A high-end dog food that's supposed to keep pets healthy is being recalled after the Food and Drug Administration found it could actually kill them.
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental, a type of prescription dry dog food, has been found to contain elevated levels of vitamin D, according to the FDA.
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs. However, elevated levels of vitamin D can cause "vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination and excessive drooling to renal dysfunction," the FDA said. A continued diet with too much vitamin D can even be fatal.
The recall was triggered after Purina received reports of two separate confirmed cases of a dog exhibiting signs of vitamin D toxicity after consuming the food. Once taken off the diet, each of these dogs recovered.
People who have the recalled product should stop feeding it to their pet immediately and throw it away in a container that other animals can't get into, the FDA says.
The affected dog food was sold in 8 lb. and 20 lb. bags and distributed throughout the United States by prescription only through veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals, and other select retailers with the ability to validate a prescription.
The recall includes the following production codes: 2249 1082, 2250 1082, 2276 1082, 2277 1082, 2290 1082, 2360 1082 and 2361 1082.
"We apologize to pet owners and veterinarians for any concerns or inconvenience this situation has caused," Purina said in a statement. "As pet experts and pet owners ourselves, the health and well-being of pets is our top priority."
If your pet is suffering from symptoms including weight loss, excessive drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite or increased thirst or urination, contact a veterinarian.