German Shepherd Dog > To hell with this, I'M DONE! (65 replies)
To hell with this, I'M DONE!
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 03:19
|As my title implies, I'm fed up, I threw out my TOTW, after finding out from an almost hidden link on Diamond's website that TOTW, among other brands originally NOT listed in the recall, have since been recalled. Screw this crap, Diamond can kiss my arse.|
Luckily, because I WAS getting rather paranoid about the damn food (guess what, now the Pitbull's sick!!!) I went and bought a new brand of dog food. I tried defending TOTW, I tried saying what a good food it was, how even the price was fairly reasonable, but after going to the TOTW website NUMEROUS times and never once seeing a damn peep about it being recalled UNTIL TODAY, I'm pissed beyond words!
What's even better, because it's a voluntary recall, no financial compensation, either for sick pets, or the price of the shit food will be rembursed.
Well, this is my official "Lets Give TOTW the BIRD!" declaration.
Here's what I ended up buying tonight:
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance, Limited Ingredient Diet, Sweet Potato and Fish formula
Here's WHY I chose this dog food:
ALL life stages
Price was comparable
I have no idea if this will work with my kids or not, but I'm giving it a try. Just curious why no one recommends Natural Balance. I've seen lots of people recommending Orijen and Avoderm but I don't think I've ever seen anyone recommend Natural Balance.
I doubted that TOTW was involved in the recall, I truly, with all of my heart, wanted to believe it wasn't...For others who doubt, here's the link:
I will never, ever vouch for TOTW again. And for those (I'm positive I know who) who will jump on here with the "I told you", you can save it and shove it. My other kid is now sick, I could care less if you were right and I was wrong. All that matters is I now know what it could be, and treat accordingly. I want what ANY good, loving, pet parent wants...Healthy fur kids. That is all I want.
EDITED TO REMOVE THE "NOT AFFILIATED WITH". I was informed by Natural Balance they manufacture their seperate foods in a Diamond plant but are not MADE by Diamond nor with Diamond products. Swear, I can't win for losing.
by Jenni78 on 05 May 2012 - 03:23
|Um, don't shoot the messenger, but Diamond makes that, too.|
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 03:26
|Oh for god's sake, really?|
I was informed by NB (I called them earlier) that they manufactuered their OWN dog food, in a Diamond plant, but are NOT made by Diamond. Guess the whole "not affiliated with" was wrong.
God it's been a long day.
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 03:34
|Thank goodness for reciepts, guess the NB is going back to the store tomorrow. *sigh*|
Can ANYONE give me an actual, comprehensive list of foods NOT MADE/AFFILIATED/ASSOCIATED/PRODUCED IN Plants of Diamond Pet foods?
Yes, I know Orijen is one of them, any others?
by Darcy on 05 May 2012 - 03:47
|the natural balance is recalled as well.... I have been feeding the venison and bison formulas to my senior male becasue the low protein low fat grain free was easy to keep weight down on a dog with no hips(essentially). Our dates don't match, but he will be going raw alongside my girl who has been on raw.... just have to add a few more veggies in his. he is 13 and i am not risking him getting sick from kibble.|
by Darcy on 05 May 2012 - 03:48
here is the link.... for the NB anyway
by Kalibeck on 05 May 2012 - 03:54
|Go to dogfoodanalysis.com. They'll give you a complete run down on the food, & they generally mention if Diamond manufactures it, or if it's made in one of their facilities. That web site has a lot of excellent, impartial information. Good luck! jackie harris|
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 03:55
|Thank you Darcy, while I did NOT see the Sweet Potato and Fish formula in there, it doesn't matter, the NB is still going back to the store tomorrow, but I DO thank you for providing the link.|
Gosh, just when I think I've gotten enough egg on my face for one day. I'm so red right now I could probably fry them!
EDITED TO Thank Kalibeck for the website :)
by Elkoorr on 05 May 2012 - 04:05
|I am feeding Wellness. However, they too are switching/adjusting formulas. I was feeding the Core until they added pea fiber which led to huge greenish poopers and gas in my guys. I switched them all to LID Salmon/Rice my allergic male was on already with good results. But in the last bags where coupons for the new formula, which will be potato/salmon. I saw a steep increase in price at Petco as well and order it now online from Wag.com (no taxes, free shipping, about $10 cheaper). what I dont know is if they have any relation to Diamond. You can give them a call 1-800-225-0904.|
I tried NB before Wellness and the guys had stinky mushy yellow poops which were a pain to clean up. After 4 weeks and no change I got tired and switched to Wellness, still the best food I ever had.
by Much To Learn on 05 May 2012 - 04:15
|Here's the most recent list of recalls as of today. DDRCzechfan, glad you chose the one food from Natural Balance that was not recalled..... :-(|
The below Diamond Pet Dry Dog Food Brands - To determine if what you have is
affected, you should check the production codes on the back of bags that
have a number "2" or a "3" in the 9th or 10th digit and an "X" in the 11th digit.
The best-before dates for the recalled brands are December 9, 2012 through
April 7, 2013. Please note- not all Diamond brands were produced on the affected plant manufacturing lines. Phillips receives products from numerous Diamond plants. Also, no cat or can skus are affected.
