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National Walk Your Pet Month

If you’re one of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions, chances are that weight loss and/or exercising more often is among them.

You probably already know about the health benefits of losing weight. There’s less stress on your joints, your heart, etc. But did you know that when your pet loses weight, he or she enjoys the same benefits?

According to Pet Obesity Prevention, 57.9% of American pets are overweight or obese. Even an extra two pounds on your cat (or five on dogs) is associated with greater risk for disease.

January is National Walk Your Pet Month which makes is perfect for the dogs in your life. Maybe for your cat too but most aren’t interested in walks.

And if the exercise benefits aren’t enough, dogs also enjoy mental stimulation by getting out in the neighborhood and sniffing the trees, sidewalks, fire hydrants and each other.

Walking Your Dog is Bonding Time

Walking together is a great time to focus on training your dog and strengthening the bond between you.

To get the most out of your time together, don’t walk and talk on the phone. Use this time to focus on your pet. They spend a lot of time alone already and need you. Praise them when they walk well and pay attention to you.

If your pet needs leash training, find a class, hire a dog trainer for a few sessions or watch YouTube videos on how to train your dog to walk on a leash. It’s no fun (and possibly dangerous) if your dog is doing the zoomies down the street at top speed about to pull your arm out of the socket.

If your dog already walks great on a leash, congratulations! Now you can focus on enjoying the walk and maximizing it for calorie burn:

Maximize Your Walk

You already know a slow meander isn’t going to do much for revving up the metabolism. However, if you’ve been more sedentary than active, you’ve got to start somewhere. Even a few minutes at a slow pace have more health benefits that sitting on the couch. As soon as you can though, speed up your walk, even if it’s only for a few seconds at a time.

An average is about one mile in a 20 minute period or 3 miles an hour. Are you walking that fast already?

Sometimes dogs can be tricky. They get caught up in the smells and slow your progress. This is another reason the leash training comes in handy. There’s a time to let them sniff and a time to walk. Maybe you start out slow or slow down when you get to a favorite spot. Over time, they’ll adapt to your rhythm if you train them to trot along beside you.

Of course, if you have a high energy dog, then your pet needs to run—daily—to burn off that excess energy. If you’re not a runner, then take your dog to the dog park or find a pet sitter who’ll run with your dog.

It’s hard to walk calmly on a leash when you’re filled with pent up energy.

Safety after Dark

It is January after all and it gets dark early. If your dog walking activities take place in the predawn or late afternoon/evening hours, you want to make sure you can be seen by motorists, bicyclists and other dog walkers/pedestrians.

A lighted leash and collar combination is good for the Fido in your life. You will do well to wear light colored clothes at least and better yet, a reflective vest or jacket.

What about you? How will you participate in National Dog Walking Month?

Coming Soon: Improved Complete Health Dog Recipes

Part of our never-ending commitment to creating the highest quality food for the pets that rely on us means we’re always ready for an opportunity to improve our products. After working with our nutritionists, we’re excited to introduce improved Complete Health dog recipes, including our Puppy, Chicken & Oatmeal, Lamb & Barley, Whitefish & Sweet Potato, Healthy Weight and Senior formulas. You will begin to see the improved offerings starting this month.

Scroll to review the complete nutritional information on these improved recipes:

Complete Health Deboned Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe

INGREDIENTS: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Peas, Ground Brown Rice, Chicken Fat, Tomato Pomace, Ground Flaxseed, Tomatoes, Carrots, Natural Chicken Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Chicory Root Extract, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Garlic Powder, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:

Crude Protein                                                                            Not Less Than                           24.00%

Crude Fat                                                                                  Not Less Than                           12.00%

Crude Fiber                                                                               Not More Than                            4.00%

Moisture                                                                                   Not More Than                          10.00%

Calcium                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.80%

Phosphorus                                                                              Not Less Than                             0.60%

Vitamin A                                                                                  Not Less Than                    25,000 IU/kg

Vitamin E                                                                                  Not Less Than                         200 IU/kg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             2.40%

Omega-3 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             0.60%

Glucosamine*                                                                            Not Less Than                        250 mg/kg

Chondroitin Sulfate*                                                                  Not Less Than                        200 mg/kg

Taurine*                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.09%

Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms*                                             Not Less Than           20,000,000 CFU/lb

(Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus in equal amounts)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): This food contains 3,619 kcal/kg or 434 kcal/cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis.

