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A Protest Against Pedigree and Mars Corporation

Updated on January 13, 2015
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First and foremost; Don't buy your dog the item pictured at the right!

I was busy writing a hub about mayoral elections here in Puerto Rico. All of a sudden, "Greg, come here," Maggie said with a tone that was frantic. Just a little earlier I had cleaned up vomit that our inside dog, a Chihuahua named Chiquito, had spilled. He was acting very sick and we had no idea why.

I ran to my lovely wife where she was pointing out on the balcony to the two dogs we had rescued when we were driving near the Cerro Maravilla. Someone had abandoned them and our hearts could not let them just try to survive on their own. As they are both girls, we named them Cerra and Merra. There was vomit everywhere and we suddenly realized why.

Earlier that day, we had went grocery shopping and like usual, the dogs had to have a treat. We decided to try something new. Our thoughts were that Pedigree labeled items should be good. They are expensive so we bought the dogs a bag of Dentastix.

We now have three very ill dogs. It is from the Dentastix; it has to be. Everything else is the same.

Why am I writing this hub? I will explain further, but first see our pet dogs that are suffering from a item that is supposed to be safe and good for them.

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Chiquito wondering why I would put that nasty bag of stuff that makes him vomit anywhere near him.Cerra and Merra
Chiquito wondering why I would put that nasty bag of stuff that makes him vomit anywhere near him.
Chiquito wondering why I would put that nasty bag of stuff that makes him vomit anywhere near him. | Source
Cerra and Merra
Cerra and Merra | Source

The Protest

After cleaning about three gallons of dog vomit, I went back to the computer. I looked up the Pedigree web site and immediately complained.

I have not heard a word.

I noticed they want to know where you are from, but they have no place to enter Puerto Rico. I had to put a State in or a province of Canada. Not only did I complain about their product, but I just had to ask if they have a problem with Puerto Rico too.

Do I sound angry?

I am!

The amount of money a person spends on pets to get a product that is not safe for them happens more and more these days. It seems to me that many of these large corporations just don't care; they just want the peasants hard earned money.

I am requesting that everyone who reads this boycotts any Pedigree named items. This company makes many other pet items too and I will list them. There are three companies listed on the bag and I am posting links to their web sites. If people write and complain, maybe, just maybe they will listen.

The other products they make and distribute are (Mars Corporation):

  1. Banfield Pet Hospital
  2. Cesar
  3. Crave
  4. Greenies
  5. Nutro
  6. Pedigree
  7. Royal Canin
  8. The Goodlife Recipe
  9. Whiskas
  10. Temptations

I ask that people please boycott all of these until Mars, Pedigree and Waltham make amends. If they do, I will post immediately.

Thank you for your cooperation!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2012 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks to both of you; the dogs do seem better now.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I don't blame you for being upset. It's good the dogs vomited whatever the content was that didn't agree with them. I would continue to contact Pedigree about the problem so they can recall the product. With pet foods being recalled in the past by other companies causing sick and sometimes dead animals I know this one would want to dissolve the issues ASAP as they are a top notch brand with more than one reason to do so. Hope your dogs will be okay.

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      7 years ago

      When I'm out and about with my dog, many businesses ask if Waffles can have a treat. I tell them I don't do cheap treats anymore. They most often have Milk Bones and ask if those are ok.


      There is an extreme level of ignorance regarding dog food, especially treats. Over the years I've seen too many dogs become ill from inferior ingredients that are sometimes illegal for human consumption. I use treats that do not contain known carcinogens and are made of real animal parts not obtained from road kill. That may sound sarcastic but some treats are made of that.

      But there are those people that will say their 13-year-old Rottweiler ate Ole Roy their whole life and he's fine despite the fact that much of Ole Roy is made of what is otherwise waste product.

    • Melissa A Smith profile image

      Melissa A Smith 

      7 years ago from New York

      I actually have used this product in the past and had no problems. I prefer raw bones now to clean my dogs teeth.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Yep, that sounds like a good idea--Melissa, do you have a dog--how about trying the stix out??

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Three sad and sick dogs and what they were fed was Dentastix. Hope people will get this message...or feed their own dogs to test.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Now, I must disagree. First we are talking three different dogs. How is it that three dogs would all be or have the same exact allergy?

      Until someone can prove to me otherwise, I label it unsafe.

    • Melissa A Smith profile image

      Melissa A Smith 

      7 years ago from New York

      I'd do a little more research. You don't know if your dogs happened to be allergic to the ingredients in this product. Of course, the ingredients in it are horrible but that is the norm for 99 percent of these commercial treats/foods. Maybe your dogs where extra sensitive to the wheat or salt that it contains, but that doesn't mean that it is the case for all dogs. Some dogs seem to not be able to tolerate even natural healthy raw diets so I think it is unfair to label this product as dangerous because of the problem you experienced.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks Bro, hopefully this will put a dent in their business.

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      7 years ago from midwest

      According to the Dentastix website as well as other reputable sources, 80% of dogs two years and older have dental and gum disease. I find it odd that Pedigree, who also makes Dentastix, sells kibble, which they advertise as superior nutrition. Would you consider anything "superior nutrition" if it caused your dog to have dental and gum disease by only two years old?


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