Dog food pulled from stores after euthanasia drug found in popular brands

Dog food pulled from stores after euthanasia drug found in popular brands

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Some popular brands of canned dog food are being pulled off of shelves after trace amounts of a euthanasia drug were found in some cans.

The JM Smucker Company has withdrawn several varieties of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Skippy and Ol' Roy.

The company says low levels of pentobarbital were found in some cans of food.

Hattiesburg veterinarian Jodi Crawford said any danger to pets depends on the amount of the drug ingested and the length of exposure.

"In a very small amount over a period of time, there could be that absorption of the drug into their system, and we may see some sedation, dysphoria or confusion," said Crawford. "Especially then in larger doses, if you're expecting a larger exposure, I would be worried about even acute death."

JM Smucker has apologized and said it is investigating. The company released this statement to WDAM News:

Earlier this week, out of an abundance of caution we initiated a voluntary withdrawal (not a recall) on specific shipments of Gravy Train®, Kibbles 'N Bits®, Ol' Roy®, and Skippy® canned/wet dog food because they do not meet our quality specifications.