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Start A Fresher, Healthier Life with our Fresh With Your Pet 30-Day Meal Plan

Have you recently caught yourself scrounging together a few handfuls of snacks and calling it a meal? Or staring down at a plate of the same old boring, nutritionally questionable food, and feeling like it might be time to make a change?


Change is hard – especially when it comes to changing your eating habits. But research proves that sticking to a new workout or diet is easier when you do it with a friend, and that’s what got us thinking…


What if you could embark on a journey to introduce some healthier, fresher food into your diet alongside your best friend: your pet!


Freshpet is proud to announce that we’re teaming up with our friends at HelloFresh to inspire you to step into a fresher lifestyle, following our #FreshWithYourPet 30-day meal plan.


It’s easy to start – just find Freshpet at a fridge near you here, and get $30 off your first HelloFresh box with the promo code FRESHPET30.


Eating fresher food helps us feel healthier and more energetic, and we know the same goes for our pets. That’s what inspires us to make better pet food with high-quality, fresh ingredients that contain no preservatives or mysterious “meat powders.”





And when it comes to us hungry humans, we know HelloFresh is on a mission to save home cooking with fresh ingredients and fun, easy-to-master recipes. Naturally, we thought it was the perfect solution to rekindling your love for cooking at home and kicking off a healthy habit.



We’d love for you and your pet to try a month of HelloFresh and Freshpet together and see how you feel at the end of 30 days!


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Within the first 10 days, you’ll switch your pet from their regular food to Freshpet’s real and all-natural meals that are ready to eat straight from the fridge. They’re easy to serve up, whether you’re pouring out our Fresh from the Kitchen chicken recipe or slicing up one of our rolls.


Increased energy, a shinier coat, clearer eyes, better digestion and more excitement at mealtime are just some of the benefits you’ll start to see in your pet, even within the first couple weeks.


While they’re enjoying Freshpet, you’ll be on your own healthier path, trying out four weeks of HelloFresh meal delivery service. Choose your own plan and you’ll be able to customize a weekly menu. Recipe cards and pre-measured fresh ingredients are delivered straight to your door. All you’ll have to do is the cooking!


See the full plan here!


Ready to try the #FreshWithYourPet plan at home? Locate a nearby Freshpet fridge here, and use the code FRESHPET30 at to get $30 off your first HelloFresh box.


Be sure to share with us the differences you see and how you’re enjoying 30 days with Freshpet and HelloFresh by using the hashtag #FreshWithYourPet.



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Pet Halloween Costumes You’ll Both Love

We know that Halloween inspires millions of people to slip into costume and create a whole new persona for the night! With one of these adorable costume ideas, your dog or cat can sport a temporary disguise and join in on the fun. Be sure to reward your furry family members with delicious treats for their patience and photo-ready cuteness.

Foodie Family Costumes

One surefire way to get some laughs this Halloween is to dress your pets up as food. A cat dressed up as a carton of milk or a long-body dog breed, like a dachshund, wearing a hot dog outfit is always hilarious. If you have more than one pet, you could dress them as different items that go together, such as salt and pepper shakers, hamburger and French fries, peanut butter and jelly, or even avocado and toast! You could get in on the fun too by dressing as the chef!

Looks From This Year’s Pop Culture Hits

From comic book movies to fantasy TV, there are lots of great costume ideas for pets. Stranger Things is set to make its return on October 27th this year, meaning everyone’s going to be in the mood for Eleven and Christmas light message costumes.


Photo Credit: @dougthepug / @oliverthegoldendoodle


Game of Thrones is a great go-to for pet costumes, whether it’s a trio of little dragons or a little mini Jon Snow. It wouldn’t be too tough to DIY a King in the North costume for your dog or cat—after all, GOT’s own costume designers used cheap Ikea rugs to create the faux fur trim on Jon’s winter coat!


Photo Credit: Philip Lauer


Superheroes remain a great inspiration for pet costumes, and if you want to really capture the spirit of 2017, look no further than Wonder Woman, one of the most successful comic book movies of all time. Dogs and cats both look adorable dressed up as the Amazonian princess, whether you go for an old-school, star-spangled comic book look or a darker, more modern style inspired by the movie.

