Petpav is so impressed with Halo Pets and Freekibble.com’s mission in providing food to pets in need. In fact, this holiday season, homeless pets across the nation will be looking and feeling their best, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres and Halo Pets. For the third year in a row, Freekibble.com and Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, will make the holidays brighter for homeless dogs and cats across the nation.
The 2013 Inspire Tour
During the 2013 Holiday Kibble Drop “Inspire Tour,” Halo and Freekibble.com will deliver more than 500,000 meals to pets in need. The Kibble Drop trucks, including two 18-wheelers packed full of food, will make a combined 12 stops throughout this holiday season.
At each Kibble Drop location, 5-8 shelters will receive a substantial food donation in honor of a special, inspirational pet in that city.
“Supporting shelters is part of our company’s mission,” says Halo CEO Steve Marton. “We are inspired by the stories of hope and love we hear every day - and want to honor those pets, pet owners and organizations who exemplify the incredible bond we have with our pets.”
Halo retail partners in many of the cities along the Kibble Drop route have generously provided a place where area shelters and rescues can meet the truck and pick up their Freekibble.com donation of Halo’s Spot’s Stew natural pet food.
The Holiday Drop provides homeless pets with great food
The Holiday Kibble Drop provides homeless pets the highest quality food possible, helping shelter pets look and feel their best, sometimes helping them find their forever homes. In fact, in a survey of 85 shelter professionals, 71% said that better food quality “definitely helps” dogs and cats to get adopted.
Since 2008, Freekibble.com has donated 11.5 million meals to shelters and rescues. As Freekibble.com’s official pet food sponsor since 2010, Halo donates the kibble distributed to shelters and rescues throughout the U.S.
2013 Kibble Drop Cities include: Nashville, TN; Washington, DC: Raleigh, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Greenwich, CT; New York, NY; Wichita, KS; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; San
Francisco, CA; Bend, OR.
Participating retailers include: Phydeaux, Doggie Style, Pet Pantry Warehouse, All Paws, Pet Club, At Your Service Pets, Red Barn Feed and Saddlery, and Pet Food Express.
We are so impressed and want you to share with all your friends about this amazing program. Check out freekibble.com to see how you can support these great people.
ABOUT HALO, PURELY FOR PETS®
For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Halo offers natural pet food, treats, supplements and grooming products - including the award-winning Halo Spot’s Stew, Dream Coat and Liv-a-Littles treats. Ellen DeGeneres – a long time Halo customer – became a part-owner of Halo in 2008. HALO’s natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Petco, Whole Foods Market, your local pet specialty and natural food store, and online at http://www.halopets.com. ABOUTFREEKIBBLE.COM Seventeen-year-old Mimi Ausland createdFreekibble.comwhen she was 11 years old, to help feed the homeless dogs and cats at her local animal shelter. Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com are two of the five most-visited animal rescue web sites in the world, with over 125,000 combined daily visitors. With the help of Freekibble’s 500,000 loyal monthly followers, they have donated 11.5 million nutritious meals to over 200 shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country.Freekibble.com works with Halo, Purely For Pets® to distribute the pet food to all the animal shelters they are assisting. Freekibble is played in 137 countries.
We love our dogs and they become an integral part of our family. And, of course, we want them to live a long, healthy life; how long do our dogs live? There are many factors that can determine a dog’s life span and size is one of the most obvious. Most of the larger breeds live to be about 10 years old, while some small dogs can live as long as 14 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer because their internal organs do not have to work as hard to function.
Below are some tips to enable your dogs to live a long time!
Make sure to visit your vet regularly
Visit your veterinarian frequently. Most vets recommend a check-up once every 6 months when your dog reaches his senior years. Blood tests, X-rays, ultrasound, CAT scans or MRIs might be necessary. Make sure to tell your vet about any changes in your pet's stamina, appetite or behavior, when it began and what might have triggered it.
During those visits, make sure to have your dog’s hearing and eyesight checked. It's not unusual for an elderly dog's eyes to look cloudy, and the condition may not signal illness. Like humans, however, they can develop cataracts and glaucoma, and can experience hearing loss. If your dog is seemingly disoriented or is startled when you approach, your pup might be losing his or her hearing.
Groom your dog often and try to brush your dog’s teeth
By grooming your dog regularly, you can not only keep his fur detangled, but can check for any bumps or lesions that you might not have noticed.
If you can, try to brush your dog's teeth daily. This staves off tooth decay and helps prevent gum disease and tooth loss. Brushing regularly will also allow you to notice mouth and tongue ulcers early on.
Keep your dog active
Provide moderate exercise for your pup. Exercise helps your dog maintain muscle tone, keeps his heart and digestion healthy and even improves his attitude (just live. Try not to overexert your dog. Gentle games of fetch and other play not only keep him in shape, but keep him mentally alert and interacting positively with you.
