Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) is notifying all local pet owners of the recent voluntary recall from Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food. The company issued a recall for the 12-ounce cans of its Hunk of Beef products due to the discovery of the barbiturate pentoarbital in a sample of its Hunk of Beef Au Jus. A known sedative, pentoarbital is found to cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, excitement and possibly death if ingested by a pet.
The recalled products were sold online and in a variety of stores throughout New York and were manufactured during the week of June 6 to 13, 2016. The recall includes products with the following lot numbers: 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB and 1816E13HB.
With recent reports indicating one death and several other sickened pets due to the contamination, Central Veterinary Associate is warning every pet owner of the potential hazards of the drug on a pet’s system. “High levels of pentoarbital can cause many adverse problems for pets, especially those who are pregnant and nursing or have pre-existing health conditions, such as anemia or Addison’s disease, or those with kidney, liver, heart or lung conditions,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, CVA. “We urge everyone who has purchased the aforementioned dog and cat food products to immediately cease feeding it to their pets and to return it to the store from which it was purchased for a full refund.”
If you suspect that your pet might be affected by pentoarbital toxicity, CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information about CVA or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.