Pentobarbital And Evangers: How Did This Euthanasia Drug Get Into Pet Food?

Dog looking at kibble made with Pentobarbital And Evangers

Earlier this month, Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food found out that three dogs became ill (and one died) after eating Evangers pet food. Within 15 minutes of eating the food, all four dogs began staggering and were rushed to the veterinary emergency clinic.

The owners performed an autopsy on the deceased dog. When the results came back, it was found that there were large amounts of Pentobarbital in the stomach contents.

The owners of the pugs reportedly posted the results to Instagram:

Pentobarbital in kibble

Pentobarbital is a barbituate that’s commonly used for euthanasia. So how did it get in the food?

It’s well known that generic “meats” and “meals” can contain euthanized animals. So if a pet food contains “animal byproduct meal” then pretty much any animal that’s not a bird can be in the food … including animals that were euthanized.

It became so bad that dogs and cats were building a tolerance to the drugs.

Veterinarian Dr Patricia Jordan wrote me today and said: ” I was around and saw all the foods that contained pentobarbital 20 years ago. At that time the vet community was unable to sedate animals with serital like they had been previously for short term anesthesia … the reason? The animals were  getting the drug in the food and getting resistent to the drug!”

But what’s interesting about the Evanger’s Hunk Of Beef food is that it only contains one single ingredient … 100% beef.

If there was animal meal in the food, this wouldn’t be a surprise … but cattle aren’t euthanized like the horses and dead zoo animals that still make an appearance in pet foods today.

So where did the Pentobarbital come from?

Evangers published the following to their site January 30th (it has since been removed):

“It has come to our attention today that there are claims about the FDA and our food, but, as of 1:30 PM CST , the FDA has not completed any additional tests (than what has already been published and publicly posted/shared by our company HERE). Anything else that you have read online is not what has been published from the FDA. These “claims” are simply fear tactics and either unrelated or unsubstantiated claims against our company and our foods.”

“We must ask you to please access the results that have been published and substantiated from all testing to-date and share THIS link of confirmed and certified information INSTEAD OF sharing unsubstantiated information.”

For more information on this case (and for updates) visit Susan Thixton at Truth About Pet Food

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