FritzBefore2Here we are in week 8 of the 12-week Halo Healthy Weight Challenge. Fritz continues his slow and steady weight loss and successfully weighs in with another 0.6 pounds of weight loss. He is at a slimmer and trimmer 45.5 pounds—way to go Fritz!

While our original goal for Fritz had been to lose ½ to 1 pound each week, Fritz’s body seems to be more comfortable losing at about 0.3 pounds per week. At this rate, his hunger is also more manageable for his owner and everyone seems content.

Although every weight loss plan should start with a target of how much weight to lose per week AND an ultimate final weight goal, adjustments will be required as we go along. It is most important to follow trends instead of the absolute numbers. We feel like we have found Fritz’s slow and steady weight loss rate—at this pace he will most certainly finish and win his weight loss race!

Weekly Weight Loss Tip: If your dog has been on a diet and exercising with no appreciable weight loss in 3 months, changes must be made. If you haven’t been working with your veterinarian, now is the time to get him or her involved in a specific weight loss program. Your vet can make more specific calorie calculations and help fine-tune your weight loss efforts. As each dog’s metabolism is a bit different, a new diet approach may be warranted—your vet may want to consider a high protein, low-calorie diet or perhaps a higher fiber diet to help your dog with weight loss.

Fritz is the first participant enrolled in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on THE EXPERT VET of the RADIO PET LADY NETWORK. Fritz is eating Halo’s Healthy Weight Turkey & Duck Recipe and canned Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken as his main diet.

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puppymilkQuestion: What can you do if your puppy ate some mac n cheese that was made with milk?

Answer: Thanks for your question. Generally most dogs will be okay after getting a single bite of mac n’ cheese.

If your puppy ate a larger amount she may experience diarrhea as dogs tend to lose the enzymes that help them break down and digest milk products.

Sometimes a dog can develop a more serious condition called pancreatitis after eating a food like this but fortunately this is not as common in puppies when compared to adult dogs.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

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20140405_092658a, in partnership with the Olate Dogs and Everybody is a Star Foundation, donated 10,000 meals of Halo Pets Spot’s Stew to the dogs and cats of Pets Lifeline, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and nurturing the lives of cats and dogs in Sonoma Valley by bringing people and animals together through sheltering, adoption and education.

The donation is a celebration to kickoff the Le Sauvetage (The Rescue), the film’s premiere at the Sonoma Film Festival, which ends on April 6th. Not in Sonoma? Watch the film here at


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Le Sauvetage2What a wild and crazy idea: a pet food company dedicated to pets in shelters and the people dedicated to rescuing them – finds a filmmaker who can celebrate the human-animal bond in the most delightful and profound way – thereby inspiring more people to adopt a pet!

And not only that, but “Le Sauvetage” will premiere at the Sonoma International Film Festival, where it is sure to inspire laughs and maybe even a few tears (of joy).

On my NPR show DOG TALK (and Kitties, Too!) this weekend, I will be interviewing the filmmaker Peter Mcevilley, who explains how he was chosen by Halo CEO Steve Marton, to make a short film celebrating the delights of rescuing a pet from a shelter.

The film features The Olate Dogs, some very talented and sassy little pooches who were winners of America’s Got Talent. Peter chose to make it in the style of “Amelie,” an unspoken “French” film that is even more touching and funny for the lack of dialogue.

This movie brings to light the bumper sticker that says “Shelter Pets: Who’s the One Being Rescued?” This heart-warming little movie shows adoption from the canine point of view – and will leave you scratching your head, wondering how your own dog feels about adopting you!

Here’s a link for the sneak preview of the movie- share it with your friends (especially those that have not yet adopted a pet themselves!):

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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global-pet-expoEllen couldn’t make it to the 2009 Global Pet Expo to accept her Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry award. But sending this video (taped in front of her live studio audience) was definitely funnier.

But sending this video (taped in front of her live studio audience) was definitely funnier.

Watch this funny video clip of the show:

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