Recall Alert

A voluntary recall has been announced by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. The company says that some of the flavors of its Rachael Ray Nutrish cat food contains dangerously high vitamin D levels. The vitamin D contamination is the result of different fish-derived ingredients that the manufacturer included in the cat food.

Affected flavors include Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish-a-licious, Tuna Purrfection, Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver, and Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore. These toxic pet food products were distributed to supermarkets and retail outlets.

Vitamin D Poisoning: What to Look For

Pet owners who are worried that their cats may have ingested too much of these contaminated pet food products might see signs of vitamin D overload between 12 and 36 hours after their cat has eaten the affected products. Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, increased thirst, increased urination, seizures and muscle tremors. Pet owners should take their cats who exhibit these symptoms to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

So far, 11 instances of vitamin D poisoning have been accounted for as a result of Rachael Ray's wet cat food products manufactured by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. For more information pertaining to the recall consumers can contact Ainsworth Pet Nutrition directly.

Seeking Civil Damages for a Pet Injury

Pet owners who suspect that they have incurred stiff veterinary bills and/or pet owners who suspect that their pet was seriously injured, permanently injured or killed as a result of Rachael Ray's toxic pet food may want to investigate the viability of bringing forward a civil claim for product liability damages in court.

Civil claims relating to a deceased or injured pet are not "personal injury" claims per se. Indeed, many courts view pets as property; therefore, injury to a pet is classified as property damages. However, some states regard pets as something in between a person and a piece of property and they recognize the special kind of emotional attachment pet lovers have for their animals. Ultimately, it is important to be familiar with the laws and regulations in the state where the pet was injured prior to bringing such an action forward in court.