Vital Essentials Recall

Chuck & Don’s is aware that a voluntary recall has been initiated on Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers and Frozen Beef Chub Entree for Dogs (see details below). Although we DO NOT carry these items in our stores, we want to make sure our customers are aware.

We take the well-being of our customer’s pets seriously. Please refer to the information below from Vital Essentials for specific details.

Carnivore Meat Company

2878 Ontario Road

Green Bay, WI  54311

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  DATE: 4-16-18
Media Inquiries:  Susan Finco, 920-965-7750 x158

Carnivore Meat Company Issues Voluntary Recall of limited batches of “Vital Essentials® Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers” and “Vital Essentials® Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs” Pet Food

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of pet food because the products may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following affected products were distributed in the continental USA through independent retailers and via online retailers and through direct delivery.

Affected products can be identified by comparing the following lot numbers and best by dates: “Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers, 6 oz. poly bag” with “Lot #13815, Best by 06/01/2019, Best by 06/04/19 or Best by 06/20/19 and UPC 033211006059” and “Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs, 5 lb.” with “Lot #13816, Best by 12/27/18 and UPC 033211008817”.

No other Vital Essentials products are subject to this precautionary voluntary recall.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recall is being issued in an abundance of caution following the FDA’s collection of a product from a single batch was tested for the presence of salmonella.  There have been no reports of illness.

Consumers who have purchased the items listed above, are urged to discard them safely in a covered trash receptacle, any of the products included in this recall.  You may notify your retailer for a replacement or refund. Consumers with questions may call the company at 920-370-6542.

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2018 Grin to Win


Lucy, our 2017 Happiest Pet

Show us your pet’s best grin!

We need your help to find our 2018 Happiest Pet.

Submit a photo of your smiling pet from May 1-31, 2018 for a chance to appear on Chuck & Don’s marketing and be named the 2018 Happiest Pet!


  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Pets and their humans
  • Small animal or multiple pets

How It Works:

  1. Submit your photo at May 1-31, 2018
  2. Store winners, Category Winners and the 2018 Happiest Pet will be announced on June 22, 2018!

Extra Credit: Share your photos on social media, tag us and use #friendofchuck for more chances to be featured in our marketing!


  • 2018 Happiest Pet: $250 Chuck & Don’s gift card, plus $250 given to rescue of choice
  • Category Winners: $100 Chuck & Don’s gift card
  • Store Winners: $25 Chuck & Don’s gift card, plus $25 given to rescue of choice
  • All entries have a chance to be featured in Chuck & Don’s marketing

Smiles All Year

Your pets are your family, and we want to see their smiles all year long. Tag us in photos and use #friendofchuck for even more chances to appear in the Barkin’ Mews, our social media and on other Chuck & Don’s marketing.

See contest rules.

Twin Cities Job Fair


We are now hiring at many Twin Cities locations.

If you want to learn more about our fun and friendly work environment, visit Abby’s Pet Place in our Edina store on Thursday, April 12 from 2-7pm.

Please bring a current resume and/or job history with you to fill out an employment application. On-site managers will be ready to answer questions and review your application. We will conduct pre-employment assessments and interviews with qualified candidates.

We look forward to meeting you!

View Open Positions

Twin Cities Job Fair

Thursday, April 12

Edina Store
6821 York Ave S.
Edina, MN 55435

Farm to Bowl Greatness

We sell a lot of phenomenal pet food.


Barley harvested 3.5 miles from NutriSource’s manufacturing facility

One thing we love about NutriSource is the company’s dedication to greatness in every bowl.

Produced in the small town of Perham, Minn., NutriSource monitors every step of production and sources many ingredients from local farms. This level of farm to bowl supervision gives NutriSource responsibly sourced, quality ingredients every step of the way.

Beyond creating top-quality pet foods, NutriSource is centered around a core belief in family and community. Over the years, we’ve partnered with NutriSource in fundraising efforts for Pinky Swear Foundation, a group that provides financial and emotional support to families battling pediatric cancer. NutriSource has committed to give over one million to Pinky Swear, and we’re proud to support their efforts during special Pinky Swear events.

