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Establishing a Fresh Start in your New Puppy or Kitten

Bringing a new pet home is as exciting as unwrapping a birthday present. You can hardly wait to start playing with it! As a new pet parent, you are in for one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. While it will take some work, you have a lot of great things to look forward to. When bringing home a young pet like a puppy or kitty, it’s important establish healthy habits right from the get go. As your pet’s parent, it’s your job to give her the best food, exercise and lifestyle that you can give. Thankfully, you’re not alone. Our own Dr. Katy has given us some helpful advice as to what you can do to establish a true Fresh Start for your new puppy or kitty.

 

Choosing the right food

 

First off, you must come to the realization that there is no “one size fits all” food.  However, there is a diet out there that may be perfect for YOUR pet. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right food for your pet.  Age, breed, reproductive status (spayed or neutered vs. intact), size, lifestyle and any disease conditions should always play into your decision making.  Always have the discussion with your veterinarian about what her nutritional recommendations are for your pet so you don’t walk into the often-intimidating pet food aisle uninformed.

 

When considering the ingredients of the food your puppy will eat, look no further than the kinds of food you eat yourself: fresh, real ingredients. Not only do recipes made with fresh ingredients taste better, but eating fresh is healthier for your puppy or kitten as well. Feeding a new puppy fresh food, like  Freshpet Select Chicken Recipe for puppies, will establish a great nutritional base for years to come. And for new kittens, I recommend Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cats Chicken Recipe, a delicious meal made with real chicken and ocean whitefish, accented with carrots and spinach. These recipes are made with high-protein and nutrient-rich ingredients with no preservatives, and will help your pets grow healthy, happy and strong.

 

One of the best parts of feeding a fresh diet is that you’ll actually see many healthy improvements in your pet’s life, like increased energy, a shiny coat, and healthy weight. You can keep track of your young pet’s progress with your very own Fresh Start scorecard to see just how well she’s doing.

 

For a limited time, Freshpet is giving pet parents a special offer to help new puppies and kittens get the Fresh Start they deserve. Grab yours today and see the difference fresh food can make in your pet.

 

New Pets and Exercise

 

If you’ve brought home an excited new dog or cat, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time running around with and after her. And that’s a great thing! But there are a few things to remember when exercising with a new pet. The first thing to remember is consistency: exercise like walks and playing ball is great for a dog’s training and health development, so make sure to stay consistent with her schedule, don’t make your pup into a weekend warrior! New technology like Whistle can help you monitor her activity, letting you know how much exercise she’s getting and providing helpful tips based on your pet’s breed and age. Use Whistle to help set a standard for your pup’s exercise regimen.

 

 

Also, it’s important that you pay attention to your dog’s energy level. If you have an especially young pup, she may not have enough muscle to sustain long periods of exercise. So if she starts to overheat and get tired, give her some water and a rest.

 

Finally, give your pet a mini-check up after an exercise session. She should be tired but not exhausted, and a little hungry! If her behavior seems a little off after a long walk or exercise, take her to the vet right away! For new pups, also be sure to check on their feet—running on cement can be tough on your dog’s still developing paws!

 

A new pet is such a wonderful experience. Pet parents, its up to you to give your new pup or kitty the Fresh Start she needs and deserves. Enjoy the ride, it’s going to be a wonderful one!

Protecting Our Pets from the Sun

Remember this nostalgic tune?

 

 

Well, we agree. Everyone IS free to wear sunscreen this summer. And in the case of your pets, we encourage it. If your pet loves to sunbathe or play in the summer sun, make sure to apply sunblock to sensitive areas like her nose, stomach, and tips of ears. Sunburn’s no fun for our furry friends. As always, consult your vet on which sunscreen is safe for your pet. Enjoy your fun in the sun!

