Warning: Euthanasia drug found in recalled dog food

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The Food and Drug Administration announced that pentobarbital, a drug commonly used for euthanasia, has been reportedly found in recalled dog food   named Cocolicious Chicken & Beef foods manufactured by Party Animal. It has been reported a customer whose dog became sick had the dog food tested and it came back positive for the drug; the company has since pulled the product from all pet food shelves.

On April 13, a store in Texas notified Party Animal of the positive results after their customer took samples of 13-ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) in for lab testing.

Party Animal also ordered a recall for the Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food, which has a Lot #0136E15204 04 and Lot# 0134E15 237 13, and best by dates of either July 2019 or August 2019. All of the canned dog food should be returned to the stores where purchased for a full refund. The company has been doing additional testing on the recalled products to determine if this was an isolated incident. Thus far, the testing on beef flavored products have all come back negative for pentobartital.

The company issued a statement promising to continue testing products to insure their safety:

“Party Animal wishes to emphasize that we have submitted many recent lots of our beef flavors for testing and all have tested negative for any pentobarbital. We have also had extensive discussions with our manufacturer regarding the potential cause of the reported contamination of the 2015 lots, and we will continue with such discussions even as we await testing results for the 2015 lots.”

The dog food is sold at various retailers and online on sites such as Amazon.

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  1. I’m not familiar with this brand. Looking at the ingredients, I don’t see anything suspicious. Dog food that lists just “meat” or “animal fat” could be using rendered animal products, which includes euthanized pets from shelters. When you think about it, we are winning the fight against gas chambers and other barbaric methods of shelters killing animals there, but that also means that more animals who have been given the euthanasia drug are ending up in the rendered product. They really need to stop this practice. NO dog or cat should be fed food that contains dead dogs and cats. Shame on the companies that continue to use rendered meat. Of course, working towards being a no-kill nation is the best solution.

    • I volunteer for an animal shelter. Do shelters can just seel euthanized dog/ cat fat to whatever companies that want to buy? What happens to the the animals themselves? Unbelievably disgusting. And yes our own let’s can obviously get sick or even die. OMG.

  2. According to the book “Whole Pet Diet” it’s not just the euthanized pets, it’s their collars and tags, plus road kill that’s put in major dog foods.


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