Party Animal said the recalled dog food was manufactured in 2015, but it has a “Best-By” date up through 2019. Tests on dog food manufactured more recently have all been negative for pentobarbital.
Pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, falling over, nausea, vomiting, jerking eye movements, coma, or death.
The recall involves the following products:
- 3-ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019)
- 13-ounce cans of Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019)
The recall was issued after a small foster dog in Texas got sick but survived after eating the food. The owner sent two samples of the food to Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory for testing.
Both samples of Cocolicious dog food tested positive for pentobarbital, a fast-acting tranquilizer that is used to euthanize horses, cats, dogs, and humans in lethal injection executions.
Pentobarbital is not normally used to euthanize cows, chickens, or turkeys, so it remains a mystery how the drug ended up in organic dog food labeled as “Beef/Turkey” and “Chicken/Beef.”
One explanation is the use of horse meat instead of beef. Contrary to popular belief, horse meat is not allowed in dog food in the United States due to the risk of pentobarbital causing illness or death in pets and people who eat dog food for economic reasons.
Two months ago, horse DNA and pentobarbital were found in canned dog food made by Evanger’s and Against The Grain. That led to a recall for all lots of “chunk beef” dog food under both brands. One dog died and at least 10 complaints were reported to the FDA.