Report: Euthanasia drug found in canned dog food

RED LION, Pa. (WHTM) — We all want to make sure we’re feeding our dogs healthy food, but could what you put in their bowls actually make them sick or even worse?

Linda Woods wants to make sure her rescue dogs are healthy, including 2-year-old Abby.

“They’re very much part of the family,” Woods said. “I’m horrified. I can’t even imagine something like that happening. It’s not like it would be one of the ingredients in the dog food. How does it even get into it?”

She’s horrified to hear what lab testing found as part of an ABC7 Washington report. The lab results found pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize domestic animals, in nine out of 15 cans of Gravy Train dog food.

Gravy Train issued a statement which reads, in part: “The company has launched an investigation. It’s confident in the safety of its products. and doesn’t believe any action is needed at this time.”

Dr. Kevin Schmidt is a veterinarian at Patton Veterinary Hospital. He has suggestions on what you should feed your pet.

“Looking at the ingredients is always a good thing, and looking for specific meat ingredients such as chicken or beef rather than something vague like meat meal,” Schmidt said.

Another tip to keep your fur babies healthy is to buy your food at a pet store.

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