Dog owners, listen up. While most of us are trying to get as much Vitamin D as possible in the colder, darker winter months, our dogs are at risk of getting too much Vitamin D in their Purina Pro Plan dog food — which can be dangerous to them. That’s why there’s a Purina recall happening right now.
Before you pour your next bowl of kibble, you’ll want to know what the risk to your pets is with Vitamin D toxicity, which products are part of the Purina recall, and what you should do with your bags of dog food.
We’re always on the lookout for food recalls and product recalls — for humans and pets alike.
Here’s what you need to know:
The high vitamin D levels in some Purina dog food could make your dog very sick.
There have been two separate confirmed cases of dogs showing signs of vitamin D toxicity after eating Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental dry dog food — and now Nestle Purina PetCare Company is recalling select lots of that product.
Vitamin D toxicity is dangerous to dogs because it can cause health issues in dogs, such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, and excessive drooling, potentially leading to kidney dysfunction.
The Purina recall affects Pro Plan Veterinary Diets in 8- and 20-pound bags.
Bags of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental with the following UPC Codes and Production Codes should be discarded immediately:
- 8-pound bags UPC Codes: 38100 19190
- 20-pound bags UPC Codes: 38100 19192
Production Codes (first eight characters):
- 2249 1082
- 2250 1082
- 2276 1082
- 2277 1082
- 2290 1082
- 2360 1082
- 2361 1082
The affected dry dog food was distributed in the United States by prescription only through veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals, and select retailers. No other Purina pet care products are affected.
If you have the recalled Purina dog food, get rid of it immediately.
Pet owners are advised to immediately stop feeding the affected product and properly dispose of it in a secure container to prevent any harm to other animals. If their pets have shown any signs of health issues while consuming the diet, they should contact their veterinarian.
For questions or assistance in getting a refund, pet owners can contact Purina’s customer service team directly Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time at 1-800-345-5678 or via email at https://www.purina.com/contact-us.