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Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Select Canned Dog Food for Excessive Vitamin D

Update January 31, 6:30 pm CST:

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.

Read more details on Hill’s website.

Fight for Air Climb

Dear Friends,

Soon I will be joining more than thousands of others from around the country in this year’s Fight for Air Climbs to raise money for the American Lung Association.  I am gathering donations and climbing to help fight asthma, lung cancer, COPD and dozens of other lung diseases.

I am asking or your help.  By making a contribution on my behalf, you will be helping the American Lung Association provide community based education programs, fight for cleaner air standards and fund life-saving research.

Asthma is the number one cause for school absenteeism and every day in this country at least 10 people die from an asthma attack, thus it is important that we provide disease management education to children when they are 8, 9 or 10 years old.  Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death globally and is woefully under funded when it comes to research, thus is essential that we generate the awareness needed to increase resources for advanced research projects.  The average age for American’s to start a smoking habit is 14, thus it is critical that we get into the elementary schools and teach children about the dangers of tobacco use early.

My goal is to raise at least $100 for our cause.  And I really don’t like asking for money! However, please go to my personal web page and make a $5, $10 or $20 gift.  All gifts are fully tax deductible as The American Lung Association is a 501(c)3 organization and is in fact one of the most recognized nationally for proper management of the resources entrusted them since they began in 1904.  You will receive a notice in the mail from me thanking you for your gift which you can then use for your tax filing next year.  You may also make checks payable to The American Lung Association (my climb team) and mail them to our local office.

Please take a deep breath….and be thankful that you can.  Millions of others suffer from lung disease daily and your support makes the every day act of breathing that much easier for many people.

Betsy and I are climbing for my father…William H. Skinner…Betsy’s granddad. He suffered from COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is a very debilitating and a difficult disease that slowly saps your strength. You might be able to breath in the air but it gets trapped in your lungs making it hard to get any more air in. He was an active man who loved his family,  the out of doors, his profession as a dairy farmer and his flying. At his funeral the minister asked us all to take a deep the memory of a man that reached a point where he could no longer breath.

Together we can fight lung disease successfully.

Thank you for any help at all….and we will march up those stairs…because we can!!

Most Sincerely,

Sarah Skinner


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