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

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

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    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

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    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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  3. What kind of dog food would you suggest for Irish Wolfhounds?

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    Hi Chuck, I have 3 wolfhounds. One is nearly 4 yrs., one nearly 3 yrs. and both have developed skin allergy problems this fall and tend to have loose stools. What would be your first and second choices for dog food to try? My 5 month old puppy has loose stools often. What is your 1st and 2nd choice for him? I like to mix dry with some canned for moisture. They have always had better foods: Solid Gold and Natural Balance most recent. Is Innova a better food than those?

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    There is always the possibility of the skin allergy caused from something in the environment. This may be a possibility since both your 3 and 4 year old dogs are showing symptoms with the onset of the Fall season. Since all three are experiencing stool upsets, if you haven’t ruled out parasitic activity, you might want to consult your vet, but I suspect you probably already have.

    There is what looks to be a good website that speaks to nutrition for Irish wolfhounds. P

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  4. What do I feed a dog with acid reflux?

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    I have a 2-year-old lab with acid reflux. I am looking for a food to help that is easier to digest. I have heard no grains, low fat, and low in crude protein. I would like to not spend an arm and a leg. I already have one dog on Natural Balance. What ingredients/brands do you suggest/have available?

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    There are several tips and tricks for pups with acid reflux issues. I would recommend chatting with your vet about it and trying a few out. What the “fix” will be can depend a lot on the cause of your pup’s reflux. Beyond switching foods, the simplest solution is to feed less food more frequently. This means your dog’s tummy is never truly empty for very long and never overly full.

    With reflux, we are typically more concerned about a protein’s digestibility than how much of it there is. If a food’s protein comes from plants, that protein is less digestible by a dog than protein from meat. Making sure your dog is eating a meat-based kibb

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  5. Do you recommend a bark collar for small dogs?

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    Do you condone the use of shock or sonic collars for a small dog that barks? We have put off doing this, but are at a point where we think the stress our dog goes thru when barking at a passerby is worse for her health than the collar would be. Also, do you carry a brand that you would recommend in your store? Our dog weighs 16 lbs.

    Answer

    Thank you for contacting Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet with your question. I understand the frustration with a barking dog but please know that barking is a perfectly normal behavior. Dogs bark for many reasons; excessive or nuisance barking may be due to boredom or loneliness and a bark control device may be an option. There are 3 correction methods: tone, stimulation (shock), and citronella spray correction. They are all based on the same principle. The collars activate when your dog barks and introduce a corrective stimulus that disrupts barking. Your dog will then associate this correct

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

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    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.

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

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

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

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  8. GMO-free and organic pet food options?

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    Our household is going GMO-free and I’m wondering what dog and cat food options you have that are either certified GMO-free or organic?

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    Chuck & Don’s has a number of options to choose from for foods that are GMO-free and/or organic. There are a few different routes you could choose to go. The first is with dry foods. The brands that offer varieties with this option are Wellness, Canine Caviar, Great Life, Natural Planet, Natural Balance Organic Blend, and/or Orijen/Acana. Another option to try is freeze dried or frozen raw food. For freeze dried your options are either Sojos or Honest Kitchen. These brands have an almost oatmeal consistency. They come either with meat already mix in, or there is the option of adding raw meat to them. For a raw option you could go with Nature’s Variety frozen raw food or Primal Raw. These brands come in many diff

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  9. Is it possible to get a duplicate rabies dog tag made at your store?

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    Is it possible to get a duplicate rabies dog tag? Can one be made at your store? Can you put the information on one of the tags that you engrave?

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    We only make basic pet identification tags, unfortunately we are not able to make rabies tags. Vet clinics need to make these, because each pet is given a certain number code that only the vet can administer. When you go into the vet office for a new tag they will give you a new number code each time.

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  10. Are Blue Buffalo and NutriSource good dog foods?

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    In your opinion what is the better food to purchase NutriSource or Blue Buffalo? I recently bought a puppy, he’s a little over 3 months old and I am debating with which of these foods would be best for him. We started with Iams but he didn’t like it too much. I then blended in Science Diet — he will eat it but I want something healthy for him. Thanks!

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    Both NutriSource and Blue Buffalo are very good foods and it’s very difficult to say one is better than another. They are both comparable foods with no corn, wheat or soy and completely balanced for your dog. Both brands also have the buy 10 and get the 11th bag free program. Visit your local Chuck and Don’s and  a team member can show you the ingredient label and help you choose one that will fit into your budget. Remember, our foods are guaranteed so if your puppy doesn’t like it you can return the bag.

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