Animal Medical of Chesapeake

921 N Battlefield Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23320

(757)548-2000

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News-Worthy Pet Info

We like to keep you current on info you might find helpful for your pets.  This includes information on Recalls and various other News-Worthy information about Dog and Cat related health care concerns.   Some of this info may be specific to us here in Chesapeake, Virginia; regional for Hampton Roads or our Military Families; or even National/International if we think some of our clients/patients/families would find it helpful or interesting. 

Please be patient with us as this page is (and will be) a work in progress.  Feel free to send us suggestions for topics of concern to you!

News Alert - Beneful

By now, many of you may have heard about the lawsuit filed against Purina's "Beneful" brand dog food.  For those unaware, an individual in California has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, as he believes his dogs' unfortunate deaths were a result of being fed Beneful.

We have been fielding many calls from concerned pet owners recently about the news, and we are hoping we can clear some things up for those of you whose dogs are on Beneful.

  • First, this is a class action lawsuit, and NOT a recall.  It is important to remember that anyone can file a lawsuit at any time, and for any reason.  The FDA has not substantiated any of these concerns regarding Beneful dog food, and there is no recall in place at this time.  Here is an FAQ link to the Beneful site/response:  https://www.beneful.com/frequently-asked-questions
  • The dogs in question did die terrible deaths.  But unfortunately, the autopsies performed were not able to determine a definitive cause for the dogs' symptoms.  Many different diseases and toxins in te environment can cause similar symptoms and deaths.  A link between the dogs' deaths and Beneful has not been proven.
  • The ingredient mentioned most often in both the lawsuit and the news stories we have read is an additive called "propylene glycol."  While this ingredient sounds very similar to the ingredient in toxic antifreeze ("ethylene glycol"), they are two VERY separate ingredients.  Propylene glycol is an FDA-approved food additive found in thousands of pet products, and thousands of human products we use every day.  Numerous studies have shown that the amount of propylene glycol in the products that we and our pets consume every day are within proven, safe levels, even when large amounts of those products are consumed.  Propylene glycol is the ingredient in the 'pet & child-safe antifreeze' - see http://www.arkanimals.com/propylene-glycol-anti-freeze-pet-safety
  • We at Animal Medical Clinic of Chesapeake see a handful of dogs every day that are on Beneful dog food and have been for years, without incident.  Neither our veterinarians, nor veterinarians at large, have noted any pattern of toxicity around Beneful dog food.
  • If there is a Recall, be assured that we will tell you as soon as we are aware.  Pet safety is something we take very seriously.  For the most current info; please like and follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Animal-Medical-of-Chesapeake/104019222997949
  • If you do plan to transition your pet off of Beneful, we still recommend you do a slow transition over 1 - 2 weeks to prevent any stomach upset from an abrupt diet change. 
  •  See these links for more info on Propylene Glycol: 
  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 548-2000.

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