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Heads Up! — Please Stay Away from Grocery Store Dog Food!

A very strict warning about Pedigree or any “store brand” dog food… Normally my husband and I would never touch it, but financially we had some rough months and bought it because it was cheap.

After about a week of using it our dog started scratching… It got to the point where she was bald on one side and it was red and hot to the touch and had no fur around her eyes… It was painful to see, and not knowing what was going on.

As someone that knows her dog foods, I should have known better than to subject my dogs to this crap!!!

I will never feed or subject my dogs to Beneful, Pedigree, Iams or any of those crap brands again!!!!

We have since switched foods to 1/2 Kibble ($60 a month) and 1/2 raw ($20 a month) plus home cooked stews and a huge change.

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Please do not walk into a grocery store and pick the cheapest brand!!!! We didn’t know for months what was going on with Aayla, I am glad I know now.

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  1. Same goes for grocery store human food!

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  2. My dog has an allergy to pedigree as well hot spots itchy skin and runny nose. Not everyone’s dogs will react that way I’m just glad I changed his food.

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  3. Jenn Brouwer Jenn Brouwer says:

    As someone who has studied pet nutrition in school I can tell you that every single dog food on the market has to meet requirements to be nutritionally sound for a complete diet for your pet. However they can and do add fillers such as corn which your dog really doesn’t need. So for a food like Beneful you would actually be feeding more food to your dog to satisfy his dietary needs. The excess becomes “waste” so while all foods will feed a dogs needs you can feed less and have less poop with higher quality foods. Also in lower quality foods you tend to find more allergies because they don’t use single proteins and the fillers can cause allergies as well. But if your dog is allergic to chicken he will be allergic to the low end food and the high end food if it has chicken in it. The basics of it are you will be feeding more food if it’s lower quality and having more poop. Higher quality is less food less waste so the costs can balance out. But rest assured every food on the market does meet the requirements to be a meal for your pet.

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  4. Karen Dyck Karen Dyck says:

    it could also be the change was to quick and the “hot spots” were from the change. It is the dog adjusting to the change. This is what I was told by a vet at one time.

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  5. The dog may have an allergy or a problem from the quick change but it doesn’t change the fact that those brands are garbage. Feeding your dogs grocery store brands is, at best, like you eating McDonald’s every meal. If you did any research on dog foods and ingredients you would realize that.

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  6. Keith Currie Keith Currie says:

    Isn’t this the exact same story from a couple years ago??

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  7. The SPCA uses Iams all the time and has been for years. Yes there is better and worse food but all animals will react differently towards different foods.

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  8. You should not feed a combination of raw and kibble. It will mess with your dogs gut bacteria and possibly cause illness. It should be one or the other.

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  9. I find this funny. After trying many different dog foods the ONLY dog food our dog will eat is the IAMS so good. Not the best food out there, but he is thriving. And yes we tried specialty foods and food from the vet. He gets table scraps as well, but is in perfect health. Dogs like people develop and have allergies. 1 dog I had wound up only being able to eat a specialty food that was 25 bux for a 2.5 lb bag. Luckily she was a small dog ir it would have cost a fortune to feed her (bot that I wouldn’t spend the money) but it was because of allergies. What’s good for 1 may not be good for another. I know of 1 dog who cannot have the raw diet because it makes her violently Ill. Like humans different dogs with thrive on different diets.

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    • Erin Julien Erin Julien says:

      Actually, I have a friend that is a vet and one of the brands she recommends is Iams. She also recommends eukanuba, Royal canin. It doesn’t have to be super expensive to be good.

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    • So true. And our dog was at the vet last month and the vet said he’s in perfect health for 6 years old. There are just too many judgemental people out there.

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    • Just because you buy the food from a vet, or a vet recommend it, doesn’t make it a “good” food. Vets spend 2 days of their schooling on pets nutrition.
      And while many dogs and cats can do well on foods such as Iams, Eukanuba, Pedigree, etc….. it doesn’t mean that they are high quality choices

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    • Erin Julien Erin Julien says:

      I happen to know personally that my friend has done TONS of research on nutrition. Your statement might be true for some vets, but it’s unfair to say that they all only have 2 days of nutrition training.

