Two weeks ago Hana Braddy’s German Shepherd, Luna, all but stopped eating. She would eat just a few pieces of kibble at a time and then stop. Within a couple of days, Luna had diarrhea.
Thinking Luna had a simple upset stomach or had contracted a bug, Braddy tried feeding Luna canned pumpkin; a known diet supplement for dogs experiences tummy troubles. But the pumpkin didn’t help and Luna continued to decline.
A week after Luna’s troubles began, Braddy’s other dog stopped eating and developed diarrhea as well. By that time Luna’s diarrhea had become explosive and it was obvious that it was more than a stomach bug that was effecting the Braddy dogs. Hana called the veterinarian.
The vet, suspecting parasites, instructed Braddy to bring in a stool sample from each dog. But the stool samples tested clean with no parasites present. Thinking it might be a possible food allergy, both dogs were put on medication to coat their stomach and Braddy was instructed by her vet to change foods.
Within 48 hours of the food change both Luna and Gypsy were doing much better. Both were eager to eat at feeding time and both were passing normal stools.
Happy that her dogs had both improved, with appetites and potty habits appearing normal, Braddy didn’t question what might have caused her dogs to become suddenly ill.
On Aug. 16, late in the evening, Braddy was browsing through Facebook and noticed a post on one of the German Shepherd dog groups she follows from out of the United Kingdom. The lady posting told the story about her dog became increasingly ill and with no indication as to why, until it was discovered that the dog kibble she had been feeding her pet was found to contain foreign matter. The kibble she had been feeding was Pedigree.
That’s when it struck Braddy, “Pedigree was what my dogs were eating when they got so sick,” she said.
Although she had switched her dogs to a different food, she had not yet thrown out the old bag of Pedigree. Curious she checked the remaining kibble, piece by piece, and was amazed and what she found.
Having looked through just a small bowl of the Pedigree kibble, Braddy found several pieces that had what looked like wire sticking out of them. “At first I thought it was wire,” said Braddy. “I really checked it out and I can’t figure out if it’s plastic or what, but it’s clear and hard. My husband says it looks like heavy fishing line.”
Brady had purchased her bag of Pedigree at the Wal-mart store in Perryville, Mo. She plans to call the store and tell them what she found, hoping they will pull the remaining bags of Pedigree off their shelf until the food can be confirmed safe or not. She also plans to call Pedigree to make a complaint.
“Now I know why my babies were sick. They ate half that bag of food so no telling how much of this stuff was in their bellies,” said Braddy. “As pet owners we trust these companies to sell us a good product, not something that will make our babies sick and possibly kill them.”
This isn’t the first time Pedigree has had trouble with consumers finding foreign matter in Pedigree dog foods. It’s not the first time that consumers have complained that the products made their pets sick. Just last August there was a massive recall of Pedigree pet food in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.
Braddy says she made a post about what she found on Facebook and several people replying said that they too had checked their bags of Pedigree and found the same curious material in the food.
Consumers that find problems with any Pedigree products can contact Mars Petcare at (800) 305-5206 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST. 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.
Check back here on Examiner in the coming days for a follow up to find out what Pedigree has to say and whether there will be a recall on any of their pet foods.