Sunday, April 15, 2007

Natural Balance Pulling Venison Dry Dog and Cat Formulas

Added Mon 2:38pm: Natural Balance has modified the information on their website , it now says:

We are receiving consumer complaints regarding the Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Foods. We do not know what is wrong with the food at this time, but we have heard that animals are vomiting and experiencing kidney problems. Although the problems seem to be focused on one particular lot, as a precautionary measure, we are pulling all dates of Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Food from the shelves.

Please discontinue feeding all Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison and Green Pea Dry Cat Food.

We are working closely with the FDA.
We will update this website today, as more information comes available.


Itchmo breaks news again:
Natural Balance Pulling Venison Dry Dog and CAT Formulas (original post didn't state cat formula was included)

Itchmo has confirmed an email from Natural Balance that they are removing two products from sale:

* Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Formula
* Venison and Green Pea Dry Dog Formula

This products do not contain wheat gluten. No deaths or serious illnesses have been reported and no recall warning has been issued. The warning applies only to products sold in the last week, according to Natural Balance.

Please know that at this time we are removing this product from the shelves, as we have had some phone calls indicating gastric upset after eating this formula. At this time, we are unsure if this could just be a particular batch problem, or simply customers switching diets too fast. However, in the meantime while we are looking further into this matter, we are not recommending to feed this formula, and are suggesting to feed our Potato and Duck or Sweet Potato and Fish Dry Dog Formula.


Unknown said...

I have trusted DVP Natural Balance for 4 months.I want to know more details .It says, suggested to feed Duck and Potato. That is what my angles are eating . I have called DVP twice asking the same question "Is it safe?" Each time I got the answer I wanted "YES none of our products are involved in the recall" BUT now I need more.Please continue with no animal testing but find the core of the problem.No more Natural balance for my loves till then.

Anonymous said...

The 5 year old dobi belonging to my daughter and son-in-law died yesterday of acute kidney failure, and had been eating only Natural Balance Venison Dry Food for the past three years. I have decided to make my own dog food for my own two dogs because you no longer know what foods can be trusted.

Anonymous said...

I had been planning on switching to DVP, but now am totally confused. I was feeding my dogs the nutro natural choice lamb and rice dry, with just a little of the chunky wet (which was recalled). Immediately took them to the vet, and they seemed fine. Then the smaller one, started vomiting, some diarrhea, etc. Took her back and this time the kidney levels were elevated and she had a slight fever. She's been on antibiotics, fluid iv's, and also had some extra tests to make sure that she didn't have a blockage. She's finally doing well, but now after reading all these blogs, I'm wondering if it was the nutro natural choice lamb and rice dry (small bites) that could have caused her problem. The amount of wet, was about a tablespoon on top of their dry food. So, for now, it's home cooking for both... Honestly don't know which food to trust anymore...

Volunteers Needed! Get food off shelves...,,,, and have joined together to ask for your help.
Update 6-10: Recalled food was purchased from a
California store on 5-29th – this stuff is still out there!
We need Volunteers to help get recalled food off store shelves. Read this post at Spocko’s Brain for instructions. Print a list (or two) on this site. Visit stores, then report safe stores here at

Printing Information:
1. Print the main FDA Pet Food Recall page – this will be handy to show retailers who haven’t heard anything about the recall. (3 pages)

2. Print the list of 14 Major National Brands - it includes flavors and date information where applicable so you can tell if specific products for these brands have been recalled. The brands are: Alpo Prime Cuts, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Doctors Foster and Smith, Eukanuba, Gravy Train, Hill’s Science Diet, Iams, Jerky Treats, Lick Your Chops, Mighty Dog Pouches, Natural Balance, Nutro, Pounce, Royal Canin. (It’s 7 pages and includes FDA contact information.)

3. Print the List of All Brands – it will remind you what products have been recalled - but it does not give you date and flavor information, there is just too much to put in one document. (7 pages, but the 7th page is links to more detailed information so you don’t need to print it)

If you want, and are going to a store that you know has store brands that have been recalled (such as Walmart), go to that recall information at the links on the summary or at the FDA site and print it out. Some of the information is formatted in ways that make it difficult to read (one of the main reasons for this site), but it’s better than nothing.

Note: The FDA is the official source for all recall information and recalled products. This is an unofficial volunteer effort to help get the word out and get recalled foods off of shelves. We’re doing the best we can but can’t guarantee these lists are completely accurate. Again, here is the official recall site: