The FDA has recalled several brands of dry dog food that contain potentially toxic levels of vitamin D, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. While vitamin D is essential for dogs, too much of the nutrient can result in kidney failure and other serious health problems.
The FDA has already received reports of vitamin D toxicity in dogs that consumed certain dry foods. Pet owners are advised to stop using the following products:
Old Glory Hearty Turkey and Cheese Flavor Dog Food (manufactured by Sunshine Mills, Inc.) Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food (Sunshine Mills, Inc.) Sportsman's Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food (Sunshine Mills, Inc.) Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food (Sunshine Mills, Inc.) Nature's Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food (Ahold Delhaize) Nature's Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food (Ahold Delhaize) Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food (sold at Kroger in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming) ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe (ELM Pet Foods, Inc.) ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe (ELM Pet Foods, Inc.) ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food (ANF, Inc.) Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe (sold at Lidl stores) Natural Life Pet Products Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
For the full list of UPC and lot numbers involved in the recall, visit the FDA's website.
Symptoms of vitamin D poisoning usually develop 12 to 36 hours after pets consume a suspect food, according to PetMD. The FDA says those symptoms include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. "Customers with dogs who have consumed this product and are exhibiting these symptoms should contact their veterinarian as soon as possible," the FDA writes.
The agency says the situation is still developing, and it will update the list of recalled brands as more information becomes available. According to WKRN News, veterinary professionals recommend sticking to dog foods that have an AAFCO label (from the Association of American Feed Control Officials) on them.