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Orrtanna Pa.
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I read a bunch of reports of Beneful dog food containing this ingredient. It is also an ingredient in antifreeze. They think that is ok??? I also found it in my Dasequin supplements. I am sending the new, unopened bag back I just bought. I am so upset I was trying to help them and fed them something that could harm them. I first became aware of this chemical after having a surgery 3 years ago that had me using a topical cream that contained this. I am definitely allergic. The pain and burning stopped as soon as the med was stopped. I am convinced that is what Subway had in their bread since I became violently ill every time I ate there. When we first got Lucy, that is what she was being fed. Beneful. Package looks so nice...hmmm. They should pay the vet bills for all of the dogs that have been lost. Apparently they get liver and kidney leisions and failure with no explanation. Otherwise healthy dogs. I am infuriated at this!! I still cannot believe I did not look closely at their supplement. I suppose because my vet recommended it, I figured it was good. I had just purged my treat cabinet about 6 months ago and got rid of anything that had this nasty stuff in it. I had just ordered a new supplement for Chan called Glyco flex. The Dasequin was not doing as much as I had hoped. I paniced because of the name, but nope no antifreeze it them. So both Chan and Daryl will be switched.Ok... I will get off my soapbox now and head to work. just, please, please, check your treats and food. If it has Polypropylene Glycol in it, please throw it away. It is just so hard to trust what we are putting into us and our pets anymore. Hugs from Lori, Angel Ty & the canine trio BTW: if anyone knows anything or has had a bad experience with Glyco fles, please let me know.

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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This makes me SOOOOO angry !!! And when I see those commercials for Beneful I want to SCREAM at the TV!!! 

I think you are right about that stuff being in Subway sandwiches. I don't eat bread anymore so I haven't been there in years so can't recall if it made me sick but still. How is this OK? We always have to second guess everything - even our vets - and I hate that. I should be able to trust my vet but how do you really know?

Thank you for sharing ... I am going to read labels as soon as I get home!

Hugs!

alison with the spirit of shelby fur-ever in her heart (and little jasper too)

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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Thanks for posting this Lori, and I agree this food Beneful is awful. I have had some bad experiences with one or two of my pet sits using this food. I strongly urged their owners to change to another, better quality food, they did, which completely eliminated the problems these pups were having.

I have checked the ingredients in my dog's foods and treats, and thankfully this additive is not in them. Pearl is also on Dasuquin, but I did not see this additive in the listed ingredients. So I will most likely continue giving it to her until I know something different.

I think it is great that some of us get on a soapbox every now and then, we demand quality products, especially food products for our families, and our fur babies are certainly family. Thank you for getting on your soapbox today!!

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Bonnie, Angel Polly, and new crew

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THANKS LORI! Very eye opening! You pull that soap box out anytime and climb right up there on it when you jave such great info. to share!clap

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!



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Thank you Lori for letting us know about this. There is a class action lawsuit http://www.cbsn.....ills-dogs/ perhaps you could join them?

My cat Mona got her cancer from a vaccine produced by Merck. They did pay for a portion of the vet expenses but the damage is done and the product is still produced and injected into cats every day.

We try to do the best for our pets but need to be reminded that pharma and pet food companies are in it for the money. I've been looking for an anti-inflammatory for Mona, thanks for the suggestion of Glyco flex.

Kerren and Tripawd Mona

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madI just realized that the Dasuquin tablets probably do not have this ingredient in them. Stupid me.....I changed because the chews looked tastier and they seemed to like them more. Propylene  Glycol is used to help retain moisture. So it would make sense that it is in some , but not all Dasuquin. Sorry Bonnie that I scared you unnessesarily. I was at Tractor Supply today to get dog food and took a minute to read the ingredient list on the Beneful bag......yep it is in there as big as you please. I am becoming more and more attuned to what is in their food since Ty's cancer, but most people simply do not know to look for this stuff. P's me off!!  Ok, I am done! Rant over! Lori, Angel TY & the canine trio

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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UGH that is terrible!!! I just had to run and check the ingredients on the Merrick we feed Tanner just in case! With all the recalls over the past couple of years, other than the occasional bully stick, I don't even buy treats for Tanner. He gets just regular ole fruits and veggies, blueberries are his favorite but he gets raspberries, apples, mango, green beans, sweet potatoes, yogurt etc.  My daughter has food allergies too and the ingredients they put in human food is also very questionable! Its very sad that we can't trust our food supply. The closer you eat to the source the better off we will all be, pups included.

