Wellness Dog Food Recall of March 2017

Share

March 18, 2017 — Wellpet of Tewksbury, MA, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of one canned dog food because it may contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.

What’s Being Recalled?

Recalled product includes:

  • Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs
  • Size: 13.2 ounce cans
  • Best-By Dates: 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19

Best-By dates can be found on the bottom of each can.

No other Wellness products are affected.

About the Recall

Elevated levels of thyroid hormone may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with increased thirst and urinary output, restless behavior and weight loss.

Multiple studies indicate that for the vast majority of pets, symptoms are reversible as soon as the pet stops eating product with elevated thyroid hormone.

Because the recipe is a mixer or topper and intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only, the likelihood of a dog being affected is remote.

WellPet has received no reports of any health problems as a result of feeding the affected recipe.

However, the company is voluntarily recalling three best-by dates as an extra level of precaution.

What to Do?

If you have any of the 13.2 ounce cans of this specific recipe and marked with one of the three best-by dates, please email the company at [email protected]

Or call the company at 877-227-9587.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Get Dog Food Recall Alerts by Email

Get free dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. Subscribe to The Dog Food Advisor’s emergency recall notification system.

  • boxer lover

    Oh wow – how horrible!! Griffy that is so shocking!!! I can see why it has haunted you!! I got my babies back in 2011 – and a few years later not sure but it could of been around 2014 per my dog walkers suggestion, I tried the Orijen dog food and my dogs both got sick off of this one too – but didn’t die!! I’ve tried so many dog foods it’s unbelievable!!! That one went straight to the garbage!! Unbelievable…I also deal with Chewy and every time I’ve asked them about complaints on food they also have told me no complaints! I love their company, and customer service is so very good, but now I’m curious if they even log their complaints?? My heart goes out to you!!!!

  • boxer lover

    Oh my – I didn’t know that!!!
    That’s really scary!!

  • boxer lover

    Thank you so much Christine for your input!!

  • boxer lover

    Amen to that!!!!!

  • boxer lover

    Beautiful Dog!! I’m assuming it’s a he…but so cute that he even poses!!

  • Griffy

    Thank you very much.

  • Griffy

    Beautiful babies. They are great reasons to be concerned about their food. Love those faces ๐Ÿ™‚

  • boxer lover

    Oh my gosh…ur babies are adorable!!!! You can see the sweetness in their eyes!!! That picture is so cute!!!! They appear very very happy! It must be difficult with the white one being blind? Poor baby!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ranger Horse
  • Griffy

    Yep My 3. The white one is blind and a rescue. The left is also a rescue.. http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3eae575ff53ec7fcc0a3e125848e42b2ad471bfcb1d8f9b85ac9f6910ad1149.jpg

  • Puppy the Guinea Pig

    Frank, thank you for taking the time to write out this careful response and attempt to make people understand the irresponsibility of their claims. I’m not sure if it has sunken in or just fallen on deaf ears. I see dozens and dozens of continued comments from this same person on this page- maybe a bit of obsession going on here. I see what I interpret as some pretty strange behavior. You meet all kinds online.

    At least people have done what they can and explained how this can have consequences. That’s all we can do. People have their free speech and often people will continue to use it irresponsibly online until they meet with consequences and gain an understanding from direct experience (or this can even happen when people are commenting responsibly as your experience indicates).

    Its frustrating though because my understanding is that bizarre baseless over-reactions like this are exactly what prevent dog food companies from being responsible and having a very low threshold for issuing recalls. Having the lowest possible threshold for recalls is in the best interest of our pets health (a several year old pet food company that has never issued a food recall is actually a bad sign, from my understanding…they may be putting public image before safety). But it requires intelligent sane consumers who react from knowledge, not emotion. As we can see, that is not happening out in cyber world unfortunately. I continue to research and try to feed my dogs the safest best option for them. Thanks for your post.

  • Griffy

    If I may, I would love to ask a question about the comment you made about Orijen. Are you positive the Orljen caused your loss? I ask this question because on 5 December 2014, I started my Cocker on Orijen. I had mixed it with his old type of dog food and this was the first day he received straight Orijen. He ate only half of his food, which for Ernie, was a first in 13 years. He always inhaled his food so fast we called him Dyson. ( after the Vac) I let Ernie out, like I normally did, and he started staggering. I called my vet who came over and we could find nothing wrong. Ernie seemed fine now. Several hours later he started staggering, vomiting and could hardly walk. I called the vet and he returned. My vet stated he suspected Ernie had been poisoned OR may have suffered a stroke. Either way, I lost my Ernie at 3:00pm that day. That is his picture I use to identify myself.
    I contacted Chewy to see if there were any complaints about this food. They said no, and I then called the maker. They also said they had never received a complaint about their product. I should have had the food tested but I dumped it. I have been haunted since 5 December 2014 that I may have killed the dog which I truly loved and would die for. I have always suspected the food but never had any proof to back up my feelings. This is why I ask you for anything you may have to support my feelings. His loss has left me very hurt and puzzled because I still have 3 cocker babies who mean the world to me.
    Thank you for any help.

  • Christine Daley

    Agreed!!

  • boxer lover
  • AnnieSezSo

    Yes, and then whatever problems/drug residues that are present from the feedlot are passed on into dog food. If the dog food doesn’t state human grade, almost anything can be lawfully mixed in.

    Wellness has offered no explanation that I’ve seen as to how so many thyroid glands could be added to their mix to warrant dangerous hormone levels, but it is obvious their “95 percent” is not meat but nothing more than scraps from the carcass.

  • Connie Blanken

    I bought the new Wellness Trufood (Living Nutrition) and after feeding almost the whole bag I noticed that it has Calcium Iodate in it, which causes tumors in lab rats. I notified Wellness, and they only replied with an advertisement to buy more. Wellness isn’t a quality food if they put ingredients in it that they “know” causes tumors in lab rats. Wellness Trufood is very expensive ($70 for an 18 lb. bag), so there is no cost savings needed by using this ingredient. I guess they figure if I can afford this food, I can afford the Vet bills to remove the tumors, or buy another dog. Then it’s one more dog off the planet. Any dog food company that doesn’t respond to ingredient concerns should be avoided at all costs.

  • Christine Daley

    I guess my Orijen pups will have to become vegetarians!! Of course the beef comes from slaughtered animals!! Hello!! What do you think you eat!!

  • Christine Daley

    No comparison Orijen and Evangers!! You don’t know what you are talking about!! Orijen doesn’t even make canned food number one and they would not use euthanized animals and horses loaded with pentobarbital in their kibble!!

  • boxer lover
  • boxer lover

    Oh I’m so very sorry Abbey!!! I know first hand how devastating that is and the heartache!! Your so right they become very listless….it’s so wrong what happens in the pet food industries!! It’s so difficult to find what’s safe these days!!
    Just recently, my 1 year old boxer girl recently got extremely sick from the Evangers Beef prior to the recall. The older boxer refused to eat it. I stopped giving it to them luckily!! Over a year ago I lost my 3 1/2 year old girl boxer dog from Wellness Beef…that’s what lead me to this site. Makes me angry!!! I wish the government would require more testing for our babies food!!
    My heart goes out to you Abbey!!!

  • Ranger Horse

    I have had success with Wellness, but I am now concerned since this happened at the same time as BB. Same food sourcing?

    Going to give Victor a try…..

  • I lost mine due to Evangers and Origen. So listless and I thought it was her age.

  • It is no wonder Cattle have thyroid problems the way they are raised and treated in the US and then go to horrifying deaths.

  • She may be a troll in the employ of a particular brand?

  • #Origen in the US is a different formula than Origen in Canada. It is done according to USDA standards which means US mass assembly line manufactured meat killing&butchering.Is that what you want?

  • If you buy #Origen dry in the US you are getting the US formula which is different from the original Canadian one now that it is being manufactured in Kentucky according to USDA standards which means US slaughterhouse beef. You might want to stay away from that.

  • Thanks. I think if we had a FB page where symptoms like your dog’s could be recorded right away to alert us, that would be a major plus.Had I known about #Evanger and the fact that #Origen was now manufactured in Kentucky I would have suspected why my HoneyBee was so listless and not attributed it to her age. If I had read just one comment a few months ago I would have been suspicious and changed her diet.Manufactured in Kentucky means the meat comes from FDA slaughterhouses and for me that is not acceptable just because it is up to USDA standards. It is not up to any standards in my book.