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Freshpet Acts of Kindness #3: Home for Life

Freshpet Acts of Kindness #3: Home for Life

 

Our mission of bringing the power of fresh food to pets takes shape in many ways. Each day, we work hard to do what’s best for the pets in our families, the people who love them, and the planet that we live on. Each week, a member of our Freshpet family will be doing something to give back to deserving pets and their families. This week, we’re featuring a truly wonderful home for a special group of pets.

 

Home for Life is a small, but mighty group of people that are dedicated to giving a permanent home to animals that have been rejected from rescue or shelter programs.  Home for Life offers a home to older animals and animals with medical conditions or disabilities. For the nearly 200 animals that live at the Home for Life sanctuary in Minnesota, it is truly a blessing.

 

On any given day, the residents of the sanctuary are able to play, eat, and sleep all while feeling completely secure and cared for. Most importantly, they are given the love and affection that they deserve.

 

When we were reading through the stories about each animal, one in particular stood out. Benjamin Button is a cat that was rescued from a home where he was being underfed and neglected. The rescue group found him in dire straits, with one eye completely shut and other various injuries. He was eventually rescued and brought to the Home for Life sanctuary where he’s made an amazing recovery, and looks younger and younger by the day.

 

We wanted to give this adorable kitty some of our own Freshpet love, so we are sending them cases of our Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cats, and we made a donation to the sanctuary in his name. We absolutely love the people at Home for Life and the mission they’re embarking on. Check out their site for more details.

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. You can follow all of our acts on our Tumblr page . See you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

Acts of Kindness

Introducing Freshpet Acts of Kindness

At Freshpet, our mission is to bring the power of fresh food to pets. We believe it is important to do so in a way that is good for our pets, our people, and the planet that we live on, and each day we come to work with this goal in mind.

 

As part of our mission, we’re excited to introduce a new program called Freshpet Acts of Kindness. Every week, a member of our Freshpet family will be doing something special for deserving pets, and for the families that give them so much. Our Freshpet employees will even be given an extra day off of work to give back to their communities as a part of our Acts. We’ll share a new story each week and we hope you’ll follow along.

 

We’re excited to see what the next year of kindness brings. We know that we’ll learn a lot along the way, and we hope to really make a difference for the animals and people we meet.

 

We’re happy to share Freshpet Act of Kindness #1:

 

One of our friends Chelsea has taken on a wonderful responsibility: fostering shelter cats before their adoption. As a cat lover, Chelsea is only too happy to bring these kitties into her apartment.

 

One of our friends Chelsea has taken on a wonderful responsibility: fostering shelter cats before their adoption. As a cat lover, Chelsea is only too happy to bring these kitties into her apartment.

 

This past week, Chelsea welcomed a new visitor to her home: Hector. A former “bodega cat”, Hector lived in an NYC deli for five years before he was put up for adoption. When he got to Chelsea’s house, he was acting a bit shy—staying in her bathtub or under her bed. He would only come out to eat his food in the middle of the night. It was clear he was feeling a little homesick.

 

To make things a little more comfortable for Hector, last week we brought him a nice soft bed to sleep on, and a bag of our Freshpet Vital Chicken, Ocean Whitefish and Egg cat food recipe.

 

And we’re so happy to say that as of yesterday, Chelsea spotted Hector sleeping on his new bed with his plate licked clean. He’s even spending some time on Chelsea’s lap, where he’s finally feeling right at home.

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

 

We’re looking forward to spreading kindness together, one act at a time.

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Bringing a Senior Dog Home

So you decided to adopt an older dog. Let us be one of the first to congratulate you! Bringing a senior dog or cat home is a truly rewarding experience and we know you will feel the same after even just a few days. But, like bringing home any other new pet, senior pets will need a bit of prepping before they are completely acclimated to their new surrounding. We want to make this as easy as possible for you both, so here are a few ideas that will help your new pet fit right into his new home.

 

Give Older Dogs a Spot

 

Giving your dog his own safe area will go a long way to making him feel very comfortable in his new surroundings. Make sure it’s quiet, but try not to isolate him from the rest of the family. He’ll want to observe his new pack from a safe space until he’s relaxed enough to join in on the family activities.

