For the third time this year, popular dog food brand Hill's Pet Nutrition announced a recall on another batch of their canned food due to a high level of vitamin D. High levels of vitamin D can be harmful to dogs and can even lead to a vitamin D overdose. The brand is warning dog owners who have bought the recalled product to discard of it immediately and not to feed it to your pet.
Hill's Pet Nutrition has launched multiple recalls on their product in the past year. According to CTV News, the first voluntary recall was issued back in January before it was recalled again in March when another batch of their canned food was discovered to contain too much vitamin D. Now, even more canned food was added to the list this month.
The recall is only affecting their canned dog food and 30 cans of the product have been recalled as they contain dangerous levels of vitamin D.
This vitamin can be extremely harmful to dogs and if they consume too much of it it can lead to illness and even death. Symptoms of a vitamin D overdose include excessive drooling, vomiting, increased thirst, loss of appetite and weight loss.
You can view a full list of the recalled products here. Anyone who has purchased the product is asked to throw it away and not feed it to their dog. Hill's Pet Nutrition encourages you to contact them for a full refund.
However, despite this product being voluntary recalled by the company, Canada has never officially issued a recall for the product. This is because of the fact that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency doesn't actually have the authority to recall pet food.
Narcity has previously reported that pet food is not regulated by the government and if there is a problem with the food that could be harmful to the pets consuming it, it's up to the company to let Canadians know about the recall.
This means, that even when a company, like Hill's Pet Nutrition, discovers that there is a problem with their product that could result in the death of an animal, the recall is still completely voluntary due to the lack of regulations.
So if you have a furry friend at home, always ensure you keep an eye out for recalls through the company of purchase, not the government of Canada website.