FDA to investigate dog food that exposed pets to euthanasia drug


(WTHR) — The FDA has launched an investigation into dog food that contained a euthanasia drug.

In a report from WJLA, traces of a euthanasia drug were in dog food that caused a family's five dogs to have instantaneous, negative reactions. One of those dogs died.

The dogs had eaten a can of Evanger's pet food, which was later discovered to have pentobarbital in it — a lethal drug most commonly used to euthanize dogs and other animals.

WJLA found in its investigation that traces of the fatal drug in one particular brand of dog food — Gravy Train — after testing 62 samples of wet dog food from more than two dozen brands.

Fifteen cans of Gravy Train were then tested, nine of which came back positive for pentobarbital.

Gravy Train is made by Big Heart Pet Foods which also makes Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles'n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Nature's Recipe, Canine Carry Outs and Milo's Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages, KHQ reported.

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