At the beginning of February 2019, Westgate Pet Clinic was informed by Science Diet/Hills that some of their canned dog foods were discovered to have been over supplemented with Vitamin D. Hills is now in the process of a voluntary recall of those foods.
This over supplementation error was discovered when a dog in the United Stated began showing symptoms of elevated vitamin D levels, and the over supplementation was traced to a Hill’s canned dog food. The affected foods were manufactured beginning September 2018.
Over supplementation of Vitamin D can affect the kidneys. Symptoms of Hypervitaminosis D include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. If your pet is exhibiting these symptoms, and has been eating one of the diets affected from the recall, please make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Some important notes are that none of the dry dog foods, cat foods or treats are affected by this recall.
Here is a link to the most up-to-date information on this dog food recall: https://www.hillspet.com/productlist?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInaO5rbeZ4AIVBgdpCh3nrgEoEAAYASAAEgKUA_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
For more information, please call the Hill's Consumer Affairs line at 1-800-445-5777
History of the breed:
The English Bulldog is typically the most docile of creatures, even though the history of the breed is quite gruesome and dramatic.First mentioned in the literature around 1500, the bulldog was bred to fight bulls in the “sport” of bull baiting. Bull baiting entails setting loose dogs onto a tethered bull and making wagers over which dog could grab the bull by the nose and pin it to the ground. This “sport” is not only cruel to the bull, but many dogs were also severely maimed or killed during the process. Thankfully, bull baiting was made illegal by the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1835.