Rockford Road Animal Hospital
To our valued clients and patients,
The manufacturer of Hill’s Science Diet brand prescription food has alerted us to a concern with a limited variety of its prescription canned dog foods. Hill’s has announced a voluntary recall of diets that were sold between the dates of September 1, 2018 and March 21, 2019. This does not involve any dry dog foods, cat foods, or treats. To see the full list of recalled foods go to the Hill’s website…. www.hillspet.com/productlist.
Hill’s is recalling these diets due to an excess of vitamin D. While vitamin D is important for healthy metabolism of several organs, too much vitamin D can be detrimental. Effects can include elevations in calcium and phosphorus, as well as toxicity to the kidneys.
Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity usually occur within the first few days after exposure and may include vomiting, decreased appetite, muscle weakness, paralysis, fever, increased water consumption, increased urine output, and abdominal pain.
At Rockford Road Animal Hospital, the health and well-being of your pets is always our highest priority. While we’ve received and sold very little of the affected lots of food, it’s still possible that some of our patients could be affected. With this in mind, we ask that you review the attached list of affected diets to see if any correspond with a diet you have fed.
If your dog has eaten one of the diets on the list on a regular basis and you feel that your dog has experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact us for assistance. If you are not sure, please call our hospital, and we will help review the prescription diets that your dog has received.
If you have not observed symptoms consistent with vitamin D toxicity, no further action is required other than discontinuing the recalled food. However, we recommend that you continue to observe your dog closely for any changes in his or her health.
Hill’s has assured us that they are taking all reasonable steps to correct and prevent future problems with their diets.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns.
The Veterinary Team At Rockford Road Animal Hospital