BREAKING NEWS: Hill’s Pet Nutrition of Kansas and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced a recall of certain packs of its cat food pouches, all of which have shown very high levels of iron.
Iron, while essential to the diets of felines, can be damaging to the digestive system if too much is consumed, resulting in diarrhea and vomiting.
The affected products have been widely distributed, and, while Hill’s says that affected products should be off of every store shelf by now, you should check to see if you have any of these products in your possession:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
NAME: Science Plan Feline Adult Light Ocean Fish
NAME: Science Plan Feline Mature Adult Favourite Selection Multipack
NAME: Science Plan Feline Young Adult Sterilised Cat Multipack
Expiration: 06/2017 & 10/2017
WHY WAS IT RECALLED?
This recall was initiated after high amounts of iron were discovered in the products listed above. It is believed that the cause of the increase in iron was due to an ingredient supplier error.
As mentioned, intaking high levels of iron can result in digestive issues, as well as other serious health issues for your feline. The symptoms of felines having excess iron in the blood (according to PetMD) come in four different stages, depending on length of time since intake, and are listed below.
WHAT ARE THE SYMTOMS ?
Stage I (0-6 hours)
Stage II (6-24 hours)
Stage III (12-96 hours)
Stage IV (2-6 weeks)
Gastrointestinal obstruction from stricture formation
It’s imperative that, should you notice any of the symptoms listed above, that you consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you have purchased any of these products, do not feed them to your cat. According to Pet Gazette, the FSA advised consumers, “If you have bought any of the listed products…please return it to where you bought it for a full refund under Hill’s 100 percent Satisfaction Guarantee.”
If you’re having trouble locating and identifying the SKU number and the Expiration Date, please check out this statement from Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
You can also contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition at [1-800-445-5777] to inquire about alternatives, a replacement, or a refund.
If your pet is suffering from digestive issues, please do consult your veterinarian.