Thank you, NutriSource, for being a great Minn. business, and providing our customers with quality food and another reason to shop local.

Find NutriSource at a local Chuck & Don’s.


Muddy Paw Management Guide

Keep your pets fresh and clean this spring.

We all know spring weather means lots of water, mud and mess. Take the stress out of constant cleanup with our quick guide to mud management.

The Transition Zone

Set up a transition zone outside your house or vehicle with your dog cleaning tools.


MudBuster Paw Cleaner

The Dexas MudBuster Paw Cleaner is your must-have for at home and on-the-go. All you do is add a little water, insert the muddy paw, gently twist, dab the paw dry and repeat for each additional paw. Clean between uses to ensure paw freshness.


Dirty Dog Doormat

For a truly soggy doggy, a Dirty Dog Shammy™ and Dirty Dog Doormat™ are perfect for soaking up water and mud. The super absorbent fibers can soak up to 7X their weight in water and mud. The doormat dries 5X faster than ordinary doormats, and the shammy dries your dog 8X faster than a cotton towel or blow dryer.

Use the Dirty Dog Doormat as your plush and velvety secret weapon in cars, as a doormat, in crates and under food and water bowls.

Deep Clean

Sometimes a bath is all that will do to deep clean your dirty dog.




Made in the USA, ISLE OF DOGS™ perfectly balanced shampoos and conditions focus on removing dirt, grime and odor while creating a lush coat.


Buddy Wash Rosemary & Mint

If bath time is a struggle or you’re looking for natural ingredients, try Buddy Wash’s two-in-one conditioning shampoo. Made with pure botanical extracts and natural conditioners like sage, rosemary, green tea and chamomile, this coconut-based and alcohol free cleaning solution will naturally deodorize and clean your pup.



Dirty Dog Shammy

Conquer your sopping wet dog with a Dirty Dog Shammy. The ultra-soft fabric massages during drying, and the dual hand pockets gives you control while you clean and dry even the most energetic dogs.

Everyday Maintenance

Regular brushing and fur maintenance is even more important in the spring. With all the mud and moisture, dog’s fur can curl, knot and mat more easily. Plus, shedding can be more abundant in the spring, so it’s even more important to keep it under control.



Designed by a groomer for professional results, FURminator deShedding tools reach deep beneath your dog or cat’s topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair. For dogs, it reduces loose hair from shedding up to 90% on regularly groomed dogs. For cats, it effectively reduces hairballs by reducing loose hair ingested by cats during self-grooming.



Dirty Dog Grooming Mitt

The dual action Dirty Dog Grooming Mitt combines super absorbency and hands-on grooming. The gentle rubber nubs trap and remove excess hair and brushes out tangled fur. It’s especially useful for hard-to-reach areas. The absorbent side holds 10X its weight in water and dirt, so wipe away!

Other Tips

Keep mud to a minimum by regularly trimming the hair around your dog’s paws so mud won’t clump on them.

Train your dog to allow you to handle his or her paws. Doing this on a regular basis will allow you to clean your pet’s paws with less fuss. If your pup isn’t fond of their feet being touched, consult a dog trainer to work on a plan.

And as always, our knowledgeable team members are eager to help you find your perfect spring solutions.

All product claims are made by product manufacturers or distributors.

50th & France Store Opening Party

Credit: Instagram's Endeavors of Ego

Celebrate our new 50th & France, Edina, Minn. store April 20-24, 2018 with free events and community partners. Enjoy Grand Opening savings too.

Events include:

Tasting Party

Friday, 4/20 4-7pm

Attend our tasting party to sample the latest in nutritious and convenient pet food.


Pet Photos

Saturday, 4/21 12-2pm

Meet Instagram’s Endeavors of Ego and receive a free pet photo from KME Photography.

Earth Day

Sunday, 4/22 12-2pm

Celebrate Earth Day with earth-friendly products and meet adoptable pets from Twin Cities Pet Rescue.

Giveaway Day

Monday, 4/23 starting at 9am

Get an exclusive metal pint glass, made to celebrate our new neighborhood. While supplies last, one per customer.

Spring Styles

Tuesday, 4/24 5-7pm

Learn about spring pet styles, new products and local features.

