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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!

 

Pic 2

 

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!

Fresh Food for Good Vision

Fresh Foods for Good Vision

Eye health is a popular topic among pet parents these days because eye diseases and issues can be prevalent in dogs, especially in certain breeds. Fortunately, nature has provided us with quite a few fresh super foods, rich in eye-worthy nutrients that can help keep eyes healthy and strong, and even ward off diseases. Is your pup or kitty’s diet nourishing their eyes? Check out this list of foods for great vision to find out!

 

Blueberries

Blueberries are some of the best ingredients out there to support eye health for pets. They contain everything from eye-healthy carotenoids, phytonutrients, and flavonoids, as well as zinc and selenium. All of these healthy nutrients help with everything from general eye health, to night vision support, to reduction of eye fatigue. Consider these the eye-solution of foods, and be sure to incorporate them into your pup’s diet. Our Vital Slice & Serve rolls are packed with delicious blueberries!

 

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the best veggies for eye health, packed with beta-carotene. Broccoli has even been found to protect the retina from free radical damage. Simply boil up a few florets and add to your pup or kitty’s bowl – and don’t forget the leaves, as they contain even more beta-carotene!

 

Carrots

Carrots are loaded with vitamins like vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamins B, C, D, E, and K, riboflavin, niacin, calcium… the list goes on and on. Carrots also protect the eye from UVB radiation and damage from free radicals. Many Freshpet foods contain this nutrient-rich veggie, from our Slice & Serve rolls to our Roasted Meals.

  

Cold Water Fish like Salmon and Tuna

These fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, important for cellular health. Fish is especially high in DHA, which makes up 30% of the fatty acids that make up the retina. We’d recommend our Vital Chicken, Beef, Salmon and Egg roll or our Vital Complete Meals for dogs to get the benefits of these cold-water fish.

 

Eggs

Rich in cycteine, sulphur, and lutein, eggs have been found to protect eyes from cataract formation and reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration. And more than that, eggs are one of the best sources of protein out there. Get some for your furball in our Roasted Meals, Vital Complete Meals, and select Slice & Serve rolls.

 

Kale

Kale is a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two special antioxidants that act like “internal sunglasses.” So protect your fur-kid from the sun with this high quality veggie. This is another great veggie to add to your pet’s bowl, especially if you have some around the house for yourself.

 

Sweet Potatoes

Often deemed one of the world’s healthiest foods, sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, making them the perfect choice to protect eye health. They also are packed with anthocyanins that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Grab some Dog Joy Sweet Potato treats to give your pup a delicious and extremely healthy snack!

New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Pets

Happy New Year! We hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready to take on the new year. Resolutions are a great way to start the year off, whether they are a list of things to accomplish, or just fun ideas to make 2013 your best year yet. We often think of resolutions not only for ourselves, but for our families as well. Here are our top resolutions for your healthy pets.

 

Make exercise with your pet a daily part of your routine

Not only is exercise beneficial to keeping your pets happy, active, and at their optimal body condition, exercising your pets can also provide the same benefits to you! Take a walk each day with your pooch, or spend some time playing with your kitty around the house. It will increase your bond while integrating physical activity into both of your lives. Play also keeps your pets’ mind sharp; even just five minutes per day spent tossing a ball or dangling a mouse can mentally stimulate them!

 

Schedule a check-up       

Just like humans, furkids need to visit the vet once per year; for older pets, the visits should be more frequent (about twice per year).  So while you’re scheduling your yearly tune-ups, don’t forget to make an appointment to take your pets to the vet as well. Dr. Katy Nelson, a veterinarian and Freshpet blog contributor, explains the importance of taking your pet for a check-up:

“By going for wellness appointments, you can hopefully catch changes in your pet’s health early on and prevent conditions from worsening or even reverse them completely. Your veterinarian will do a full physical examination (including oral and ocular evaluations, listen to the heart and lungs and assess weight, joints, changes in skin or coat, and much more) and make recommendations for improved or continued health based on his or her findings. Slight changes in weight, inflammation in the oral cavity or small lumps or bumps can all indicate more serious disease conditions and early intervention could be lifesaving.”

 

Volunteer

Many people resolve to give back to the community in various ways, and volunteering with shelter animals can be a very rewarding way to do so. Visit your local shelter to find volunteer opportunities. Walking the dogs, playing with the cats, and donating money or much needed items like blankets and bowls are all great ways to help a shelter. Even consider fostering a rescue or an expectant mother. This can be a fun way for you to introduce your children to volunteering while enjoying another furball at home. Keep up with how we’ll be giving back this year on our donations blog.

