Party Animal is a pet food company based in California known best for its organic and mostly-organic “healthy” canned pet food options. Unfortunately the company has issued a recall this week over two types of canned dog food over concerns that they may be contaminated with a euthanasia drug, “out of an abundance of caution.”
The recall was issued following the sale of some cans in Texas which had tested positive for the chemical pentobarbital, which is a drug used in the euthanizing of dogs, cats, and horses.
The recall affects all 13-oz cans of Cocolicious Beef & turkey dog food (Lot
(Lot #0136E15204 04) and all 13-ounce cans of Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13) with best by dates between July 2019 and August 2019).
In an official recall statement, the company has said, “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.”
Of course, pet owners who may have purchased these products have been asked to throw them away or to return them where they originally purchased them to receive a full refund. And, as is typically the case in situations like this, the company says that it is working with retailers to determine whether or not any additional contaminated cans remain on store shelves. The company will be sending all recalled cans in the listed lots (and perhaps others) to an independent lab for testing.
Indeed, the company’s statement goes on to say, “If pet parents have cans with either of those lot numbers in their possession, they should return them to the place of purchase and will of course receive a full refund.”
You may recall that another pet food company, the Illinois-based Evanger, recalled cans of dog food in February over similar issues in which pentobarbital were making dogs sick.
While the initial recall listed cans discovered in Texas, the company does distribute and sell their products across the country, so more cans will likely be discovered (but hopefully through the recall process).