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tankgurl
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March 16, 2016 3:32 pm  

Hi,
I would like to know if there are any pet stores or other stores that sell more premium brands of pet food - specially Cat food in St. Croix. I am looking to find Halo canned Cat food. I found a thread on this in this forum but it was over 5 years old so I wanted to check if there is more recent information.

I am currently researching the best companies to order the food online and I might move to making the food at home myself if I can figure that out but for now I just wanted to know if buying it on the island is an option.

Thank you!

Tankgurl


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SkysTheLimit
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March 16, 2016 5:48 pm  

Walmart.com
http://www.walmart.com/search/?query=halo%20cat%20food&typeahead=halo%20cat

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speee1dy
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March 16, 2016 5:53 pm  

petco.com


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SkysTheLimit
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March 16, 2016 6:52 pm  

petco.com

Does Petco ship free?
Walmart does with $50 minimum.

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tankgurl
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March 16, 2016 8:14 pm  

Okay I just tested it looks like it's free for over $49.

Tankgurl


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March 16, 2016 8:49 pm  

Don't you have any speciality pet stores in STX that could carry good quality pet foods?

My senior dog became allergic to soy, corn and other stuff in the brands they sell in markets here so had to find a specialty brand for her at a pet store.
She's on allergy meds, daily now, and switching foods has helped. All the dogs benefited from the switch, actually. Glad I don't have to go to P.O. and lug it home from there as the nice young man who owns the store puts it in the truck for me.


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March 16, 2016 11:10 pm  

Cat food--Pet shop in Princess next to Oscars(?)--Chicken Soup, made in US, scale of 5 best 3.5-4

Dog food can, same place, also chicken soup, 4*, one other I can't remember, 5*, you will tell by price.

Dry they have Proplan in different stages. Proplan is about 3-3.5*

I import my dry food. Works out about a $5 difference for a 4* food.

Anything you buy in any mainstream store will be nothing better than a 2.5* for dry.


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March 17, 2016 12:19 am  

It's a miracle that dogs and cats have managed to survive for generations without premium pet food stores.


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March 17, 2016 2:00 am  

They probably weren't putting all the chemicals, additives and crap in them way back when, either.


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March 17, 2016 12:16 pm  

It's a miracle that dogs and cats have managed to survive for generations without premium pet food stores.

Living and surviving are two very very different things.

My dogs do not survive the food I give to them, they live and prosper because of it.

a high quality food does manythings for you: the animals will deficate less as there are no BS fillers (corn wheat etc..) the fat/protein ratio's will be high enough that they will be satisfied with less food. You will see a change in their coats with in 3 weeks of changing food, nail health and dental health as well & the cancer rate drops DRAMATICALLY.

now, if you' d like to discuss supplements we can do that too, I took a cat that was 15 years old with "terminal kidney failure" and turned him into a kitten with proper food and some supplements, he's now 22.

Diet changes work the same for humans too 😉 Don't you want your coat nice and shiny? I know I do!

Pet Oasis near 5corners has great quality pet food & will order in stuff if you're interested.

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tankgurl
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March 17, 2016 2:32 pm  

LiquidFluoride thank you so much for explaining that and recommending a store. Yeah any person or animal who eats crap will most likely get sick and die early - common sense.

Anyway so right now I'm doing a test ship from Petco, but it would be nice to know that in a pinch I can pick something up quickly on the island.

Right now 2 of my cats have medial issues so I need certain food and the other's need to live long healthy lives so I'll only feed them crap for a day or 2 if I really have to.

I might look into trying to make their food myself, but I have to figure out all the supplements that go into it both for cats and dogs (I have both).

Thank you again for your help and info.

Tankgurl


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March 17, 2016 2:38 pm  

I might look into trying to make their food myself, but I have to figure out all the supplements that go into it both for cats and dogs (I have both).

Thank you again for your help and info.

Tankgurl

what medical issues are there?

