Some Nestlé Specialty Dog Foods for Pets with Food Sensitivities is recalled because health officials say it can make animals sick.
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental dog food may contain high levels of vitamin D, The US Food and Drug Administration announced this weekadding that it has identified two confirmed cases of dogs falling ill after consuming the product.
The vitamin is generally beneficial for dogs, according to the FDA, but too much leads to vitamin D toxicity, which can include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination and drooling. excessive leading to renal dysfunction.
The recalled dry dog food was distributed in the United States by prescription only through veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals and other select retailers with the ability to validate a prescription.
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UPC codes to look up
Bags with the following UPC and production codes should be discarded immediately, according to the company:
- Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Elemental EL 8 lbs. and 20 pounds. Bags
- UPC Codes: 38100 19190 (8lb bag), 38100 19192 (20lb bag)
- Production codes (first 8 characters corresponding to one of the following): 2249 1082; 2250 1082; 2276 1082; 2277 1082; 2290 1082; 2360 1082; 2361 and 1082
Pet owners who have purchased bags of the product listed above are urged to stop feeding them immediately and dispose of them in a container where no other animals, including wild animals, can access them.
Side effects of the affected food include weight loss, excessive drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, or increased thirst or urination. If any of these symptoms have occurred in their dog while eating this product, owners should contact a veterinarian.
No other Purina pet care products are affected, the FDA reported.
What should owners of recalled Purina products do?
Veterinary partners and other retailers should “remove and destroy the affected product from their inventory,” the report said.
For more information on obtaining a refund, Purina advises contacting the company at 1-800-345-5678 or by email.
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