Hill’s recalling canned food that could sicken dogs

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WOOD) — Dog owners, beware: Hill’s Pet Nutrition is recalling some of its canned dog food because of potentially elevated levels of vitamin D that could sicken dogs.

The recall includes two dozen types of Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Science Diet canned dog food. The affected products were sold at pet stores nationwide.

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Hill’s Pet Nutrition is asking people with the recalled food to stop feeding it to their pets, throw it out or return unopened cans to their retailer for a full refund.

While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, too much of it for too long can lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, increased drooling and weight loss. Dogs with too much vitamin D may also drink and urinate more. In extreme cases, dogs with elevated vitamin D can suffer kidney problems.

While dogs who stop eating the recalled food should fully recover, pet owners with a symptomatic canine that consumed any of the recalled food should contact their veterinarian.  

Hill’s Pet Nutrition said it began investigating after a dog showed signs of elevated vitamin D levels. The company says it confirmed there was too much vitamin D in the food because of a supplier error.

“We care deeply about all pets and are committed to providing pet parents with safe and high quality products. Hill’s has 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. In addition to our existing safety processes, we are adding our own further testing of incoming ingredients,” the company stated on its website.

For more information about the recall, email Hill’s Pet Nutrition or by calling 1.800.445.5777.

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