Complete Health Adult Lamb & Barley Recipe:

INGREDIENTS: Lamb, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Menhaden Fish Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Peas, Rice, Ground Flaxseed, Chicken Fat, Tomato Pomace, Tomatoes, Carrots, Natural Lamb Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Chicory Root Extract, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Garlic Powder, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:

Crude Protein                                                                            Not Less Than                           24.00%

Crude Fat                                                                                  Not Less Than                           12.00%

Crude Fiber                                                                               Not More Than                            4.00%

Moisture                                                                                   Not More Than                          10.00%

Calcium                                                                                    Not Less Than                             1.50%

Phosphorus                                                                              Not Less Than                             1.00%

Vitamin A                                                                                  Not Less Than                    25,000 IU/kg

Vitamin E                                                                                  Not Less Than                         200 IU/kg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             2.50%

Omega-3 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             1.00%

Glucosamine*                                                                            Not Less Than                        250 mg/kg

Chondroitin Sulfate*                                                                  Not Less Than                        200 mg/kg

Taurine*                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.09%

Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms*                                             Not Less Than           20,000,000 CFU/lb

(Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus in equal amounts)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): This food contains 3,655 kcal/kg or 417 kcal/cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis.

Complete Health Adult Whitefish & Sweet Potato Recipe

INGREDIENTS: Whitefish, Ground Barley, Peas, Menhaden Fish Meal, Oatmeal, Sweet Potatoes, Canola Oil, Tomato Pomace, Ground Flaxseed, Natural Fish Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid  , Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:

Crude Protein                                                                            Not Less Than                           22.00%

Crude Fat                                                                                  Not Less Than                           12.00%

Crude Fiber                                                                               Not More Than                            4.50%

Moisture                                                                                   Not More Than                          10.00%

Calcium                                                                                    Not Less Than                             1.20%

Phosphorus                                                                              Not Less Than                             1.00%

Vitamin A                                                                                  Not Less Than                    25,000 IU/kg

Vitamin E                                                                                  Not Less Than                         200 IU/kg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             3.00%

Omega-3 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             1.50%

Taurine*                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.09%

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): This food contains 3,624 kcal/kg or 435 kcal/cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis.

Complete Health Healthy Weight Deboned Chicken & Peas Recipe

INGREDIENTS: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground Barley,            Peas, Tomato Pomace, Rice, Ground Flaxseed, Tomatoes, Chicken Fat, Carrots, Natural Chicken Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Chicory Root Extract, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Garlic Powder, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:

Crude Protein                                                                            Not Less Than                           24.00%

Crude Fat                                                                                  Not Less Than                            10.00%

Crude Fiber                                                                               Not More Than                            4.00%

Moisture                                                                                   Not More Than                          10.00%

Calcium                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.80%

Phosphorus                                                                              Not Less Than                             0.60%

Vitamin A                                                                                  Not Less Than                    25,000 IU/kg

Vitamin E                                                                                  Not Less Than                         200 IU/kg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             2.50%

Omega-3 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             0.50%

Glucosamine*                                                                            Not Less Than                        400 mg/kg

Chondroitin Sulfate*                                                                  Not Less Than                        300 mg/kg

Taurine*                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.09%

Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms*                                             Not Less Than           20,000,000 CFU/lb

(Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus in equal amounts)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): This food contains 3,430 kcal/kg or 405 kcal/cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis.

