New York Pet Owners Warned of Dog Food Recall That May Cause Kidney Illness
Dog owners in New York are being warned of a pet food recall that may cause vomiting and kidney dysfunction, among other unpleasantries in dogs.
The Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has expanded a recall of its Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental which is a prescription dry dog food. The food was recalled due to “potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, however, ingesting too much of it can lead to health issues which vary depending on the amount and exposure time.
The health issues dogs can be plagued with if they take in too much vitamin D can include vomiting, appetite loss, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and kidney dysfunction.
The Food and Drug Administration says that it was a supplier error that led to potentially high levels of the vitamin D ending up in the dog food.
An original recall was announced on February 8 but potentially toxic levels of vitamin D were recently found in two additional product lots, expanding the recall.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the dry dog food was distributed throughout the United States, including in New York, by prescription available through veterinary clinics and other select retailers.
The batches of dog food included in the recall include lot numbers 2213 1082 and 2214 1082, UPC code numbers 38100 19190 (8-pound bags), and 38100 19192 (20-pound bags). No other Purina pet care products are involved in this recall.
If you purchased a bag of the recalled dog food, you should immediately stop feeding it to your dog. It should be paced in a container where no other animals or wildlife can get into it, and it should be thrown away.
To receive a refund for pet food involved in this recall, pet owners can visit Purina’s website.