puppyShort-dated products are on the Halo web site at half price. Of course, these usually sell out extremely quickly, so grab what you can use.

Currently available: Halo Puppy food and Spot’s Chews. Take a look, and check back often!

– PUPPY Wild Salmon
– Spot’s Chew® Natural Edible Dental Treat for Dogs Sm/Med – Mint Flavor
– Spot’s Chew® Natural Edible Dental Treat for Dogs Sm/Med – Pumpkin Flavor

Please remember, while these products are wonderful, they are not the same as what you can buy at the store. You’ll find earlier formulas, old labels, or short-dating.

Short-dating means that the product will reach its “Best if Used By” date within 1-2 months of purchase.

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ht-kitty-cop-lgA tiny stray kitten is safe and with a new, loving forever home, thanks to the persistence and compassion of a New York City police officer.

According to the New York Police Department, Brooklyn residents reported a tiny kitten who was stuck inside the engine of a mini van.

Responding officers arrived and tried to get the cat out of the van, to no avail. Then Officer John Passarella showed up.

Officer Passarella, who is also a volunteer firefighter, told ABC News that he immediately slid underneath the car to get to the cat but the little feline kept getting away from him, retreating farther into the underbelly of the car.

Click here to read the complete story.

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101118_4177_dodman154.jpgAggression is one of the most common feline behavior problems reported to behaviorists. Cats may exhibit several different types of aggression including territorial aggression, non-recognition aggression, status-related aggression, fear aggression, redirected aggression and medically-induced aggression.

Here I will address territorial aggression – one of the most common expressions of feline aggression.


Cats are, by nature, solitary hunters and have strong territorial instincts. Feral cats mark their territory with urine, feces, and certain natural odors secreted by scent glands. Scent marking serves to indicate that the territory is occupied and serves to reduce antagonistic encounters between cats.

When food is plentiful, as it is in our homes, groups of cats can and often do live harmoniously. Groups of cats may even develop something of a social structure and seem to have a mutual understanding of their own house rules. These house rules may include time-sharing arrangements.

Feuding cats have little chance to avoid each other within the four walls of the home and battles that would naturally end with one or other cat running away can never reach that conclusion. With this problem, clashes are usually ongoing with one cat the perpetrator of the attacks and the other simply trying to keep out of its way.

The best way to attempt to avoid this problem is to gradually introduce a new cat using the technique described below, though peace and harmony cannot be guaranteed using any approach.

Treatment of Territorial Aggression

Systematic desensitization and counterconditioning is the behavioral technique of choice to reintegrate feuding cats. Systematic desensitization involves separating and then gradually (and systematically) increasing the two cats’ exposure to each other.

Ideally, neither cat should show anxiety or aggression during the introduction or reintroduction process. If they do, the owner must arrange for them to go back to a previous peaceful level of exposure before attempting to advance in the program once more.

Below is what I call my 7STEP program for re-introducing feuding cat. A scaled down, more rapid version of the program can be employed when introducing a new cat to a cat-containing household.

STEP 1 (of the Desensitization Program)
Completely separate the feuding cats in 2 separate environments within the house.

Now begins the process of desensitization and counterconditioning.

The door should be cracked open 1-2 inches and secured with a doorstop or hook and eye.

Only when peace prevails at the Step 2 level of exposure, he opening should be widened to a 4-6 inches.

Once the cats are able to eat and play close to each other across the screen, the next step is to reintroduce them to each other for a short time in the same room.

Once the cats are eating peacefully side-by-side on harnesses or in their carriers, the next stage is to free the more passive cat from the harness or carrier.

Once the cats can be together peacefully for extended periods of time, the owner should make sure to praise them and/or give them food treats whenever they are seen together.

The process described above is tedious and it may take several months to achieve acceptable results. However, no matter how frustrating it may be, do not rush the reintroduction process as that will only exacerbate the problem.

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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.

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Dr. Donna Spector answers the question what she thinks is the best food for pets. In this video she gives her recommendation and tells us what is in Halo pet food and also importantly what is not in Halo pet food.

The holistic approach to pet health is focused on treating the “whole animal,” recognizing that good nutrition is an essential element of overall well-being.

Just like us, pets need love, quality nutrition, sound sleep, clean air, fresh water, exercise, sunshine and positive surroundings. A holistic approach to wellness encompasses all these elements. And we believe that good nutrition is the single most important factor.

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cori leviDr. Donna recently wrote on the Halo blog about Levi, the gorgeous, once-chubby pug in South Dakota who entered our Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on The Expert Vet radio show and came out a big winner.

Pounds melted off him and inches disappeared, as his devoted Mom Kimberly stuck to Dr. Donnas’ diet plan using the Healthy Weight Management food and green beans as a super lo-cal snack.

Kimberly was so happy with Levi’s weight loss and overall improved health that she wanted to switch over her other dogs – Ollie, her other rescued Pug, and Monty, her small aging terrier/schnauzer mix, who has been on senior food – to Halo.

Kimberly was hoping to find a way to make it more affordable, since she has much bigger challenges in her own life. She has an autoimmune disease that caused her to be in and out of the hospital in the last weeks of Levi’s weight challenge, yet she still managed to weigh him and weigh in with Dr. Donna!

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166We were all so proud of Kimberly and Levi’s accomplishment, especially given the circumstances. The fine folks at Halo were so proud, in fact, that they wanted to show their appreciation for Kimberly’s desire to have all her pets eat the very best that they sent a get-well gift to Kimberly: she could choose $200 worth of products and also receive a “friends and family” discount for future purchases.

Kimberly was overjoyed, especially to be able to spoil her dogs and kitty with some premium treats that she usually cannot budget for.

She ordered the Healthsome cat treats with real chicken, the whole salmon and 100% beef Liv-a-Little treats, the vegetarian Healthsome dog biscuits with peanut ‘n pumpkin, the chicken and cheese biscuits, the Spot’s Stew dental treats and two big bags of the very same Healthy weight GF Turkey Liver and Duck dry food that turned Levi’s life around in the Healthy Weight Challenge on The Expert Vet.

For the true face of happiness, the photo of Kimberly’s darling daughter Cori, snuggled up with Levi, says it all.
Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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