Petsmart to get their Bil-Jac we tell atleast one person about our situtation in hopes that dog and it's owner won't have to go through the unthinkable. Thank you again for this site. I hope that someone can pass this site on to someone that can bring this to eveyones attentions in a big way to get the word out.

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Nutro Max -- Kelly, 10:34:24 04/14/08 Mon [1]

I am beyond furious. I have a beautiful american bulldog she is 6 years old. She never ever had skin problems, and always so active and just filled with energy. The last couple of months everything has changed.

I have had her to the vets 3 times. She cannot stop scratching, and seems to have a really, bad allergic reaction. She looks awful. Then I happened to email the breeder who suggested taking her off of Nutro Max-possible food allergies. That is what I have been doing, the scratching has slowed a little. After spending over $300- now thinking of taking her back. Our dog is like our child. We love this dog dearly!!!

I happened to think of putting in the food to see if anyone else had complaints. I am in utter shock!! This has been since 2007- I have heard NOTHING of this dog food being so harmful. I am so outraged...that right now, I will write to whoever do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of this. I pray to God my dog will be okay. I am afraid of seeing all the outcomes from this forum what my dog's diagnose will be! Please if anyone can give me some information to complain get help etc....please do! This has literally made me sick to my stomach! Someone needs to be held accountable for this!!!

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Dry Nutro -- Amanda Johnson and Ethan Baker, 08:42:35 04/11/08 Fri [1]

My fiance and I had to put down our 15 month old great dane in October of 2007 due to severe complications that could not be diagnosed: Achiness and Pain in the abdomin, Discharge from urithra/Vagina ( She was fixed the year before so there should hav been no blood and yet there
was). Dry mouth. Occasional Diarrehea. More advanced bleeding dispite antibiotics throughout the summer of 2007. In October she started to collapse and refused to eat. We had contacted the Nutro company directly
but were told the dry was safe repeatedly. She lost 30 pounds and her organs began to shut down. After exploratory surgery, tests for cancer, parasites,and just about every other disease all came back negative.

We saw three different specialists...they were stumped. We had to put her down in late October. We had let the issue go until we recently got another Dane, and went to the pet store only to be shocked that the store is no longer restocking the dry Nutro because they suspect it is contaminated ( They cannot put the current stock because of a threat of suit from Nutro).

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my dogs illness -- Margaret Stelmach, 18:38:42 03/31/08 Mon [2]

This website was brought to my attention today. I would like to inform you that
early in August 2007, my little coton du tulear began to vomit with evidence of blood. We immediately took him to our vet . She diagnosed him as having ingested rat poison. That was difficult to believe as our dog goes out to relieve himself in our fenced yard and we are always present. That is the limit of his outdoor exposure. The vet flushed out his system , and did some blood work to determine if any of his organs had been damaged. Fortunately, there wasn't any internal damage. After he was observed we were able to bring him home He was on medication that coated his intestinal tract and we had to limit his diet to i.d. and rice canned. It took him several days to fully recover. We were still worried about him after hearing the words rat poison. He has been on your Nutro chicken, rice & oatmeal for sensitive stomachs (dry small kibble) for about two years and we had trusted the product. However, today after reading the FDA reports I can see where some residue of rat poison could find its way into your product or any product that is processed where rats could be a problem. I need reassurance from Natural Choice that you take precautions against contaminated dog or cat food.

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[> Thank you for sharing your experience. -- Board Owner, 18:38:42 03/31/08 Mon [1]

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. The Nutro company never acknowledged receiving our package for lab testing. No response. Follow ups result in a customer care operator (that has no idea what is going on) dodging questions regarding the company.

Our opinion is for you to switch your dog to another brand of dog food. Nutro is owned by the Mars company. We also try to not knowingly purchase any products made by Mars.

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Thank you for supporting this Message Board -- Board Owner, 18:30:19 03/31/08 Mon

Hello Everyone:

Thank you for continuing to support this message board. We love reading your emails and hearing from you but when we do receive a new e-mail, we also feel sadness. We feel sad because dogs are still getting sick from (in our opinion) eating the Nutro dry dog food. It is our opinion that something just isn't right. We read the recall reports every day. We constantly keep our eye out for reports regarding Nutro and the Nutro/Natural Choice Company.

One thing we did want to share is that when our dog was consuming the Nutro dog food, she was very gassy and her breath was constantly horrible. Her bile was even worse. After removing Nutro from her diet, the odor disappeared and her eyes got a bit brighter. For a while there, we honestly thought she was going to die. She's still not 100%, never will be again. But at least she's not losing hair and throwing up all over the place.

