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33 Varieties of Hill’s Canned Dog Food May Be Tainted With Toxic Levels of Vitamin D

Updated May 20, 2019

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.
Fast Facts

The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about the expanded recall of 86 total lots of 33 varieties (SKUs) of canned dog foods manufactured by Hill’s Pet Nutrition after receiving complaints that dogs eating the food experienced vitamin D toxicity.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition initiated this recall in late January 2019, however, as of March 20, 2019, the firm expanded the scope of the recall to include additional products and product lots. In May 2019 the firm expanded the recall to include an additional product lot code for a variety of canned food in the recall.

The recall was expanded after the FDA requested that Hill’s test samples of foods it had produced that were not part of the original recall. Hill’s conducted that testing, which led to the expanded recall on March 20, 2019. On May 17, 2019, after the firm compiled testing data for the FDA, it was discovered there was an additional affected product lot. The firm subsequently expanded the recall to include this new lot code.

Testing leading up to the January recall and the March and May recall expansions found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death.

At this time, the only pet products that have been recalled are Hill’s Pet Nutrition canned food made for dogs.

Pet owners should discontinue feeding their pets these recalled products.

The FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect vitamin D toxicity in their patients to report them through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspect cases to the FDA.

What is the Problem?

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.
What are the Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity?

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.

For more information, please see Vitamin Toxicity in Dogs.
What Brands Have Been Recalled?

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 additional canned dog food lot code provided to the FDA on May 17, 2019 includes:

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: 102020T21

The recalled products were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide.
What is FDA doing to address the situation?’

After receiving a pet owner complaint about a dog with vitamin D toxicity that ate a Hill’s canned dog food, Hill’s Pet Nutrition notified the FDA on January 31, 2019, that it was recalling more than 20 types of canned dog food due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D.

In response to a complaint submitted to the FDA by a pet owner, FDA requested that Hill’s Pet Nutrition test a retain sample. A retain or retention sample is a sample of food that is held by the manufacturer of previously made product. These samples are used for a variety of reasons including verifying shelf life, quality, microbiological, chemical or physical components. On March 20, 2019 based on findings, the firm subsequently expanded its recall to include an additional 19 lots of food. On May 17 , 2019, the firm expanded its recall to include an additional product lot code for a variety of canned dog that was in the recall list.

FDA scientists are analyzing reports submitted to the agency and the information currently available to determine whether the illnesses are definitively connected to the recalled products.
What Do Retailers Need To Do?

Don’t sell the recalled foods. Contact the manufacturer for further instructions. The FDA also encourages retailers to contact consumers who have purchased recalled products, if they have the means to do so (such as through shopper’s card records or point-of-sale signs).
What Do Pet Owners Need To Do?

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.
What Do Veterinarians Need To Do?

First, don’t sell the recalled foods to your clients and contact the manufacturer for further instructions. The FDA also encourages veterinarians to contact clients who have purchased recalled products, if they have the means to do so (such as through medical records or sales receipts).

The FDA urges veterinarians treating vitamin D toxicity to ask their clients for a diet history. We also welcome case reports, especially those confirmed through diagnostics. You can submit these reports electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. 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.

Veterinarians should also be aware that vitamin D toxicity may present as hypercalcemia, similar to dogs that have consumed rodenticide. In these cases, we suggest that you confirm diet history to verify whether the dog has been eating any of the recalled products.

The information in this release reflects the FDA’s best efforts to communicate what it has learned from the manufacturer and parties involved in the investigation. The agency will update this page as more information becomes available.