TRACIE HOTCHNER: AFRAID BETTER DOG FOOD MIGHT GIVE YOUR DOG “THE TROTS”?

newtraciepicWhat do you do if you adopt a dog like my sweet young Blue Weimaraner, Maisie, and she develops horrible diarrhea when switching her to a better food?

When I picked her up from Mid-Atlantic Weimaraner Rescue in Virginia Beach, they were feeding her and all the rescues a lamb kibble from a big warehouse store. It’s a perfectly good choice when you have to consider price when feeding large breed dogs in a rescue, but my ultimate goal was for Maisie to eat Halo.

Halo is the kibble I always feed my dogs as part of their daily meals—I feel it is the best chance at a long healthy life using a dry food with optimal ingredients that avoids any rendered meals. I was shocked when she got terrible diarrhea when I switched her over – even after making the transition over a couple of days.

I knew just whom to ask for advice, since Dr. Donna Spector is not only my co-host on our own Radio Pet Lady Network show THE EXPERT VET, but she’s also Halo’s Official Vet (which is where I met her and loved her advice to customers on the Halo blog).

First Dr. Donna made sure I had gotten fecal samples to my own vet, which did show Maisie had some parasites and she was given a dewormer. Unfortunately the “puddles of poo” persisted and became a serious problem, even when I switched her to nothing but white rice and boiled chicken breast.

That was when Dr. Donna surmised that Maisie might have a condition that afflicts many young, large breed dogs: Fiber Responsive Diarrhea (called FRD). FRD often becomes apparent in young dogs when they change from a lower quality food – because those foods often have more fiber in them when compared to foods like Halo.

The good news is that dogs affected by this condition can be fed a high quality dog food successfully—you just need to add more fiber to the food—which is easy to do! If you have a dog that gets an upset tummy when you try to give a super premium food like Halo, please listen to our August THE EXPERT VET show in which Dr. Donna explains this phenomenon in more detail.

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Dr. Spector explains how adding Fiber One cereal and psyllium husk powder to all meals in a dog affected by Fiber Responsive Diarrhea is a way to ease the transition to a new higher quality lower fiber food. Most of these dogs will require some additional fiber even after the transition is complete without diarrhea. Even though Maisie has no issues with weight, we decided to choose Halo Healthy Weight Management kibble because it actually has a lot of really healthy fiber in it. Now I can feed Maisie her Halo along with the other healthy ingredients I include – just so long as we keep adding the Fiber One cereal and psyllium husk – and Maisie is the picture of health (and poop clean up is finally manageable, 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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COFFEE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY NOTICEABLE RESULTS DONATION REPORT

Coffee County 2When 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.

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

Here is a recent report from Coffee County Humane Society in Manchester, TN:

Coffee County Humane Society, an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit received a large quantity of dog and puppy HALO Spot’s Stew andHALO Spot’s Stew for indoor cats in November of 2013. This was because of the unique partnership between GreaterGood.org, FreeKibble.com and Halo, Purely for Pets.

Because we are not county or government funded, our organization provides service to the community solely with the help of donations from the public and targeted grant money for spay/neuter services. Our group not only feeds dogs and cats in foster homes awaiting adoption, but we provide pet food monthly to the Good Samaritan Food Pantries for the needy, in the two towns in our county, Manchester and Tullahoma. Total population in the county is approximately 55,000, and the poverty rate is high.

Before CCHS started donating pet food to the pantries, there was nothing available for pets of low-income families who qualified for grocery help. The donation we received will help hundreds of pets of low-income families as well as approximately 30 dogs and cats in foster care and 5 colonies of stray/feral cats, which CCHS feeds as caretaker.

The value of this pet food to families is immense. Many times being able to obtain help for feeding a family pet through hard times enables the family to keep the pet, which otherwise would have been surrendered to Animal Control or given away or even abandoned. Keeping pets in their homes is one of the benefits that occurred because of this donation. In addition, because CCHS did not have to purchase pet food for our foster program, this frees up budget money for needed vet care for injured animals and for our ongoing spay/neuter outreach to low-income families.

Thank you Coffee County Humane Society for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community!

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THREE-LEGGED CAT TO HELP KIDS WITH LIMB LOSS

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Brian Gentilotti, a counselor at a camp for kids with limb loss, now has a special partner to help him inspire the kids at his camp to believe they can achieve anything they put their minds to.

According to First Coast News, one of Gentilotti’s campers, Tim Houston, and his brother, first told him about Itty Bitty, a kitten at a rescue near their home who had lost one of her legs.

Itty Bitty’s front leg was injured in an unknown accident before she was brought to Katz 4 Keeps, a cat rescue group in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The injury was so severe that the 8-month-old cat had to have her leg amputated.

Click here to read the complete story.

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BOY AND PARAPLEGIC DOG BECOME BEST FRIENDS

angel2-lgAdam Vasquez, a San Antonio 11-year-old with Down syndrome, has many great qualities. One is his caring nature and desire to help others.

That’s why Adam’s mom, Michelle Morales, thought a dog would be a perfect companion for the boy. But not just any dog: when Morales spied a paralyzed yellow lab mix named Angel on the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Facebook page, she thought she might be a good choice for the nurturing boy.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, spinal injuries from a car accident in March paralyzed Angel from the waist down and she now gets around using a dog wheelchair. The staff at ACS named her Angel to fit her sweet personality.

Click here to read the complete story.

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CATHY’S ROTTIE RESCUE NOTICEABLE RESULTS DONATION REPORT

Cathy's Rottie RescueWhen 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.

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

Here is a recent report from Cathy’s Rottie Rescue in North Stonington, CT:

Cathy’s Rottie Rescue, Rehab and Sanctuary of North Stonington, CT is proud to be a recipient of the 2013 Holiday Kibble Drop “Inspire Tour.” It was an honor for our small rescue to ?play with the big dogs? and to be acknowledged along with 10 other animal rescue organizations in New England and receive a 2,000 lb donation of Halo Spot’s Stew dog food. The donation has stocked our pantry for over 2 months!

Cathy Leinert, founder of the rescue, leads a small band of volunteers in the never ending mission to rescue and re-home as many abused, neglected and unwanted Rottweilers and “Nottweilers” as possible. Over the past 13 years, we have saved over 400 dogs. Not only is Cathy’s organization a rescue but it is a sanctuary for five permanent rescues who were never able to find the right home.

Pictured with Cathy are two permanent rescues. On her right is Coco Puffy, a 10 year old rottie who has been at the rescue for 8 years and on her left is Rudybear, a 10 year old rare purebred long hair rottie who has been at the rescue for over 6 years.

Our dogs are thriving …their coats and skin are shiny and healthy and all dogs are rejuvenated and energetic.

As dogs age, their medical needs increase. Excellent nutrition means a longer and healthier life for all dogs, which in turn means less visits to the veterinarian. This is especially important for our rotties who are considered seniors at the age of 8.

Our dogs are thriving on Halo premium food; their coats and skin are shiny and healthy and all dogs are rejuvenated and energetic. From our dogs to yours, we are proud to recommend Halo dog food to all of our adopters!

Thank you Halo and Freekibble.com for helping us help the dogs!

Be a dog hero- rescue and save a life!

Thank you Cathy’s Rottie Rescue for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community!

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