Feeding Halo to Shelter Cats and Dogs Thanks to Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org

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Thanks to YOU, our Halo customers, those who play Freekibble.com and our partners at GreaterGood.org, July was a HUGE month of impact to feed and care for shelter animals. Over 38 million pieces of Halo kibble (a near record!), fed tens of thousands of shelter pets high quality food. In addition:

  • 116,962 scoops of Fresh Step litter were donated to care for shelter cats and kittens.
  • More than $68,000 was raised through the Freekibble Cares program to support Soldiers Saving Puppies
  • Flight to Freedom flew hundreds of pets to safety
  • Over 4,400 shelter pets were vaccinated through the Kibble Plus program
  • Life saving surgery for a pup named Bailey
  • National Rescue Pet Week fed thousands of more homeless pets.

A heartfelt thank you for your continued support and for helping Halo change the way companion animals are fed and farm animals are raised…for the better!

Humans Have Treated Dogs as Best Friends for 14,000 Years

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German Shepherd

When your dog is ill, you worry and take care of it. After all, humans have strong emotional attachments to their dogs. That’s not new. Humans have cared for their dogs for a long time—as much as 14,000 years, according to a new study. The study took a new look at remains from a burial site in western Germany that dates back roughly 14,000 years ago.  Archaeologists discovered the site in 1915. At first people thought the grave contained the remains of one man, one woman, and one dog. More recent analysis showed that there were actually bones from an older dog, plus a puppy just over six months old.

That site is the oldest known burial of a domesticated dog, as well as the oldest grave to hold both people and canines. Researchers believe that the burial suggests that the people had an emotional bond with the dog. Emotional bonds are why we say we love our dogs and care for them, even when they’re sick or untrained.

In this prehistoric case, the puppy probably needed that kind of care. Due to its age and illness, the puppy likely was both untrained and hard to care for. Specifically, he appeared to have suffered from canine distemper. Symptoms within the first week can include a high fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration, according to the study. Additional symptoms after that include pneumonia, laryngitis, rhinitis, seizures and other problems, the researchers add.

Caring for dogs with canine distemper is difficult, even now. “Without adequate care, a dog with a serious case of distemper will die in less than three weeks,” explained Luc Janssens, a PhD candidate and veterinarian at the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands and lead author of the study.

Yet the evidence shows that this dog survived for at least 11 weeks after contracting the virus.

To the researchers, it’s obvious that the humans in the little pup’s life must have cared for him. That care “would have consisted of keeping the dog warm and clean” as well as hydrated and gently fed,Luc said. And, he added, “While it was sick, the dog would not have been of any practical use as a working animal.”

The most likely reason that the humans nursed the little dog was because they cared and felt a two-way bond between the pup and themselves. Halo knows that such bonds are important, even today. In his journal article, Luc and his team conclude that humans 14,000 years ago in the Late Pleistocene era, “may have developed emotional and caring bonds for their dogs, as reflected by the survival of this dog, quite possibly through human care.”

Fortunately, modern dogs can get protection from canine distemper from an effective vaccine. Yet although much has changed, it’s good to know that some things still stay the same — like caring for our pets when they do get sick.

Good care matters even when our pets feel well. Halo believes in going back to more original, native ingredient sources, such as cage-free chicken, wild-caught salmon, pasture-raised beef, and non-GMO fruits and vegetables. We can show our love for our dogs by feeding them high quality Halo dog food and treats. Humans knew enough to love their dogs 14,000 years ago. That’s one tradition we’re thankful to still continue.

Want the Best Dry Dog Food for Large Breeds?

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Halo Big Dog Holistic Chicken Recipe Large Breed Dog Food

As loyal protectors, generous cuddlers, tireless walking partners, and goofy sidekicks, large breed dogs meet our needs in so many different ways. Now, Halo has a new holistic natural dog food that’s nutritionally formulated to meet theirs.

If you’ve seen a boxer at breakfast, a doberman at dinner, or any other gentle giant before a bowl of food, you’ve probably witnessed the gulp and gobble. For some big dogs, it looks like they eat too fast to chew—or even taste—their food. And when they empty their bowl so quickly, you have to wonder if they realize they’ve even eaten. That’s why we created Halo Big Dog Holistic Chicken Recipe Large Breed Dog Food with kibble that is 50% larger than our other adult dog foods. Larger kibble promotes eating at a more regulated pace, healthy chewing, and helps big dogs feel full.

Plus, in the course of sharing your home—and maybe your bed, couch, and car—with a large breed dog, you’ve probably noticed that their bodies age and wear differently than their smaller cousins. So, in addition to calcium for strong bones and teeth, taurine, and antioxidants, we included more glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega fatty acids in our large breed dog food (compared to our adult dog food) to support healthy hips and joints.

