Party Animal Dog Food Recall of April 2017

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April 17, 2017 — Party Animal, Inc. has announced it is recalling specific lots of two varieties of its Cocolicious canned dog foods because they have each tested positive for the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.

What’s Being Recalled?

The following products are affected by the recall:

  • Cocolicious Beef and Turkey
    Size: 12 ounce cans
    Lot Number: 0136E15204 04
    Best By Date: July 2019
  • Cocolicious Chicken and Beef
    Size: 12 ounce cans
    Lot Number: 0134E15 237 13
    Best By Date: August 2019

What Caused the Recall?

According to a statement posted on the company’s website and its Facebook page:

The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority. We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food.

As pet parents ourselves, we take this matter seriously.

On April 13, a retailer in Texas notified us that their customer had presented samples of our Cocolicious Beef and Turkey Lot #0136E15204 04 and Cocolicious Chicken and Beef Lot #0134E15 237 13 to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital.

We have requested those results.

When we were notified, we immediately tracked the lot numbers of the food in question and determined that the food had been manufactured and distributed in 2015.

We then contacted the two probable retailers that had sold the customer the food and asked them to isolate all remaining cans from these lots.

We also requested that the retailers send all of the cans from those lots to us so that we can forward them on to an accredited independent laboratory for independent testing.

We expect to receive the receive the results in 7 to 10 days.

We first saw the formal report from the lab at Texas A&M regarding the customer’s samples, today, April 17.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are retrieving the remainder of these two lots nationwide.

We are working with our distributors and retailers to determine if any additional beef-flavored products manufactured during this 2015 production period remain on shelves and, if so, to retrieve them from shelves, immediately, as well.

What to Do?

Consumers with questions may contact the company by phone at 855-727-8926 or by email at [email protected]

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • Sandi Malcolm

    Mine just finished breakfast where they got a banana cut up in it, they love their bananas.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Nice to have a good discussion that is respectful and informative Dan. The basic formulas you can buy in a vet’s office are pretty much comparable to the retail ones. For instance, small breed adult (and so on) is pretty comparable retail to vet. But when you get into the actual prescriptive formulas they are very different from each other, and the Rx formulas have been made to help moderate a disease through nutrition and not adding certain ingredients into the food. I brought up the renal one because one of my dogs, now since passed, lived on the RC Urinary SO for the last 4 years of her life. She passed at 14.5 years old. She had calcium oxylate stones and no diet will get rid of them but it can help to prevent new formations. The Urinary SO diet is low in calcium, and has appropriate amounts of other minerals and elements like magnesium. Struvite crystals are treatable by diet and the urinary formula is used for that as well. We need to do our due diligence on foods we feed to our dogs. Look at the new stuff they have out for babies – apple sauce mushed up and put into squeezable tubes you can put in their mouth – why not make some home made apple sauce, peel an apple and cook it on the stove – maybe 15 minutes??? And you know what is in it and it would not be full of preservatives, colors, and other crap. It applies no matter what. I buy as much local meat and produce as I can, to support our local farmers and ranchers and to only put into my human family and my dog family what is the very best for them.

  • Bobby dog

    I haven’t looked into this site much. Briefly skimmed the bios of the people behind this project and how they test foods and found it interesting.

    I also find it interesting the mixed assortment of pet foods rated higher and lower from different companies.

    When I have time I have questions I will be asking them. I like the thought behind it. Price is not one of my criteria’s for choosing a pet food and if I find their tests are accurate I would consider it another tool for choosing pet foods.

    Several sites have deals with online retailers to support their sites and be free from ads. Not a problem for me when a site or organization is upfront about it…everybody has bills to pay.

  • Christine Daley

    Champion pet foods has responded. They offer exceptional nutrition and food safety in their pet foods. All foods meet FDA tolerance levels for environmental toxins and exceed all known international nutritional requirements. Since clean label does not provide information on their testing methologies or how results are derived Champion pet foods has attempted to contact them with questions!! No reply from clean label as of yet. And I bet there will not be one!! I report, you decide!! LOL!!

  • R Gardragon

    What are you a joke I was a USDA inspector no dog meat is used to feed back to dog food. this is not China or Korea.. Stick with the basics when you feed your dogs. add the same vitamin supplements you take your self. My dog live to be 17and 18 years of age the are Labs and Lab- Pit mix’s I currently have 3. feed them the basic’s and it goes a long way along with some goodies left overs for the dinner table. I love my Puppies.

  • Christine Daley

    This clean label project is linked with Amazon!!! Amazon not an official recognized retailer of Orijen products!! I read that clean label product gets 4% of all amazon pet food sales in this project!! How reliable is this?? Low budget foods getting 5 stars!! Come on folks!!

  • Madison

    To each his own. We each do for our pet what we think is best. I trust Hills and my vet and breeder implicitly and will always follow their recommendations for my breed of dog. You need to follow your own instincts as well, but until I become an authority on dog food, processing and ingredients I will trust the professionals.

  • Christine Daley

    It seemed suspicious to me that all lower quality foods that I would not even consider purchasing have 5 stars and all the higher quality foods have one star!! mmmm!!! I have contacted champion pet foods makers of Orijen to please shed some light on this subject!! Keep ya posted!! LOL!!

  • Christine Daley

    This clean label project is linked with amazon. They collect I think it said 4% of all amazon sales!! Amazon is not an official recognized retailer for Orijen products as stated by champion pet foods and discourages purchases through them for their products!! Go to Orijen web site for all official retailers!! LOL!!

  • Jenna L.

    Can you please post the link for the multivitamin you use again? It’s not working.

  • Christine Daley

    Thanks for sharing!! LOL!!

  • Stacy L.

    Source?

  • Madison

    Well, I totally disagree wth you. The Hills Scienced dry food I use is 100% US manufacture with US ingredients. I have used the same breeder for the past 20 years and my vet almost twice that amount of time and believe they have the Knowledge that neither you nor I have. There are recalls for pet food just as there are for human ingested recall products. Different strokes for different folks as far as dog food.. My wire fox terriers have survived to 14 and 16 years on Hills when the life expectancy is 11 or 12, so obviously this company knows how to provide nutrition, at least to my breed of dog. I am sure, too, that the breeder would provide the best nutrition to start a puppy out in life, given the fact that they have a substantial investment in selling a healthy animal. When my dog became sick on Blue, supposedly no meat byproducts it was Hills prescription that got her back on track. A dog needs fiber, just as humans do, to keep their system intact. Grains are an intricate part of a diet and too much protein is as unhealthy in dogs as it is in humans causing liver and kidney damage. We need to feed our animals with the foods we feel most secure in, and the trusting advice of our vets.

  • Kelley Mitchell

    This happens because a lot of companies actually use Euthanized dogs for dog food. This was exposed back in 2000. They take lots of euthanized dogs from shelters and cook them down with collars and all left on the dead dogs. This is just wrong!

  • aimee

    HI Dan

    I think if you spend some time looking at vet school curriculum you’ll find that the statement “In vet school, there are no classes on nutrition.” to be untrue.

    A common pattern is a class on basic nutrition in the first year and then separate large and small animal nutrition classes in later years. In other schools nutrition is incorporated into internal medicine classes.

    Some schools may still rely in part on speakers from the larger pet food companies but this is not too common.

    After vet school some vets go on to specialize in nutrition. In general this requires an additional 4 years of schooling 3 of which is solely nutrition.

    Additionally, veterinarians are not subsidized by Hills. They do purchase diets and sell them for more than they purchased them for,

    Some therapeutic diets are similar to what is sold in stores but other are very different, stone dissolution diets and renal diets for example.

  • aimee

    Even with the supplement this looks unbalanced to me. For example, I don’t see a good calcium source.

  • Stephen Saunders

    Evanger’s canned dog food with beef had the same recall February of this year. They claim their supplier used euthanized animals.

  • Dave Greaves

    Am I the only one wondering,,, just how could pentobarbital even end up in batches of there dog food ? And do so at such a concentration level that it harmed a pet badly enough to raise suspitions enough to test that food for it in a lab? Also, is that something normally tested for when suspect dog food is tested? And what concetration levels were found in that one can tested ??? I could go on with more questions.. I could also point out that thus far the dog food company seems to be going all out when it has not even been proven to be in any other cans from that lot… thinking muslins did it to kill dogs is beyond crazy.. thinking a dog food company would intentionally poison there product is also crazy… Maybe a crazy employee,, maybe a crazy pet owner wanting to extort money from the company or just wanting to make the dog food company look bad put it into the can before they sent it in to be tested.. Even if it did simply get there by some accident, what possibly could that have been? Also if this stuff has been on sale for over a year why has only now a single dog gotten harmed by it?

  • Connie Thomas Scoggin

    She’s beautiful!

  • kkh

    That Grasslandbeef.com place, their products are all grass fed/wild caught/organic/free range. We buy almost all our meat there. Really great stuff for dogs.