Below is a letter that we received recently. These wonderful people that share their stories with us are the reason we keep the board open. If this board can continue to share information and save lives, we feel more than accomplished.

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A Recent Letter...

I have a one year old Corgi who has been throwing up bile every morning almost. We've been to the vet and they weren't sure, took blood tests that only showed high white blood cell counts but that because he also had an eye infection. I wrote my breeder asking her if she had any
idea and she told me about this Nutro Ntaural choice not recalling their dry food. My Cash (his name) was on Nutro Natural Choice Lamb dry food when we got them at 7 months old so we continued to use it then he started having nasty gas spells so I switched him to the Chicken Sensitive
Stomach formula to hopfully stop the gas. It did stop the gas but the throwing up has only gotten worse. I am so thankful the my breeder brought this to my attention. If there is any doubt in this product I am going to discontinue using it for the safety of my aniaml. After seeing this website there is definatly doubt on this product so I am switching today. Thank you for posting this website and possibly savign my dogs life!
Andrea

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Question about feeding Nutro? -- Cathy, 11:48:03 03/28/08 Fri [2]

Hey, I'm just wondering about something. Did some of you wet the dry food before giving it to your dogs?

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[> Re: Question about feeding Nutro? -- Andrea, 11:48:03 03/28/08 Fri [1]

Yes, I would wet down their food a little and warm it up to 15 sec. I did this so that he might want to eat it. He wasn't interested in the food (Nutro Natural Choice)so I thought by doing that I would make it more interesting. He won't touch it now ( I took it away today on finding this and other forums) and he won't eat the rice I've given him. He keeps drinking tons of water and vomitting it up. I'm praying he'll turn around soon.

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Regarding Nutro Dry Dog Food -- Board Owner, 22:18:40 02/24/08 Sun [2]

I visited my local Petco today to buy BIL-JAC dog food. This is what I am feeing my dog now due to the recalls. Right above the shelf where the BillJac dog food is, the Bil-Jac company has a letter posted about their Bil-Jac products stating the dog food is 100% good and would not be recalled. They stated they had been in business for 60 years and the food did not include any of the melamine or gluten that was killing animals. I found that VERY reassuring.

However, I walked over to the Nutro/Natural Choice dry dog food isle and read a letter posted over those products that read Petco will pull recalled dog food off the shelf asap upon notification. There was no nice letters from Nutro/Natural Choice claiming how wonderful their products were. Again, I felt sick to my stomach.

I just wanted to share this with everyone.

BTW - After all the complaints I have filled with Nutro/Natural Choice, they have not followed up with me. I do not find this to be shocking, but definitely unprofessional and cowardly.

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[> Re: Regarding Nutro Dry Dog Food -- Stephanie, 22:18:40 02/24/08 Sun [1]

My dogs won't even touch Biljac.

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Thanks for the warnings.... I'm switching foods tomorrow!! -- Emily, 18:30:08 02/24/08 Sun [1]

I've had my little corgi puppy for about 5 weeks now. I had been feeding her Purina Puppy Chow (as the breeder had been feeding her) until the pet store recommended Nutro Natural Choir Lamb and Rice puppy food to help with her dry skin. They told me that it had more sunflower seed oil that would help with dry skin and give her a good coat. I went ahead and bought a bag on Thursday and started feeding it to her. Haven't had any problems yet, but I do like to go online and read product reviews, and after finding this forum, I'm scared to death that this food might be hurting my baby. She's a wonderful dog and I want only the best for her... it looks like if there's any question about the safety record of this food and Nutro is not taking a proactive effort to identify the cause, I will be finding another food, even if it costs more $$$. My dog deserves to be fed a product is safe and nutritious.

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Nutro Max Adult Dry Dog Food -- Darlene Hickman, 14:58:04 02/03/08 Sun [1]

I purchased Nutro Max Adult Dry Dog Food 12/20/07 at Petco. I have two dogs; a yorkie & an american eskimo. I took my yorkie to the emergency vet 12/23/07 for blood in his urine. They treated him for UTI & sent him home. 12/27/07 I took him to my vet & she transferred him to a hospital for a blood transfustion. As of 2/3/08 he is still on medication & has to follow up in a week.