For a doggy couple’s costume, consider Beauty and the Beast—a simple yellow dress and one of those adorable lion mane wigs plus a blue tailcoat can complete your fairytale pet costume look.


Ideas for Pets Who Prefer to Go Au Naturel

Some pets simply refuse to wear a wig or trot around in a fancy dress. If your four-legged children aren’t open to negotiation, forget about a full-body costume and headgear in favor of a Halloween collar or glow-in-the-dark bandana that only goes around the neck.


If your dog or cat is comfortable with a harness, you can take things even further. Simply strap lightweight items to the harness, being careful to ensure the attachment doesn’t bother your beloved companion. For example, if you attach a superhero cape, make sure it only loosely covers the top part of your pet’s back and is short enough to not to drag or interfere with their tail.


You can interpret a number of different costume ideas using the harness as your foundation. Dragon wings, Wonder Woman’s hidden sword or a tiny saddle with a robot cowboy rider a la Westworld are all great options for pets who aren’t ready for a full costume.

Training Your Furry Family Members to Pose Like Models

Believe it or not, it’s possible to get the best photos of your pets by training them for just minutes a day. With the right commands, plenty of patience and fresh pet food as a positive reinforcement reward, your pet can learn to pose like a pro.


Master the process with these pet photography tips:


Master the “Sit” Command

Before your pup can pose for the camera, he must learn to sit and stay seated. Start with brief training sessions, and gradually increase the time you spend working on it every day. To teach this command, get down on your dog’s level, hold a treat near his nose and move your hand up. As you do this, your dog’s head will follow, and his butt will lower. Once your dog’s butt is on the floor, give him the treat and praise him. Repeat the process multiple times daily, pairing it with the command to “sit.”


Train Your Dog to “Pay Attention”

Training your dog to pay attention with the “pay attention” game is fun and effective. To play, you need a timer, your dog’s leash, a clicker and some bite-size training or cut up some fresh dog treats into smaller sizes.

  1. Put your dog on a leash, and sit in a chair.
  2. Set the timer for one minute, and count the number of times your dog looks at you, clicking and treating each time it happens.
  3. Repeat the process, giving your dog more than one treat for every look.
  4. Repeat it a third time, giving your pup one treat and click for every look.

If your training is working, the number during the third minute should be higher than that in the first minute. If the number is the same or lower, you may need to move to a quieter environment. As your dog improves, play the game in increasingly busy spots.


Practice Makes Perfect

Like everything else in life, the more you and your pooch practice, the better his posing skills will be. Let your pup get used to the feeling of the camera trained on him or her, and make sure you reward him with plenty of healthy treats along the way.


Pet Photography Tips

Now that you’ve trained your pup to pose, you need to start upping your game as photographer extraordinaire. Follow these tips to get the best shots:

  • Time Your Photo Session: If you want your dog to remain calm and relaxed, time your session for after a long walk. Alternatively, if you’re looking for action-packed shots, hold your photo shoot early in the day.
  • Take More Photos Than You Need: The more shots you take, the more likely you are to end up with multiple amazing photos.
  • Lose the Flash: Avoid the strange alien eyes that a flash can give your pup, and opt for warm, natural light instead. Skipping the flash is also less stressful on your pet.


During training and photo shoots, use tasty, nutritious food to reward your sweetheart for his model behavior. The best food choices are fresh, nutritious and delicious. Your pup is sure to sit, pay attention and strike his best pose for the right food.

Breaking the Ice with a New Cat Friend

Your new roommate’s cat is adorable, but she always runs away when you walk into the room. Or maybe your new boyfriend has a feline roomie who persistently stares at you from across the room but won’t let you pet her. Most cats need some time to warm up to strangers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps in starting an amazing relationship with a new friend! These tips can help you master the process of charming an unfamiliar feline.

Don’t Force It

Cats tend to make their feelings clear, so if you’re dealing with a kitty who would rather disappear than let you pet him, he’s not just playing hard to get. If you become impatient and get too aggressive in your approach, you’ll probably scare him and ruin any progress you’ve made up to that point. Respect the cat’s boundaries and follow his lead. Try to get his attention by inviting him to play with you and a favorite toy, but don’t be offended if he doesn’t immediately take the bait!


