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You would think that after all the shit that has happened with these commercial dog food companies they would actually shore up their business practices and TRY to put out decent food.  Nestle Purina is probably one of the worst offenders and they didn’t disappoint.  A man named Bradley Terry broke apart some chunks of meat in his dogs food tells of his horrifying discovery:

First, he noticed small moths inside the sealed, plastic container in which he keeps the food. Then, he broke apart the chunks of meat in the dog food.

“That’s when I noticed that there were, in fact, worms or maggots in the food itself,” Terry said. “[Cocoa] was about halfway through the bag. So knowing that she had been eating that for a month now I just — I couldn’t believe it.”

Maybe for some people uncovering maggots in your dogs food isn’t a big deal but for many pet parents, I can only imagine how disgusting it is.  I think I found maggots and a spider in a box of Godiva chocolates once and that was bad…luckily in my case they were already dead.  But we’re talking about live moving worms.  Unsurprisingly, this is NOT the first time maggots have been found in Purina dog food:

Oh but don’t you worry!  Purina had a perfectly good explanation and said these worms are ‘likely’ Indian Meal Moth Larvae.  I don’t believe that for a second. Why don’t I believe it?  Because it KEEPS ON HAPPENING and they don’t seem to care.   However, they are making it a point to say that these worms are harmless.  Perhaps Purina executives should regularly have their meals sprinkled with this larvae, I mean it won’t hurt, right?

In the end, Purina said they were issuing Bradley Terry a refund.  Bradley says he’s staying away from Purina altogether.  Can’t say we blame him.

Have you ever found anything this disgusting in your dogs food?

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14 thoughts on “Purina Dog Food’s Newest Ingredient: Maggots

  1. Today, 6/6/2018 I found live maggots in my Purina pro plan puppy food .
    I had read about this and had checked my previous bag of food.
    What do I do now !

    1. Hi Laurie,

      Unfortunately, Purina doesn’t look like they will change their ways. I recommend you either switch commercial dog foods or even to a homecooked diet. Home cooked meals are a hassle at times but at least you know what is inside of it. Keep us posted.

    2. Lots of maggots in my cats canned pro plan wet food.. very upset. it’s 1/4/2019… 🙁 i’m so upset!

  2. I have been using Purina Pro Plan Focus Chicken and Rice Large breed kibble for 16 years and have never seen a worm.

  3. Just found a ton in our Cat Purina Pro Plan Savory Shredded Chicken Blend (the Chicken & Rice flavoured one) So it was pretty much the exact same brand/flavour as others have had this issue with only ours was in our cat food. It’s so disgusting!!!!

  4. As a manager for a major pet store chain, I would recommend that no one buy any Purina brand food at the moment. Their lack of care on this issue has not only cost our store thousands of dollars in lost food and now moth treatment by our pest company, but also cost us in valuable customers that are mortified to have bugs in their “babies” food. I would not feed any Purina to my animals and don’t recommend it to any customers now. P.S. Stay away from all of their brands, not just the pro-plan.

  5. My dog has been eating Purina pro plan focus for almost 2 years and brought home a bag of food last night with bugs and webs covering the food. Completely unacceptable. No one should buy this food. I am very lucky I caught it before feeding my dog maggots

  6. And again….this is still happening! Inside the actual nuggets of food— live maggots! Every nugget my daughter broke open this morning had these creepy crawly insects. Google search indicates documented cases going back 10+ years. Stay away from Purina.

  7. 12/28/18 – Found them in a bag I bought yesterday. Immediately reached out to PetSmart and Purina. Sent photos and video. I will never purchase that product or any other Purina product ever again.

  8. Purina Pro Plan was recommended by my vet as the best alternative to the grain-free food I previously fed my dog. Since the vet recommended it, I purchased the food without extensively checking for issues or recalls.

    I had never purchased Purina food previously – and never will again! Upon opening the bag, I was greeted by slimy white maggots with their myriad relatives in various stages of emerging from most of the nuggets.

    Totally disgusting – and unbelievable that Pro Plan ranks near the top as the most recommended dog food by vets. Shame on them!

  9. I recently was cleaning out the small closet I keep my dog’s food in (nothing else but brooms, stuff like that, no food). As I was cleaning the floor, I noticed tiny bug shells. Then I saw live maggots under my dog’s food bin. I checked my ENTIRE kitchen, food, everything and they were NOWHERE else. I searched the bag of Pro Plan and did not find any, so I started reading wtf are they?! Yeah, then came across they were found in the dog food! So who knows how long they’d been there or which bag they came into my home in. I called pest control the next morning and he agreed they came in the dog food. I took the open bag of food back to Petco and was given a full refund. I didn’t even bother contacting Purina based on the reviews I read. I ordered a new food container with a screw on lid (no bugs are getting in that sucker!) and I had to change my dog’s food. I chose Taste of the Wild based on consumer reviews. But SO many reviews of the bugs in Pro Plan! DISGUSTING!

  10. I also got bugs in my purina one dog food chicken and rice and after reading I am amazed a company can go over 10 years ripping off customers with there bugs infested products and get away with it I would love to see a class action and if there is one please let me know I want in.

  11. Yep, just happened to us. We just bought two big bags of Purina One. Something looked weird about it, with white spots. Broke some pieces open and live worms (maggots). I am so completely disgusted. And now from what I’m ready this is not a one time accidental occurrence and Purina does not really give a crap.
    Well, I will never again buy any Purina product and I will share my photos and videos with everyone I know and tell them not to buy Purina products.

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