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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


    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. What would you suggest for a dog that is a picky eater?


    I have a Goldendoodle who is a picky eater. Currently I’m feeding him the Wellness kibble, which I’ve been told is a very good food. He doesn’t seem to get very excited about his food and will take all day to finish. Is there a better option for picky eaters?


    Some dogs can be picky eaters. Dogs that have food available all day are dogs I call “grazers.” If food is available at all times throughout the day, the dog knows that he/she does not have to eat it when it is time to eat because the food will be there later.

    If the food doesn’t get eaten during the day you might want to give a little less each day. The guidelines on the bags are for all breed of dogs and all activity levels.  Treats should also be counted in the amount of food the dog receives a day. If a dog gets quite a few treats that could also be a reason for not eating all the kibble.

    Wellness is a good brand of food. With Wellness you can rotate the protein so

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  4. Which dog food brands are great for sensitive stomachs?


    Many dogs who have a sensitive stomach do well on a limited ingredient diet, such as lamb & rice. Several brands offer a limited ingredient choice including Natural BalanceWellness Simple Solutions, and Blue Buffalo Basics. It may also help to change the treats you give him to a more limited ingredient choice.

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  5. Do you sell ground bone and raw meat as dog food?


    Yes we currently carry a large variety of raw food options – most are complete diets and a few are supplemental diets.

    We also have a nice selection of raw bones. The raw bone brands we have in stock at most locations include:
    Nature's variety
    Northwest Naturals*
    Natures Logic
    Raw Bistro
    Vital essentials*

    *limited selection

    Our inventory of raw bones/raw food may vary from location to location and we will gladly check to see if there are other brands we can bring in for your pet.

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  6. Do you carry Taste of the Wild, and would it be a good option for my senior dog?


    Yes, we carry Taste of the Wild Dog Food. Please call or visit your  local Chuck & Don’s for price and availability.

    It is important to remember that mature dogs have special nutritional needs; feeding senior dogs a diet that is specifically designed to meet these needs will help them live longer and healthier. Our stores’ team members can help you with questions regarding feeding your senior dog.

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


    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?


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


    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?


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


    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.


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


    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?


    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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