The below Wellness sku with a Best by Date of January 9, 10, & 11th 2013:
Wellness Large Breed Puppy in 15 pound and 30 pound
May 4th, 2012- No other Wellness skus were affected.
Please note that no salmonella cases have been reported on Wellpet. They are recalling for the safety of the pet and the pet parent.
The below Natural Balance Skus:
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog; Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; March 12, 2013
15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog; Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013
28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog; Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013; March 7, 2013; March 8, 2013; March 12, 2013
5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog; Best By Date: December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
15 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog; Best By Date: December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog; Best By Date: December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog; Best By Date: December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog; Best By Date: December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog; Best By Date: December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
5 LB Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog; Best By Date: December 9, 2012
28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites; Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 20, 2012; December 21, 2012
5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites; Best By Date: December 21, 2012
12.5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites; Best By Date: December 21, 2012
May 4, 2012- Please note that only these 5 flavors of Natural Balance were affected. The other flavors are produced on other lines and plants.
Please note that no salmonella cases have been reported on Natural Balance. They are recalling for the safety of the pet and the pet parent.
The below Canidae skus with production codes that have both a number "3" in the 9th or 10th digit and an "X" in the 11th digit with a best before dates of December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013 which are being recalled.
Canidae Dog, All Life Stages
Canidae Dog, Chicken Meal & Rice
Canidae Dog, Lamb Meal & Rice
Canidae Dog, Platinum
A message from Canidae:
It is with regret that we are reporting a voluntary recall on a limited production run of CANIDAE dry dog food produced out of the Diamond Pet Foods South Carolina plant. Even though not one of our products have been tested positive for Salmonella, it is out of pure precaution that this product is being removed from the market place. We are working diligently to make this process as seamless as possible for you, our retailers and consumers.
Although there have been no animal or human illnesses related to Canidae Pet Food, and the product has not tested positive for Salmonella, the company has voluntarily initiated this recall out of caution to ensure the health and safety of consumers and their pets.
Following is an example of how to read the production code and best before date:
Production Code Best Before Date
FDE0104R5 3X TS 10 - January - 2013
The recall affects only products distributed in the following Eastern U.S. states which were manufactured at the Diamond Pet Food Gaston, South Carolina plant. Further distribution to other pet food channels may occur:
Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee
Canidae Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets.
by Ruger1 on 05 May 2012 - 04:21
FWIW I fed Natural Balance for a couple of years and actually liked it..
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 04:27
|Bless you guys/gals for the support, advice and links. I hear my bed calling my name, so I won't be responding til morning. Thanks to anyone who comments whilest I sleep. Sent from my HTC EVO Shift 4G|
by Sunsilver on 05 May 2012 - 04:33
|Damn. I feed the kennel dogs Canidae!|
Actually, all the ones I have in right now are on their own food, from home.
Looks like I'll be switching to Lifetime as the 'house' brand from now on!
It's made right here in Ontario (sorry guys, not available in the States.) It's wheat free, corn free, and they try to source all their ingredients within 40 miles of their plant.
They also market large animal feed under the name Shurgain. The parent organization is Nutreco.
by Western Rider on 05 May 2012 - 05:35
I have been using Earth Born and love it.
Comes in different flavors and they have a fish one if you like.
Comes as Grain free as well as with limited grain.
Good price been geting it for $31.99
by Rass on 05 May 2012 - 11:11
|You can get something on TOTW:|
Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 6pm EST. Consumers may also go to diamondpetrecall.com for more information. The company is working with distributors and retailers to ensure all affected product is removed from shelves.
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 12:20
|Okay, for those who are interested, I have looked into (not 100% sure yet) but I am THINKING I will be giving the kids THIS:|
Earthborn Holstic - Grain Free - Meadow Feast formula
It has protein levels I'm comfortable with, it's grain free, all life stages diet, calcium content acceptable for large breed puppies, and *AS TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE* Is NOT a Diamond lacky of any form.
If I'm wrong, please, someone tell me before I make 50 more trips to the vet and pet stores, please.
Found it for a good price at www.petfooddirect.com, only thing is, they don't have the Meadow Feast formula and shipping is $15 for a 30lb bag of dog food. Think I may just give my buddies at the pet store a buzz and see if they'll order it for me.
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 12:50
|Anyone have any opinions on this one? It's Blue Buffalo, grain free, puppy formula.|
by magdalenasins on 05 May 2012 - 13:17
|I'm with you DDR I just looked at the ONE bag of TOTW I bought in the UK and it was on the recall UPC! Thankfully it was about 4/5ths full as I was just mixing a bit of it with our husky's Orijen but of course my slightly ill puppy went straight for it this morning (they get fed raw) so I don't know how much he got. Even one kibblet is more than I would have liked though. :/ Was just happy he wanted to eat even knowing that kibble and raw mixing was probably not the best for his tummy since he had been fed raw since he was weaned.|
by ggturner on 05 May 2012 - 13:28
|Nature's Domain from Costco, Diamond food, was not recalled, so if anyone feeds that, the food is ok. |
by 1GSD1 on 05 May 2012 - 13:44
The Kirkland Signature products included in the recall include: AND NATURE'S DOMAIN
To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags must have both a number “3” in the 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.
The following illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date: