Another Important Update on Hill’s Dog Food

On January 31st, 2019, there was a recall for certain types of Hill’s canned diets for dogs, which included Science Diets and Prescription Diets. These foods were found to contain excessive levels of vitamin D—when overconsumption of vitamin D occurs, potential health issues may arise.

Based on this recall, Hill’s performed a detailed review of their canned dog foods and discovered additional canned products that were affected. These recalled products are strictly canned dog foods and do not include dry foods, cat foods or treats.

Due to this expanded recall, Hill’s will evaluate, on a case-by-case basis, requests for the reimbursement of veterinary fees for dogs that have consumed the recalled diets. This reimbursement includes specific diagnostic tests and veterinarian recommended treatment for hypervitaminosis D.

For additional information on this reimbursement, please reach out to Hill’s directly at or 1-800-445-5777, or you can contact us at 405-348-6580 for more information. Also, please see below for a list of the SKUs, lot numbers and date codes of the affected products.  

Product Name SKU Number Date Code/Lot Code
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Kidney Care with Lamb Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack   2697 102020T25
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entrée dog food 12 x 12.8 oz cans   2975 092020T28
Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack   3384 092020T29
Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 5.5 oz, 24-pack 3388 102020T18
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack 3389 092020T28 102020T24 102020T25
Hill’s™ Prescription Diet™ i/d™ Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 24 x 5.5 oz cans 3391 092020T27
Hill’s Prescription Diet g/d Aging Care Turkey Flavor Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack 7006 092020T22
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care with Turkey Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack 7008 092020T21
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® r/d® Canine 12 x 12.3 oz cans7014 092020T28 102020T27 102020T28
Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management with Chicken Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack 7017 102020T24 102020T25 112020T09 112020T10
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack 7037 092020T22
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack 7039 092020T31 102020T21
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack 7040 112020T10 112020T11
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13 oz, 12-pack 7056 102020T28
Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management Vegetable & Chicken Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack 10129 112020T11 112020T05
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Digestive Care Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack 10423 092020T27 092020T28 092020T24
Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew dog food 12 x 12.5 oz cans 10449 092020T28
Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack 10451 102020T28
Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Adult 7+ Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack 10452 102020T28
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Hills Recall Notice

Hills Recall Notice

An excessive level of vitamin D has been found in some Hill’s canned diets for dogs—these include Science Diets and Prescription Diets. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, overconsumption of it can lead to potential health issues, which are dependent on the level of vitamin D consumed and how long a dog has been exposed to this overabundance.

Symptoms of elevated vitamin D levels may not be evident at all or may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Excessive drooling
  • Weight loss

Symptoms generally stop when the food is discontinued, and in most cases, complete recovery is expected once consumption has stopped.

Please note: we have no way to track diets that were purchased elsewhere, so we encourage you to look at the recall list and check your dog’s food carefully (because recalls sometimes expand, please check the list often to make sure new foods have not been added). If your pet’s food is on the list, you MUST stop feeding them the food and return unused cans.

If your dog is on a prescription diet for a medical problem, it is imperative to contact us so that an alternative can be found. Do not switch to a store-brand diet without consultation or your pet’s treated medical problem could worsen.

If you have any concerns about the diet recall, please let us know. It has been 12 years since a veterinary-prescribed diet has had a major recall and we know the stress and difficulty that this causes for you and your pet.

You can view the full recall list here.

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 405-348-6580.

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Christmas Pet Safety Tips!

Christmas Pet Safety Tips!

It’s almost time for Christmas! While you’re enjoying things like time off from work, family gatherings, peppermint mochas, gifts, meals and everything else December-related, we’d just like to borrow a second of your time to remind you about how the holidays affect your pets, too.

Here are some tips to follow to make sure your best friend has as much fun as you do during this Christmas season:

• Don’t give pets table scraps. Giving animals people food can severely disrupt their internal system and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, severe weight gain and more.

• Keep Christmas presents away from invasive snouts. Curious pets can get through almost any form of packaging and may easily access those yummy chocolates and other holiday treats.

• Avoid bringing toxic plants to your house. Common holiday plants like poinsettias and mistletoe can cause misery to pets if they ingest them, so be extra careful. For a full list of good plants and bad plants, check out the ASPCA’s handy guide here.

• Make sure tree decorations are out of paw’s reach. Tinsel, ornaments and lights are all bad news bears if your pet gets their chompers on them. Tinsel can cause intestinal blockage, chewed lights can shock pets and sharp ornaments can easily injure anyone, man or beast. A good idea is to place a pet-proof barrier around your holiday tree.

• Watch those spirits and libations. Alcohol is not good for pets! Absolutely keep these beverages high and away from any nosy muzzles.

• Provide a pet sanctuary during times of merriment. If you’re having a Christmas gathering then the loud noises, laughter and abundance of guests may make your pet anxious. Prepare a safe place for them complete with bedding, toys, treats, water and a litter box for those kitty cats.

Since you’re a fabulous and responsible pet owner, we know you’ll take these tips to heart. At Pet Medical Center of Edmond, we just want to give you a gentle nudge and a reminder that preparing for the festivities means getting your animal companion prepared as well! If you have any questions on any of the above scenarios, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 405-348-6580.

Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas!

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The Heartbreaking Truth About Grain-Free Dog Food

While it’s great that pet owners are putting so much thought into their pet’s diets, the truth is that grain-free pet foods and those with exotic protein sources may not be the healthiest choice for your pet.

A study done at the University of California at Davis College of Veterinary Medicine has found that there may be a link between grain-free dog foods that contain peas, potatoes, beans and other legumes and a higher incidence of potentially fatal dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs.

The UC Davis study isn’t the only place where the phenomenon has been tracked. The New York Times reports that veterinary cardiologists in other parts of the country have noticed the trend and reported their concerns to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What these dogs have in common—aside from being breeds that are usually not predisposed to DCM—is low taurine levels. Taurine is an essential amino acid for heart health in both dogs and cats. While the link is unclear, there is an association between the vegetables and legumes used to replaced grains as an ingredient in dog foods, exotic protein sources and the absorption of taurine.

Because of aggressive marketing, pet owners may assume that grains are just “fillers”. However, the fact is that grains provide necessary vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Pet owners should also know that there are no scientific studies to show that grain-free diets are healthier, and actual grain allergies are very rare. If a dog has a food allergy, it’s most likely triggered by animal proteins like chicken, beef, fish or dairy.

Grain-free boutique and small-batch pet food with non-traditional protein sources as well as raw and home-cooked diets are most likely to be deficient in needed vitamins and nutrients because post-production nutritional testing of pet food is not required by law. However, larger pet food companies do this testing to ensure their products are nutritionally sound and balanced.

Your PMC of Edmond veterinarian can help you choose which food is right for your pet based on age, lifestyle and health conditions. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call us at 405-348-6580.

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Pets at a Cookout? Better Keep a Lookout!

Pets at a Cookout? Better Keep a Lookout!

Grilling, barbeque or cook-out—whatever you call it, putting food on the grill with friends and family is one of the best parts of summer. But there are risks for your pet, so make sure you keep these safety tips in mind.

  • The National Fire Prevention Association recommends that pets (and kids) be kept at least three feet away from the grill. You should make sure the charcoal fluid is out of their reach as well—it can be toxic if ingested.
  • Cooked meat bones can splinter and become hazardous if swallowed, causing airway or intestinal blockage. Make sure your guests know not to give them to your pets.
  • Corn cobs are a cook-out staple—but don’t give those cobs to the dog! Many dogs don’t shred the cobs when the eat them, and instead, swallow large pieces whole. Complicating matters is the fact that corn cobs don’t show up on X-rays, so a diagnosis often can’t be made until after more specialized (and yes, more expensive) tests confirm the problem. At that point, surgery is the only solution.
  • Got a grease-trapper on your grill? Make sure it is removed promptly after cooking. Many pets find these drippings irresistible and if they consume them, could wind up with severe stomach upset or pancreatitis, which can be a very serious or even deadly condition in some pets.
  • Wood skewers, cooking utensils, and used foil can be considered tasty treats by a dog or cat, but are dangerous if ingested, causing punctures and obstructions in the gastrointestinal system.
  • Booze is a barbeque no-no for pets. Alcohol can dangerously intoxicate your pet and could result in coma or in severe cases, respiratory failure. Yes, this includes beer—fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to both dogs and cats.

Don’t wait if you think has eaten something dangerous while you’re grilling out! Contact us at 405-348-6580.

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Indiana Bones, Professional Barkeologist

Indiana Bones, Professional Barkeologist

Part I

Chapter One

Indiana Bones twitched his ears for the thousandth time, trying to rid himself of the cloud of flying insects swarming around his head as he used his machete to clear branches and vines in his path. He was on a narrow trail coursing his way through a dense jungle. He hadn’t seen his guide Roger, a mean little Chihuahua with squinty eyes, for the past half hour.

Suddenly he yelped in alarm and jumped back. His last swipe with the machete had revealed a large and vicious face with an open mouth bristling with saber-like teeth. Indiana chuckled at himself when he realized that the face was actually a statue cut out of the local rock. Closer inspection of the statue confirmed Indiana’s suspicion that he was close to his goal—-a pyramid temple complex of the ancient Puptec civilization.

