Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Events, Giving Back.

halo olate bannerOn February 4th, the Olate Dogs performed during halftime of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat NBA game.

The game started at 7pm at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. Even though some dogs might have been tempted to cheer for the Timberwolves over the Heat, we’re certain the Olate dogs stayed impartial and provided a performance everyone can enjoy.

Weren’t at the game? Watch these dogs in the latest #RescueFilm and check out their upcoming tour schedule!

We’re proud to sponsor the Olate Dogs as they tour the country showing the amazing potential of rescue dogs. We’re honored that these fantastic furry entertainers eat only Halo Vigor.


Posted by & filed under Ask a Vet, Dr Donna Spector, Holistic Cat Food, Natural Pet Food, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition.

DonnaNewPicCroppedQuestion: One of my fur babies Ernie is at 11 yr old DSH tuxedo male. He has had issues with non- formed stool for approx 1 yr. He had an ultrasound and the only abnormality was thickening of the colon.

He currently eats Hills I/d canned & dry. No improvement noted. As I research dozens of cat food labels I am frustrated knowing that the ingredients are not the best. Would Halo be appropriate for my cat who has Colitis?

Answer: Thanks for writing in. Halo is not a prescription food but can and has been used successfully in many pets with digestive issues.

Some cats with colitis require limited ingredient diets or your veterinarian may want to avoid certain proteins or ingredients in Ernie’s food so it is critical that you ask them to evaluate Halo’s many health natural food options and see if he or she thinks any of them would be appropriate for your boy.

Good luck.
Dr. Donna Spector

Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.

Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post. If you have consulted your veterinarian and if you are still concerned about your pet’s condition or if your pet has chronic, complicated or undiagnosed problems, Dr. Spector can offer consultations for you and your veterinarian via


Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

Mia-Tendercare-CatA little kitten named Mia has become a big presence at an assisted living facility in Kalamazoo, Mich.

According to MLive, Mia is the resident therapy cat at Tendercare of Westwood and gets involved in all aspects of the residents’ lives. She roams the halls, visits with residents, rides on the back of wheelchairs and even traverses along parallel bars in the middle of patient therapy sessions.

Kayla Wiggins, life enrichment director at Tendercare, says the idea of getting a cat was at first just that – an idea. She and a colleague thought having a pet on site might be good for the residents and mused that a cat might be lower maintenance than a therapy dog. They visited the SPCA of Southwest Michigan just to “look.”

Click here to read the complete story.


Posted by & filed under Belkis Cardona-RIvera, Holistic Cat Food, Natural Pet Food, Testimonials.

Rachel-miller-catHalo Facebook Fan, Rachel Miller, shared with us the story about her 2 year-old cat and Halo natural cat food. She says:

“Just want to say that your kitty food is awesome! I have had my now almost 2yr old cat on gluten free (she only had rice in her food) up until a few weeks ago when I really wanted to get her on grain free and no ‘chicken meal’ if possible.

She LOVES your food. Before, it would take her a good 15-20 mins to eat 1/4 cup or less of food. Now, she inhales it! I think she really likes the smaller pieces, too. She’s a little cat. Wonderful product!”

Thank you Rachel for being a loyal customer. We are happy that your cat is enjoying Halo.


Posted by & filed under Guest Blogger, Natural Pet Food, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Talk Radio, Tracie Hotchner.

newtraciepicThere are many challenges for our dogs in cold winter weather, but people don’t always consider the problem of ice balls! These hard balls can form under and between our dogs toes when they go outdoors.

When a dog leaves a warm indoor environment and goes outside into very cold temperatures, he can get ice balls on his feet. Because dogs have sweat glands in their toes, the moisture there can form into balls of ice from the abrupt change in temperature. These ice balls can be so uncomfortable that a dog will hop or limp, and they can even bruise or cut the foot pad as they try to walk on the ice ball.

Doggy Pedicure
* To keep your dog’s feet comfortable in the winter you’ll need to add a cold weather personal grooming chore to your calendar: removing the hair between the foot pads.
* Get a pair of small, round-tipped dog-hair scissors from a pet supply store: they resemble the ones men use to snip their nose hairs, but they’re tougher, for thick dog hair.
* Some dogs have hair growing between their toes or the pads at the bottom of their feet – hair that can cause trouble if you live where there is ice and snow.
* Ice and snow won’t be able to build up if you snip the hair tufts from between the footpads.
* To get your dog to enjoy his pedicure (or encourage a reluctant pooch to allow you to handle his feet with the scissors) you can sit on the floor with your dog and encourage him to lie down next to you.
* Have a jar of Halo Liv-a-Littles open next to you.
* With every snip you make with the scissors, give him a small piece of the freeze-dried chicken, beef or salmon.
* Tell him what a good boy he is in a soothing tone of voice, offering him a piece of Liv-a-Little as long as he remains calm and cooperative.
* If your dog cannot lie still for all four feet, try doing one paw at a time and then taking a break to play.

FilmCoat the bottom of your dog’s feet
If you live in a very cold climate, you can avoid damage to your dog’s footpads the way sled-dog trainers do, by applying a layer of protection to the bottom of his feet.
* Musher’s Secret is a brand of foot salve for use in very cold climates, but you can also spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly or aloe gel on the dog’s footpads before you head out into the bitter cold.
* You can spray Pam or a generic vegetable-oil cooking spray underneath his feet right before you go out.
* It’s advisable to apply the protective layer just outside the door or your floors might get pretty messy!
* Even if your dog licks his feet later, the reside of these products will not be harmful.

How to Get Relief from Ice Balls
* If ice does form between your dog’s toes or pads, you can give him relief with a hair-dryer.
* Put the dryer on the lowest warm setting and hold the blower at least six inches away from the dog’s foot.
* You don’t want to heat the dog’s foot, only melt the accumulated ice.
* Dry off the melted ice.
* Rinse his feet in warm water if there was any salt or ice-melting chemical on the ground outside.
* Gently rub the feet to get the circulation going.

Next week: Advice about getting your city or country dog to wear winter booties.

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.