Consumer Search Names Halo Spot’s Stew Best Canned Cat Food for 2016

Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe for CatsWe’re thrilled that Consumer Search, once again, named Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe canned cat food the best canned cat food.

They gave it high marks for being grain-free, having high-quality ingredients and lacking artificial preservatives.

In their analysis, they like that, “Halo Spot’s Stew packs high-quality meats and veggies into a stew that looks like people food. The company has a spotless safety record and use no questionable ingredients or fillers. The cans are BPA free, too.”

Thank you Consumer Search for reviewing our product and for naming us one of the best cat foods for the second year in a row.

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Worried About a Positive Test for Lyme Disease?

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Hang on! Wait! Just because your dog tests positive for Lyme disease in the vet’s office does NOT mean you need to treat with antibiotics!

My sister and two friends of mine recently took their dogs to their vets for an annual exam. All the dogs seemed totally healthy and had no complaints at all. Their vets did a quick office SNAP blood test for Lyme disease (the tick borne disease endemic across the East Coast and much of the country) and the dogs tested positive for Lyme. All three of their vets prescribed those dogs a month’s worth of doxycycline to “treat” the Lyme disease.

But those dogs probably did not have Lyme disease!!

Dogs that do have Lyme disease show some or all signs of the illness: lameness, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, lack of appetite, lethargy.

I continue to be frustrated and baffled that so many dogs who are tested for Lyme (as they should be) are often prescribed drugs that they do not need 95% of the time.

As you will hear in the interview below, Dr. Donna Spector explains that experts in the field estimate that 70-90% of all healthy dogs in areas with the disease will test positive for it – without having Lyme disease.

Only 5% of dogs exposed to the bacteria will ever get clinical signs of it – in which case the dog would need those antibiotics to clear the bacteria from his system.

I urge you to listen to my conversation with Dr. Donna Spector – the board certified veterinary internist who is my co-host on our Radio Pet Lady Network show The Expert Vet. She came on Dog Talk last year to help clarify widespread confusion by owners and vets in how to interpret and manage test results.

Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know

Dog Talk (05-02-2015) #419: “Everything you need to know about Lyme disease and might have to educate your own vet about.” Dr. Donna Spector, Tracie’s co-host on the Radio Pet Lady network show THE EXPERT VET brings everyone up to date on the when/why/how of Lyme disease.

As you will hear in this interview, Dr. Donna explains that a positive test generally means that a dog has been exposed to the bacteria that causes Lyme (because you live in an environment that is endemic to the ticks that carry it) and their body has mounted a successful immune response to the bacteria. That’s actually a good thing!

She also explains that experts recommend that you test the urine of a dog with a positive Lyme test to make sure there is no protein in their urine. That can be the earliest sign of the illness and can actually result in kidney failure and even death if not diagnosed and treated.

Listen to Dog Talk: Lyme Disease: What You Need To Know

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RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197 Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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Noticeable Results: Texas Husky Rescue Donation Report

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Texas Husky Rescue’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find qualified loving homes for neglected, abused, and unwanted Huskies throughout Texas and beyond as well as to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and the special qualities of the Siberian Husky Breed.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to achieve noticeable results for pets together.

Here’s what Texas Husky Rescue had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

On Tuesday, March 8th we received a plea from Jefferson Parish, LA about 11 huskies that had ended up at their shelter after escaping from an illegal backyard breeder. The “owner” decided to hide from the authorities and lost custody of all the dogs. They were being kept in deplorable conditions, many of them having matted and feces/urine stained fur, sores and lacerations.

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With the help of the shelter and many of our amazing volunteers, 9 of the 11 pups were transported to DFW to begin the next chapter of their lives. Our friends with Texas Sled Dog Rescue in Houston were able to help with the remaining two boys. They are all super, duper sweet so we decided to name them the “Candy Bunch.” Tootsie Roll (F), Jolly Rancher (M), Zagnut (M), Snickers (M), Hot Tamale (M), Kit Kat (F), Skittles (F), Almond Joy (F) and Whopper (M) were rescued into the loving arms of TXHR. They will no longer be bred for profit and will enjoy their lives being spoiled, loved and living the life all dogs deserve.

Without the help of GreaterGood and Halo we would have not been able to support the 21 dogs in boarding we had after this group of dogs was taken in. It was costing us $252 a day just to keep these dogs safe and housed. Not having to provide food as well allowed us to do so.

These dogs also were able to get some high quality meals under their belts for probably the first time ever. GreaterGood and Halo helped save their lives!

Thank you, Texas Husky Rescue for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.

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Stray Kitten Steals the Show on Live Newscast

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Photo credit: WXYZ-TV

 

You never know what you’re going to see on live television, including an adorable stray kitten crashing a newscast!

According to Buzzfeed, that’s just what happened in Detroit one Monday morning when WXYZ-TV Channel 7 reporter and anchor Nima Shaffe was wrapping up a segment in front of the local sheriff’s office.

Shaffe was surprised to look down and see a tiny marmalade and white cat boldly approach him and begin meowing incessantly. “She was scurrying about underneath cars and meowing really loud,” Shaffe told Buzzfeed.

Shaffe reached down and picked up the little cat and became instantly smitten with the active roly-poly girl they named Lucky Seven. “She likes to talk,” Shaffe told Buzzfeed. “She likes to tell people her life story.”

Read more about Lucky Seven.

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Warning – Heatstroke Can Be Hazardous to Your Pet’s Health!

dog with umbrella and sunglassesAlthough it may occur at any time of the year, heatstroke is particularly prevalent as the weather turns warmer.

Heatstroke occurs when the environment becomes too hot and too humid for your pet’s natural temperature-control mechanisms to work. Our pets rely on panting and sweating to maintain their normal body temperatures. However, unlike people, dogs and cats only possess efficient sweat glands on the pads of their feet. That’s why although you may not feel over-heated; you must pay special attention to your pet. If you don’t, the result could be deadly.

The best treatment of heatstroke is its prevention in the first place. Never keep you pet unattended in a car. Even if the temperature is moderate outside and the windows are open, our cars can heat up like ovens. Never keep your pet closed-up in a pen or kennel without shade, adequate ventilation, or water. Remember, the sun moves as the day progresses, so an area that was shaded in the morning may be full sun later in the day. And use common sense when exercising your pet – exercise elevates your pet’s body temperature.

Just as with people, use special care with younger or older pets – they tend to be more sensitive. And pets with “pushed-in” noses, such as Persian cats, pugs and bull dogs, are particularly prone to heatstroke. The anatomical structure of their noses and throats decreases air flow – thereby inhibiting the natural cooling process.

Here are some symptoms of heatstroke:

  1. Excessive panting.
  2. Vomiting and diarrhea.
  3. Elevated body temperature.
  4. Hot, dry skin.
  5. Pale lips and gums.
  6. Collapse and coma.

If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, you must take immediate action by doing the following:

  1. Remove the stricken pet from the hot environment to a shady, cool place.
  2. Lower your pet’s body temperature with cold water.
  3. If at all possible, place him in front of a fan to speed-up the cooling process.
  4. Gently massage his legs and body.
  5. If your pet is conscious, let him drink small amounts of water and wash his mouth with cool water to help the cooling process.
  6. GET YOUR PET TO THE VET IMMIDEIATLEY.
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