Hill’s Pet Nutrition expands dog food recall over ‘toxic’ vitamin D levels

The company announced the recall expansion in a letter to veterinarians on Wednesday

The company announced the recall expansion in a letter to veterinarians on Wednesday

The company's US Vice President and General Manager, Jesper Nordengaard, has addressed a message to veterinarian's worldwide stating that it's with "sincere regret" that he was writing to announce the recall expansion.

Hill's Pet Nutrition is expanding on its nationwide recall of canned dog food with potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. It took the action after saying it had received "a limited number of complaints of pet illnesses" related to additional products.

The initial results showed canned dog food products to be affected.

Hill's Pet Nutrition recently faced the wrath of consumers who said their animals got sick or died after eating canned food that was recalled over excessive levels of vitamin D. It does not involve dry food, cat food or treats, according to a press release from Hill's Pet Nutrition.

The latest information from Hill's Pet Nutrition says products purchased between September 1, 2018 and March 21, 2019 are recalled as they may be potentially affected.

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In some extreme cases, high levels of vitamin D can lead to life threatening problems.

The company said Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, though ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure.

The elevated vitamin D levels are being attributed to a supplier error.

The global recall affects dog owners in Australia, where the products are sold through pet stores, veterinary clinics and online.

Dr. Ann Hohenhaus said that a simple blood test could reveal if a dog has too much vitamin D, CBS reported. "But sometimes things start small and get bigger, so stay tuned, and check your labels".

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