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Our Favorite Pet-friendly Halloween Costumes

Happy Howl-o-ween! We have been seeing a lot of fun, pet-friendly Halloween costumes this year, and the more we see, the more we LOVE. It’s not too late to get a costume for this Wednesday. Here are a few fresh ideas in the final days before Halloween – luckily, there are even some great deals out there!

We hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy Halloween with your family this year!

 

Dogs 

One of our favorite costume trends this year is dressing your dog as a character. We just love the little arms.

Here are a few very cute ones!

 

Another popular choice: Dress your pooch as a different, charming animal.

Mooooo-ch (Available at PetSmart), Dog-o-saurus (Available at Target), Giddy up Cow-Pup! (Available at Target)

 

 

 

 

 

And of course.. a personal favorite here at Freshpet – Bacon!

Crazy for Bacon! (Available at Target)

 

 

Cats

 

While there are a lot more dog costumes readily available out there for purchase, we found some great costumes for the cats in your family. Or, try out some of the smaller dog costumes on your kitty – often these will work just as well for our feline friends.

 

Here are a few costume ideas that will be sure to get your cat in the Halloween spirit while still giving him the mobility most curious cats need!

 

Devilish Kitty (Available on Etsy.com), Cats by the Sea (Available at Petco), LOL Cat (Available on Etsy.com)

 

Kitty West (Available on Etsy.com), Kitty See, Kitty Do (Available on Etsy.com), BATCAT! (Courtesy of Freshpet Fan Harley)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Joy Bacon

Bacon Shortage? Not for Fido!

 

Over the past month, the near hysteria over the impending bacon shortage has become a bit of a cultural phenomenon. But fear not, Freshpet fans! We are here to set the record straight about whether or not this will affect your favorite furry friend.

 

Freshpet Dognation® and Dog Joy® Turkey Bacon Treats will not be affected

 

We know that dogs love bacon – maybe even more than we do! Our delectable Dognation and Dog Joy bacon treats are made with all natural ingredients like real turkey, not pork, so dogs everywhere can continue to enjoy that great bacon taste through the potential shortage and beyond. Bring on the bacon!

 

A bacon shortage would be a pretty good thing for dogs

 

While it’s okay to give a table scrap to your pet now and again, bacon itself can be tough on pups. The high fat content is difficult for pets to digest, and can cause stomach issues and lead to weight gain. Turkey bacon is a healthy, delicious alternative to other bacon-flavored dog treats, with less fat and calories. Don’t just take our word for it- check out our blogger reviews to see what their pups think of our turkey bacon treats.

 

Bonus: Our favorite reactions to the Bacon Shortage One good thing to come out of the bacon shortage craziness: the jokes!

 

Here are a few of our favorites:

 

Aporkalypse became the popular term for the coming shortage:

 

 

 

Many twitter-users chided Mitt Romney and President Obama for not addressing the shortage in this week’s debate.

 

 

NBC’s hit tv show Parks and Recreation put together a hilarious mock Public Service Announcement about the shortage, featuring the ever-hilarious Ron Swanson. His suggestion? “Procure as much bacon as humanly possible and hide it in as many locations as you can.”

Ingredients

Optimal Diet for Weight Loss in Dogs, Part 2 of 2

Freshpet Vital High Protein IngredientsThis week’s blog post was written by Lisa P. Weeth, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

 

Not all calories are created equally. More recent veterinary research has challenged the more traditional low fat, high fiber approach to weight loss for dogs and cats. While absolute calorie reduction is essential, studies have shown that dogs and cats fed higher protein diets during weight loss maintain lean body mass (muscle mass) more than when fed higher fiber, more moderate protein diets.

 

During energy restriction for weight loss it is important to ensure all of the essential nutrients requirements are being met each day, and as such, Veterinary Nutritionists (veterinarians who have undergone specialized training in dog and cat nutrition and are certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition) recommend feeding a diet that has a minimum protein content of 30% of the calories. Freshpet diets that meet this criterion include:

 

 

More recent evidence in people and cats has also shown that individuals fed higher protein, lower carbohydrate diets will actual consume 5-10% more calories per day and still lose weight. This is known as the thermic effect of food, or the difference in the amount of energy required to burn different types of food. Put another way, it takes more energy (calories) to burn 100 calories worth of protein than it does to burn 100 calories worth of starch (simple carbohydrate).

 

Protein and fat also help promote satiety, or the feeling of fullness, after each meal. Research has shown that higher moisture foods (like all Freshpet recipes) may also help the animal feel full while actually consuming fewer calories.

