Popular Dog Food Recalled Over Growing Health Fears
A popular canned pet food range has expanded its product recall over increasing concerns for health and safety.
Hill's Pet Nutrition announced the voluntary recall of 13 products due potentially elevated levels of vitamin D in Febryary. Products, which include Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Science Diet canned foods, have been sold through pet stores, vet clinics and online.
Since the initial announcement, the company has expanded the recall.
Hill's Pet Nutrition US Vice President and General Manager, Jesper Nordengaard, released a letter to vets writing:
“Following the recall, we conducted a detailed review of our canned dog foods. As we had expected, that review confirmed that the issue is isolated to the same vitamin premix used in canned dog foods and limited to specific production lots,” he wrote.
“However, our review did determine that there were additional products affected by that vitamin premix, and it is for that reason that we are expanding the recall."
The initial statement from the company reads:
"While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.
Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding."
For more information and a complete product list, visit their website.
Those looking for more information or concerns can call the company on 1800 679 932 or email HillshelplineANZ [at] hillspet [dot] com
If your pet is exhibiting any of the above symptoms should contact their vet.
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