Complete Health Puppy Deboned Chicken, Oatmeal & Salmon Meal Recipe

INGREDIENTS: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Peas, Chicken Fat, Salmon Meal, Tomato Pomace, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil       , Tomatoes, Carrots, Natural Chicken Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Chicory Root Extract, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Garlic Powder, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:

Crude Protein                                                                            Not Less Than                           29.00%

Crude Fat                                                                                  Not Less Than                           18.00%

Crude Fiber                                                                               Not More Than                            4.50%

Moisture                                                                                   Not More Than                          10.00%

Calcium                                                                                    Not Less Than                             1.20%

Phosphorus                                                                              Not Less Than                             1.00%

Vitamin A                                                                                  Not Less Than                    25,000 IU/kg

Vitamin E                                                                                  Not Less Than                         200 IU/kg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             3.80%

Omega-3 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             1.00%

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)*                                                  Not Less Than                             0.10%

Taurine*                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.09%

Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms*                                             Not Less Than           20,000,000 CFU/lb

(Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus in equal amounts)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): This food contains 3,911 kcal/kg or 450 kcal/cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis. 

Complete Health Senior Deboned Chicken & Barley Recipe

INGREDIENTS: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Peas, Rice, Ground Flaxseed, Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat, Tomatoes, Carrots, Natural Chicken Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Chicory Root Extract, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Garlic Powder, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:

Crude Protein                                                                            Not Less Than                           22.00%

Crude Fat                                                                                  Not Less Than                           10.00%

Crude Fiber                                                                               Not More Than                            4.25%

Moisture                                                                                   Not More Than                          10.00%

Calcium                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.60%

Calcium                                                                                    Not More Than                            1.10%

Phosphorus                                                                              Not Less Than                             0.55%

Vitamin A                                                                                  Not Less Than                    25,000 IU/kg

Vitamin E                                                                                  Not Less Than                         200 IU/kg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             2.40%

Omega-3 Fatty Acids*                                                               Not Less Than                             0.80%

Glucosamine*                                                                            Not Less Than                        800 mg/kg

Chondroitin Sulfate*                                                                  Not Less Than                        700 mg/kg

Taurine*                                                                                    Not Less Than                             0.09%

Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms*                                             Not Less Than           20,000,000 CFU/lb

(Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus in equal amounts)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): This food contains 3,585 kcal/kg or 416 kcal/cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis.

If you have any questions, we’re happy to speak with you directly. Please contact us at 800.225.0904, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm ET.

Coming Soon: NEW & Improved Healthy Indulgence Wet Cat Recipes

Our goal is always to make the best quality foods for the pets that rely on us. With this being said, we’re excited to announce an update to our Wellness Healthy Indulgence line for cats. Starting this month, when you shop for Healthy Indulgence, look for new packages, recipes and textures. We’re introducing two new tasty textures, Gravies and Shreds, as well as maintaining our existing Healthy Indulgence texture, now known as Healthy Indulgence Morsels.

New Recipes:
Gravies
Chicken & Turkey
Tuna & Mackerel
Shreds
Tuna & Shrimp
Chicken & Turkey
Morsels: reformulation is existing 6 HI recipes. However, the following 2 HI SKUs are being discontinued: Chicken, Duck & Shrimp, and Chicken, Crab & Herring

Scroll to review the complete nutritional information on the updated Morsels recipes:

Morsels with Chicken & Chicken Liver in Savory Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Potato Starch, Eggs, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 7%, Crude Fat (Min.) 4%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1 %, Moisture (Max.) 82%, Ash (Max.) 2.0%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Morsels With Chicken & Chicken Liver in Savory Sauce is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4 – 5.5 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 725 kcal/kg or 62 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Morsels with Salmon & Tuna in Savory Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Salmon, Tuna, Potato Starch, Eggs, Carrots, Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 7%, Crude Fat (Min.) 4%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%, Moisture (Max.) 82%, Ash (Max.) 2%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Morsels With Salmon & Tuna in Savory Sauce is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4 – 5.5 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 725 kcal/kg or 62 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Morsels with Tuna in Savory Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Tuna, Potato Starch, Eggs, Carrots, Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 7%, Crude Fat (Min.) 4%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%, Moisture (Max.) 82%, Ash (Max.) 2%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Morsels With Tuna in Savory Sauce is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4 – 5.5 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 725 kcal/kg or 62 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Morsels with Chicken & Turkey in Savory Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Turkey, Potato Starch, Eggs, Carrots, Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 7%, Crude Fat (Min.) 4%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%, Moisture (Max.) 82%, Ash (Max.) 2%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Morsels With Chicken & Turkey in Savory Sauce is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4 – 5.5 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 725 kcal/kg or 62 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Morsels with Chicken & Salmon in Savory Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Salmon, Potato Starch, Eggs, Carrots, Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 7%, Crude Fat (Min.) 4%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%, Moisture (Max.) 82%, Ash (Max.) 2.0%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Morsels With Chicken & Salmon in Savory Sauce is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4 – 5.5 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 725 kcal/kg or 62 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Morsels with Turkey & Duck in Savory Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Potato Starch, Eggs, Carrots, Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 7%, Crude Fat (Min.) 4%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1 %, Moisture (Max.) 82%, Ash (Max.) 2%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Morsels With Turkey & Duck in Savory Sauce is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4 – 5.5 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 725 KCAL/KG or 62 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Scroll for complete nutritional information on our NEW Healthy Indulgences Gravies recipes:

Gravies with Bits of Tuna & Mackerel Smothered in Gravy

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Potato Starch, Tuna, Mackerel, Eggs, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 4%, Crude Fat (Min.) 2%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%, Moisture (Max.) 85%, Ash (Max.) 2.5%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Gravies with Bits of Tuna & Mackerel Smothered in Gravy is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4.5 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4.5 – 6 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 670 kcal/kg or 57 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Gravies With Bits of Chicken & Turkey Smothered in Gravy

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Potato Starch, Turkey, Eggs, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 4%, Crude Fat (Min.) 2%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%, Moisture (Max.) 85%, Ash (Max.) 2.5%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Gravies With Bits of Chicken & Turkey Smothered in Gravy is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4.5 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4.5  – 6 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 670 kcal/kg or 57 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Scroll for complete nutritional information on our NEW Healthy Indulgences Shreds recipes:

Shreds with Chicken & Turkey in Light Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Potato Starch, Turkey, Eggs, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 4%, Crude Fat (Min.) 2%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%, Moisture (Max.) 85%, Ash (Max.) 2.5%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Shreds With Chicken & Turkey in Light Sauce is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4.5 pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4.5 – 6 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 670 kcal/kg or 57 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

Shreds with Skipjack Tuna & Shrimp in Light Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Potato Starch, Tuna, Shrimp, Chicken Liver, Eggs, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Taurine, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein (Min.) 4%, Crude Fat (Min.) 2%, Crude Fiber (Max.) 1%, Moisture (Max.) 85%, Ash (Max.) 2.5%, Magnesium (Max.) 0.025%, Taurine (Min.) 0.1%.

Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® Shreds With Skipjack Tuna & Shrimp in Light Sauce is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

FEEDING INFORMATION: For adult cats. Fed alone: for cats weighing 4–10 lbs feed 2.5 – 4.5  pouches per day. For cats weighing 11–18 lbs feed 4.5 – 6 pouches per day. Adjust as needed. Fed with Wellness dry: reduce dry by 1/8 cup for every 1 pouch wet. Best at room temperature. Refrigerate unused.

CALORIE CONTENT (CALCULATED): 670 kcal/kg or 57 kcal/container (ME, as fed).

*Please note that as part of this update, we’ve discontinued the Healthy Indulgence Chicken, Crab & Herring Recipe and Chicken, Duck & Shrimp Recipe to make room for the exciting new offerings:

If you have any questions you can reach us directly at 800.225.0904, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm ET.

Wellness Donates Over 8,000 Meals to Pets of the Homeless

Everyone needs some help once in a while. This holiday season, we teamed up with PawPack and Feeding Pets of the Homeless to donate over 8,000 cans of pet food to 13 different homeless shelters across America. PawPack captured the donation in this moving video:

Pets of the Homeless is the only national animal organization focused completely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless. Learn more here.

