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Researchers believe they know why the recalled pet food is causing kidney failure in cats and dogs. Samples of it have tested positive for rat poison. The investigation has focused so far on the wheat gluten used to make the food and the supplier.

The deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. There have been several reports of kidney failure in pets that ate the recalled brands, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.

Menu Foods last week recalled “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat food. The recall sparked concern among pet owners across North America. It includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels such as Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba.

Watch your pet for signs of increased thirst, vomitting, and lack of appetite if they have eaten the recalled food. Contact your veterinarian immediately if they show any of these signs. You can see a complete list of the recalled pet food at

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