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Dog owners urged not to panic amid recall of Pedigree and Chappie dog food

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Pet owners who have bought certain types of Pedigree or Chappie dog food are asked not to give it to their pets amid fears it may contain high Vitamin D levels.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 20/01/2021, 14:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

Chappie and Pedigree are popular brands of dog food sold in most supermarkets.

However, Mars Petcare UK has recently issued an urgent product recall of four types of Pedigree dry food and one kind of Chappie dry food. 

Dog food recall

There are concerns that the pet food could contain levels of Vitamin D that exceed the maximum level. The recall applies to the following items:

  • Chappie complete chicken and wholegrain dry dog food, batch code: 045F9MIN05
  • Pedigree mixer adult dry dog original, batch codes: 046E9MIN05, 046F9MIN05, 048A9MIN05
  • Pedigree mixer adult dry dog food original, batch codes 046E9MIN08, 047C9MIN08
  • Pedigree adult complete dry dog food with chicken and vegetables, batch codes: 046C9MIN08, 046D9MIN08, 046E9MIN08, 045F9MIN05, 047A9MIN05

There have been no reports of any dogs falling ill due to the recalled dog food, and pet owners are urged not to panic. However, they should not feed the recalled food to their pets. All other batch codes are unaffected by the recall.

High levels of Vitamin D

When fed to a dog over just a few weeks or months, high Vitamin D levels shouldn’t cause too much concern. However, it becomes a problem if a dog consumes high Vitamin D levels over a prolonged period. It can cause stiffness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased thirst, loss of appetite and weight loss. In severe cases, prolonged exposure to high Vitamin D can lead to kidney failure in dogs.

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If you find that you have purchased one of these now recalled dog foods, you can return it to the shop where you bought it from and get a full refund. To find out more about the product recall, you can contact Mars Petcare Customer Service on 0800 013 3131.