A 2018 Recall of Pet food by the FDA was due to pentobarbital (Euthanasia solution). FDA considers this a contaminant that is not allowed in pet food. This poison gets into pet food when euthanized animals (usually livestock like horses whose bodies are disposed of at rendering plants) are rendered and used as the protein source in pet food. Horse meat can be detected by running a DNA species test, also available at PFSVL.

What Happens to a Pet That Eats Pet Food Containing Pentobarbital? Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can have any or all of the following signs:

  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Excitement/agitation
  • Loss of balance/incoordination/unable to stand
  • Nausea/vomiting

Dr. DeBonis will provide a free 15 minute consultation (Value is $35) upon payment of a test. Or if you prefer to speak with Dr. DeBonis first, the $35 consultation fee will be credited towards the payment of a test.

Shipping: Your Sample fee includes the Sampling Kit, Pre-filled Submission Form, Shipping the Sampling Kit to the client, and Shipping the Sample Kit (containing the pet food sample) to PFSVL.

Refunds: Only partial refunds are available on any purchase (unless it is a technical issue). Once Sample Kits have been shipped, then refunds include a Shipping & Handling fee of 20%. If samples are already inside the lab, then they are not available for any refunds.