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Dog Foods Pulled After Investigation Finds Euthanasia Drug

Retailers pulled at least 31 varieties of dog food off the shelves nationwide after a months-long investigation that found the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.

After releasing the results of lab tests that identified the drug, the FDA launched an investigation. Now, just days later, Smucker’s, the owner of almost all the brands in question, has announced a voluntary withdrawal of products in the canned food lines of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy and ‘Ol Roy. Retailers, including Walmart, removed it from over 4,000 stores.

For seven months, ABC7 investigated what’s in dog food by conducting hundreds of tests across dozens of brands. Sadly, consumers have no information about what they’re really feeding their pets based on current labeling standards.

Among ABC7’s tests were 15 cans of Gravy Train, made by Big Heart Brands, owned by Smucker’s. Nine cans, 60 percent of the sample, repeatedly tested positive for the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.

While the levels detected were not lethal, under federal law it is not permitted at any level, and never allowed to be used on animals intended for food. The question remains – how is this drug getting into the food in the first place?

Accusations of the company using “euthanized animals” in their pet food formulas have emerged. Of course, Smucker’s does not like this explanation, and posted on its website that it does not use pets in its food.

Although our customers know better than to feed any of these pet food brands, it’s always important to consider where the ingredients in your pet food are coming from. This topic brings us back to Barkery 101 – our first Barkery U seminar – on what’s in your pet’s food and how to read pet food labels. If you missed it, check it out below!

 

Remember: Your Dog or Cat Is a Carnivore

When Deciding What to Feed Your Pet, Remember: Your Dog or Cat Is a Carnivore

First and foremost, it is important to remember when picking out your pet’s dog or cat food that your pet is a carnivore. His genetic make up and internal workings remain essentially the same as his wild carnivorous ancestors. All carnivores, including dogs and cats, have sharp, interlocking teeth designed for biting and swallowing, not chewing.

All carnivores, including dogs and cats, have very short digestive tracts compared to vegetarian animals. This is because nature designed carnivores to be able to eat foods that are heavily contaminated with pathogens. Wild dogs and cats don’t remove the colon or other bacteria-laden body parts from prey animals before they eat them. Their digestive tracts are designed to get food in and out quickly to limit exposure to pathogens.

Processed Pet Foods Have Created Generations of Nutritionally Deficient Dogs and Cats

Commercial pet food companies have mostly produced products using a base of corn, wheat, or rice. However, they are now recognizing the abundance of grains causes cancer and creates fat, diabetic animals. Companies have turned to grain-free dry foods, but the carb content is not species-appropriate, and creates nutritionally compromised animals. Processed Diets also contain synthetic vitamins and minerals to meet basic nutritional requirements. The food is heated to very high temperatures, which denatures proteins and decreases nutrient value, introducing carcinogens into your pets body on a daily basis.

Best-to-Worst Types of Pet Food

Click here to see Dr. Becker’s full list of best-to-worst types of pet food.

A Thanksgiving Feast for Your Pet

We will all be sitting down to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner this week and that means more opportunities for your pets to sneak a taste or be given a goody or two under the dinner table from Uncle Sal. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to Thanksgiving foods and your pets. These tips from the ASPCA will keep your four legged friend very happy on turkey day.

  • Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not give your pet the left over carcass–the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract.
  • No Bread Dough: Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him access to raw yeast bread dough. When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization.
  • Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: If you plan to bake Thanksgiving desserts, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • A Feast Fit for a King: While your family enjoys a special meal, give your cat and dog a small feast of their own. Stop by the Barkery while you’re doing your grocery shopping and pick up some special Thanksgiving teats for your pets! Treat them to a yummy wet food instead of the same old dry kibble and why not pick up a homemade cookie for them while you’re at it?