Attention all dog owners: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of several popular dog food brands due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. It might sound strange that a vitamin could cause issues for your pup, but there’s definitely too much of a good thing when it comes to high levels of vitamin D. Although the investigation is still ongoing, the FDA lists the following brands to avoid:
- Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
- Natural Life Pet Products Chicken & 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 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
You can visit their website for specific UPC codes and any updates they might add to this list as they continue tracking down the food that’s been affected. According to the FDA, if your dogs have been eating any of these products, you should be on the lookout for symptoms of excessive vitamin D. This can include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. They also explain how high levels of vitamin D can cause kidney failure and, at its worst, death.
Obviously all dog owners want to make sure their pooches are well fed and healthy, which is what makes it particularly upsetting when something as innocent as dry kibble hides such a huge issue. The FDA scientists who tested the food, which all came from a common contract manufacturer, found 70 times the amount of vitamin D canines need for a healthy diet. They are also working to create a comprehensive list of the food produced by this manufacturer to provide more information for worried dog owners.
If your dog’s food isn’t listed above or on the FDA website, you don’t need to worry about rushing them to the vet’s office. If they have been eating any of those brands, however, it might be worth a check up even if your pooch isn't showing any signs of vitamin D toxicity. After all, you can never be too safe when it comes to keeping your four-legged friends happy and healthy.