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According to The Post, a dog food manufacturer with a history of recalling contaminated products is accused of sickening hundreds of pets and recently causing the death of a cherished Pekingese.
Pet owners on message boards and food and safety watchdogs have criticized the $3 billion conglomerate Spectrum Brands Holdings’ DreamBone line of chews.
One distraught owner, Liz Brannen, holds DreamBone Twists responsible for her Pekingese, Boogie, who passed away in agony on December 11.
Soon after consuming the treat, Boogie began to throw up and had bloody diarrhea. The owner told The Post in tears that she vanished in less than 24 hours.
She was in excruciating pain at the very end, but the day before, according to Brannen, she was completely normal. “I find it quite disturbing that a business would market something that can kill pets.”
The Bellville, Texas, resident soon discovered that DreamBone chews, which are marketed by well-known retailers like Walmart, Target, and Chewy, are the target of complaints from other heartbroken pet owners.
DreamBone complaints span almost a decade, but they started to increase during the past several months, according to Safelyhq.com, a website that tracks customer health and safety concerns.
There have been 70 DreamBone complaints on the website this year alone, which is almost twice as much as in 2021, with the majority arriving since October.
According to Safetyhq founder Patrick Quade, “the recent spike in reports citing DreamBone dog treats is extremely troubling to us.” In terms of the quantity of reports and the seriousness of the injury inflicted, it is a major outlier in our data.
According to the organization, the Food and Drug Administration is also receiving reports from pet owners who are concerned.
Several hundred complaints regarding DreamBone have been sent to the FDA, according to a spokeswoman. We are still looking into these complaints, but we are unable to address each one on its own.
The Midwestern Pet Foods company received a warning notice from the EPA last year after the company’s product was implicated in 130 dog deaths and hundreds of sick canines. Additionally, the EPA recalled Sportmix pet food in 2020 after at least 28 dogs perished from products with high amounts of harmful mildew. Sportmix is another brand created by Midwestern Pet Foods. There is no connection between Midwestern Pet Foods and Spectrum Brands.
Numerous posts on websites like Amazon, blogs, and social networking sites like Reddit from upset customers whose dogs supposedly fell ill or died after receiving the treat reference DreamBone.
The Middletown, Wisconsin-based company owns a variety of brands, including Black + Decker appliances, Remington grooming supplies, and Cutter insect repellent, but the majority of its product recalls occur in the pet care division.
Senior management at publicly traded Spectrum Brands did not return several emails and calls.
After learning that a Brazilian supplier had been putting a “ammonium compound” chemical that is “authorized for cleaning food processing equipment” in its rawhide goods, Spectrum Brands recalled rawhide dog chews in 2017, according to the company’s website.
Dogs who consume raw hides, including those from the Digest-eeze and Healthy Hide brands, may have “gastric discomfort, including diarrhea and vomiting,” according to Spectrum, and “depending on the degree” may require veterinary care.
In 2017, the business bought the ailing DreamBone brand from Petmatrix, a company based in New Jersey. The chews are advertised as “rawhide free” and “very digestible” and are produced abroad in Vietnam, Mexico, and China.
Prior to the transaction, a dog owner whose dog required surgery after consuming a DreamBone served Petmatrix with a potential class-action lawsuit. A “substantial amount” of Soribtol, which is “widely defined and classed, including by the FDA, as an indigestible sugar alcohol, and is utilized as a laxative,” was listed as one of the complaint’s “indigestible” constituents.
Maxie, the plaintiff’s dog, started vomiting after receiving a DreamBone and had “bloody discharge from his rectum,” per the complaint. According to the lawsuit, Maxie had surgery to remove “a huge portion of a dog chew, which matched the description of the DreamBone.”
According to the lawsuit, which was ultimately settled, the veterinarian claimed that “Maxie would have died” if not for the procedure, according to court documents.
Some other pet owners, including Stacy Carlyle of Atlanta, whose Bijon-Shih Tzu mix, Bella, passed away in September 2020, have also thought about filing a lawsuit.
According to Carlyle, “The vet found bits of DreamBone in her digestive tract.” It refused to dissolve.
Carlyle claimed that Spectrum made a settlement offer, “paying me and [another dog owner who was involved in the prospective litigation] roughly $5,000 each.” To warn other pet owners, she declined the offer and instead took her story to a local news station.
At the time, Spectrum Brands provided the television station with the following statement: “The health and safety of all dogs using DreamBone products is our first priority. We firmly feel that these accusations are without foundation and we stand by the reliability and security of our DreamBone products.
Logan Rothstein has run a three-year campaign to increase awareness of the number of complaints against DreamBone. He believes that his 8-year-old Chihuahua, Hercules, died in 2019 as a result of DreamBone.
Spectrum doesn’t, in Rothstein’s opinion, routinely produce subpar goods. But he thinks that since the item was produced abroad, there was probably “very little quality control.”
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