It’s happened again. This time Blue Buffalo, the supposedly “all natural” dog food has poisoned 36 dogs with a potentially dangerous overdose of Vitamin D - reported the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. When are dog food manufacturers going to start using human grade ingredients – and vigorously check them for dangerous impurities?
With Blue Buffalo, the dangerous high levels of vitamin D in dogs cause Hypercalcemia, a serious and potentially fatal illness that affects organ function and can cause renal failure, coma and death in untreated cases, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Luckily, no deaths have thus far been reported. However, that might only be because Vitamin D poisoning is so difficult to diagnose. Indicia in dogs’ presents as increased lethargy, the drinking of an unusually high amount of water and frequent urination – common indicators for a lot of conditions, including urinary infections or overheating due to exposure on a very hot day. So, owners may have had very sick dogs and not even known the real reason why.
Due to Blue Buffalo’s failure to provide proper quality control for it’s dog food, and in an effort to stave off potential lawsuits - Bill Bishop, The company’s CEO has promised to reimburse any veterinary or testing expenses related to illness caused by his tainted products. In calling Mr. Bishop, Blue Buffalo’s customer service staff were surly regarding their company’s mistake. They also couldn’t explain why consumer questions related to their Blue Buffalo’s food’s vitamin content were not responded to – as far back as July 2010.
Sadly, Blue Buffalo’s Vitamin D poisoning is not limited to any one region, but is a nationwide epidemic. Researchers at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have thus far linked 16 sick dogs in eight states -- Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, North Dakota and Utah -- to the brand's Wilderness Chicken recipe after veterinarians sought tests from the university's Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. All of those dogs had high levels of vitamin D in their blood and were fed the recalled dry dog food.
The recalled Blue Buffalo dog food products are:
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor in the 4.5-pound bag with use-by dates of: "JUL2611Z," "JUL2711Z" and "JUL2811Z."
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor in the 11-pound bag with a use-by date of "JUL1211B."
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor in the 24-pound bag with use-by dates of "JUL1211B" and "JUL1311B."
Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe in the 11-pound bag with use-by dates of "AUG2111B" and "AUG2211B."
Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe in the 24-pound bag with use-by dates of "AUG2111B," "SEP2311P" and "OCT2611P."
Blue Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Adult dog food in the 30-pound bag with use-by dates of "SEP2211P," "SEP2311P" and "OCT2611P."
Consumers who have purchased any of the tainted Blue Buffalo dog food should return them for a full refund at the place of purchase. Even if you have a non-recalled bag from that approximate time period – return it. In the past, previous dog food recalls have expanded as more information regarding a manufacturers malfeasance becomes uncovered.
If you are concerned by Blue Buffalo’s failure to provide adequate supervision of it’s dog food manufacturing process – give Bill Bishop at Blue Buffalo a call and let him know your disappointment at (877) 523-9114 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. If the customer service staff try to play down the recall or refuse to put you through to Mr. Bishop– write about your experience on Fatwallet.com or on another consumer website.
Consumer’s pay a great deal for “all natural” or “organic” dog food – It is unconscionable that dog food companies like Blue Buffalo don’t properly oversee the quality of the ingredients they put into their dog food.