  • kkh

    I also forgot, the recipe had a couple of handfuls of blueberries thrown in at the end, but Murphy gets the runs with too much fruit or veggies, so I usually skip the blueberries. If you already give your dogs fruit, go for it on the blueberries.

  • Dan Hoover
  • kkh

    Posted above. And I don’t make dog biscuits, but I do make turkey jerky for him.

  • kkh

    The other thing I make for Murphy is turkey jerky. I get Honeysuckle Turkey breasts (tenderloin) slice it thin as possible, lay it out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment, and put it in the oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours on 150 or 200 degrees. Let it cool fully before putting it a ziplok bag or container.

    I also cook up beef heart cut into cubes, cooked in a little coconut oil. He LOVES this. Stays good in the fridge for 4 to 5 days, just like leftover steak would. I get my beef heart (and many other great pet products as well as food for me and the hubbs) from US Wellness Meats Grasslandbeef.com. Click their “pets” section; they have all kinds of good stuff like smoked bones, chicken and duck necks, “pet burger”, tripe, etc.

  • kkh

    I POSTED MY RECIPE ABOVE AS A NEW POST.

  • kkh

    I POSTED MY RECIPE ABOVE AS A NEW POST.

  • kkh

    What I am posting is enough for about a week’s worth of food for my 90lb. Weimarner. It would be two to four weeks worth for smaller dogs.

    5 1/2 to 6lbs ground meat (I do a combo of grd turkey/grd beef

    1/2 lb organ meat. I use either beef heart, beef liver or a combo of the two. You could do tripe or kidneys.

    1lb carrots, 5 oz box organic spinach leaves

    2 cups lentils or quinoa. I usually do a cup of each

    1 1/2 to 2 tblspoon coconut oil

    3 cooked sweet potatoes or 1 1/2 cans of pumpkin (Murph is allergic to sw. potato so we do the pumpkin. Pumpkin is also better if your dog has loose stools)

    Dog multivitamins

    I do this like a stew in a big stock pot. Start the lentils and/or quinoa according to package. When that is almost done, add the carrot and cook til everything is good and done. If you don’t cook the lentils and carrots enough, you will see them come out whole, so they REALLY need to be cooked. I usually cook the lentils a little longer than I would for humans. And it’s best to run the carrots through a food processor and make them ground before cooking. You really need to break down the cell walls w carrot. Add the finely chopped spinach for the last couple minutes of cooking.

    While this is all cooking, I brown off the organ meat and ground meat, and add it to the stew when it’s done. Add the coconut oil and pumpkin or cooked sweet potato at the end and mix well. I add the multivitamin to Murphy’s food as I feed him. Here is the link to the multivitamin we use:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/p

    This freezes well, so we usually freeze half of it in a vacuum bag, to pull out later in the week.

  • Dan Hoover

    Wrong Sandi, and not meaning to be disrespectful to you, but vets know no more about nutrition than you and I. In vet school, there are no classes on nutrition. Hills Science Diet provides nutrition classes to vets and also subsidizes them to sell their food which you see in most vet offices, much like the drug industry subsidizing doctors to push their drugs. The so called Rx formula in offices has been tested and is the same as that sold on the commercial shelves. Science Diet is rated average (3 stars out of 5) by dog food advisor.

  • kkh

    Wow, are you even friggin SERIOUS with the anti-Islam stuff on a pet food website? Maybe you should find an anti-Muslim site where you can express your views on Islam. Unreal.

  • kkh

    Nasty. I will continue making my dog’s food. Forget that.

  • Dan Hoover

    Maybe you should read a bit. Have you noticed the recalls on human meat since Bush was in office? It was Bush who cut FDA inspectors by half while in office.

  • Amateria

    It seems that most of what you’ve mentioned I’ve already been doing for the last 6 years or so, I do like my bread though I apparently got that trait from my mum and I do still eat a lot of sugar (chocolates mainly).

    I eat frozen dinners from time to time but can only stomach the vegan ones anything else and my stomach hurts all day and I get super nauseous.

    I can’t eat out these days without been sick, so unless it’s an emergency I don’t buy any food from those places.

    I eat a s**t tonne of sauerkraut of varying formulas, I just got one with seaweed and Ormus in it, I remember feeling very good after this one, also not a fan of the dill one I currently have.
    http://www.peaceloveandvegetables.com.au/superkraut/

    I will need to buy Yacon Syrup again soon, now that we’re entering Autumn it shouldn’t be off as much as usual, I take 50 billion capsules as well from time to time and eat Tamar Valley yogurt as I get sick very easily from fatty foods.
    I ordered some food this morning from Thr1ve and unfortunately it was too fatty for me, together with the MCT coffee I now have an epic stomach ache go me!

    As for weight based on that BMI calculator I am underweight so no worries there.

    I enjoy peanut butter from Pic’s, all it is, is peanuts and salt, they say it helps you from contracting Diabetes not sure how true that is, I have insulin resistance and would like to keep it that way, I would hate to get Diabetes if I knew I could’ve stopped it.

    Meat wise I feel very vegetarian lately, because I’ve had iron issues in the past I eat it from time to time but I’m certainly not a fan as of late, may have to start taking the iron tabs again.

    Loosing my taste for deli meats which is good and can’t eat stuff high in unnaturals or lest I get sick and cough all day, breathing gets odd as well and need to take a puff.

    I think at the end of the day my sugar intake needs a serious decline, if I didn’t eat the sauerkraut or take any of the other stuff with probiotics my nerve would be out of control from the yeast overgrowth.

    Thanks for the help I’ll check that website more when I’m feeling a little better.

  • Alyson

    I would love your recipe too. My dog and cats need great nutrition. Here’s a picture of my TankGirl. She has lived on my lap for 5 years (I am disabled and don’t get out much). She closes doors for me. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b4f386b91b18af43168f343bbdbfc46d0996885821bedf764ba32b54718e7da6.jpg

  • Karen Todd Felske

    Hi kkh! It’s just so awful what goes on in the pet food industry. I had considered making my own food as well but then got really worried that I may not be giving them what they need. I would love your recipes if you don’t mind sharing. To date the only human food I give my 2 pugs is fresh fruit and some fresh veges. Otherwise they are on a premium dog food. My pugs are 11 and 9 years old. My email is [email protected]

  • kkh

    Actually I didn’t misunderstand what you said. I just worded my reply wrong. Shot gun shell OR barbiturates are both humane, as long as the shot gun shell lands in the right place. But it sound like we need to just do the old “shot gun shell” to horses, and the problem would be solved. No pentobarbital or quarantine needed! Seems like they are making it more complicated than it needs to be.

  • kkh

    I just posted the recipe a few minutes ago.

  • Marcia Richardson

    I would love to have your recipe! Thanks for offering!

  • kkh

    We get most of our meat and a lot of pet meats from US Wellness Meats, which is grasslandbeef.com.

    We get beef tenderloin from Texas Steak Warehouse, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JBE5V6S/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Occasionally we get duck, which is Mapleleaffarms.com

  • kkh

    What I am posting is enough for about a week’s worth of food for my 90lb. Weimarner. It would be two to four weeks worth for smaller dogs.

    5 1/2 to 6lbs ground meat (I do a combo of grd turkey/grd beef

    1/2 lb organ meat. I use either beef heart, beef liver or a combo of the two. You could do tripe or kidneys.

    1lb carrots, 5 oz box organic spinach leaves

    2 cups lentils or quinoa. I usually do a cup of each

    1 1/2 to 2 tblspoon coconut oil

    3 cooked sweet potatoes or 1 1/2 cans of pumpkin (Murph is allergic to sw. potato so we do the pumpkin. Pumpkin is also better if your dog has loose stools)

    Dog multivitamins

    I do this like a stew in a big stock pot. Start the lentils and/or quinoa according to package. When that is almost done, add the carrot and cook til everything is good and done. If you don’t cook the lentils and carrots enough, you will see them come out whole, so they REALLY need to be cooked. I usually cook the lentils a little longer than I would for humans. And it’s best to run the carrots through a food processor and make them ground before cooking. You really need to break down the cell walls w carrot. Add the finely chopped spinach for the last couple minutes of cooking.

    While this is all cooking, I brown off the organ meat and ground meat, and add it to the stew when it’s done. Add the coconut oil and pumpkin or cooked sweet potato at the end and mix well. I add the multivitamin to Murphy’s food as I feed him. Here is the link to the multivitamin we use:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046CBOPI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    This freezes well, so we usually freeze half of it in a vacuum bag, to pull out later in the week.

  • Shirley
  • Anne M.

    Hi kkh, I would also like your recipe for your dog stew. Do you make dog biscuits as well? Thank you, Anne.

