The recall affecting one of our biggest pet food brands has become even bigger today. Here’s everything you need to know about the contamination scare and how it’s affecting pets...
Hills Pet Food recently recalled 13.5 million cans of food over fears they contained a toxic level of Vitamin D. Lawyers acting on behalf of families (and animals) affected believe that ‘hundreds, if not thousands of pets have died or become seriously ill’.
So what’s caused the problem? While vitamin D is a much needed nutrient (that regulates how much calcium and phosphorus stays in the body), prolonged toxic levels can lead to vomiting, drooling, loss of appetite as well as increased thirst, urination and weight loss. Currently it’s unclear how many Australian dogs have been hospitalised however foods with this dangerous Vitamin D level have certainly been sold here. Recent investigations have shown that some extra products may have also experienced the elevated level of the vitamin.
Foods affected include the canned Hills i/d, j/d, k/d, z/d and w/d as well as some puppy and adult canned foods. No dry foods, cat foods or treats are affected. Since it’s only certain batch numbers that have been contaminated, it’s recommended you visit the Hills website www.hillspet.com.au.