  • My comment is not hysterical. Yours, however, is. So I can only say that you are projecting, a common unconscious error.

  • CarolE_C

    thank you for the heads up.

  • Pamela

    No. I do not use the water. I remove the chicken. I make the ‘white’ rice separately and boil it using bottled water. I ended up making (2lbs chicken) and boil about 1 cup of water and add 1/2 cup of rice to the boiling water. Some people worry about rice but I’ve never had a problem with plain ‘uncooked’ white rice.

  • Pete Ward

    I have the utmost respect for Wellness products – my dog simply loves all of their foods and the reviews on this site seem to make it clear that they are one of the best.
    I have to wonder, however, why discovering this issue with this particular canned food took so long. Turns out I had some of these cans and according to my history list in Amazon, I bought them on October 1st 2016. Who knows how long they were sitting there before I purchased them?
    I just mentioned to a dog owner friend of mine how odd it seemed to be that my 12 yr old Aussie was drinking more water than usual (she rarely drinks hardly any). This food was most likely the cause.
    Wellness: I assume you read these comments. To keep your brand strength secure, you may want to speed up the process of checking your food.

  • boxer lover

    Thank you Griffy for all your support and love today!! Your a wonderful person!! I really enjoyed you the most out of all the people I spoke with today! This was my first time on the site and I normally never get involved with talk sites, but like you put it…”you want the best and will stop at nothing to obtain it” Well said!! It was very enjoyable to have interaction with you today…you touched my heart!!! Take Care!!

  • Cathy Koh

    True

  • Cathy Koh

    Why does everyone comment during midnight??? Its only 8:24 am!!!

  • Griffy

    Well everybody, I had a wonderful time and believe it or not, I learned a ton from so many people. Thank you for that. Its wonderful to see so many people care for and worry about their dogs and really want to do the very best for them. I plan on taking much of today’s knowledge and applying it to my 3 fur babies. As I know the rest of you want, I just want the very best for my 3 and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

    I hope all have a wonderful rest of the weekend and a great life with your pups. Good night and thanks again for all your wonderful ideas and input.

    Griffy

  • Griffy

    I don’t think so. I have a link that might help…..Good luck http://www.petful.com/recall-lists...

  • boxer lover

    Hi Chanda – it appears that you are a Rep for Wellness. I just want your company to know my experience with your Wellness Beef. Over a year ago, I was purchasing your food and a regular basis and my 2 boxer dogs seemed to like it at the time and initially had no issues. After receiving a new batch of food, one day after both boxers were eating the Wellness Beef, they both became ill at the same time….throwing up, drooling, lethargic, having breathing difficulty and falling over – extremely ill. I had them in my back seat when they became ill as they love going for rides and I had to stop the car and take them outside to get fresh air. I gave them fresh water, which neither would drink. I held them and rubbed them until I could get them back into the car and took them back home. They did not eat anything the rest of the day. The next day, not realizing it was the food, I gave them another can of food the next morning. The boy boxer refused to eat it and the girl dog ate it and that afternoon she became very distant and started seizing and died in front of my eyes. It was shocking to see it happen as she was so vibrant, happy and the personality of our family!! It was very brutal to watch them both get so ill and then loosing my girl boxer in front of my eyes who wasn’t quite 4 years old yet. I think it’s important that you know…your dog food almost killed both my boxers. So your food is not picture perfect!! I reported this to Chewy were I purchased my food and my vet at the time. I just recently found this site and this is the first time I’ve been able to share my horrible experience!! I just wish your company would do regular testing on the food and not take chances so that things like this doesn’t happen to others!!

  • Michele Gray

    Are any of the Wellness grain free dry kibble affected?

  • Christine Daley

    Much better pricing for Ziwi Peak on chewy.com!! Even the canned formulas do not contain any controversial ingredients such as carrageenan or tripolyphosphates. Luv Ziwi along with Orijen and primal raw!! The best!!

  • Christine Daley

    Hi Brad. I have their treats which are loved. I presently incorporate the canned into my rotation. I believe all Ziwi Peak to be of the highest quality. I am sure the freeze dried food is awesome as well. Like Orijen maybe even higher nice price tag!!

  • Griffy

    Yes, she was allergic to 23 different things and potatoes was one of the things.

  • boxer lover

    Thank you Lisa…that’s really sweet of you! No I didn’t recopy it and send it to her…but I will. I take it that Chanda Leary is some kind of rep for Wellness?
    Yes it was pretty brutal watching her seize and die right in front of my eyes. Couldn’t believe it!! Really appreciate your kindness!!

  • Griffy

    We have many different cookbooks, but I get many ideas from the many Cocker rescue groups I belong to. I do feed my pups their kibble but add vegetables such as steamed cauliflower, broccoli , green beans, peas, carrots, unsweetened apple sauce and yogurt. We also add some chicken and a little rice. We change off every night and morning. I figure something must be right because I had a cocker who passed at 18, 1 passed at 17, and several who were 15-16 years old. You may want to join a schnauzer club. I bet they have tons of Ideas

  • boxer lover

    I get it…thanks Annie…your right they put in all this unknown garbage in the food along with other pre existing issues and it is not for the benefit of our pets!!! They sweep it under the carpet in hopes it will disappear!! Not a good practice!! Yes there were a few that were pretty vicious out there today!! Totally uncalled for….especially since all were trying to do is protect our babies!! Thanks for your support!!

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    Boxer Lover, did you re-copy it and send it to Chanda Leary? She needs to read what happened to you and your pet family. Again, I’m so sorry.

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    I’m so sorry too.

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    Do you have a little cookbook that you use? What about their vitamins & minerals that they need?

  • Pamela

    My 15 year old hardly had any teeth left at 15 (hence puppy mill)….so I fed her mostly homemade…and she had inflammatory bowel disease so I fed her 3x a day…around 1/3 cup of homemade only 3x day. My new puppy from the SPCA is around 25 lbs now 9mo old; and I feed her around 2 cups a day (1/2 dry and 1/2 homemade 2x a day am and pm)

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    Griffy, I followed your thread and found out about Wellness food ingredients coming from China. I have being using a best dog food list with Wellness at the top with no ingredients from China. Your dog became sick from potatoes? I’m really sorry. ๐Ÿ™

  • Brad

    My Pomeranian’s eat the Stella & Chewy dehydrated. They love it, and much more convenient than the Primal raw I used to feed.

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    WELLNESS INGREDIENTS ARE FROM CHINA. This is sickening!

  • Griffy

    yes, its pretty scary however I understand all dog food companies get their vitamins/minerals from China. I do alot of cooking for my 3 fur babies. I love cooking for them especially breakfast.

  • Pamela

    Now with my younger and healthier dogs I give my 25 lb puppy around 2 cups of food a day and give 1/2 homemade and 1/2 dry; and with my 14 lb senior about a cup of food a day and the same 1/2 homemade and 1/2 dry.

  • Pamela

    My baby was 15 lbs and I gave her about 1/3 cup in the am and a 1/3 at noon and a 1/3 at dinner.

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    Griffy, I “followed the thread” like you suggested, and look what I found. This makes me sick. WELLNESS INGREDIENTS IS FROM CHINA!

  • Pamela

    I never heard of white rice containing arsenic; I thought it was brown rice, but If you are concerned about the rice I would try substituting a small amount of oatmeal.

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    Thank you, Griffy!

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    I just recently found out that animals that have been put to sleep are being cut up and used for dog food. So, that’s what happens to all those poor lost souls that are put to sleep at animal control where nobody wants them? In dog food cans? Planet Earth is a mean and cruel place. They care so little for our animals that they are willing to feed them the same drugs that went into the poor dying animals?

  • Griffy

    I believe if you scroll thru this thread, some folks have posted some very good recipes for what sounds like very good food.

  • Pamela

    What brand of rice are you referring to?

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    I wish I knew how to cook for my miniature schnauzer, I would love to. I’m in a wheelchair, but I’m not disabled, I can still cook some things. Every morning, I cut up little carrots, green beans w/o salt, peas w/o salt, turkey slices w/o salt, add wellness canned turkey stew (for all of his vitamins). He loves his food, but I always worry about him getting sick. I sure wish I knew enough to cook all of his food.