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When I saw the headline for your post I thought the discussion was going to be about ingesting antifreeze. Nope, dog food. UGH! mad

I hadn't heard about the latest Beneful lawsuit:

Dangerous dog food? Lawsuit claims Beneful sickened, killed pets

This is interesting because back before we knew any better, we fed Jerry Beneful for a whle (gasp! oh-my) . It was about 1999 or maybe 2000 and we just didn't know how to pick out food. This one came out and we fell for the packaging. Shortly after feeding it to him he started having seizures. After doing some research when the vet wanted to put him on phenobarbitol, we learned it could be his food. We tossed out this garbage and started feeding him part raw, part premium kibble (back then, it was California Natural I think), and guess what? The seizures stopped! He never had them again.

Gee the things that eliminating anti-freeze from your dog's diet will do!

When you look up propylene glycol in Dog Food Advisor you get all of these search results. Mike Sagman, aka Dog Food Advisor, says:

Propylene Glycol in Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Propylene glycol is probably safe — in small, occasional doses.

Yet unlike most humans who are inclined to vary their diets with each meal, dogs are typically fed the same food on a continuous basis — meal-after-meal, every day for a lifetime.

And it’s that cumulative exposure of any controversial substance like propylene glycol that tends to keep us up at night.

For this important reason, pet owners may wish to consider the potential long term consequences of including this or any other non-nutritive additive in any food when making a purchase.

Natural preservatives are the way to go, he says.

Natural preservatives are typically made from vitamins C or E. You’ll usually find them on a dog food ingredients list using some form of the words “tocopherol” or “ascorbate”.

These items typically look like this…

“…chicken fat preserved with alpha-tocopherol”

Natural preservatives are typically considered safe.

Thanks for this post Lori, you have saved many other dogs from a tragedy like this.

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I have heard about these claims for several months now on Facebook, etc. and it almost makes my cry every time.  Our first dog, Spanky, died of liver disease at the age of 2.5 yrs and he was eating this food for several months.  He had become tired of the plain Purina and Beneful had just been introduced onto the market.  With the different flavors, he seemed to like it better.  One day he had bloody stools and we took him to the vet, but they couldn't find anything off with his bloodwork so they thought he just had a flu.  Within five days we were at the emergency vet, then specialists, and within a month of that first bloody poop he was gone.  I will never know if it was the food, but it breaks my heart into a million pieces that I may have fed him something that killed him....

Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...
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27 February 2015 - 10:17 am
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Wow....thank you so much Lori for bringing this to everyone's attention.  Back when Beneful came out we had our first dog Lucky.  I switched him from Kibbles & Bits to Beneful because like everyone else I was fooled by the packaging.  I thought it was a much healthier food to feed Lucky.  Lucky had some slight seizure activity but I never would have thought it was the food.  Eventually Lucky ended up passing away from Lymphoma and it makes me wonder if I caused his cancer...sad.

Anyway, after Lucky was diagnosed with Lymphoma I tried a more holistic approach to trying to help him.  I changed his food to Blue Buffalo, started feeding him cottage cheese with flaxseed oil, and giving him supplements to boost his immunity.  It worked for a few months but sadly the cancer became aggressive and we had to let him go.

With Leland I knew to look at food labels more closely so I had him on Grain Free Blue Buffalo (Basic formula) because he dealt with a lot of food sensitivities.

After finding out about the issues with Blue Buffalo and the lawsuit against them I now have Lucian on Acana Duck and Bartlet Pear and he LOVES it.  I don't think I've found one thing wrong with Acana (sister company to Orijen) but I'll double check for the anti-freeze additive (didn't want to try and spell the word).

I'm also going to make sure to forward this info to my step-daughter as I'm pretty sure she feeds her husky and chow mix Beneful.  Until a person goes down the road that we have with cancer/illness the general public just isn't aware that they really need to look at the pet food labels.  It's such a hard lesson to learn because we learn it at the expense of our furkids...sad

Sahana and her Angel Leland

Leland

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leland4 said
Until a person goes down the road that we have with cancer/illness the general public just isn't aware that they really need to look at the pet food labels.  It's such a hard lesson to learn because we learn it at the expense of our furkids...
Sahana and her Angel Leland

Agree totally. We often wonder if one of the things that sparked Jerry's cancer was the food we fed him in his puppyhood.