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4 New Year’s Resolutions Your Pet Wants You to Make

It’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and ways to improve your life in the coming year. Sometimes we need a little help deciding which resolutions to make and who better to ask than the person that spends the most time with you – your pet. After all, your daily habits and routine have a direct effect also on the happiness of your pet. So, we did the research and asked pets all around the country – “What New Year’s resolutions do you think your human should make this year?” We discovered that if your dog could choose your New Year’s resolutions, this is what they would be likely to say.

“Get out of the house more often – and take me with you.”

When questioned further, pets (especially the dogs) had a lot of specific suggestions on places that their owners should go. The Dog Park and pet food stores were two of the most popular answers. Go figure.

  • Trips to the Dog Park are mutually beneficial to both you and your dog. It’s great social interaction and exercise for your dog and leaves you with a healthier and happier dog, which is always a plus.

*Of course, the dog park is not for all dogs. Before checking out the dog park, you’ll want to make sure your dog is comfortable around other dogs. Check out this list of Dog Park Safety Tips before you visit.

“Take on a new hobby – one that includes me having fun, too.”

This was another one that was really popular with the dogs that were interviewed. Turns out, humans aren’t the only ones with a passion for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. And did you know that dogs could excel at paddle boarding? Apparently it’s a new thing.

  • Enjoying various hobbies with your pet can really strengthen the bond that you share, and the exercise that comes along with it is mutually beneficial for both of you.

“Let loose and get frisky every once in a while.”

Now, we heard this one from the majority of the cats that were part of our research. They kept talking about how it’s not necessary to be so serious all the time, and how it’s important to let loose and have a little fun. During the interviews with most of the cats, we kept getting the distinct feeling that the cats were actually talking about themselves rather than their owners. Typical cat behavior. The mention of catnip on multiple occasions was a dead giveaway.

  • Cats can come off as being very serious and low energy a lot of the time, but it is important to still exercise their active and frisky side on a regular basis as exercise is beneficial to all of our pets. One of our favorite ways of doing this is with catnip or the ever famous red laser light. Almost all cats have a wild side and deep down they are dying for you to bring it out.

“Include a 30 minute walk in your daily routine – and bring me along.”

This was a popular answer, obviously among dogs, but we were surprised with how many cats were craving a daily walk. We suspect this may be the culprit of some of the bitter feelings toward the family dog.

  • Did you know that cats can also enjoy joining you on your daily walk? They can even be trained to wear a harness and leash to do it safely.
  • Regardless, adding a daily walk to both your routine as well as your pet’s routine can make a huge difference in yours and your pet’s overall health.

Now that you have a little bit of insight into your pet’s brain, thanks to our dedicated research, what are your New Year’s resolutions going to be this year? Here’s to wishing for a happier and healthier coming year for both you and your pet!

How to Keep Pets Safe at the Holidays and During the Cold Months Ahead

Dropping temperatures often means you and your pets may find yourselves indoors more than usual. The month of December can also present unique challenges for young or “new to you” pets in terms of schedule changes and holiday decorations.

With the first day of Winter approaching (Dec. 22) it’s also “Keep Pets Safe in Winter Day.” It’s a reminder to us of the hazards of the season.

You may think of the usual outdoor concerns such as making sure your pets steer clear of antifreeze and chemical de-icers – more on those in a minute – yet the indoor arena presents its own challenges.

Cords, Gift Wrapping and Tinsel – It Must Be the Holidays!

If you have older pets who have been with you through multiple holiday seasons, they may snooze through the gift wrapping and guests with barely a raised eyebrow.

On the other hand, if you have young pets, or even “new to you” pets, you’ll want to take precautions as you see how they behave.

Christmas Trees – Talk about excitement and confusion. You’re bringing a tree inside and hang it with shiny objects that swing about when batted. It smells good, it’s unusual and you’re giving it a lot of attention.

All of that makes it of interest to some pets. That interest may range from kittens batting ornaments off of it to jumping into the tree. Dogs may be delighted that you’ve brought them indoor plumbing.