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    • Actually, I had 3 semesters of nutrition and food safety classes in undergrad and 2 semesters in veterinary school. We also discuss nutrition in regards to various conditions in most classes. I attend CE that discusses nutrition in one topic or another annually. I frequently discuss things with owners and consult with professionals in the topic as needed. The idea that we veterinarians only get two days of training is asinine.

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    • Thea Veya was it you guys i had the convo about cat food and vet knowledge with?

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    • Veya Cepela Veya Cepela says:

      Michaela Kocon yup! Chatting more so about cats as i do know that dogs are way more domesticated than cats and their diets can be harder.. raw for dogs can be hard on their digestion but for cats raw all the way the guys eat mice and meat all the time and it makes their coats and teeth super healthy and their tummys are soft and pliable instead of bloated and hard from all the fillers they put into hard foods

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  10. i eat pedigree but im ok with it

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  11. Ians is the only brand that keeps my lab from having skin issues. He is as soft as butter.

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  12. Your dog had a allergic reaction most likely to the grains in that cheap food…

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  13. Joanne Hall Joanne Hall says:

    My dog will only eat Beneful. He is 13 years old & perfectly healthy.

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  14. aside from the inconvenience of preparing an extra meal for the family pet I don’t understand why people don’t just feed their dog “people” food. not processed, prepackaged food but like real meat and potatoes and rice and veggies type food.
    we only call it “people food” because we’re dumb.

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  15. KS Hilsabeck KS Hilsabeck says:

    Some people are allergic to peanut butter, doesnt mean we boycott it… Whats wrong with you lemmings, jesus.

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  16. It’s called allergies or switching foods to fast, this could happen even on the more expensive food. Also some dogs don’t react well when switching foods. I recently had to switch my dog from acana to a weight loss food and she had runny poop for the first couple weeks and then she was fine.

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  17. We had tons of issues with cat food for our two fur babies. I went to a pet store that has the ability to compare and grade foods. I’m very particular what we feed our indoor cats as we want them healthy and happy. As it turned out, the food with the highest proteins and fibres with no crap fillers was Presidents Choice Hairball/weight control. We had some at home and I was feeling guilty about feeding them the cheap stuff. They now eat it all the time and have for about 3 years now. Their coats are shiny and they shed less. No more puking up hair balls. So don’t bash one brand over the other because of cost. Allergies to foods can’t be determined from pet to pet.

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  18. A responsible pet owner should always looks into what is a good, safe and healthy brand of food for your pet. There are so many different types of food out there..an not all good. Talk to your vet, read online reviews, educate yourself.
    Pets also do react differently to certain foods. They do have allergies. So I don’t believe in slamming any brand of food. What may not work for you might be great for another animal.

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  19. I would never feed kibble again but it’s pretty known beneful, pedigree and Iams are crap foods. With that said some dogs do just fine on them for a lifetime. Every dogs different! I’m a raw feeder for my dogs but my cat who has ibd is doing substantially well on vet rx food and I tried everything before this to help him. I hate vet foods they’re crap but sometimes for some animals you have no choice.

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  20. Larissa Dee Larissa Dee says:

    It’s like the “Anti vaxxer all natural” holier than thou parent trend is now spilling over into pet ownership.

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    • Hedly Hammel Hedly Hammel says:

      I don’t think so. I believe if you care for what you put in your own body, why not care for what you put in your pets body. I don’t eat garbage therefore my dog doesn’t.

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  21. Most likely an allergy, our dog suffers from them as well. When he has been given pedigree his ears flare up, when he gets beneful the rest of his body flares up. He even flares up on Acana too!! It happens. You’ll have to find what works and what doesn’t. Good luck! It definitely sucks dealing with allergies.

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  22. I have tried the expensive brands; my cat won’t eat it. She will only eat iams.

