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10 Reasons Why Your Pet Makes the Best Valentine

Be My Four-Legged Valentine

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near. Fancy restaurants are gearing up for a packed house, flower companies are preparing for the busiest day of the year, and people everywhere are pulling out all the stops to plan the perfect night for their Valentine. What if your valentine has four legs and a furry coat, though? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with their pet. After all, our relationships with our pets are often one of the greatest examples of unconditional love. Here are some reasons why your pet can make the best Valentine’s Day date.

10 Reasons Why Your Pet Makes the Best Valentine’s Date

1. Cheap Date – Your furry friend doesn’t expect to be wined and dined at the fanciest restaurant in town and doesn’t expect an expensive gift either. Order your favorite takeout, and in lieu of an oversized and overpriced bouquet of flowers, pick up a brand new bag of your pet’s favorite Wellness treats.

2. Dress Code: Comfy – No need to suffer an entire night in an uncomfortable suit or dress, wearing shoes that are your feet’s worst nightmare. Go ahead, grab your softest pair of sweatpants ; your pet is your biggest fan regardless of your outfit.

Photo via loveandaleash.com

Photo via loveandaleash.com

3. You Call the Shots –Skip the Romantic Comedy vs Action Movie debate this year. Spend this Valentine’s Day with your pet and chances are your furry friend will let you pick the movie and won’t even mock you for wanting to watch The Notebook or Fast and Furious – again.

4. More Chocolate For You – No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate, and who likes to share their chocolate? Let me answer that for you – no one. We all know that chocolate can be toxic to your pet, which means more chocolate for you – and you don’t have to feel guilty for not sharing.

5. Pets Don’t Talk – Anyone who has ever been on a really bad date knows why this reason made the list. Why risk it? Spend your Valentine’s Day with your pet, NOT having to endure potentially boring conversation.

6. No Pressure – Valentine’s Day can often come paired with pressure – pressure to plan the perfect date, pressure to pick out the perfect gift, or pressure to look your absolute best. Valentine’s Day with your pet comes paired with no pressure at all. The only request from your pet is quality time spent with you. Well, that and Wellness treats – don’t forget the Wellness treats. It’s only fair if you are going to consume large quantities of chocolate right in front of them.

photo via bunkblog.net

photo via bunkblog.net

7. Unconditional Love – Valentine’s Day is meant to be a celebration of love. Our pets spend each and every day loving us unconditionally in a way that only they can do. It seems only fair that we show our appreciation by celebrating this day with our four-legged friends, giving them our full, undivided attention.

8. Easy to Shop for – The struggle can be real when it comes to picking out the perfect Valentine’s gift for your partner. We’ve all been there. Your pet makes it pretty simple, though. You can stop by your local pet supplies store and pick up any of the following great gifts, with confidence that your pet won’t want to return it.

  • new toys
  • the perfect new collar
  • tasty treats

9. Good for your Health – Research has shown that spending time with your pet actually has health benefits. Quality time with your pet can relieve stress as well as lower blood pressure, which are both great reasons to spend Valentine’s Day with your furry friend – doctor’s orders.

10. Did I mention more chocolate for you?

Have we convinced you yet that your pet can make the perfect Valentine’s Day date? If you have a significant other that you can’t bear the thought of leaving out, don’t worry, your pet won’t mind the extra company. And because chocolate can be harmful to your pets, it’s even more chocolate for you.

15 Dogs Who Love National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Started by animal advocate Colleen Paige as a day to, “Have fun with fashion, celebrate your pet, inspire others and promote pet adoption.” She stresses that, “If your pet doesn’t like wearing clothing, there is no use stressing them out by forcing them to wear something for human entertainment.” That being said, many pets love the extra attention of some primping playtime, and look positively fetching in pet apparel. We’d like to thank our sister brand, Old Mother Hubbard Natural Dog Snacks for sharing these photos of some of their fans who’ve really nailed this whole dressing up thing. We hope you enjoy these dogs as much as we did!

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This pup loves dressing up just as much as she loves building!

