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Update: Petco Offers Free Trade-Ins For Dog Parents Affected By Vitamin D Recall

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi
Dina Fantegrossi is the Assistant Editor and Head Writer for HomeLife Media. Before her career in writing, Dina was a veterinary technician for more than 15 years.Read more
| Published on December 3, 2018

Updated 12/6/18

This week the FDA released a statement regarding the recall of several dog food brands affected by potentially dangerous levels of Vitamin D. In response, Petco announced they do not carry any of the brands listed in the recall. Furthermore, they are offering free trade ins for dog owners who did purchase affected products.

The company provided the following advice for concerned pet parents:

  • Visit the FDA’s website for more information and a complete list of affected products.
  • If you believe your pet may be experiencing symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, or if you have any concerns about the health of your pet, please consult a veterinarian immediately.
  • If you have product affected by the recall, bring it in to any Petco store to exchange and upgrade it for a similar size bag of Petco’s WholeHearted dog food.
  • Pet parents seeking guidance on what to feed their pets can visit their local Petco store to consult with one of our knowledgeable in-store partners, or visit for pet food and nutrition information.

Original Post:

Unlike humans, dogs cannot get all the Vitamin D they need from the sun. The majority of this vital nutrient must come from their diet. While not getting enough Vitamin D can affect your dog’s ability to absorb Calcium and Phosphorus, too much may lead to deadly kidney failure.

This week, five dog food brands from three companies were recalled due to their potentially harmful levels of Vitamin D.

It started November 27 when Sunshine Mills, Inc. announced a voluntary recall on select products from their Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride, and Triumph brand dog food lines. The affected products all have best by dates from Nov. 1, 2018, to Nov. 8, 2019. They went to U.S. retail stores and distributors in Puerto Rico, Japan, Colombia, Israel, Canada and South Korea.

The affected products are:

14 LB Evolve® Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 0-73657-00862-0
28 LB Evolve® Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 0-73657-00863-7
40 LB Sportsman’s Pride® Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 0-70155-10566-0
40 LB Sportsman’s Pride® Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 0-70155-10564-0
3.5 LB Triumph® Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 0-73657-00873-6
16 LB Triumph® Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 0-73657-00874-3
30 LB Triumph® Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food Bag UPC 0-73657-00875-0

The other two recalled brands are:

ANF Lamb & Rice Dry Dog Food in either 3 kg bags with a best by date of Nov. 22, 2019, or 7.5 kg bags with a best by date of Nov. 20, 2019 distributed to stores in Puerto Rico. ANF customers with questions or concerns can email or call 936-560-5930 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Image via ANF Pet, Inc.


ELM Chicken & Chickpea Recipe in the 3-pound bag (best by Feb. 26, 2019, April 30, 2019, and Sept. 5, 2019) and 28-pound bag (best by April 6, 2019, and July 2, 2019); and 40-pound bags of ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe (best by dates Sept. 14, 2019, Sept. 22, 2019, or Oct. 11, 2019). The recalled lots were distributed in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Anyone with questions or wanting to discuss a refund can email or call ELM Pet Foods at 1-800-705-2111, 8 a.m. to 5p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Photo via ELM Pet Foods

According to an FDA report:

“Consumers should stop feeding the products listed above. Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Consumers with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed above and are exhibiting any of these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.”


H/T to Miami Herald

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