The company behind Chappie and Pedigree dog food, Mars UK, is recalling several ranges of its dry dog food through fears that they may contain high levels of vitamin D, which exceed the maximum recommended dose for our beloved canines.
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It’s believed that consuming excessively high levels of vitamin D over a short period of time shouldn’t cause dogs to suffer any adverse effects. However, taking on so much of the vitamin over a long period of time can be quite harmful to pooches.
The list of products Mars UK are currently recalling include:
- Chappie Complete Chicken & Wholegrain Dry Dog Food 3kg (Batch code: 045F9MIN05 | Best before: 11 May 2022)
- Pedigree Mixer Adult Dry Dog Original 3kg (Batch code: 046E9MIN05, 046F9MIN05, 048A9MIN05 | Best before: 12 February 2022, 20 February 2022, 22 February 2022) and 10kg (Batch code: 046E9MIN08, 047C9MIN08 | Best before: 12 February 2022, 17 February 2022)
- Pedigree Adult Complete Dry Dog Food with Chicken & Vegetables 2.6kg (Batch code: 045F9MIN05, 047A9MIN05 | Best before: 6 February 2022, 15 February 2022) and 12kg (Batch code: 046C9MIN08, 046D9MIN08 046E9MIN08 | Best before: 10 February 2022, 11 February 2022, 12 February 2022)
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reassured dog owners by stating that there is no reason to be overly concerned if your dog has been eating high levels of vitamin D over a short period, such as weeks or months.
However, if your pooch has been consuming high levels of vitamin D for a prolonged period, you should seek medical advice from your vet, especially if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
- Loss of appetite and/or weight loss
- Increased thirst and/or increased urination (polyuria)
If you have purchased any of the above dog products matching the batch codes mentioned (the batch code should be visible of the product’s packaging), stop giving it to your dog immediately and contact Mars Petcare Customer Service on 0800 013 3131 or by visiting https://uk.pedigree.com/about-us/contact
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