It has come to our attention that an individual in California has filed a lawsuit against Purina’s “Beneful” brand dog food claiming that the food caused the death of his dogs. While we do not yet know all the facts in this case we do want to keep you informed. What we do know is that this is a class action lawsuit. Anyone at any time can file a lawsuit against anyone for anything. The investigation occurs after the suit is filed. The FDA has not substantiated any of the concerns thus far and there is no recall in place for “Beneful” dog food.
The claimant mentions one particular ingredient several times in the lawsuit, Propylene glycol. Although the name Propylene glycol sounds like the ingredient in antifreeze, Ethylene glycol, they are very different. Propylene glycol is an FDA approved artificial sweetener used in many human and pet products as a sweetener and preservative. Studies have shown that the quantities of Propylene glycol in the products consumed by humans and pets are safe even if a large amount of the products are consumed.
The dogs in question were examined post-mortem. The exam and resulting laboratory tests were inconclusive. They were not able to determine what caused their symptoms or what lead to their death. There are many environmental contaminants and diseases that can cause the same symptoms and illness that these dogs exhibited. So far there is no evidence that “Beneful” played a role in their illness or death.
We see many patients that are on “Beneful” and have been for many years. We have not seen any questionable deaths linked to “Beneful”. We understand the concern for the health and safety of your pets and we will do our best to stay informed of the situation. If a recall is enacted we will be sure to inform you. We also understand if your pet is currently eating “Beneful” and you’d like to change foods we still recommend that you make a gradual change over a 10 – 14 day period to avoid any gastrointestinal upset. Purina makes other products such as the “One” and “ProPlan” lines which may be of better quality with fewer questionable ingredients such as colorings and other agents.
The safety of our patients is our top priority. If you have any questions please feel free to give is a call. We will post updates as they are available.