  • Griffy

    I believe just the beef. Something to do with beef thyroid hormone

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    Carly Well with WELLNESS, I feed my baby your large 12.5 ounce can of TURKEY STEW for dogs. When will WELLNESS remove the BPA? I called WELLNESS and the Customer Service employee told me to use the plastic containers, which contain even more BPA. He loves your TURKEY STEW!

  • Mick

    We have used Acana for a couple of years now. We use the Meadowland which is about 33 percent protein and excellent ingredients. Champion has an excellent website also that you can see for yourself. It is expensive. Anywhere from about 2.30 a pound to over $3 and up. It really is a very good dog food. If you use the feeding guide you will feed less than other brands. Origen is the best brand on the market but even more pricey but more protein. Also made by Champion. I order online since we are in a small town and cannot find it here.

  • boxer lover

    Hi Christine…I just looked up Ziwi Peak….looks interesting! I’ve never heard of it before? Have you tried the freeze dried food? If so – did your dogs like it? What flavor? Just curious…thanks!!!

  • AnnieSezSo

    That was aimed at the few people I saw that were trying to defend Wellness against your legitimate concerns and using Wellness’ misleading words “naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.”

    One poster specifically seemed to reason that “naturally occurring” somehow meant the elevated level in a few batches of dog food was because of the cattle having a thyroid hormone imbalance and not due to improper human action/additives, which flies in the face of common sense but was likely worded so by Wellness for just that reason. My point was to those who were that naive, not to bother with a response to me. Hope that answers your question.

  • Christine Daley

    Acana is made by champion pet foods who also make Orijen. That is the only 2 brands made by them! Reputable company!! The best. I use Orijen which contains more protein than Acana, but Acana formulas are of the same high quality as Orijen!!

  • boxer lover

    Thank you Acroyali!!! I’m open to anything healthy for my dogs and always look for good food for my babies. I appreciate you taking the time and sharing your knowledge with me!! I will look into this.

  • Acroyali

    My main concern would be that the symptoms possible are those of hyperthyroidism, and a dog with an existing (weakened) heart condition does NOT need an increased heartrate.

  • Acroyali

    Boxer lover, Lew Olson at b-naturals.com has an excellent website as well as a great list of articles pertaining to health problems in dogs. Her book includes recipes by condition; with lists of good foods to feed and foods that would be best to avoid. Heart healthy diets (made from real food) are included in the book. I would check it out, best to your boy.

  • boxer lover

    Thanks for your response Annie….maybe it’s a misunderstanding!! I didn’t realize she blocked both of us?? I think we all want the best for our pets!! It’s just a difference of opinion – which happens because some dogs react to things differently and we all have our own ways of making things work for our babies!!

    We are all very passionate about our babies!! But I do find that there are some people out there that are vicious on this site and the main concern is the selling of their dog food – not the wellness of our dogs!! If they would put their energies into fixing the problem and educating the public and what they did to fix it…then there wouldn’t be a problem!! Plus if dog food companies would do regular testing on their food to make us consumers feel safe!! That would change the outcome for them!!

    Unfortunately sometimes things are based around the almighty dollar instead of what’s more important! If these companies would learn to build relationships instead of sending people out to attack us…they would be more respected and trusted and would probably make more money.

    Doing what is right is what is important! I speak the truth and if someone doesn’t like it then that’s their problem….not mine!!

    What did you mean earlier when you put….so naive posters can save your comments?? I didn’t quite understand what you were trying to say by that? Sorry I’m new to this and do not understand everything??

  • Belindavegan

    Well said

  • AnnieSezSo

    Boxer Lover . . . Same happened to me, my guess is Christine likely flagged you and I both. My last post to you didn’t go through either.

    I have a great deal of sympathy for pet lovers. I have great sympathy for the unknowing. But I have no sympathy for anyone getting obnoxious and claiming knowledge they just don’t have, like this Christine. Once you start looking, there is a world of information about just how corrupt Big Dog Food is and how they get by with killing our pets while fooling the average consumer. It it a corrupt system backed by corrupt politicians who allow it to continue.

    I have no loyalty and certainly no related income other than passing on where I gleaned much of my information about this and the web site where I found it. And I am not the only person who mentioned Susan’s site. Beyond that I have no idea what this poster is talking about other than she is correct that I have no patience for ignorance behind idle blather once the name calling starts. Best wishes.

  • Griffy

    Honest to God, I did not either. But she was telling me that ALL companies get their vitamins/minerals, from China, which are in them.

  • Acroyali

    I read labels for our food as much as I (used to) read labels for pet food when I bought it. Reading labels isn’t a very time consuming process, the idea that someone has to spend hours doing so is a little bit over the top. Our primary vet discourages kibble for dogs, and highly discourages kibble for cats.

  • Acroyali

    Avoiding bad ingredients isn’t really too difficult once you know what you will and will not accept.

  • Chanda Leary

    Hi Carol, this is Chanda and I’m with Wellness pet food. This product contains a source of beef which does contain naturally occurring thyroid hormone, as in all mammals. It is not added, it occurs naturally in beef. In this isolated incident, the product contained elevated levels of thyroid hormone. We’re open extended hours this weekend to answer any additional questions you may have. Please give us a call at 877.227.9587. Thanks.

  • boxer lover

    I tried to respond to your last comment but for some reason – I was blocked??
    I made a new post at the top ๐Ÿ™‚

  • boxer lover

    Thanks Christine….again I apologize, I can tell your very sincere!! I was being attacked for being truthful on this site and your right I jumped in the middle of things!!! My Bad!!

    I was being attacked after sharing so others would know…cause even though you think a well known brand of dog food is to be trusted…things can change!! Recently I was using the Evangers Beef for awhile….and again my dogs got sick prior to the recall. So now I’m leery of any canned food! It’s hard to find the exact perfect remedy to feed your babies. I do cook for them and that works – but now and then I’d like to take a break!!! I appreciate you reaching out!! I’m just trying to share my experiences…just in case I can help save someone else’s baby!!
    Take care Christine!!

  • Christine C Marooney

    Ok… So that’s more in line… I hate that we need to even process this information. Now with deregulation it’ll be that much worse…

  • Christine C Marooney

    Apparently I’ve been under a huge rock and feel like I’ve been duped. Thanks so much.

  • Christine C Marooney

    Yeah, me too. Throw our babies in the mix and we’re just a bunch of mama bears!!!

  • Christine C Marooney

    I am so angry right now. I’m so sick of maximum profit being the motivation for everything! I trusted wellness.

  • Christine C Marooney

    I had no idea there were Chinese ingredients in Wellness. Damn!

  • Christine C Marooney

    I am truly so sorry for the loss of your beloved, I would be forever crushed if my guy became ill from his food. That’s devastating! I think you just fell in the middle of Annie’s posts and got caught up innocently. So my apologies! So sad about your boxer. I’ll look back at your posts, I’ve never heard of a dog getting sick from, not a recall being issued for, Wellness. Now I’m very concerned. I did cook for my babes for a long time but trusted Wellness… Sigh.

  • Griffy

    Been wanting to try it. Might have to do it. Thanks for the info.

  • AnnieSezSo

    You are the perfect example of why I don’t.

  • Christine C Marooney

    I am truly so sorry for the loss of your beloved, I would be forever crushed if my guy became ill from his food. That’s devastating! I think you just fell in the middle of Annie’s posts and got caught up innocently. So my apologies! So sad about your boxer. I’ll look back at your posts, I’ve never heard of a dog getting sick from, not a recall being issued for, Wellness. Now I’m very concerned. I did cook for my babes for a long time but trusted Wellness… Sigh.

  • boxer lover

    I’m sorry Christine…maybe I misunderstood what was going on!! I was being attacked earlier for stating what food killed my girl boxer (Wellness Beef) ….and all of a sudden people started attacking me??? I thought that was happening here…maybe I jumped the gun?? I apologize!!

  • AnnieSezSo

    I don’t suffer fools lightly.

  • AnnieSezSo

    Be my guest. I donated to her site a grand total of one time to get her dog food list. It was well worth it. The rest of your comment is pure nonsense.

  • Christine C Marooney

    Ooh gosh, just read through some of your posts and now I understand it’s best to just block you. Please do get the professional help you need love. Ya! Thanks for playing!