Stick to a regular schedule. Your dog likes routine and will certainly appreciate it now. Try to feed and walk your dog the same times each day.
As your dog ages, even the most social dog may not welcome strange animals or people, or even tolerate familiar children. Due to his failing senses, arthritis or forgetfulness, your dog may shy away from previously welcomed travel or other social situations.
Try to keep your dogs inside more often
Don't leave your dog outside alone. Keep your dog indoors and minimize his time outside. As a dog ages, he'll be sensitive to changes in temperature - aging hearts and lungs don't adjust as well to extremes of hot and cold. Since his senses, reflexes and thinking aren't as sharp, the dog is likely to be more prone to accidents, injury from other animals or even getting lost.
Make sure your dog has a comfy place to sleep
Give him a soft bed. Arthritis, elbow calluses and other conditions will make it harder for your dog to sleep soundly. Orthopedic dog beds are available.
Feed your dog a healthy diet to maintain his weight
An aging dog gains weight more easily because his metabolism is slowing. Your vet can recommend food that is high in fiber and lower in fat, so that your dog is eating his accustomed amount of food, but fewer calories. Always provide fresh, cool water.
Cats are wonderful pets for so many reasons. They are fun, adorable, very self sufficient AND live a long time for a domestic pet. It’s hard to really pinpoint the exact age timeline of our cats; however, indoor cats generally live from 12-18 years of age. Many may live to be in their early 20s. The oldest cat that has been documented is believed to have lived to be an amazing 28 years old!
Cats grow up quickly
Cats mature quickly during their early years, reaching the equivalent of 24 human years by time they turn two, then aging about eight to five times in human years each subsequent year (the number decreases as the cat gets older). So your 12-year-old feline would be about 65 years old and making it time for retirement (when they aren’t too busy napping for 18 hours a day).
There isn’t an exact science that can tell us how long our cats will live but below are some contributing factors:
An indoor cat will live much longer
An indoor cat’s world is a safe home with healthy, timely meals and protection from the changeable weather. Your indoor feline’s only experience with a predator is probably a zealous owner who wants to groom his or her coat or trim those long claws. Life with a clean litter box, a comfy place to nap and attention from one or more humans who offer affection and care is a very stress-free existence!
If your cat has grown up indoors, he or she doesn’t usually want to go outside especially if you have been mindful in keeping your feline’s interest indoors. For instance, you want to make sure your cat gets exercise, scheduled play time and toys that keep your kitty stimulated. And, of course, routine vaccinations and vet checkups, plus a spaying or neutering enables an indoor cat to easily thrive into her teens or beyond.
An outdoor cat tends to have a shorter life span
An outdoor cat, whether a lifelong feral or one who’s been dumped by a former owner can experience daily stress in his or her life. The outdoor cat’s survival instincts keep her or him alert as she eludes dogs, unkind humans and traffic every day. Outdoor cat’s hunts birds or rodents for dinner, or forages in trash cans and can face elements from weather untreated diseases, from worms to rabies to distemper. There is also the chance that an outdoor cat can be hurt by a coyote or even a human or car if running across the street. Therefore, outdoor cats tend to live from 5- 10 years; however, if you have an outdoor/indoor cat, that ratio improves drastically.
What lengthens a cat’s life?
A healthy diet and physical activity, along with regular vet exams, can help a cat stay fit and healthy. Spaying or neutering boosts your cat’s health prognosis while avoiding additions to the feline overpopulation. Neutered males are less prone to prostate problems or testicular cancer; spayed females are less likely to get breast cancer, ovarian cysts or uterine infections. Cats who have been spayed or neutered are calmer, but also burn fewer calories. Therefore, their diets should be monitored.
Your cat will live longer if you keep him or her active
Just as with humans, cats living a healthy lifestyle improve their chances of living a longer life. Felines that get regular exercise (by tossing a mouse around, playing with toys) and maintain a healthy diet (and keep his or her weight in check) will live a longer life. Dental care, to avoid common oral issues that affect many cats, is a key to overall health. Annual vet exams, especially as cats’ age, will find any bodily changes or potential health problems. Older cats may also need a few dietary changes to accommodate their aging systems and your vet may suggest supplements or vitamins. And, most importantly, a calm and loving home will keep your cat happy and healthy!
As a cat owner, you are always concerned about what your cat should or shouldn’t eat. There are so many household items and different kinds of human food that are considered unsafe for your pet. So, it would be nice for a change to think of the food that our cats can eat. Like every other food that your cat ingests, try it first in small portions to see if it agrees your cat’s system.
