Who wants to play “Guess the Right Answer” with @halopets ?
Sadly, my boxer Bobo is out of the game.
So you are next!
I just buried my Boxer Bobo. Bought her a bag of Halo Spot Stew Kibble to try on September 9. Mixed the kibble with water (as I’ve always done with her usual Fromm’s kibble)
September 14th: Had NO clue why all of a sudden by baby just went into a horrific painful hell. Called the Vet Hospital and explained my boxer was vomiting only foam. She was losing control of her body. Almost falling over, Crying. Moaning. Panting. , What is going on????
Hospital stated BLOAT.
I get her discharge papers and none of the listed bloat risks applied. And then I noticed that adding water to a kibble with citric acid as a preservative and you’ve just initaited a very high risk of bloat/gdv.
I get home and check the Halo ingredient list. CITRIC ACID!
I had to bury my Bobo on September 16
HaloPets on twitter advised me citric acid is not a factor.
Because Halo Pet is so truthful and perfectly Holistic. Oh no! Not Halo. Well apparently Halo really doesn’t know what information to give the consumer. If you scour their blog you’re going to find all kinds of inconsistencies on what they claim or preach.
Here’s just one example:
June 1, 2009. Halo Pet states “it is impossible to claim that citric acid in dog kibble is a risk factor for causing bloat.”
February 10, 2012 Halo Pet ADMITS citric acid in kibble mixed with water IS a bloat risk.
Of course if bloat and digestive problems have never been an issue in your pets life…then you really wouldn’t know about citric acid or bloat or gdv. Most consumers would have no clue.
Not until AFTER their dog was dead.
A simple little warning label on the bag would have prevented my boxer’s horrific death. And guaranteed… someone else will have it happen to them.
Halo Pet is fully aware of the citric acid creating a high risk factor. And they still use it in their kibble.
Really not so holier and healthier than thou. Are they?
Don’t let it happen to you!
Bloat (GDV) Study
Study on multiple causes of bloat was started in about 1998 and ended in 2004. These are highlights:
Nutrient Intake and Bloat
CONTENTS OF FOOD AND BLOAT
Malathi Raghavan, DVM, MS; Lawrence T. Glickman, VMD, DrPH; Nita W.Glickman, MS, MPH; Diana B. Schellenberg*,
Dietary risk factors for gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) in dogs were identified using a nested case-control study. Of 1991 dogs from 11 large- and giant-breeds in a previous prospective study of GDV, 106 dogs that developed GDV were selected as cases while 212 remaining dogs were randomly selected as controls. A complete profile of nutrient intake was constructed for each dog based on owner-reported information, published references and nutrient databases. Potential risk factors were examined for a significant relationship with GDV risk using unconditional logistic regression.
The study confirmed previous reports of increased risks of GDV associated with increasing age, having a first-degree relative with GDV, and having a raised food bowl. New significant findings included a 2.7-fold (or 170%) increased risk of GDV in dogs that consumed dry foods containing fat among the first four ingredients.
******* The risk of GDV was increased 4.2-fold (or 320%) in dogs that consumed dry foods containing citric acid that were also moistened prior to feeding by owners. Dry foods containing a rendered meat meal with bone among the first four ingredients significantly GDV risk by 53.0%.*****************************************************************
Approximately 30% of all cases of GDV in this study could be attributed to consumption of dry foods containing fat among their first four ingredients, while 32% could be attributed to consumption of owner-moistened dry foods that also contained citric acid. These findings can be used by owners to reduce their dogs’ risk of GDV. This manuscript has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Animal Hospital Association.
Diet-Related Risk Factors for Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus in Dogs of High-Risk Breeds
FINDINGS: VOLUME OF FOOD FED Malathi Raghavan, DVM, PhD Nita Glickman, MS, MPH George McCabe, PhDGary Lantz, DVMLawrence T. Glickman, VMD, DrPH
From the Departments of Veterinary Pathobiology, (Raghavan, N. Glickman, L. Glickman), Veterinary Clinical Sciences (Lantz), and Statistics (McCabe),Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2027.
If Mixing Halo kibble with water initiates bloat creating a 3x-4X greater risk of bloat due to the citric acid Don’t you think you should consumers know BEFORE THEY PURCHASE YOUR PRODUCT? Most people are unaware. Until their dog dies a few days later.
Halo food mixed with water - instant horrible bloat death. Halo Pet is fully aware of this but doesn’t inform consumers. Thank you ellendegeneres Your halo pet food killed Bobo.
GDV and Bloat reference chart