Theproblem was discovered by the Food and Drug Administration after the agency received a complaint that four dogs consuming the food were found to have low levels of Free T4 and Thyroid stimulating hormone.Lab analysis conducted by FDA revealed elevated beef thyroid hormone in a sample of the implicated product.Distribution of the recalled production lot was through e-commerce sites and pet stores along the East coast of the United States.The current recall is the second instance this year of pet illnesses caused by elevated beef hormone levels in canned dog food.The presence of elevated thyroid hormone levels in a pet food usually results from the use of gullet meat from which removal of the thyroid glands is incomplete. USDA prohibits thyroid glands and laryngeal muscle tissue in human food; however, gullet meat is allowed in pet foods.What pet owners need to know
Pet owners who have purchased the recalled product, should not feed it to their pets.Dogs consuming high levels of beef thyroid hormone may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the consumption of these levels is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or labored breathing.
Pet owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if their dogs begin to exhibit these symptoms.