So the FIRST time we know it happened…
A pet parent fed her 5 dogs Evanger’s canned dog food. All 5 became seriously ill and were rushed to the vet, where they were admitted into intensive care. One dog died. The other 4 lived, but one must take anti-seizure meds.
A necropsy on the deceased dog found the drug pentobarbital in its system. The culprit? Evanger’s dog food. The FDA, working with the company, figured out that apparently the horses whose meat was used to make the food had been euthanized with pentobarbital. Now horsemeat ain’t supposed to be in dog food! And yet, it is.
Folks, this ain’t no Fake News! You can read all about it in this article posted at the Tufts University Veterinary School web site.
But, you’re thinking to yourself, this happened a year ago? Why are you telling me about it NOW?
Because news station WJLA in Washington DC recently tested some dog foods on the market NOW and found a nonlethal dose of pentobarbital in 60% of the Gravy Train canned food tested. This is significant because it’s not allowed in ANY amount. You can read the story they published Thursday at the link above.
Gravy Train is manufactured by Big Heart Pet Foods, which is owned by Smucker’s. Big Heart also manufactures Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 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.
I’m not going to tell you what to do. But I AM going to strongly encourage you to do some research and choose your furbabies’ food wisely.