Thousands of dog owners have complained that Purina Petcare Beneful dry “kibble” dog food killed and harmed their dogs, reported WXYZ Feb. 24. A class action lawsuit filed on behalf of pet owners against Purina names propylene glycol (automotive antifreeze component) as the poison. Propylene glycol is a main ingredient in Beneful dog food.
Dogs who consumed Purina Beneful “kibble” dry dog suffered several complaints. Stomach and internal bleeding, liver malfunction and failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures, abdominal swelling, kidney failure were commonly reported. Beneful is a product of Nestlé Purina Petcare Company.
Online complaints link several “kibble” varieties to pet deaths and sickness. Purina Beneful Health Weight, Purina Beneful Original, Purina Beneful Incredibites, Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies, Purina Beneful Healthy Smile, Purina Beneful Health Fiesta , Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance and Purina Beneful Playful Life. varieties. The packaging used for these foods make the following claims, the suit claims:
The lawsuit was filed after Frank Lucido claimed all three of his dogs sickened after eating Beneful for less than a month. Lucido’s English bulldog died late in 2014 after signs of internal stomach bleeding lesions on his liver. Lucido’s German Shepherd showed similar symptoms. His Lab was sick and is currently undergoing tests.
Attorney James Young, of Tampa, Florida’s Morgan & Morgan firm is working on the lawsuit. He said there have been thousands of complaints where dogs ate Beneful and suffered similar deadly and serious side effects. Propylene glycol is used to keep food moist. The suit says propeylene glycol is toxic to animals.
Pet Poison Hotline agrees to some extent. Propylene glycol is the main ingredient found in “pet-friendly” automotive antifreeze like Sierra. It’s still moderately poisonous to pets. When ingested, propylene glycol can cause pets to act sedated, walk “drunk” and pant. They may have seizures, tremors, anemia, and lethargy. But it does not result in acute kidney failure, unlike ethyl glycol. But if propylene glycol is ingested in large quantities, as it would be in food, toxicity increases.
The class action suit asks that Nestlé Purina Petcare Company pay actual, statutory and punitive damages to all those listed. It says the company must forfeit profits earned listed products sales. Currently, Beneful is on shelves at Target and other stores and has not been recalled.