Only they know what goes on in their minds.

Until you know your pet’s reactions, here are a few precautions.

  • Leave low branches empty — Don’t hang ornaments on low branches where they may tempt your furry friends to chew on them or knock them onto the floor. Delicate ornaments can break and cut your curious pets.
  • Don’t leave them unattended – Make sure your pets can’t access the tree easily when you’re not home. I’m sure you’ve heard of at least one story of a pet knocking over a Christmas tree. Or dogs who’ve chosen to forget their indoor manners – if you know what I mean.
  • Don’t use tinsel in your decorations. Animals who chew on tinsel can end up at the emergency vet. Why? Because the strands can twist around their internal organs and cause major damage. It’s not worth the risk.

Other Potential Indoor Hazards

  • Open flames from candles – keep them out of the way of wagging tails and curious kittens. It only takes a second for a disaster to occur.
  • Extension cords or electric throws/blankets – Chewing electric cords can electrocute your pet. Veterinarians say it’s quite common so please make sure your pet doesn’t have access to these.
  • Space heaters – Pets get too close and get burned. It’s also easy to knock over space heaters which can even start a fire. Use them with caution and only when you’re home.

Brrr…It’s Cold Outside

When the temperatures settle in the low ‘30’s or below, there are dangers of the elements for both humans and pets. Earlier I mentioned the dangers of antifreeze and chemical de-icers.

You may be familiar with these but in case you’re not, it’s important to realize the hazards.

  • Antifreeze is a magnet for pets. They like the taste of it and it’s poisonous. So make sure that the lids are on tight and out of reach of curious pets. It’s also important to clean up any antifreeze that may spill or leak from your car as it doesn’t take much of the stuff to trigger a reaction – especially in small animals.
  • Paw Pads take a beating. They’re exposed to the elements outside which means snow and ice crystals can lodge themselves deep in the nooks and crannies of your pet’s paws. So can chemical de-icers which you or your neighbors may use to keep your steps, driveway and sidewalk clear of ice.

The de-icers themselves are usually made of calcium chloride (a form of salt) which can burn your pet’s paws – and mouth when they lick their paws clean.

Your best protection is to use a combination of dog boots and to rinse off your dog’s legs and underbelly (if your pet has long fur) when you come in from outside. A towel, a brush and a pan of warm water (for legs/paws) will help keep your pet clean and free of harsh chemicals. It won’t, however, prevent your pet‘s paws from dryness.  For combating dry and flaky paw pads, a pet safe moisturizing balm is useful.

  • Dog Coats and sweaters benefit short haired dogs. Short haired dogs don’t have the extra fur of winter breeds to keep themselves warm so they’re at a disadvantage. Sweaters and dog coats come in all sizes. Even your Mastiff can stop shivering and stay warm in the winter with an extra layer.
  • Be Visible – The winter darkness puts you and your dog at risk when you’re walking. Use a reflective leash or winter clothes with reflective stripes to stay visible to cars, bikers and other pedestrians.

In extreme temperatures, frostbite and hypothermia can affect your pets. In such weather, your best bet is to protect paws with dog booties and keep walks short.

How will you protect your pets this winter?

The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet

Do you know how important your pet’s digestive health is to their overall well-being? A healthy gut prevents disease, improves digestion, aids in better nutrient absorption and boosts the immune system. So, in other words, digestive health is extremely important and that’s where probiotics come into play. What are probiotics? Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in our pets’ intestines and without the right balance of that good bacteria, your pet can experience major health issues. Let’s talk about the benefits of probiotics for your pet and how you can help to maintain that balance.

Benefits of Probiotics
So, what are the actual benefits of giving your pet food with a healthy amount of probiotics, or even adding probiotic supplements to their food?

Promote a Healthy Digestive System
Overall, a diet that is rich in probiotics will help your pet to achieve digestive balance and promote a healthy gut.

