Popular dog foods removed after testing positive for euthanasia drug

Staff Writer

More than 30 different canned dog foods have been pulled from shelves at retailers across the country, including Saline County, after studies find the euthanasia drug pentobarbital, according to reports.

Results of the months-long investigation were released earlier this week.

Smucker’s, owner of nearly all of the brands, announced a voluntary withdrawal. Brands include Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy and Ol’ Roy.

Walmart has removed the brands from all 4,700 stores in the nation.

"Consumers, they're tired of their pets dying. They're tired of being worried and this needs to change," said Susan Thixton, who’s been researching and writing about the pet food industry for years.
Thixton says based on current labeling standards, it's impossible for consumers to know what they're really feeding their pets.
“They have no information,” Thixton said. “A consumer has to become a private detective to learn what's really in their food."