Blue Buffalo Recall 2010: List of Products and Symptoms

By Posted 11 Oct 2010, 17:44

It is not often that we see pet food recalls, but when we do we worry about our pets. The reason is because cats and dogs are unable to let us know if there is something wrong, so I am certain that the recent Blue Buffalo Company recall will have owners worried.

Looking at the list of recalls from the company we can see that there are 6 different products affected, three flavors of Blue Wilderness dry dog food, as well as Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula and Blue Life Protection Formula. More details on the different sizes can be found by visiting the FDA website.

The reason for this latest 2010 pet food recall is due to a high level of Vitamin D, which is much higher than guidelines recommend. There are a few symptoms to look out for, these include: depression, diarrhea, heart arrhythmias, increased urination, limping, pain in the joints, poor appetite and vomiting.

If you pet is showing any sings of these symptoms or has eaten the pet food then you should contact your veterinarian.

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  • madonna

    CAUTION! PURCHASING BLUE BUFFALO DOG FOOD MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES FOR YOUR DOG. I purchased a medium size bag of BLUE BUFFALO LIFE PROTECTION SENIOR FORMULA dog food on 10/20/10 and my dog had extreme bloody diarrhea by 10/27/10. Previous to this episode my dog had finished her first small bag of the weight control chicken & brown rice formula without incident. My vet in Irvine, CA reported seeing several dogs with similar symptoms that had recently purchased a new bag of blue buffalo dog food. Apparently my dog had the most severe reaction, with diarrhea lasting 2 weeks and an intestinal tract infection, resulting in vet bills totaling $478.13. PetsMart took the product back for a full refund (without the bag) and took a full report of the incident and copies of my vet bills to file a report with their corporate office.

    • minime

      i did the same…they would NOT PAY MY VET BILLS me… they don't give a darn about your dog… they keep putting the food on the self… it's up to us the "consumer" to know that the BLUE BUFFALO DOG FOOD IS BAD! I WILL NEVER EVER BUY BLUE BUFFALO AGAIN…

  • Grieving

    My dog just died. Purchased Blue Buffalo from Petco. No notice posted about the recall – if they had done so responsibly, I would have thrown it out! Diarrhea, staggering, excessive water consumption, heart failure. When he died, blood ran from his nostrils.

    • Amy

      I am so sorry to here of your terrible loss! I lost my dog of 15+ yrs last summer. I can empathize with your ordeal but to know it could have been avoided. That's the hardest part. I have been researching dog foods for my new puppy and was considering BB… Not anymore!

      • Crocket

        I was doing the same thing I just purchased a bordeaux he is still at the breeders he is only 4 weeks old but Im getting prepared and trying to find the best food for him and was going to buy BB no way at all now I used Diamond food before and after there bad food I wont use them either and they did the same thing as BB NOTHING !!!!

  • sb23

    No notices posted in any pet specialty stores during recall period. This is horrible!

  • Tricia

    I have nine week old Shih Tzu who has started throwing up after each feeding canned Blue Buffalo Chicken, Rice. Is this on the recall?

    • dog lover

      i wouldn't trust anything Blue buffalo says…. I wouldn't chance it!

  • dog advocate

    My Dog recently became very ill and started to drink large amounts of water. she was very tired and not acting her usual "happy to go for a walk" self. She progressively got worse… I decided to take her to the Animal Hospital when she took a turn for the worse… As it turns out the dog food I was feeding her was BLUE BUFFALO and there was a recall on her exact food… all the symptoms matched and the ASPCA gave the vet the recommendations to save her life. My Vet also spoke with BLUE BUFFALO and they assured him they would reimburse us of all the charges! THIS WAS A LIE AS AFTER 3 MONTHS OF BACK AND FORTH WITH BLUE BUFFALO THEY DID NOT REIMBURSE US FOR THE $2,000 for her necessary treatment to save her life from the Vitamin D toxicity! My Dog nearly died and has not been the same.. and BLUE BUFFALO ONLY CARES ABOUT THEIR BOTTOM LINE. After speaking with others vets around the country BLUE BUFFALO KNEW ABOUT THIS PROBLEM SINCE JULY OF 2010 AND ONLY DECIDED TO RECALL THE FOOD IN OCTOBER AFTER ENOUGH DOGS GOT SICK AND DIED!!!! THEY TOLD ME THEIR ATTORNEYS MADE THE "CALL" NOT TO PAY… REALLY wow…they told my vet to take care of her and they would pay for all of it…now they are taking 0 responsibility… I am very disappointed and will NEVER BUY BLUE BUFFALO AGAIN …. companies like this make me ill.. they harm animals and only care about profits…. had they really cared they would have pulled the food back in JULY 2010 when the calls first came in that dogs were getting sick..

  • KIMBERLY

    The heart breaking pet food recall in 2007 CONVINCED ME that pet food companies could give two sh**s about you and/or your pet. I'm so glad that I started to raw feed my kitties. Although I don't have any dogs BB is recommended for cats too. NEVER EVER EVER FEED DRY FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David Moore

    I had a healthy puppy until I purchased a bag of Blue Buffalo. I slowly transitioned her, and within a week she started having diarrhea, loss of energy, and no appetite. I kept her on the dog food for another six weeks thinking that the dog needed time to adjust to the food – BIG MISTAKE! Her symptoms worsened. I finally made the decision to switch her cold turkey to another dog food, and within 48 hours her symptoms improved. I would never recommend Blue Buffalo to anyone.

  • g.g.

    Anyone have issues with the dry cat food? I put my 2 cats on BB a few months ago and they love it and seem to be doing fine. Now I'm concerned.

  • becky

    before everyone freaks out, realize that many people will lie about a product online to try to ruin the company and get rid of competition for their own pet food company. Here is the FDA page that lists all pet food recalls. You can read the report yourself. 36 dogs got sick and all recovered so if there were deaths then they were not reported. It would seem odd to me that someone would come online to report a pet death and not report it to the FDA. A vet would certainly report it. So realize a lot of what you read here is just BS

    here is the FDA url http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/

  • becky

    before everyone freaks out, realize that many people will lie about a product online to try to ruin the company and get rid of competition for their own pet food company. Here is the FDA page that lists all pet food recalls. You can read the report yourself. 36 dogs got sick and all recovered so if there were deaths then they were not reported. It would seem odd to me that someone would come online to report a pet death and not report it to the FDA. A vet would certainly report it. So realize a lot of what you read here is just BS

  • Windy

    I started my Yorkie Puppy (at 12 weeks when I got him) on BB Lamb and oatmeal, switching him from Pedigree. After awhile he started to get bloody diarrhea so I switched him to Wellness 5. He is doing much better. My vet said it could have been protein over load and not necessarily BB's fault. He does fine as long as I also give him Wellness treats The BB treats also seem to make his tummy upset. Maybe it's not so much the food as it is the protein. I know people who get on Atkins sometimes have kidney problems and tummy problems.

  • Jake

    i have been feeding my dog blue buffalo for 1 year and no problems,  except …he is such sa GOOD BOY ,,LOL

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