  • Sheri N

    I would love to have your recipe and any other treats you make. Thank you

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Liver broth can be very rich. Try beef marrow bones. I do beef one week and a chicken carcass the next. I buy them from the local meat market where I can get organic ones. 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, simmer for hours, take the bones and garlic out, freeze in ice cube trays and take them out as you need them. Hours and hours of simmering will get all the nutrition out of the bones and marrow, Put on their food, whatever that it is. Doesn’t take much to make them love it, a teaspoon full for my dogs is just not enough but then they love it so they get a whole ice cube melted down. I occasionally put vegetables in it as well but nothing with lots of sugar. Carrots, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, peas, corn all have more sugar than other vegetables so I may put only one of those in with the broccoli and squash that I use as a staple.

  • Jonathan Hughes

    Great Life Grain and Potato Free Dry Dog Food. The people who make this dog food are regulating themselves. They have a great kibble dog food.

  • Sharyn Radke

    I would like to have your recipe. I make a stew but not sure if it is nutritionally complete. Yours has been time tested. My two dogs have had problems with stomach upset and allergies also. Thanks in advance.

  • Sharyn Radke

    The unregulated pet food companies did this to make money, just like the did with the melamine and wheat gluten from China to make the protein count seem higher. We need some regulation on these industries but we won’t get it in the next 4 years. In fact our human food will probably have this stuff in it soon as they are taking regulations and inspection requirements away.

  • kkh

    We did this thing called Bio-Resonance for Murphy to find out what was going on with him, since he was having these rashes all the time. And apparently we were feeding him basically EVERYTHING he was allergic to, thinking we were doing the right thing. Making him chicken and rice and adding it to his top quality Diamond Lamb and Rice kibble. Well, he’s allergic to chicken, lamb AND rice. So I make a grain-free “stew” for him that’s based on ground turkey, “pet burger”, lentils and/or quinoa.

  • kkh

    Our dog eats better than MANY Americans, actually.

  • kkh

    I do make bone broth for us and for Murphy. I have some grass fed beef tallow that I put in Murphy’s food when I make it every week too. And he gnaws on these smoked bones I get from our meat company, and he gets all that marrow out. I found a great online meat company for us, and they have amazing stuff for pets too. Like beef hearts, chicken/duck necks, tripe, “pet burger” which is ground beef with heart and liver in it, etc. It’s all grass fed/wild caught/ free range/organic…all the good stuff.

  • Jonathan Hughes

    I bet Muslims made this to see how many dogs they could kill. That is the only thing that makes a Quran follower happy.

  • Stephanie Morris

    Please share your recipe. Thank you.

  • kkh

    You might want to look into take more magnesium. Apparently that is the number one nutrient that people are missing nowadays. Zinc is another one. I take HANDFULS of supplements. I’m telling ya, changes in diet could wipe out about HALF of the intake of pharmaceuticals. We literally give ourselves disease/conditions with what we eat, more than we even realize. A lot of people who DO think they are eating “healthy”? Are not. It’s been a LOT of buying (and often rejecting) different products. It’s a LOT of trial and error to get to this point. But I would rather NOT take 3 different pharmaceuticals, you know?

  • kkh

    Well, the huge thing is gluten. I don’t have a true gluten ALLERGY, but I am sensitive to it. I can eat a little, but definitely can feel it when I eat too much bread or pasta, so I have greatly lowered my intake. I probably eat about a quarter of the average person’s intake of gluten, and I don’t miss it. Some people can’t take dairy products, but I am fine with them. Sugar can be a bad one, so they recommend alternate sugars like honey, maple or Stevia. NEVER EVER EVER artificial sweeteners like Splenda. Those are horrible for ANYONE, but especially for auto-immune stuff. There is a FB page called “Foods for Fibromyalgia” that is by an amazing nutritionist named Dr. Dee. It’s a closed group so just request to be put on. It’s mostly about eating “cleaner”; no processed foods or sodas, less or no meat, less or no dairy, grassfed/wild caught/free range if you DO eat meat, no white bread/white sugar/empty carbs. The page is all about using food to heal yourself. But she’s an amazing cook so she makes tasty stuff out of healthy ingredients.

    I haven’t bought meat from the grocery store in a LONG time, and haven’t bought anything like Twinkies or store bought pastries,. Doritos, Coke/Pepsi, frozen dinners, boxed mac and cheese, in years. Gotta lose all that hyper-processed stuff. We don’t eat McDonalds/ Burger King/Taco Bell… and we don’t miss ANY of it. I’ve lost 15 lbs and should be losing more, have gotten off of two of my 3 meds, and my husband’s cholesterol has gone down. All from food changes. And we still eat really tasty food. Check out that page.

  • Jan

    Yes I would love your recipe…I am so tired of spending money on something that could kill my babies…..

  • hexe

    I think you misunderstand what I said–I don’t believe that euthanasia with an injectable barbiturate is ‘more’ humane than a shot gun shell. My reference to “humane slaughter of horses” within the USA is regarding the absence of any approved facilities in this country where horses can legally be slaughtered for use as food for pets or humans in the same manner as more traditional food animals such as cows, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry.
    Presently, horses which are purchased as slaughter animals in the USA are then hauled by truck to Canada and to Mexico–which, for most of the horses, means they will be subjected to a lengthy road trip before arriving at the location where they will be put to death.

    Because of concerns about drug residues in horses being slaughtered for human consumption, Canada will now require horses imported for slaughter from the US to be held in quarantine feedlots for a minimum of six months’ time to ensure that any medications the animals received prior to being shipped have cleared from the animals’ systems. It should be noted that drug residues are one of the reasons why it is illegal to use horse meat in any food intended for pet or human consumption in the USA, so it is no surprise that Canada has similar concerns.

  • Lori Mertz

    Please post recipe

  • Lori Mertz

    Please post recipe and links thanks

  • kkh

    Wow, 18…that’s pretty dang old. I have a 16 year old Maine Coon Cat who still seems like he’s 5… he’s gonna be one of those cats that lives to be 20. Furbabies break your heart.

  • Madonna Rose

    Heart’s breaking with you…I lost mine after 1 week short of 18 years…that’s a life time with my baby….

  • Cynthia

    Awesome information! Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know about this site.

  • Cynthia

    Yes please do share your recipes. Thanks!

  • Lita Arnold

    Can you please post your recipe? Sounds great

  • bandana

    This is just great . Bought a very first can of cocolicious today to try out . Good thing I haven’t opened it yet .

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Absolutely, the marketing on some products is so good you really have to know what you are doing. I know how to read labels and they can be so misleading. Terms like Processed for – ingredients sourced mostly in North America ( ?? what!!) and other such statements that mislead people. I love “chicken flavor” or “real chicken” or “real salmon” as opposed to what – fake? Chicken flavor is like Oxo cubes, not broth made from chicken. Do you make bone broth for your dogs?

  • bystander

    I was cooking liver and giving just a teaspoon or so per meal on my dog’s food to get him to eat since he’s a picky eater. He started drinking huge amounts and waking me at night to go out to pee. No more liver for my dogs.

  • Melissa O

    Well said. Thanks,

  • Lori Mertz

    Please post your recipe

  • kkh

    Why would euthanizing horses with a barbiturate be more “humane” than a shot gun shell? And I’m no horse expert, I really am asking because I want to know. Assisted suicide for humans is done with barbiturates because it is considered the most humane, and barbiturates are a part of the “lethal injection” cocktail.

  • kkh

    We make our own too. It’s getting harder and harder to eat healthy. I buy all our meats from a couple places online. All grass fed/wild caught/free range etc. It’s a bit pricier, but the prices at the places I use are actually pretty good. Plus one of them has a whole “pet meat” line. We get “pet burger”, ground duck backs, smoked bones, beef hearts and tripe from them for our dog. Let me know if you want the links.

  • kkh

    Yes, you have to buy VEGETARIAN-FED chicken to avoid that crap. We have been buying our meat online from US Wellness Meats for a few years now, so we know it is good quality. They only sell grass fed/free range/wild caught… so, you know, the animals eat what they are MEANT to eat? At the regular old grocery store? You take your chances.

  • Pitlove

    It is not legal for pento to be in dog food either, but this is Evangers we are talking about…

  • CAEdge

    That’s freakin hilarious! It’s George Bush’s fault… Not.

  • kkh

    Yep, was just gonna say that about antibiotics. There may be barbiturates in there, but antibiotics would be breaking the law.

  • Bobby dog
  • kkh

    Likely euthanized horses.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Thank you kkh, yes I do make my own. Nothing but the best for my dogs.

  • kkh

    Make your own! It’s not that complicated and can be done once a week! You can’t get better than making your own.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    You should be so lucky to know as much about nutrition for dogs as I do. I am a trained nutritionist for canine and felines, having spent the last 14 years learning.

  • kkh

    Yes, what Pitlove said. Euthasol is just the brand name for the barbiturate Pentobarbital.

  • Amateria

    What types of foods make that worse?
    I have pudendal neuralgia and I’m wondering if something I’m eating may be making it worse lately, I take fish oil and mega B as it helps some but only seems to help for about a week then stops.
    Alcohol and coffee helps me a lot as well and helps kill my pgad completely.
    Helps keep the meds to a minimum, as I’ve started reacting badly to them.

  • kkh

    We put either beef hearts or beef liver in our dog’s homemade food, for the “organ meat” element. Another good treat that is pretty easy is to buy the Honeysuckle Farms turkey breast tenderloins, slice them up thin, put on a cookie sheet lined with parchment, and put them in the oven on 150 to 200 degrees for a couple hours. The best turkey jerky you can get! You could of course do this with chicken, but our dog is allergic to it.

  • kkh

    She clearly stated that she buys liver and makes treats for her dogs from it. I don’t think she is talking about the “Liv-a-Snaps” commercial treats, which are indeed, crap.

  • kkh

    Awww, good looking pups. My friend just had to put her Yellow Lab to sleep a couple days ago, so that pic pulled on my heartstrings a little.

  • kkh

    We really don’t eat processed foods ourselves, so we don’t feed them to our dog. I have fibromyalgia, so I have to watch what I eat anyway.

  • GSDlover

    I have never seen or heard of the brand recalled but then I don’t feed canned dog food. I feed Orijen 6 Fish. I hope no dogs are harmed by food from this recall. I tried the Acana (made by same company as Orijen) but wuicy went back to Orijen 6 Fish because the protein is higher, better for my dogs and their coats do better on it and poop a lot less on Orijen. Plus I feed less on Orijen. My Gsds only need a cup to 1 1/4 cup per meal whereas if I fed a lesser quality dog food I would have to feed 3-4 cups per day and they wouldn’t be as healthy and poop way more and their coats suffer on lesser quality foods.

  • shoshone101

    Total joke. Regulations are not enforced. Horsemeat can contain over 300 drugs and is still shipped overseas for human consumption. Profit is all that matters. Chickens are fed protein made from feathers, guts, dead birds etc. Nothing is wasted.

  • Mary Ann Palmer

    Please do post it. This will be the third recall that I got for natural/ organic food for my dog in the last year and a half. The thing is my dog has a high pH and crystals so I have to watch what type of food I give her. Thank you

  • Shirley

    Your puppies are beautiful. My yellow furbaby passed away 7 months ago come tomorrow. I miss her so dreadfully. She was a sweet girl… :>(

  • kkh

    All these recalls just reinforce what I have learned lately. The only true “premium” dog food is making it yourself. The only reason I am on this “recall alert” is to inform others. I would never buy dog food for Murphy again. It’s easy to do. I make his “stew” once a week on Saturdays, and freeze half. About Tues or Weds, I pull the second half out of the freezer and am set until Saturday when I make more. This really is the only way we are going to know what we are feeding our pets. I supplement with a good quality liquid multi-vitamin. Murphy has never been healthier, and he LOVES the food. I can post my recipe for anyone interested. Murphy has so many allergies that this is really the only way for us.

  • Harold-Julie Miller

    Cooking your own food for your dog’s and cats are the only way to assure it’s quality and safety. We have raised happy and healthy dogs and cats, who’ve all lived long, healthy lives, on home made meals. The one thing you need to watch for with feeding human food is processed foods are often high in salt and other unnecessary chemicals. Home cooked is the way to go.

  • kkh

    The only true “premium” food is making it yourself. As evidenced by all these recalls, we are NEVER going to know what is really in dog food, even “premium” brands. Plus it’s easy.

  • Anne Kee

    You hit the nail on the head.
    You know where the euthanasia drug came from Euthanized animals from vet offices and shelters.
    I stopped feeding dog food years ago. I feed a raw diet and at times add some home cooked human grade food.
    I hope what I am eating is a little less polluted since I share it with the 4 footers.

  • Suzanne Medsker Jones Griffin

    That’s exactly what I was thinking…how does pentobarbital get into the dog food? It shouldn’t be anywhere near where they’re making the food!

  • Pitlove
  • Debra Obinna

    Thank you. I did and found Some but the ones I feed him are not on the list so – all is good! The other two I have to find a healthier product for.

  • Sarah

    Is Victor a good dog food? I used to use blue buffalo but found out its terrible food. They spend more miney on advertising then they do research..

  • Pitlove

    In the case of Evangers and likely the same will be shown for this recall, horse meat was the source of pento, not dogs and cats.

  • Pitlove

    Incorrect. There are no antibiotics in the animal when it goes to slaughter. By law, the withdrawal time of the antibiotic must be waited out before sending a food animal to slaughter.

  • Bernadette Sava

    I treat mine like family also. They are my babies. I believe it should be mandatory for all shelters to be no-kill, and hopefully we are heading there now.

  • Pitlove

    Pentobarbital is the main active ingredient in Euthasol which is the brand name.

  • Janine Alt Gregory

    Liver snaps, really?? That crap is nasty!! Read the label. By products from the road kill and other junk in dog foods isnt healthy. You need to do more research.

  • Jim P

    There are regulations but, just like in human food ( shocker ) regulations get relaxed, blinders go on, and even for those actually doing their jobs they are overwhelmed and usually out numbered because there may only be 1 official to 100 manufacture plants.

    If you get a chance look up AAFCO Association of American Feed Control
    Officials. AAFCO is a non-profit organization that sets standards for
    both animal feeds and pet foods in the United States.

    I think as pet parents and animal care takers we need to start holding these manufacturers accountable by not supporting their business if they continue to charge us premium money to put our pets and animals at risk.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Any brand of dog or cat food sold out through a vet’s office can be grouped into a few different categories. The most interesting is that any food that is actually prescriptive – as in recommended as a food for a diagnosed heath issue is good for the animal. The Rx formulas sold in vet’s offices will be different than those sold in retail stores. They will have ingredients in them that retail formulas do not, and will NOT have ingredients that retail formulas do have. The renal formula is very balanced for minerals and calcium which are 2 large components in renal health.

  • Nancy Cooper

    I think you can search the site for more than the 10 best and worst – I am rethinking what I feed my dog too- hope the Royal Canin is ok for you boy

  • Jim P

    I just found out that he lost all of his contracts and is out of business. Apparently he had supplied “meat” for zoos too. A tiger became ill and nearly died from the meat that later found to have excessive amounts of pentobarbital. According to a friend of ours that knows the zoo owner there was enough pentobarbital in the tigers blood that the vet is surprised he lived

  • Diane Miller

    Great reply. I didn’t know about this until today. I’m totally disgusted by this! There needs to be some type of federal laws mandating what can be put into pets’ foods. Foods consumed by humans sure are regulated, and I think pet food should be too…especially dog food. All that grocery store crap on the shelf should be outlawed since it’s just fillers plus dead animal ingredients and basically has no beneficial ingredients/nutrients. I spend a lot of money to make sure my dogs eat what is good for them and grain free.

  • Christine Daley

    Go to the Ziwi peak web site and learn about the Product. Then you can order on chewy.com!!

  • Debra Obinna

    Thank you Nancy Cooper! Most of the foods I feed or have fed my 3 cats are on the ‘worst’ list for toxins. Like Fancy Feast! They don’t have it noe but they did for a long time. This will be very helpful in making better choices for my babies. I couldn’t find Royal Canin so I hope that’s not on the high toxin list. My old boy takes that for Renal health.

  • Jim P

    That’s because your friend is most likely an honest person that cares about people, animals and our planet. These pet food manufacturers are exempt from these laws in their minds. They’d rather pay a small fine and continue their disgusting practices including deception and down right lying about ingredients and sources. I’m finding this to be the case in a lot of industries. I’m not saying that this particular manufacturer is intentionally doing this but…

  • Christine Daley
  • Susana Rebecca Curri

    Party Animal’s Cocolicious is NOTHING like Purina. It’s got good organic ingredients. I’m very disappointed in them now though for this recall.

  • The Old Ranger

    I volunteer time with a no-kill shelter. Any animal that dies on the property is cremated by a local vet, who volunteers his time to treat the animals when alive, and disposes of them by cremation if they die. We live in a very rural area and some of us will take the cremation urn out to one of the lakes or look-out areas to let the wind carry their ashes back out to nature. Everyone around here usually has him cremate their animals as well, and most ashes are kept by the owners, or buried in an area close by their homes. As I stated, everyone around here treats their animal pets as part of the family, not like family. They are God’s creatures and certainly deserve our love while alive and respect once they pass on. Isn’t that what you do with family??

  • Susana Rebecca Curri

    I was under the impression that Cocolicious by Party Animal WAS a true premium pet food. They have organic ingredients and no junk. What is Ziwi and where do you buy it?

