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Keeping Your Pet Safe This Halloween

Halloween is a fun time filled with witches and ghosts. The holiday can be festive and enjoyable for your pet as well. However, you do need to take some necessary precautions to keep your pet safe on Halloween. The following are some tips to ensure it is a happy and safe holiday for both you and your pet:

• No treats for your pet. While it may be tempting to share your Halloween loot with a beloved pet, the candy may actually be very harmful. Many candies contain an artificial sweetener, xylitol, which can cause serious medical problems if eaten by pets. And, of course chocolate is very dangerous for dogs and cats. Instead purchase a special treat designed specifically for animals so that your pet can enjoy the holiday right along with you.

• Ingesting decorative plants can cause your pet to have an upset stomach. While non-toxic, pumpkins and the decorative corn that we often use for the holiday can cause stomach irritation when nibbled by pets.

• Costumes only for willing pets. Let’s face it, the pet costumes are difficult to resist. However, dressing your pet in costume can be a disaster and a struggle. For those pets that are resistant to wear a costume, don’t push the issue and you and your pet will both have an enjoyable holiday. If you do to choose to go the pet costume route and the pet is compliant, make sure the costume does not restrict the animal’s movement. Pet costumes also should not restrict hearing, seeing or the ability to vocalize. Also, ensure that the costume has no dangling parts that your pet could get caught on, leading to injury.

• The ongoing line of trick-or-treaters can become too much for even the most docile pet, as stranger after stranger comes to the door. This can be frightening and induce stress in your pet, so consider putting your pet in a separate room, away from the door.

Following these simple tips will keep your pet safe and happy this Halloween.

September 2012 Ask the Vet

This month, Dr. Moser answers your questions about changing your pet’s food and converting a cat’s food to all canned products.

Q: Is it okay to switch from Wellness® Super5Mix® Chicken Recipe to Wellness® Super5Mix® Whitefish & Sweet Potato Recipe or does that need to be over a course of 5-7 days?

A: It is always a good idea to introduce a new diet to a pet slowly–over about a week–gradually decreasing amounts of old food offered, while increasing the new. Even though many diets look “similar”, they often have different protein and fat content or a different ingredient addition rate, indicated on the label. Conservative feeding management will avoid many unwanted cases of gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea).

Q: I would like to convert my cat to an all canned food diet. Would it be okay for my cat to only eat wet food and what is the best way to go about doing it?

A: It is fine to feed exclusively complete and balanced feline canned food to a cat. Wellness® Complete Health Canned Recipes for Cats are available in 10 delicious varieties to suit the differing taste buds of our feline friends. Some kibble fed cats will easily start to eat canned food, others may be resistant. Most cats can be switched to a moist food if the change is made gradually; some cats may take up to a month. Moist food is often offered as an additional option in a second dish next to the dry food. As the cat will consume the moist food, the dry food is reduced to induce hunger. Do this by dividing the daily amount of food into several small meals (at least four) offered for a limited time only— not in a free choice feeding setting. Patience is the key.

Wellness Cubed, Sliced and Minced cat cans are 100% grain-free and contain no added artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. For each delicious recipe, Wellness has paired succulent cuts of wholesome, all natural protein sources like chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna with delightfully savory sauces that are sure to please the palate of even the most finicky feline.

Making Playtime with Your Cat Count

One of the best ways for cat owners to bond with their cat is during playtime. An engaged, playful cat is a happy cat. Because cats are born with the hunting instinct this is a great way to play with your cat, and encourage their natural behavior. Use a toy such as a feather wand or a mouse on a string. Move the toy around as the cat’s prey would. Your cat will tirelessly stalk, hunt and pounce on the toy.

While you do not want to make the “cat and mouse game” too easy, it is important to occasionally let your cat catch the toy during each play session. This will prevent your cat from becoming discouraged and quickly losing interest in the game.

Many cat owners enjoy using a laser pointer for their pet to chase. While this is fun for the cat, it is also important to periodically use a toy that the cat can actually physically catch.

When playing with your cat you often need to go by her schedule. A sleepy cat or one who has just eaten is rarely interested in games and will only become irritated if you continue trying to engage her despite this.

August 2012 Ask the Vet

This month, Dr. Moser answers your questions about a cat with a bacterial infection, and helping your dog slim down to a heathy weight.