Anytime during and after the celebration stop in and see the custom canvas painting by Edina artist Heather Renaux celebrating the store and 50th & France neighborhood.

We Make Pets Happy!

Rad Cat Recall

Rad Cat logo

Chuck & Don’s is aware that Rad Cat has issued a voluntary pet-product recall. This recall affects certain lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. View a list of the specific products involved.

We’re taking steps to remove and ensure that the specific products identified in this recall is NOT available in our stores. We’ll be sending out an email to those customers — who have their email listed with us — who may have purchased the affected Rad Cat products.


Please feel free to contact any of our stores to discuss this recall further.

Giving Back to Families Facing Pediatric Cancer

NutriSource, Pinky Swear, Chuck & Don's and myTalk logos

Before nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas died from cancer, his dad made a pinky-swear-promise with him to continue to help children with cancer and their families by providing immediate needs support and unique family programs.

Chuck & Don’s is partnering with NutriSource and myTalk 107.1 to support the foundation created in Mitch’s honor. The Pinky Swear Foundation eases the financial and emotional impacts experienced by children with cancer and their families by providing basic needs support and during a very challenging time.

March 19-25, 2018, we’ll donate $1 for every bag of NutriSource* purchased at all Chuck & Don’s stores or Plus, join representatives from Chuck & Don’s, NutriSource and Pinky Swear for a live broadcast of the Katie K9 show, Sunday, March 25, 4-6pm at Chuck & Don’s in Roseville, Minn.

Learn more about Mitch and the passionate work of The Pinky Swear Foundation.

*Includes cat and dog dry food. Excludes canned food and PureVita.



Introducing: Rawbble by BIXBI

BIXBI Rawbble Beef RecipeHave you thought about raw?

Discover a new way to add highly nutritious food into your dog’s diet.

Using freeze-dried technology, Rawbble locks in the essential nutrients of raw food in the convenient form of kibble.

It’s 98% composition of meat, bones and organs gives your dog a healthy source of protein that maintains things like healthy teeth and gums.

Three Ways to Use Rawbble

  1. A complete and balanced food. Rawbble has the essential nutrients to fulfill your dog’s needs. If you choose to use Rawbble as your new food, remember to slowly transition your dog to the new food.
  2. Kibble topper. Adding a scoop of Rawbble to your dog’s current food adds a tasty and nutritious bonus to their everyday meal.
  3. Treats. Full of nutrients and natural flavors, Rawbble is an easy an nutritious treat.

Rawbble by BIXBI is available in four proteins: wild-caught salmon, free-range duck, free-range chicken and pasture-fed beef. All recipes include select fruits and vegetables and do not contain gluten, grains, animal meal, hormones, antibiotics, fillers, artificial preservatives or colors or rendered by-products.

BIXBI is run by two brothers out of Boulder, Colorado. Their passion for pets and nutrition led them to create a company that is focused on both pet nutrition and truly tasty treats and food.

Check your local Chuck & Don’s for sizes and availability.

St. Paul Saints Dog Day 2018

Woof, Woof, Woof for the home team!


Photo by CiaoBella.Photography

Take your dog to the ballgame to watch the Saint Paul Saints take on the Gary Southshore Railcats (yes, it’s dogs versus cats!).

The third annual Chuck & Don’s Dog Day is happening at CHS Field on Saturday, May 26 at 7:05pm. Enjoy free giveaways, product samples, special activities and lots of furry friends.

Chuck & Don’s customers get first access to special tickets (including a Saints hat and $5 in Chuck’s Bucks) starting March 6 at 10am at (password: 2018dogday). Everybody wins with this ticket package because a portion of the proceeds go to Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption, a nonprofit dedicated to finding responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds and educating the public about greyhounds as pets.

Be sure to check out the Chuck & Don’s Dog Park right next to CHS Field all year long!

During select 2018 home games, Chuck & Don’s is proud to sponsor the Pet of the Game by partnering with local rescues to feature an adoptable pet for fans to meet and greet (and, hopefully, find their forever home).

Regular single game tickets go on sale March 17 at 10:00am. Any tickets purchased for May 26 include admission for your dog to the game.