When we take a pet into our home, we also take on the responsibility to take all necessary steps to keep this innocent animal both happy and healthy. We take for granted that the products being made available to us on the shelves of our trusted stores are safe, but new evidence says that you may want to think twice about the food you’re feeding your dog!

A number of well-known dog food brands have recently been called into question, including Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy, and O’Roy. These foods are seen as cost-effective options for pet owners who believe that they are unable to afford the higher-end pet foods on the market. Unfortunately, recent reports show that these pet foods may be hiding a deadly secret!

Just ask Nikki Mael, proud owner of 5 healthy and happy dogs. On New Year’s Eve 2016 she fed her dogs a can of Evanger’s pet food, and the moments that passed will haunt for years to come. The dogs began to act strangely only minutes after digesting the food, leading the Washington resident to race to her trusted vet with the dogs. Unfortunately, one of her dogs didn’t survive the ordeal.

“They were falling over. They were running into the walls. They were convulsing,” Mael described, sharing details of the horrifying incident. “Nobody should have to go through what we went through. I would give anything to see Talula again.”

The incident led to an investigation, revealing the presence of pentobarbital in a number of the foods produced by the J.M. Smucker Company, the company behind the above-listed pet foods. This drug is used as a sedative to treat insomnia in select cases, however, it’s best known for its use as a euthanasia drug.

The company released a statement, saying: “After launching a thorough and immediate investigation following claims of pentobarbital in select Gravy Train canned wet dog food products, we have identified the sole source of contamination. We have confirmed extremely low levels of pentobarbital in select shipments of Gravy Train canned wet dog food. While veterinary experts have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital do not pose a threat to pet safety, its presence at any level is not acceptable and is not up to our quality standards.”

In fact, reports reveal that a total of 60% of Gravy Train samples tested positive for pentobarbital in an independent investigation. For pet owners who have come to trust this brand, the results are incredibly alarming.

While the FDA continues to investigate the claims of pentobarbital in pet food, they have issued a statement warning owners to watch for the signs of exposure. This includes, “drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus, and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.”

The J.M. Smucker Company is also responsible for the production of Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Natural Balance, 9 Lives, Nature’s Recipe, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce, Milo’s Kitchen and Snausages.

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