Meanwhile my American Eskimo was vomitting & had diarrhea. 12/31/07 I took him to the vet & she put him on meds. 2/1/08 I had to admitt him to Gulf Coast Internal Medicine & Veterinary. I should find out tomorrow the results of the tests he has undergone 2/4/08.

I emailed Nutro Products about 3 weeks ago - no response. I called them last week & left a voice mail at Corporate Customer Service - no response. I feel strongly that it is the Nutro Max. I had two healthy indoor dogs until they ate the Nutro Max. Thank goodness it was for only 3 days.

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Nutro Natural Dry Food is Dangerous -- Susanne, 09:22:11 12/30/07 Sun [2]

This dog food company has to be stopped! I am a dog breeder and strongly believe that it is no coincidence that when I weaned two litters of puppies on Nutro Natural that they started dying. Let me first say, that I usually feed my dogs and puppies Purina Pro Plan but when I went to buy food they were out and the Pet Store strongly recommended Nutro Natural. I bought it not only for my puppies but my adult dogs. I soaked the Nutro Natural Lamb and Rice Dry Puppy Food and they ate that for 2 days. I was running low on this bag and bought a new bag of the Nutro Natural Chicken, Oatmeal, and Rice. I fed them in the morning like normal and by that afternoon my one little guy was clinging to life. I did everything I could think of to save his life but I lost him in the night. Suspecting it might be the food I changed borrowed some from my mom and changed them. I left the Nutro in my fridge (to be tested) and soaked them some new food. My husband was helping me feed the puppies and got the foods mixed up and continued to feed them the Nutro. Needless, to say in the next 2 weeks I lost the other four babies. I have taken all of the puppies for necropsies and I am having the food tested also. When I called Nutro (I got the phone number off of their website that under the recall info.) I told them I had a complaint and asked who I needed to speak with. I was told that they could handle my complaint until I started with my complaint. Then I was told I would have to transfered to the corporate office. When I asked for the phone number to corporate just in case we got disconnected he gave me a number and told me it was the only other number he had. I left a message at corporate (you get a direct answering machine) and I called back the number I was given. Guess what, it is the phone number for their breeders program. I called back and was again told I would have to be transfered. This time when I asked for the number I was told it was all automated and they did not have the number. So I asked for a supervisor. She told me that they have no number for corporate. I asked her for the address. No address information either! I asked just what the number I called could do for me and she said they are a call center that can answer any questions you might have about Nutro products. I told her I had a question alright how many puppies had they killed with their food. She told me none to her knowledge and hung up on me. No wonder no one has any knowlege of problems with the food because you can not get through to anyone to tell them your concerns. What kind of company hides behind a customer call center and will not give you their address or their corporate office? Please Please Please do not use this food! It has caused my family (I have 3 kids that this has deeply affected) so much pain and anguish that I would not wish on anyone. I always believe that you should follow your first instinct and there is no doubt in my mind that this food killed my babies!

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[> Re: Nutro Natural Dry Food is Dangerous -- Robin Flannery, 09:22:11 12/30/07 Sun [1]

OK, so we've been away for about a week. While we were gone my Mom watched Frank. He eats dry Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Meal, Rice & Oatmeal Formula kibble. I bought a new bag and left it with my Mom when we left. Usually Frank eats this so fast it is unbelievable.

When we picked him up, my Mom said he didn't eat much - but I attributed this to the confusion about being left with her. When we got home, he wouldn't eat either. To have food left in his bowl untouched is beyond unusual!

Thinking he was still out of sorts, as a treat, I mixed the canned food with the kibble. He actually licked the canned food and left the kibble. Then I thought maybe the bag had expired or something (nope - best if used before April 2009).

After reading these posts, I'm alarmed. Has there been a change in the formula or something???

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dogs sick from nutro natural choice -- Louann McDonald, 23:51:47 12/29/07 Sat [2]

