You may have heard in the media recently reports on strange fibers being found in dog food. A client brought in a sample of their dog’s food for us to see the fibers. We were able to find many of these fibers and separate them out. We placed them on a slide and observed them under the microscope. Though we are not experts in fiber analysis, it does appear to be hair-like, as claimed by the Mars Petcare company, maker of Pedigree. The food in this case is Ol’Roy, which is not made by the Mars Petcare company.

The client that presented the food to us reported that his pet was having an upset stomach, acting a little lethargic, and not wanting to eat his food. These are similar to the claims from other pet owners who are commenting on the fibers on social media and other outlets.

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Kaycie Williams, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications for Mars Petcare U.S., released the following statement to

“We have reviewed product samples and have confirmed that it is natural fibers that consumers are seeing in the kibble. Because Pedigree is manufactured using meat and bone meal, it’s possible for natural fibers, like pig hair, to appear in the finished kibble. There is absolutely no quality or safety concern with the natural fibers. They are completely safe for dogs to consume. We can assure you that our Pedigree products are safe and nutritious. Quality and food safety is our top priority as we conduct over 600 quality checks each day in our plants, including metal detection. Because we take every consumer concern seriously, we encourage them to reach out to us at 1-800-525-5273.”

When it comes to pet food, you really get what you pay for. Spending just a little more to get one of the top tier foods may save you money in the long run. Better nutrition leads to a healthier pet. Cheaper foods have more filler, which doesn’t have much nutritional value and may cause more waste production. Consult with your veterinarian to see which pet food brand is right for your pet’s optimal health.

If you pet has an upset stomach, depending on the symptoms, we can make recommendations for treatment or schedule an appointment with the veterinarian. Give us a call at 751-2753.