A MAJOR recall has been issued for dog food linked to the death and severe illness of several police dogs.
The ADVANCE Dermocare dry dog food range is being pulled off shelves and owners are being urged to stop using the product due to concerns it may be behind the potentially fatal condition, megaesophagus, which has struck down dogs in South Australia and Victoria.
A Mars Petcare Australia spokesperson said the company has been contacted by a number of concerned dog owners today.
“As a result, we are voluntarily recalling ADVANCE Dermocare dry dog food products in 3kg, 8kg and 15kg bags,” the spokesperson said.
“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 specialty retailers and veterinarians. No other ADVANCE products or varieties are affected.”
The company says it has run “hundreds of tests” on its dog food range and has found no link between the condition and the 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,” said the spokesperson.
“We will continue to provide information to University of Melbourne to enable further testing, and to consult with the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).”
SA Correctional Services Department euthanased one of two dogs diagnosed with megaeosophagus last month and has changed food provider as a precaution.