Talking out Both Sides of the Mouth
Purina Pet Food and Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats (owned by Purina Pet Foods) seem to be telling pet owners two different things. One Purina company says there is no concern with feeding dogs too much protein, the other Purina company warns against feeding too much protein to your dog. So which is it Purina?
On the Purina ProPlan website (bold added): “There is more reason to be concerned about feeding healthy dogs an inadequate amount of dietary protein than feeding too much protein,” says Purina Veterinary Communications Specialist Dorothy P. Laflamme, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVN, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist.
“Here are myths associated with protein: Protein causes kidney failure in older dogs. Healthy older dogs need as much as 50 percent more protein than young adult dogs, Laflamme says, and protein does not harm healthy kidneys. The additional protein is important in helping dogs’ immune systems function at full capacity. Older dogs should have enough protein to help them fight the stress of aging.”
Ahh, but the Waggin’ Train jerky treats (imported from China) website seems to say something different (bold added).
“Q: How many of these treats should I feed my dog?
A: As stated on our packaging, owners should limit their dogs’ consumption of high-protein treats (such as chicken jerky) to ensure your dog is getting the other essential nutrients and minerals needed from their food.”
So…one Purina company very specifically states “protein does not harm healthy kidneys”, however another Purina company tells petsumers to “Limit their dogs’ consumption of high-protein treats.”
Which is it Purina? Please explain to us.
By the way, a Waggin Train customer service representative told me in May 2012…(paraphrasing)
Me: I’m calling about your feeding instructions for the jerky treats. I don’t understand. Your statements in response to problems surrounding the treats have been they are safe if fed as directed. This sounds like you know something about their safety – or their risk if a pet eats more than they should. So my question is, what do you know? Why is that statement that the treats are safe if fed as directed being brought up so much?
Waggin’ Train: Those are very good questions, and I can certainly help you with that. The treats are safe. Because they are 100% chicken meat, they are high in protein. Dogs shouldn’t have too much protein, it can cause kidney damage.
Me: So, that’s why you are saying to feed only a certain amount of the treats per day, because an excess of protein in the diet can cause kidney damage?
Waggin’ Train: Yes.
I’ve asked Purina about this discrepancy, should they respond it will be posted.
Also…recent information provided to TruthaboutPetFood.com shared that a Purina employee holds the position of “Pet Products Category Advisor” at Sam’s Clubs and Walmarts nationwide. An email was sent to the media relations department of Sam’s Club/Walmart asking for confirmation of this interesting bit of information.
I received a phone call from the Walmart media relations department early last week (around 12/11/12), spoke with a Walmart representative, explained the information provided to me and asked again for a confirmation that a Purina employee holds the position of ‘Pet Products Category Advisor’ for Sam’s Clubs/Walmarts. I was promised a return call confirming or denying the information.
To date, Sam’s Club/Walmart has not returned by call, has not confirmed or denied a Purina employee advises the retail giant on which pet products to sell. Interesting isn’t it?
If – and all we have is ‘if’ since Sam’s Club/Walmart did not bother to answer my question – if a Purina employee advises Sam’s Clubs and Walmarts on which pet products to sell, it is no wonder the retail giant refuses to pull the risky treats from store shelves.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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