According to the US Food and Drug Administration, eight brands of dry dog had to be recalled. They were deemed dangerous for the animals because they contained toxic amounts of vitamin D. In fact the amounts were considered potentially deadly.
While vitamin D is helpful for dogs, it is very important that they do not consume it in high amounts. Too much vitamin D can lead to weight loss, appetite loss, excessive drooling and vomiting. Dangerous amounts of vitamin D can lead to kidney failure and even death.
Recalled dry food
The dog brands which were recalled are the following:
- Ahold Delhaize.
- ANF, Inc.;
- ELM Pet Foods, Inc.,
- Lidl (Orlando brand);
- Natural Life Pet Products;
- Sunshine Mills, Inc.;
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, if you bought food from any of these brands it is very important to take your pet to a veterinarian. All these brands are made by the same contract manufacturer. At the moment it appears that only dog food was affected, but customers will be kept up to date if something new is discovered.
FDA began testing these dog brands after it was reported that numerous dogs that consumed specific dry food brands were suffering from vitamin D toxicity. According to the results, the vitamin D amounts were 70 times bigger than they are supposed to be.
If you still have any of those recalled brands, make sure that your dogs won’t consume the food. Trust normal stores like this Pet Shop Online. Throw the food away or contact the company and see whether you can get your money back. FDA advised customers to make sure that pets, children and wildlife can’t get to the food. If you suspect illness, you can report it to the FDA by using its Safety Reporting Portal.
Andrea Potvin graduated from Florida A&M University in 2016. Andrea is a Florida transplant, having grown up in Alaska. After graduating school, it didn’t take her long to decide she wanted to stay in the lower 48. Andrea has written for several major publications including Buzz Feed and the Huffington Post. Andrea is our community reporter and also covers world events.