FDA alerts consumers and vets to watch dogs for potentially deadly hyperthyroidism! It is all because of these 2 dog food brands!
FDA are warning consumers and also veterinarians to be alert for potentially deadly hyperthyroidism in dogs that ate Blue Buffalo Co and also WellPet food.
The 3 separate alerts, were posted Monday by the Food and the Drug Administration. They include test results from three dogs and samples of the “BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs” and/or “Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs”.
Investigators are sure that the source of the active thyroid hormone in the food is from animal gullets, laryngeal tissue. In which the thyroid glands were not actually completely removed. However, suppliers or ingredient sources were not disclosed in the FDA alert. The U.S. Department of Agriculture actually prohibits the use of thyroid glands and also the laryngeal muscle tissue for human food.
Some flavors and also lots of the two dog food brands are under recall now. Still, there is concern that pet owners, veterinarians and other businesses may still have the dog foods in homes or somewhere else.
“The FDA is issuing this important alert now after a recent Center for Veterinary Medicine investigation. Three dogs in different households that ate these foods showed signs of hyperthyroidism. In these cases, extensive testing on all three dogs showed really elevated thyroid hormone in the blood. Luckily, it ruled out thyroid cancer,” according to the FDA alert.
“After the dogs stopped eating these foods for a few weeks, their clinical signs completely disappeared. Their thyroid hormone levels returned to normal”
If your dog ate either of these foods and is also showing symptoms of hyperthyroidism, stop feeding them these foods immediately. Consult your vet as soon as possible. Also make sure to provide your entire dog’s dietary history. That includes what the dog ate, how much, and for how long, the FDA recommended.