I have six dogs, 4 Maltese and 2 Lhasa Apsos. I have been feeding them Nutro natural choice chicken meal, rice and oatmeal formula. I recently opened a new bag of food and all six of my dogs fell ill. They were all vomiting the food they had eaten immediately, then later vomiting bile, and all had blood tinged diahrea, all six starting last week when I gave them the dog food. Two of them developed hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, blood tinged vomit as well as losing almost pure blood rather than slightly bloody diahrea. I fed the dogs this food for about a week before the symptoms got really bad; I thought maybe they had a virus, but the vet says that is unlikely. They were in the dog hospital Saturday, Sunday and yesterday on fluids and flagyl. Neither ate nor drank anything until I brought them home last night and hand fed them a little boiled chicken. They are better, but still had their iv's in today so I took them back to the vets for more iv medicine. They took the iv's out later today as they are not bleeding like they were. They are still having bloody diahrea, but nothing like they were. They are still sickly babies. My other four are also sickly, but I am giving them oral flagyl and fluids and hoping for the best. Both hospitalized dogs had elevated liver enzymes, but that may go with hemorragic gastroenteritis. I am very worried and hope they will get much better, but from reading the posts on this forum it looks like I'm definitely going to have to watch them carefully and pray for them. I have emailed Nutro tonight to ask them if they have had other complaints about this food. Looking at this forum, it is obvious they have, no matter how they respond. At this point, I am simply worried and hoping my dogs will survive and be healthy again. I really think the food has caused this, as none of the dogs has "gotten into" anything. I watch them carefully, keep everything clean, as well as keeping the yard clean so they won't pick up anything there. Also, I never let them in the yard but for a few minutes and I watch them carefully, because I consider them my kids. I so wish I had never fed them Nutro, as that looks like what must have made them ill. The best by date was Feb 07, 2009. How on earth can we warn other pet owners? Thank you,
Louann

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[> Re: dogs sick from nutro natural choice -- Cat breeder, 23:51:47 12/29/07 Sat [1]

I know how you feel. I have big problems with their dried cat food too. Hind limb ataxia, eye focusing problems, dead kittens, haemorrhage, uterine inertia.... friends also have had big problems with their cats when they were feeding Nutro dried food.
Keep telling people and we just might save some more.

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Hindsight and Too Late -- Mark, 19:23:13 12/12/07 Wed [6]

I'm disheartened after reading the articles on this site. I fed my Lil' Min Pin "Natural Choice Lamb Meal and Rice Formula" all 7 years of his life. Just bought a 40lb bag within the last month and all was fine until one day he would not eat his food anymore. When I gave him a treat, he loved it and I "thought" he was spoiled and just wanted the treats more. Then all the sudden he didn't even want his treats and I knew something was up. He started drinking lots of water and urinating excessively. Took him to the Vet that very day hoping to find out it was just a virus, he'd be given antibiotics all would be fine. Boy was I so FAR from reality. Blood work showed his Creatinine and BUN to be elevated nearly double. Vet said he was in renal failure. Just 5 months ago when I took him in for his shots, complete blood work was done and all was perfectly normal. So how within 5 months could the little feller be in renal failure. Vet said he was young for this and could only guess it was hereditary or he'd gotten into something at home. I searched the house over and found nothing out of the ordinary except for his bowl of Natural Choice Lamb Meal and Rice Formula sitting in his bowl untouched. Never once did I think it was this food. Hindsight, I feel like a fool. I had to put him down last Saturday and I can't recall going through anything as difficult as that was. Now I realize he could sense something was wrong with the food and I didn't catch on until it was too late. I just don't understand why all the sudden this mess is happening to our animals. What cruel people there are in the world and it seems to be all about money, money, money!

Hindsight is....remembering our dogs are smart and if they're doing something out of the ordinary...they're probably telling us something best way they know how.

My cousin lost two of her dogs from food, called the company that put out her brand of Diamond Dog Food and they swore up and down their food had no problems. Her dogs died and shortly thereafter...what happened...the very food she inquired about was recalled!

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[> Re: Hindsight and Too Late -- Mark, 21:21:04 08/23/07 Thu [1]

Just an update. I rec'd a call from the Corp office of Natural Choice. They're gonna send me a self addressed envelope for me to send some samples of the food to them. They've also asked for me to include my Vet bills. Said they do extensive research and testing on their food and still haven't had anything bad to come back on the "dry" food but wants to make sure nothing is happening between the time it leaves their plant to the stores. The gentleman was very nice and sympathetic regarding the loss of my pet. We'll see what happens. Getting a call from them was a nice effort. I'll update you as I know more. Thank you, Mark

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[> [> About mailing the food in. -- Board Owner, 12:54:15 08/27/07 Mon [1]

Good luck to you. After receiving a postage paid envelope from Nutro, many people have reported they mailed food and vet bills to the Nutro company. The Nutro company allegedly either did not offer any response or responded by saying nothing unusual was found and they couldn't help.

