Dog owners have another food recall to worry about. This time, it involves Hill's Pet Nutrition brands, many of which are formulated for dogs requiring special diets. The concern is excessive vitamin D, which can be lethal for dogs, reports People. Hill's blames a supplier and says it's getting the problem under control. The list of affected varieties (they're all canned) can be found here. The move follows an FDA recall of several other brands in December, also for excessive vitamin D. Details on that recall, involving Elm Pet Foods, Sunshine Mills, Nutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, and others, are here. While vitamin D is essential for dogs, too much can cause toxicity leading to death.
The Washington Post notes that one of its own reporters, Caitlin Gibson, tweeted about her dog's death after the animal ate one of the affected Hill's brands and started showing symptoms of vitamin D poisoning (vomiting, loss of appetite, and increased thirst are among them). The story also rounds up comments from other dog owners with similar stories who responded online to the Hill's announcement. As the San Jose Mercury News notes, these recalls follow a warning last year from the FDA about grain-free, legume-rich dog food and a potential link to canine heart disease. Researchers in the story say the best advice they can give dog owners is to discuss their pets' food with their veterinarian. (In better news, this dog is being called a miracle dog for good reason.)