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    Default Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    I wanted to pass along this little tidbit of advice to those of us (well, all of us) who are spending a lot of money on high quality food: don't throw the bag out right away in case there is a problem!

    I just bought an expensive bag of Nature's Variety Instinct and dumped it into my dog food container and threw the bag in the garbage. I fed the dogs once or twice out of the bag when I noticed Baby T's stools were a little soft and then he started vomiting. Not long after, I noticed Linus drooling a lot, which is his telltale sign of an upset tummy. The only thing they had in common was that food so I looked at it and found a couple REALLY disgusting looking bugs in there! Since the original bag was buried in my garbage can, I put the rest in a garbage bag and took it back to the store just to see if there was anything they could do but, without the bag, I was out of luck...and out of another $60.

    So, just something to think about since the food is very expensive and, despite many of these companies best efforts, things DO get into the food.

    Linus and Baby T are doing okay since I only think they ate two servings each of the offending food but I'm hoping to see an improvement in Baby T's stools tomorrow or we'll be doing the bland diet!

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    Really bad cell phone pic of Baby T convalescing on the couch...for evidence!


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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    The same happened to me many months ago, but I did not find bugs, but the food smelled sour. Now I always inspect the bag for any pinholes before I purchase it. That is probably the only downside to good kibble- it's not full of all those preservatives like the bad stuff.

    You should contact natures variety, and tell them just in case there have been other coplaints from that batch of food.... Just a thought.

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    The same happened to me many months ago, but I did not find bugs, but the food smelled sour. Now I always inspect the bag for any pinholes before I purchase it. That is probably the only downside to good kibble- it's not full of all those preservatives like the bad stuff.

    You should contact natures variety, and tell them just in case there have been other coplaints from that batch of food.... Just a thought.
    Good idea, I will definitely do that...

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    Wow this is exactly the brand I buy for Vegas, he is on his third bag. I will have to be very careful to look for pinholes and smell, he does the best on the Salmon and it stinks, but thanks for putting this out there, I will definately be on the look-out for now on. Thank You.

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    @jillh10 Good thread .. we do exactly the same because the big bags of Fromm do not re-seal too well. So we dump ours in an airtight huge food container too!!! In future I will keep the bag for a week or so!!!

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    Great tip. I do the same thing as you do and throw the bag away!!
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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    It was definitely the food! I washed up all the bins and dishes and mats and started them on a small portion of a new bag last night and both are feeling much, much better and have producing solid poops again ... and thankfully vomiting on their dog beds, as was the case yesterday. My entire first floor is wood or tile...why do they ALWAYS target the stuff that I have to put in the washing machine?!

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    wow thanks for the advice never thought to keep the bag either

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    I learned that the hard way also!! We had a bag of Blue with little tiny bugs...i threw the bag away so i was out of luck. Now i get my sons magnifying glass and check out the food plus I keep the bags for atleast a week or two incase something happens...I hope Baby T and Truman feel better soon

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    When we got Gracie we were told by the breeder to get a certain food. We also got a bin for it so we threw the bag away. When we found that the food was one star we got the Princess on something else. It's a good thing that Koi dont mind a little dog food mixed into their diet. lol

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    Default Re: Word to the Wise: Don't throw out your dog food bag!

    Good tip! I too put my dog food in one of those pet food storage containers and then throw away the bag. Now I'll make sure to hold on to the bag for a little bit!

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