My wife and I run the horse rescue on this island but also work with every other type of animal, I've turned cats with liver and kidney failure around (common for cats that eat crap food, fixed with dietary supplements even when pronounced "terminal" I've gotten 7+ years out of kitties with "6 months to live".

I might be able to steer you in the right direction, especially if it's liver / kidney related (very common).

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?


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March 17, 2016 3:06 pm  

LiquidFluoride - Oh wow thank you for offering. My 13yr old cat Neo has colon constipation problems. His colon doesn't work well and is slighly enlarged. I have gone through this for years and have tried almost every combination of food and suppliments so right now whats working really well is Halo canned cat food (chicken/beef/turkey) the pate with peas and carrots. He's also on the medication cisipride 2x a day and I put a plant base digestive suppliment in his food and Miralax 2x a day.

My other 12yr old cat Obi-wan just vot diagnosed with heart disease and high blood pressure. He's on a few meds I can list separately if you want and some natural supplements to increase his circulation. He's also (they all are) on a combo omega oil that i put in their food everyday. So far over the past 3 weeks we've got his heart rate down and are upping some meds to get his blood pressure down. All in all he's responding really well.

Melanie


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March 17, 2016 5:25 pm  

LiquidFluoride - Oh wow thank you for offering. My 13yr old cat Neo has colon constipation problems. His colon doesn't work well and is slighly enlarged. I have gone through this for years and have tried almost every combination of food and suppliments so right now whats working really well is Halo canned cat food (chicken/beef/turkey) the pate with peas and carrots. He's also on the medication cisipride 2x a day and I put a plant base digestive suppliment in his food and Miralax 2x a day.

Unfortunately I've never dealt with that before, however I do know the internet pretty well, here's what it's got to say about Cisipride:

In many countries, it has been either withdrawn or had its indications limited because of reports of the side-effect long QT syndrome, which may cause arrhythmias. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to doctors,[4] and cisapride was voluntarily removed from the U.S. market on July 14, 2000. Its use in Europe has also been limited.[2] It was banned in India and in the Philippines in 2011.

I have my own particular views about modern allopathic medicine; Vets unfortunately are pretty bad at just listening to drug sellers and not doing any research on their own (but it's hard to blame them, that's a rapidly changing area that's difficult to keep up with).

Reading the above, I would look into alternative fixes for Neo, but it sounds like maybe you are managing it fine as is... so that's up to you, have you tried just the Miralax (I know nothing about this product, I assume it's just fiber)?

My other 12yr old cat Obi-wan just vot diagnosed with heart disease and high blood pressure. He's on a few meds I can list separately if you want and some natural supplements to increase his circulation. He's also (they all are) on a combo omega oil that i put in their food everyday. So far over the past 3 weeks we've got his heart rate down and are upping some meds to get his blood pressure down. All in all he's responding really well.

Melanie

So high blood pressure is another area where I diverge from modern medicine. High blood pressure is a symptom of something else, suppressing that symptom will NOT make a healthy cat as the underlying issue is still there... & grains are carbs which are sugars which cause inflamed arterial walls & small dense LDL (aka a common cause of circulatory diseases). dense LDL cholesterol from sugars is the reason we originally thought cholesterol was bad (it's not, it's vital as long as it's not dense LDL)

it sounds like you've done some research and are definitely doing the right thing, but your food still has grains in it (oats and barley) which are not something a cat would eat naturally and are just fillers in pet foods (plus, they are terrible for humans too).

I would suggest a different food that is completely grain free, I've had really good results with this one:
(here's a review site) http://petfoodtalk.com/catfoodreviews/wellness-cat-food/

Gastrointestinal issues are quite often due to the flora and fauna in our intestinal tracks (bacteria) and ProBiotics are a great idea!

