What to know about Purina dog food recall

After an investigation, Purina announced the discovery of more food products for affected dogs.

When it comes to dog food, a lot of puppy owners prefer the dog food brand. However, when it comes to one of the most popular dog food brands, owners may need to check their pantry.

Nestlé Purina has expanded its original voluntary recall Feb. 8 of select prescription dry foods due to supplier error, which could lead to some serious puppy illnesses. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that the error affects two additional batches of products that precede the production dates of those that were originally recalled.

The original and recent recalls are due to the results of possible elevated vitamin d levels within infected dry dog ​​food. Here’s everything you need to know to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Why was an extended recall issued?

According to Purina, the expanded recall follows an investigation by the company. The results of the investigation revealed that a US supplier made an error in producing a specific formula, which resulted in high vitamin D levels.

While healthy amounts of Vitamin D are beneficial and necessary for the health of dogs, an excessive amount can cause many health problems. These issues depend on the level of vitamin D and the length of time dogs have been exposed to it.

What are the symptoms of high vitamin D levels to look for in dogs?

Symptoms of vitamin D poisoning usually present as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and impaired renal (kidney) function.

If dogs develop these symptoms after eating this food, it is important to contact your vet immediately.

What Purina products have been recalled?

According to the FDA announcement, the voluntary recall affects 8, 20-pound bags of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental. Usually, the prescribed food is given to pets that are allergic to the food.

How do I know that I have purchased a recalled product?

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Purina affected products have been distributed nationwide by prescription to veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals and select retailers who can validate the prescription. In particular, products with UPC code 38100 19190 on 8 lb bags and 38100 19192 on 20 lb bags are affected.

Furthermore, bags with 8-digit production codes were affected:

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

What do I do if I have one of these products?

If you have one of the affected products, Purina recommends that you immediately stop feeding it to your pet and throw it away in a container where other animals—including wild animals—can’t get it. The same goes for Purina’s veterinary and retail partners, who are advised by the Food and Drug Administration to remove and destroy food from their inventory.

Fortunately, none of Purina’s other products have been affected by this recall.

For more information, consumers can visit Purina’s website or call 1-800-345-5678 Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST to ask any questions or request a refund.


  • FDA: “Nestle Purina Petcare Expands Voluntary Recall of Purina Pro Plan Vet Dry Dog Primary Food in the United States Due to Possible Vitamin D Elevation”
  • PR Newswire: “Nestle Purina Petcare voluntarily recalls Purina Pro Plan veterinary EL Elemental Dry Dog Food in the United States due to potential vitamin D spike”