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FDA ALERT: Potentially Toxic Levels of Vitamin D in 33 Varieties of Hill’s Canned Dog Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the presence of elevated, potentially toxic levels of vitamin D in a variety of canned dog foods manufactured by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

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The FDA has become aware of reports of vitamin D toxicity in dogs that ate certain canned dog foods manufactured by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and marketed under the Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet brands. This is a developing situation, and the FDA will update this page with additional information as it becomes available.

Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D at toxic levels can cause kidney failure and death. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.

On January 31, 2019, Hill’s Pet Nutrition notified the FDA about a report of vitamin D toxicity in a dog that ate a canned Hill’s dog food and initiated a recall of 25 products. On March 20, 2019, Hill’s expanded the recall to include 19 additional products of canned dog food. The recall is only for canned dog food and does not affect canned cat food, dry food (kibble), or treats.

The list of recalled dry dog food products provided to the FDA on January 31, 2019 includes:

  • Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5 oz, SKU 3384
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T10
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T25
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5 oz, SKU 3389
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T04
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T10
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T19
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T20
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 5.5 oz, SKU 3390
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T11
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T23
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 122020T07
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine 13 oz, SKU 7008
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T30
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T07
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T11
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T22
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T23
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5 oz, SKU 10423
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T17
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T19
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T04
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d Canine 5.5 oz, SKU 5403
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T17
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T22
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet g/d Canine 13 oz, SKU 7006
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T19
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T20
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet j/d Canine 13 oz, SKU 7009
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T20
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Canine 13 oz, SKU 7010
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T10
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T11
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Canine Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5 oz, SKU 10129
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T04
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T21
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Canine 13 oz, SKU 7017
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T30
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T11
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T12
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d Canine 13 oz, SKU 7018
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T04
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T22
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic + Mobility Canine Vegetable & Tuna Stew 12.5 oz, SKU 10086
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T05
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T26
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet Derm Defense Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5 oz, SKU 10509
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T05
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5 oz, SKU 4969
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T18
  • Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée 13 oz, SKU 7036
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T12
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13 oz, SKU 7037
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T13
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T14
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T23
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T24
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Turkey & Barley Dog Food 13 oz, SKU 7038
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T06
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Dog Food 13 oz, SKU 7040
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T13
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Light with Liver Dog Food 13 oz, SKU 7048
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T19
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13 oz, SKU 7055
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T31
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T13
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13 oz, SKU 7056
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T31
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T20
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T24
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Turkey & Barley Entrée 13 oz, SKU 7057
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T19
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Dog Food 12.5 oz, SKU 10452
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T14
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T21
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken & Vegetable Stew Dog Food 12.5 oz, SKU 10763
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T04
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T05
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T11

The list of additional canned dog food products provided to the FDA on March 20, 2019 as part of an expanded recall includes:

  • Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Kidney Care with Lamb Canned Dog Food 13 oz, 12-pack, SKU 2697
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T25
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack SKU 3384
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T29
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 5.5 oz, 24-pack SKU 3388
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T18
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack SKU 3389
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T28
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T24
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T25
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 5.5 oz, 24-pack SKU 3391
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T27
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Digestive Care Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack SKU 10423
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T27
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T28
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T24
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet g/d Aging Care Turkey Flavor Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack SKU 7006
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T22
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management Vegetable & Chicken Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack SKU 10129
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T11
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T05
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management with Chicken Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack SKU 7017
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T24
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T25
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T09
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T10
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet r/d Canine 12.3 oz, 12-pack SKU 7014
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T21
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T27
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T28
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet Digestive Care with Turkey Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack SKU 7008
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T21
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack SKU 7037
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T22
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack SKU 7039
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T31
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T21
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack SKU 7040
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T10
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 112020T11
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack 7056
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T28
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew Dog Food, 12.5 oz cans, 12-pack SKU 10449
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T28
  • Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack SKU 10451
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T28
  • Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult 7+ Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack SKU 10452
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T28
  • Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entrée Dog Food 12.8 oz, 12-pack, SKU 2975
    • Lot Code/Date Code: 092020T28

The recalled products were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide.

If your pet is having symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, contact a veterinarian immediately. Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. You may find it helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number.

Don’t feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animal. Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions or throw the products away in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them.

You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. It’s most helpful if you can work with your veterinarian to submit your pet’s medical records as part of your report. For an explanation of the information and level of detail that would be helpful to include in a complaint to the FDA, please see How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.

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