The FDA has issued an alert for dog owners about potentially toxic levels of Vitamin D in 8 brands of dry dog food.  "Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death."

Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.  As of now, the only brands of dry dog food effected by the recall are Nutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, Sunshine Mills, Inc., ANF, Inc., Lidl, Kroger, ELM Pet Foods and Ahold Delhaize.  Other brands may be added to this list, so the FDA recommends that you monitor their website for additional information and for specific varieties and UPC numbers.

The FDA also recommends that if you have fed your dog any of the recalled food items or if you dog shows signs of vitamin D toxicity, that you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.  For a list of emergency veterinary facilities in New Jersey, including some that are open 24/7, click here.