It has recently come to my attention that there could be a problem with the currently very popular Blue Buffalo® pet foods. The Consumer Affairs website shows many pages of complaints about both dog and cat food from this company.
Some consumers complained about personality changes in their dogs, including increased aggression. Switching to another brand of food reversed the problem.
Others wrote that Blue Buffalo® causes gas and digestive problems. Many animals vomited after eating and lost weight. Diarrhea was a recurring theme, along with dogs that passed blood in their stools.
A few consumers mentioned the recent change in appearance of some of the company’s pet foods. One specifically wrote that Blue Buffalo’s® Freedom Grain-Free dog food had changed color of its kibble and believed this food was making their pets ill.
Several complainants on the Consumer Affairs site wrote that their calls or emails to the company were dismissed as unfounded. One person from California wrote:
“Blue Buffalo is clearly unresponsive on this food safety issue.”
Report after report followed on this and other websites with stories like two Boston/Pug mixed breeds that were switched from another pet food brand to Blue Basic Turkey & Potato Dry Formula and for two years, did well. Then the owners began noticing behavior problems and digestive changes. The diarrhea turned bloody, but tests showed nothing wrong. One of the dogs developed a bad rash. The owners attributed all these changes to the Blue Buffalo® food.
Another story was about two kittens that were started on Blue Buffalo® Kitten Food. They immediately developed bloody diarrhea and became lethargic. The veterinarian found nothing wrong but treated the diarrhea. It didn’t help.
After finding the complaints posted on the Consumer Affairs site, the owner took the kittens off the Blue Buffalo® food and within hours, they began improving.
Many other stories showed similar improvements after the animal stopped eating the Blue Buffalo® food.
I am neither a scientist nor a nutritionist but years of studying pet food and how diet affects dogs and cats tell me that if a dog or cat develops a health problem for which no diagnosis can be found, it’s time to look at the animal’s diet and/or environment.
Time will tell if there really is something wrong with the heavily-advertised Blue Buffalo® pet foods. In the meantime, exercise caution with your pets. If your pet reacts badly after eating any brand of food, switch food and see if there is improvement. Conduct your own food trial this way to determine if a problem exists. Document all reactions, dates, and amounts fed. Then talk to your veterinarian, in case he or she wants to get involved. Contact the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for advice on submitting a complaint. Write your local Better Business Bureau. Check the Consumer Affairs website and leave a comment about your pet’s experience, and certainly contact the manufacturer of the offensive food and tell them the story. Reputable pet food manufacturers should want to know if customers are experiencing bad reactions to their products. The more documentation involved, the better the chances of an investigation being successful.
Just because the ingredients look right, it doesn’t mean that other problems can’t exist. The folks at Monsanto are busily informing the public that genetically-modified foods are perfectly safe for us to eat. If that is so, why are so many countries other than the United States banning these GMO foods? Don’t place blind trust in any company. Do your homework and research pet food just as you would your own food. Then you will be able to make an educated decision.
Below are a few websites where I read about these problems with the Blue Buffalo® pet foods: