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FDA Investigating Potential Link Between Diet and Heart Disease in Dogs

Original Report July 2018 Updated July 2020 Updated July 2021 Updated February 2022 Updated August 2022 Updated December 2022 Is there a link between DCM in dogs and grain-free dog

Worrisome Levels of Arsenic Discovered in US Rice Supply

This ABC News video details the discovery by Consumer Reports of arsenic in the US rice supply. Since Consumer Reports has recommended “babies eat no more than one serving of

Nestle Purina Buys Merrick Pet Care

July 21, 2015 — Nestle Purina PetCare Company has purchased Merrick Pet Care in a recent buyout agreement. Merrick Pet Care was founded in 1988. The company is a leading

Fake Beef Seized in China — Coming Soon to a Dog Food Near You?

September 19, 2013 — This week, police in the Shaanxi province of China reported they had discovered and seized more than 44,000 pounds of fake beef at a local factory.

FDA Releases Arsenic Test Results – Is Rice Safe for Your Dog?

September 6, 2013 — The Food and Drug Administration has today published its arsenic test results taken from approximately 1,300 samples of rice and rice products. While arsenic content varied

Del Monte Foods Buys Natural Balance Pet Foods

May 22, 2013 – Del Monte Foods has announced it has purchased Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods in a recent merger agreement. Del Monte is one of the

Purina Pro Plan Changes Product Lineup

Purina has recently renamed and launched new packaging for its Pro Plan product line. The company reports the action was needed to make it easier for consumers to find the

Canadian Video Exposes the Dangers of Chinese Chicken Jerky Treats

The following video recently broadcast by the Canadian CBC news magazine, Marketplace, is a documentary exposing the dangers of Chinese-made chicken jerky dog treats. What You Can Do to Help

New Forums Area Lets You Ask Questions and Create Your Own Topics

Got questions about feeding your dog? Ever wished you could start your own discussion about a food-related topic not already covered by our blog? Good news! Help is finally on

Hill’s Science Diet Changes Its Recipes

Hill’s Science Diet has announced it has begun shipping dog and cat food products containing new recipes and formulas starting in December 2012. The new formulations are being rolled out

Arsenic in Rice May Also Affect Dog Food

The recent discovery by the FDA of high levels of arsenic in rice makes it likely we’ll soon be hearing more about excessive levels of the same potentially hazardous substance

Jerky Treats Death Toll Rises

Pets continue to die after eating jerky treats according to a new report published this week by the FDA. At least 360 dogs have died of 2,200 that have fallen

Petco Food Bowl Recall

Petco has announced a voluntary recall of certain stainless steel pet food bowls due to contamination with radioactive material. The following company statement provides full details: Petco has determined that

Deadly Chinese Dog Treats – Could This Be the Cause?

Could a controversial source of glycerin be the cause of so many canine deaths associated with imported Chinese dog treats? The FDA recently began notifying regulated industries that products using

FDA Updates Chinese Dog Treats Warning

July 18, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has once again released another update for consumers regarding the safety of Chinese-made chicken jerky products for pets. This precautionary

Diamond Dog Food Recall – Many Pets Remain at Risk for Salmonella

July 15, 2012 — Apparently, many pet owners are still unaware of the ongoing Diamond dog food recall event that began in early April. So, their dogs remain at risk

Multiple Diamond Dog Foods Now Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Humans

It now appears multiple Diamond Dog Food products have been linked to Salmonella infections in the human population. In a bulletin dated May 3, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control

FDA Updates Chinese Dog Treats Report

May 2, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has today issued yet another update for consumers regarding the safety of Chinese-made chicken jerky products for pets. This precautionary

Diamond Pet Foods Suspends All Shipments from SC Plant

On Friday, April 13, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods has confirmed the company has temporarily suspended shipments of all products manufactured at its Gaston, South Carolina facility. The only reason given

Consumer Reports Calls Walmart’s Ol’ Roy the “Best Deal” — Oh, Really?

In its August 2011 issue, Consumer Reports has called Walmart’s one-star rated Ol’ Roy Dog Food the “best deal”. In writing this article, Consumer Reports researchers appear to have favored

Xylitol — Popular Sweetener That Can Be Deadly to Your Dog

Xylitol is a popular artificial sweetener that can be deadly to your dog. It can also be listed as “birch sugar” on a food product label. According to the Food

Best Grain Free Dog Foods… Report Now Posted

By popular request, the Dog Food Advisor has now prepared a report detailing the best grain free dog foods. The article includes two lists… one includes the best dry grain

Best Puppy Foods… Report Now Posted

By popular request, the Dog Food Advisor has now posted lists of its best puppy foods. For immediate access to these reports, click one of the following links… An Introduction