  • boxer lover

    Hi Christine….I guess I’m not understanding….what is that suppose to mean??
    “so naรฏve posters can save your comments” – ???? or maybe I should ask Annie???
    Regarding Wellness Food…
    I did research initially and went off of recommendations and for awhile Wellness food was ok for my dogs. Then all of a sudden it made them both become extremely ill and it caused my girl boxer to pass ๐Ÿ™
    It was a horrible to see your babies suffering so horribly – and seeing what they went through after ingesting the wellness food. I was just sharing my experience with the Wellness Canned Food!! Not Good – over a year ago!!!

  • AnnieSezSo

    It is merely good advice, you should take a peek because all your “research” is obviously lacking all common sense.

  • Christine C Marooney

    I’ll be following your comments going forward, it looks like your on her a lot selling your donation based list. 222 comments. Lots to flag. Cheers!

  • Christine C Marooney

    Here’s what you’re selling
    For a small donation, Susan Thixton, https://truthaboutpetfood.com/ web site will provide you a list of the author’s well researched best dog foods. Susan has become a one woman warrior against Big Dog Food. I trust what she says implicitly. I trust nothing Big Dog Food tries to feed YOU!

  • Christine C Marooney

    Of course you would accuse me if being paid! You ARE BEING PAID! Your actually selling snake oil. Shame on you!

    FROM YOUR POST

    “For a small donation, Susan Thixton, https://truthaboutpetfood.com/ web site will provide you a list of the author’s well researched best dog foods. Susan has become a one woman warrior against Big Dog Food. I trust what she says implicitly. I trust nothing Big Dog Food tries to feed YOU!”

  • AnnieSezSo

    Comprehension, dear. You convicted yourself, and you can’t accept something that was never offered.

  • Christine C Marooney

    You too boxer. You both are being hateful to a person who cares deeply about her animals and is NOT PAID.

  • Christine C Marooney

    I’ll tell you where you could wear my shoe, just post under your real name.

  • Christine C Marooney

    It wasn’t implied boxer, Annie stated it. I care deeply about my babies which is why – after much research I feed them Wellness. Here are Annie’s actual, not impled, words, “so naive posters can save your comments.”

  • Christine C Marooney

    In your post above, love… Here’s your quote. “so naive posters can save your comments.” I am not naive. Have done more research animal nutrition most. Your apology is accepted.

  • boxer lover

    LOL!!!!!

  • Lee Morrison

    Terese both great references to share. Also look up Rodney Habib’s Face Book page. He’s Canadian, teams up with Karen Becker, and produces educational yet entertaining videos re: pet health and food safety. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve been rescuing for 20+ years and am fairly well educated already but ALWAYS learning when it comes to companion animal health & safety. He’s starting I believe in April a series on cancer in our pets and how it’s caused by what these companies put in pet food. His website is https://www.planetpaws.ca/ and his FB link is: https://www.facebook.com/rodneyhabib

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I agree, but I think you are minimizing the genetic component. You would be surprised with what some people can get away with (diet wise).
    And then others have to stay on a pretty much vegan diet just to keep their cholesterol values within normal limits to avoid statins. Just an example.

  • AnnieSezSo

    Possibly paid posters who make a few cents per post. But if the shoe fits, however, perhaps Christine C. Marooney should just wear it. . .

  • boxer lover

    Exactly my point…no where did you imply either comment!!
    People try to start wars when your trying to help your babies!!!
    I don’t understand these people???

  • AnnieSezSo

    Where did I call you either one? Tiger?–absolutely and unapologetically when it affects the health of my pets.

  • boxer lover

    Thank you Annie!!! Appreciate your kind and truthful comments!! All I’ve done is merely state the facts and some people turn things into a war and try to imply that I’m imbalanced….very shocking!! All because I stated that my girl boxer died from eating Wellness Beef Can food. It’s the truth!!! Sounds like someone is getting a kick back for harassing people like me!!

  • notphobic

    The difference isn’t the taste so much as the cumulative effects of the ingredients on our health. But you are right it isn’t easy on the purse trying to buy foods that are a healthier option for us or our pets. Too bad our FDA doesn’t do a better job.

  • Christine C Marooney

    Ready there tiger! I’m neither naive nor spiteful. Ah! But your posting under an alias so it’s easy to throw accusations around when there are no real consequences…

  • Christine C Marooney

    Your comment is hysterical! I’d love to be paid to feed my babies Wellness! Instead I feed it to them because I’ve actually done my research, checked my sources and post according to facts not conjecture. I live Wellness! And Wellness, if you’re listening and would like a pause spokesperson please please call me!!!

  • AnnieSezSo

    God’s blessings back to you and to all pet owners trying to do the best for their canine companions. I bought a case of this garbage as a supplement and want Wellness to explain how this happened, elevated levels of thyroid hormone. (Thyroid hormone is natural to it’s original inhabitant, It is not “natural” in select cans of dog food–so naive posters can save your comments.)

  • When a dog refuses to eat food they have been eating when you open a new bag, immediately stop feeding it. I lived on an animal rescue ranch where they accepted donated bags of feed. I repeatedly saw one bag cause symptoms in a particular dog or cat that went away when a different bag of the same food was fed.

    These bags of food were often returns, so the person who bought them probably brought them back to the store when their own animal refused the food or was made ill by it.

    As long as manufacturers use meat from animals that have been put to sleep this is a serious danger. As long as they use corn and other ingredients with high aflatoxin levels and other issues, every new bag of food is another potential cause of symptoms.

  • Jorge A Caraballo

    Good luck with the Cushings diagnoses.Our dog was diagnosed at 13 years of age and I cannot list all the different diets my wife went thru to better our boys diet and maintain his quality of life.

  • Jorge A Caraballo

    I guess Wellness and BB are using the same supplier.

  • boxer lover

    Thanks for all the good people who reached out and gave me some great suggestions today!!
    There’s some people on this site that seemed to try and intimidate you!!
    It’s sad that people waste their time kicking you when your down!! Shame on you – Unbelievable!!!
    May God help those people!!! On the other hand God Bless the people who have good hearts and truly try and help!! You’ve truly helped me today!! I appreciate all the knowledge you have shared and to all of you that have given me great suggestions – you rock!!!
    God says to pull the dead weeds….so I have ๐Ÿ™‚
    This is suppose to be about keeping are babies safe!!! To bad that people have no couth and turn it into a personal attack!!!

  • Carly Well

    Hi Jesse, my name is Carly and I’m reaching out from Wellness Natural Pet Food. I read your post and wanted to clarify that this recall is not at all related to Evanger’s, and we do not use the same supplier as Evanger’s. Thanks.

  • Griffy

    I just received a recall notice #2 for Blue Buffalo. Does anyone know if this is the older one or a new one? I copied the first part of the post.

    March 17, 2017 โ€” Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs because the product may contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.

  • boxer lover

    Thanks Trisha!! Appreciate you sharing your knowledge!!

  • Frank MacLeod

    You’re just full of defamation today and you act like anyone who calls you out on it is harassing you?

    You’re not stating facts. You present no proof. You have no cause and effect and merely your assumptions and suppositions. I’ve had dogs get sick, I’ve had dogs die, and it hurts, you grasp for straws but sometimes you never know the cause.

    You claim to “work with law enforcement”? What does “with” mean as opposed to “in”? I’m AM a retired peace officer and law enforcement supervisor and manager, with Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice and Information technology. At one time I was the litigation coordinator for a HUGE law enforcement agency.

    I’ve worked closely with Deputy AG’s and have supervised responses to hundreds of subpoenas and interrogatories of peace officers and agency employees.

    Post law enforcement, I went into IT security and I can telly you this. You are not as anonymous as you think you are. Companies can, and will if they wish, subpoena Disqus and this or any other site and find out your personal information for the purpose of pursuing litigation for defamation.

    I know this out of personal experience because I was the target of such litigation from an RV manufacturer at one time. Ultimately, I prevailed since my statements, and unlike yours, were true and verifiable and because my attorneys filed a countersuit on the grounds that the original suit amounted to a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP), which is a lawsuit
    that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by
    burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their
    criticism or opposition.

    Still, it was big hassle and HUGE expense and in the end I may have prevailed only because the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) intervened on my behalf.

    Think about the possible consequences before you publicly pursue a path that defames an individual or company and that harms their public reputation and business enterprise.

    As a point of reference, the terms of use for this site include, :
    “…comments posted at the end of each article represent the
    advice, reports and opinions of our readers. So, we cannot ensure the
    accuracy of or be held responsible for their content.”