After years of study and research as a Barkeologist (one who studies canine history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains), Indiana was certain that he was close to finding the lost Bark.

The Bark was mentioned frequently in the hieroglyphics found at Puptec excavation sites. Indiana had come to the conclusion that the Bark was the thigh bone of an extinct Wooly Mammoth which had been covered in pure gold and encrusted with precious jewels, and which was imbued with magical powers. He was convinced that the Bark was to be found deep within the main temple pyramid buried in vegetation somewhere ahead.

Roger had been hired as a guide in Mexico City (the ancient capital of the Puptecs) where Indiana was doing intense research. Roger claimed to have secret knowledge of a great treasure of the Puptecs. Indiana contacted his old friend Duke, a Saint Bernard who was a master at flying a float plane, to transport Indiana and Roger deep into Chiapas State on the Yucatan peninsula near its border with Guatemala.

Duke was staying with the plane on the river about five miles back. Roger had become progressively more surly and disrespectful as he and Indiana moved deeper into the jungle, and now Roger had disappeared.

Indiana cautiously moved forward, every hair on his body standing erect due to the sense of danger. He slipped past the statue and soon realized that he was walking on a stone-paved path. As he proceeded, he passed under a stone arch and within 20 yards came to a small hill.

He turned left along the base of the hill and soon came to a corner where he turned to the right. The realization dawned on Indiana that the small hill was actually the pyramid (covered with vines and foliage) for which he’d been searching.

Continuing forward, Indiana soon came to a large opening in the wall. He entered the opening and found himself in a walled tunnel, with hieroglyphic figures covering every surface. Knowing that he must proceed very carefully, Indiana retrieved his field notebook from the pack harnessed over his back and began to decipher the symbols on the wall.

He quickly came to the conclusion that the hieroglyphics were a warning of extreme danger if anyone was to proceed down the tunnel, and within the message were a series of clues to aid a bold traveler. The clues were three in number, and were as follows:

1) A dog who stays and a dog who prays is a good dog.
2) As a bird dances on the breeze must one move over the field of stones.
3) Slow and steady wins the race.

Indiana closed his notebook and replaced it in his pack. He moved slowly into the tunnel, every sense heightened beyond anything he’d ever experienced before. One step, two steps, a pause, another step … Indiana pulled a flashlight out of his pack and snapped it on, revealing a large stone altar in the center of the tunnel about twenty feet ahead.

He took another step … Indiana began playing the first clue over and over in his head, “A dog who stays and a dog who prays is a good dog,” “A dog who stays and a dog who prays is a good dog.” He was now within five feet of the altar and heard a slight whisper above and to his right.

He immediately dropped to a praying position on his knees, placed his head on the floor, and remained still as a stone. He heard a whirring sound over his head and then sharp pings on either side. After what seemed an eternity of silence, he slowly lifted his head and saw a row of arrows embedded in the floor to each side, and additional rows of these arrows embedded in both walls at the level of his body if he’d been standing.

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Frozen Felines & Pup-cicles: Winter Safety Tips

Frozen Felines & Pup-cicles: Winter Safety Tips

Looks like this winter isn’t going to pull any punches—so here are a few suggestions for keeping your animal companions healthy and happy during the icy months to come.

  • Keep fur trimmed. While you don’t want to shave long-haired dogs, you do want to keep the coat and paws trimmed to minimize clinging ice balls, de-icing chemicals, and salt crystals.
  • Dry off after being outside. Remove ice, moisture, salt, and chemicals from your pet with a towel after every walk or outdoor excursion. Try protecting your pet’s paws and pads with a thin coating of petroleum jelly before heading out.
  • Beware antifreeze. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
  • Don’t leave pets in cars! Just as vehicles can quickly become ovens in summer, they can also become refrigerators in very cold weather, and pets can freeze to death inside.
 If you have any further questions or need assistance preparing your pet for winter, give us a call at 405-757-2132.
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Meet Sir Edmond Bones

Meet Sir Edmond Bones

PMCE recently adopted an awesome new dog statue to guard the front of our hospital, and we’ve been inundated with great ideas for what to name him. The choices have been narrowed down to three top contenders:

1. Sir Edmond Bones
2. PMC Pete
3. Indiana Bones

Now we need your help to decide! Go to the PMCE Facebook page and comment on the post there. The person who suggested the winning name gets a $50 hospital credit or gift card, and the runners-up get a $25 credit or gift card!

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Holiday Tips

Holiday Tips

You better watch out! There’s lots of fun to be had during Christmas, but also quite a few hazards for your pet. Here are a few safety tips to keep your pet jolly this season.
Keep chocolate and sweets out of reach. The darker the chocolate, the higher the concentrations of caffeine and theobromine, two substances that are extremely toxic to pets.

