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Blue Buffalo has been under scrutiny lately due to dogs becoming ill after eating some of their food. As a result, they are now recalling specific lots of their the following Blue Buffalo dog foods: Wilderness Chicken-Dog, Basics Salmon-Dog and Large Breed Adult Dog products. It's been discovered to be due to an increased amount of Vitamin D in the food.

At Blue Buffalo, nothing is more important than the health and well being of our dogs and cats, so it’s consistent with this guiding principle that we are voluntarily recalling specific production runs of our Wilderness Chicken-Dog, Basics Salmon-Dog and Large Breed Adult Dog products, as we have reason to believe that the products from these runs may contain a higher level of Vitamin D than is called for in our product specifications.

We came to this conclusion after discovering that our ingredient supplier had made a scheduling error and produced a Vitamin D supplement immediately prior to preparing the ingredients for the BLUE products that are in question. We believe that some of the Vitamin D supplement may have been carried over into our products, resulting in more Vitamin D than is called for in our formulas.

While the potential of increased Vitamin D presents no serious health risk, and any negative reaction to these products has been confined to a very small segment of the canine population who appear to be sensitive to higher levels of Vitamin D, we have a zero tolerance for any product that does not meet our specifications. I think you’ll agree that our decision to withdraw these specific products is simply the right thing to do.

From a next steps standpoint, all products with the specific manufacturing dates in question will be removed from retailer’s shelves. If you have any products with the codes shown below you should stop feeding them immediately.You may call Blue Buffalo at
1-877-523-9114 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

These are the ONLY code dates being recalled:

* BLUE Wilderness Chicken (Dog)
Bag sizes: 4.5 lb., 11 lb., 24lb.
Best Used By Dates: JUL1211B, JUL1311B, JUL2611Z, JUL2711Z, JUL2811Z
* BLUE Basics Salmon (Dog)
Bag sizes: 11 lb., 24 lb.
Best Used By Dates: AUG2111B, AUG2211B
* BLUE Large Breed Adult Chicken
Bag size: 30 lb.
Best Used By Dates: SEP 22 11 P, SEP 23 11 P, OCT 26 11 P

This Vitamin D issue does not effect any other code dates of these products or any other Blue Buffalo dog or cat foods. In addition, new bags of Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken will be available on the shelves so you can continue to feed BLUE with complete confidence.

If your dog has shown any adverse reaction to the recalled products, have him checked by your veterinarian. Typical symptoms might include excessive water intake and/or excessive urination, and in some cases vomiting. Blue Buffalo will reimburse any veterinary or testing expenses related to illness caused by these products.

Earlier today the Michigan State University website published this about the vitamin D problems in the

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has discovered a group of illnesses reported in dogs across the country is linked to a specific brand of dog food from the Blue Buffalo Co.

Veterinarians from across the country recently began sending samples from dogs with elevated levels of calcium in their blood to MSU's Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, director Carole Bolin said. The sick dogs had increased thirst and urination, and some of them also suffered weight loss, loss of appetite and signs of kidney damage.

Endocrinologists with the Diagnostic Center, a service unit of the College of Veterinary Medicine, soon noticed the pattern and found a common factor: All 16 dogs whose samples were tested had very high levels of vitamin D in their blood and were fed a diet of Blue Buffalo's Wilderness Chicken Recipe.

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It is routine for veterinarians across the country to contact the center for specialized testing to explore the causes of clinical conditions. In this specific case, all the dogs were found to have very high levels of vitamin D in their serum, a quite unusual finding. Endocrinologist Kent Refsal picked up on the pattern of cases and began to investigate.

The affected dogs ranged in age from 8 months to 8 years. There were three mixed-breed dogs and 13 purebred dogs. The samples originated from eight states: Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, North Dakota and Utah. In addition to the testing, there was either a brief written history and/or communication with the referring veterinarian to discuss the possible sources of excess vitamin D.

Here's the rest from MSU: MSU researchers link pet food, dog illnesses nationwide.


This recall info can also be found on the Blue Buffalo board.

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thanks for the info! I posted a thread a while ago about some dogs getting sick from eating the wilderness chicken flavor, I guess too much Vitamin D was the issue

I knew somebody had wrote the thread and I couldn't remember who! Thank you for giving us a heads up.

I had tried the Blue food (not the wilderness formula) and my dogs ate it for about a week and then just stopped....so we went back to Purina Pro Plan and they eat it non-stop (they still get Raw Meaty Bones on weekend to clean those teeth!). I stopped Pro Plan before thinking they were allergic to something in it...but they aren't getting the same symptoms anymore so I guess I misdiagnosed my dogs on a food allergy.

I hope the dogs with the Vitamin D sickness will get better. Very sad.
 

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I was at PetsMart yesterday getting Joy groomed. Ran into a friend looking for a good grain free food due to her vet's suggestion and possbile bloating (labrador).

PetsMart does not have the best food. They recently started selling Wellness, but not Wellness Core. So, I said that I heard good things about Blue Wilderness. Uhg.

It has alfalfa meal in it though, and she was told to steer clear of alfalfa. So, she went off to Pet Supplies Plus, to look at Wellness Core, Prarie Raw Instinct, and Solid Gold Barking at the Moon, all of which I have used, but was unsure of whether they had alfalfa in them.
 

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i just started my 4 month old GSD on the BB large breed puppy formula, gonna exchange it for a different brand now. you guys think this represents all of their foods?? possible low quality high price?
 

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you guys think this represents all of their foods?? possible low quality high price?
Personally, no, I do not. According to their website, one of their suppliers messed up and "produced a Vitamin D supplement immediately prior to preparing the ingredients for the BLUE products[...]some of the Vitamin D supplement may have been carried over". Hopefully they are more careful of monitoring their suppliers now, but I don't believe one mistake equals a poor quality product.
 

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Personally, no, I do not. According to their website, one of their suppliers messed up and "produced a Vitamin D supplement immediately prior to preparing the ingredients for the BLUE products[...]some of the Vitamin D supplement may have been carried over". Hopefully they are more careful of monitoring their suppliers now, but I don't believe one mistake equals a poor quality product.
well petco let me trade in a open bag for full price so i picked up Wellness large breed, higher protien and less grains than the BB, i thought BB was a really good food but ive also seen they were involved in other recalls so i think i will stay and stick to the wellness
 
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