Useful Links for Pet Owners

URGENT! HILL’S DOG FOOD RECALL

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is having a recall on several of their canned dog foods. If you are currently feeding your dog a canned Hill’s Diet please go to https://www.hillspet.com/productlist to check if the diet you are currently feeding is on the list. 

If your dog is eating the diet please review the clinic signs related to excessive intake of Vitamin D and contact your veterinarian to see if they recommend any testing. In most cases removal of the diet will resolve the issue. 

This incident is because of a miscalculation from the supplier of a vitamin premix. Hill’s was informed of a case of excessive Vitamin D in one of their diets and was quickly able to find the cause. The recall includes all diets formulated with this premix and Hill’s is reevaluating their testing of supplier ingredients coming into the warehouse. As a veterinary nutritionist I was contacted today by phone to spread the word and emails will be going out to veterinarians as well as stores that sell these products. I am impressed with how rapidly they have addressed the issue.  

– Heidi Allen


Here are some useful links that every pet owner should have on hand:

General Information on Pet Food

Pet Recalls (FDA’s Center of CVM) http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm

Information of FDA Regulation of Pet Food https://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/products/animalfoodfeeds/petfood/ucm2006475

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Nutrition  Toolkit https://www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/PDF_old/WSAVA-Global-Nutrition-Toolkit_0.pdf

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Cats

  • Cat nutrition information

National Research Council of the National Academies, 2006:

Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs – A Science-Based Guide for Pet Owners

http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/materials-based-on-reports/booklets/cat_nutrition_final.pdf

  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition Handouts for Cat Owners

Weight Management in Cats:

https://www.hillspet.com/health-conditions/cat/weight-management

Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Cats:

https://www.hillspet.com/health-conditions/cat/cat-urinary

  • The Ohio State University (OSU) College Of Veterinary Medicine 

Indoor Pet Initiative for cat owners:

https://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats

Information on Low-stress Change of Diet (OSU):

https://indoorpet.osu.edu/veterinarians/low-stress-diet-and-feeding-changes-cats

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Dogs

  • National Research Council of the National Academies, 2006

Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs – A Science-Based Guide for Pet Owners

http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/banr/miscellaneous/dog_nutrition_final_fix.pdf

  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition Handout for Dog Owners

Weight Management in Dogs:

https://www.hillspet.com/health-conditions/dog/weight-management

  • Information about cardiomyopathy in Golden Retrievers:

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/06/a-broken-heart-risk-of-heart-disease-in-boutique-or-grain-free-diets-and-exotic-ingredients/