The company behind dog food brands Nutrisca and Natural Life Pet Products has announced a recall of one flavor (in three sizes) of dry dog food sold under the Nutrisca label and one flavor of dry dog food sold under the Natural Life Pet Products label.
Recalled due to elevated vitamin D levels are:
- 4 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food with UPC: 8-84244-12495-7
- 15 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food with UPC: 8-84244-12795-8
- 28 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food with UPC: 8-84244-12895-5
- 17.5 lbs. Natural Life Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food with UPC: 0-12344-08175-1
The company does not dispute that the foods have potentially dangerous levels of vitamin D in them; in the press releases about the recalls, the company blames what it called a “production error”.
As for how many animals are affected . . . that is not clear. An identical paragraph acknowledging “complaints from three pet owners” appears on both press releases. Whether this means that dogs from three households were sickened by each brand or that only three dogs in total were affected is unclear.
The recalled Nutrisca foods were sold nationwide, the company said, and will bear a best-by code running from February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020. (That code should be on the bottom or back of your bag.)
The Natural Life Pet Products food bears a best-by code running from May 29, 2020 through August 10, 2020. It was available in stores located in these states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
If you have any of the recalled dog food you are, of course, urged not to feed it to your dog. Dogs who have been exposed to too much vitamin D may present symptoms like vomiting or drooling, loss of appetite, weight loss and increased thirst or urination.