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Hill’s Pet Food Faces Class Action for Excessive Vitamin D Levels in Dog Food

Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP announces its filing of a class action lawsuit against Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. for selling dog food containing excessive and dangerous amounts of vitamin D.  

Hill’s manufactures and sells dog food under Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Science Diet labels. Although Hill’s advertises that its dog food contains precisely balanced nutrition and is subject to stringent quality control standards, on January 31, 2019, the company recalled certain of its canned dog food, which contained excessive and dangerous amounts of Vitamin D. The company updated the recall list to include additional products on February 8, 2019 and again on March 20, 2019. Canine consumption of excessive amounts of vitamin D can lead to serious health issues, including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, weight loss, and joint issues. Prolonged and high exposure can lead to calcification of soft tissues, renal dysfunction, and cause death.

The lawsuit, filed on February 12, 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief  to prevent Hill’s from selling pet food with dangerous levels of vitamin D.

We understand that Hill’s has sent certain pet owners letters and other documents relating to the recall. If you received such communications and want to know how participating in the Hill’s process may affect your legal rights, please contact us.

The recalled products include:

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® c/d® Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz                

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz                                 

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 5.5oz                                   

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine 5.5oz                                                                              

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® g/d® Canine 13oz                                                                               

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine 13oz                                                                                

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® j/d® Canine 13oz                                                                                

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® k/d® Canine 13oz                                                                               

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® w/d® Canine 13oz                                                                               

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine 13oz                                                                                

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic + Mobility Canine Vegetable & Tuna Stew 12.5oz           

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® w/d® Canine Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz                                

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz          

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® Derm Defense® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz               

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 5.8oz     

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée 13oz                                                       

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz                                        

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Turkey & Barley Dog Food 13oz                                                     

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Dog Food 13oz                                           

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Light with Liver Dog Food 13oz                                                      

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz                                   

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz                                         

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Turkey & Barley Entrée 13oz                                                     

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew dog food 12.5oz                  

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken & Vegetable Stew dog food 12.5oz

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® k/d® Kidney Care with Lamb Canned Dog Food, 13oz, 12-pack

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entrée dog food 12 x 12.8oz cans

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® c/d® Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 5.5oz, 24-pack

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 24 x 5.5oz cans

  • Hill's® Prescription Diet® r/d® Canine 12 x 12.3oz cans

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13oz, 12-pack

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew dog food 12 x 12.5oz cans

  • Hill's® Science Diet® Healthy Cuisine Adult Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5oz, 12-pack      

If you purchased the recalled dog food and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact Kathryn Schubert by email at kschubert@sjk.law, by telephone at (415) 788-4220, or fill out the form below.

InvestigationsSara Kahan