The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put out a recall and warning to dog owners, with at least a dozen different brands of dry dog food being recalled due to toxic levels of vitamin D which could kill the animals or make them violently ill.
The FDA is warning pet owners that they need to check the brands or labels of dry dog food before feeding their pets. Several popular types of dog food have been found to have up to 70 times the safe level of vitamin D. While vitamin D is beneficial to a dog’s health, excessive amounts can because health problems such as kidney or liver failure, and can be fatal.
“Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death,” the FDA said in a statement.
“Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D at toxic levels can cause kidney failure and death. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians,” the FDA added.
Below are a few of the brands that have been recalled. To see the complete list of lot numbers and bag sizes affected, visit the FDA page here: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/ucm627485.htm
Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food
Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food
Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe
ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe
Nature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food
Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food