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[> [> Re: Hindsight and Too Late -- Mark, 04:31:45 08/29/07 Wed [1]

Thank you for that information. Honestly, I'd be shocked if they admitted something was wrong with it or paid a dime on anything. Ironically, take a look at this link. Sure is interesting! http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/08/pet_food_recalls69.html

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[> [> [> Re: Hindsight and Too Late -- Mark, 19:23:13 12/12/07 Wed [1]

I said I'd keep you all updated so here it is. After sending 4 small bags to Nutro as requested/instructed, about 2 months later I rec'd a call from the company saying the dog food I submitted had some other food in it that wasn't their food and they would not test it. They gave me the choice to either them send the food back to me, them keep it for 90 days (for what I don't know) or to send some more samples to them. I agreed to send more samples to them and to date, I have not rec'd the package promised me. In a nutshell, they're full of crap and giving me the run around because there was nothing else in the bags I sent to them besides their dog food because I didn't feed my dog anything else period. I had a habit for YEARS of transferring the food from the bag into a container that I kept the dog food in for easy access. Nothing at all ever went into that container besides their dog food. I will never purchase their dog food again and discourage everyone to stay away from it. It's way too odd for so many animals to experience the same symptoms eating the same kind of food and nothing be wrong with it. I'm a firm believer of reaping what you sow and sooner or later, it'll all come home to them.

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[> Re: Hindsight and Too Late -- Cathy, 21:58:38 08/29/07 Wed [1]

Mark, I'm so sorry. I'm sure part of your heart feels ripped out. That's how we felt, and still do at times. How could we have been so stupid. We thought we were good pet parents. The only thing I can say is that from what I've read on many, many sites, there are alot of people just like you and me out there. Use your anger and grief to help other pets. File complaints everywhere you can - FDA, BBB, FTC, government officials. Itchmo.com has had updates recently involving Nutro products. Again, I'm very sorry about your little guy.

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nutro max large puppy dry food -- James Stanton, 13:07:11 11/15/07 Thu

As I write this as our 12 week old boxer pup is at the vet hospital for the second time. He's there for vomiting bloody mucous, bloody diarrhea, urinating large amounts and lethargy. The tests by the vet have not shown any specific cause. The first hospital stay was brief after he was given IV fluids and he perked up and stopped vomiting. Shortly after returning home his symptoms returned and is now in the hospital on IV fluids. The vet says the tests haven't shown any cause for this. I begain to wonder about the dog food in light of the recalls of pet food. WE were feeding him Nutromax for large puppies dry food. I googled Nutro Max dry food and to my amazement and horror found that other dog owners were describing the exact symptoms that my dog had in their pets who had eaten Nutro dry food. I've printed out the information and will give the vet a copy. I am saving the Nutro dog food in case it needs to be tested. My dog is NOT going to get this food any more. We haved contacted the dogs breeder who feeds the puppies this food to warn him to watch for these symptoms. Hopefully we can bring our dog home tomorrow.

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Thanks. -- Board Owner, 14:28:35 10/31/07 Wed [1]

We would like to thank all of the people that continue to post and share their situations. Please keep the posts coming. Our hope is for the posts to continue to inform pet owners and save the lives of more animals.

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My Pup was sick... -- Vanessa, 08:42:16 10/31/07 Wed [1]

I am so grateful I found this forum. My pup Eve, a 6 month old APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier), from one day to another started acting very sickly. She was lethargic, sleeping most of the day, not wanting to get out of bed, she didn't even want to go outside to relieve herself. When I forced her to go outside she would do her duty and want to come right back home. I feared the worst. I made an appointment with her vet getting a steep estimate of all the tests that they had to perform on her. We just got Eve and had spent a good $300 in the past 2 weeks for vaccines, vet check up, obedience classes, etc. I honestly did not have the money for these additional tests for another 2 weeks or so. I started looking in the internet and to my amazement I found this forum. I started feeding Eve Nutro Max Puppy because it was recommended to me by the pet store as being an excellent dog food. When I read all these posts my heart dropped and I immediately took her off the food. I know you are supposed to gradually switch them but I was so afraid for her that I took her off cold turkey (she did not have a bad reaction like diarrhea). I went back to the pet store and they exchanged the Nutro to Nature's Recipe (my choice). I have not completely started her on the Nature's Recipe, I have been cooking for her to restore her health and adding a little of the dog food. I am happy to report that approx 2 days later Eve was back to her old self. I do not want to say it was definitely the fault of the dog food, but if not, it is a HUGE coincidence. I had to do so much research about dog food in order to give my Eve something that was really good for her, I ran into Nature's Recipe, which has no beef, corn, or wheat, no by-products or fillers, in case she has a food allergy. Her appetite is not completely restored, she used to eat anything and everything but now she only eats once a day. I was afraid that I would get her used to human food and she wouldn't want to go back to the dog food but if it means her getting healthy again then I might have to, from now on, make all her food.