    ” …We reserve the right to disclose your Personal Information and
    Non-Personal Information if we have a good faith belief that access,
    use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably
    necessary (i) to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request (such as for example, to comply with
    a subpoena or court order),”

    “4.3 By submitting a comment for posting, you agree that DFA is not
    responsible, and shall have no liability to you, with respect to any
    information or materials posted by others, including defamatory,
    offensive or illicit material, even material that violates this
    Agreement.
    5. Defamation; Communications Decency Act Notice. This site is a
    provider of โ€œinteractive computer servicesโ€ under the Communications
    Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. Section 230, and as such, our liability for
    defamation and other claims arising out of any postings to this site by
    third parties is limited as described therein. We are not responsible
    for content or any other information posted to this site by third
    parties.”

    DISQUS, the service you use to post comments, has similar terms.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7
  • boxer lover

    Hum…I’ve never heard of that one!! Thank you Trisha…I will check into that food!! I really appreciate the suggestions!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bev J. Dow-French

    Has anyone tried Acana dry food. I have bought it to help out our pet who has been diagnosed with Cushings. He might have a year left to live so I wanted to give him better food plus our other fur baby gets it too. I looked it up and there are good things said about it but you never know. I tried Blue and my adorable cat died from infections within two months. I hate this, just hate it.

  • boxer lover

    Awesome thanks Jake!!!!

  • Loren Broady

    Hi, Trisha, yes please email me. I give you my contact info. I raw feeder also.

  • Trisha Poe

    Check out Darwinโ€™s Raw Food

  • Trisha Poe

    Check out the book Canine Nutrigenomics by Dr Jean Dodds DVM fantastic.

  • Trisha Poe

    Hey there, so good to hear of a Vet who is not all caught up in the commercial food bias. I am already getting push back from what I said above.
    I just called wellNess and asked about sourcing, they said their products are globally sourced, when asked if anything came from China she danced around it and never answered l. Ummmm big surprise.
    I will email you from my private email if I may.
    I am a raw feeder and naturally rear my dogs. Will I get slammed for that, probably. Usually it is coming from people who have no idea about species appropriate whole foods for pets. And what works for some may not work for others.
    I never slam people for their choices but when they come after me because I am a raw food advocate, I don’t over vaccinate, I don’t spay/neuter until after 18mo old AND I am a Vet Tech who has seen the ravages of some and I stress some, pet foods, I will be able to back my reasons with facts.
    Thanks for all you do

  • Jake

    They have both dry and canned. They are super safe with checks. I can’t say enough good things about them. I love that they are one of the last 100% family owned, which to me, translates into doing the right thing not just what is the most profitable. See canidae.com

  • Griffy

    I had my cocker on a wellness product many many years ago. She had the worst allergies ever and this dry dog food was all we could find that did not cause her to break out. All of a sudden, she started breaking out and had a difficult time breathing. I called Wellness and ask if they added or changed anything and they informed me that potatoes were now a part of the product. (She is allergic to potatoes) I explained we would have to remove this product and begin discussing the ingredients. I explained the concern of outsourcing and she explained only the vitamins/minerals were sourced outside of the USA. When I ask where they manufactured she stated China and went on to state that all dog food companies use this. This is when I left their products all together

  • boxer lover

    I’m sorry…I fixed the names on my post…I got the names confused….my bad!!! Thank you for your kind words!! Trisha…your a good person!!!!
    Again I apologize for mixing up your names!!

  • Trisha Poe

    I don’t work for Wellness, I don’t feed Wellness and never will. The gal that works for Wellness is Chanda Leary who responded to my post.
    I am so very sorry about you pup.
    So very sad.

  • Trisha Poe

    According to our list that we received during the melamine recall Wellness was also on the list. Along with all other canned foods from Menu Foods where was Wellness produced at that time? We were going off that list.
    Where are Wellness proteins and other ingredients sourced??? Are alll ingredients sourced from USA? Where are the vitamins, minerals sourced??? When we called Wellness during that time we were told that it is “propritory” umm…why not devuldge the sourcing, Wellness has nothing to hide right?
    Get it out there where ingredients are sourced and maybe earn back some trust.
    Pet owners are not all “just believe what is advertised” any longer, the recalls have changed that and now more than ever the pet food companies need to step up their game and not let it be all about the financial bottom line but the wellness of the pet. We can see beyond the marketing to the owners with pretty packages, cute pictures and commercials. We research, ask a million questions and when the company cannot or will not answer and prove they are above the rest we move on.
    I know you work for Wellness and you have to defend them but can you honestly answer Yes to all ingredients are sourced from the USA?

  • boxer lover

    Good to know…thank you!! Can I ask is this a dry or canned dog food?

  • Jake

    We’ve been using Canidae for years with no problems at all. We tried doing a raw diet for a while. Our Vet had advised against doing a raw diet: said he was seeing many more sick dogs as a result of people not being safe with the handling of the ingredients.

  • boxer lover

    Thank you so very much Carey!! It’s nice to talk with someone who can relate!! I appreciate you sharing!!! My heart goes out to you too!!!

  • Jackke Friend

    like others said home-cooked is better than commercial

  • Jackke Friend

    thnk u – ordering the book

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Well, I wish you the best of luck. You do know that most people are busy working and are barely making ends meet. Therefore they don’t have time to read every ingredient label, in fact, some of us shop from the reduced price section (gasp).
    I have been buying marked down english muffins (generic brand) for years, they haven’t killed me yet. I have had the more expensive ones (Vermont Bread). I really don’t notice much difference.
    Can’t even be bothered with the GMO/nonGMO stuff, lol
    I often buy frozen veggies, the fresh ones rot too quickly.

  • boxer lover

    Thank you Tina ๐Ÿ™‚ Appreciate that!!

  • boxer lover

    Hiding…hum??? You have a picture of a Guinea pig?? ….I show my face. It sounds like your the one that has the imbalance!!! These are not Random accusations!!! The facts are my dogs got sick and (1) dog died after eating the Wellness Beef food. I work with Law enforcement – I’m very clear about what I say!!!!!!
    So again….I’m going to tell you to go away and bother someone else!!!

  • notphobic

    Yes indeed I do read labels for our own food and eat nonGMO and organic, unprocessed food. Don’t eat much bread but the bread I do buy is locally made and has 7 ingredients. I agree with you there is a lot of misinformation on the internet but there is also some very good information if the source is vetted. Dogs can get pancreatitis from “any” high fat food ****not just canned. Typically kibble is higher in fat than most canned. Check it out.

  • Carey Crittenden

    Hi Boxer Lover, I really am sorry for your loss. I am in a bit of a turmoil myself over my longtime buddy due to other reasons but I wanted to give you the link for reporting a complaint with the FDA and maybe it can help some others also.: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm

  • Terese Genecco

    Spend a very reasonable $10 to purchase Susan Thixton’s exhaustive pet food list. There ARE pet food companies using human grade food and processing in FDA-inspected manufacturing facilities and Susan lists them all. We feed our dog The Honest Kitchen but there are several other companies using humanely raised (and slaughtered) meat sources and all organic ingredients. WE have to be educated pet parents if we are going to put an end to Purina and the like who are basically selling us bags and cans of poison. http://truthaboutpetfood.com/the-2017-list/

    I would also highly recommend checking out the work of Dr. Karen Becker. She has a raw food “cookbook” of recipes for pets and is a wholistic veterinarian I admire very much. You can find her here: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2017/03/11/boycott-unethical-pet-food-brand.aspx

  • Puppy the Guinea Pig

    I’m not sure where you can misconstrue a threat in any of my comments to you. I have shared logical science based clear thinking and some legal facts. I hope you feel better. Maybe you could talk to a counselor or doctor about some of this. I don’t wish to talk to you anymore either. Take care and please think about what you post online. Random online accusations with no facts behind them can hurt good people. It is a very irresponsible thing to do. Words matter. Even typed ones while hiding behind our computer screens.

  • Susan

    Just as an FYI, Taste of the Wild is manufactured by Diamond! Worst company ever. I used to feed my dogs ToTW too until I found out it was made by Diamond. I now feed Earthborn Holistic. They’ve never had a recall, and their food is about the same price as ToTW.

  • Charmaine Krob

    Here is the recipe I found that was posted on this site
    :
    Pamela Tammie Caster โ€ข 2 hours ago
    1 cup of chicken (boneless, skinless; white meat) and pay attention to the ‘use to this date’ on the meat)
    l cup of cooked white rice (plain white rice)
    1/2 hard boiled egg
    1 tablespoon low fat PLAIN cottage cheese (I use those little cups and then toss it) I believe they are 2%.