I've come up with a dietary "magic bullet" for cat-diet related issues (which both of yours may be & almost 70% of issues I see are diet related).

wellness core canned cat food (Turkey or chicken as it has the lowest phosphorus ash which is bad for kidneys) and spirulina, a cat vita mix, probiotics and a raw egg with some coconut oil blended up daily Spirulina helps with both kidney and liver issues though, so you could skip that (but it's SO common in cats that it might not be a bad idea)

as long as neither of your cats has progressed into their diseases too far I think you could turn this around with just dietary changes (again, I have only the vaguest understanding of their situations via your post.. so grain of salt and all that) but you'll have to be willing to stop giving them drugs, at for a month or two to see.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?


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March 17, 2016 5:28 pm  

I THINK THERE IS A surcharge for shipping here. maybe 8 bucks. i like their kitty litter so buy about 5-6 bags at a time-well worth it for me. they also have some high quality brands i dont think walmart has


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March 17, 2016 6:09 pm  

LiquidFluoride -thank you again for all your info.

Yes the cisipride I originally tried not to do and didn't think it was legal in the US but evidently it is because my US vet prescribed it. I gave in to using it after my cat almost died from chronic constipation for 6 months and nothing was working. There was talk of megacolon and possible surgery, etc. so I decided to use it and it works along with the other things I'm doing. I'm hesitant to switch things up because things can get bad so quickly.

For my other cat with heart disease and high blood pressure I see what you are saying. This condition I really only found out about 3 weeks ago and still have a lot of research and trial and error. I think immediately I wanted to just try to correct it with what the vet was suggesting, then once corrected, I wanted to slowly try other natural remedies. I'll look into the diet you are suggesting and how carbs could be affecting high blood pressure. If i can help this condition with diet I would definitely do it.

Tankgurl


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March 17, 2016 6:25 pm  

There was talk of megacolon and possible surgery, etc. so I decided to use it and it works along with the other things I'm doing. I'm hesitant to switch things up because things can get bad so quickly.

Megacolon is almost always cured by dietary changes if it's stable and hasn't gone toxic yet; which yours hasn't or he would be on different meds.
You should be fine to try some different dietary stuff with him while still medicating (grains support BAD internal bacteria, the type that feeds off sugar and produces acids, sugar (and carbs which are complex sugars) is something I've come to equate with poison, avoid it as much as you can and you will benefit; we get enough naturally), switch him for a month then back down to 1.5 pills for a week, 1 pill for a week, half a pill etc.. if you notice re- occurance then continue at the level he was fine at; but you should ALWAYS be trying to reduce pharmaceutical intake (in your self and your pets) as they are not cures, just symptom suppressants.

For my other cat with heart disease and high blood pressure I see what you are saying. This condition I really only found out about 3 weeks ago and still have a lot of research and trial and error. I think immediately I wanted to just try to correct it with what the vet was suggesting, then once corrected, I wanted to slowly try other natural remedies. I'll look into the diet you are suggesting and how carbs could be affecting high blood pressure. If i can help this condition with diet I would definitely do it.

Tankgurl

I'm pretty confident Obi can be corrected with diet, I'm not sure of Neo, but if it took 6 months for him to get bad last time it sounds like he's pretty stable, but being careful never hurts.

Best of luck!

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?


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March 18, 2016 3:59 am  

Cat food--Pet shop in Princess next to Oscars(?)--Chicken Soup, made in US, scale of 5 best 3.5-4

Dog food can, same place, also chicken soup, 4*, one other I can't remember, 5*, you will tell by price.

Dry they have Proplan in different stages. Proplan is about 3-3.5*

I import my dry food. Works out about a $5 difference for a 4* food.

Anything you buy in any mainstream store will be nothing better than a 2.5* for dry.

I get my chick soup adult cat food from the place with the big paw print sign. I cant believe after 4 years of RX food for my cat (who poos and pukes blood with anything else) we found something locally. We used to order Royal Canin Adult PV at $90 a bag (including shipping). She started getting sick off it so we tried the chick soup stuff. They also have other brands but not Halo brand. Its pretty limited here for the good stuff.

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