The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a dog food recall, due to excessive vitamin D. As the brand is facing upset owners seeking legal reimbursement, the effects of excessive vitamin D in the pet can be devastating.

Several products by Hill’s Pet Nutrition are the most recent to be voluntarily recalled by the company, the FDA announced on Jan. 31.

The company said in a press release the elevated levels of vitamin D were due to a supplier error.

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

Some symptoms dogs may experience are vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. At worst this can lead to kidney dysfunction.

The affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide.

Listed retailers for Hill’s Science Diet within Del Rio are PetSense, Del Rio Tractor Supply, and Del Rio Feed and Supply.

As of press time Pet Sense and Del Rio Feed and Supply did not respond to a request for comment.

Del Rio Tractor Supply received the recall notice on Saturday.

“I personally removed the recalled items and now they are sitting in the back waiting to be disposed,” Del Rio Tractor Supply Assistant Manager Philip Peña said.

Fox News reported a seemingly endless number of dog owners from across the country have slammed Hill’s on social media for the deaths of their pets.

“We have identified and isolated the error and, to prevent this from happening again, we have required our supplier to implement additional quality testing prior to their release of ingredients,” Hill’s said in their press release.

In addition to their existing safety processes, Hill’s will be adding their own further testing of incoming ingredients.

The recall involves about 675,000 cases of canned dog food reported CBS News.

The Washington Post stated pet owners who lost their animal are seeking reimbursement for veterinary bills.

Owners who purchased the products are asked to discontinue feeding and dispose of the products immediately or return any unopened product to their retailer for a refund.

Owners may contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1 800 445 5777 Monday to Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST) or at contactus@hillspet.com.

Hill’s is the most recent to be added to the recall list. As of November 2018, there have been seven other recalls in regards to excessive vitamin D, one recall for elevated copper level, and one recall for potential salmonella.

The recalled product names, SKU numbers, and lot codes can be found on fda.gov.

Pet food listed in the recall include some SKU numbers and some lot numbers of the following products:

Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 5.5oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d Canine 5.5oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet g/d Canine 13oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine 13oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet j/d Canine 13oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Canine 13oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Canine 13oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d Canine 13oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic + Mobility Canine Vegetable & Tuna Stew 12.5oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Canine Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz

Hill’s Prescription Diet Derm Defense Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 5.8oz

Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée 13oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Turkey & Barley Dog Food 13oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Dog Food 13oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Light with Liver Dog Food 13oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Turkey & Barley Entrée 13oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew dog food 12.5oz

Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken & Vegetable Stew dog food 12.5oz

Source: FDA

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