HALO TREATS – THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST BREAKFAST AND DINNER

treats-cat-sefoodDid you know that, in addition to several varieties of great food for your pet’s breakfast and dinner, Halo also makes treats? Whether for distracting a dog on a walk or teaching a cat to sit, a tasty treat is a necessary tool for the modern pet parent.

Unfortunately, it’s common for tempting treats to just seem like a nutritional waste that’ll just increase your pet’s weight. However, once you look at Halo’s natural treats you’ll never think of treats as simply empty calories again.

Every Halo treat has more than just delicious flavor, they also all provide important nutrients or other benefits to your pet.

For example, Halo’s Healthsome Baked Treats for Cats not only have catnip which many cats enjoy, but the treats also provide protein and taurine along with a crunchy texture that helps to clean your cat’s teeth.

64224Also consider our Liv-a-Littles dehydrated treats for dogs and cats.

Available in salmon, beef, and chicken, you can give these 100% meat dehydrated bite sized pieces as individual treats or you can crumble them over your pet’s normal food to add a special flavor twist.

It’s like sneaking vegetables to kids in a cheese sauce – they think they’re getting a treat, but you know they’re also getting some healthy benefits.

So go on, treat your pet. Your pet doesn’t need to know he’s eating something healthy.

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THE OLATE DOGS HELP PETS IN IRVING, TX

americas_got_talent_the_olate_dogs_live_season_8On Wednesday, March 11, the Olate Dogs will give a special one-night only performance at the Irving Art Center in Irving, TX. Not only will the Olate Dogs showcase the potential of rescue dogs, but they’ll also help raise money for the DFW Humane Society. The generous Olate Dogs are even willing to share the spotlight adoptable pets from the DFW Humane Society will be on site before the show to meet potential adopters!

The Olate Dogs Rescue Tour is a spectacular variety show featuring canine tricks and acrobatics, comedy, and even music and film clips! VIP tickets for the March 11 show will include a special gift bag from Halo, once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities with the pups, as well as premium seating and a post-show meet and greet. Tickets, including VIP and general admission, are available now! The show starts at 7:30 in the evening, with the adoptable pets beginning their pre-show at 6:30. You don’t want to be late!

We’re honored to sponsor the Olate Dogs as they travel throughout the country inspiring audiences to realize how amazing shelter and rescue pets can be. These high-energy dogs thrive on a diet of only Halo Vigor. Even if your pet prefers sitting on command to flipping on command, Vigor might be the right choice to meet your pet’s energy needs!

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LOST CAT TRACKS DOWN FAMILY IN NEW HOME 8 MILES AWAY

kentucky-lgThe Ober family of Lexington, KY was heartbroken when their cat, Salem, ran away right before they moved homes.

They never expected that the determined Salem would find a way to get back home to them.

According to Kentucky.com, as the Obers packed up their belongings to move to their new house 8 miles away. Salem had escaped through an open door.

Frantically, the family searched for him. They returned to their former home every day for more than a month, calling Salem’s name and putting out food, hoping they would find him, but they never did.

The family was devastated that the cat they’d adopted 10 years earlier might be gone for good. But they were in for a surprise.

Click here to read the complete story.

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VIDEO REVIEW FROM DOG LOVERS: HALO HEALTHY SKIN AND COAT

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Thank you Dog Lovers of Tarpon Springs, FL for posting this great video review of Halo Healthy Skin and Coat.

Dog Lovers is dedicated to providing natural pet foods, treats, and supplements for dogs and cats. They firmly believe that by using natural products along with providing exercise and positive mental stimulation, pets will live longer, happier and much healthier lives.

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: WINTER BOOTIES FOR BUSTER

newtraciepicCold weather woes for doggy toes! If you live in a city where it gets cold in the winter, the salt they spread on the sidewalks to prevent and melt ice will burn the pads of a dog’s feet. There are ice-melting chemicals used instead of or alongside salt – like magnesium and calcium chloride – which can also irritate a dog’s feet. In addition, when you get home and your dog licks his feet he can get an upset stomach from ingesting those chemicals.

Dog booties can be great in the winter even if your dog does not have especially delicate feet because the products used on sidewalks to melt the ice and snow really can cause misery for your dog. The best protective action you can take in any wintry city is to get a set of dog booties.

Those dogs that live in the country have a different challenge: the ice balls I’ve written about previously, that can form in between the toes and paw pads of longer haired dogs and can cause pain, limping, and even lameness. Those dogs need booties in harsh weather just as much as their city cousins.

One problem is that many of the dog boot designs are flawed – they don’t take into account how a dog’s foot and leg come together and the mechanics of how they move. Some are so poorly designed that they fall off before a dog gets out of the house!

My book The Dog Bible mentions a few companies that have a user-friendly dog boot design – and even one company in Michigan that will cut boots for a dog’s individual paw and leg size (although they are not appropriate for cold wet winter weather). Myself, I’ve had good luck with my big outdoor dogs being able to run fast in Ruffwear boots, which stay on securely with a Velcro ankle strap and even give traction on slippery trails.

A warning about fitting and adjusting booties: be sure that the boot fits snugly, but don’t secure them so tightly that you cut off circulation. If booties are too tight a dog can actually get frostbitten toes, which require emergency medical intervention.

However, the biggest problem is that many dogs will not accept footwear! Some dogs won’t take so much as a step once the boots are on – they just stand as if cemented in place! Other dogs lift their feet so high when they walk that they look like they are prancing horses! So how can you cajole your dog into wearing them?

* Do not wait to tart putting on boots until you have all your winter outerwear on and the dog has on her jacket – you’ll both get overheated and frustrated!

* Start as young as you can putting boots on your dog – but many dogs of any age can learn to accept the sensation of having their feet covered if it is proposed in a calm and rewarding way.

* Sit down on the floor with your dog beside you and open a jar of Halo Liv-a-Littles (you need really good rewards for a boot fitting exercise!)

* Take a front paw lightly in your hand, palm up. If she doesn’t resist, offer a small piece of Halo freeze-dried protein with your other hand. Continue putting boots on each of her feet, giving treats during the process. If she is accepting the footwear, then go right outside as her reward, with lots of verbal praise and some Liv-a-Littles in your pocket to encourage her outdoors, too.

* If she is fussy even about having her paw held or resting in your palm, you’ll need to work on paw touching and holding over a period of days, constantly offered Liv-a-Littles until the whole thing seems fun (or at least bearable!).

* Slip one booty onto one front paw and give a Liv-a-Little. If she puts down her paw and accepts the sensation give her another piece of treat.

* Do the same with the other front paw. Lots of treats, be calm and patient, have a happy, upbeat “Isn’t this fun?!” tone of voice.

* Encourage her to walk around the house wearing only the front two boots, praising her and giving her bits of Liv-a-Littles intermittently.

* Do this exercise for just a few minutes if your dog seems a bit uncomfortable; continue treating while you take the boots off. Try again an hour or a day later. You want to keep having positive experiences around the boot-wearing.

* Graduate to booties on all four paws, progressing to her wearing a full set of boots around the house. Only once she has accepted the boots indoors should you venture outdoors where there will be different sensations under her feet (wet, cold, slushy, slippery).

Even if it takes time and patience, it’s a worthwhile investment so that your dog can eventually be comfortable on winter streets. The bonus: all that paw handling will make toenail clipping easier, too!

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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