 

Make the Introductions

 

It’s important to give your dog or cat the time he needs to adapt to your family. Introduce him to your family members individually and make sure he feels as safe as possible. He may have been in shelters his whole life, so it’s your responsibility to make this transition as easy as possible.

 

A walk in neutral territory away from your home is a good way to ease any stress and a wonderful way to kick off the bonding process. You’ll all be one big happy family in no time, so there’s no need to rush this part.

 

Ease Into a New Diet

 

While we always recommend the highest quality diet for all our pets, it’s important to note that transitioning a pet to a new diet should be gradual. A disrupted digestive system is no fun for anyone! If you can, get a little bit of his old food and mix it with his new food. We have many food options for older dogs, and recommend starting out with something easy like Freshpet Select Chicken or Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cats . Both recipes are packed with fiber that will make digestion very easy for your new pet.

 

Take Your Time!

 

While you may be excited and want to show off your new pet to everyone, remember that she is getting used to a brand new home with strangers. Like we said earlier, take every precaution to make the home comfortable for her and but don’t expect to rush her into every family function right off the bat. Give her the time she needs, and she’ll thank you for it in the long run.

 

The last thing to remember is that adopting a senior dog is a wonderful thing to do. You’ve given him a great home and he’ll spend the rest of his time with you loving you for it. Enjoy the new family member!

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Giving your Dogs and Cats a Good Night’s Sleep

It seems like we can’t go a week without reading (yet) another new study about how a good night’s sleep is important to our health. It’s no secret that sleep is extremely beneficial to us. So, what about our pets? They need a good night’s rest as well. But what does that mean exactly?

 

Sleep For the Dogs

 

Dog parents know that sometimes it feels like their dog is always sleeping or taking a nap. Unlike us humans, dogs don’t get their sleep in one session, instead they take a series of short naps throughout the day. In total, dogs can sleep anywhere from 12 to 14 hours each day to get the amount of rest they need. Sleeping habits can also depend on age, breed, and activity levels.

 

To help your dog get the good rest he needs, tend to his evolutionary needs. Remember that his ancestors lived in the wild, in dens and caves. Make sure your pup has a comfortable and safe place to rest by creating a bed and a sleeping area just for him.

 

Exercise and diet also play a large part in your dog’s sleep. A low-quality diet can slow a dog down because he lacks the appropriate nutrients he needs for energy. So make sure to feed your pet with nutrient-rich foods like our Freshpet meals and rolls. Lack of activity and exercise may cause a dog to become lethargic and sleep more than necessary. If your dog is sleeping more than 14 hours a day, give him some more exercise!

 

Sleep for the Cats

 

There’s a reason why it’s called a cat nap. it’s no secret that cats sleep a lot; in fact, they spend most of their day (an average of 18 hours) sleeping! Due to their evolutionary traits, cats are most active during dawn and dusk (sometimes pestering their parents), when their wild ancestors went out to hunt. The rest of the day is spent to conserve their energy.

 

So because cats sleep all the time, it’s important for you to learn what kind of sleep cycle is normal for your cat. Note whether they’re a cat napper, a deep sleeper during the day, or a night sleeper. Changes in sleep patterns can be a sign of a health issue, which is something you should consult your veterinarian with. Try and keep up with your cat’s sleep to give her an easy and comfortable routine. And, as is the case with training any pet, patience is a virtue!

 

The ultimate sleep: Enter to win The Madison Bed

 

Since comfort is always important when it comes to your pets getting great sleep, we wanted to help you, our dedicated fans, give your pets a more comfortable place to sleep. Our friends at Lazy Bonezz will be giving away one of their Madison beds to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is post a funny photo of your pet sleeping on our Facebook page and “like” Lazy Bonezz on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Be sure to enter by Thursday 4/24!

 

Good luck and sweet dreams!