    I make this about two times a week because my fussy dog won’t eat it after 5 days old….it takes me 20 minutes to boil the chicken, rice and eggs…be sure to use a chopper to chop the chicken up (because you will see if any bones are in there)…it is rare but over the past four years I have found a tiny bone in there) and was able to remove it by chopping the chicken up in an electric chopper .I always buy tenderloins or breasts.
    Target sells small choppers made by Ninja that work great.
    Also, If you feed this only I would add liquid vitamans, but I supplement with a good quality kibble and feed about 1/2 homemade and 1/2 dry food.
    2

  • AnnieSezSo

    “Cooking your dogs’ food does not mean you will now avoid recalls,” that is about as logical as comparing taking street drugs to prescription medication. Both can kill you, but which one do you think is more likely?

    Avoid commercial dog food as much as possible. Some dogs just don’t like raw. Cooking is far better than commercial.

    For a small donation, Susan Thixton, https://truthaboutpetfood.com/ web site will provide you a list of the author’s well researched best dog foods. Susan has become a one woman warrior against Big Dog Food. I trust what she says implicitly. I trust nothing Big Dog Food tries to feed YOU!

  • boxer lover

    If your threating me – it’s not working!!!!!!
    MY BABIES DIED AFTER EATING WELLNESS BEEF! NOTHING ELSE WAS INGESTED!! AGAIN I’M MERELY STATING FACTS!!
    I’M DONE WITH TALKING TO YOU….BECAUSE I HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY TO YOU….YOU OBVIOSLY HAVE NO COUTH!!!
    I FEEL THAT YOU ARE HARRASSING ME….
    DO NOT RESPOND TO ME ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I hope you don’t mean the internet regarding research.
    Your vet has examined your dog, therefore he can make specific recommendations as to what would be best.
    Some dogs don’t do well on greasy, preservative loaded canned foods….ever hear of pancreatitis?
    Blanket statements regarding treatment are not helpful, imo.
    Regarding ingredients, have you read the ingredient list on your bag of english muffins or loaf of bread lately?
    Good luck trying to avoid bad ingredients, lol

  • Charmaine Krob

    thx. I serve them two different types of Wellness. One is a core and the other a stew. Not the Beef. I called the company and they said if anyone is uncomfortable they should return the product where they bought it regardless of what type of food, and get their money back. If the company won’t repay, you should call them and they will refund your money. I saw earlier where a woman got a recipe from her vet for homemade food to add to her dog’s regular food. Copied it and will start using that. It has chicken, rice and cottage cheese in it.

  • Puppy the Guinea Pig

    Calling this company “dog killers” and “fur baby killers” is not being honest about what took place. You are over emotional, irrational and hysterical actually. Again, I’m sorry for your loss. I have lost many pets. I understand it hurts deeply. But please get control over your behavior. You are slandering Wellness, a good honest company. They have the legal right to sue you for the illogical stuff you are posting.

  • notphobic

    Well I respect your right to your opinion but just for the heck of it do a little research. And read the labels just for an eye opener. Our vet discourages kibble.

  • boxer lover

    There’s nothing wrong with being honest about facts that took place!!!!
    If only (1) dog became ill…then I wouldn’t look at the food. But Both my dogs were healthy and they both became ill at the same time after eating the same food. Common sense tells you that it was the food!!

  • Donita Mills

    Thank you for getting back to me so quickly Carly. I did call the number you gave me and my mind was put at ease when I realized it was a voluntary call and only affected three dogs at a very minor issue. I have several cans and bags of the wellness core food and I will not hesitate to feed them to my girls. For some unknown reason, I have always avoided beef and am now thankful that I have. Thank you for a quality dog food at a reasonable price ! http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b93bbd9fa1807e760ae53cddb4663d38b78d3f48dd6854ced666d4be2cbf4a20.jpg

  • tinab
  • Puppy the Guinea Pig

    I am very sorry for your loss, but there is no scientific basis in what you are saying and in fact legally speaking its slander against this company. People like you are the reason pet food companies HESITATE to issue pet food recalls for small reasons. They hesitate to do the right thing because they know people lacking in a science education or clear critical thinking often overreact and start to get paranoid and make broad sweeping incorrect statements- exactly what you are doing here. Your lack of education on this topic can damage a company that puts out a very high quality product. My dogs are my children. I feed them the Original Wellness Core dry dog food. The things you are saying are not making any sense. If a person dies after eating an ice cream cone, did the ice cream kill them? Or could it have been hundreds of others things? I’m sorry but you are very emotional on this issue, which is understandable, and are making statements with zero evidence.

  • boxer lover

    Oh ok thanks for letting me know….I will do that!

  • boxer lover

    Hi Trisha…just so you know…your dog food almost killed both my boxers. Ended up it killed the girl boxer – not quite 4 years old and her brother survived. A little over a year ago – they both became sick at the same time after eating your food.
    The boy dog refused to eat the food again and the girl dog ate it again and she died that afternoon in front of our eyes. So your food is not picture perfect!!

  • AnnieSezSo

    Eek! Hormones are naturally occurring, but an excess of beef hormones in a batch of canned dog food–NOT naturally occurring. Wise up. Carol J. Jackson has asked the most intelligent question on this thread. Now Chanda from Wellness, that is THE question requiring your comments!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Thanks for expressing your views, but, I ask my veterinarian for recommendations specific to my pets dietary needs.
    PS: I don’t agree with your opinions.

  • boxer lover

    thank you for sharing!!

  • boxer lover

    Oh thank you!!! Learning lots today ๐Ÿ™‚

  • boxer lover

    Most definitely – I will! Just wasn’t educated of what to do!! And not knowing that there is so much poison in the dog food! Learning the hard way!

  • Jesse

    Cooking your dogs food does not mean you will now avoid recalls. Human food has recalls too, Anything can be recalled. As Joanne said, raw is a great diet. It’s natural and easy to digest.

    Wellness, Blue and Evanger’s all use the same beef supplier, which is why they have all recently had recalls on their beef products. You can switch to
    another brand that uses a different beef supplier to avoid the current string of recalls, or you can avoid beef altogether if you want to be extra cautious.

    The beef supplier has failed all of these companies. Companies that had trust in their supplier. Evanger’s has fired them already, not sure about the other two. Don’t let it ruin dog food for you!

    Good luck!

  • AnnieSezSo

    Hogwash. Wellness has had many recalls. If it doesn’t say human grade, it isn’t human grade–and there are some brands that say it but still aren’t human grade because oversight is beyond lax. Are you familiar with meat by-products? It’s not meat at all, it’s whatever is left once all the meat is removed. And if it doesn’t say human grade then road kill is not an illegal ingredient. And let’s have someone from Wellness state exactly where this “naturally occurring hormone” originated. Hormones are naturally occurring, but an overdose in certain cans of dog food–NO, stop being naive until Wellness provides an explanation of how this occurred.

  • Sharon Samuels

    Thank you for the recipe~! But, I must ask … doesn’t rice contain arsenic? I removed it from my “homemade recipe.”

  • tinab

    Please report this experience to the FDA…they need to know.

  • tinab

    Please report your experience with Evanger’s to the FDA…they need to track how many dogs became sink.

  • Griffy

    Found your comment about looking at testing results before it goes to market. I posted a link 4 comments up.

  • boxer lover

    Maybe I should check with the vet…recently was just diagnosed with a mild heart condition. He is now 6 years old.

  • Hildred

    The home cooked recipes formulated by the Veteranarians are tailored for the specific dog. After years of making food for my guys I recently consulted with the Vet who specializes in nutritional aspect. My older female dog has elevated liver enzymes and needs a cooper restricted diet. If you are going to mostly homecook consult with the specialist.

  • boxer lover

    Thanks I’ll look into that again. I did try raw from the dog food store, but unfortunately my boy boxer is fairly picky and he doesn’t care for raw food. I’ll try it again!!

  • AnnieSezSo

    Yes and I hope you aren’t implying that should give us any real sense of security. This is the same FDA corrupted by Big Ag dollars and that looks the other way as we continue to ship horses medicated with toxic “not for human consumption animals” drugs for human consumption in other countries.

  • Griffy

    February 2011
    May 2012
    October 2012
    February 2017
    March 2017

  • boxer lover

    Yes…that’s one of my major concerns!! You have any suggestions?