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  23. Yes, the cheap food is crap

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  24. Julia Bryce Julia Bryce says:

    Only thing my dog could eat was Pedigree Chicken and Rice.

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  25. Hot spots take your dog to vet and get it dealt with its not the food its the dog

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  26. Sheila Peck Sheila Peck says:

    I have 6 huskies and their dog food is Pedigree since puppies.. I tell you, they really have a nice fur coat and no allergies whatsoever.. So mentioning dog food brands won’t help your dog to get better..

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  27. Joy Brown Joy Brown says:

    Everything dry you buy in a regular grocery store begins with corn.
    Dogs need meat. Shit in=shit out.

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  28. Codeh Timm Codeh Timm says:

    I always go to doggy style deli, wicked service, awesome product, zero problems , and the food is made from scratch 🙂

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  29. I use Beneful for my dogs and they love it.

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  30. for someone who “knows her food” you sound uneducated as this is more than likely caused by an allergy not specifically a certain brand of dog food

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  31. Keith Bangen Keith Bangen says:

    Read the ingredients like you would human food. It surprises me how many dry foods have water as a top 3 ingredient

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  32. Cody Toews Cody Toews says:

    I have had my dogs on the fancy brands and I will never again both my dogs hated it and the only dog food my dogs eat and enjoy is iams

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  33. Yes i have used beneful for years my dog loves it

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  34. Scott Gill Scott Gill says:

    My vet made the analogy that those high priced specialty pet foods are like organic vegetables. Sure, you may feel smug and superior and that you love your pet more than the loser who feeds their pets “cheap”, “crap” brands, but really any tiny benefit doesn’t outweigh the cost.

    Even though the racks out in the front of her clinic stocked exclusively with Royal Canin foods, she feeds her cats Purina One, and recommends that to anyone who asks.

    She did caution that the problem with true ‘store brands’ sold under in house labels like Special Kitty or Western Family is that they often switch suppliers, which means the cats could be essentially getting a different brand of food from bag to bag.

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  35. I have no choice but to cook my own dog’s food from scratch. One of them has severe allergies to most things; yeast, wheat etc. I use chicken breast & thigh, peas & carrots, potatoes and kidney beans. Been 2 years now and they’re both happy and healthy 🙂

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  36. Eirra Mac Eirra Mac says:

    Our dog had problems with pedigree brand.

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  37. Rachel Adams Rachel Adams says:

    My dog can’t have none of that crap he bounces all over and he breaks out in a rash ,he gets raw with rice,pasta or potatoes mixed with veg,egg, ground up egg shells. and for treats some fruits or carrots. Bin doing it for 16months and he’s turn out a really chilled out puppy.

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  38. Here are some tips that helped me when picking dog food.

    1. The ingredients list reads from greatest amount to least amount.

    2. Not all “meal” is junk. If the description in fairly generic than iits probably crap. Poultry Meal, animal meal, blood meal and “by products” are examples of things to avoid.

    Ingredients like salmon meal and chicken meal are concentrated protein sources.

    3. Nothing beats real ingredients.
    Brands like orijens and Acana don’t use fillers grains or meals. They would be what you call health food for dogs.

    That being said they are very expensive.

    One of my dogs has allergies and I need to watch what I feed it. At the same time I used to have a dog who refused to eat the health food and would only eat the Iams or pedigree garbage. He was 17 he lived long enough to earn the right to be picky. Lol

    Surprising though presidents choice brand makes a dog food that ranks very high in quality and is half the cost of the orijens or Acana. Their salmon and brown rice gets a 5 star rating. The lowest rating I’ve seen on some of their others is 3.5.

    Hope my blow hard long winded helps a few of you out.

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  39. Your dog has an allergy. It happens with every single brand. Not fair to slam any particular brand just because YOUR dog develops an allergy

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  40. Keith Currie Keith Currie says:

    Sounds like an over concerned mom just making a frantic judgement call, not really educated on dog food…. but took a whole lot of time carefully chosing words to make a point go noticed…. thanks for the article, crazy mom lady

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