Below are some types of human food that your cat might enjoy!
Our cats thrive on protein and that should always be the first ingredient in any cat food. Therefore, chicken or any kind of animal meat is safe to feed your cat. Cooked meat is even better for your pets as there is less chance of any bacterial condition. While the raw meat craze is going strong for our kitties, cooked seems to be a very safe option. Of course, since protein has extra fat, make sure you give your cat only a small dose as will not only digest better but we don’t want our kitties to gain much weight.
Most cats love fish and it can provide some much needed nutrients for them. Open a can of tuna and your cats come running! And most fish is found in all of our different types of cat foods in our pet stores. So, when you open that can of tuna, it is OK to give your kitty a bite too. However, as in humans, we need to watch our kitties’ mercury and higher cholesterol content. Therefore, be very sparing with the fish that are know to have higher mercury content such as tuna, salmon, and swordfish. A little can go a long way.
Eggs are great for humans and cats because they're rich in protein. And our cats seem to love the easy texture and the way they digest so easily. However, cooked eggs, such as scrambled or hard-boiled, make an excellent and nutritious treat for a cat and are better than raw, uncooked eggs. That could upset our cat’s sensitive digestive system.
Many cats love cheese and it's a good source of protein for them. And although some cats are able to eat it without any problem, some cats find it hard to digest as do some human. As in humans, some cats are sensitive to dairy as they get older and become lactose intolerant. For these adult cats, any cheese, milk or other dairy will cause diarrhea.
If you're interested in feeding your cat dairy, give it a very small amount at first to see how its digestive system handles it. Your kitty might be able to safely handle small portions of cottage cheese, yogurt and/or sour cream. You can also try giving your cat low-lactose varieties of cheese and milk especially if you already have it around the house.
Some cats enjoy chomping on plants every once in a while to get roughage or fiber. You can give your cats small portions of vegetables to your cat. My cat, Sammy, likes to much on broccoli sometimes. Some other recommended vegetables include baked carrots, steamed asparagus or broccoli, green beans, winter squash, or chopped greens. Some cats love veggies while others just look at them and walk away.
Cooked rice is a good way to give your kitty a little fiber and diversify his normal eating routine. It is easy on our kitties’ digestive system and gives them a little grain in the process.
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As dog owners, we are always worried about what to feed our precious pups; there is so much information out there about what our dogs are not supposed to eat. There are poisonous foods, plants and recalls every day. It is so hard to keep up with what is actually good or bad for our pups. While it is not ideal to feed your dog leftovers or table scraps, there is some human food that is OK for dogs to eat. As always, keep these food choices to a minimum.
Below is a list of some of the different types of foods that you can share with your pups.
Chicken is an excellent treat for most dogs. In fact, many dogs will gobble it down faster than they would any other food choice. And chicken is a great source of protein; just make sure that the spices and oils are to a minimum so safe for your pup.
Carrots are a great, crunchy low-calorie vegetable that can make a great snack for your dog. Whether raw or cooked, carrots are safe to give to your dog. In fact, many dogs love the crunchy snack just as much as any packaged treat.
Rice is commonly used as a filler ingredient in different types of dog food. If you give your dog a few bites of it on his plate, it is safe as long as the rice doesn’t have garlic or onion as these ingredients can be harmful for your pup. Organic rice is always the safer choice.
4. Cooked eggs
Whether the eggs are scrambled or simply boiled, eggs are healthy for dogs since they contain a lot of vitamins and protein. Just make sure that the eggs have been fully cooked before serving it to your pups as raw ones can make your dog sick.
5. Green beans
Green beans are filling, healthy and low in calorie content. As long as salt content is controlled, green beans can be a healthy treat for your dog; again, watch the spices.
A lot of dogs love to eat frozen berries as a special sweet treat. Dogs can safely eat a small amount of these fruits and they can benefit from berries’ anti-oxidant properties just like humans.
Bananas, believe it or not, are also good for our dogs as they supply great nutrients, particularly potassium. Don’t hesitate to give your dog a piece or two of banana the next time your treats run out. Bananas can be a quick healthy snack for your pooch.
A lot of dogs love cheese. It’s rich in protein and most dogs like the texture and taste! But, some dogs experience sensitivity to excessive consumption of dairy like us humans. Just give your pup a small amount of cheese to avoid an upset stomach.
10. Peanut butter
Peanut butter is safe to give to your dogs. But, due to the high fat peanut butter contains, you have to limit the amount. Try for an organic, natural, sugar free peanut butter. As in any food, if it’s better for your dog than it’s better for you also to eat.
As with every snack, moderation is the key to your dog enjoying and feeling well when eating a snack. All of the above are OK to share but each dog is different so test the above in small amounts to see how it suits your dog.