Hill’s voluntarily recalls select canned dog food due to vitamin D concerns

Pet health and safety are Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s first concern. That’s why Hill’s contacted AAHA and asked us to help spread word of their voluntary recall.

Hill’s is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. 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, 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.

In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.

Hill’s learned of the potential for elevated vitamin D levels in some of their canned dog foods after receiving a complaint in the United States about a dog exhibiting signs of elevated vitamin D levels. Their investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D due to a supplier error, which has been addressed with that supplier, as well as through increased oversight of Hill’s existing safety procedures.

The affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide in the United States. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.

Find more information on the voluntary recall and a list of the affected products (including SKU and lot code/date code locations) here.

Pet parents who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately. To have discarded products replaced at no cost, please contact Hill’s via email or at 1-800-445-5777 (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Central Standard Time).

Owners of dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian.

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