Will Hill’s Pay for Selling Poison?

for The Canine Review

Sherri Anderson’s Bichon-Yorkie mix, Daytona, was two pounds overweight when she says her veterinarian recommended Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d dry food for weight control. Twelve-year-old Daytona had been eating the Hill’s food for about three years when, according to Ms. Anderson, in late November of 2018, Daytona suddenly became ill.

“He was drinking and peeing a lot. Vomiting a little bit here and there, but it was like white foam.” The Andersons rushed Daytona to their veterinarian.

As a result of that examination, Anderson says that she, her husband, and their veterinarian were led to believe that Daytona’s symptoms were related to adult onset diabetes. The veterinarian showed the couple how to test Daytona’s blood sugar and give insulin injections. Importantly, says Anderson, the doctor also suggested that Daytona switch from Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d dry food, for weight control, to Hill’s Prescription Diet canned food to treat Daytona’s high glucose.“The only thing that the vet could find on his blood work at the time was very bizarre,” Anderson recalled in an interview with The Canine Review. “His glucose, his blood sugar went to 600,” she continued. “And the vet said, ‘this is weird. He’s never had high glucose values before. He’s never been diabetic before.’”

Over the course of the next month, Sherri Anderson recalls, there was a rapid deterioration in Daytona’s health. He lost weight, was vomiting frequently, and was excessively thirsty, she said. After Daytona switched to the canned food, “he was at the vet probably two weeks apart, and then, the third week, he was probably there every other day,” Anderson added. (Continued)

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Katie MacBride is a freelance journalist, essayist, and co-founder and associate editor of Anxy magazine. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Vice, Playboy, and The Daily Beast, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @msmacb

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