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Linguine and Ratatouille look like they’re busy whipping up something delicious in the kitchen!

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These pooches are dressed as the cast of one of the most popular movies of 2014, Frozen!

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Looks like Cinderella just found her missing slipper–now it’s time to chew!

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Now that this pup has experienced life as a squirrel, he’ll think twice before chasing them up the tree.

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Your venti half-caff, caramel, er, pug is ready!

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Solving the mystery can be ruff, but someone’s gotta do it.

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What did you do with the dog today? “Oh nothing, just hung out.”

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Was it her fault, or the dog who took her Wellness treats? Can’t be sure.

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“Fine, if you won’t give me treats, I’ll make my own!”

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“You want me to act like a big, scary goblin in my Halloween costume? Maybe next year.”

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Everyone enjoys using a different persona from time to time. These two are here to report that being a lobster is pretty great!

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Firefighter and police dog, reporting for duty!

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“Those were some gnarly waves, just watch out for the big fish!”

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“Follow me, I’ll lead you to safety!”

Does your pet love to dress up? Be sure to share your photos on our Facebook page!

Ask Wellness: January 2015

Q. I have a Boston Terrier who’s having digestive issues with loose stools. She’s 12 pounds, small I know. She had a fecal test and it came back negative. I’m looking to change her food. Which Wellness food would you suggest?

 

A. It’s good to hear that your Boston Terrier’s fecal test came back negative. This doesn’t rule out the possibility that your dog has a sensitive stomach and/or food intolerance. I’d suggest that you try the Wellness Simple Small Breed Salmon & Potato Formula. This grain-free food is made with limited ingredients so that there’s less of a chance of your dog having digestive upset with it. The tiny kibble size is also a good fit for your small dog. I recommended that you transition your dog slowly from her current food to the Simple Small Breed Salmon & Potato. A transition over at least a week will decrease the chances of stomach upset with the new food. If your pup still experiences digestive issues, we suggest that you work with your veterinarian to help determine which specific ingredients are not agreeing with your dog’s stomach.

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make with Your Pet

Around this time of year, we often start looking for ways to better ourselves: cutting out bad habits, adding healthier practices, and even adjusting our outlook on life. While the New Year rings in new resolutions for our own lives, the start of a fresh year is an opportunity to make some resolutions to better the lives of your pets as well. Luckily, what’s good for you is usually also good for your buddy, and with these suggestions, you’ll both be on the road to a longer life and a happier 2015.

Get Moving


When the clock strikes midnight on January first, sure there may be champagne celebrations and general merriment. But for many, this marks the occasion of the start of a new health or fitness regimen. OK, maybe it doesn’t start instantly, but there’s a reason that gym memberships are added in droves in January. The sad fact, though, is that by March, a good number of those folks have abandoned their good intentions. Studies (and logic) show that if you enjoy your means of exercise, you’re far more likely to engage in it regularly. So the real question is, what are your plans for movement this year, and how can you get your dog involved if he or she isn’t the most athletic pup?

 

 

Running and Walking: It’s the oldest (and least expensive) way to get moving, and it’s easy to incorporate Fido into the routine. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a sturdy leash, and you’re ready to roll. For maximum effect, pick up a pedometer to get an accurate snapshot of your progress, and set goals for yourself each week. The longest journey starts with a single step, and before you know it, you’ll have logged several miles. Be aware of your pet’s status throughout the route. Don’t expect a full sprint from a pooch who’s been dormant all winter, and know that some dogs may require footwear to protect delicate paws. It’s best to consider the weather when preparing for your run!

 

 

Pet-Friendly Yoga: Yes, this is a thing, (it’s actually called Dogya) and thanks to many pet-friendly communities, many yoga studios and community programs offer yoga for you and your canine companions. Of course they aren’t going to completely follow the routine, but it is called downward-facing dog for a reason–dogs love to stretch! If nothing else, this gives you a good stretch and strengthening time, while also inviting your buddy to a fun activity outside the house.

