Vitamin D toxicity in dogs is a notifiable condition. 

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Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin that helps dogs regulate the balance and retention of calcium and phosphorus, can cause serious health problems in dogs if they consume higher levels of the nutrient. Vitamins are essential for bone growth, normal blood coagulation, nerve function, and immunity. It is stored in fat tissue and the liver and cannot be flushed out in the urine. 

Vitamin D toxicity in dogs can be caused by a number of factors. 

If a dog eats pet food that contains too much vitamin D, it can develop vitamin D intoxication (toxicity). Vitamin D intoxication is also common when a dog accidentally gets into vitamin D supplements being used by someone in the household. A third way that dogs can contract vitamin D toxicity is by eating certain rodent baits containing cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). 

Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity in Dogs 

When dogs consume foods containing vitamin D in excessive amounts, they can vomit, have little appetite, drink and urinate more, drool excessively, and/or lose weight. The onset of symptoms related to vitamin D poisoning is rapid when the dog has consumed rodenticide or supplements containing high concentrations of vitamin D. 

If your dog shows signs of vitamin D toxicity, take him or her to a veterinarian immediately. 
Diagnosis of Vitamin D Toxicity in Canines 

Only a veterinarian can accurately diagnose vitamin D toxicity in dogs. The vet will assess the dog’s physical and behavioral symptoms, ask what the dog might have ingested and whether that could have caused an overdose, and may take blood or urine samples to measure calcium levels and kidney function. Depending on what tests reveal, the vet will determine the proper treatment. 

Treatment for Vitamin D Toxicity in Dogs 

Depending on a vet’s assessment of each case and the extent of the animal’s exposure, treatment may involve removing the source of excessive vitamin D (e.g., removing recalled dog food from the diet) and flushing excess vitamin D from the body. Treatment may also involve eliminating any underlying causes of excessive vitamin D levels, such as kidney disease or hyperthyroidism. 

Dog owners should abide by certain regulations. 

Vitamin D toxicity, which can occur when dogs ingest too much vitamin D, is a serious condition that requires immediate veterinary attention. These are the symptoms to look for: vomiting (inappetence), loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination, excessive drooling and/or weight loss. Please contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your dog has ingested a product with an abnormally high level of Vitamin D or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.” 

If your veterinarian suspects that your pet’s food is the source of excess vitamin D, you should provide a lot of code numbers to the FDA. This can help veterinarians and doctors identify exactly when the contamination occurred and what other products might be affected. Be sure to save the product packaging with a lot of code information; this will help prevent your dog from getting sick again. Don’t feed your pets or any other animals this product. 

Pet owners can report suspected illnesses in their dogs to the FDA electronically via the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Helpful information to include in a report to the FDA includes a dog’s medical records and details about how your dog was exposed to the illness. For more information, please see How to Report a Pet Food Complaint. 

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