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Ann Hammond has had her dog Buddy for the last eight years. “He’s my best friend,” said Hammond.

Recently her husband bought Buddy a bag of Beneful dog food made by the popular pet food company Purina. He’d almost gone through the entire bag, until Wednesday night.

“I noticed on Facebook that there was a problem with it possibly. So we threw the bag away,” said Hammond.

There may very well be a problem with it. A class action lawsuit has been filed by a California man. The suit alleges Beneful has toxins in it that have poisoned or even killed as many as three thousand dogs across the country. Dr. Kevin Schmidt is an associate veterinarian at the Patton Veterinary Hospital in Red Lion. “In our practice I can’t say for sure that we’ve definitely seen that Beneful is causing a problem in dogs,” said Schmidt.

However he’s still erring on the side of caution. “If you notice anything out of the ordinary, vomiting, diarrhea, not acting right you need to have cause for alarm,” said Schmidt.

He said that if your dog is throwing up consistently for more than 24 hours you need to take him to a veterinarian immediately.

Purina released a statement saying there are no quality issues with Beneful. They also said they believe the lawsuit is baseless and will defend their brand.

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  • OneMan'sOpinion

    I cannot say that I noticed a problem with very long term feeding of Beneful to my dogs. They eventually died of natural causes after long lives. Hopefully, it cannot be attributed to Beneful. I stopped feeding them Beneful near the end of their lives because of the “by-products” in the ingredients. I totally disagree with using by-products as food. Humans wouldn’t eat it and neither would carnivores in the wild. It is waste that is more expensive to dispose when food-makers can grind it up and mix it in pet food as filler. THAT is the real transparent crime.

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