  • Joanne Bartkoski

    Feeding your dog a raw diet is the very best. You don’t have to cook for them unless they are compromised in some way. Great book to get – Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs by Lew Olson, available at Amazon

  • Griffy

    Sorry, thought you asked about dog food testing…..My bad.

  • Chanda Leary

    Hi Trisha, my name is Chanda and I’m with Wellness Natural Pet Food. We read your post and wanted to let you know that Wellness was not affected by the melamine recalls. We had no products involved in that recall. Please call us if you have additional questions. We’re open extended hours this weekend to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us at 877-227-9587. Thank you.

  • Mary L.

    Totally agree. You know how whenever there’s a recall, they say “out of an abundance of caution, we’re recalling XYZ?” Well, out of an abundance of caution, I think we should all start making our pet food at this point. A major pet food supplier, Wilbur-Ellis, is now facing criminal charges for multiple cases of ingredient fraud…surely that affects a lot of manufacturers who trusted them…and the consumers who purchased from them.

  • boxer lover

    I’m sorry, I don’t know the question either???

  • Griffy

    I saw your question earlier but have lost it.
    truthaboutpetfood.com โ€บ Pet Food News

  • boxer lover

    Yes Carey…. I just discovered that through this site….thank you so very much!!

  • boxer lover

    I really don’t know if anyone reported anything…I’ve never had this happen and I told everyone, but nothing was ever said or done! I even reported it to Chewy.com whom I think is a great company, but I am not familiar with the process or where to go and who to report things too. I did report to both the vet where I took her after she passed – which was her regular vet and Chewy.com

  • Loren Broady

    Hi Trisha Poe, I am a Certified Pet Nutritionist and work with my brother who is a veterinarian and totally agree with your comments. The commercial pet food industry is pulling the wool over consumers eyes. Like you said all they care about is the bottom line. Pretty sad.
    Would you like to check out away to teach and educate pet owners that there is a better way? I can send you some info.
    Just take a look. PM me or my email is
    [email protected]
    Thanks for caring…

  • boxer lover

    Just as a side note….a week before the recent 2017 recall for Evangers Beef – I was feeding my boxers the Evangers Beef, and my boy boxer…Toby whose been poisoned before…refused to eat it and the new 1 year old boxer girl ate the Evangers Beef and got extremely sick – throwing up all over and becoming lethargic. I normally cook for both of them now, but every now and then like to use a can of food to take a break, or if I run out of fresh food. I don’t know who to trust anymore. I wish there was a site where people could look up regarding the testing of dog food before it goes to market.

  • Mary L.

    I hope that you and your vet reported this to both the manufacturer and the FDA?

  • Charmaine Krob

    Do you use the water you boiled the chicken in?

  • Trisha Poe

    And Wellness DID have huge recalls in 2008 for melamine toxin in their foods in the Menu foods recalls that killed so many pets.

  • Trisha Poe

    Funny how this is coming at the same time as Blue Buffalo and right after Evangers. As a Vet Tech I saw the destruction of so many pets with the big recall from Menu foods. It’s all about money and hoping as pet guardians we are not capable of being educated when it comes to foods.

  • boxer lover

    Thank you Kylie…that’s really sweet of you!

  • Lynnie

    Actually, I’m a former veterinary technician of nearly 20 years with a specialty in nutrition who reads health studies and the scientific information that BACKS the fact that dogs were never meant to eat kibble.

  • Kylie

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I found the site petloss I think .com to be a great comfort when I lost my girl tragically. I am sending you good thoughts!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    That is your opinion. My opinion is no more incorrect than your opinion is correct.
    No one is here in a professional capacity, there is nothing to debate.
    Anyone that has serious concerns should consult a veterinary healthcare professional.

  • boxer lover

    I so agree…now I do cook for my dogs, but sometimes it would be nice to open a safe can of food and take a break. Can’t do that these days!!

  • boxer lover

    Thank you Griffy for sharing…I appreciate that!! I will read it! I believe that our baby’s love is always so unconditional! Hard to find in general!! Bless your heart!!

  • Lynnie

    Incorrect. Kibble is responsible for the majority of health issues that dogs have because they were never meant to eat DRY foods, but foods that are mostly water, like meat.

  • Lynnie

    Very well said. At least the ethical companies continue to test and they recall their products when they detect a problem. You are very correct, however, that the problem seems to be coming from the supply line, which, to a certain extent, is out of the control of the pet food manufacturer. What is very sad is that it is seeming, more and more every day, that you just can’t trust anyone (meaning suppliers who are surely claiming their ingredients are clean and free of contaminants, etc..)

  • Griffy

    I understand very much. We lost our Oreo in Sept 2014 (2 days after my mom’s funeral) . Our male would sit by her grave every day until he passed in December 2014. I wanted to attach the article for you> I read it yesterday and I believe it to be very true
    Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-15/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend/8356594?pfmredir=sm

  • boxer lover

    No matter what…you’ll never convince me that this recall included all the real problems in the food!!! Until you watch your babies die in front of your eyes after eating the food…you’ll never understand!!!

  • Carly Well
  • deedz

    How much did your dog weigh, and how much of your mixture and kibble did you feed, did you weigh it to feed using grams or ounces for each feed , I assume twice daily feeding too?

  • Lynnie

    It comes from the meat. Animals have complex thyroid glands just as people do, and they can have imbalances in thyroid hormone in the same way. It’s good that they test their different batches to detect imbalances like this.

  • Carey Crittenden

    The same government entity regulates pet food as well as our food. It’s called the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Carly Well

    Hi Donita, my name is Carly and I’m reaching out on behalf of Wellness Natural Pet Food. This voluntary recall affects one dog topper product, limited to 3 best-by dates. Given that this is a topper product intended for supplemental feeding, there is a remote chance that a dog would be affected. We’re happy to speak with you in depth to explain our quality assurance and sourcing procedures so you can continue to feel comfortable feeding Wellness. We’re available all day, 9am-5pm ET at 1-877-227-9587. Thanks.

  • boxer lover

    Thank You so much Griffy…we still cry – she was so full of life. She was the personality of our family and always took care of her brother. Her brother – Toby hasn’t been the same since he lost his sister! It was so sweet – right after she passed, Toby laid on top of my husband and licked his tear off and Toby put his arms around my husband holding him. My husband and Maddy were very close! So was Toby close with his sister!! They were buddies!!

  • CarolE_C

    i took my dogs off of canned food a couple of years ago. I have two small dogs. What I do is bake chicken breast on the bone (moister that way) baked sweet potatoe. I too use a chopper. I mix about 1/2 cup of “taste of the wild” kibble in with the chicken and a very little warm water, break up some sweet potatoe, grate raw carrotts and a little parsley (very little parsley). I also give them peas and blueberries They love it, One of mine has a very sensitive stomach, he’s battled digestive issues for quite a while so he gets a probiotic in his evening meal as well as both getting a smidgen of organic coconut oil in their food once a day. Walter, the one with digestive issues poops like a charm. Darla, my other one has a cast iron stomach can and will eat anything. I try to keep away from feeding table food.

  • Griffy

    So very sorry for your loss ๐Ÿ™

  • notphobic

    No need to be sorry, I agree. Check out The Honest Kitchen. It is a dehydrated food, you add water too then serve. They have complete diets and pre-mixes that you can add your own protein too. It is our favorite among the dehydrated foods. Great company and food. Seems expensive but goes a long way. Also Grandma Lucys is another.

  • Carol J. Jackson

    How did this get into the food. Where would the “naturally occuring Thyroid Hormone” come from?
    That food, not Wellness, that was recalled due to Pentobarbitol had an obvious source but this? Where does it come from?

  • Carey Crittenden

    You are right Christine. I think they might have had one 7 to 10 years ago, maybe longer and I am sure it was voluntary also.

  • Tammie Caster

    Thank you so much. I have a rescue not sure of his exact age probably about 9 and a 6 month old puppy both Yorkie mixes. I lost my precious baby in September. She would have been 10 tomorrow. She suddenly developed an autoimmune disease and was gone in 3 days. I have always been so careful about the treats and food that I give my dogs but I am scared of everything now because there was no explanation about what happened to my baby. So I am always looking for healthy ideas. Right now I feed my puppy Royal Canin Yorkie puppy and my older dog small breed Science Diet. Thank you for your help!

