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Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 6:42am
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I recently read a thread here about a contact reaction to dog food. As we have cats, that prompted me to investigate the food we were feeding them as my daughter is only 2, and could easily put it in her mouth/touch it. The two companies I emailed were Iams and Science Diet, and I thought I would post their responses here.

This is from Iams:

We appreciate you taking the time to write us. It's my pleasure to respond.

Our North American Iams, Eukanuba, and Iams Veterinary Formulas dry foods
are made in facilities that do not use peanuts or nut products.

Although our cans, biscuits, sauce, and treats do not actually contain
peanuts--we cannot guarantee that the facilities in which they are made are
nut-free.

So feeding our dry kitten and cat foods exclusively will not endanger your
daughter.

You may contact us anytime through our E-mail Us Now page located on our web
sites at [url="http://www.IAMS.com"]http://www.IAMS.com[/url] or [url="http://www.Eukanuba.com."]http://www.Eukanuba.com.[/url] We would also welcome your call
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time at
800-675-3849.

Thanks again for writing and be sure to let us know if we can be of any
further assistance.

Sincerely,
Karla
Iams Pet Care Team Member

And these were from Science Diet/Hills:

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We are delighted to help you today.

Some of our foods were made with peanut hulls. We have reformulated all of those products to be peanut free. If you could provide me with the products UPC code and Best Before Date of the bag I will make sure your product is safe to be around your daughter.

Comments from our consumers are one of the most important sources we have for measuring the quality and acceptance of our products and the services we provide. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call our Consumer Affairs Department toll free at 1-800-445-5777, 8AM-5PM CST, Monday-Friday, or visit HillsPet.com.

Sincerely,

Amber

Amber Kennedy
Dietary Management Consultant
Consumer Affairs

And:

To be completely certain check the Best before date and if it is 072009 or later it is defiantly peanut free. If you would feel better by sending the information in to check, please do so and I will check you specific bag.

Comments from our consumers are one of the most important sources we have for measuring the quality and acceptance of our products and the services we provide. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call our Consumer Affairs Department toll free at 1-800-445-5777, 8AM-5PM CST, Monday-Friday, or visit HillsPet.com.

Sincerely,

Amber

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 7:48am
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Personally I would not feed our dog or cat Iams or Science Diet, nut free or not. I have contacted several premium brands to find out. We use Premium Edge and Chicken Soup brands, both made by Diamond. Canidae and Eagle Pack have also informed me that their foods are peanut/nut free. It was probably last fall when I checked with them. I believe Natural Balance is fine too-we use their biscuits.
A couple that are not safe: Wellness, Nutro (there are no nuts in any of the products now but they told me last fall they were still using up some peanut flour in their biscuits. Once it was gone none would have it. Their food is not too bad, nutritionally).

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 8:12am
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May I ask why not? is there something wrong with these foods? we have always used them-did you have a problem with the food itself, or was it a reaction issue?

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 11:28am
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Hi gw_mom3,
What did you find with Wellness? Does the facility process peanuts?
Thanks for any info you have.

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 12:34pm
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this is the email I got from wellness/old mother hubbard:
Thank you for taking the time to write about Wellness products.
We do use peanuts in some of our products.
Thanks again for contacting us.
Heather Rowe
Representative
Consumer Affairs
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Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 12:37pm
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Originally Posted By: IowaMomMay I ask why not? is there something wrong with these foods? we have always used them-did you have a problem with the food itself, or was it a reaction issue? I've never had a problem with any regarding reactions. They are just low quality foods. Here is one site with info about dog foods and quality. The best foods contain meat as the first ingredient (not fresh but meal-fresh meat, once dehydrated, doesn't make up much of the formula) or in some cases several forms of meat in the top 5, and no wheat or soy. Also no by-products and no 'mystery' ingredients such as "poultry fat" which don't specify the source. Also no chemical preservatives. Some are grain free but the ones we use do have rice in them.
[url="http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com"]http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com[/url]
A lot of people have raised their dogs on Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc without any problems but we just choose not to. We saw a marked improvement in our dog's coat, eyes and stools (sorry! lol) after we switched from Puppy Chow to Chicken Soup for Puppies (we switched to Premium Edge when she was about 7 mos old).

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 9:19pm
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Thanks for the information! I will definitely look into it! Those 2 are the ones that most of the veterinarians around here recommend, but I will be asking our vet about the ones that you have mentioned.

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 4:51am
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You're welcome. Keep in mind that most vets don't get any education on nutrition other than seminars by the companies that make the foods (thus they may be biased). This is why so many vets carry foods like Science Diet and Eukanuba. Those are typically the companies that cater to vets.

Posted on: Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:03am
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Our dog only eats food and treats by Natural Balance (Dick Van Patten's company). I tried switching our 12 year old cat but he refused, despite trying several "formulas" within the brand.
I totally agree about feeding the best brands for animals. We adopted our dog last August and the rescue group posts the brands they feel are appropriate. We came to Natural Balance because it was the only one available in a store. In my life before 2 kids, allergies, etc., I used to special order cat food - either shipped thru the mail or sent to a natural food store.
I am a little amazed that people are still buying pet food in the grocery store.

Posted on: Mon, 04/19/2010 - 4:51am
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It's always best to check with your veterinarian. When your kids have allergies it's important to make sure your pets are healthy. My kids have dust allergies and I need to take my cats to the vet regularly to make sure there's nothing that causes problems in their fur. Ofter if they have microorganisms living there it gets bad for your kids. I even got cat insurance to make sure I can handle any extra costs if I need to.

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2010 - 10:53am
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I recommend the website by "dogtor j" who is a vet. Our pets are also getting severe food allergies. Most dogs do better on dogfood that doesn't contain wheat. There are no statistics on the number of dogs with peanut allergy but I have come across a number of them on the Internet. Seems our pets are getting food allergies from vaccinations, too.
The foods that the animals eat can cause allergic reactions in people evidently to their dander. On curezone.com, I came across a blog by a severely allergic woman who cleaned up her diet and her pet cats diets. Once she did that, she was no longer allergic to the cats.

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