 

• Swimming: One minute of swimming is equivalent to four minutes of running for dogs. In addition to it being good exercise, water movement provides excellent benefits for dogs with joint and mobility issues. And swimming is also great for you! Not only does this give quality time for and your pooch, but water itself has been proven time and time again to provide healing for the mood and spirit.

 

Hey! What’s in that Food?

 

 


You may have noticed new human health trends popping up which place a heavy focus on ingredients. Many people are equally interested in knowing that they are feeding their pets high-quality, healthy ingredients. Our bodies function based on how we nourish them, so it’s plain logic that the better ingredients you eat, the better your body will respond. The same can be true for our pets’ diets, and don’t you want the best for your whole family?

 

• Live-Active Probiotics: A healthy intestinal tract and overall digestive system is imperative for good health, and this is true for both pets and people. Adding probiotics to our diets gives our systems an extra dose of the ‘good germs,’ which may help strengthen immunity.

 

• Add your Omegas: Fat isn’t always a bad thing, especially when we’re talking about fatty acids, like Omega 3 and 6. These are essential to cellular function, and promote healthy skin and hair for both you and your pet.

 

• Vitamins and Minerals: Remember as a kid taking a vitamin each day? Bring that habit back by making sure your food has the right vitamins and minerals. If it doesn’t add a supplement! In most cases, feeding your pet a high-quality, natural pet food will provide all of the essential vitamins and minerals they need. Certain pets may benefit from added supplements, but it’s always best to confirm with your veterinarian first.

 

• Protein: High-protein diets promote health and wellness, adding energy and endurance. Check the ingredients on your grocery list to make sure you are eating enough lean meats, like fish and chicken, and do the same for your pet’s food.


• Fruits and Veggies:
An apple a day keeps the…well, you know. But it’s a truth that has stood the test of time. This year, make it a goal to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Choose carrot sticks and apple slices over chips or candy, and in addition to giving your dog healthy treats, add some fresh foods. You’ll be surprised that your pets love the crunchy fun that cold veggies can provide—they won’t even know they’re eating healthier!

 

• Read the Bag: This is true for your food and your pets. Always read the ingredients and research unfamiliar terms. Some will turn out to be scientific words for everyday ingredients, while others maybe preservatives, additives and fillers. Be informed!

Rest, Peace and General Life-Loving

 

Happy New Year to you, and to your pet! 2015 can be the year you refocus on your whole family’s health. Making even small changes can make all the difference in the healthfulness and longevity of your pets and loved ones. And at the end of each day, find time to spend together and rediscover the importance of rest, peace and a general sense of loving the life you live. That makes all the difference.

Wellness Naughty or Nice Pet Photo Contest Winners

In December 2014, we asked Wellness Facebook fans to enter their dog or cat in our Naughty or Nice Pet Photo Contest. Soon after we posted the contest, the photos started pouring in. We saw dogs covered in mud, cats in the tree, adorable snapshots of pet siblings embracing and so much more. The fabulous outpouring of participation showed us that Wellness pet parents include their animals in the holiday festivities just as they would any other member of the family; we’re very proud to be a part of this type of community.

The contest closed with over 5,000 entries! After closely reviewing each entry, we started the difficult task of choosing the contest grand-prize winners and finalists. Narrowing it down certainly wasn’t easy, and we’d like to thank everyone who participated in celebrating the season with us. We’re now happy to announce two grand-prize winners who will each receive a year’s supply of Wellness Natural Pet Food, as well as several finalists who will each receive a Wellness prize pack:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Prize Winner, “Naughty”:

Submitted by Lora G.- "Delilah thinks her little sister Laverne is a pest."

 

Grand Prize Winner, “Nice”:

Submitted by Eileen G.- "Lilah is on the NICE list for all the good she does throughout the year on her therapy visits."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Jennifer K.- "Gracie was actually yawning at the time of the photo, but she is a very mischievous kitty. She is wise in the ways of opening pantries to get to her treats."

 

Submitted by Fabiana F.- No mail today.

Submitted by Fabiana F.- "No mail today."

 

Submitted by Sheri N.- Toilet paper fun!

