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.

Robert Mueller · February 05, 2019

Resistance to Sodium Pentobarbital 

By Robert Mueller Sr. 

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

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 - http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/CompanionAnimals.html) 

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?

Heating alters chemical makeup

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? 

Raw Food Tip:

"The pet animals and zoo animals that have been euthanized have been sent to rendering facilities where they are heat processed, separated, dried, and bagged for use in pet food. If you find it bothersome to learn that someone's pet has been used for this purpose, then you need to search for a more appropriate and higher quality source of food. 

The key is to look for a product that is not highly processed and has not been treated with an application of high heat. You guessed it - the BARF DIET fits this qualification." 


- Robert Mueller Sr. 

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Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a 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. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

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