Two types of dry dog food recalled after reports of vitamin D toxicity

Posted at 12:05 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 16:46:20-05

Two types of dry dog food have been recalled after three separate reports from pet owners indicated that their pets were suffering from vitamin D toxicity as a result of eating the food.

Natural Life Pet Products is voluntarily recalling Natural Life Chicken & Potato dry dog food in eight states and Nutrisca is voluntarily recalling its Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food nationwide.

An investigation into the matter found that a formula error led to the products containing too much vitamin D, the recalls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website state.

The specifics on which dry dog foods are being recalled are listed below:

  • 17.5 lbs Natural Life Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food Bag (UPC: 0-12344-08175-1)

Bags affected have a "Best By Date" code of December 4, 2019 through August 10, 2020. The code can be found on the back or bottom of each bag. The affected dog food was distributed by the St. Louis-based company to retail stores in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and California.

  • 4 lbs Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food Bag (UPC: 8-84244-12495-7)
  • 15 lbs Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food Bag (UPC: 8-84244-12795-8)
  • 28 lbs Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food Bag (UPC: 8-84244-12895-5)

Bags affected have a "Best By Date" code of February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020. The dry dog food was distributed nationwide.

Too much vitamin D can negatively affect dogs. Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling. and weight loss. It can also lead to renal dysfunction (problems with the kidneys).

If your dog has eaten any of these foods and is exhibiting the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, you are urged to contact your veterinarian. 

Consumers with more questions on either recall can contact Natural Life Pet Products at 1-888-279-9420, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. The company can also be reached by email at 

Susan Gonzalez is a digital producer and reporter for the E.W. Scripps national team. Follow her on Twitter @TheNewsan.