Huge Dog Food Recall, Accidental Lethal Overdose Of Vitamin D Possible Another big dog food recall!
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is the biggest dog food supplier. Several of their brands, many of which are formulated for dogs requiring special diets, have been recalled. The problem is excessive vitamin D in the foods at a level that can be lethal for dogs. Hill’s says a supplier made a mistake and also reports that the problem has been solved.
The remaining issue is that you may already have these foods in your pantry. All the foods are canned, and a comprehensive list can be found in a link at the end of this article.
Hill’s recall is voluntary, but their recall follows an FDA recall of several other brands in December for the same issue. More details on the FDA recall, involving Elm Pet Foods, Sunshine Mills, Nutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, and others, will also be provided at the end of the article as well.
Vitamin D is necessary in a dog’s diet, but too much can lead to potentially fatal toxicity. The Washington Post recently published that one of its very own reporters, Caitlin Gibson, owned a dog that sadly passed away after it ate one of the affected Hill’s brands and started showing symptoms of vitamin D poisoning (vomiting, loss of appetite, and increased thirst are among them).
If two recalls aren’t bad enough, all of this follows a warning last year from the FDA about grain-free, legume-rich dog food and a potential link to canine heart disease.
As always, it’s suggested that you discuss dietary decisions with your veterinarian. But it also pays to remember that a large number of vet offices sell Hill’s brand dog foods, as Hill’s is very active with veterinary programs involving pet nutrition. And that your local vet isn’t involved in the production of the foods in question and can’t guarantee the quality control measures they have in place.