Q: My 3 year old cat has a bacterial urinary tract infection. Which Wellness natural products do you recommend for her?

A: Since they have a higher percent moisture, I would recommend trying Wellness® Cubed, Sliced and Minced canned cat food recipes. This will maximize the water intake for your cat, therefore increasing the urine volume excreted.

To make a diagnosis of a bacterial urinary tract infection, bacteria need to be observed in or cultured from the urine. The proper antibiotic is chosen for use based on antibiotic sensitivity testing. Detection of bacteria in the urine samples of young cats (under age 7) with adequately concentrated urine only occurs in a very small percentage of patients. Ask your vet to help you arrive at an accurate diagnosis of the urinary problem and to develop a treatment plan.

Q: My dog needs to lose weight. Can you suggest a daily regimen to help him get on track to a healthier weight?

A: Helping your dog slim down should begin with a sound dietary program and daily exercise to gradually reduce the body weight of your dog. As with humans, it’s best to lose weight at a slow and steady pace until your pet’s target weight is reached.

Choosing a diet with high quality protein can be helpful in maintaining lean body mass and helping your dog feel satisfied with fewer calories. A protein focused diet also aids in reducing the loss of lean body mass and facilitating loss of body fat.

And remember, combine your pet’s diet change with a regular exercise program to keep your pet healthy, happy and at his healthiest weight. Diets like Wellness® Super5Mix® Healthy Weight for dogs provides whole-body nutritional support for healthy weight loss and weight maintenance.

Tips for End of Summer Fun with Pets

To make the most of the summer months, it is important to take advantage of the remaining lazy summer days and enjoy some quality time with your pets. Summer brings not only warm, sunny days, but the days are also longer with extended daylight hours. Now is the time to take advantage of this, before you know it the cold months will be upon us again.
Below are a few suggestions for taking advantage of the remaining summertime and having some fun with your pets:
Swimming – Dogs are natural born swimmers. They love the beach, lake or just a family pool. While cats may be much more leery of the water, the hotter it gets the more likely your cat will be willing to join you for a dip.
Baseball Game – During the summer baseball games are everywhere. Whether in the park or ball field, your pet will enjoy the excitement of attending a sporting event. You may even want to pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
Camping – This outdoor activity has all of a dog’s favorite things: the outdoors, swimming, Frisbee and more.
Boating – Many pets enjoy a trip out in the boat on hot summer days. The cool breeze keeps thing pleasurable and the scenery will keep your pet occupied. Always remember to put a life jacket on your pet when in a boat.
Whatever activity you choose to do with your pet during the summer months the key is to be safe and spend quality time together, enjoying the weather and the outdoors. Your pet will appreciate it!

July 2012 Ask the Vet

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

This month, Dr. Moser answers your questions about what to feed a Golden Retriever during his senior years, and the proper diet for a one-year old German Shepherd.

Q: Our German shepherd puppy is currently on Wellness® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy Health Recipe dry dog food. When I switch her to adult food, would it be okay to use Wellness® CORE® Grain-Free Formula or would I have to stick to a large breed formula like Wellness® Super5Mix® Large Breed Adult Health Recipe?

A: I recommend feeding your large breed dog the Wellness® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy Health recipe dry dog food until about one year of age. After one year, many pet parents begin transitioning to Wellness® Super5Mix® Large Breed Adult Health Recipe as the logical follow-up diet of choice in the product family.

Some pet parents prefer to feed a more protein focused diet to the large breed adult, such as one of the Wellness® CORE® Grain-Free dry dog food products. The three Wellness® CORE® Grain-Free Formulas are formulated for adult maintenance feeding and we avoid recommending them in a growth program to limit calcium and phosphorus to minimum growth levels recommended by AAFCO for large breed dogs.

Start your transition to a new feeding regime by obtaining an accurate body weight on a scale and estimating a body condition score. Record this data for future reference.