 

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Spring Into the Season with Your Pets

Since it’s now officially spring, we can finally start thinking about spring cleaning. After all, it is always better when everything is fresh and new. While you’re cleaning your house and emptying out your closets, remember to include the dogs and cats of your family in the process. The winter months were just as long for them! So here are a few simple, yet crucial things you can do to include your dogs and cats in the spring cleaning.

 

Grooming We don’t need to tell you how good it feels to get a fresh cut. The same should go for your dogs and cats. Take them to the groomer to give them a good wash and trim. Now that it’s getting warmer out, their winter coats should be left behind. Your dogs and cats will look and feel lighter. There’s nothing like celebrating spring with a new ‘do!

 

Exercise Winter pounds are a real thing for both you and your furry family. After all those months of being cooped up inside, it’s time to get outside and moving. Whether you’re going for a jog or a bike ride, bring your pup along. They’ll be more than happy to run with you. There’s no better workout buddy! Check out more exercise tips here.

 

Travel Plans The arrival of spring means that summer vacations are right around the corner. If you’re planning to head out of town and planning to leave your pets behind, make sure to arrange their boarding options soon. As is the case with your own vacation, the earlier you plan the better!

 

Visit the Vet There’s no better time to pay your veterinarian a visit than in the springtime. He or she will give your dogs and cats a thorough check-up and prepare them for the outdoor months of spring and summer. April is Heartworm and Lyme Disease Awareness Month as well, so make sure to get your dog back on his preventative medication, because the warm months bring on those pesky bugs.

 

Restock on Toys, Leashes, and Collars Isn’t it nice when you get a new wardrobe for the spring? We recommend treating your dogs and cats the same way. Chances are, after a long winter season, their toys and collars will have gone through some wear and tear. The start of spring is a good time to throw the old away and invest in some replacements. Your pets will always appreciate a whole new slew of toys to play with.

 

Clean up their Beds In a perfect world, dogs and cats would be able to make their own beds. Since that isn’t the case, your pets beds should be included on your spring cleaning list. Run their bed covering or sheets in the washer and dryer, just make sure to use non-scented detergent and softener. Scented versions may irritate your pet’s

Savor The End of Summer With Yappy Hours

With the long summer days coming to a close, we all want to find ways to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and fur-kids. But finding time after work to do so, especially when we want to go home and spend time with our furbabies, can be difficult.

Yappy Hours, a growing pet craze, might just be your answer!

We’ve gathered everything you need to know about Yappy Hours, including what they are, how to join or host one and why yours could be the best yet. 

 

What Is A Yappy Hour?

A Yappy Hour is a get-together, after work, between pet parents and their pups. Think happy hour, but where pups can roam free and socialize with fur-friends and parents alike.

 

Why Should I Attend A Yappy Hour:

Happy hours and other post-work get-togethers can be very enjoyable, but often, other obligations have us rushing home. Our pups need to be let out, fed or could use some love after we’ve been away all day.

Yappy Hours are the perfect solution for pet parents who want to give themselves, and their pups, a bit of fun after a day of work or errands. These informal events are great for pet parents to socialize and meet other like-minded pup lovers, while pooches meet new playmates or get more accustomed to social settings. The best part? Getting to spend time relaxing together!

 

How Can My Pup and I Join A Yappy Hour?

Yappy Hours are becoming more and more popular, and many bars and hotels are now hosting them for pups and their parents. However, it’s still a relatively new concept. For a great list of many of the Yappy Hours hosted around the country, see this list by Your Dog Plus. Additionally, websites like Meetup.com advertise Yappy Hours that others may be hosting, but are open to the public. Finally, don’t forget to check local message boards or papers in your community. Your favorite local dog park or pet store is a great place to start.

If there isn’t a Yappy Hour near you already, try hosting your own with friends and their pooches. Our tips will help you hold the first of what may become a trend in your neighborhood!

 

Hosting Your Own Yappy Hour:

Your own backyard, patio, or living space can be a great place for hosting a Yappy Hour! Or, even look to your local park for a nice change of scenery. Just be sure to check the rules about hosting parties or gatherings if you choose a public place.