Submitted by Sheri N.- "Toilet paper fun!"

 

Submitted by Susan P.- Brotherly love

Submitted by Susan P.- "Brotherly love"

 

Submitted by Robert M.- Kung-Fu kitties

Submitted by Robert M.- "Kung-Fu kitties"

 

Submitted by Lynn A.- Bad dog Caspar digging to China!

Submitted by Lynn A.- "Bad dog Caspar digging to China!"

 

Submitted by Sherri L.- This is Archer. We gave him his second-chance forever home and he loves it as you can see

Submitted by Sherri L.- "This is Archer. We gave him his second-chance forever home and he loves it as you can see"

 

Submitted by Wendy C.- Dont worry Mom, Ill just take the burnt ones. This is my Pyrenees, Happy. In this photo, we recently adopted her and Im still learning what it means to have a large dog who can get to where humans can!

Submitted by Wendy C.- "'Don't worry Mom, I'll just take the burnt ones." This is my Pyrenees, Happy. In this photo, we recently adopted her and I'm still learning what it means to have a large dog who can get to where humans can!"

 

Submitted by Melanie C.- These two entrepreneurs are starting informational sessions, How to Destroy a House and Look Good Doing It. Spaces are filling up fast, so book now!

Submitted by Melanie C.- "These two entrepreneurs are starting informational sessions, 'How to Destroy a House and Look Good Doing It.' Spaces are filling up fast, so book now!

 

 

Submitted by Kathy A.- Cody being nice and getting ready to do a therapy visit with children with special needs. He loves it!

Submitted by Kathy A.- "Cody being nice and getting ready to do a therapy visit with children with special needs. He loves it!"

 

Submitted by Chase H.- These two brothers are best friends.

Submitted by Chase H.- "These two brothers are best friends."

 

Submitted by Dan W.- Ivy cleaning her brothers face

Submitted by Dan W.- "Ivy cleaning her brother's face"

 

Submitted by Raegan H.- Ben showing his support for the participants of our local Special Olympics

Submitted by Raegan H.- "Ben showing his support for the participants of our local Special Olympics"

 

Submitted by Lisa D.- Best buddies

Submitted by Lisa D.- "Best buddies"

 

Submitted by Jill C.- My boys being nice! Their foster family fed them Wellness and weve been feeding them nothing but Wellness dry, wet and treats ever since! Its quite obvious they are very healthy, happy cats and love each other very much!

Submitted by Jill C.- "My boys being nice! Their foster family fed them Wellness and we've been feeding them nothing but Wellness dry, wet and treats ever since! It's quite obvious they are very healthy, happy cats and love each other very much!"

 

Submitted by Kelly A.- Lexi is such a good girl--she graduated from her advanced training class!

Submitted by Kelly A.- "Lexi is such a good girl--she graduated from her advanced training class!"

 

Submitted by Jackie W.- Our Echo (apricot colored pup) giving kisses to her brother

Submitted by Jackie W.- "Our Echo (apricot colored pup) giving kisses to her brother"

 

Zoey was adopted from our local shelter and is now a certified therapy dog. She is a "Tail Waggin' Tutor" and visits our libraries where children read to her. Not only is she sharing her unconditional love, she is helping them become confident readers!"

Submitted by Debbie L.- "Zoey was adopted from our local shelter and is now a certified therapy dog. She is a "Tail Waggin Tutor" and visits our libraries where children read to her. Not only is she sharing her unconditional love, she is helping them become confident readers!"

 

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#HappyPawlidays Pet Safety Twitter Chat Recap

Check out veterinarian Dr. Cindy Bressler’s tips on pet safety around the holidays!

The holidays can shake up our routines, and the same can be said for the routines of our pets. We recently hosted a Twitter Chat with veterinarian Dr. Cindy Bressler where she shared her tips for how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season. We’ve compiled our favorite tips from Dr. Bressler. Take a look, below:

Don't miss the #HappyPawlidays Pet Safety Twitter Chat, Wed., Nov. 19, 8pm ET w/ @wellnesspetfood & @DrCindyBressler http://t.co/O0w7lN8d2Y

Find out tips from @DrCindyBressler on how to keep your pets safe for the holidays--11/19 @ 8 PM ET! #HappyPawlidays http://t.co/uQ2hvzDTDK

How to Prevent Pet Diabetes

It’s National Pet Diabetes Month!

