Yesterday, we went grocery shopping. The number one thing we needed: dog food.
Imagine our surprise when we got to the pet food aisle and found a notice that the brand we’ve been buying – Blue Buffalo – had been recalled due to purported lead contamination.
To say I was furious and frustrated would be an understatement. BB wasn’t cheap and we’d been buying it specifically because it was supposed to be quality – no fillers, no grains, real meat. All the things our aging fur babies need now more than ever. It wasn’t the first time we’ve had this problem, either – there are at least two and maybe three other times I can think of that we accidentally poisoned Arthas (years ago) by giving him what was supposed to be top-of-the-line food that turned out to be contaminated or otherwise toxic.
Of course, today I did a search and discovered that there have been numerous BB recalls in the last five years. I just didn’t know about them because they were all on products we weren’t using, such as wet food.
This is ridiculous. Today more than ever, people love pets like family. For most households, budgeting to feed one’s pets well is hard enough. We shouldn’t have to worry about crap like this.
I’m going to resist the urge to rant about the true costs of this kind of thing, because either you already know and I’m preaching to the choir or you’re someone who clearly doesn’t care about pets and nothing I can say will make a difference to you anyway. But something needs to change, because it’s an abysmal and mortifying state of affairs when we as a society are content to not only poison ourselves with our food supply but to poison the helpless pets who rely on us to take care of them.