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More brands have been added to the administration’s list of pet foods containing dangerous amounts of vitamin D

December 6, 2018

Veterinary Practice News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adding another recall to its initial two, following an investigation that found elevated levels of vitamin D in a number of goods.

According to the FDA, this is a developing situation and additional recalls may be announced.

[Read the FDA’s statement here — including instructions for pet owners.]

New reports indicate the goods come from a manufacturer that makes products marketed under several different brand names.

The administration’s scientists are currently analyzing all information available to determine whether the illnesses are definitively connected to diet. Samples of some of the products were evaluated and test results indicated the food contained as much as approximately 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D.

Consuming food with high levels of vitamin D is potentially toxic to dogs, and in severe cases may lead to kidney failure and/or death. It can also cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.

[Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, recommends checking your pantry for these foods that the FDA has identified:]

  • Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food (4 lb., 15 lb., and 28 lb.)
  • Natural Life Pet Products Chicken and Potato Dry Dog Food (17.5 lb.)
  • Evolve Chicken and Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food (14 lb. and 28 lb.)
  • Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food (40 lb.)
  • Triumph Chicken and Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food (3.5 lb., 16 lb., and 30 lb.)
  • ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food (3 kg and 7.5 kg)
  • Lidl Orlando Grain-Free Chicken and Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
    (#215662)
  • Kroger Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food (4 lb., 14 lb., and 24 lb.)
  • ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe (3 lb. and 28 lb.)
  • ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe (40 lb.)
  • Nature’s Promise Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food (4 lb., 14 lb., and 28 lb.)
  • Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food (5 lb. and 15 lb.)

If you have any of the affected foods, call the manufacturer’s phone number (listed on the packaging) and ask for instructions.

If you pet is experiencing signs of illness as mentioned above, contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency hospital.

This blog post condensed from an article published by Veterinary Practice News.

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Today, we conclude our journey through Animals in Ancient Art [Part 1 here; Part 2 here], featuring works on view at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. The Chrysler Museum is free to the public, so you can enjoy a day strolling amongst the exhibits.

These works of art, used for everyday purposes or ritualistic activities, come from the Roman Empire, Greece, and Egypt. As shown here, animals have long inspired the imaginations of artists and artisans. The oldest object featured in this gallery is an Egyptian tomb lintel with hieroglyphs, dated to 2375-2287 B.C.E. [Before Common Era] — which means it is over 4,300 years old!

[Related: How Do Scientists Date Ancient Things?]

Note: Photos of 4 Egyptian figurines are from Chrysler.org website; my photos of those objects did not turn out well.

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Brrrrrrrrr…the Hampton Roads temperature roller coaster is about to take a dive, after delighting us with warm-ish weather recently. (Did you notice the bugs woke up and started flying about?)

Beginning tonight and continuing into next week, Norfolk and Virginia Beach are expected to experience temperatures below 40° F during the overnight hours. That’s pretty chilly, even with a coat on.

Make plans to bring your “outdoor” pets indoors overnight, so they can stay warm and healthy. Keep in mind that cold, dry air can irritate the lungs and worsen existing breathing problems in pets. 

Check here for more cold-weather pet safety tips.

Stay warm!

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