Spreading the word effectively to fellow pet parents and their pups is key to a good Yappy Hour. While sending regular emails can do the trick, using websites like Paperless Post can make it easy to design and send invitations electronically while tracking who has RSVP’d. A simple search for dogs in Paperless Post returned the following two cute invitation templates!

 

If you’re the artsy type, Etsy can be a great source for inspiration. Otherwise, you can always set up a Facebook event, where you can send updates (or pupdates!) to your guests or even ask them to share photos.

Hungry? Yappetizers are key for both parents and pups. For a fun twist, try serving chips and salsa in clean dog bowls for human guests. Looking for yummy, healthy Yappetizers for your puppy clan? Try Freshpet Dog Joy Turkey Bacon for Dogs, Chicken Treats or Sweet Potato Treats to really get those tails wagging – just don’t forget the cooler!

Be sure that all pups are up to date on their shots and have friendly, agreeable personalities when around other dogs. This is a time to relax and enjoy, after all!

Lastly, we recommend collecting a small donation at the door, perhaps $5-10, to be donated to the local animal shelter. Not all pups get to enjoy Yappy Hours, but they all deserve a portion of love.

 

Want To Spice Up Your Yappy Hour?

There’s nothing like great music to really bring the fun to a party. So here are some suggestions to keep you grooving and your pups moving. We call it the Pupper’s Playlist:

  • Hey Bulldog by The Beatles
  • Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
  • Who Let The Dogs Out by the Baha Men
  • Low Down Dog by Big Joe Turner
  • Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine
  • Walkin’ the Dog by Aerosmith

Finally, be sure to have a camera on hand to document your Yappy Hour!

Hosted or attended a Yappy Hour before? Have a Yappy Hour idea of your own? We’d love to hear your feedback or see your pictures – as always, you can reach us at online@freshpet.com.

We hope you and your pups have a wonderful time exploring the world of Yappy Hours!

United for Fresh Winners!

Hope you and your patriotic pets had a great Fourth!

 

We are so excited about the overwhelming number of entries, photos and comments we received from all of our Freshpet parents. We are proud to see so many pups and kitties unite for fresh meats and veggies farmed in the U.S.A. like those in Freshpet food and treats.

 

Before we announce the winners, we’ve got some great news. At the beginning of our United for Fresh contest we promised to donate a package of fresh pet food or treats to shelters and rescues in need. With so many creative red, white and blue entries, you’ve inspired us to give a bit more. We’re thrilled to share that we’ll be donating 1,000 packages of fresh food and treats as a thank you for all of your participation. Thanks to you and your furries, dogs and cats in need will also enjoy fresh, real food with ingredients farmed right here at home!

 

Now, to the winners…

 

Each of the four United for Fresh contest winners will receive a one year supply of Freshpet. You, the Freshpet community, voted on your favorite Facebook and website entries while the Freshpet team picked their two favorites as well.

 

Here they are – paws up for our Four Fathers of Fresh:

 

Here's Buster! Thanks for the picture, pet parent Michael.

Here’s Buster! Thanks for the picture, Michael.

 

We love this photo of Buster wearing his army outfit with pride as he salutes our troops abroad. We were blown away by all of the support that the pug community showed Michael and Buster, and we know he is too – way to go guys!

 

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Watson is dressed to the nines, looking dapper in his blue bow tie and American flag cape – so photogenic. Watson, reporting for duty!

 

Arlene's Barking Brigade!

Arlene’s Barking Brigade!

 

We loved Arlene’s creativity as she rallies the troops to salute our country on the Fourth of July. Looking good pups!

 

Sharlleen's Pup Waldo!

Shelleen’s Pup Waldo!

This Freshpet Firecracker is not only adorable, but has Freshpet dog tags! Freshpet Strong is the way to be!

 

We will contact the winners with additional information on how to claim their prizes this week. Thanks again everyone for the amazing entries! Check out all of our patriotic pups and kitties here and on Facebook!