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Hill's Science and Prescription Dog Foods Recalled Due to Excessive Amounts of Vitamin D
A voluntary recall for a large number of Hill’s Pet Nutrition dog foods was just released, affecting foods sold within North America due to excessively high vitamin D levels.

A report was issued by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA) yesterday. This dog food recall affects only canned dog food sold in the United States that were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide. No dry kibble, cat foods, or pet treats are affected.

A list of the affected Hill's Pet Nutrition dog foods:

Pet Food Brand Name SKU Code
Hill's® Prescription Diet® c/d® Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz 3384 102020T10
102020T25
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz 3389 102020T04
102020T10
102020T19
102020T20
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 5.5oz 3390 102020T11
112020T23
122020T07
Hill's® Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine 5.5oz 5403 102020T17
112020T22
Hill's® Prescription Diet® g/d® Canine 13oz 7006 112020T19
112020T20
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine 13oz 7008 092020T30
102020T07
102020T11
112020T22
112020T23
Hill's® Prescription Diet® j/d® Canine 13oz 7009 112020T20
Hill's® Prescription Diet® k/d® Canine 13oz 7010 102020T10
102020T11
Hill's® Prescription Diet® w/d® Canine 13oz 7017 092020T30
102020T11
102020T12
Hill's® Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine 13oz 7018 102020T04
112020T22
Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic + Mobility Canine Vegetable & Tuna Stew 12.5oz 10086 102020T05
102020T26
Hill's® Prescription Diet® w/d® Canine Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz 10129 102020T04
102020T21
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz 10423 102020T17
102020T19
112020T04
Hill's® Prescription Diet® Derm Defense® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz 10509 102020T05
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 5.8oz 4969 102020T18
Hill's® Science Diet® Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée 13oz 7036 102020T12
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz 7037 102020T13
102020T14
112020T23
112020T24
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Turkey & Barley Dog Food 13oz 7038 102020T06
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Dog Food 13oz 7040 102020T13
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Light with Liver Dog Food 13oz 7048 112020T19
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz 7055 092020T31
102020T13
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz 7056 092020T31
112020T20
112020T24
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Turkey & Barley Entrée 13oz 7057 112020T19
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew dog food 12.5oz 10452 102020T14
102020T21
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken & Vegetable Stew dog food 12.5oz 10763 102020T04
102020T05
112020T11

 

The company behind these contaminated pet foods, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, took action after they received reports regarding a dog who displayed vitamin D overdose symptoms after eating their foods. The company then launched an investigation into the issue and realized that their foods did, indeed, have elevated levels of vitamin D.

Hill's Pet Nutrition dog food recallHill’s Pet Nutrition said in a statement that this error occurred due to a supplier’s mistake. They have asked their suppliers to comply to new quality rules by adding more quality tests before shipping off their ingredients.

If you have purchased any of the affected products, immediately stop feeding them to your pet. You can return unopened packs and cans of products to local retailers in order to receive a refund. For any questions or to find out more, reach out to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc through email at [email protected] or via phone at 1-800-445-5777.

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Dangers of Vitamin D Toxicity in Dogs

Although more vitamin D can sound like a good thing, a too-high amount of this nutrient is dangerous for animals, and it's particularly toxic to dogs. Elevated vitamin D consumption can eventually lead to very severe and even fatal health problems in dogs, including renal failure.

Vitamin D can also result in a variety of other health problems, with symptoms such as:

  • Increased levels of thirst
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Pain in the abdomen and stomach
  • Bloody feces
  • Bloody vomit
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle tremors
  • Excessive drooling
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Depression

If your pup begins to exhibit any signs of vitamin D toxicity after eating these foods, you should take them to the veterinarian immediately. The condition can be fatal and the first 72 hours of treatment are vital to saving your dog’s life. It is an expensive poisoning to treat and may require long-term management.

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