At the beginning of February 2018, 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
Exotic Shorthair cats are a cross between an American or British Shorthair and a Persian. They were originally created in the early 1960’s and formally recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1967.
The Exotic Shorthair cat has been nicknamed, the “lazy man’s Persian”. The reason being is that the Exotic Shorthair has the temperament and conformation of a Persian, but because their coat is short and dense, instead of long and prone to matting, there is a lot less upkeep.
Exotic Shorthairs tend to be gentle, calm, and playful. They will follow you around the house and then cuddle in your lap when you settle in.