New York —The Blue Buffalo company issued a voluntary recall on three pet-food products suspected of containing higher levels of Vitamin D than intended.
The company recalled BLUE Wilderness Chicken, BLUE Basics Salmon and BLUE Large Breed Adult Chicken after discovering its ingredient supplier had made a scheduling error, producing a Vitamin D supplement immediately prior to preparing the products in question.
The higher levels of Vitamin D could cause hypercalcemia, a serious illness that affects the electrolytes in the body and can disrupt normal organ function, according to a statement issued by the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Serious cases can result in acute renal failure and cause damage to the heart or central nervous system. Coma and death have occurred in untreated cases.
ASPCA advises concerned pet owners who use Blue Buffalo products to contact the company with any questions related to their products and monitor their pets for signs of illness.
“Should pet owners notice symptoms such as increased thirst, urination, stomach upset or loss of appetite, they should consult their veterinarian or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for help,” says Dr. Camille DeClementi, Veterinarian and Senior Toxicologist at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
“The ASPCA strongly advises pet owners to discuss any potential symptoms with their veterinarian and not to diagnose or treat their pet at home,” adds Dr. DeClementi.
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