Cats are not the biggest fans of road trips, but traveling with them doesn’t have to be a disaster. Preparation is key to traveling long distance, and to make the trip less stressful on your feline friend, it is recommended you stick to your kitty’s regular routines as much as possible. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers the following tips to help you prepare for a safe and smooth car trip:
- Keep your pet safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There is a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. It’s recommended to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.
- Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. Be sure to always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.
- Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Make sure you don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle, even if it is a long drive.
- Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
- What in your pet’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
- Make sure your pet wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information.
- If you are traveling across state lines it’s a good idea to bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn’t a problem, it’s always smart to be on the safe side.
- When it comes to water, opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area they’re not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.
Remember, if you’re feeding fresh food such as a Freshpet Select Roasted Meals, bring along a cooler or plan ahead where to buy at your destination by using our store locator.
Last week Freshpet donated baskets of goodies to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue located in Tehachapi, CA. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation created to help find permanent homes for stray, abandoned, or otherwise homeless dogs. This weekend was extra special because we had the opportunity to celebrate two very special burn survivors, Phoenix and Natalia.
Phoenix and Natalia were involved in an accidental fire at a home in Tehachapi. They were the only survivors out of 12 puppies. When the puppies were brought to the burn center, entire areas of muscle were exposed and the scorching on their backs reached the bone. The progress of these two puppies is nothing short of a miracle. With the help of amazing vets, vet techs and volunteers, these pooches have a chance at a new life. These healthy, active puppies are no longer the handicapped dogs that we once knew before.
After everything these pups have been through, it was decided they will come back into the world by giving back and being of service. When they were released from the Pet Emergency Hospital, they both entered therapy training in hope they will be able to help other burn victims get through their sufferings with a friendly face by their side.
The Freshpet team had a great time attending the celebration in honor of the burn team’s work and the puppies’ fight for survival. Make sure to take a look at the Freshpet Charitable Donations website to view other organizations and rescues that we have helped.
These days many pet owners understand the importance of the quality of food they give to their pets. With all of the recent pet food recalls, dog owners are even more cautious of the food they buy for their four-legged pals. Here are some red flags to look out for when buying treats for your pet.
Check the Ingredients
Many shelf stable dog treats include sugars and corn syrup. A dog’s digestive system works just like a human’s digestive system, and it is known that sugar is unhealthy for humans as well as dogs. Too much sugar can possibly lead to diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and dental problems. Make sure you read the labels on dog treats to make sure they don’t contain excessive amounts of sugar before purchasing.
Many times dog treats contain chemical preservatives, fillers, and by-products. Preservatives and dyes are used to keep fats from turning rancid and to keep the food looking good. The safety of preservatives such as BHT, BHA, and ethoxyquin has been questioned by consumers and scientists alike. By-products and fillers are inexpensive and found in many foods. Corn gluten and wheat gluten are used in treats and have no nutritional value to your pet, they are neither harmful nor useful, and they are used to bind food together.
Have peace of mind when you give your dog a fresh treat from our Dog Joy line. These 100% all-natural treats contain no corn, wheat, preservatives, fillers, or by-products. Whether it is beef treats or the peanut butter ready to bake cookies, you dog will have a reason to wag his tail!
Just like humans, there are many dogs that are very particular about their food and tastes, which can be very frustrating. On the other hand, there are dogs that will pretty much eat anything that is placed in front of them. There are also dogs that have recently become picky eaters by their environment and family.
The good news here is that even though your pooch may be a picky eater, there are ways you can encourage healthier eating habits.
Tips on how to deal with picky dogs
1. Take a trip to the Vet – It is important to determine if your pup’s finicky eating has a medical cause. The veterinarian will be able to diagnose and rule out any medical conditions that may be causing this feeding behavior.
2. Evaluate the food – Make sure that the food your pooch is eating has not spoiled or expired. Dogs should be eating a fresh, all natural diet.
3. Other food sources – Observe your dog’s activities during the day. Could there be a chance that a family member is feeding him scraps from the table? Your dog could also be getting into trash cans outdoors or neighbors might be giving him snacks. All of this can be a factor in why your dog is a picky eater.
4. How do you respond when your dog refuses to eat? - Petting, consoling, or hand feeding your dog when he is finicky may cause him to like the extra attention. Instead, put the food in your dog’s bowl and walk away. Dogs instinctively will eat for nourishment.
For finicky eaters try our Deli Fresh brand dog food: Available in Turkey, Vegetable & Rice Formula and Chicken, Vegetable & Rice Formula. Deli Fresh formulas contain soluble and insoluble fibers from vegetables and wholesome grains to help promote digestive health, including insulin, a prebiotic that aids in the absorption of nutrients.
Day to day operations at Freshpet range from making sure our foods are of the highest quality, to answering your questions on Facebook, to sending out refrigerators to various grocery and pet specialty stores. But even though all of us at the office have different roles, titles, and responsibilities, we all have one thing in common: our core belief that pets deserve to eat fresh, less processed foods, just like we do.
We have profiled several Freshpet team members already, but over the course of the next couple of months we will continue to introduce others. We want you to get a chance to know who is making your furry friend’s fresh meals and treats!
Learn More about Freshpet
If you haven’t yet, be sure to visit our About Us section to learn a little more about our mission and who we are. Also, feel free to send us a note, review, or just some general feedback on our foods by visiting our Contact Us section of our website. We are always open to new ideas and love hearing from our consumers.
This picture was taken during a Freshpet Team Meeting in Secaucus, NJ.
Deuce watched the Freshpet Food truck pull up outside the conference room.
Deuce loves to go to the Freshpet office with me, but he’s still a high-energy puppy. He loves Freshpet’s new Fresh Bones, Sweet Potato Treats and Fresh Chews but neither of us can just snack all day. (By the way, the two-legged Freshpet employees always have a selection of healthy snacks in the kitchen, too! I’m partial to grapes and watermelon, myself!)
Having Deuce in the office is healthy for me, too. Not only does his presence make me happy, but he requires a break every so often. Remember when only smokers got a chance to go outside in the middle of the day? Dog-friendly companies’ workers get to take a little walk, clear their heads and let puppers do their business, too!
He’s a power chewer who loves to shred rope bones, shoes and everything else he can sink his teeth into, so I keep a supply of toys at the office.
What do you do to keep your busy pup content while you’re at work?