Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post Published 7:55 pm PST, Monday, February 4, 2019 When Laura Freeman’s 4-year-old dog, Mocha, was diagnosed with gastroenteritis in late October, antibiotics and other medication didn’t help. X-rays and blood tests indicated that the dog was in good health, but Mocha wasn’t eating. About a week later, in hope of increasing Mocha’s appetite, a veterinarian recommended Hill’s Pet Nutrition “Prescription Diet i/d dog food,” formulated to help dogs with digestive issues. “This is gentle on their stomach, and dogs normally like the taste of it,” Freeman recalled the veterinarian saying. Within days, the Texas woman said Mocha’s condition rapidly deteriorated without explanation. The dog became lethargic, vomited bile, drooled incessantly and had diarrhea. An overnight stay at the vet turned into a trip to an animal hospital for more testing as doctors tried to determine what was wrong. On Nov. 9, Freeman got a 12:45 a.m. call from the animal hospital – Mocha had suffered a fatal heart attack, and the vet couldn’t provide an explanation for her death. Freeman learned later that the canned dog food prescribed by the veterinarian was included in a voluntary recall by its manufacturer because of excessive levels of vitamin… Read full this story
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