  • Tracey Risner

    I didn’t kno any of this and I was just recently made aware of this site I can’t believe all the information I have found out today!

  • Jim P

    I totally agree, I have lost pets since then. Two of them had to be euthanized. I demanded that I be allowed to bring them home with me for that very reason. The scary part is I didn’t realize that some disgusting pet food manufacturers use euthanized pets and livestock in Dog Food too until recently

  • Christine Daley

    Hi Bobby dog. I feed my 3 yellow labs 80 pounds each Tundra Orijen kibble one cup in the am with a little warm water and 2 tsp of the missing link supplement. For lunch 2 ounces of raw goats milk. For supper 1/2 cup Orijen 6 fish kibble topped with 4 raw medallions primal raw mostly rabbit and venison!! Then once a week I alternate from the raw at evening meal with a can of Ziwi peak venison or rabbit and lamb!! They do get some Orijen or Ziwi peak freeze dried treats in moderation. Also fresh sliced apples, carrots or string beans as treats. Then once a week on a Sunday a primal raw bone for treat and great teeth cleaning. I use the large beef marrow bones. They pull off the meat with their front teeth which acts as a natural dental floss. Then chew with their back teeth really removing tartar with jaw exercise!! About an hour and I throw them away!! I have it down to a science!! My pups are so healthy with shiny coats, no yeasty ears or feet, no biting , chewing hot spots and full of energy!! Perfect blood work!! I have it down to a science!! Many months of investigation into many many food companies. This is where my journey has led me!! LOL!! This is what I do!!

  • Susana Rebecca Curri

    I agree GSDlover! What really upsets me though is that I did my research and have been feeding my dog Acana dry food and Coco licious canned with good organic ingredients. I was hoping that these kinds of foods were made with such care that I wouldn’t have to worry about a recall as well. I was sadly. proven wrong today.

  • The Old Ranger

    You do have some serious sociological problems, don’t you?

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Well of course you know me so well that you are fully qualified to make that statement. I love my dogs and have a lot of knowledge about canine nutrition so I want to be linked to recalls. Now, should I make assumptions about you and how much you care for or don’t care for your dogs.

  • Wanda Orraca

    Even Organic SMH. Just as bad as a very cheap dog food.

  • Wanda Orraca

    absolutely Sandi Malcolm. this is what exactly I said to myself. That was a huge wake up call. shame on them lying on labels & being allowed.Very sad, especially feeding our babies we love so much unconditional & would pay top dollars for high end food. So i get this. Liers!

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Tell that to my dogs that are on my dresser in their cedar urns with brass tags with their names on it. Tell that to those that I cried for months over losing,. What an incredibly cruel thing to say to someone who would never bother to post up here if they didn’t feel the pain for those that have lost a pet to this poison.

  • Tracey Risner

    Thank you

  • JSTMY2Cnts

    That is so shocking to me. Incredible, and not in a good way. Even expensive foods are suspect. Our poor pets. Ive been making my own dog food, but so much people food is unsafe too. You would be surprised at the stuff FDA will approve and, what can qualify as organic and isnt. Heaven help us all.

  • Jean Tapp-Mullikin

    I am in total agreement with you, Jay. Sandi better hope she doesn’t have to count on us to pick her son over our dogs to die because that little dude is so gone. My dogs come into my life for their lifetime and I will step in to protect one of them if need be just as someone would with their kid. Whatever they need medically or whatever is my responsibility from the day I take them in. These animals around the world are more trustworthy
    and compassionate than most people and deserve a hell of a lot better than they get. If I saw woman and a dog side by side starving and cold, which would I help? Without a doubt..THE DOG.
    Remember all those who said we humans are superior and all that? Go find your own food. The dog and I are doing fine tonight. 🙂

  • Bernadette Sava

    It’s mainly shared on fb by my rescue group friends

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Beneful killed hundreds of dogs over the last few years, but no one hears about it. Old Roy is just cardboard and sawdust inside a paper bag as is Kibbles and Bits and Pro Choice or the other cheap brands.

  • Bernadette Sava

    The one near me is no kill, but we share pics and stories all the time of barrels full of animals and floors lined with euthanized animals

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Some by products you see in pet foods these days are good nutritional sources. We all buy high value treats for our dogs. I use liver snaps for training – that is a by product – liver is a by product. You see hearts and lungs dried and used as high value and highly nutritious foods as well. We do not want road kill or beaks and feathers, but organs processed from human quality foods are good. Who buys liver — boils it and dries it like I do for my dogs? My guys love it and I use the liver broth to put on their food to add extra nutrition for their blood and organs.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Can you post some statistics as to where you get that information? It would have to be logged somewhere – let us know so we can look it up to.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    It is laughable to me that dog food companies are allowed to put natural or organic on their foods. In order to be actually organic, the food animals would have had to be born and raised organically, fed organically, housed and raised organically. They would have to be transported in organic type trucking and only fed organically. If all that criteria (and more) was met we would not be able to afford to feed the food that would quality as organic. The trick is to be proactive and learn. Do lots of reading and put it all in perspective. As an FYI – when you go to a pet store and they have signage up saying “temporarily out of stock” it is actually a recall, they just don’t have to say that anymore.

  • Patti Burt

    NOT SURE WHERE YOU ARE BUT I WOULD NEVER GET CLOSE TO ONE THAT DID

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Well said Leyna. Some of the dogs I have taken in as fosters are so loving and gentle one wonders how anyone could hurt them. They blossum under good food, regular appropriate exercise and love. They go on to new homes where they live out their lives as much loved pets and family members.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    I am.

  • Bobby dog

    What do you feed your dogs?

  • Alreadygotthatguy

    Nopchere is a troll. Ignore.

  • Alreadygotthatguy

    Pentobarbital is different than Phenobarbital. Pentobarbital is used in Euthanasia.

  • Bernadette Sava

    well sorry to tell you most of them make more by selling the carcasses than saving them.

  • Paws ForReaction

    Euthansol is the drug used for euthanasia. Phenobarbital is most commonly used to treat seizures.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    I think you need psycological help Raine. You are out of control. I made a statement of truth, I did not say that I do not love my dogs. I show my dogs, home cook for my dogs, walk all my dogs several times a week, they run to me tails wagging and love me unconditionally, they are house dogs with the bet life possible. They get proper vet care, they run in the ocean, they do everything and they play at agility and flyball. What do your dogs do?

  • Alreadygotthatguy

    The factory farm industry routinely allows downer cows into the food chain. Due to the heinous conditions in factory farms, animals get sick and injured so they are just given antibiotics and then people eat it. Euthanizing a cow doesn’t turn a profit so doubtful that’s where the pentobarbital is coming from. However there is a point where pentobarbital does enter the chain. Pet food often contains flesh that is labeled “not suitable for human consumption”. I shudder to contemplate what the means. Nature intended cows to eat grass. However, because we’re only concerned with what is cheap, not healthy, Big Ag came up with a cheaper way to feed them. Rendering companies provide “feed” for livestock which contains dead dogs and cats often killed with pentobarbital. Many animal shelters (I prefer to call them pounds) pile the pets they kill in barrels and rendering companies pick them up “render” the bodies and subsequently the “feed” is shipped to factory farms.

  • Nancy Cooper

    the clean label project just came down on a bunch of dog foods – they completed a study of over 900 pet food products from 71 brands. Products were screened for over 130 toxins including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides and other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions in both humans and animals. It’s pretty scary http://www.cleanlabelproject.org/product-ratings/pet-food/#top-ten

  • Sherrie Slaboda

    I cook for my dog but I buy Fresh Select as an alternative. I never liked any other “wet food”. I also buy ACANA dry food because they have not had a recall in over 25 years and make the food in their own kitchens.

  • Raine

    Thanks George. We don’t have to justify our fur family to anyone. EVER!
    By the way, People (Humans) that understand our feelings, are top of the line and WE are educated. How that came into the conversation is pretty silly. So sad for them!!!

  • Patti Burt

    ACTUALLY I VOLUNTEER AT A SHELTER . WE DON;T MAKE DOG FOOD OUT OF OUR DEAD DOGS. DISGUSTING

  • Jay

    The “if one has to die” thing is a different kind of comparison and isn’t really applicable.
    That is personal and specific to one situation and one person in one scenario. I would choose my human son because I am aware of the differences between humans and domesticated animals. They are entirely different relationships. You can’t just generalize like that because feelings I may have for my animals or human family will not be the same I have for anyone else’s. Why would they? Would I want my dog to live over your son? Sure. I don’t have any relationship with your son but my dog makes my world a better place. How do I know that if I chose my dog, your son would grow up to kill some child or something awful? The simple fact of him being a human being means nothing to me. Would I WANT him to die? Of course not. Now does that sound a bit harsh? Perhaps, but it is not personal. It is about life and what it means to you. I don’t see how caring for something makes you superior. Are non disabled children superior to ones that are or are there parents? I guess we would have to first agree on the definition of superior first. Value is what it means to you. I place value appropriately. A dogs life or a child rapist? The dog wins every time. The list of garbage humans is much longer than the one of bad dogs. The simple fact of being human just isn’t good enough for me. I may be a bit too passionate because I have seen the darkest of humanity and the animals always come out ahead every time and it just seems that the good of humans doesn’t even come close to being able to balance it out.

