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  1. Dental Care for Pets

    Proper dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans.

    Like us, pets develop periodontal disease. Pet parents need to work with their veterinarian to prevent it or detect it in the early stages. As it advances, it can cause intense pain and severe problems associated with kidney, liver and heart muscles.

    What is periodontal disease?

    Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the teeth and tissues, above and below the gum line. It starts as a bacterial film called plaque. As the bacteria attaches to the teeth, it hardens if it isn't brushed off or rubbed off by chews or hard food. In a few days, plaque can harden into calculus, furthering gingivitis. The combination of infection and inflammation can lead to bone loss in the jaw, loose teeth and chronic pain.

    Dogs and cats are excellent at hiding periodontal disease, but some signs include bad breath, only eating on one side of the mouth, no longer wanting to chew o

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  2. Valentine’s Day & Your Pets

    Your sweetest friend deserves extra love on Valentine’s Day.

    Look Fantastic

    Everyone wants to look their best on Valentine’s Day. Add a Huxley & Kent bow tie or flower to spruce up any outfit. Complete the look with a red collar, harness or leash. For red-to-toe look, add fleece-lined Canada Pooch wellies to protect your dog’s paws from salt, cold and winter conditions.

    Valentine’s Day & Your Pets

    Snacks?!

    Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a few extra goodies to munch on. For dessert-loving dogs, treat them with Puppy Scoops ice cream for dogs. Add extra crunch on top by crumbling Mutt Mallows, Wild Meadow Farms jerky treats or freeze-dried kibble on top.

    If you want a simple solution, find a cute heart-shaped treat that’s the right shape an

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  3. How can I best transition my cats from free feeding to a feeding schedule?

    Question

    I currently free feed my 4 cats. They have been getting sick a lot recently. I am wondering if the best way is to no longer free feed to limit the food intake. I feed them a grain free diet with a “treat” of canned grain free food once a week. I am wondering if this is a good way to hopefully reduce their vomiting. How do I stop the free feeding while reducing the stress on them of no longer free feeding?  Thank you kindly for your help, my four-legged children thank you as well!

    Answer

    Although cats do get sick on occasion for many different reasons you want to avoid having them get sick on a regular occasion especially if you are not sure why they are vomiting. I would want to ask several specific questions about the situation to try to get to the reason for the vomiting as it could be because they are eating too fast, a possible food allergy/intolerance, stress, or something more medically related. My suggestions would vary depending on certai

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  4. Kitten with Sensitive Stomach

    Question

    What dry food options do you have for a kitten (9 months old) who may need a sensitive stomach formula, due to recurrent diarrhea? Have tried Iams, Blue Buffalo, and Purina Nurture. Have also tried putting a dried pumpkin supplement in with a little bit of pate. I was hoping we could just get by until they could be transitioned off of kitten food, but one of our ragdolls just can’t seem to tolerate food some days. Thank you for any suggestions.

    Answer

    We have many options here at the store. Most of our dry cat foods are going to be all life stages, which means you can feed them to kittens, cats, and seniors. I would recommend trying something with limited ingredients. Natural Balance has a Duck, Salmon or Chicken formula and those are single source protein formulas. It has a very basic ingredient panel, which can help you determine if it is a certain protein that is causing the loose stools. You could also take a look at Fromm, another all life s

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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