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How does your Dog Food Brand compare?

Are you concerned about the dry food your dog is eating? Looking for detailed information about certain food ingredients? Confused about inconsistent information about dogfood from pet food manufacturers? Need help comparing dog food brands and finding a better one?

Then you are exactly where I was when I first heard about the disgusting materials some pet food manufacturers put into their products. I picked up a bag of Science Diet and consciously looked at the ingredient list for the first time. Even without any previous knowledge I could see that it did not include any real meat and was preserved with the same chemicals I avoid in human food products. I never bought another bag of Science Diet and started researching and comparing products. One of the things I learned was that any commercial sources are best avoided if you want hard facts, not biased "infomercial" style sales pitches trying to sell you one product or another. Hopefully you will find this site helpful, make up your own mind about different food brands and their quality, choose a better food and who knows - maybe even save some money.

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Making better choices pays off!
May 16th, 2014 at 3:37:08 pm

I'm always happy to help pet owners to make better choices, but of course retailers and other businesses as well! As a thank you the nice folks at SitStay are offering a 10% off deal when you enter the coupon code THEDOGFOODPROJECT at check out.

Please note that this isn't an endorsement for any specific products offered for sale, but have fun shopping and enjoy! :)

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Procter & Gamble sells IAMS, Eukanuba and Natura to Mars
April 10th, 2014 at 11:31:10 am

Procter and Gamble Company Wednesday announced that confectionary and veterinary products major Mars, Incorporated has agreed to buy three of its pet food brands IAMS, Eukanuba and Natura in the United States and Latin America for $2.9 billion in cash to expand Mars Petcare business.

Mars Petcare is one of the world's leading pet food and veterinary care providers with presence in over 50 countries.

Upon completion of the transaction, expected in the second half of 2014, the three Procter and Gamble brands will join Mars Petcare's billion dollar stable mates Pedigree, Whiskas, Banfield, and Royal Canin.

http://www.industriesnews.net/story?sid ... 225&cid=27

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Pro-Pet LLC, recall due to possible salmonella
February 06th, 2014 at 12:19:42 pm

Pro-Pet LLC, St. Marys, Ohio, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods for possible Salmonella contamination. A single field test indicated products manufactured during a two day period, on a single production line may have the potential for Salmonella contamination. Pro-Pet LLC is voluntarily recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date.

Product--------------------------------------------Best By--------------------------Lot Code-----------------UPC Number
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food--05 06 14 ---------------------096 13 SM L2 2A--------------------- 1219033878
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food--05 06 14 ---------------------096 13 SM L2 1A--------------------- 1219033878
18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food-------05 06 14 ---------------------096 13 SM L2 1A--------------------- 1219033873
40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food--05 06 14 ---------------------096 13 SM L2 2A--------------------- 1219033875
15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food---------------------05 06 14 ---------------------096 13 SM L2 1A--------------------- 7065407721
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food---------------------05 06 14 ---------------------096 13 SM L2 1A--------------------- 7065407713
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food---------------------05 06 14 ---------------------096 13 SM L2 2A--------------------- 7065407713
20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food------------------05 07 14 ---------------------097 13 SM L2 2A--------------------- 2351780103
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food------------------05 07 14 ---------------------097 13 SM L2 2A--------------------- 2351780104
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food------------------05 07 14 ---------------------097 13 SM L2 1A--------------------- 2351780104

These products were distributed through select retailers, distributors and on-line consumer purchases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia

No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall. Customers should immediately discontinue use of any impacted product and contact Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for disposition.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm384876.htm
http://www.propet.com/

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Bailey’s Choice Expands Recall of Dog Treats in Georgia
November 07th, 2013 at 12:41:41 pm

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the expanded recall of particular packages of Bailey’s Choice dog treats sold in Georgia. These products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and should be discarded.

Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Ga., is expanding the recall to include additional five-ounce packages of dog treats, including:

100% Chicken Treat, lot # “Jun 2 2013”
100% Chicken Treat, lot # “Jun 3 2013”
100% Chicken Breast Treat, lot # “Jun 4 2013”
100% Chicken Treat, lot # “Jun 15 2013”
100% Chicken Treat, lot # “Jul 8 2013”
100% Chicken Treat, lot # “Jul 11 2013”
100% Teriyaki Chicken Treats, lot # 132881

Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will continue checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm374043.htm

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Recall: Purina ONE beyOnd - salmonella contamination
August 30th, 2013 at 2:56:21 pm

Nestlé Purina Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food due to salmonella contamination.

Only Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food with both the "Best By" date and the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall:
Bag Size 3.5 lb.

"Best By" Date & Production Code OCT 2014 31071083
UPC Code 17800 12679

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm366953.htm

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Iams and Eukanuba Recall - Possible Salmonella
August 14th, 2013 at 7:59:33 pm

Procter & Gamble announced a recall of the following products today:

EUKANUBA DRY DOG FOODS
Description Size Lot Code UPC Code Best-by Date

Eukanuba Dog Food Base Large Breed Mature Adult
15 LB 31874177 19014270156 6Nov14
30 LB 31874177 19014270309 6Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Mature Adult
30 LB 31954177 19014149308 14Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Puppy
16.5 LB 31884177 19014042234 7Nov14
33 LB 31884177 19014609468 7Nov14
5 LB 31884177 19014039852 7Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Adult
16 LB 31904177 19014010516 9Nov14
4 LB 31904177 19014039722 9Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Puppy
16 LB 31944177 19014010509 13Nov14
4 LB 31874177 19014039678 6Nov14
40 LB 31874177 19014011070 6Nov14
31944177 19014011070 13Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Boxer Adult
36 LB 31944177 19014019588 13Nov14
31954177 19014019588 14Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Chihuahua Adult
4 LB 31884177 19014607037 7Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Labrador Retriever Adult
36 LB 31954177 19014019564 14Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Premium Performance 30/20 Adult
33 LB 31884177 19014609475 7Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Professional Feeding Bag Small Breed Puppy
44 LB 31874177 19014113194 6Nov14

Eukanuba Dog Food Weight Control Large Breed Adult
30 LB 31894177 19014269303 8Nov14
31924177 19014269303 11Nov14


IAMS DRY DOG FOODS

Description Size Lot Code UPC Code Best-by Date
Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult
13.3 LB 31884177 19014612017 7Nov14
31904177 19014612017 9Nov14
31924177 19014612017 11Nov14
31934177 19014612017 12Nov14
31944177 19014612017 13Nov14
2.9 LB 31944177 19014700165 13Nov14
25.7 LB 31884177 19014700646 7Nov14
31894177 19014700646 8Nov14
31904177 19014700646 9Nov14
31914177 19014700646 10Nov14
31934177 19014700646 12Nov14
5 LB 31904177 19014612635 9Nov14
31914177 19014612635 10Nov14

Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult
13.3 LB 31894177 19014612024 8Nov14

Iams Dog Food Premium Protection Chicken Adult
12.1 LB 31894177 19014611362 8Nov14

Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Mature Adult
30 LB 31884177 19014611331 7Nov14

Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Senior Plus
13.3 LB 31934177 19014612000 12Nov14
26.2 LB 31934177 19014700615 12Nov14

Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Chunks Adult
15 LB 31944177 19014610815 13Nov14

Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Adult
13.3 LB 31874177 19014610990 6Nov14
31894177 19014610990 8Nov14
31924177 19014610990 11Nov14
3.1 LB 31874177 19014700110 6Nov14
31894177 19014700110 8Nov14
5 LB 31874177 19014612055 6Nov14
31894177 19014612055 8Nov14
31924177 19014612055 11Nov14

Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Puppy
5 LB 31904177 19014700943 9Nov14


Original links:
http://eukanuba.com/en-US/SpecialAnnouncement.pdf

On the Iams website the company has made an effort to avoid direct linking to the document, so you'll have to click on it directly (bottom right):
http://www.iams.com/index

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