Company Issues Dog Food Recall Due to High Levels of Vitamin D
If most people would rank what they love most in order, I am guessing that many would pick their spouse/family as #1. Coming in a #2 would probably be pets, for those who have them.
That is why we want you to know about a recent recall on a popular dog food brand.
Nestle Purina PetCare Company recently announced a voluntary recall on one of its brands of dog food, as the product may contain elevated levels of vitamin D.
According to the company's news release, some of its Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental dry dog foods may have more vitamin D in the kibble than what is considered healthy for dogs.
The news release says that vitamin D is needed in a dog's daily diet, but too much can be a bad thing.
Health issues can arise if too much vitamin D is consumed by your dog, possibly creating a scenario no pet owner wants to experience.
Among the symptoms/results of a dog consuming too much vitamin D: vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, and excessive drooling.
Excess vitamin D can also lead to kidney problems.
Prompting the recall, according to Purina, are two confirmed instances of dogs who began to show symptoms of consuming an excess vitamin D while being fed the Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental dog food.
After those caring for the dogs discontinued the diet of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental, the condition of the dogs improved and they recovered fully.
Access to the Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental was slightly limited, as it is a "prescription only" kibble, intended to be prescribed by veterinarians for dogs with specific health issues.
The Purina company released the UPC/Bar codes and production codes of the affected lots of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental that are being recalled.
If you are in possession of any of the above-listed bags of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental, you are advised to "immediately stop feeding and throw it away in a container where no other animals, including wildlife, can get to it."
We apologize to pet owners and veterinarians for any concerns or inconvenience this situation has caused. As pet experts and pet owners ourselves, the health and well-being of pets is our top priority. - Purina
Also, if your dog has been consuming Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental and begins to show symptoms (including those listed above), you are advised to contact your veterinarian.
As part of the news release, the Purina company publicly apologized for any issues caused by this situation, and reminded people that the "health and well-being of pets is our top priority."
If you have any questions or concerns about this situation, Purina invites you to contact its customer service department at 800-345-5678.