Curb the table scraps. Gravy and any fatty meats like turkey skin and ham can be hard for animals to digest and even cause pancreatitis.

Christmas tree cautions. For many cats, the Christmas tree is an endless source of fun…and danger. If you have resident felines, consider tying your tree to a stationary object with fishing line to keep it from tipping.

Mistletoe and other poisons. Nice for getting a kiss, mistletoe is nevertheless dangerous for pets.

The ASPCA Poison Control Line is also handy: 1-888-426-4435 (a fee may apply). They maintain a current list of substances that are hazardous to pets.
Have more questions about preparing your pet for Christmas? Call us at 405-757-2132.

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National Veterinary Technician’s Week is Oct 15 – 21

National Veterinary Technician’s Week is Oct 15 – 21

At Pet Medical Center of Edmond, we believe that your pet deserves the best in care. That’s why we’re so proud of the veterinary professionals on our staff and want to celebrate them during National Veterinary Technicians Week!

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America created this week of recognition, and we’re joining them by highlighting the members of our staff who are Certified or Registered Veterinary Technicians, and two others who are on their way to becoming credentialed. Through their hard and absolutely essential work alongside our veterinarians and office staff, they play a vital role in preserving animal health and welfare.

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From Vet Assistant to Cowgirl

From Vet Assistant to Cowgirl

PMC of Edmond had to say goodbye to one our own last month—but we were happy to do it!

Our Veterinary Assistant, Megan, was accepted by the respected Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine this summer and plans to start classes this month. Megan is a passionate advocate for animals and rescues Great Danes and other giant breeds. She’s also a fan of exotics and in addition to four dogs, her family includes a Bearded Dragon and an African Sulcata tortoise.

Congratulations, Megan—we know you’re going to make an outstanding veterinarian!

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Watch Dr. Hufnagel perform live surgery at the Oklahoma State Fair

State Fair

If you’re heading to the Oklahoma State Fair on Sunday, September 17th, make sure to drop by the Barnyard Birthing Center where PMC of Edmond’s Dr. Richard Hufnagel will be performing live spays, with an assist from our technicians. Other participating veterinarians will explain the surgical process along the way and answer your questions.

Learn more about the State Fair’s Surgical Suite here. We’ll see you there!

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Don’t leave pets in the car when it’s warm!

Our pets struggle to keep cool during the hot summer months, and overheating can cause serious health issues. For example, heat stroke can lead to organ failure or even death if it’s not treated quickly. Don’t ever leave your pet in the car on a warm day! Vehicle interiors heat up incredibly quickly.

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Check that microchip!

Check that microchip!

Pets are more likely to become lost in the summer since they spend more time outside and in unfamiliar areas. Microchip implants can help reunite lost pets with their owners, so Pet Medical Center of Edmond recommends having your pet microchipped. Not only are microchips effective, they’re permanent, too. You’ll never have to worry about your pet’s microchip falling off, like you do with a collar.

When your pet is brought to a veterinarian or animal shelter or found by animal control, authorities only need to scan the chip to pull up your contact information and let you know that your pet has been found. If your pet is already microchipped, now is a good time to check your pet’s chip and make sure your contact information is up to date.

Pet Medical Center of Edmond believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet identification available, as it helps reunite more than 15,000 lost pets with their owners every month.

You can schedule an appointment to get your pet microchipped online or by calling us at 405-757-2132.

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Going on vacation this summer?

Is your pet going with you?
No matter where you’ll be this summer, there will be health hazards threatening your pet. Prepare for a fun (and safe!) trip with your pet with these safety tips.

Prevent overheating and burning. It’s hard for our pets to cool off, and overheating can lead to heat stroke and other serious health complications. Always provide your pet with plenty of fresh water, and never leave your pet alone in a car on a warm day. Also, beware hot pavement, as it can burn paws!

Check for ticks. Tick preventive medications significantly lower your pet’s risk of getting the diseases ticks pass along. We recommend Bravecto, as it protects against ticks and fleas effectively for 12 weeks.

Keep tackle boxes locked up. Those shiny lures don’t just attract fish! Every year, we see a few pets that have gotten into fishing tackle and swallowed hooks. Always keep all tackle in cases that can be sealed.

Is your pet staying home?
Your cats and dogs can stay with us while you’re away! Our comfortable boarding facilities are perfect for pets that need a home away from home while you’re resting on vacation.

Please note that all boarding pets must have current vaccines. Read about our requirements here.

Our boarding spaces fill up quickly during busy travel seasons, so make sure to book your pet’s stay as soon as you can by calling Pet Medical Center of Edmond at 405-757-2132.

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