Tue, 5 Feb, 2019
Is your dog OK? Popular pet food brand issues urgent recall
A popular pet food brand has issued a voluntary recall across Australia after their canned goods showed signs of causing serious health issues in dogs.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling 13 canned dog food products due to an increased amount of vitamin D.
The recall has been issued worldwide, with their products mainly found at pet stores, veterinary clinics and online.
Dog owners are being advised to check their canned food, as the recall also includes the Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Science Diet range.
In a statement released by the company, vitamin D is necessary for dogs to be able to achieve optimal health, but excessive amounts can cause a number of health problems.
Symptoms include 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,” read the statement.
“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.”
The company chose to pull the item off the market after receiving a complaint from the US about a dog showing symptoms of increased vitamin D levels.
“Our investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D due to supplier error,” the statement said.
The pet food brand will now ensure that “additional quality testing” is put into place before they release their ingredients.
“In addition to our existing safety processes, we are adding our own further testing of incoming ingredients,” it said.
Dry food, cat food and treats from the same brand have not been affected.
If you have purchased the canned dog food with a specific date code, you are able to take it back to your local pet store or vet clinic for a replacement.