Faith2After Faith’s weight gain during Week 4 we took another look at her calories and cut her back by another 5%.

Remember: whenever your vet creates a weight loss plan—is just a starting point—a best guess. Don’t be disappointed—the plan may need to be adjusted as time goes on—which is why the weekly weigh-ins are so important.

Faith also started to tire of her zucchini during week 5 so we gave some other low calorie options for her mom to substitute. These fresh fruits and veggies provide about 40 calories per serving (measure on a gram weight kitchen scale for accuracy):

• 1/3 cup (50 grams) green peas
• 1/3 cup (50 grams) cubed sweet potato
• 1 cup (100 grams) steamed broccoli
• 1 cup (100 grams) steamed or raw carrots
• 2/3 cup (68 grams) blueberries
• 2/3 – ¾ cup (80 grams) raw apple
• 2/3 – ¾ cup (100 grams) cantaloupe

Faith didn’t get a week 5 weigh-in but week 6 brought a celebration—she had lost another 2.4 pounds in the past 2 weeks!

Faith’s mom reports she loves the raw apple and we will look forward to continued good news next week!

Faith is the second participant enrolled in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on THE EXPERT VET of the RADIO PET LADY NETWORK. Faith is eating a specially designed meal plan of Halo Healthy Weight natural dog food and extra veggies to help her get back to a thin and trim weight.

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newtraciepicHave you been following my advice to feed only the highest quality canned food to your cats? Have you chosen a food high in good quality protein and low in carbohydrates? Good for you! But wait! Have you been “cheating” on your cat by picking up kitty junk food in the supermarket and then feeding her addictive cat treats made of god-knows-what ingredients?! Uh-oh.

Kathleen in Carson, California wrote to say that “After listening to your shows we feed grain-free canned food. But we still have health issues!

Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, my co-host on CAT CHAT, has been helping me get kitties like Kathleen’s to kick the dry food habit and embrace good canned food for their cats. But somehow we never made it clear that the treats they might be sneaking to their pussycats do just as much harm as poor food choices. Kathleen went on, “We now have a serious problem because my cat’s urinary pH is too high and the vet says she needs more acidity to minimize or eliminate crystals in her bladder and urinary tract and wants her to eat the dry prescription food he sells.”

“My cat’s doctor questions my parenting because I don’t want to feed her the dry prescription food that has both grain and by-products,” Kathleen added.

“How do I increase the acidity in her urine? What food or supplement will do this? Please help, I love my baby, and I’m tempted to feed her what the doctor is pushing just so she won’t hurt.”

Dr. Elizabeth was a real Sherlock Holmes when she asked the $64,000 question: what else is Kathleen feeding her kitty besides the canned food? Dr. Hodgkins said, “A meat based diet will produce a normal urine pH. Sometimes owners are feeding highly processed carbohydrate snack foods that are engineered to be very addictive. The owner sees the cat’s positive reaction and keeps giving snack food treats to a cat like this, not realizing that those can contribute to the health issues, too. Freeze dried meat treats like Halo Liv-a-Littles or small pieces of actual meat, chicken or cheese are the only treats a cat should be getting besides their canned diet.”

Kathleen replied, “I am eternally grateful for the advice, and now am a bit sheepish because my Valentine goes crazy for those soft, chewy, brightly colored treats from the supermarket.”

“My Val has us trained: I take my vitamins in the morning and she gets a treat. Bed time? I take a pill – Val? yep she wants her ‘pills’ too.” We’re leaving the house for the day? Oh yeah, treat time, You see where I’m going with this. Meanwhile, I’ll switch my sweet Val to healthy Liv-a-Little freeze dried meat snacks, even though she was more interested in the junk food commercial treats. Tracie, this is an important message to your listeners: if you’re doing the right thing with their food, you can sabotage and undermine it with “just a little treat, ” that has been crafted to get a cat hooked.”

Dr. Elizabeth recommended, “Encourage Kathleen to crumble a freeze dried treat on the canned food at first to get her kitties accustomed to the differences in odor and texture between a natural meat treat and a highly processed one.”

“This will, I would bet money, get them switched to the better treats in a short time. And she could try several of the meat types since some cats show definite preferences for chicken over beef, or salmon. Of course, if they don’t warm up to them right away, they really won’t suffer by not having treats. Sure, we like to show love through food, for our pets and our human loved ones, but that does not mean they are necessary for good health. Feeding a very low carb all meat diet is the best “treat” you can give your kitty for a long, healthy life.”

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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On November 1, Halo will be a gold-level sponsor for the 2nd Annual Woof! Woof! 5K Run/Walk Over Pet Cancer in Savannah, GA. Last year’s event raised more than $40,000 to fund research as well as help local pet patients fighting cancer.

This year’s event is aiming to more than double last year’s success and raise $100,000 for cancer research, financial support for pets battling cancer, and local pet rescue agencies.

If you’re in the Savannah area, stop by this special event. Not only will you be able to grab some great Halo giveaways while you’re doing good for pets, but you could even join the effort to break the Guinness World Record for the most dogs in a costume parade!

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little-hero-lgChloe, a tiny Chihuahua who saved her family by alerting them to a fire in their home, was thought to have perished in the fire when she didn’t escape the house with her family.

But firefighters were stunned to find Chloe alive among the rubble of the demolished home in Federal Way, Washington.

According to Newschannel 9, Her family didn’t give up hope even after they couldn’t find her. “I told (my wife). I said, ‘she’s hiding somewhere and she’s going to be alive.’ (The firefighters) came over and they said, ‘no way. She has too much smoke. She’s probably gone, too,” said Bob Fischer, one of Chloe’s owners

Click here to read the complete story.

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Shelter Me: New Beginnings,” the fourth episode of the inspiring national PBS series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories.

Halo, dedicated to raising awareness about pet adoption, has also proudly sponsored the previous three episodes, each hosted by leading actors and animal advocates, including: Katherine Heigl, Jane Lynch, and Edie Falco.

Hosted by actor and animal advocate Allison Janney, the one-hour emotionally-charged fourth episode focuses on two stories, including an aircraft transport of 120 shelter dogs to loving homes as well as a nationally recognized animal trainer who is implementing a first of its kind doggie play groups in overcrowded city shelters.

The “Shelter Me” series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham, who wants to break down the negative perceptions and stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make the best pets.

Here is this weekend’s airing schedule:

West Palm Beach, FL
Tuesday, October 14 at noon

Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, October 14 at 9 pm

South Carolina Educational Television (statewide)
Wednesday, October 15 at 1 pm on ETV World

Anchorage, AK
Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm

Fort Myers, FL
Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm (#103)
Friday, October 17 at 7 pm (#104)

Austin, TX
Friday, October 17 at 12 pm

Friday, October 17 at 7pm (#103)
Idaho Public Television
Saturday, October 18 at 4 pm (#104)

Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm

Las Cruces, NM
Saturday, October 18 at 8 pm

Mid-South – Cordova, TN
Thursday, October 16 at 9 pm
Friday, October 17 at 2 am
Saturday, October 18 at 2 pm

Saturday, October 18 at 3 pm

Iowa Public Television
Sunday, October 19 at 4 pm – World (#104)

Click here for the complete schedule of Shelter Me: New Beginnings.

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