ABC 7 NEWS: Investigation Finds Euthanasia Drug In Dog Food


A recent Investigation by ABC 7 News – WJLA of Washington D.C. found traces of the euthanasia drug pentobarbital in dog food. 62 samples of wet dog food among more than 24 brands were tested for the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital is a prozac drug that is most commonly used in animals as a sedative, anesthetic, or for euthanasia.

Any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

According to ABC7 NEWS:

“After months of tests and re-tests, one brand repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital. In total, we tested 15 cans of Gravy Train. Nine cans — 60-percent of the sample — were positive for pentobarbital. And while the levels detected were not lethal, under federal law they are also not permitted at any concentration.”

Gravy Train is made by Big Heart Pet Foods and is owned by The J.M. Smucker Company.