Blue Buffalo Company, a major producer of natural pet foods and treats for cats and dogs, has issued a voluntary recall on a wet food product for adult canines.
The Connecticut-based company recalled its Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs due to its potential elevated levels of beef thyroid hormones, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday. The affected products were sold nationally and could be purchased through specialty pet store locations or online.
Extra levels of the hormones can pose a health risk for dogs and lead to symptoms like increased heart rate, weight loss and an insatiable thirst and need to urinate. However, if animals continue to ingest food with higher levels of the hormones, symptoms can develop to include labored breathing, diarrhea and vomiting.
The Blue Buffalo team reported that it had yet to receive word of dogs experiencing such symptoms. However, the FDA received a report that one customer’s dog had shown outward signs of similar symptoms. The dog recovered, but it led the pet food company and the FDA to investigate the product. The Blue Wilderness Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner was the only product recalled after the investigation.
Consumers that purchased the Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs (in a 12.5-ounce can) containing the UPC Code 840243101153, and posted with a “Best Buy Date” of June 7, 2019, should cease to offer the food to their pets. Shoppers can check the dates on the bottom of the wet food cans. At this time, no other Blue Buffalo products were said to have been affected by the issue.
The company advised that pet owners with the food in question should cease giving it to their dogs and should either toss or return the food to the retailer it was purchased through. Customers can receive a full refund for the affected foods. If pets that ingested the food begin to exhibit any of the symptoms, owners were encouraged to take their animals to the vet.
WellPet also recalled pet food product Friday due to potentially elevated levels of the beef thyroid hormone.