Serve Up Some Love

Use a social trick that is as old as time: food. A tasty meal or treat is a great way to get on the good side of a person, and it works equally well for many animals. It may still take some coaxing, but even a shy cat has trouble resisting something tasty like Freshpet’s grain free cat food, which includes a range of tempting recipes to entice virtually any cat.


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This “friendship-through-feeding” approach is a particularly good idea if the cat in question lives with someone you see often, like a romantic partner. You can even try feeding the cat at regular mealtimes for a while. Establishing yourself as a food source makes it clear that you’re a great person for a cat to befriend. It’s also a good idea to keep some treats in your pocket, just in case the cat comes close enough to sniff you. If you smell like something he enjoys, he just might stick around.


Move Slowly

When you finally get close enough to make contact, don’t dart your hand out quickly or try to grab the cat. The ideal process for petting a cat the first time requires some finesse. Extend your hand slowly and let the cat sniff it. If she rubs up against your hand, you’re in. Pet her using gentle scratches at the base of the chin or behind the ears, rather than patting the belly or stroking the cat’s entire body. Starting small with slow, gentle motions is the best way to avoid startling or annoying your new four-legged friend.


Using a combination of these approaches over time should make you irresistible to a shy cat. Just be patient and know that you’ll make friends eventually. Trust us – Good things like cat cuddles are worth the wait!

Top Tips for a Successful Move with Your Pet

Moving to a new home is stressful for the whole family, including your pets. Whether you have cats, dogs or any other type of pet, relocation requires a little extra planning to make sure everything goes smoothly. We rounded up some of the top tips out there, from pre-move planning to introducing pets to a new home, to ensure your next move is a successful one.

Plan Ahead

Smart strategies and careful planning are two key ways to make the transition as smooth as possible for your pets. Some things to consider include:


Make a vet appointment

You need up-to-date records for your new vet and healthy pets capable of handling some stress. Squeeze in a checkup before you move.

Buy a transport carrier

Safety during the move is essential. It’s a great idea to transport your pet to your new home in a carrier. Just give them a chance to get used to their carrier in the weeks before moving by leaving them where they can freely move in and out. Place favorite toys inside, or feed them inside their carriers to inspire a sense of comfort.

Take short drives

If your pets don’t normally travel with you, try taking a few short drives ahead of time to get them used to the motion.

Keep pets in a quiet spot while packing

To minimize anxiety, try keeping your pets in a quiet room or at a friend’s house while packing and on moving day.

Pack an overnight bag

Make sure you have a few days’ worth of all your pets’ essentials — food, grooming supplies, litter box, favorite toys — in an easily accessible spot. When you get to your new home, you don’t want to rummage through tons of boxes to find what you need.


Maintain Normal Routines

In addition to planning ahead, it’s important to keep your pets’ routines as normal as possible right up until you lock your front door for the last time. Walk your dogs regularly, feed your pets their regular food, and try to take breaks from all the packing madness to give them a little attention throughout the day.


Arrange Safe Transportation

Getting your pet safely from Point A to Point B is most important. Driving with your pet safely secured in a carrier or secured with a harness is typically the least stressful way to transport them. If driving isn’t possible, research airline or train policies well in advance, as these types of transportation typically involve extra fees and restrictions. Whenever possible, take your pets on board in approved carry-on carriers instead of checking them into cargo hold areas. Another option is using a specialized animal transport service.


Settle into Your New Home

Once you arrive at your new home with your pet, resist the urge to immediately set them free to explore. Unfamiliar spaces and smells could be overwhelming at first, so consider providing your pet with their own temporary home base. Place favorite toys and familiar items in one room that will serve as their main space until they feel comfortable. Slowly introduce pets to the rest of the house at a pace that seems comfortable to them. This process also gives you time to unpack and explore your new digs for hidden hazards.


Do you have any tips to add to the list? Share them with us on Facebook.

Why You’ll Need Freshpet Dog Food This Halloween

Did you know that chocolates and candies can be deadly for your dog? While some foods may be completely harmless for humans, those same treats may cause your dog to be sick.


