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Old 07 February 2007, 07:29 AM
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Icon86 Beneful Dog Food is Suspected of Causing Sickness and Deaths


Discontinue use of Beneful until this is resolved!

Multiple Reports We have received multiple reports of dogs becoming sick
or dying after eating Beneful dog food. The first reports were placed in
our new forum and was overlooked by staff until we
received direct emails last week and then another today. After speaking
on the phone with the lady who emailed us today, we feel that there is
sufficient cause for alarm. Dog lovers make a lot of effort to take good
care of their dogs and will want to know if they are feeding them
something that could be harmful. Most of the alerts by email, forum and
phone cited Beneful dog food that was purchased at Wal Mart around
Christmas of 2006.

We spoke with Terri Culp at Beneful this morning and were assured that
they are aware of the situation and are researching the problem. We
assured them that this won't go away and we would be alerting our email
base of the problem and posting a news item on our site. We also told her
that visitors and dog lovers everywhere would be
evaluating the way the Purina Corporation (Parent to Beneful) handles the
potential crisis.


The symptoms reported have been very similar. The reported symptoms
include some or all of the following: General weakness or sluggishness,
glazed eyes, not interested in food or water, white gums, lack of control
of bodily functions. Some of the callers reported dogs that have died and
others say they had gotten sick but had recovered. I am inserting the
first forum post about a dog that became sick, but didn't die.

A week before Christmas we bought a bag of Beneful dog food at
Wal-Mart, DeFuniak Springs, FL. On 12/23 I noticed a tan mold like
growth on the dog food. Our 14 year old Dalmatian mix had been getting
weaker by the day and by 12/24 she was near death. Glazed eyes,
couldn't stand, eat, drink or control her functions. Her gums were white.
We had to carry her to the
yard and hold her up so she could go. The only thing she would eat was ham
and turkey scraps. I spoke with a microbiologist and she said the mold
growing in the dog food was toxic. It took a week for Sparky to regain her
strength. I did notify the manufacturer of Beneful, they were very sorry
and are sending coupons. Said it was a rare happening.

Beneful's Website

Notify us if your dog has had symptoms after using Beneful
We are going to stay on top of this situation and would like to know if
your dog has had any of the symptoms listed above after eating Beneful.
If so, please send an email to ric@doggybling. com or give us a call at
904-430-0260. Either way, please pass this email and information to dog
lovers who may be feeding this food to their dog.


Updates and Beneful's response and precautionary action will be listed in
our news section. We know Purina will take this seriously and will not
want to tarnish their company's positive reputation.

News Item about Beneful
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