Toxic amounts of vitamin D spur dog food recall

December 4, 2018

(HealthDay)—Eight brands of dry dog food have been recalled because of potentially deadly amounts of vitamin D, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Vitamin D is an important nutrient for dogs. But too much can cause symptoms such as vomiting, appetite loss, increased thirst and urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Toxic levels of the can lead to kidney failure and death.

If your dog has eaten any of the recalled brands and show these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian immediately, the FDA said.

The recalled brands include Nutrisca; Natural Life Pet Products; Sunshine Mills, Inc.; ANF, Inc.; Lidl (Orlando brand); Kroger; ELM Pet Foods, Inc., and Ahold Delhaize.

For a detailed list of recalled products, which were sold nationwide, look here.

All the recalled brands were made by a common contract manufacturer.

The FDA began testing samples after receiving reports that eating certain dry foods suffered vitamin D toxicity. Lab tests found that the recalled dog foods contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D.

Currently, dog food is the only pet food known to be affected, according to the agency. However, it said this is a developing situation, and updates will be issued when new information becomes available.

If you have bought any of the recalled brands,
don't feed the food to your pets. Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions or put the dog in the garbage and ensure that children, pets and wildlife cannot get at it, the FDA said.

You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through its Safety Reporting Portal: www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov/ .

The FDA also said veterinarians should be aware that vitamin D toxicity may look like hypercalcemia, which can occur after eating rodent poisons. Asking about diet history can help verify whether the dog has eaten any of the recalled foods.

Explore further: Second hypertension drug recalled due to contamination

More information: There's more on keeping your pet healthy at the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Related Stories

Second hypertension drug recalled due to contamination

November 2, 2018
(HealthDay)—Another hypertension drug is being recalled due to contamination that could pose a cancer risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

CDC: Increase seen in Salmonella illnesses from ground beef

November 19, 2018
(HealthDay)—There have been 126 more cases of illness added to an investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled ground beef products from JBS Tolleson Inc., bringing the total to 246 cases in 25 states, the ...

Possible Salmonella prompts Duncan Hines cake mix recall

November 8, 2018
(HealthDay)—Four varieties of Duncan Hines cake mix have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella spurs recall of Ritz crackers

July 24, 2018
(HealthDay)—A number of Ritz Crackers products are being recalled due to possible Salmonella risk, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

More homeopathic products made in N. Carolina recalled

October 11, 2018
Contamination at a North Carolina-based homeopathic manufacturer has led to further recalls.

Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

November 16, 2018
Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues.

Recommended for you

A co-worker's rudeness can affect your sleep—and your partner's, study finds

December 14, 2018
Rudeness. Sarcastic comments. Demeaning language. Interrupting or talking over someone in a meeting. Workplace incivilities such as these are becoming increasingly common, and a new study from Portland State University and ...

A holiday gift to primary care doctors: Proof of their time crunch

December 14, 2018
The average primary care doctor needs to work six more hours a day than they already do, in order to make sure their patients get all the preventive and early-detection care they want and deserve, a new study finds.

Teens get more sleep with later school start time, researchers find

December 12, 2018
When Seattle Public Schools announced that it would reorganize school start times across the district for the fall of 2016, the massive undertaking took more than a year to deploy. Elementary schools started earlier, while ...

Large restaurant portions a global problem, study finds

December 12, 2018
A new multi-country study finds that large, high-calorie portion sizes in fast food and full service restaurants is not a problem unique to the United States. An international team of researchers found that 94 percent of ...

Receiving genetic information can change risk

December 11, 2018
Millions of people in the United States alone have submitted their DNA for analysis and received information that not only predicts their risk for disease but, it turns out, in some cases might also have influenced that risk, ...

Yes please to yoghurt and cheese: The new improved Mediterranean diet

December 11, 2018
Thousands of Australians can take heart as new research from the University of South Australia shows a dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.