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Nutro High Energy & Senior Small Bites -- Janice, 18:51:21 10/19/07 Fri [1]

I'm so sorry that many of you have suffered the loss of your dear pets. But I want you to know that because you took the time to post your stories, you saved one little Jack Russell Terrier. Looking back I think my dog started to not look well a few months ago (when we purchased a new bag of High Energy). Eventually we decided it was more than "old age" and took him to the vets. He could only find some back pain and suggested we might want to change to a formula for older dogs for joint support. That's when our little guy, Bradley, age 8, really started to get sick. He's never over eaten, but for some reason he was eating and drinking so much more than usual. We also noticed some drooling, and then he started with muscle spasms! They increased over the next 10 days or so, accompanied with moments where he just looked frozen, as if he just couldn't move for several seconds. These were not epileptic seizures, but something was wrong neurologically. In one week this little guy gained 4 pounds, but was looking sicker and sicker. We took him off the Senior formula as we were concerned about the weight gain but kept him on the High Energy. The muscle spasms stopped the next day, but he continued to just look very bad and drinking excessively. Something much more than back pain was going on. I continued to search the internet for some kind of answer (the vet had none), and stumbled on this website. I immediately took away the Nutro and gave him human food. Within 12 hours we started to see improvement - he was more responsive and less lethargic. His excessive drinking is subsiding. He's not 100% but in just the last couple of days we're seeing a huge improvement. I reported this to Nutro and got the same response as others -- "please send us a sample and we'll test." Again, I am so, so sorry for those of you who lost your pets. My heart was breaking as I read your stories. But please know that by sharing your experience, you helped to save a little guy that's very precious to me. Thank you all.

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New Info on Nutro and Other Info -- Cathy, 14:27:04 08/22/07 Wed [2]

Just though I would let you know some info I found on itchmo about Nutro. Their food continues to be poisonous. The FDA has posted info on bad food, but no press coverage or recalls.

http://www.fda.gov/ora/oasis/7/ora_oasis_c_us.html

Don Earl has filed a legal action against the FDA for pet deaths.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/08/pet_food_recalls64.html

http://www.itchmo.com/pet-owner-pressures-fda-to-further-investigate-toxins-in-cat-and-dog-food-2261

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[> Thank you, Cathy. You are wonderful. -- Board Owner, 14:27:04 08/22/07 Wed [1]

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Our Rottweiler -- Jodi, 13:25:04 08/15/07 Wed [2]

Since March 07 we have watched our poor bear's health deminish. He's gone from 130 pounds down to 90. We have had two vets look at him, none can tell us what is wrong and both want us to have a test that costs over 1500.00. we cannot afford this. we have already spent about 2000.00 and i'm without a job now.
He went for a long period, 9 days without eating..even people food he refused. then he started eating. then the vomiting came after he ate. the food did not seem to even be digested. But it's random..some days he eats (now at night only after a walk) and keeps food down, others he throws it up. diahrreah stopped, but barely any stools. He sleeps on his back now constantly and has horrible hot spots all over him that we have medication for and finally put a cone on him so he couldn't reach them. He was perfectly find up until March this year. He used to eat morning and night..now he barely eats at night..maybe a cup of food. We have fed him Iams , i've tried so many brands. I felt if the stores were still sellign them, then they should be ok. By reading all the messages I think differently.
Can someone tell me a receipe that is easy to do that i can make on sunday nights for the entire week? our poor baby is needing help and the vet can't help us.

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[> Sorry to learn your dog is not doing well. -- Board Owner, 13:25:04 08/15/07 Wed [1]

Our greyhound was able to recover by eating chicken and rice. We made it for her. After she got back on her feet, we fed her the Bil-Jac dry dog food. She is doing okay now. Her eyes are bright and she has energy. Our opinion is to not feed the Nutro dog food. But do choose a food that was not on the recall list and stick with it. Changing a dogs diet too often might cause digestive problems. We chose a dog food that did not appear on the dog food recall list. It was also a dog food we could afford. *Also* In our opinion...just because it's on the shelves does not mean it is safe. These days, you have to do your homework.

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