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More tainted dog food recalled in the United States

Many pet owners treat their dogs just like another much-beloved member of the family. So, when something happens to their pet, it's a major crisis. This is especially true when the pet dies or is sickened from eating tainted dog food — a perfectly avoidable occurrence.

One possible toxicity in dog food is an overabundance of Vitamin D. Like many vitamins and supplements, too much of a good thing can be harmful and even lethal to Kentucky pets. Vitamin D helps regulate and retain the right balance of phosphorus and calcium. It's fat-soluble, which means that if a dog ingests too much Vitamin D, it cannot be excreted through the animal's urine. It instead makes its way to the fatty tissue of the liver. Storing the excess Vitamin D strains a dog's kidneys and can even kill it.

Dogs suffering from an excess Vitamin D intake can lose their appetites, drool too much, vomit and lose weight. It's likely that in many cases, the build-up occurs gradually, with the dogs getting sicker and sicker as they continue to ingest the high levels of Vitamin D.

Back in December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public notice about Vitamin D toxicity in dog food sold under numerous brand names. Just last month, the agency learned of another report of tainted food.

In some cases, if a pet dies or suffers illness from consuming tainted dog food products, it may be possible to hold the negligent manufacturer liable for the injuries to or loss of your pet dog.

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