The recent recall of certain pet foods has pet owners on edge.

Nearly a hundred different brands of dog and cat food made by the same company, Menu Foods, have been recalled after animals started getting sick. Some died. Mostly from kidney failure.

Dr. Sandra Sawchuk with the UW-Veterinary School of Medicine in Madison reminds pet owners the problem seems to be with wheat gluten found in the so-called wet food sold in cans or as cuts and gravy. Dry pet food that also contains wheat gluten doesn't seem to be affected.

If your pet has eaten the suspect brand and shows signs of nausea, vomiting, lethargy or drinking too much water. Call your vet. Dr. Sawchuk says your pet can be saved. If treated early, it's a condition that can be managed long term by medication or diet.  

Dr. Sawchuk says this is a prime example of why your pet shouldn't always eat the same food day in and day out. If your pet eats a variety of pet food it's easier to switch them to something else if future problems with the pet food supply should arise.

For a list of the brands being recalled, you can go to the company's web site..




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