Hill’s Pet Nutrition expands dog food recall over ‘toxic’ vitamin D levels

  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition expands dog food recall over ‘toxic’ vitamin D levels

Hill’s Pet Nutrition expands dog food recall over ‘toxic’ vitamin D levels

The company's US Vice President and General Manager, Jesper Nordengaard, has addressed a message to veterinarian's worldwide stating that it's with "sincere regret" that he was writing to announce the recall expansion.

Hill's Pet Nutrition is expanding on its nationwide recall of canned dog food with potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. It took the action after saying it had received "a limited number of complaints of pet illnesses" related to additional products.

"On January 31, 2019, Hill's Pet Nutrition notified the FDA about a report of vitamin D toxicity in a dog that ate a canned Hill's dog food and initiated a recall of 25 products", the FDA posting says. "The recall is only for canned dog food and does not affect canned cat food, dry food (kibble), or treats".

The latest information from Hill's Pet Nutrition says products purchased between September 1, 2018 and March 21, 2019 are recalled as they may be potentially affected. Those who survive may have "long-term impairments", including kidney or heart disease, which require "lifelong management", according to VCA Animal Hospitals.

Dogs who ingest too much vitamin D can have symptoms of excessive drooling, weight loss, frequent urination, vomiting, loss of appetite, and increased thirst, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

The canned food was distributed to retail stores and veterinarian clinics throughout the United States.

Hill's is a US-based pet food company that produces dog and cat foods.

But, it added, "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 original recall came after a complaint was made about a dog exhibiting signs of vitamin D toxicity as a result of eating a Hill's Pet Nutrition product. "But sometimes things start small and get bigger, so stay tuned, and check your labels".