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SHERMAN OAKS – Ten days ago, Pebbles seemed healthy. She ate breakfast and went for a walk with her owner, Jeff Kerner. But when they returned to the apartment, Pebbles threw up. The 7-year-old Yorkshire terrier continued over the next few days until her stomach was dry. She became lethargic, depressed. By Friday, Pebbles was in the hospital with renal failure, the apparent victim of tainted dog food, one of an unknown number of pets nationwide sickened by bad dog and cat chow. Ten have died. “Last Saturday, I was thinking my dog will be here another eight to 10 years,” said Kerner, 48, of Sherman Oaks. “Now, I’m worrying about whether she will make it through the weekend.” Menu Foods, the Canadian maker of the food, announced Friday that it was recalling 60 million cans and pouches of wet dog and cat food sold throughout North America. It affects 91 brands, including Food Lion, Iams and Nutro, sold under store and brand labels at Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other retailers. Testing by Menu Foods since the first complaints of kidney failure were reported Feb. 20 also found that of 40 to 50 dogs and cats fed the affected “cuts and gravy” style, seven died. Other companies – Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Nestle Purina PetCare and Procter & Gamble – voluntarily have recalled products made by Menu Foods. “If your pet has been on one of the foods, it is worth going to your veterinarian and having blood work and a urine test done to see if your pet is having a problem with kidney function,” said Dr. Amy Worell, owner of All Pets Medical Center in West Hills. “The quicker you jump on it, the better the outcome will be.” By noon, Worell and officials at other San Fernando Valley veterinary centers said phones had been ringing all morning. “People are pretty worried about the recall,” said Worell, who ran blood tests on two dogs Sunday. “We’ve had lots of calls today. We’ve not had anybody call with clinical signs related to the pet foods – just plain worried.” The recall covers wet-style food sold in cans and pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6. Menu Foods’ stock has fallen 45 percent. The company established two toll-free phone numbers for concerned pet owners, and both were consistently busy Monday. The Food and Drug Administration is focusing on wheat gluten as a likely source of the contamination. Menu Foods said it had recently switched suppliers of wheat gluten, a source of protein, but has since dropped that provider. Wheat gluten alone wouldn’t cause kidney failure but it could if it were contaminated by other substances, such as heavy metals or fungal toxins. Two years ago, a corn fungus contamination sparked a dog-food recall. When Kerner heard about the recall, Pebbles had already been admitted to Collett Veterinary Clinic in Sylmar. After futilely trying to reach Menu Foods by phone, he went to the Web site and looked at the affected dates and serial numbers. “The three pouches I have left,” he said, “matched number for number.” Pebbles remained at the Sylmar clinic Monday, receiving nutrition intravenously and running up an unknown medical bill. “I used to work as a demonstrator for Nutro years ago, and I know it is a great product,” Kerner said. “You spend extra money for the more expensive food because you think you are doing the right thing. But then something like this happens.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. email@example.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!