Halo Big Dog Holistic Chicken Recipe Large Breed Dog Food is coming your way soon. Later this summer you can buy it online at Amazon and Chewy. Check back for updates!

If you’re looking for a large breed wet dog food, cans of Halo adult dog food are a great choice for big dogs, too.


Supplements? “Dogs are People, Too!”

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Thanks to The Shihtzu Sisters for helping get the word out about our new condition-specific supplements for dogs. We were thrilled to see this adorable quartet of Halo ambassadors announce their love of our 100% WHOLE ingredient supplements to their Instagram fans.

“PSA: It’s true when they say that, “Dogs are people, too!” Humans aren’t the only ones that should be taking supplements to optimize their health and wellness, animals should be taking them too! For our breed, age, and needs, we take the Skin & Coat Support supplement, the Senior Dog Defense supplement, & MOST importantly the Joint & Hip Support supplement by @halopets! Check out our story for the direct link to these products or our Halo Highlight in our bio!” – Kai, Kona, Lily, & Dexter”

Thank you, Shitzu Sisters!

Learn more about Halo supplements and see which one is best for your dog.


As Summer Storms Become More Fierce, How Can You Help Your Cat?

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Cats and Summer Storms

Photo Credit: Kelly Reeves

You already know that climate change can affect your cat. You also know that summer storms can become more fierce as a result of changing weather patterns. Whether those storms are simply extra strong thunderstorms, or more dangerous tornadoes and hurricanes, it’s important to prepare to help your cat get through the rough weather as safely and as calmly as possible.

Dr. Jason Nicholas, better known as Dr. J, is the Chief Medical Officer at Preventive Vet. He shared with us some ways to help your cat stay calm during scary summer storms. Frist, make sure that you’re prepared for the big emergency-type storms. We have a post about 7 Ways to Protect Your Pets in an Emergency that is a great place to start. In addition, Dr. J has both a free Emergency and Disaster Prep eBook and advice on assembling an emergency kit. Also, make sure if you live in a hurricane or tornado area that you know where you and your cat can safely shelter if a major storm comes your way. Always remember that if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet.

Another way people can prepare for possible disasters is to work with any pets who might be scared of loud noises. This is helpful both for hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as the less dangerous but still scary summer storms that can whip up fierce winds and knock down branches. After all, more severe thunderstorms mean more loud claps of thunder! Other disaster situations can also involve lots of hustle, bustle, and noise. As a bonus, working with your cat to overcome loud noises will help your cat stay calm on Independence Day or other holidays when people are launching loud fireworks.

“There are training methods to desensitize and counter condition pets to such noises and events, as well as certain supplements and medications that can help,” said Dr. J before cautioning “one thing they shouldn’t do is rely solely on a medication called acepromazine, commonly called Ace.” Ace, he writes in an article, has its place in veterinary medicine but should never be the single therapy to help pets through fearful or anxiety-inducing experiences. He even refers to it as a “chemical straightjacket” since it’s merely a strong tranquilizer that prevents the pet from displaying any outward signs of fear. He notes, “Ace can actually increase a pet’s sensitivity to noises!” Obviously, this is not a great tool when preparing for the possibility of more frequent and more severe storms that will likely have loud wind and thunder. “People really should talk with their vet, or even a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, to help with this condition,” Dr. J advised.

When it’s muggy before a storm, it can feel extra hot outside, and even in our homes. Dr. J notes on his website that cats are good at “finding cool places where they can better regulate their body temperature.” However, there are still things you can do to help your cat feel her best despite the heat. Halo believes that it is important to feed your cat with whole food ingredients, and no “meat meal” of any kind. As Dave Carter, our Director of Sourcing, states in a Facebook video, “We just think that when you go back to that natural, that OrigiNative source, you’re getting a whole protein that’s healthier for us and healthier for our companion animals.” In addition, although the rain might fall with force outside during summer storms, it’s important to keep your cat hydrated. We recommend adding wet food in summer months. Of course, also make sure that they have access to fresh, clean water for drinking. Dr. J. writes that if your cat eats wet food, it’s possible for them to consume half of their daily needed water from the wet food alone!

Our cats do so much for us, it’s important that we do our best for them. All of our halos shine brightest when nurtured in a heartfelt, two-way, human-animal bond. Feed your cat nutritious Halo food, prepare for disasters, and help her cope with loud noises that come during scary storms – that bond will be strong, healthy, and thriving. Doesn’t that sound purr-fect?