Death Of Dog Prompts Dog Food Recall

Dog Food Recall

An investigation and ultimately a dog food recall began when a Washougal, Washington, dog named Talula. Nikki Mael’s four dogs all became unresponsive after eating a can of Evanger’s pet food on New Year’s Eve 2016. Distraught, the owner rushed all of her canines to the vet for treatment; all but Talula pulled through.

dog food recall

Talula had been in good health before the incident, so Mael sent the remainder of her dogs’ food to a lab for testing. The lab uncovered that the dog food contained pentobarbital, “a lethal drug, most commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats, and some horses.” The use of pentobarbital should not be ingredients used for food supply, so it should not show up in any animal or human food.  Pentobarbital is a sedative and is used to euthanize animals. Animals that eat food containing pentobarbital can experience dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, drowsiness, inability to stand and nystagmus – a condition when the eyes are moving back and forth in a jerky manner! Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.

According to the FDA statement Friday, low levels of the drug pentobarbital were found in cans of Gravy Train dog food produced by the J.M. Smucker Company.

The J.M. Smucker Company is voluntarily withdrawing shipments of several of its dog food brands, including Gravy Train, Kibbles ’N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy. You can view a full list of the affected products here.
Customers who purchased the product could call 800-828-9980 with any concerns or for a refund or replacement product, the company said.


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