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  1. What can I do to help my cat that is vomiting often?

    Question

    My cat is throwing up a lot, she used to only throw up when she got to the end of the bag of food (Purina Indoor), we tried to incorporate we foods and the vomiting has gotten worse. She is 12 and weighs about 11lbs. She is still quite active and likes to play but she is slowing down a bit.

    What would you suggest to feed her to help with the vomiting?

    Answer

    Cats can vomit for different reasons. You can get some clues as to the cause of the problem based on the type of vomit you see. Check for hairballs or whole un-chewed kibble. If you see a lot of hair, a hairball formula will help by providing a good source of Omega oils which reduce shedding. It will also help in aiding your cat to be able to move the hair through the digestive tract and into the litter box. Some good hairball formulas include Royal Canin Intense Hairball Control and Chicken Soup Senior/Hairball control (this is also appropriate for your cat’s age and activity level).

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  2. Is there a cat food that I can feed in place of SO prescription diet for urinary health?

    Question

    My cat just underwent surgery for kidney stones, urinary tract blockage, my vet said his urinary tract pH balance was good at 6.5 and that these issues in boy cats are common. When he came home the vet said to give him SO prescription diet. He will not eat that food; the only thing he is eating now is fancy feast it does help him to eat and drink lots of water; however I don’t want him to end up back at the vet. What do you suggest I give him in place of the SO diet?

    Answer

    Royal Canin SO diet it is formulated for cats at risk of developing feline lower urinary tract disease, coupled with the predisposition for gaining excess weight. The ingredients used to make the SO diet vary between the dry and canned formulas but it isn’t uncommon that pets don’t like the prescription diets as much because they aren’t as flavorful as other options available.

    Cats may have been domesticated for centuries but their systems have changed very little. The

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  3. What should I feed my cat that only eats treats?

    Question

    My cat will not any dry food that I give him. He will only eat the treats that I give him. I have tried leaving the food out for days, and he still will just pick at it. What should I do?

    Answer

    Finicky cats: the struggle is real. I would recommend stopping by your local Chuck & Don’s and picking up some samples of cat foods and/or two or three small bags in various flavors so you can have options to try out. You can always return what doesn’t work if you have at least half of the bag left. Make sure you get options that are fishy and options that are completely non-fishy in both a poultry/fowl and a red meat option. Cats fall into one of three camps in most cases: fish, chicken/bird, or red meat. That said, cats are finicky about texture, so I’d also make sure to pick up several types of canned food (pate, minced, chunk, flaked, shredded, etc.). Moist food is better for cats, and if yours prefers it, there are many healthy and tasty options

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  4. What can I do for my cat that is always hungry without feeding him too much and causing weight gain?

    Question

    I have a middle aged neutered cat that was quite overweight (18lbs), he was eating a diet of just dry kibble. After some research I discovered that canned food is much healthier for him and switched him to Chicken Soup for the Cat’s Soul and 9 Lives Super Supper. He lost 2lbs over 3-4 months. Since the change he seems to always be hungry and meows all the time and begs for food. He’s driving us nuts! He eats a little over one can of food each day that is spread out throughout the day. We are seriously considering putting him up for adoption his constant yowling is stressing us out! Help! Do you have any recommendations?

    Answer

    It sounds as though he is not getting enough to eat. Looking at the feeding guidelines on some of the canned foods we carry they recommend feeding one can per 6 – 8lbs of body weight. Based on that he should be getting two cans of food per day, if he is only eating the canned food. Grain free foods are a great way to go. Ca

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  5. What is a good food for cats that are diabetic?

    Answer

    As a general rule you will want to select foods that are low in carbohydrates (below 10 – 12 percent of calories from carbs is generally advised) Below are foods that are carried at Chuck & Don’s, which are low carb, and therefore deemed suitable for a diabetic cat:

    – Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct (Dry)
    – Nature’s Variety Instinct (Canned
    – Primal (Raw frozen)
    – Nature’s Variety (Raw Frozen)

    A good website to refer to would be http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/ They have tables for both dry and canned cat foods that show the percent of calories from carbs for different foods. Of the suitable food lines listed on their tables, Chuck & Don’s carries the following, in addition to what is listed above:

    – Healthy Indulgence (Pouches, made by Wellness)
    – Wellness (Canned)
    – Merrick (Canned)

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  6. What should I feed my cat with kidney disease?

    Question

    Millie has just been diagnosed with early kidney disease. I need wet and dry food for her that is low in protein. And something that will put some weight beck on her if that is possible. What do you recommend?

    Both my cats love their Fromm’s dry over anything else (as in refuse to eat anything not Fromm’s). I like cat food where I can read the label. I believe that I need something with vegetables.

    We free feed so I need something both girls will eat. Wet is easier–they each get a can a day–half a can in the am and the other 1/2 at night.
    Lisa

    Answer

    We have several options that could potentially help sweet Millie. Eating something is better than eating nothing, so our finicky cats do tend to dictate their own diet at times no matter what we believe is best for them. My first recommendation would be to switch up the ladies’ diet and provide a high quality protein with low ash, phosphorus and magnesium as it’s the min

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  7. Do you carry locally produced dog foods like Nutrisource?

    Question

    We are getting a new springer spaniel puppy in January. Our springer was 12 when she passed and we always fed her Presise Dog food. We heard about another locally made dog food that’s even better. Can you tell me what it’s called and why this food would be better.

    Answer

    We are happy to hear about your new puppy that you will be getting in January, how exciting. There are a couple of different brands of food that are locally made and one of them is Nutrisource. Nutrisource is made in Perham, MN and is a great food that has a variety of formulas. They do have two puppy formulas: the small/medium breed and the large breed puppy.

    As far as Nutrisource being better – it is a matter of what works best for your dog. The best way to do that is to try the food out. We have a great return policy here at Chuck & Don’s so you can try foods out worry free – if the bag is in the original packaging, over half full and purchased with

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  8. Can I bring my dog to grooming to get their anal glands expressed?

    Question

    Can I just get my puppies anal glands expressed in the store?

    Answer

    Yes, you can stop in and get your dog’s anal glands expressed and it is $8 plus tax.

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  9. Which locations offer grooming?

    Answer

    Three of our stores offer grooming.

    Mahtomedi, MN
    910 Wildwood Road
    Mahtomedi, MN 55115
    Tel: 651-747-8709

    Elk River, MN
    19230 Freeport Street NW
    Elk River, 55330
    Tel: 763-241-0908

    50th & France, MN
    5045 France Avenue South
    Edina, MN 55410
    Tel: 612-814-4160 

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  10. Do you offer home delivery?

    Question

    I was wondering if you do delivery service by mail.
    Also can I order online and pay online?

    Answer

    We actually do offer home deliveries! You can even set up a recurring or repeat order so your pet’s food or supplies can be delivered regularly without you having to think about it every time. Yes you can order and pay online. Here is the link to start ordering!

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