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Discussion of Nutro / Natural Choice Dog Food Products



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.

This board is not affiliated with the Nutro or Natural Choice Company in any way. This is a discussion board for informational purposes only. Messages posted on this board do not reflect the opinions of Voy or necessarily the board owner. Messages posted here may or may not be proven facts and could be opinions, observations, or fictional stories posted by and/or about unknown or non-existent individuals.

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Important Links

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Consumer Affairs Nutro Complaint - Submit A Pet Food Complaint


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.

Sick dog -- David, 05:16:51 03/03/20 Tue [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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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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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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