Respect Your Elders! Give Senior Dogs a Holistic Boost

Senior dog

Do you have a small or medium dog who is older than 7? Or a very large or giant breed who is 5 years or older? At those ages they are technically considered senior citizens, and these guys need everything we can offer them to keep them alert, active and healthy. Quality nutrition and keeping them at a slim weight will go a long way to supporting their wellness and longevity, but it’s also a good time to consider boosting their nutrition.

Senior Dog Defense Supplement by HaloHalo has a new Senior Dog Defense supplement that supports cognitive function, alertness and youthful vigor in dogs as they age.  As with all the Halo products, the 100% active natural ingredients in this supplement are non-GMO,for an extra measure of peace of mind about the wholesome goodness of the supplement, which has no fillers, sugars, glycerin or anything artificial.

Holistic by nature, Halo’s condition-specific supplements are carefully formulated to work with the entire physiology of your dog, including the normal effects of aging and environmental stresses. Their unique, holistic Senior Dog Defense formula includes a blend of whole natural ingredients like bee pollen, coconut, sweet potato, anise, gingko biloba leaf extract and omega-3 fatty acids that work with your dog’s natural systems to help them maintain healthy cognitive function through their senior years.

Considering that Halo’s supplements are made in the USA with quality tested, human grade ingredients, herbs and botanicals from around the world – and like me you’re past middle age – you’ll wonder if you shouldn’t sprinkle some on your own breakfast!

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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One Cat Recovers From Trauma Thanks to a Caring Staff and Halo®

Nannette from The Arizona Animal Welfare League
“We placed a portion of several varieties of Halo wet cat food in her kennel to entice her. Slowly but surely, she leaned over and began eating…”

June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, a time to bring awareness to kitten season when millions of kittens are born and often end up in animal shelters increasing the need for cat adoption and foster care.

Halo encourages adopting through a shelter like The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL &SPCA), where they rescue, rehabilitate and re-home more than 4,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners.

Recently, Director of Shelter Operations for AAWL, Christine Flanagan, shared with us a story about a cat named Nannette. She said:

“Nannette made her way to AAWL after having a feeding tube inserted after ‘not eating’. Our vets quickly determined that she had swallowed something, causing a very serious blockage, which threatened her life. After the surgery to remove the feeding tube and foreign body, Nannette still would not eat. She had been through a lot of trauma. Unfortunately, if she didn’t start eating soon, her body would start shutting down and she could die. After trying several options and Nannette turning her nose up – someone remembered we had Halo wet food for cats in our retail boutique! We placed a portion of several varieties of Halo wet cat food in her kennel to entice her. Slowly but surely, she leaned over and began eating – and not just one flavor, ALL of them. We knew she was finally going to be ok. There was not a dry eye in the clinic as we watched her eat her first meal in weeks – veterinarians, vet techs, animal care staff. In the coming weeks, she grew stronger every day until she was adopted by her new family.”

Nannette from The Arizona Animal Welfare League

Although Nannette has been adopted, there are many adoptable pets at AAWL looking for a forever home. At Halo, we are proud to partner with shelters like AAWL who love and care for so many animals like Nannette. Thank you for making it possible for pets to have a second chance at love and life.

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Firefighters Revive Cat with Donated Pet Oxygen Mask

Cat Sophie revived by firefighers

This summer, Sophie, a Welsh cat, was lucky to have been rescued by firefighters trained in the use of special pet oxygen masks.

According to Wales Online, Sophie’s owner was able to escape his burning home, but he hadn’t been able to grab his cat. Thankfully, while five crews of firefighters fought the flames engulfing the home in Port Talbot, Wales, they were able to find Sophie and bring her out alive. Sophie’s luck continued to hold because the firefighters were able to use a special pet oxygen mask to revive Sophie.

Smokey Paws donated the pet oxygen masks to the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service in 2016. The not-for-profit organization shared Sophie’s story on Facebook and noted that they “believe every pet deserves the best chance of survival.”

The local RSPCA in Wales took the cat to a local veterinary practice for care. Afterwards they found Sophie a temporary home while her owner recuperates from the fire in the hospital. Her foster family updated reporters that Sophie is “doing brilliantly now and has settled in really well,” adding that they were “just happy [they] were able to help.”

According to the founder of Smokey Paws, Brian Lockyer, “specially designed pet oxygen masks are more effective on pets than the human masks often used.” Brian told reporters that his organization was “so pleased to hear that the masks have helped this cat.” We bet Sophie and her owner are pleased, too!

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Facebook Fan Says, “Thank You For Making a Quality Vegan Dog Food”

Bailey loves Halo vegan dog food

“…our pup loves your [vegan] food as much as we love the ingredients.”

Halo® Facebook Fan Alyssa Markille shares with us her experience with Halo Garden of Vegan® dog food recipe. She says:

“Just want to say thank you for making a quality vegan dog food!!! Just discovered this brand from a friend at the pet store and I’m so excited that our pup loves your food as much as we love the ingredients. She’s struggled with food allergies for a long time and it’s nice to have options that are not prescription but that are real foods.” 

Alyssa, thank you so much for sharing your story and we’re happy Bailey loves our vegan dog food

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What does Non-GMO Actually Mean, Anyway?

GMO - 100% Free

There is much talk these days of non-GMO fruits and vegetables being desirable, but I’ve personally been a bit confused about it. When Halo changed its formulations to ensure there were only non-GMO veggies in their kibble, I wondered what my dogs were getting that I wasn’t!

What I learned was that all the vegetables and fruits in Halo pet food are sourced from farmland that prohibits the use of Genetically Modified Seeds. As part of their commitment to what they call OrigiNative® sourcing, the use of non-GMO ingredients means avoiding the vicious cycle of repeatedly tilling the soil to add chemical fertilizers and herbicides. By choosing non-GMO plants, it allows the land to function naturally, as it has over centuries.

Halo has a FAQ section of their website that explains non-GMO as well as many other of their commitments to the sourcing of their ingredients. In addition, they have information on their “What’s in Your Bowl? page.

For my own diet, I actually find it near-impossible to be certain that my own fruits and veggies are non-GMO, so it’s a good feeling to know that at least Maisie and Wanda are helping the planet with their Halo meals!

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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