Or Are These Just Rumors?
News outlets and the general public are just now catching up to a topic those in the dog world have been discussing for a while. This conversation centers around the following dog food brands:
Stella & Chewy’s
Taste of the Wild
Is Your Dog Food Making Your Dog Sick? Insights on the Latest Chatter
Oftentimes, worries about pet food explode on social media into unfounded claims against good companies. Some TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram pages become bloated with uninformed or downright fraudulent claims, and the very well-meaning people who began those sites can’t sort through the avalanche of postings to determine the truth behind what’s posted.
I usually refrain from sharing dog food concerns due to the panic and misinformation that often accompany such news. But, I have two exceptions here: when a company issues a formal brand recall or I have a personal experience, such as related in my post on Vital Essentials Contaminated dog food.
However, my hesitation in fueling rumors doesn’t mean I’m not closely monitoring what’s happening in our dog food chain. What small dog guardians put in our pups’ bodies requires special vigilance. Our little dogs are especially at risk, because their size means anything they ingest can reach toxicity much more quickly than it would in large dogs.
In a way, they’re like the canary in the coal mine: they’re often the ones to experience harm first.
And so, when I saw the list of companies–and heard owners testifying to eerily similar symptoms after their pups ate these particular brands–well, I admit I became concerned. These incidents raise a vital question: is dog food making my dogs sick?
My worry arises for two reasons:
1. Phoebe and Scout Recently Dealt with Tummy Troubles
Right now, Phoebe and Scout eat two of the brands listed–Instinct and Stella & Chewy’s– several times a week. And in the past two weeks, Scouty experienced one terrible night of clear intestinal pain – she couldn’t sleep unless she was on my chest and I was rubbing her belly. She was in a world of hurt.
And then just three days ago, Phoebe suddenly refused to eat her evening meal (Stella & Chewy’s), and she, too, couldn’t get comfortable. She spent most of the night on her belly, legs spread out in front and behind, as if seeking tummy relief. At the time, I assumed (and could still be correct) that they’d enjoyed a rabbit poop buffet when I wasn’t looking. But now, I’m not sure. Considering the recent reports, I can’t help but wonder if the dog food is making my dogs sick.
2. The pattern of cross-brand problems points to a supply-chain issue
Those temporary bouts with GI upset don’t equate to the violent symptoms 729 pet owners report on the Facebook group SavingPetsOnePet@ATime: diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting, and some reports of death.
Purina responded with a press release denying any safety issues. In response to reports of illness across multiple brands, Purina claims some rumormongers on social media “may be trying to create chaos and distrust of certain brands as an opportunity to sell their own products.”