Multiple dry dog food brands are being recalled
Dog owners are being warned that some dry dog foods contain toxic amounts of Vitamin D.
Dog owners are being asked to check the labels of their dog's dry food. The FDA has issued a warning that it has found possibly toxic levels of vitamin D in several brands and that some animals have exhibited signs of poisoning.
The toxic dog food was produced by a single unidentified manufacturer but is marketed under several brands including Abound, Orlando, Nutrisca and Natural Life. These products are sold at Kroger, Lidl, and other popular retailers, according to the FDA's report published on their website on December 3, 2018.
ANF, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of select products of ANF Pet Lamb and Rice Dog Food (reference below) due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.https://t.co/QuBtRtTaaZ https://t.co/QuBtRtTaaZ— Florida Poodle Rescue (@FLPoodleRescue) November 29, 2018
"Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D, in some cases as much as 70 times the intended amount."
FDA, December 3, 2018.
BRANDS ISSUE VOLUNTARY RECALL
Some brands, like Natural Life and Nutrisca issued a voluntary recall of their products in November, but the FDA alerts pet owners that several other brands of dog-food may be affected.
The FDA launched an investigation when they started receiving complaints from pet owners that their dogs were suffering from vitamin D toxicity after consuming the products.
A recall caused by potentially toxic levels of Vitamin D now includes brands like Nutrisca, Natural Life, Abound, and Nature's Promise. https://t.co/FL93zSUKaj— KCRG-TV9 (@KCRG) December 4, 2018
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING CAN KILL
Vitamin D is essential to good health, in dogs and in humans, but an excess of the nutrient can cause kidney failure, and eventually kill. Symptoms of Vitamin D toxicity are vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Pet owners whose dogs display these symptoms should contact a veterinarian immediately.
#RECALLALERT! Lidl has voluntarily recalled Orlando brand Grain Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food due to elevated levels of vitamin D. Learn more about the recall here: https://t.co/iY39WrWHvg pic.twitter.com/4S7lXUcqin— NCVMA (@NCVMA) November 13, 2018
Symptoms of Vitamin D toxicity are vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.
LOOK OUT FOR THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS
The list of recalled dry dog food products provided to the FDA include:
NutriscaChicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
Natural Life Pet ProductsChicken & Potato Dry Dog Food
Sunshine Mills, Inc.Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food
Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
ANF, Inc.ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
Lidl (Orlando brand)Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
Kroger Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
ELM Pet Foods, Inc.ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe
ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe
Ahold DelhaizeNature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food
Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food
A more complete list of the products can be found on the FDA website.
The FDA also encourages consumers to return the products to the retailers where they bought them for a refund and asks retailers to make said products available for testing.
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Abound Chicken and Rice Dog Food Recall https://t.co/K6s5RqJ66Y— Carol (@Breakthyme) November 25, 2018
THE IMPORTANCE OF A WELL BALANCED DIET FOR DOGS
The six basic nutrients essential to a healthy diet are water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.
These essential nutrients are required as part of the dog’s regular diet and are involved in all of the basic functions of the body. A lack of one of these nutrients can have disastrous results on an animal's health.
An excess of a particular nutrient, such as Vitamin D can lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.
The dog's kidneys are unable to deal with the excess of the vitamin and shut down, leading to death. Other vitamins like A, E, or K consumed in excess can cause serious or life-threatening side effects and severely damage the immune system.
Sometimes a little is exactly the right dose and too much of a good thing can be deadly.
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