Tag Archives: Freshpet

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.

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.

Dog Treats: Fresh Is Better

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!

Is Your Dog A Picky Eater?

Is Your Dog A Picky Eater?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.

A Closer Look At The Freshpet Team

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.

How Do You Keep Your Professional Puppy Busy?

Deuce the Freshpet Office Dog in the Freshpet Office

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?