Distraught pet owners are lashing out at a pet food company following the announcement of a dog food recall. On January 31, Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced a voluntary recall of specific products which may contain too much Vitamin D. The recall announcement details the potential impact of too much Vitamin D on a dog:
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, and 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.
People who believe that their pet may have been impacted by the excessive amounts of Vitamin D are lashing out at the company. Dozens of angry posts have been made on the company’s Facebook page. One woman wrote:
Unexplained acute kidney failure and high levels of vitamin d, vomiting, tremors, eventually refusing to eat. Been feeding Hill’s I/D canned food. Staley passed away 12.16.18 after almost $10,000 in vet bills trying to save her life. Hills, sorry you’re paying for this.
I AM LIVID AFTER WHAT I’VE BEEN GOING THROUGH WITH MY TWO DOGS! Was just back at the vet today, prob over $1500 in vet bills since end of Nov & they started this food early Dec, $200 in food plus prescriptions and two sick dogs with several of these symptoms!! Here I thought I was doing the right thing switching to a vet recommended, prescription only food…. so mad!! Needless to say I will be blowing up some phones tomorrow!! Most recent cans say 112020T22 so you better keep researching and adding to your list😡😡😡
Zoey, my 11 year old spent her last few days being force fed your recalled food while fighting a kidney infection. The Vet was shocked that she was not recovering. Extremely fit Chessie who exercised daily, keeping up with her 2 yr old lab, sister. She went into kidney failure three days into this food and subsequently had to be put down as she went into organ failure. Sadly this all occurred this week prior to your recall. She was an awesome dog with a hard drive until the end.
Though there is no way to know if the pets belonging to these people were truly impacted by the recalled food, it is alarming enough that all pet owners should take notice and stop providing the food that is included in the list. A detailed list of products included in the recall can be found here.
Hill’s Consumer Affairs
1-800-445-5777 (9 am – 5 pm CST)
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