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Recall extended due to increased vitamin D content: danger from dog food
In February, Hill’s Pet Nutrition launched a worldwide dog food recall. Now the recall has been extended due to an increased vitamin D content. In the meantime, several dogs are said to have died after eating the affected food.
Recall of canned dog food products expanded
The US manufacturer Hill’s Pet Nutrition is expanding the recall of canned dog food products due to an increased vitamin D content. The extension of the product recall refers to the same vitamin premix that was the trigger for the original recall of February 1, 2019.
Individual animals died
Although vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, digestion of increased amounts can lead to potential health problems, depending on the amount of vitamin D and how long it is taken, the company said in a public announcement.
Dogs may experience symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, intense thirst, frequent urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.
When vitamin D is consumed in very high amounts, there can be exceptional, potentially life-threatening health problems in dogs, including kidney dysfunction.
For some animals, however, the warning is apparently too late. Because on Twitter, some dog owners report that their animals fell ill or even died after eating the affected products.
Dog owners whose dogs have consumed the products listed below and who have experienced the symptoms listed should contact their veterinarian, according to the manufacturer.
According to company information, a complete recovery can be expected in most cases after the feed is no longer fed.
The following products were recalled in February:
Hill’s Prescription Diet Canine 360 grams, item no. 8408U, batch no. 102020T18
Hill’s Prescription Diet Canine Ultra Allergen-Free 370 grams, item no. 8018U, batch no. 102020T17
Hill’s Prescription Diet Canine 370 grams, item no. 8017U, batch number 102020T05
Hill’s Science Plan Canine Adult with Chicken 370 grams, item no. 8037U, batch no. 102020T27
Hill’s Science Plan Canine Mature Adult 7+ with Chicken 370 grams, item no. 8055U, batch no. 102020T14
- Hill’s ™ Prescription Diet ™ Canine k / d ™ 370g, item number 8010U, lot numbers: 092020T27, 092020T28 and 102020T26
- Hill’s ™ Prescription Diet ™ Canine r / d ™ 350g, item number: 8014U, batch number: 092020T28
- Hill’s ™ Science Plan ™ Canine Mature Adult 7+ Active Longevity 370g, item number: 8055U, batch number: 112020T25
Unopened products can be returned
In Germany, the dog food affected was sold through retail stores for pets, online sellers and veterinary clinics.
Pet owners who bought the products from the affected lot and with the specific date should stop feeding and dispose of opened products.
Unopened products can be returned to the point of sale from which they were purchased for a refund.
Increased vitamin D levels confirmed
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is reported to have heard of the potentially increased vitamin D content in some of the dog canned food products after a complaint was received in the United States about a dog with signs of increased vitamin D levels.
An investigation by the company confirmed increased vitamin D levels due to a supplier error.
After the first product recall, a detailed review of all other canned dog food products that were potentially affected by the vitamin mix with increased vitamin D content was carried out.
This investigation showed that additional products were affected by the vitamin mix and therefore the recall has now been expanded.
Hill’s has reportedly received a limited number of complaints about sick pets related to these products. (ad)