This is why candies and chocolates must be kept out of your dog’s reach. To help ensure your dog has as much of a good time as you and your children, try stocking up on deliciously fresh and healthy Freshpet dog food or treats this Halloween!




Before you run out to get Freshpet dog food, lets take a look at some types of foods that you should try an avoid having near your pets this holiday.


Halloween Treats That Are a Big NO for Dogs:


This delicious human Halloween treat can cause severe symptoms such as of excessing panting, vomiting, frequent urination, diarrhea, or seizures in pets.



Liquor Chocolates

Chocolates with alcohol can slow down the functioning of your dog’s liver and brain, and the smaller the dog, the greater the effect. Symptoms to look out for are vomiting, diarrhea, depression, coma, difficulty in breathing and even death.

Macadamia Nuts

A common ingredient in many Halloween candies, these nuts can cause locomotive difficulties, weakness, tremors, panting and swollen limbs.

Grapes and Raisins

Cookies, mini cakes or chocolates can contain grapes and raisins, which may lead to kidney failure in dogs.




Milk could be dangerous for dogs, as some dogs may not be able to reliably produce a special lactose splitting enzyme known as lactase. The absence of this enzyme could cause bloating, diarrhea and gas.


Candy and Chewing Gum

Sugar could be unhealthy for dogs. In addition to sugar, candies could contain Xylitol, can lead to excessive insulin release. This may cause kidney failure or even worse conditions.



How do I Make Sure My Dog Stays Healthy During Halloween?

Check out the following tips to keep your dog safe during Halloween:

  1. Advise your guests and their kids not to offer candy to your dog – Also keep the floor clean of candy wrappers. Sometimes it takes just a small amount to do big damage.
  2. Keep the candy out of your dog’s reach – It’s safer to keep your candy in a cabinet or a high shelf. If the dog is around, be vigilant.
  3. Stock up on Freshpet recipes or treats Dogs don’t need human treats. Period. They would be happier and healthier if you gave them foods made just for them. This is why before Halloween, stocking up on Freshpet recipes is a great idea. Consider getting your dog:

There are plenty of Freshpet recipe choices, and they are all nutritious and tasty.

There is a treat for every kind of dog at Freshpet. Make their Halloween less scary and give them food and treats of their own to enjoy.



How to Bond with Your Dog

The bond between humans and their dogs dates back thousands of centuries, and according to a recent article from Scientific American, the domestication of canines goes back much further than many of us may have previously believed. The discovery of a bone from a wolf found in Siberia takes the traditional belief of dogs belonging to human masters from approximately 11,000 years ago to upwards of 40,000 years in the past.


The partnership that exists between us and our canine companions can be vital for working dogs like police, military and sheepdogs, but is also just as important for our family pet. Signs that this bond is weak can include:


  • An indifference between you and your dog or with other family members
  • A lack of focus and poor eye contact
  • Beligerence or aggression
  • A dislike of being handled, petted or given other forms of affection
  • Lack of enthusiasm with playtime or exercise from taking a walk
  • Depression and other lethargic behavior


Some of these behaviors could be due to a medical problem, for example, lethargic behavior can be associated with things like allergies, so you may want to check with your veterinarian. But if your pet has a clean bill of health, before things get to this point, or even if your dog may be exhibiting some of these signs, there’s many ways to strengthen the bond that exists between you and your four-legged friend.


Find Their Heart



As the age-old adage goes, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” and the same is true for dogs. Feeding your pet fresh and pet fresh and nutritional food that they truly enjoy eating will not only make them happier, but healthier as well. Giving them treats in moderation can benefit both training and deepen the bond between Fido and their human friend.


Pay Attention



In the same way some dogs enjoy certain types of foods better than others, the same goes for some of their behavioral patterns. For instance, some dogs don’t enjoy being picked up, others don’t care for being hugged, and other forms of attention that we may think they like, but actually they are just tolerating this behavior. Get to know your pet’s likes and dislikes and respect them as well as their boundaries.


Be Aware of Behaviors


Again, awareness of some things that we might find pleasant as humans, smiling for example, may be seen as a sign of aggression with some dogs. For example, some smaller dogs don’t like to be “walked over” and this may make them feel threatened. Pay attention to things like body language, quick movements or stances that may make them anxious or afraid and avoid them.



