ST. LOUIS — On March 10, Nestlé Purina PetCare announced an expansion of its standing recall of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental (PPVD EL) prescription dry dog food for potentially elevated levels of vitamin D, as shared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The company added two lots of affected product, taking the total count of affected diets to nine lots. The initial recall was announced on Feb. 8 and included seven lots. Purina cited a supplier error as the reason behind the recall.

Purina issued the recall after receiving two confirmed cases of vitamin D toxicity in dogs after consuming the prescription diet. According to the company, the dogs recovered after being taken off the diet. To date, no other cases of vitamin D toxicity have been reported and linked to the PPVD EL diet.

The affected products include 8-lb bags with UPC codes 38100 19190, and 20-lb bags with UPC codes 38100 19192. Production codes for the affected products include:

  • 2213 1082 (new)
  • 2214 1082 (new)
  • 2249 1082
  • 2250 1082
  • 2276 1082
  • 2277 1082
  • 2290 1082
  • 2360 1082
  • 2361 1082

Purina is urging consumers to discard any bags of PPVD EL with the above UPC and production codes. The dog food was distributed throughout the United States and is available via prescription at veterinary clinics, as well as via Purina Vet Diet, Purina for Professionals and other retailers that have the ability to validate pet food prescriptions.

No other Purina products were affected by the recall.

According to the FDA, symptoms of vitamin D toxicity in dogs can include weight loss, excessive drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite or increased thirst and urination due to kidney disfunction.

Read more about recent pet food and treat recalls.