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Hill’s Pet Nutrition (of Topeka, KS) expanded its voluntary recall of January 31st to include canned dog food products due to the presence of elevated levels of Vitamin D. Specific lots of Prescription Diet and Science Diet dog foods are included in the expanded recall and were distributed to both retail pet stores and veterinary clinics throughout the U.S.
According to Hill’s, no dry foods, cat foods or treats are affected by these recalls.
Why the Recall
Hill’s originally received “a complaint in the United States about a dog exhibiting signs of elevated Vitamin D levels.” The recall was expanded after a detailed review isolated the issue to a vitamin premix from an American supplier.
The Recall: What Products and What’s Being Done
For a complete list of recalled products (including both the January 31st and March 20th recalls), click here.
According to an email sent to veterinarians on March 20th, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has:
Expanded the availability of their consumer call center to 7 days a week (800-445-5777).
Promised to begin collection of affected products from stores, clinics and shelters beginning March 21st.
Promised to pay for:
Diagnostic screening for Hypervitaminosis D for any pet who has consumed the recalled food;
Continued diagnostic testing and medical treatment for affected pets until they are back to normal.
What You Should Know About Elevated Levels of Vitamin D
Dogs who eat elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit the following symptoms:
Loss of appetite
When consumed at very high levels, dogs can face serious health issues (including potentially life-threatening) including renal (kidney) dysfunction.
What to do Next
Consumers should immediately contact their veterinarian if their dogs have consumed this recalled product and are exhibiting the symptoms listed above.
The affected product should be thrown away immediately or returned to the purchase place for a full refund (unopened products only).
Consumers with any questions should contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition (Consumer Affairs) at 800-445-5777 (Every Day from 7am-7pm CST) or via email at ContactUs@HillsPet.com for more information.