  • Heather

    How is it that this drug is getting into the food in the first place that should be under lock and chain at the vets office until it is needed

  • hexe

    The number of cattle in the US that are put down by a veterinarian using a euthanasia solution is miniscule–and those that are generally are being put down at a State, Federal or university animal health & diagnostic laboratory, where the carcasses are then incinerated on-site. For any farmer, it simply is not practical to pay what the vet has to charge to make a farm call and administer a lethal injection to a cow, sheep or pig–not when it can be accomplished for less than $2.00 with a 12 gauge shotgun shell.

    The source of pentobarbital in pet foods has long been the misdirection of euthanized horses in rendering channels, and it will likely continue to be so unless some type of provisions are made in this country to permit humane slaughter of horses within its boundaries.

  • Strawberry

    specific Weruva lines are, and they’re discontinuing that line.

  • Vique Mora

    Im wondering if the cat food is also affected… Now must look for alternative brands …

  • Dan Hoover

    Problem is Ann-Marie, George Bush halved the number of food inspectors so your human food is also poorly inspected. Also you might want to check out Congress’ recent allowance of Chinese chicken coming into our country without having to be labeled. Do you think they care about our pets? As you mentioned, pentobarb is a step in the euthanasia process but this only proves, as with the recent case with Evanger’s, that vets ARE recycling euthanized pets into pet food. If they were not, this would not be happening.

  • Bernadette Sava

    Obviously you know nothing about shelters then.

  • Katie Allan

    They are a good company. However, they have been using Evangers to can their canned food. Hopefully Party Animal can find somewhere else to can. In the meantime, I would avoid any beef formulas for a while.

  • Bobbie Bost

    Please tell me why so many dog food recalls because of these euthanasia drugs. Really!

  • Katie Allan

    All these foods being recalled for this issue are canned by Evangers. All the same company. You should try Weruva or Zignature or NutriSource. Those are not canned by Evangers.

  • Sandi Malcolm

    All 6 of my dogs are house dogs. I bred them, I asked for them to be born. They were born into my hands in the middle of the night and I spent two weeks without sleep to ensure they got the best start in life. And don’t go off on me because I am a breeder. I am a good ethical and responsible breeder and each and every one of the puppies I have brought into the world in 15 years are still in touch with me. I call them on their birthdays, and I get birthday cards from them. But they are dogs. I DO NOT MAKE MONEY breeding dogs – so don’t even go there. With proper research, health testing and care each breeding (maybe one every two years) costs me more than I sell the pups for. Plus I guarantee my dogs for five years in a written contract. I tell all my puppy families – this is a dog, he is not your son or your daughter – he is a dog. Take him home and love him, give him a wonderful life but remember when you call him a furbaby or furkid, you are opening the door to some wacko person wanting to charge you for doing something to your son if you take him off leash in an off leash park and he gets hurt by another dog. I love my dogs, and I love my kids – but I treat them differently and according to their parts in my life.

  • kathtastik

    Anne-Marie Foster Pentobarbitol is not “simply barbiturate” in the veterinarian world. True that humans are prescribed barbiturates often, low dose, is used in combination with other drugs for surgical anesthesia, amongst other human uses. It’s a central nervous system depressor! In the animal world vets primary use of Pentobarbitol is for euthanasia using Fatal-Plus Solution having active ingredient of Pentobarbitol https://www.drugs.com/vet/fatal-plus-solution.html

  • George Krawiec

    Haha! you got it! They don’t get it!

  • GSDlover

    If people are on this (which is from the Dog Food Advisor website) I imagine you read the reviews on all dog food before you feed it to your dogs!! If you do you would see all these dog foods you are feeding your dogs ie; beneful, Ole Roy, Hills Science diet etc have meet by products, corn gluetin etc in it which is basically the left over parts of an animal that are not fit for human consumption road kill etc!! And you wonder why your dogs are sick!! Smdh!!
    Read the reviews and feed decent food to your dogs you say you love so dam much!! Give up a cup of coffee a few days a week or don’t eat out once a week etc!! The better dog food you don’t need to feed as much so it off sets the cost some!! Wake up and read the ingredients and reviews from sites like this that are not paid for by any dog food companies!!

  • Sandi Malcolm

    So let me get this straight – if you have a son and a male dog – if one has to die it would be the son because they have less value than your dog? Yes humans are animal of a sort, but we are superior to our dogs and cats – that is why we care for them, feed them, take them outside, to the vet and pay for it all – otherwise it would be your dog walking you around the block on a collar.

  • Patti Burt

    that is a stupid remark

  • Sandi Malcolm

    You have no idea how much I love my dogs but when people make them out to be human you give all the animal rights people in the world every opportunity to get a toe hold into the care and attention you give your dogs. Pretty soon they will tell YOU that you cannot put your dog in a crate or like in Ontario – on a collar because it is cruel to do that to your daughter or your son. Perhaps you could open your eyes to a bit of education before you jump all over someone who probably has forgotten more about loving and caring for dogs than you know now.

  • Sherry

    The healthiest is some of the expensive raw brands or just real human food. So many of these dog food companies put dangerous crap in their food for our sweet babies to eat. I’m not big on raw, but at times I do make plain boiled chicken, with broccoli & sweet potato. I know a health nut gal who makes 2 weeks worth of meals for her small dogs every Sunday of the Chicken, Broccoli & Sweet Potato and freezes it for her dogs. Good Luck. I studied these dog foods for months and found no easy solution.

  • RandiJ

    Who cares what you think. You do not belong on this site, so, get off!

  • Anne-Marie R. Foster

    How awful to find this in your pet’s food – it needs the recall and maybe it’s time a watch-dog organization monitored pet food the way human food is checked. As pet owners/lovers, we deserve to know EXACTLY what goes in their food (I won’t use certain dog foods because they are made with inedibles from lunch meat factories).
    My bigger issue is this, can we please just call it a barbiturate, instead of the “euthanazia” drug? Vets and MDs use this for all dozens of beneficial applications, although yes, it is used for a pre-euthanazia knock-out.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentobarbital

  • RandiJ

    This site is for Pets. Unless you refer to an infant as a pet, your remark does not belong here. Go to the site which deals with people only.

  • kathtastik

    Kosher is same as halal, ritual prep of food-animal so Jew’s & Muslims won’t break religious rules of consumption, slaughtered in specific way, with throat cut/blood drained completely before processing, zero alcohol content & a few other things. The Evangers pet food had also been subject to several recalls, if you didn’t know. Apparently the product on this recall uses same packaging processor as Evangers & that has people worried because of Evangers bad reputation (allegedly). But from what you’ve said, the product just having chicken, spinach, kale, sounds like a product easily home made with the addition of a few vitamins if you so choose. Something to think about. Domesticated cats & dogs are equipped to eat same foods as their wild cousins, meaning foods they’d eat living in the wild wouldn’t include synthetic vitamins & minerals. Some vets preach that feeding home made food isn’t good enough because they’d miss some essential vitamins. Other vets say bs on that & foods rich in vitamins naturally can be incorporated. It’s a lifestyle choice for sure. Not everyone has the extra time needed to make it. Making it as a kibble instead of a stew takes a lot of extra work & includes a lot of flour. I do it when I’m out of money for dog food from store. But I usually make it as a stew or mush now (sled dog slop) to skip all the flour.

  • Jay

    Grave mistake!?!? Why? I would have to completely disagree with that. Humans are animals anyway. Why would you think human life means so much more? Because YOU are a human? Well there are plenty of people who would disagree with you because animals lives matter just as much to us. Your lack of ability to empathize with other species of life who feels emotion and has a nervous system just the same is something I just can’t relate to on any level and am frankly glad I don’t. As for your additional comment to Raine, what gives you the audacity to say you will get nowhere in life? That surely isn’t the case with my life as well as many great, very successful and fulfilled lives of other people I know. You’re probably just a troll anyway.

  • Wanda Orraca

    Unbelievable that it’s organic & so expensive & now this! Smh

  • Bernadette Sava

    is it chicken and beef or dog and cat since most murdered shelter animals become dog food?

  • Mary

    I also feel sorry for this person’s dogs as if you really care for your “pets” they are your children with fur, feathers etc. Their food should be as safe as what they feed their 2 footed children!!!!

  • Raine

    Dog, hands down. My opinion. You ever been raped or sexually abused, beaten by a human??? Doubt it. Get off if you don’t put pets first here. This isn’t a site for those that don’t love pets!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lauren

    Nopchere, if you feel that way, why did you bother coming here?

