The FDA recently expanded a serious recall involving numerous brands of dog food. Now, the recall is hitting 12 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. 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.
"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.
For more information, pet owners can contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777.
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