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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.

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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.

Tips on Traveling with your Cat

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.

Freshpet Takes Part In Marley’s Mutts Survivor Celebration

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.