Posted on: May 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm
Last updated: September 22, 2017 at 9:32 am

Alert! Two kinds of pet food by Party Animals are being recalled in Indiana as they may contain pentobarbital. Pentobarbital is used as a euthanasia drug for animals. According to the FDA (1), the following are the recalled products to look out for:

Cocolicious Beef & Turkey, lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019

Cocolicious Chicken & Beef, lot #0134E15237 13, best by August 2019

According to WTHITV (2), at least one dog has gotten sick from this contamination. If you have any of the products mentioned above, you can return them for a full refund.


What is Pentobarbital?

In small doses, pentobarbital can be used to control epilepsy in animals. Basically, Pentobarbital decreases and stabilizes neuron activity, slowing down the central nervous system meaning it has sedative effects. However, pentobarbital can cause unwanted side effects as listed below (3):

Pentobarbital Side Effects:

  • Anxiety
  • Lethargy
  • Sedation
  • Increase in appetite
  • Anemia
  • Weight gain

Pentobarbital Euthanasia: How it Works

In large doses, when this drug is injected into your pet, it quickly renders them unconscious. The heart and brain functions start to shut down, usually within two minutes. The process can be difficult to watch as they start to twitch before their final breath. That being said, the process itself is not painful for the animals (4)

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The risk of contaminants in store bought dog food is becoming more and more prevalent. Many dog owners find it easier to make dog food at home so they know exactly what their dog is consuming.

Do’s and Don’t’s For Homemade Dog Food

If you’re worried about contaminations due to store bought dog food, then why not try making your own at home? Keep in mind, your dog food must be a well-balanced meal. For more information on the do’s and don’t of homemade dog food, check out the video below.


The Takeaway:

  • You don’t always know if store bought dog food is safe, the solution here is to always do your research before you buy pet food.
  • Benefits of store bought dog food- they are certified, complete and balanced by government officials. If you make your own, you have to make sure they are complete and balanced.
  •  If you are considering making your own dog food, consult your veterinarian first.
  • Avoid feeding your dog high-fat foods, and avoid things with high salt content.
  • If you want to start making your own dog food at home, do your research, such as what foods to avoid, and what nutrients they need etc.

To be more cautious about what your dog is consuming, you can read this article on what foods you should never feed your dog.

Make Homemade Dog Food

Cooking a full balanced dog meal doesn’t have to be complicated. You can find all the required ingredients at your local food store. For a fast, full balanced dog meal recipe, check out the video below.



  • 14 oz ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons hemp seed oil or 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cod seed oil or 1/2 can sardines
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, powdered
  • 1/2 teaspoon kelp, powdered
  • 1 egg (keep shell)
  • 1 oz liver
  • 1 oz broccoli
  • 1 oz bell peppers
  • 1 oz spinach


  1. Combine ground beef, cod seed oil, ginger, kelp, egg in a bowl
  2. Combine egg shell, liver, broccoli, peppers, spinach in a food processor, then add to other mixture.
  3. You can serve raw, cook in a frying pan, or warmed up.


You can find many different recipes online for homemade dog food. Just make sure that the recipes include ingredients for a full balanced meal so your dog is getting all the required nutrients. 

  1. FDA. (2017, April 24). Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts – Party Animal Recalls Dog Food Due To Potential Presence of Pentobarbital. Retrieved May 01, 2017, from
  2. Wthitv. (2017, April 26). Dog food sold in Indiana recalled after possible contamination with euthanasia drug. Retrieved May 01, 2017, from
  3. PetMD. (n.d.). Phenobarbital. Retrieved May 01, 2017, from
  4. WebMD. (n.d.). What Happens When You Put Your Pet to Sleep? Retrieved May 01, 2017, from
  5. Caplan, C. (2016, August 12). 8 common foods you should never feed your dog – it could poison them! Retrieved May 01, 2017, from
  6. Ghelani, R. (2015, November 19). Phenobarbital. Retrieved May 01, 2017, from


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