Dog Dies After Owner Fed It Popular Dog Food. FDA Finds Euthanasia Drug In These Dog Food Brands

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Several lines of popular dog food brands have been blamed for the recent death of dogs and were found to have traces of euthanasia drugs.

So You’ll Want To Make Sure You Go Through Your Pantry And Get Rid Of Any If You Have Them In Your House!
Nikki Mael said she went through a traumatizing experience after feeding her five dogs a can of Evanger’s pet food. Each of them fell ill within 15 minutes after she fed them.

“Nobody should have to go through what we went through,” she told CBS 12. “Nobody. Not fair. I mean, I would give anything to see Talula again. They were falling over. They were running into the walls. They were convulsing.”

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Unfortunately, their dog Talula didn’t make it. They sent the rest of the food to a lab to be analyzed and a postmortem was done on the dog.

“Poisoning from the dog food. That’s what killed her,” Mael said.

The Poison Found In The Dog Food Was Pentobarbital A Drug Commonly Used To Euthanize Dogs, Cats, And Horses.
Tests run by CBS 12 confirmed that there was pentobarbital in both Evanger’s and Gravy Train, which is produced by Big Heart Pet Foods and owned by J.M. Smucker’s. The company makes more than $40 million annually selling the food.

Source: New York Post
They also make Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles’nBits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce, and Snausages.

“Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death,” a Feb. 16 statement by the FDA said.

Source: ASPCA
CNN reports that while the FDA said that their testing of Gravy Train found levels that were too low to pose a serious threat, having any pentobarbital in pet food at all is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

J.M. Smucker Company Voluntarily Recalled Shipments Of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy And Skippy Canned Dog.
“The Company has identified the root cause to be a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility,” the company said in a statement. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high-quality food for the pets our consumers love.”

The FDA offers information on what affected retailers and pet owners can do here.

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Source: CBS 12




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