The FDA recently expanded a serious recall involving numerous brands of dog food. Now, the recall is hitting numerous different types of food. It is a serious issue for pet owners.
Consumers were first warned about the recall in December. At that time, FDA officials had discovered that certain brands of dog food contained elevated levels of vitamin D. The elevated levels can cause vitamin D toxicity in dogs and creates serious health issues for them.
“Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D,” the FDA wrote on its website about how the agency addressed the complaints. “Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death.”
Now, a sad update has just hit the story. According to reports, one woman is claiming that his dog has died due to the toxic levels of vitamin D in the food.
"Kimberly Mull, of Los Angeles, Calif., is one of those dog owners. In November, Mull’s 13-year-old Bichon mix, Precious, began eating a combination of Hill’s Science Diet dry food and one of the brand’s recently recalled canned foods. The specific mixture was suggested by her veterinarian as a way to manage the dog’s diabetes," according to Fox News.
She says her dog started acting differently in the days after she began to feed her the Hill's Science Diet dog food product. When she found out what was actually going on with her beloved pet, it was too late.
"Mull then took Precious to her veterinarian, who gravely informed the dog owner there was nothing left to do. The pup’s kidneys appeared to be failing — one of the several symptoms of vitamin D poisoning. Precious died roughly a week before Hill’s announced the recall," Mull said, according to Fox.
Kimberly isn't the only one who is sharing her story. Numerous other people have reached out with similar stories about their own pets. We're sharing this news yet again in hopes of spreading the word about this dangerous recall.
"The company initially announced the recall in late January, warning pet owners who notice their dog exhibiting signs of vitamin D poisoning should contact their vet. After conducting an investigation, Hills said a 'supplier error' caused the elevated levels in the affected canned foods. The supplier hasn't been identified at this time," wrote Fox.
Now, the company is once again expanding the recall. They are issuing a major statement about the news and trying to right this wrong with loyal customers.
"Following the recall, we conducted a detailed review of our canned dog foods. As we had expected, that review confirmed that the issue is isolated to the same vitamin premix used in canned dog foods and limited to specific production lots. However, our review did determine that there were additional products affected by that vitamin premix, and it is for that reason that we are expanding the recall. No dry foods, cat foods or treats are affected," according to reports.
They have also listed the following ways in which they are seeking to make this up to customers:
-We have expanded the operating hours of our Veterinary Consultation Service and opened our consumer call center to 7 days a week.
-We will pay for the diagnostic screening for Hypervitaminosis D for any pet consuming impacted food.
-We will pay for continued diagnostic testing for pets with elevated Vitamin D levels until they are back to normal.
-We will reimburse pet parents for medical treatment for an affected pet eating impacted food.
-We are committed to the highest standards in quality and have introduced even more stringent quality checks into our existing safety processes.
-As always, we stand behind our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all our products.
If you have some of this food in your house still, be sure to consult a doctor and check it for being involved in the recalled list. For more information, pet owners can contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777. A complete list of all their impacted products can be found here.
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