BREAKING NEWS: Euthanasia Drug Found In Major Pet Food Forces Recall

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With all the recent recalls on pet food, pet parents are starting to really worry about what is in their pet’s food. They should be!

Just in the last week, there have been 4 recalls by major pet food brands due to Salmonella. However, this new issue is deadly.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a study that was performed on Big Heart Pet Food, owned by Smucker’s. The brand under investigation is Gravy Train. A report states a study on Gravy Train food found it contained the drug pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize animals.

Photo:Gravytrain.com

Photo:Gravytrain.com


A woman who was feeding Gravy Train to her Miniature Schnauzer, Baby, lost her dog two months after she contacted Smucker’s about her dog losing weight and vomiting. Another dog named Talula passed away after consuming Gravy Train. Talula’s parents started a petition to raise awareness and help save other pets from being poisoned by the food. The petition has received over 53,000 signatures.

According to One Green Planet, “After hearing [Talula’s] story, a D.C. news station and lab specializing in food contaminants investigated further and discovered that a shocking 60 percent of Gravy Train canned dog food contained pentobarbital.”


A voluntary recall of the following products with UPC codes was issued by Gravy Train.

Recalled Food

Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with T-Bone Flavor Chunks UPC code:7910052541
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Strips UPC code:7910052542
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Lamb and Rice Chunks UPC code:7910052543
Gravy Train 22 oz. with Chicken Chunks UPC code:7910051645
Gravy Train 22 oz. with Beef Chunks UPC code:7910051647
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Chunks UPC code:7910034417
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Chicken Chunks UPC code:7910034418
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy Stew UPC code:7910051933
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chicken, Beef & Liver Medley UPC code:7910051934
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks UPC code: 7910034417

What To Do

Stop feeding these products immediately!
If your dog has eaten the food, bring him to the vet.
Contact Gravy Train by calling 800-828-9980.

Photo:Gravytrain.com

Photo:Gravytrain.com


Gravy Train released the following statement: “Veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital, like the levels referenced in this report, do not pose a threat to pet safety. However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards. We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused.”

Big Heart Pet Food also makes the following items according to Smucker’s website: Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles n’ Bits®, 9Lives®, Natural Balance®, Pup-Peroni®, Gravy Train®, Nature’s Recipe®, Canine Carry Outs®, and Milo’s Kitchen®, among others.

You may want to proceed with caution on their other brands until a full investigation is conducted by the FDA. Pets are part of the family and we want to do what is best for them. Their health is directly connected to what they eat. Sign below and demand that pet food companies must have stronger safety regulations overseen by the FDA!

Spread the word to keep our fur babies safe! ☟

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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