The company has reached out to veterinary hospitals across the country to announce the expansion and what is being done to appease both pet owners and practices.
Mar 21, 2019
By Maureen McKinney, Associate Editorial Director
DVM360 MAGAZINERecall woes are not over yet for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Yesterday, the company announced a voluntary recall of 31 additional lot/date codes of canned dog food products due to elevated levels of vitamin D.
In a letter emailed to practices yesterday, Jesper Nordengaard, vice president and general manager of Hill’s US, confirmed that the newly recalled products were made with the same vitamin premix that led to the late January recall. “Our review did determine that there were additional products affected by that vitamin premix, and it is for that reason that we are expanding the recall,” he said. “No dry foods, cat foods or treats are affected.”
In an alert from the FDA issued today, the agency says the recall was expanded after the FDA requested that Hill’s test samples of foods that were not part of the original recall. "Hill’s conducted that testing, which led to the expanded recall on March 20," the alert states.
The list of newly recalled products is below.
Lot code/date code
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Kidney Care with Lamb Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entrée dog food, 12 x 12.8 oz cans
Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 5.5 oz, 24-pack
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack
3389: 092020T28, 102020T24, 102020T25
Hill’ Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew, 24 x 5.5 oz cans
Hill’s Prescription Diet g/d Aging Care Turkey Flavor Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care with Turkey Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Prescription Diet r/d Canine, 12 x 12.3 oz cans
Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management with Chicken Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management Vegetable & Chicken Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack10129112020T11112020T05
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Digestive Care Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew dog food, 12 x 12.5 oz cans
Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack
Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult 7+ Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack
In his email, Nordengaard noted that Hill’s is well aware of the “considerable concern” the recall has caused pet owners and the “disruption and difficulty” it has caused veterinary practices. He outlined the following ways in which the company is “working to make this right,” including:
Signs of excessive vitamin D intake can include vomiting, appetite loss, weight loss, increased thirst and urination, and excessive drooling. Serious health issues, including renal dysfunction, may occur. In most cases, the company says, affected pets make a full recovery when they stop eating the affected foods.
Pet owners who wish to speak directly with a Hill’s representative should contact Hill’s Consumer Affairs via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (800-445-5777)
Reprinted from VETgirl blog.
Grapes and raisins (Vitis spp.) have been recently associated with development of acute kidney injury (AKI) with ingestion. All types have been implemented with toxicosis, including organic grapes, commercial grapes, homegrown grapes, and seedless or seeded grapes. Common kitchen items also contain grapes, raisins, or currants in their active ingredient, including raisin bread, trail mix, chocolate-covered raisins, cereal with raisins, etc. Currently, grapeseed extract has not been associated with nephrotoxicity.1 While the mechanism of how grapes and raisins cause AKI is unknown, there are several suspected hypotheses, including individual inability to metabolize certain components of the fruit (e.g., tannins, high monosaccharide content),1 the presence of mycotoxins or pesticide residues on the fruit,1 or salicylate-like chemicals within the grape or raisin.
While older publications2 report a toxic dose of grapes and raisins (e.g., grapes: 0.7 oz/kg; raisins 0.11 oz/kg), VetGirl suspects it is idiosyncratic and not necessarily dose-dependent... and hence, we treat any significant ingestion (e.g., more than a few). While 1-2 grapes or raisins is unlikely to result in an toxicity issue, more significant amounts should be decontaminated and treated. The majority of ingestions should be treated as potentially idiosyncratic and should be appropriately decontaminated and treated.
Clinical signs of grape and raisin toxicity include:
Additional treatment includes aggressive intravenous fluid therapy, anti-emetics, blood pressure and urine output monitoring, and serial blood work monitoring (q. 12-24 hours). In severe cases, hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis may be necessary. Asymptomatic patients that have been adequately decontaminated and survive to discharge should have a renal function and electrolytes monitored 24-48 hours post-ingestion.
When in doubt, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can be consulted for life-threatening emergencies or azotemic, oliguric patients. Referral for a 24/7 specialty clinic is warranted for oliguric or anuric patients. Overall, the prognosis is fair to good, depending on time to decontamination, response to therapy, and prevalence of oliguria or anuria. Overall, 50% of dogs that ingest grapes and raisins never develop clinical signs or azotemia. As with any toxicant, the sooner a toxicity is identified (e.g., prior to clinical signs developing), the sooner it can be decontaminated and treated for a better prognosis.
1. Craft E, Lee JA. Grapes and raisins. In: Osweiler G, Lee JA, et al. Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Toxicology, 1st Ed. Iowa City: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. pp. 429-435.
2. Eubig PA, Brady MC, Gwaltney-Brant SM, et al. Acute renal failure in dogs after the ingestion of grapes or raisins: a retrospective evaluation of 43 dogs (1992-2002). J Vet Int Med 2005;19(5):663-674.