 

Photo: Flickr (lindyi)

Optimal Diets for Weight Loss in Dogs, Part 1 of 2

This week’s blog was written by Lisa P. Weeth, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

 

The key to losing weight is simple, a dog needs to burn more calories each day than he/she consumes. For animals that are slightly overweight (less than 15% over their ideal body weight), restricting the amount of their current complete and balanced diet in addition to regular, moderate exercise will promote gradual weight loss, but for dogs that need to lose more than 15% of their body weight, what you feed is as important as how much you feed.

 

Photo: Flickr (lindyi)

Photo: Flickr (lindyi)

 

Before starting any weight loss plan, pet owners should first meet with their veterinarian. The dog should have a basic health screening, including a physical examination, screening blood work, and urinalysis. This will help determine how much weight the dog needs to lose and screen for any medical conditions that may be unnoticed.

 

Obesity in dogs is often the result of excess calories, but can also occur with certain medical conditions, such as hypothyroidism, which needs to be treated medically before starting a weight loss plan.

 

Additionally, obese dogs suffer from a similar ‘metabolic syndrome’ as people do, and it is important to ensure the dog is free from concurrent diseases, such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, or kidney disease, before changing to a higher protein, higher fat diet.

 

Veterinary Nutritionists agree the optimal rate of weight loss for both dogs and cats is 1-2% of their body weight per week. This helps protect lean body (muscle) mass while preferentially burning fat mass.

 

Look for Optimal Diets for Weight Loss in Dogs, Part 2 of 2 on the Freshpet blog next week.

Tips for a Healthy & Shiny Coat

Feeding Freshpet promotes healthy & shiny coatYou can tell a lot about your pet’s health from the condition of their coat. A shiny, soft and thick coat generally means they are eating a well-balanced diet and in good health, but a dull, limp or brittle coat could be a sign they are not getting the proper nutrition they need or may be sick.

Here are some tips on how to keep your pet’s coat shiny and healthy:

Regularly groom your cat or dog with a brush specifically made for their hair type. If you’re not sure which brush to buy, ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. Not only does grooming create a special bond between you and your four-legged buddy, removing the dirt and debris from their hair promotes growth and brings out the natural oils in hair that make it shiny. Proper grooming will also help prevent shedding.

In addition to brushing, a healthy pet food rich in the following areas will help keep their coat in tip top condition:

  • Proteins: Poultry, meat, fish, and eggs
  • Iron: Red meat, turkey, liver, dark leafy greens
  • Vitamin A: Fish, eggs, and carrots
  • Vitamin B: Whole grains, meat, fish, and eggs
  • Vitamin D: Fish and fish liver oils
  • Vitamin E: Dark leafy greens

You don’t have to look far to find an all natural pet food recipe that will keep your dog or cat’s coat in great shape. Like all Freshpet foods, our Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Dogs and Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cats are meat-based and made of high-quality proteins, like chicken and chicken liver, and vitamin-rich vegetables, like carrots and spinach, for a 100% complete and balanced diet.

So remember, to keep your pet’s coat radiant and huggable, get brushing and feed them fresh!

All Natural Flea and Tick Control Tips

It’s official…tick season is upon us! There’s no need to worry and panic though if you take the right precauations to protect your pet from these pests. You can easily control fleas and ticks by following these all natural tips.

  1. Comb your pet with a flea comb at least once a day over a white towel so you can see exactly what is coming off their coat and skin.
  2. Bathe your pet regularly to kill fleas and help reduce skin irritation. Fleas are also less attracted to clean dogs and cats.
  3. Examine your kitty or pooch at least once a day for ticks.
  4. Vacuum all areas of your house that your pet has access to.
  5. Designate one single sleeping area for your pet. Fleas generally accumulate in sleeping areas, and it would make cleaning a lot easier.
  6. Cedar oil is a great all natural insect repellant that is safe to apply on pet bedding as well as directly on your dog or cat.
  7. Keep your lawn under control. Mow grass, pull weeds, and trim brushes regularly to clear debris where pests are apt to hide.

Lastly, after ridding your cat or dog of those pesky pests don’t forget to reward them for their patience with Freshpet® Select all natural pet food.

Freshpet in an Unexpected Place

 We all know the origin of household dogs began with the domestication of the wolf, so it makes sense they prefer eating fresh food and treats. But we were pleasantly surprised to find out during a recent trip to the preserve that the wolves there have been enjoying Freshpet treats. This week’s blog post comes from Mike at PCG Digital Marketing. I recently went to the Lakota Wolf Preserve, a really incredible place here in New Jersey, where wolves that have been rescued are given a second chance at life. You can learn more about the preserve, here: http://www.lakotawolf.com/

But they take very good care of the animals. They’re all given plenty of space, they’re well fed and, just like your dogs at home, they’re rewarded for good behavior.

When the owner leads tour groups through the wolf enclosures, he will throw them treats for coming up close to the fence and for doing tricks like howling.

Which treats?