 

Set up play dates

Hosting play dates for your pooch will help socialize her and get her used to new faces and other animals and people. Plus, they’re a lot of fun for owners and pets alike! Visit the dog park, take a walk together, or invite your friends and their pets over for a great day indoors or outside.

 

Re-examine eating habits

The New Year is a great time to look at your pets’ eating routine and make healthy adjustments as needed. Resolve to feed fewer table scraps? Consider swapping in a fresh treat instead. Or try our fresh treats in place of shelf-stable treats, often containing many ingredients that are less than ideal for our pups and kitties. Look for ways to integrate fresher foods into your diet and that of your family members. Our fresh foods and treats are made with wholesome ingredients, gently cooked to maintain more nutrients and keep your pups and kitties happy and healthy.

 

Take more car rides

Getting your pets accustomed to car rides can have lasting benefits beyond just feeling the wind on their furry faces. Car rides are a great way to introduce your pets to new scenery, especially in the cold. And next time you have to take them to the vet, the car ride may not be as frightening.

 

Bonus: Dogs and Cats share their resolutions for 2013

Babble.com put together these adorable slide shows to celebrate the new year. What would your dog or cat’s resolution be? Visit us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us.

Holiday Travel with Freshpet Food

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which means the holiday season is officially beginning. With the holidays comes a busy travel schedule as we celebrate with friends and family. We are often asked the best ways to travel with Freshpet food, so we’ve compiled a few options for those planning to bring their fur kiddos along for the ride.

 

Stock up on fresh food once you’ve arrived at your destination

Freshpet food is available in a wide variety of stores all across the country. If you’d rather wait until you arrive (perhaps you are flying, for example), you can use our store locator  to find a retailer who carries Freshpet in your destination city. Or if you are staying with close friends or family, politely ask them to pick up the food for you ahead of time on their next shopping trip. .

 

Bring Freshpet foods with you from home

This method works best for car trips, where you can easily bring a cooler along. Pack a cooler with your Freshpet food and ice packs, we recommend about one ice pack for every roll or bag of food that you bring. If you’re packing slice & serve rolls that have already been opened, don’t forget to use a plastic bag or saran wrap to cover the open end. Our roasted meals, complete meals, and treats packages are already re-sealable, so skip this step if you’re bringing these foods along. Some fans even opt to cut up pieces of our slice and serve rolls, bag and freeze them for travel purposes. While ok for your pet to eat, freezing the food may change the color and texture slightly.

Finally, for easy clean-up we recommend bringing disposable plates or bowls to serve the food along the way, along with a water bowl.

We wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season, and we hope that wherever you go, you enjoy a worry-free trip with your family.

Fresh Is Best

Fresh Is Best | Fresh Dog Food & Fresh Cat Food Fortunately, all the recent health news about obesity, America’s latest health crisis, comes with a silver lining. People are becoming more aware of what they eat, and they’re choosing fresh, healthy food over things with empty calories, additives and preservatives.

Farmers’ markets have become community gatherings where chefs and home cooks shop side by side and the menus in restaurants and homes feature the ingredients that are fresh that day. Children are growing peas and carrots on farms in the suburbs and even in big cities. Television chefs are revamping school lunches to include more fresh vegetables and meat. It’s a trend that’s going in the right direction!

Now that we’re finally cluing in about the importance of eating fresh foods, it’s time to extend the healthy benefits to our pets and offer them fresh dog food and fresh cat food. Instead of feeding them dry or canned food that’s full of wheat, corn, fillers, artificial colors and preservatives, it’s time to give them a fresh alternative.

Keeping food fresh without artificial preservatives protects the nutritional integrity of the ingredients. That’s why all fresh dog food and fresh cat food must be refrigerated, just like the fresh groceries we buy for ourselves and our kids.

People who have been feeding their animals fresh pet food tell us that their animals are healthy and vibrant with shiny coats and bright eyes. We hear stories almost daily about how sick and old pets have renewed appetites and energy after they switched to feeding fresh pet food.

Buying fresh pet food in the grocery store is convenient, too. (Face it, most of us are there more frequently than we’d like to admit!) Fresh pet food has come a long way since the days when concerned pet owners had to cook it themselves.

Feeding pets a healthy diet of fresh meats, veggies and brown rice is simply the next step in improving the whole family’s eating habits!