  • If it is made in China AVOID. I noticed products made in China have recently added “under FDA inspected and USA inspected” to lull us when we know the ones in the US are horrible. I posted this under your comment as the one on Chinese distributor was deleted by moderator.

  • boxer lover

    You don’t seem to understand!!!!! I never said anything a year ago, because I didn’t know about these sites. I’ve never seen my boxer dogs this ill!! I think there is more of a contamination than you realize!!! Watching my dogs, gasping for air, throwing up, lethargic….there’s obviously something more than “Elevated Thyroid Hormone” I had to stop driving the car when this happened…they both started to get sick at the same time. Not knowing it was the food, I fed my dogs again…the boy dog refused to eat the food, the girl dog ate it again and died shortly after right in front of my eyes. She was very vibrant, active and happy dog!! I think there’s a lot of blind eyes that go on at the factory!!!! I double checked my dog food purchase from Chewy.com just now and guess what food was ordered right before my dog died…..Wellness Beef

  • Pamela

    You are welcome. Hope it helps. Nothing is perfect in this world. We just do the best we can.

  • Griffy

    No, I am getting upset over the dog food industry and all the recalls this year alone. Last year there were 7 recalls for 12 months and this year alone there have been 9 recalls. The dog food industry needs to get there act together and that’s who I was directing it to. Last month I opened a can of Newman’s own and it stunk to hi heaven. I contacted them and they said sorry, we will send you a replacement can. (i tossed it) I do not expect to eat garbage and I darn sure don’t expect my pups to eat it either
    Sorry for ranting but it seems as though these companies say ” oh well it’s just a dog”

  • Yes and underneath that is world global capitalism that drives them to skimp on quality, organic, etc.

  • Pamela

    Yes. I agree and do this. And I use ‘cage free’ eggs.

  • Thanks for the recipe that I asked for above.

  • Please use organic chicken. The horrible conditions commercial chickens are living under has to affect the quality of their meat for our pets.

  • Thanks. Could you post your recipe. I am having trouble also.

  • The problem with your comment is that we know there are people who come here to pump up the brand that is paying them in cases like this. So you don’t sound truthful to us when, in fact, you may be very truthful. This is how the brands destroy our confidence in them.

  • Animals are suffering from the same chronic diseases as humans under the stressing conditions that they live under. We are all at risk. I am beginning to think that we need to feed our pets organic that we make for them.

  • notphobic

    Are you thinking of Evangers?

  • Anastasia Katsantonis

    I AGREE, IT WAS VOLUNTARY & ONLY 1 SPECIFIC CAN HAS BEEN RECALLED.

  • Pamela

    1 cup of chicken (boneless, skinless; white meat) and pay attention to the ‘use to this date’ on the meat)
    l cup of cooked white rice (plain white rice)
    1/2 hard boiled egg
    1 tablespoon low fat PLAIN cottage cheese (I use those little cups and then toss it) I believe they are 2%.

    I make this about two times a week because my fussy dog won’t eat it after 5 days old….it takes me 20 minutes to boil the chicken, rice and eggs…be sure to use a chopper to chop the chicken up (because you will see if any bones are in there)…it is rare but over the past four years I have found a tiny bone in there) and was able to remove it by chopping the chicken up in an electric chopper .I always buy tenderloins or breasts.
    Target sells small ones that work great.
    If you feed this only I would add liquid vitamans, but I supplement with a good quality kibble and feed about 1/2 and 1/2.

  • Christine C Marooney

    Can you post another recall for Wellness? I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one before. This recall is for a naturally occurring hormone found in beef, it’s not related to any sort of contamination. Wellness is pretty much “human grade” ingredients and I absolutely trust this product. To my knowledge they don’t use rendered meats or proteins (which I find disgraceful in other pretty foods, to put euthanized pets right in their food along with road kill, animals too sick to go to market, etc.) I think you can trust Wellness. Contact them and search for other Wellness recalls, you’ll be hard pressed to find any. Cheers. Ooh and read “Food Pets Die For,” changed my food philosophy for pets.

  • Lois

    A lot of the high dollar dog foods seem to be having recalls, Blue Wilderness being another one.

  • Anastasia Katsantonis

    YES, I WAS WONDERING THE EXACT SAME THING. COULD U PLEASE ELABORATE!?!
    MY DOGS ARE ALMOST 15. THE RITE DOG FOOD AND BALANCE IZ VITAL@ THIS AGE

  • notphobic

    Please check out The Honest Kitchen and Grandma Lucys, both dehydrated food you add water too then feed. Seems more $$ but it goes a long way. Kibble is the worst diet of all….for real. It is DRY….not enough moisture. Even IF ingredients are quality it is still DRY and baked at such high temperatures nutrients are destroyed. (IE: better to steam your veggies than boil the life out of them, same principal.) Kibble has been the source of many recalls due to …take your pick; salmonella, melamine contamination (2007), aflatoxin to name a few.

  • Carey Crittenden

    You all need to relax. Read the announcement again, especially the last line!
    Elevated thyroid hormone levels can occur in any meat if that animal has a thyroid gland and chances are you have ate meat like that more than once in your lifetime. Wellness is a top notch company and they are vigilant in testing their products and just taking a little bit extra precaution because they are one of the best out there!

  • boxer lover

    Beware – Wellness Beef….killed my 4 year old girl boxer dog about a year ago. It also almost killed her brother too – Toby a 4 year old boxer dog. They both became very ill at the same time after eating the food. Toby survived…but my precious Maddy didn’t make it. It’s ridiculous that these companies don’t regularly test their food……they are dog killers or should I say our fur baby killers!! They are my children as far as I’m concerned!! Its all about the $$$$$ Seems like something should be done to regulate these companies!!! It’s NOT RIGHT!!!

  • notphobic

    Kibble is the worst diet of all….for real. It is DRY….not enough moisture. Even IF ingredients are quality it is still DRY and baked at such high temperatures nutrients are destroyed. (IE: better to steam your veggies than boil the life out of them, same principal.) Kibble has been the source of many recalls due to …take your pick; salmonella, melamine contamination (2007), aflatoxin……..

  • Tammie Caster

    What is your recipe?

  • Pamela

    ….made in China and sold by distributors here in the USA

  • Griffy

    There are 9 different foods which are on the recall list for 2017 alone. (3 months) I hope to provide you with a link of all recalled foods.
    http://www.petful.com/recall-lists/dog-food-recalls/

  • Amy Schatz-Uggiano

    I stopped buying Wellness. My dogs never really liked it anyway and it seems to have a lot of recalls lately.

  • Pamela

    It took me 15 years to get a recipe out of my vet…’after being told diet doesn’t matter by other vets’. And he only gave it to me when he knew she was terminal. I truly believe the reason she lasted another year was because of the food I made for her.

  • Judy Hyder

    Thank you!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    No difference, except, both are DRY. That is why I suggest adding a splash of water and a bit of real food to it.

  • Charmaine Krob

    Just got on the recall list for Wellness. So could you tell me what other canned Wellness has been recalled? One can lasts me about three day because it’s mixed with his Fromm regular food. Thx.

  • Marlene

    It seems to me that the problem lies with the agricultural industry, (i.e., the suppliers to pet food companies), which will probably be completely deregulated, which we’ll see these problems a hundred fold. As I see it, a dog food manufacturer buys its ingredients from suppliers and would have no way of knowing the quality of the ingredient (other than probably false promises given by the supplier). A dog food company can’t know what’s inside of a cow (like the level of thryroid hormone). Personally, I don’t feed my dogs beef because I don’t trust the beef industry (and I certainly don’t eat it myself). I have no connection with any dog food company or any supplier, I’m just a consumer. But as I see it, blaming the pet food company is like putting a band aid on a gaping wound. The solution lies with the agricultural industry because if you think this crap is only getting into your pet’s food, time to wake up.

  • Judy Hyder

    What is the difference between kibble and dry dog food?

  • Cathy Koh

    Yeah so many recalls

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Just avoid all canned foods in general as much as possible, for you and your pets.
    Use a quality kibble as a base.
    The kibble being about 1/2 of the diet.

  • Griffy

    How many recalls does this make this month alone. Folks, you need to get your act together NOW!!!

  • Donita Mills

    OMG! I chose wellness because of its excellent reputation. What the heck is going on? This is ridiculous !

  • sambella

    ๐Ÿ™

  • Cathy Koh

    Omg