Dog Food Recall: What You Need to Know
If you are a pet lover, you are probably concerned about the recent recall on dog and other pet food due to the presence of euthanasia drugs. Although the amount of the drug in the food recalled is probably not enough to kill or harm your pets, the question of how it got into the food in the first place is disturbing. The recent recall includes both wet and dry food (and pet snacks) manufactured by the J.M. Smuckers Company. It includes popular brands like Gravy Train, Kibbles 'n Bits. Ol' Roy and Skippy, but J.M. Smuckers is not the only pet food company that has issued recalls due to the presence of euthanasia drugs. In February of 2017, both Avenger's Pet Food and Against the Grain also issued recalls because the euthanasia drug Pentobarbital was found in their pet food.
How Do Euthanasia Drugs Get Into Pet Food?
According to veterinary nutritionist and assistant professor of nutrition at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Cailin Heinze, the only way euthanasia drugs can get into pet food is if the carcasses used in the food came from animals that were either euthanized or treated with the drugs before their death. In most cases, this means the meat in the pet food came from other pets, typically horses. This likely occurred when renderers picked up dead animals from farms and cooked them down for pet food.
What are the Regulations for Using Animals in Pet Food?
If you are like most people, you may have assumed that the meat products in pet food were the byproducts of commercially raised and slaughtered animals for human consumption, such as the meat from beef or chicken that has been raised for humans. But the truth is, animals used in pet food are raised for pet food. According to a Gizmodo report by Ed Cara, it is technically illegal to use the bodies of animals that have not specifically been raised for food in the processing of pet food, but the FDA had allowed pet food companies to use the carcasses of other animals as long as it does not violate other regulations.
What are the Dangers to Household Pets?
While pet food contaminated with Pentobarbital or other euthanasia drugs generally does not pose a risk of death or severe illness to your pets, it can cause dizziness, loss of balance, the inability to stand, nausea, jerky eye movements or excitability. Ingesting high amounts of the drugs could lead to coma or death.
If you suspect your pet has consumed euthanasia drugs via their pet food, contact your vet for advice, but don't forget these other important questions to ask about your pet's health while you are there. Once they are feeling better, why not treat them to a day at doggie daycare so they have fun while you are busy at work? Contact us today at The Wagmore Pet Resort to schedule a fun doggy-day for your pup!