Urgent Recall Of Advance Dermocare Dog Food Issued
Mars Petcare Australia has voluntarily recalled Advance Dermocare dry food, after learning about nine Victoria Police canines falling ill, with one being euthanised.
The dogs were affected by megaesophagus, which is a condition that enlarges the oesophagus and is not usually linked to food.
The company has run a number of tests on the Advance Dermocare products and has not found a link to a condition but a spokesperson has said, “We are voluntarily recalling these products as a precaution while we work to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as we can.”
A number of “common factors” are being investigated and, “One of them does include the food that we’re feeding the dogs,” said Inspector Jon Woodyatt.
The Herald Sun also reported two pet dog deaths after eating the food. Dog owners who have purchased the 3kg, 8kg and 15kg bags of Advance Dermocare dry food are being asked to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. No other Advance products have been affected by the recall.
The statement released by Mars Petcare reads:
“Mars Petcare Australia is voluntarily recalling Advance Dermocare dry dog food products in 3kg, 8kg and 15kg bags. We advise dog owners who have purchased this product to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. These bags will have been purchased from speciality retailers and veterinarians. No other Advance products or varieties are affected by the recall.
“The health and wellbeing of Australian pets is our number one priority, so we were deeply concerned to learn that a number of dogs have been affected by megaoesophagus — a condition that is generally not associated with food.
“We have now run hundreds of tests on Advance Dermocare and have not found a link between the condition and our product. Regardless, we are voluntarily recalling these products as a precaution while we work to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as we can. We will continue to provide information to University of Melbourne to enable further testing, and consult with the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).
“We understand Australian pet owners may be worried. Concerned pet owners should contact their veterinarian, or our Consumer Care team on 1800 640 111.”