When choosing a Wellness® dry dog food, consider the diet caloric density:

Wellness® Super5Mix® Large Breed Adult Health Recipe 336 kcal/cup

Wellness® CORE® Reduced Fat Recipe 360 kcal/cup

Wellness® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy Recipe 366 kcal/cup

Wellness® CORE® Ocean Recipe 417 kcal/cup

Wellness® CORE® Original Recipe 421 kcal/cup

Your one-year old, active, nearly mature, 60 pound dog is going to need somewhere around 1000-1200 kcal per day. Don’t forget to observe stool quality when you make dietary transitions. When switching to a new food, loose stool is often an indicator that a dog is being overfed. If this happens, try decreasing the amount fed by 10 to 15% and divide the meals into two or three per day instead of one big meal.

Q: I have a five year old Golden Retriever dog that eats Wellness® CORE® Reduced Fat Formula Dry Dog Food. I am being told by my vet that he is already considered a senior pet. He does have white hair covering 50% of his face and has problems with shoulder and hip arthritis. Do I need to change him to a senior food—if so when? Is there such a thing as Senior Wellness CORE?

A: Senior dogs have different nutritional needs because lean body mass (muscle), weight, activity levels and digestive efficiency all decrease with age. Determining when to switch to a senior diet should be decided with your veterinarian based on your dog’s size, breed (large breed dogs tend to age more quickly than small breed dogs) and age. The most important consideration in a feeding program during the “aging of the pet” is changing the calories offered based on what your pet needs. Body weight should be monitored frequently and follow the feeding guidelines, adjusting to feed more if your pet is underweight or less if your pet is overweight.

Wellness® Super5Mix® Just for Seniors Recipe dry dog food is designed specifically for the needs of aging dogs. If you would prefer a grain-free diet, you can certainly continue to feed Wellness® CORE® Reduced Fat Recipe dry dog food. Wellness® Super5Mix® Just for Seniors and Wellness® CORE® Reduced Fat Recipe both offer lower calories to help your dog maintain a healthy weight, which can be helpful in reducing the stress on your dogs joints.

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Wellness Patriotic Pets

Check out some of our furry Wellness fans showing a little 4th of July holiday spirit.

Enjoy and have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

American Tucker

American Tucker

Milo Celebrates the 4th!

Milo Celebrates the 4th!

Mandy poses with the flag

Mandy poses with the flag

Lizzie wears a blue harness with white stars to show her holiday spirit!

Lizzie wears a blue harness with white stars to show her holiday spirit!

June 25th is Take Your Dog to Work Day

Isabelle enjoying the festivities outdoors at Wellness Take Your Dog to Work Day

Isabelle enjoying the festivities outdoors at Wellness Take Your Dog to Work Day

This year show your pooch just how much you love him by…bringing him to work!

June 25th is Take Your Dog to Work Day.  If you are able to celebrate this day with your dog there are 5 important tips to keep in mind.

1. You will need to pack your pet a bag of goodies for the many hours that he will be away from home. A treat such as Wellness® WellBites® Chicken and Lamb Recipe Treats are sure to satisfy your pooch at snack time.

2. Be sure to pack food (such as Wellness® SuperMix® Complete Health Chicken Recipe Dog Food), a water dish and some of his favorite toys to keep him entertained. Each are absolute musts to ensure a great experience for your dog. You may even want to bring a small dog bed or blankets if your dog likes to nap.

3. And don’t forget the leash!  Your dog will need frequent trips outside, not only for bathroom breaks, but also for exercise.

4. If your dog is the excitable type, you may want to keep him close by on a tethered leash.  This will prevent any inappropriate jumping or over excitedly greeting your coworkers.

5. It goes without saying that an unsocial aggressive or dog aggressive pooch would be best left at home.

Looking to convince your employer to celebrate the holiday?  Just cite the calming, stress reducing effect a dog has.  Not to mention this fun event can improve company morale.  While some occupations you simply may not be able to bring your dog along you can still join in the fun.  Bring a photo of your dog to work to show your colleagues, display on your desk, or carry with you.

Wellness Take Your Dog to Work Day: Our Photo Gallery




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Quincy Meets Wellness WellBites

Quincy poses with his WellBites

What Motivates Quincy During his Agility Trials?


Wellness WellBites Beef & Turkey Treats!

At an agility trial in MA this weekend – we spotted Quincy coming down to the rings with his Wellness® WellBites® Beef & Turkey Treats. He was very cute and proud of himself getting prepared for his run. His owner is Pete Freeman from Randolph NJ was pleased to let us take a few photos! A big thanks to Quincy, Pete and Faith for sharing this True WellnessTM moment!