When companies are negligent about the ingredients they include in their food products, the results can be catastrophic. In one recent example, the FDA was forced to recall more than 8 major brands of dry dog food due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D.
At Pratt Clay, our Atlanta product liability lawyers are dedicated to representing victims of corporate negligence, whether they’re a family member or a beloved pet. You have the right to expect that products like dog food are reasonably safe – and to take legal action if they endanger the lives of your loved ones.
What Are the Effects of Vitamin D Poisoning on Dogs?
After veterinarians across the nation reported an influx in vitamin D poisoning cases, the FDA investigated and found that heightened levels of vitamin D were present in multiple samples from major dry dog food brands. While vitamin D is considered an essential nutrient for both dogs and humans alike, high levels of exposure can build up in a dog’s system over time, leading to kidney failure and even death if unchecked.
Excess vitamin D can make dogs violently ill, with symptoms including:
- Vomiting and appetite loss
- Excessive drooling
- Severe and sudden weight loss
- Frequent urination
So far, it appears that no other pet foods have been affected, but pet owners are being urged to immediately discontinue use of the 8 dog food brands that have been recalled. Affected brands include household names like Nutrisca, Kroger, and Natural Life Pet Products.
To review a more complete list of affected products, visit the FDA’s website.
Holding Pet Product Companies Responsible for Negligence
If your pet was poisoned after eating any of the dry dog foods included in the FDA’s recall, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Like other companies, pet product manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that all their products are well-tested and quality-checked before they reach the shelves, especially because pets are so reliant on their owners for sustenance and support.
Our Atlanta product liability attorneys can help you seek appropriate legal action when pet companies fail to exercise the basic duty of care. We’re a team of hard-working plaintiffs’ attorneys who can provide decades of trial experience and a strong track record of results in injury cases. With tens of millions won on behalf of our clients, you can rest assured that we’ll fight to protect your rights, as well as the rights of your canine companions.
Give us a call today at 404-566-9460 for a free consultation!