Hill's Pet Nutrition recalls more dog food over vitamin D levels concern

The company announced the recall expansion in a letter to veterinarians on Wednesday

The company announced the recall expansion in a letter to veterinarians on Wednesday

Hills Pet Nutrition has extended its recall of its canned dog food after discovering it carries potentially toxic levels of vitamin D.

"Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death", the FDA warned Thursday in a release about the recall.

The company's US Vice President and General Manager, Jesper Nordengaard, has addressed a message to veterinarian's worldwide stating that it's with "sincere regret" that he was writing to announce the recall expansion.

The full list of recalled Hill's Pet Nutrition products can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

Hill's is a US-based pet food company that produces dog and cat foods.

Hill's said it has received a "limited number of complaints of pet illness related to some of these products", but noted that in most cases, dogs should recover once they've stopped eating the food.

"The nine companies with the recalled dry dog food back in late 2018 all share a common contract manufacturer", an FDA spokesperson said last month, CBS News reported.

"Following the recall, we conducted a detailed review of our canned dog foods".

Their dry food products, cat food and treats have not been recalled.

The elevated vitamin D levels are being attributed to a supplier error.

The FDA added it had "become aware of reports of vitamin D toxicity in dogs that ate certain canned dog foods manufactured by Hill's Pet Nutrition and marketed under the Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet brands" and called this a "developing situation".

If you've purchased one of the recalled products, you should stop feeding it to your pets immediately. "But sometimes things start small and get bigger, so stay tuned, and check your labels".