Resistance to Sodium Pentobarbital Found in Many Pet Foods

By Robert Mueller Sr.
Registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere.

What an interesting observation that dogs are acquiring a resistance to Sodium Pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital is the normal drug of choice that Veterinarians use to euthanize dogs and cats that are brought into their clinics. In the 1990’s veterinarians began reporting to the FDA/CVM that the drug was losing its effectiveness.

Your Pet may Become Immune to Sodium Pentobarbital

What is the most popular question to CVM? After exploring the situation they determined that animals were becoming immune to the drug because they had been eating food with trace amounts of Sodium Pentobarbital for years. The likely source of the drug used to euthanize animals.

The testing has been done – In 1998 the CVM tested dry foods containing ingredients with bone meal, animal digest, animal fat, beef and bone meal. Of the 37 foods tested they found significant levels of the drug in each food tested. (Source –

Here is some food for thought. If kibble, after being exposed to high heat can still offer this much effect on the effectiveness of a particular drug then what effect would the other chemicals (preservatives) in the dry food have on the health and well-being of the animal?

High Heating Pet Foods Alters Chemical Makeup of Proteins and Vital Amino Acids

We know that heating the extrusions at high temperatures will alter the chemical makeup of the proteins and their corresponding vital amino acids. What effect will these altered chemical changes have on the long term use of these foods? I think we are seeing the effects of the heat processing and added chemicals in the food everyday at the nations vet clinics. The results don’t happen overnight. Could it be that they are the result of years of feeding the same chemically laden foods?

Site Owner Comments: Many, if not most pet foods on the market today contain Sodium Pentobarbital, not added, but rather already contained in the rendered raw animal material used for processing into pet foods.  We are very happy to report that Life’s Abundance contains NONE of the things you have read about above, holistically formulated, whole ingredients!!!

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