Diabetes isn’t just a human disease. It’s on the rise in our pets, affecting thousands of dogs and cats every year. According to Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) diabetes more often affects cats than dogs. Diabetes typically develops in older pets, however, since diabetes is largely a lifestyle related disease, it is preventable.

Key Triggers

In both dogs and cats, diabetes is tied to obesity and age. If your pet is over 10 years old and weighs too much, he or she is at a higher risk for diabetes. To decrease this risk, you can work with your veterinarian to increase your pet’s exercise level and decrease his or her caloric intake.

Just like with people, if pets consume more calories than they exert, they will gain weight. However, not all calories are created equal. It’s best to choose higher protein foods, and many pet parents find that a grain-free pet food with natural ingredients helps prevent their pets from gaining weight. Wellness CORE recipes for cats and dogs are grain-free and provide high-quality protein sources. Because a higher-protein diet can be more nutrient dense (as well as calorie dense), you may need to speak with your vet about decreasing your pet’s portion size when you transition foods.

Some vets say that a higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet may help prevent diabetes.

What is Diabetes Anyway?

You probably know diabetes has something to do with insulin. Insulin is a hormone that processes blood sugar (glucose) so your body has energy. When your body can’t process the glucose properly, sugar builds up in the blood and urine.

This leads to an imbalance that affects the whole body, and can become very serious if untreated.

Symptoms of Diabetes in Cats and Dogs

Although cats and dogs handle diabetes differently, they can exhibit similar symptoms of the disease:

-Increased thirst/increase in water consumption

-Weight loss

-Lethargy

-Vomiting

-Change in appetite

Many of the symptoms of diabetes in pets can mimic other diseases, so if your pet exhibits any unusual behavior, it’s best to take him or her to the vet promptly.

Although a serious disease, if the vet determines that your pet has diabetes, it can be treated effectively with medication, diet & lifestyle changes.

Why Adopt a Senior Dog?

When you adopt a Senior dog, you get all the benefits of a sweet, doggie companion without any of the headaches of potty training, chewing and mess-making so common to puppydom. Your senior adoptee will likely be well-mannered and will make an easy transition to your home.

In honor of Senior Dog Month, Wellness shares three good reasons to consider saving a senior pup:

1-      Their maturity makes them easy to train and they’ll settle in quickly.

Senior dogs have years of experience living with humans and many of them can easily adapt to a new environment—including one with kids and other pets. Many of them are already housebroken so you can skip that phase.

2-      They like to lounge – A senior dog will not require the hours of exercise a puppy needs. A few short walks a day and your senior is good. The rest of the time, he’ll be happy to lounge in a comfy spot.

3-      What you see is what you get – You already know how large the dog is and the temperament is easy to size up. There will be no surprises later.

Soon to be empty nesters, those with a less active lifestyle and dog lovers who’d simply enjoy having a dog lay by their feet can all benefit from adopting a dog entering his or her golden years.

At What Age are Dogs Seniors?

Veterinarians say 7 years old is the standard, however, there is a bit of leeway depending on the breed/size of the dog. Smaller dogs are considered “senior” at an older age while large breeds could be “seniors” at age 6.

Why Do Great Dogs End Up at the Shelter?

Pet shelter staff say many of the reasons pets end up there have nothing to do with the dog. Rather, dogs sometimes end up at the shelter due to a life change experienced by the pet owner. Pet owners may move or take another job and they don’t think they have time for the dog anymore. Pet guardians may also become unable to care for a pet as they get older or fall ill. There are multiple reasons a dog may be up for adoption that have nothing to do with the dog’s disposition.

Many senior dogs have a lot of life and love to give. Check out these adorable senior dogs, up for adoption.