Human Touch




The importance of physical contact is true for both humans and their animals. Grooming, petting and other forms of physical contact reduces stress levels, which also lowers heart rate and increases levels of relaxation. Spend time with your dog, play with them often and give them reassurance through your touch that they are important to you.


It’s not all about spending money on their veterinarian care, food, toys and treats, just like human children, they’d rather we spend more time with them instead of shelling out cash for our canines. This is the way we bond with almost everyone from our two-legged family members to our four-legged friends.

“Wait, you actually ATE DOG FOOD?!”

I remember vividly the first time I heard that employees at Freshpet have eaten our food. It was nearly three years ago, and I was freshly (pun intended) on the job. At the time, I couldn’t imagine ever eating the food; though I knew that Freshpet was different, I had a lot to learn about our food and about other dog foods. On that day, I vowed to try my best to avoid the ceremonial “tasting of the roll.”


As time has gone on, I’ve learned just how special Freshpet is. I’ve spent time at our Kitchens and learned first hand how our food is made and exactly what goes into it. I’ve gotten to know our colleagues in the Kitchens and see how immaculately clean and well cared for it is. And I’ve seen countless Freshpet employees, both new and old, willingly consume our food. But still, I couldn’t bring myself to eat (with the exception of our Turkey Bacon treats, because who can resist Bacon.)


I write this today on the other side, having finally paid my Freshpet dues. I came, I saw, and I ate dog food. Lots of it. And I want to tell you why.


Freshpet is not that different than what I’ll often make for myself for dinner. We use the same ingredients (chicken, for example, and vegetables and brown rice) that I’d pick up at the local grocery store on my way home. We get these ingredients from the same places too: USDA and FDA regulated farms and suppliers. The safety and cleanliness that we uphold in our Kitchens is much better than what I generally do at home. I’m not suggesting we all eat Freshpet all the time: there are nutrients in there that dogs need but that are not necessary for humans. However, I’m fully confident that it’s just fine for a taste.


In the end, I knew I was just playing into the “dog food” stigma that we at Freshpet have worked hard to change. I completely understand why dog food has become synonymous with gross, unappetizing, and mysterious “food.” I wouldn’t want to eat many of the dog foods out there for that reason. But it shouldn’t be that way. Our dogs are family members, so why would we feed them something we ourselves are repulsed by? Simply put, dog food shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing.


And so, I sat at the white table just as everyone who had volunteered for the video would soon do. I tasted all three of the dishes and, I have to be totally honest- I couldn’t stop laughing. Not because it was weird to eat dog food (well, maybe a little) but because it was TRULY delicious. I ate second and third bites of each dish, polished off the meatballs and the taco with ease. It was no longer just for the camera; the food and I were having a culinary experience of our own. Karina, my teammate, turned to me and said, “now I understand why Penny (her Cavalier King Charles) loves the Beef and Bison so much.” We giggled, but underneath there was a new sense of understanding. That day, I felt a pride that was greater than what I’d even felt before for the work that we do each day.



I believe we’re embarking on a new era in dog food, one in which human quality will be a demand, not a rarity. And I believe at Freshpet, we’re leading the way.


By watching this video, you’re helping to make better food for pets a reality. And, in celebration, we’re donating to two wonderful charities helping to feed hungry humans all across the country: The Food Trust and The Jewish Family Services { SOVA Community Food and Resource Program. We thank you for coming along on this journey with us, and look forward to all there is to come.

Prepping For a New Pet

Bringing home a new pet, whether planned or not, requires some careful forethought, preparation and planning. There’s more than food dishes, leashes, cat boxes, toys, food and bedding to consider. Here’s the top three things that many new pet owners may overlook when getting a new pet:


1 – Location, location, location!



These three words are most commonly known in the real estate market, but they should also be prevalent in the pre-existing pet ownership world. Be sure to make ready a place where your pet will sleep and eat in the same location. Not just a mentality of putting their dishes here or placing their bed over there somewhere — put some real thought into it.