Lisa I'm so sorry about Spanky.

All we can do is learn from our mistakes and do our best to give our dogs of today the health we wish our previous ones had. Do your best, that's what counts. Our current dogs are so lucky to have the benefit of what we learned from our first pups. I always wish I could have had the knowledge to give Jerry the kind of diet that Wyatt has always enjoyed, but I can't change what happened. You just don't know what you don't know. Mass-market pet food manufacturers don't make it any easier.

I long for the day that dog and cat food will be just as regulated as human food. Dog knows they deserve at least that after all they give us.

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27 February 2015 - 8:49 pm
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Lori,

It's really okay to get on your soapbox. So many people don't realize the awful food they are feeding their animals. I also buy my dog food at Tractor Supply. I have yet to find a good dog chew there that isn't rawhide or made in China. I buy 4health dog food but I will have to look for that ingredient. Between the dog food stores and people food stores I spend a long time looking at ingredients. There is a whole lotta crap in people food stores also. Be informed as best as you can be I guess is the answer.
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I have all 3 of mine on Earthborn Primitive dry mixed with a bit of Merrick 96% beef or buffalo. All ing. Seem good, but if anybody knows different, please let me know. As far as chews, I have pretty much given up. We use antlers instead. There are some treats out there. I probably look so funny standing there label reading everything. Sometimes, I have to smile a bit. My first dog Muffin lived 14 years. She was an Aussie, Border Collie mix. When we wer e first married many moons ago, money was really tight. She ate a lot of what we ate. as a result, she continued to love table food. I am in no way condoning this, but I wonder if actually feeding her less " dog food" helped her live so long. She had no health problems what so ever. Her vet visits consisted of her vaccinations ( know more there now) and her mishaps with a fence and bees. I think we can look back and wonder what we did right or wrong, but the truth remains. We did the best we could with the knowledge we had at the time. I cannot even remember what TY and Chan ate in their earlier years. There were not so many choices. I just went to the grocery store and bought their food. The only thing that may have helped at all is Chan's food sensitivities. Still....... Purine One??? Probably not the best I could have done. All we can do is use what we have learned to help our pets in the present. Lori, Ty and C, L & Daryl

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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I know, Lori. Growing up, our dogs ate Purina kibble and people food (including chocolate ice-cream!!!!). And they all lived long and full lives. My childhood puppy, Misty, lived to almost 17 so it was a total shock when Shelby not only got sick at 12 but then passed at 13 1/2. It didn't even occur she wouldn't live "forever"....

Jasper is on a local brand of food that my PT also uses and she's really into Paleo and holistic stuff so I feel good about it. Jasper has MORE allergies than I know what to do with ... she doesn't get chicken, she gets the duck and rice formula and some eggs and lots and lots of veggies! I should probably wean her off all and slowly introduce stuff to figure out why she gets the itchies.

Her treats are, like Elizabeth, fruits and veggies... we have antlers and sometimes a pig ear but she goes through those fast, not a lot since they are high calorie.

I just don't know ... It's a lot of info but I'll read labels. Like I do for myself!  

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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My parents gave Lucian some treats for Christmas...Milo's Kitchen treats.  They were grain free and Made in the USA so after he finished that bag I picked up the Milo's Kitchen "hamburger bite" treats.  I've always been so focused on grain free and not being made in China that I didn't look closely enough at ALL the ingredients.  Well low and behold the 5th ingredient in these treats in Propylene Glycol....mad!!!!

Lucian's been dealing with looser/mushy stools the last few days.  I thought it was because he figured out how to get the treat out of one of those mental stimulation toys by Starmark.  It was a Starmark everlasting treat and he ate it ALL at one time.  It was Wheat Free and Made in the USA.  It did have corn flour in it so I just figured this was the cause of the mushy poop.  However, I guess the Milo's Kitchen treats didn't help him much either...sad

So even if the product is made in the US we still have to be ever vigilant with what we give our pets.  I thought I was doing good by getting something made here in this country that listed meat as the first ingredient with no grains...they sure won't get me again.  There goes another $20 in the garbage...whatever

Oh my goodness this is enough to make one's head spin!!!

Sahana and her Angel Leland

Leland

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May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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