BREAKING NEWS: Hill’s Prescription And Science Dog Food Recalled

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On January 31, 2019, Hill’s Pet Nutrition issued a voluntary recall on multiple lots of their canned dog food due to elevated levels of vitamin D.

While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure.

This voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


What Is Recalled?

The following products are being recalled:

Hill’s® Prescription Diet® c/d® Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz
SKU: 3384
Lot Codes: 102020T10 102020T25
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz
SKU: 3389
Lot Codes: 102020T04 102020T10 102020T19 102020T20
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 5.5oz
SKU: 3390
Lot Codes: 102020T11 112020T23 122020T07
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine 5.5oz
SKU: 5403
Lot Codes: 102020T17 112020T22
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® g/d® Canine 13oz
SKU: 7006
Lot Codes: 112020T19 112020T20
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine 13oz
SKU: 7008
Lot Codes: 092020T30 102020T07 102020T11 112020T22 112020T23
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® j/d® Canine 13oz
SKU: 7009
Lot Codes: 112020T20
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® k/d® Canine 13oz
SKU: 7010
Lot Codes: 102020T10 102020T11
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® w/d® Canine 13oz
SKU: 7017
Lot Codes: 092020T30 102020T11 102020T12
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine 13oz
Sku: 7018
Lot Codes: 102020T04 112020T22
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic + Mobility Canine Vegetable & Tuna Stew 12.5oz
SKU: 10086
Lot Codes: 102020T05 102020T26
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® w/d® Canine Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz
SKU: 10129
Lot Codes: 102020T04 102020T21
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® i/d® Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz
SKU: 10423
Lot Codes: 102020T17 102020T19 112020T04
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Derm Defense® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz
SKU: 10509
Lot Code: 102020T05
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 5.8oz
SKU: 4969
Lot Code: 102020T18
Hill’s® Science Diet® Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée 13oz
SKU: 7036
Lot Code: 102020T12
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz
SKU: 7037
Lot Codes: 102020T13 102020T14 112020T23 112020T24
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Turkey & Barley Dog Food 13oz
SKU: 7038
Lot Code: 102020T06
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Dog Food 13oz
SKU: 7040
Lot Code: 102020T13
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Light with Liver Dog Food 13oz
SKU: 7048
Lot Code: 112020T19
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz
SKU: 7055
Lot Codes: 092020T31 102020T13
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz
SKU: 7056
Lot Codes: 092020T31 112020T20 112020T24
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Turkey & Barley Entrée 13oz
SKU: 7057
Lot Code: 112020T19
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew dog food 12.5oz
SKU: 10452
Lot Codes: 102020T14 102020T21
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken & Vegetable Stew dog food 12.5oz
SKU: 10763
Lot Codes: 102020T04 102020T05 112020T11

Photos: Dog Food Advisor


Symptoms of Vitamin D toxicity

Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as:

  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • excessive drooling
  • weight loss

Vitamin D when consumed at very high levels can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal failure.


Hill’s Pet Nutrition released a statement regarding the recall saying, “Hill’s Pet Nutrition learned of the potential for elevated vitamin D levels in some of our canned dog foods after receiving a complaint in the United States about a dog exhibiting signs of elevated vitamin D levels. Our investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D due to a supplier error.

We care deeply about all pets and are committed to providing pet parents with safe and high quality products. Hill’s has identified and isolated the error and, to prevent this from happening again, we have required our supplier to implement additional quality testing prior to their release of ingredients. In addition to our existing safety processes, we are adding our own further testing of incoming ingredients.”

What should you do?

According to the FDA, pet owners and those caring for pets should stop feeding the products listed above immediately. Consumers with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed above and are exhibiting these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.

Pet parents who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund.

For further information, please contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 9am-5pm (CST) or at contactus@hillspet.com. Information can also be found at www.hillspet.com/productlist

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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