These: http://freshpet.com/product/dognationsweetpotato-treats/

How cool is it that wolves and your Pomeranian both love Sweet Potato Chews?

Freshpet Takes Part in The 3rd Annual Black Tails Gala

Freshpet Truck at Black Tails Gala

Freshpet Truck parked outside the Black Tails Gala

Last week Freshpet attended the 3rd Annual Black Tails Gala, hosted by the Purr’n Pooch Foundation. To give a little background information on the foundation, it is a 503(c) company dedicated to providing financial support and educational resources to non-profit, no-kill animal rescue groups and organizations. The event took place at the Berkeley Hotel, located on the Jersey Shore. The company put on an amazing party, with tons of gifts and delicious food and entertainment.

Freshpet had a great time conversing with all of the fellow animal enthusiasts. We were so thankful to Betsy Palazzo, President of the foundation, for inviting us to the spectacular party. You can really tell she loves what she does, and that she really cares about helping animals across the country. She was so excited to have Freshpet participating she even had us introduce ourselves on stage! We parked the Freshpet Truck right outside to the event, and passed out samples to people and pooches alike. Freshpet was proud to support the Purr’n Pooch Foundation. Overall, it was a fantastic fundraiser where we felt we were able to contribute to saving animals lives.

Pupy Image

10 Things You Should Do Before Bringing Home Your New Puppy

Congratulations on your new Puppy! Before you bring your furry friend home, make sure you prep your house and family for his arrival. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has put a list together of the top 10 things you should do before you bring home your pup.

 

1. Stock Up On Supplies Essentials include food and water bowls, safe chew toys, grooming tools, a harness, an identification tag and bedding. Start your new pup on Freshpet Select Chicken, Vegetable, & Rice, a wholesome, high protein, vitamin-rich food that he or she is sure to love. Depending on the age and weight of your new pup, make sure to follow the proper feeding guidelines for puppies.

 

2. Distribute Responsibilities Decide who is going to be responsible for what before bringing your pooch home. Who will walk the dog, when will the dog be fed, who will take the dog to the vet? These are just a few things that need to be decided to avoid conflict in the household.

 

3. Establish House Rules Before bringing your new pup home, you need to decide what behaviors are encouraged, and which are forbidden? Consistency is the key to training dogs, so make sure everyone will stick to enforcing the new system.

 

4. Be Consistent in Training Do the little one a favor and be consistent with the terms you plan to associate with various commands. You could even write out a list of all the words you want to use so everyone will use the same commands.

 

5. Dog-proof Your Pup’s Environment Tuck electrical cords out of the way, install safety latches in lower kitchen cabinets, put pillows out of reach, etc. Make sure items that are dangerous to ingest are off floor level.

 

6. Learn Some Handy Housetraining Tips If your new pooch is not yet housetrained, determine where his indoor “potty spot” will be. Figure out your plan to housetrain him, and coordinate with the entire household.

 

7. Consider a Crate Crates often give dogs a sense of security by offering them a place that is all their own. Providing your new pooch with his or her own safe and secure spot will help them adjust more quickly.

 

8. Make it Legal Find out about your community’s dog licensing rules and apply for a license. This information can usually be found by visiting your state’s department of agriculture website. You can also ask your local shelter for information about the rules.

 

9. Make a Vet Appointment Bring your new canine to a caring veterinarian for a wellness exam within one week after adoption. Ask friends or family for referrals or you can look online for veterinarian reviews.

 

10. Combat Sibling Rivalry If you have a dog in your house already, before you introduce the new hound, pick up anything your resident dog might guard, such as food bowls, bones, toys and beds. Even if your dog has never exhibited possessive tendencies, it is best to exercise caution.

 

Make sure to visit our Fresh Forum to engage with other first time dog and cat owners. We would love to get your input!

Behind the Scenes of the Freshpet Commercial

This week’s blog post is written by Cari, Freshpet Intern:

Freshpet Commercial ShootHi I’m Cari and over the last couple of months I have been interning with Freshpet in their marketing department. I’m from Arizona and I have always been a pet lover, so I was excited when I was invited to work for Freshpet over the summer. I had the privilege to attend the new commercial shoot. The whole thing was definitely an eye opener for me. I never knew how much effort and time it took to create a short 30 second commercial! So many people were on the set, including the film crew, trainers, pet owners, and dogs. They made an awesome team and all knew exactly what they were doing. I could tell they were definitely professionals, and the dogs were so well trained. I had a great time with everyone, and I learned so much. Although I must say, the highlight of my day would have to be when I got to hold all of the adorable puppies. They were so tuckered out by the end of the day, they were practically falling asleep in my arms. Overall, I had a fantastic day and it was fun meeting everyone. Thanks for the great experience Freshpet!

Head over to our commercials page to view the rest of the Freshpet TV spots.