If you’ve ever checked out the food brands at your veterinarian’s office or taken a stroll down the food aisles at your local pet store then chances are you’ve seen the name “Hill’s” before. Today, the brand name is popping up all over the news as Hill’s Pet Nutrition voluntary recalls select canned dog foods. The reason: Potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.
What Sparked The Recall
Hill’s Pet Nutrition found out about the potential for elevated vitamin D levels after receiving a complaint in the United States about a dog experiencing symptoms. An investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D due to a supplier error.
According to a recall notice by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
“Hill’s has identified and isolated the error and, to prevent this from happening again, we have required our supplier to implement additional quality testing prior to their release of ingredients. In addition to our existing safety processes, we are adding our own further testing of incoming ingredients.”
This voluntary recall only impacts canned dog food and primarily in the United States. You’ll want to be on the lookout for both Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Science Diet. Here is a complete list from the FDA:
In the United States, the affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide.
No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.
About Elevated Vitamin D
According to a recall notice by the FDA:
“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.”
If you’ve fed the recalled food to your dog and he’s experiencing the above symptoms then schedule a vet visit ASAP.
Feed This Food?
Pet parents who have purchased and feed the foods with the specific lot/date codes listed above should stop feeding it immediately. You can either toss it or return any unopened products to your retailer for a refund. To have discarded foods replaced at no cost or for further information please contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 800-445-5777 Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM (CST) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.