Whether they’re a puppy or pushing their senior years, they want familiarity and consistency, they thrive on it, and as parents, you should give it to them. Make sure that you don’t just plop a food dish down or place a bed in an area that you’ll likely move it later. For example, place their water dish in a place that people won’t trip over it and it is close to a water source for cleaning and refilling.


2 – Schedule, schedule, schedule.




Okay, those aren’t words that are commonly seen together in a three-some like “location,” but it’s best to get your new pet on a consistent schedule right away. Once again, like children, pets perform better when they are on a schedule, knowing when they will eat, go outside, when it’s potty-time, all of that. You’ll be happier and they will know what to expect and you’ll likely see less “accidents” and more predictable behavior. 

3 – Pet proofing the premises.




Just like baby-proofing your house for the arrival of a new infant, you’ll want to take some safety precautions for the home of your new pet. Think of everything on their level, but it’s more complicated than it may seem. For a puppy, you won’t want to have shoes on the floor of your closet for them to chew on and for a cat, they may be able to jump onto shelves that contain fragile items. Beware of electrical cords and other potential hazards that could shock, choke or possibly kill a small animal.




If you’re also a plant lover, the ASPCA warns us about dozens of plants that can be toxic for dogs and cats. Be sure to check their list and remove these poisons to protect our new pet. Also it is a must to be mindful of all the symptoms and treatments involved with poison if you suspect one of your pets has been effected.


In closing, I’m adopted myself and actually love the fact that I was “chosen” rather than given birth to in the more traditional manner. And I have continued to carry that torch and have my own “chosen” four-legged members of our family. They love us regardless of their origin and all that they really care about is the fact that they are part of our family and they are loved.

Get Your Dog Beach-Ready

After a long, harsh winter, summer is finally here! Just like kids who are excited about getting out of school and looking forward to the warm weather ahead, our four-legged friends want to spend some more quality time with us and what could be better than a day at a pet-friendly beach!


As with children, we’ll want to pack up everything that our dog will need to have a blast at the beach, ocean, lake, river or whatever waterfront playground we’ll be enjoying on our sunny day.



Safety First

Dependent upon what you’ll be doing on your journey, if your dog will be going out onto the water for an extended period of time, boating, sailing, or paddleboarding, they’ll need a life jacket. Some people think that all dogs are natural born swimmers and that’s simply not true. While some breeds are better in the water than others, even the best of swimmers might not be able to make it safely to shore in case of an accident. Better safe than sorry, get them a life vest to save their life in case of a catastrophe.





Stranger Danger

Be sure to bring along the proper restraints. Keep their collar on and have a good, strong leash with you at all times, just in case. You could run into an aggressive dog and you’ll want to keep your pooch protected. Be on the lookout for other hazards like broken glass, sharp rocks, coral, fish hooks, garbage and other dangerous items hiding in the sand and water. And speaking of water, don’t allow them to drink too much salt or even “fresh” water as too much of it can be unhealthy.



Action and Distraction

While most dogs have a blast at the beach with their favorite toys, a ball or frisbee for a rousing game of fetch, they can’t play the entire time they are there. Bring along some distractions for much needed downtime like chew toys and treats to calm them down. Look for signs that they may be overtired or too hot, excessive panting, drooling, difficulty breathing or confusion. Don’t run them ragged, they’ll need a break now and then.



Water, Shade & Sand

It almost goes without saying that your dog will need plenty of fresh water, but sometimes we forget about shade and the hot sand. If you’re familiar with the area you’ll be visiting and know there is shade available, you’re probably okay. But if not, you should bring a large umbrella that can provide enough protection for both you and your dog should the heat become too much. Most dogs will not get a sunburn, but you will need to be aware of heat exhaustion with overheating.



When bringing blankets and towels, don’t forget to pack an extra one for your pup to protect them from the hot sand. Even the most active swimmers and water-loving dogs need to rest and they’ll need some shade and someplace to lie down on something that isn’t the scorching sand.



Rinse and Repeat

We’ll want to wash off all that sand, salt water or even fresh water from our skin and hair and our dog is no different. Don’t forget to rinse off your dog and give them a nice bath when you get home to help prevent bacteria and fungus from growing into an unhealthy skin condition for your beloved pet.


Repeat? Take them on another summer adventure in the great outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with you best friend.