Wellpet Recalls Canned Dog Food Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Thyroid Hormone
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Wellpet Recalls Canned Dog Food Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Thyroid Hormone

Elevated levels of the thyroid hormone may affect a dog's metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, and weight loss

March 22, 2017

WellPet has initiated a recall of a limited amount of one canned topper product for dogs due to the potential for elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. Three best-by date codes of one recipe are affected.

Elevated levels of the thyroid hormone may affect a dog's metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, increased urinary output and weight loss. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Although multiple studies indicate that, for the vast majority of pets, symptoms are reversible once the pet stops eating product with elevated thyroid hormone, if your pet has consumed this product and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The product being recalled is the 13.2-ounce Wellness 95 Percent Beef Topper for Dogs with best-by dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19, and 30 AUG 19, which are located on the bottom of the can.

The recipe is a mixer or topper and is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only; the likelihood of a dog being affected is remote. Even though the chance of a dog being affected is unlikely, WellPet is recalling this recipe with these three best-by dates. No other Wellness products are affected.

The recalled canned dog food was distributed at pet specialty retailers throughout North America and online.

Although the WellPet Consumer Affairs team has received no reports of any health problems to date related to the affected recipe, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advised WellPet of three dogs that were affected. WellPet immediately initiated an investigation, and based on follow-up research, decided to recall the lots in question. The dogs are now fully recovered and doing well.

"Please know that safeguarding the health and wellbeing of pets is of the utmost importance to us," said Camelle Kent, chief executive officer of WellPet, the maker of Wellness products. "We fully intend on maintaining the trust you have placed in us to keep your pets healthy and happy, and are removing this product as part of our ongoing commitment to quality and food safety."

Consumers in possession of the recalled product, or with any additional questions or concerns, can email WellPet at wecare@wellpet.com or call (877) 227-9587.