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How much is too much? Lead in Pet Food

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  1. judith zimbalist

    update on Wild Calling pet food please.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I’ve posted several times in comments about Wild Calling – pentobarbital tests done by Virginia Department of Agriculture came up negative. The veterinarian and the pet owner are still concerned – pet owner firmly believes it was the food but Virginia Dept of Ag is not doing any more testing. One cat fully recovered, one still has some issues.

  2. Mary Lynch

    I’m thinking the NRC’s 10,000 ppb of lead was looking at immediate damage, not long term. Now I want to
    read the report itself.

  3. Sally Roberts

    The more we learn the worse it gets. Loss for words right now other than I am so disgusted still with all these wonderful ads from these dog food companies on how wonderful and healthy their foods are, HA !

  4. paponypal

    Susan, I wonder how many times you’ve tossed your hands in the air in disgust! I applaud your efforts to educate everyone on the false ads, corruption, and greed. All done at the expense of our pets health. Previously I purchased top of the line human grade food. But in light of all the research, the only one I can trust is myself so I got into making my own dog food and treats. I wish everyone had the time to make their pets food but I know not everyone can. Your trip to D.C. and your commitment is our best hope for the future of food. NEVER GIVE UP.

  5. PeterSPoulos

    This is abominable.
    This would occur with the human food system if manufacturers could get away with it.

  6. Ian

    As always thanks for reporting, evaluating, and demanding changes on these issues.

  7. Bethany Cortale

    Perhaps we should all be having our pet food tested. What would I have to do Susan?

  8. Cindy T

    What is the source of the lead in pet foods?

  9. Terri Christenson Janson

    I homecook but also give my dogs Swanson’s Milk Thistle every night. Sugar and Alcholol free. It detox’s the liver. I also take it. I have seen a big change in my newly adopted 11 year old poodle that was fed Science diet and then Beneful…..

    1. Ms. B Dawson

      An FYI, if you ever need to give a pharmaceutical that must be metabolized by the liver, you should stop the milk thistle. It will prevent the drug from doing it’s job.

      1. Terri Christenson Janson

        Thank you. I did not think about that.

  10. Dee Lind

    Is there a safe pet food! I’ve been feeding Blue Buffalo because I believed the hype. Also, Friskies canned cat food because my cats won’t eat anything else. What to Do?!

    1. Mark

      Exactly my reason for spending the extra money for what I thought was good, quality food. I guess it’s buyer beware, whatever the product is.

  11. Jennifer

    Hi Susan, Great article. I am a petsumer subscriber and it seems that the Blue Buffalo Grain Free Turkey and Potato Recipe is rated at 5 stars. I guess toxins such as lead, arsenic can only be “found out” through independent testings or lawsuits like this one? Thanks for your time.

  12. Mark

    WTH? Why is any level of lead acceptable???

  13. Kelly

    I’ve read a few different posts in regards to Blue having lead in their food. I was concerned because my 11 year old doxie has been eating Blue her entire life. Within the last 5 years she has only eaten the Basics, Grain Free, Turkey and Potato. In the past 3 years her liver levels have been elevated one time but we were able to get them down. Now with her being older this had me very worried so I paid the vet to have her tested for lead.
    They sent the test to a lab and it came back negative. My vet told me anything over 30 and we would take the next steps. Her results came back at a 1.
    So I wanted to share because my dogs are my life and my babies. My advice is if youre worried about it, have your dog tested to make sure. I know this is a year later that I found this article but for me it was better safe than sorry. So I came to the conclusion that the shipments of food in my location deem to be safe being that my dog has been eating only this brand and type of food, twice a day, for the last 5 years. My two year old pup has also only eaten this brand his entire life and he has had no issues as of yet. I hope this helps others.

  14. Janice

    Hi.. I recently found out about the lawsuit of Blue Buffalo & not only totally shocked but apolled! My Silky Terrier has been eating dry Blue Buffalo chicken & brown rice & occasionally sweet potato flavor since he was 4 months old , now he is 8 years old. He is my baby, my life, best friend & all I have. I couldn’t bear it if something happened to him through the negligence of these dog food manufacturers!!! The main reason I chose this dog food was the mixture of fruits & vegetables on top of the chicken (which he loves). As soon as I found this recall, I immediately called my vet & had a blood test sent off to see what’s what as far as any lead poisoning.Im still waiting the results. My vet recommended Science Diet Dog Food but I don’t know if it has all the ingredients that Blue Buffalo has claimed to have..?? I am at a total loss as to what dog food to buy for him at this point. Ive thought about going organic but there are so many brands out there its like flipping a coin & hope for the best! We had lost a boxer & Siamese cat some years back due to the “melamine” that China had put in the foods!! I learned my lesson as to buy only from USA. If there are any recommendations out there, I would really appreciate any feedback

    1. Marley

      Janice – I would avoid Science Diet like the plague. Look at the ingredients. I feed my cats mostly a raw diet. I do feed some canned Ziwipeak, mainly because it is “pasture-raised” and some even wild-caught, and sourced from a location where there is less use of pesticides and herbicides (from what I have read).

  15. Jeannette Blocker

    I trust no one with my baby. No one gives a rat about your dog but you. These dog food companies are just like pharmaceutical companies. They could care less about the health of our dogs, only the profit they can make from them. The Vets are no better. They push the Science Diet that is little more than poison because of the profit they make from all the sales. It’s all a scam just like the medical field. I am so fed up with all the scam artist we have to deal with each day. I have an 8 year old Pomeranian that I almost lost last week. My vet took her in and gave her IVs for 4 days and still cannot tell me what was wrong with her. He just gives me the Science Diet metabolic canned food after all the test an x-ray came back fine, and decided it was obesity. She’s only 2 lbs overweight and her symptoms were that she had stopped eating, drinking and was throwing up. I’m sorry, but I don’t believe obesity almost kills a dog suddenly when her heart and all her organs are perfectly okay. She did not even have high blood pressure. He insisted I put her on the dry Science Diet and do not give her holistic dog food at all, or any of the brands that I named such as Orijen, Blue, Ultra, Solid Gold, Halo, or any of those. Ive done nothing but research for 2 weeks on the healthiest, top quality dry dog food for small/toy seniors on the market, and even some of those include Menadione, which is a synthetic form of vitamin K. A widely used ingredient in pet food. They just fail to mention that this is toxic to dogs. I had decided on solid gold but then found that it carried the vitamin K. I bought Halo tonight but I see that it has soy in it, and I do not want my dog having soy. So it looks as though every dog food on the market is going to have one thing or another that you do not want your dog to have. I may just have to steer away from dry dog food and go completely to human grade. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

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