Slow and/or Eliminate Diarrhea
If your pet doesn’t already have a diet with added probiotics and they start to suffer from diarrhea, a probiotic supplement can help to treat the diarrhea. Once you start feeding your pet a probiotic-rich diet, such as Wellness TruFood, they will be less likely to suffer from digestive problems such as diarrhea.

Ease Gastrointestinal Ailments
Does your pet suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or any condition similar to it? Probiotics can help to soothe most gastrointestinal ailments that your pet may be suffering from.

Do All Pets Need a Probiotic?
Because the digestive system is so closely connected to a pet’s immune system and overall health, all pets should have some form of a probiotic as part of their diet.

Probiotic Diet vs. Probiotic Supplement
While both forms of probiotics can be beneficial to your pet, feeding your pet a probiotic diet is the most proactive way to improve their health. Generally speaking, most pet foods that include a proper amount of probiotics are also among the healthier choices of pet foods. These foods will generally have more natural ingredients and are overall better choices for your pet.

Are you ready to start feeding your pet a diet that is rich in probiotics? Any chance to improve your pet’s overall health and potentially add years to their life is a chance that’s worth taking.

National Mutt Day

In 2005, pet advocate Colleen Paige wanted to raise awareness of shelter animals in the hopes that shining a light on their plight would encourage dog lovers to adopt. Thus was born National Mutt Day celebrated on July 31st and Dec. 2 each year.

Ah mutts. It’s become an endearing term for all those pups of “mixed heritage.” The lab mix, the German shepherd mix, the “Heinz 57” and so on, there are millions of dogs who get picked up or left at shelters all over the country every year. These dogs have a lot of love to give.

If you have a mutt of your own, you can share your mutt’s photo on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feed with #NationalMuttDay on Dec. 2. If you don’t have a mutt to call your own, you may be thinking of getting one. After all, mutts are cute and they’re grateful. Imagine your pup looking up at you with those soulful eyes full of gratitude. Are you melting yet? In this season of thanks, don’t forget the mutts.

Considering Adoption?

Good for you! There are great pets to be had at the shelters. However, if you’re considering making one a permanent resident at your address, you’ll want to keep your head about you when you visit.

  • First, be proactive in your pup selection. It’s exciting to go to the shelter and visit with all the wagging tails but don’t take home the first cutie you see. Talk with the staff and find out what they know about the dog’s temperament. You want to make sure you’re going to get a good fit.
  • Be honest with yourself about your lifestyle. If you work long hours, a puppy or very active dog isn’t your best choice. An older, more calm dog will be a better fit. There’s nothing like puppy messes all over your living room floor just moments before your in-laws descend for the holidays to make things real.
  • Other pets? If you have other dogs or cats, you’ll want to know if the dog in question will get along with your current furry companions.  Some dogs are better as only pets while others will be thrilled to have company. The shelter staff can probably give you a good idea.

Not adopting?

You can still celebrate National Mutt Day. Just share pics of your favorite mutt with #NationalMuttDay on social media.

Better yet, you can help your local shelter get their mutts adopted. Just finding their pages and share their prospective adoptees with your friends and family. The more people who share these pages, the more likely it is that someone will find their perfect canine companion online.

Happy National Mutt Day!

Wellness TruFood Thanksgiving Twitter Chat Recap

This year, we wanted to make sure that pet parents would be ready to include their furry family members in the Thanksgiving holiday feast. To do this, we recently hosted a Twitter Chat with Wellness veterinarian, Dr. Louise, DVM. During our 1-hour-long chat, we talked about ways to include healthy superfood ingredients in your pets meals with our Wellness TruFood line for dogs and cats. Take a look at how it went!

In preparation for the Thanksgiving season, as well as the Twitter Chat, we worked on a TruFood photoshoot to capture the delicious, nutrient-rich ingredients up close. We were joined by Wellness dog, Dakota, who was not shy with digging into her holiday plate and showing us all how tasty it was. Check out these behind-the-scenes “blooper” shots!

And now, the final product:

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our Twitter Chat, and we’d like to congratulate winner @rooneyanddesi who won a year’s supply of Wellness TruFood for participating!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.