  • Raine

    Your opinion and I’m entitled to mine! Who is to say we are superior to other species? This is a pet forum not a back and forth argument forum. You are exactly why I never post! Bye!

  • I Can See You

    only to humans.

  • Raine

    I’ve gotten pretty far in life by avoiding a-holes like you. Do you have a 4 year degree. Worked for 40+ years of your life? I’m sorry if my comment offended you. It was reacting to someone stating they were just Dogs! You just confirmed my opinion why humans are on the bottom of the food chain! Buzz off.

  • Nopchere

    So what is worse? An infant passing away or a dog??

  • Lauren

    Sandi Malcolm, if you feel that way, why did you bother commenting here? This website was created for people who love their dogs.

    Also, I feel sorry for your dogs. They love you with all their hearts (I assume) yet you don’t seem to reciprocate the feeling.

  • Nopchere

    Keep hating people, you will get no where in life.

  • Nopchere

    It is a grave mistake to equate animals with humans. That means killing someone would equal killing a dog or cat that ran into the middle of the road. Human life means so much more.

  • The Old Ranger

    @Sandi Malcolm…. you are way off base. My wife and I have two daughters, and they grew up with dogs in the house. We have owned Great Danes for over 40 years, the last two are “rescued dogs”. They are part of the family, just as all our other dogs. Both daughters grew up loving dogs and both now own “rescued dogs” and they treat them as family as well. Dogs love unconditionally and our first dog (found at a roadside park in snow 48 years ago) plus a registered German Shepherd were our “kids” for the first 5 years of our marriage. Those dogs watched out for our daughters all the time, and even when they passed on, the Danes were ever vigilant … they would come get us up if either daughter was sick, tried to slip out of the house during the night, etc… They are family, not like family. I think you misspoke, at least I hope you just made a slip of the tongue.

  • Debbie Bikes

    That’s the reason I bought it was for the coconut oil. My chiweenie ate it at first but then threw up on it. Then she wouldn’t touch it again. She’s very picky though. She also threw up on another canned food. I can’t remember the name but it has avocado in it.

  • Iris Wells

    So tired of hearing about these recalls on pet food! The govt needs to start treating these “deaths by contamination” on our beloved pets, as those they were perpetrated upon humans! They are not just something you own, they are a member of our family, and are cared for and loved as such!!! Do these AHoles realize how much we care, and just how much money we put into our animals to ensure they live a long and healthy life while we shop for the best, and use their products??? I don’t think they give a damn! Just $$$ for them!!! Just how in the HELL does a drug like phenobarbital end up in pet food anyway??? Someone needs to do something, as this problem is becoming a norm these days!

  • Sherry

    I just noticed they are Organic, so they are definitely a premium brand. Very unfortunate.

  • Sherry

    I’ve never heard of this brand. I thought it may be like Purina. Is this brand a premium dog food? That’s sad Merrick sold out to Purina! SMH.

  • Raine

    OMG That Sandy person should not be a pet owner. How dare she tell others they are just dogs?? She is the reason I hate humans more and more. Human beings are thoughtless, careless, and selfish. My pets are more family to me than my own relatives. There’s no greater love and she should be ashamed to even post here if that’s how she feels. Shame on you Sandy!!! You are just a female a-hole!

  • Pat Neary

    Duh – I saw that.. I just want to know how it occurred.. guess it was from euthanized animals used in the food.. Disgusting!

  • Leyna

    That is too bad if they threw up due to coconut oil, I hope that wasn’t the reason.. I have been giving that to my dogs every morning for over a year! They have the shiniest coats of any dog I have had in the past. I love coconut oil as do they!!

  • Tracey Risner

    I was feeding my dog Merrick too that’s why I ended up getting her the incredibites it was the only other thing I could find she would eat and now I don’t know what to do

  • Debbie Bikes

    I wasn’t planning on feeding those last 6 cans, which is why they have been sitting for over a year. I feel fairly safe feeding canned chicken. The reason I feed the Evanger’s chicken dinner is that it is just chicken, spinach, and kale. It is hard to find a canned dog food without rice or potatoes in it. They also claim it’s certified kosher. I’m not sure what that means when pertaining to dog food though.

  • kathtastik

    I understand completely but Hills Science Diet itself has been recalled many times. Don’t assume that because a vet sells it that it’s safe. The vet doesn’t have anything to do with the making & processing of dog food. I know 1st hand. My rescued greyhound hat to be euthanized after Hills SD shut down his kidneys & caused painful sepsis. The dogfood manufacturer had used contaminated whey products imported from China. No pet food nor human food is 100% safe, especially in this day & age of global markets where food ingredients are imported from several different countries before processing & packaging. Pet food is much riskier than human food however.

  • LoveMyCats59

    Sorry Sandy, BUT my animals ARE MY FAMILY. They are my children. My husband and I were unable to have children, unfortunately. So, OUR PETS truly are family members. Your comment “they are just dogs.” MINE ARE FAMILY MEMBERS. End of discussion. Animals are GOD’S creatures. Yes part of Sandys soul is definitely missing something. Oh it’s called, compassion, and unconditional love.

  • D. Weis

    I’m tired of hearing about these supposed premium dog food companies poisoning our beloved pets.These POS greedy mf ers .If in fact this is related to Evangers again they should be put out of business.Seems every premium dog food co. Has these problems now.I expect it from Purina ,but now everywhere.I don’t know what to feed my dogs anymore.Was buying Merrick but they have been bought by Purina.

  • Bruce Allen Oatway

    Im going to vouch for Party Animal. Ive used them for many many years and know that they are small but a caring company. I’ve talked to them on the phone and they are sweet peeps really. My cats wouldn’t eat anything else! They should be testing the animals however, on this point I agree. I have a dog now and feed here PA but not the coco-lishous… they have another label and grain-free options as well as a chicken kibble. I trust they will take care of this issue and will continue to buy it.

  • Leyna

    The day that people become as kind, loving and forgiving as dogs is the day I will love them equally!!!

  • kathtastik

    Recall is poultry & beef. Be safe & return it for the love of all things good. If dog vomits after eating, usually warning something’s’wrong.

  • Debbie Bikes

    I actually have 6 cans of this brand left, but it’s the organic chicken. It has the “best if used by date of Nov 2019”. I bought a flat from Chewy’s but my dogs didn’t like it. One threw up a few times after eating it. I assume it was from the coconut oil?? I do feed my dogs Evangers but it’s the Chicken Dinner. After all of these recalls I would not feed my dogs any type of beef dog food. I also feed Sojos as a base food.

  • libralady ♡

    God Dog not a coincidence.
    Sandi has never really loved,lost a “pet.” Part of her soul is missing.

  • kathtastik

    A lot of people have misconceptions about what organic means or implies it means. Pentobarbitol isn’t an antibiotic or growth hormone (organic farms don’t use drugs to treat sickness or growth problems in animals sold for consumption). It’s a euthanasia drug used to humanely put down sick & suffering animals. If an organic farmer has a dying animal suffering in agony, that animal isn’t being sold into organic food chain so the farmer has 2 choices to put the suffering animal out of its misery 1. Gunshot to head 2. Needle of euthanasia serum that gently let’s the animal fall asleep peacefully & reach death without suffering terrified while it comes eye to eye with a barrel of a gun, bullet not guaranteed to kill on 1st try, thereby causing pain & unbearable terror. The organic farmer who raised the animal decides to choose peaceful euthanasia for the animal & not selling it to food processor.

  • libralady ♡

    Some of us have sons,daughters: the loyalty,love of a dog is like no other.

  • Tracey Risner

    My dog is so picky she wont eat dry food at all do you have a recommendation of a wet food that would be safe? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d0480a2036136ee8f536be37cba4cd19640dc8ef9af37b272ab29041ee304a9.jpg

  • Madison

    I had the same problem several years ago with Blue Buffalo dog food, severe vomiting, bloody, loose stools, no appetite, dehydration and am currently in a class action law suit. It cost me hundreds of dollars in antibiotics, probiotics, special dog food and blood tests to get my dog back to normal and it took weeks before she was normal. I strayed from the breeder’s recommendation of Hills Science and at age 3 tried the Blue. She is now 7, happy and healthy and I will never feed anything else to her but Hills Science.

  • Sherrie

    Very true

  • Sherrie

    There maybe the problem

  • Sherrie

    Evangers also uses rotten meat. Not a good company.

  • Sherrie

    No doubt

  • Cassandra Johnson

    Go to any plant. You can usually walk on in. Take some pics but don’t get caught or you may be dogfood.

  • Will Burke

    This practice should be stopped! Heavy fines and jail time. The Vet put it on for a reason!!!

