The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is recalling some of its Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental prescription dry dog food due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.

An essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels of vitamin D can lead to health issues depending on the levels and the length of exposure.

Vitamin D toxicity may include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, and excessive drooling to renal (kidney) dysfunction.

Purina initiated the recall after receiving information about two separate confirmed cases of a dog exhibiting signs of vitamin D toxicity after eating the food. Once taken off the diet, each of the dogs recovered, according to Purina.

The affected dry dog food was distributed throughout the United States by prescription only through veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals, and other select retailers with the ability to validate a prescription.

Bags of PPVD EL with the UPC Code and Production Code below should be immediately thrown out.


 Pet owners who purchased bags of the product listed above are asked to immediately stop feeding and throw it away in a container where no other animals, including wildlife, can get to it.

 If signs such as weight loss, excessive drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite or increased thirst or urination have occurred in their dog while eating this diet, pet owners should contact their veterinarian.

No other Purina pet care products are affected.

Veterinary and other retail partners should remove and destroy the affected product from their inventory.