PET owners are this morning being urged to check what food they’re feeding their pooches after a number of Victoria Police Dogs fell ill, with one having to be euthanased.
Mars Petcare Australia has issued a voluntary recall of all 3kg, 8kg and 15kg bags of Advance Dermocare dry food following the revelation.
“We advise dog owners who have purchased this product to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” a spokesperson for the company said.
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“These bags will have been purchased from speciality retailers and veterinarians”
“No other Advance products or varieties are affected.”
It’s understood the dogs fell ill with megaoesophagus – a condition that is generally not associated with food.
“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 megaesophagus,” the company said.
“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.”
The spokesperson said the company will continue to provide information to University of Melbourne to enable further testing, and consult with the Australian Veterinary Association.
Concerned pet owners are being urged to contact their vet or call the company on 1800 640 111.