  • Tracey Risner

    This is an outrage!! I had a similar experience with beneful incredibites wet dog food for small dogs in the 27 pack that they sell at WalMart. I fed it to my 6 yr old yorkiepoo then the next thing I knew she had severe vomiting and loose stools. She became lifeless and then started throwing up blood it looked like half her blood volume so I had to rush her to the vet and 3 days and nights later and a huge vet bill she was thankfully ok. I contacted the company and they denied any wrong doing and still haven’t recalled anything. There needs to be something done about these dog food companies they are getting by with MURDER and its a shame. We pay for them to kill our dogs and we should be able to trust them. This is just pathetic!!!

  • Cassandra Johnson

    Always have been, then there were laws. Nothing changed. They also manufacture people drugs and pets drugs in same facilities. Ever can’t get your pets regular pills or your own? Check out why. Sometimes it is the drugs got mixed up after someone or some animal got sick or worse.

  • Christine Newland

    I wonder if some cattle were euthanized with the drug and it was in the carcass that was made into meat. How horrible. I feel sorry for the people who might have lost their pets from this!

  • Bruce Wayne

    “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” ― Mark Twain

  • Ken Clark

    Seriously? Who the heck would ever buy from this company again??

  • Cassandra Johnson

    Not carelessness as much as greediness. We must demand that food be tested daily and often as it goes through the line. It starts with refineries that is where the hair is burnt of. The animals cooked until everything falls off the bones and body. Go to one, you will get very cautious about your own food as well.

  • Melissa O

    Does a euthanized animal qualify as “organic?” On my friend’s cattle farm, he can’t even use chemically treated fence posts.

  • Cassandra Johnson

    But you see it starts with the guy picking up the animal that he generally gets to keep any animal he may profit from because he supposed to be doing a job he has been trained for. He doesn’t care if your pet dies, he made fifty dollars or whatever. He lied about the animal. He should br charged for damage of property, animal abuse both ways. 1 for the animal that he doesn’t dipose of properly and the other, the one or ones he hurt from drugs. It’s hard enough to trust any dog food manufacturer since it’s a billion dollar industry. I’m going to start making my dogs their own food. I will know what they are eating . I’ve already cut their heartworm by half. I lost two to the drugs in heartworm pills and flea spray, soaps and shampoos. All because I saw 1 flea after a hotel stay. It paralysis them, you have surgery on them, three weeks of hospital therapy and it happens again. I had another one with same problem and I crated her and gave her an epsom salt bath everyday. She came out of it. Twice this had happened. None since I cut her pill in half. 10-30 pounds same amount? That’s a big deal for a little dog. Just to make it cost effective to sell in prepackaged sizes. Investgate what you are really giving your dog. Then really scare yourself and see what you and your family is eating or taking!!!

  • Jaye Bohnert Mier

    Some of us don’t have sons or daughters so, yes, they are our family.

  • Jeffrey Guidi

    The Company Evangers cans for this company which has already had issues with the FDA they continue to produce bad product using sick and dying animals.

    -J. Guidi
    Pet Supply Company Customer Service Rep.

  • MAW

    However Sandi Malcolm thinks it’s no big deal cuz they’re just dogs.

    This is beyond angering and upsetting! I think I’ll make my own dog food!

  • Jeffrey Guidi

    This is Correct it was tested at Texas A&M

    -J. Guidi
    Pet Supply Company Customer Service Rep.

  • MAW

    Can it Sandi Malcolm…I feel bad for your dogs having someone with your attitude looking out for their welfare. As Jill said speak for yourself – or better yet don’t speak at all. Your statement is completely irrelevant and pointless!

  • tinab

    The food tested positive for Pentobarbital…just like other food processed at this plant.

  • Jeffrey Guidi

    After doing research Evangers cans the food for this company. Once again Evangers fails to care properly for our animals.

    -J. Guidi
    Pet Supply Company Customer Service Rep.

  • tinab

    Evangers packs and/or manufactures this product.

  • tinab

    …euthanized animals of some sort

  • Jeffrey Guidi

    Evangers actually cans for this company after doing some research.

    -J. Guidi
    Pet Supply Company Customer Service Rep.

  • tinab

    Evangers packed and/or produced this food.

  • owsley9

    I don’t think they have any connection to Evangers…

  • Jim P

    Although there are some good and reputable companies out there. Most are in it for the money. This means buying ” cheap ” and selling ” premium PRICED” They do this by deceptive marketing to us who love our pets. Unfortunately even those companies that start out with good intentions and reputations get drug ( no pun intended ) down that road

  • Christine Lowe Rieder

    Hi. Do you know if they were sold in Canada? Thanks.

  • Jill

    Speak for yourself.

  • Jim P

    Short Answer YES, some use rendering plants that get their ” meat ” from unscrupulous sources

  • Jim P

    I am re-posting this from a post I made just a month or so ago regarding the same issue. Note I corrected Phenobarbital from last post to Pentobarbital. I mistakenly labled it in my last post.

    ” Pentobarbital gets into the meat , How does this happen ? I can tell you.

    They use pentobarbital to euthanize animals, a bovine is an animal. It
    is likely that even though the meat tests positive for being bovine (
    beef ) it was from a euthanized bovine.

    I have first hand
    knowledge of how this happens. I had a horse that needed to be
    euthanized after suffering a stroke. After my veterinarian administered
    the pento she placed a tag on her hoof that read along the lines of Do
    Not Remove This Tag, This animal has been euthanized and may not be used
    as food.

    The person for animal services that picks up dead
    animals used to be a friend of mine. After he put her in the truck he
    tore off the tag and proceeded to tell me that the vets do this to them
    all of the time just to keep them from being able to sell the meat for
    animal food

  • Debra Brecese

    THIS same exact thing just happened with beef products from the Evangers company! Turns out it was horse meat, rendered horse meat that was put into the beef products! here again we have an issue with beef pet food! Are we not to trust any beef products now for our pets?! We buy what we assume are good quality foods and this happens! There is absolutely NO excuse for this at all; EVERY single pet food company out there should be aware of the quality of the meat they are obtaining and testing should be on going at all facilities on all products received from slaughter places before they are processed into their pet foods!

  • SamJS

    I read about similar instances years ago regarding euthanized pets being used to make dog food. At that time a number of vets noticed it was taking more and more of the drugs needed to euthanize pets and at first they couldn’t figure out why. Apparently if a pet is eating food using these previously euthanized pets, their body begins to build up a resistance/immunity to the drug, so it takes more to put them down. IF/WHEN there comes a time my little loved one has to be put down due to a health reason, I want it to be fast, peaceful, and is comfortable as it can be.. for her.

  • Tammy StAndré

    I’m enraged by this! This can’t possibly be a oouupps I dropped some of that drug in by mistake!! Or are they putting animal meat that have been euthanized?

  • Sandi Malcolm

    Yes, your animals are pets, they are not humans. Love them, cherish them and give the a wonderful life but they are NOT your daughters or your sons. I love mine like family too, but they are dogs.

  • Pat Neary

    “What caused the recall”.. I need more info than the vague explanation!

  • AJ

    Probably 4D livestock (dead, dying, diseased, disabled) that were euthanized being used in pet food. Pentobarbital is the acting ingredient in euth agents like Fatal Plus. Euthanized livestock are not supposed to enter the food supply for any use, even pet food. I think we can assume this is happening. Somebody needs to pay for this.

  • Tammy StAndré

    That’s exactly want I want to know?

  • Tammy StAndré

    Omg! That’s awful.

  • JeanineS

    Evangers has been a questionable brand since conception….the owner of Evangers is NOT a good man and has been guilty of stealing gas power from another company nearby his. Also, in the beginning, he brought the FDA a case from his HOME (not a random case from the company) to get it to pass their inspection. It was NOT the same product! His was one solid piece, like a roast. The companies product is like hamburger. There is so much more, if you just look it up…. I won’t touch the stuff…

  • LoveMyCats59

    This should never had happened. We do need /demand stronger regulations on our pet’s food. Our animals are not pet’s, they are apart of our FAMILY. This food is advertised as being ORGANIC. So how did this powerful tranquilizer end up in the finished products? We demand answers now. I truly hope and pray no-one lost their beloved family members because of someone’s stupidity, or carelessness.

  • Terry Robertson

    Do we need any more proof that this company and others are using Rendering plants????? 🙁

  • RottyLover

    How in the hell does this happen? A euthanasia drug?

  • Aboyandhisdog

    I agree! Having an “organic” food recalled for a drug like this is just sad. What poor animals are they putting in dog food anyway? Were these shelter animals??? Shameful!

  • Josh

    Evangers had their own recall a few months ago. They’ve gone downhill

  • joan wilson

    So are euthanized pets being put into dog food now???????

  • Jeanne McGlenister

    what happened to the dog who consumed this? By “discomfort” do they mean the dog died!

  • Taylor

    How can this be organic with this drug in the food? Evangers manufactures this. I