Urgent dog food recall expanded
AUSTRALIAN dog owners have been warned again today to check their canned pet food after Hill's Pet Nutrition expanded its voluntary recall on products that could cause serious health issues.
Hill's has confirmed on its Australian website that the extended global recall affects those who may have bought the canned dog food that carries potentially toxic levels of vitamin D.
The recall would affect dog owners who bought the canned products at local pet stores, veterinary clinics and online.
A statement on the company's website confirmed it relates to the same vitamin premix that led to the first voluntary recall on February 1.
Hill's Pet Nutrition has been facing backlash from dog owners across the world on social media who claim their pets became ill or died after eating the canned food before it was recalled.
In the US, a number of class actions have been launched against the company after the canned food recall was first issued.
Hill's website states that while vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure.
It warns that dogs "may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss".
"Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction," the statement read.
"Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding."
In a letter to veterinarians, the company's US Vice President and General Manager, Jesper Nordengaard, said it was with "sincere regret" that he was writing to announce the recall expansion.
"Following the recall, we conducted a detailed review of our canned dog foods. As we had expected, that review confirmed that the issue is isolated to the same vitamin premix used in canned dog foods and limited to specific production lots," he wrote.
"However, our review did determine that there were additional products affected by that vitamin premix, and it is for that reason that we are expanding the recall," the letter read.
Many of Hill's popular Science Diet and Prescription Diet canned foods have been included in the second recall.
Pet owners have been told that none of the company's dry foods, cat foods or treats are affected by the second recall.
Those who bought the recalled products are advised to discontinue feeding them to their pets and dispose of them immediately.
Pet owners can also have discarded products replaced at no cost, by contacting their pet store, veterinary clinic or online retailer where they bought it.
They can also contact Hill's on its website, email HillshelplineANZ@hillspet.com or ring 1800 679 932.
See the full recalled list of canned foods at https://www.hillspet.com.au/productlist