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New Pet: Cat Play

Congratulations on welcoming a new cat into your family! Even if you chose a lap cat for your four-legged friend, odds are that kitty will have a playful streak you may have not seen yet. We’ve compiled some resources below to help you find ways to play and bond with your new cat.

How to Name Your New Cat

DIY Toys for the Special Pet in Your Life

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

Top Cat Gifts

The Importance of Toys for a Cat’s Health

New Pet: Feeding Your Puppy

You’ve got your new puppy home and have spoiled her with lots of toys and attention. But with so many options, choosing a food for a growing puppy can be overwhelming. Check out our resources below to help you learn about all things nutrition for your new four-legged friend.

Differences in Digestion: Small Breeds vs Large Breeds

Nutrition for Small Breed Dogs

Puppy Nutrition

Reasons to Add Wet Food to Your Dog’s Diet

New Dog Owner’s Guide

Does Your Dog Have Seasonal Allergies?

The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet

New Pet: Feeding Your Cat

So you’ve brought a new cat home? Congratulations! Depending on your cat’s taste preferences, lifestyle and potential health concerns, choosing the perfect natural food may be tricky. We’ve compiled some resources to help you make the decision more smoothly. Check them out, below.

Encouraging Healthy Hydration for Your Feline Friend

Food Allergies and Intolerances in Pets

Obesity Prevention for Pets

Choosing a Grain Free Diet for Your Pet

The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet

Tame Your Cat’s Hairballs

How to Prevent Pet Diabetes

New Pet: Feeding Your Dog

So you brought a new four-legged friend into your life? Congratulations! Depending on your adult dog’s history, breed size, lifestyle and more, he or she may have some nutritional needs that make finding the perfect natural food a little challenging. We’ve put together some resources below to help you find a diet that will work for your dog.

Differences in Digestion: Small Breeds vs Large Breeds

Food Allergies and Intolerances

Helping Your Dog Maintain a Healthy Weight

Choosing a Grain Free Diet for Your Dog

Nutrition for Small Dogs

15 Reasons to Consider Adding Wet Food to Your Dog’s Diet

Does Your Dog Have Seasonal Allergies?

The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet

How to Prevent Pet Diabetes

Managing Pet Allergies the Natural Way

New Pet: Feeding Your Kitten

Congratulations on your new kitten! It can be overwhelming in the beginning to help find the right diet for your young four-legged friend. For helpful information on how to make sure your kitten gets the nutrition needed to grow big and strong, check out the below resources.

Choosing a Food for your Kitten

The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet

Wholesome Ingredients for Your Pet

Choosing A Food for your Kitten

Pets bring us joy and unconditional love. That’s why they deserve a diet of the highest quality. Wellness® Recipes are formulated with wholesome and natural ingredients plus a boost of super nutrients including antioxidants, omega fatty acids, prebiotics and probiotics. And we never use any artificial ingredients, colors, flavors or inexpensive poultry by-product meals. When expertly combined, the way that only Wellness can, the result is a natural pet food that truly delivers more.Wellness® Dog & Cat Complete Health Recipes provide:
Live Active Probiotics – added after the cooking process to promote a healthy intestinal tract and overall digestive health at guaranteed levels
Omega 3 & 6 Mix – guaranteed levels of essential fatty acids for cellular function and healthy skin
Essential Vitamins & Minerals – designed for cellular health, immunity and disease resistance
Fruit & Veggie Antioxidants – a proactive step in improving your pet’s nutrition

To create perfectly balanced, grain-free kitten food, Wellness blends whole-prey chicken and chicken fat to promote growth, with Docosahexaenoic acid DHA from herring meal to help support cognitive development.

Live Active Probiotics – added after the cooking process to promote a healthy intestinal tract and overall digestive health at guaranteed levels

Omega 3 & 6 Mix – guaranteed levels of essential fatty acids for cellular function and healthy skin

Essential Vitamins & Minerals – designed for cellular health, immunity and disease resistance

Fruit & Veggie Antioxidants – a proactive step in improving your pet’s nutrition

These delicious natural Wellness recipes are available for your new kitten:

Wellness Complete Health Kitten Health

Kitten Health is a well-rounded, everyday diet of meats, grains and fruits. We have focused on the nutrition that growing kittens need to develop at the right pace from weaning to 1 year. Get your kitten’s growing stomach off to the right start!

Wellness Complete Health Kitten Health Wet Food

Kittens require extra energy in the form of calories, fat and protein to fuel all of their growing, playing and discovering. We carefully formulated our Kitten Food recipe with these unique needs in mind.

Wellness CORE Kitten

Grain-Free, Protein-Focused Nutrition for Kittens

Wellness CORE Kitten Wet Food

Grain-Free, Protein-Focused Nutrition for Kittens

Wellness TruFood Baked Blends Kitten

To create perfectly balanced, grain-free kitten food, Wellness blends whole-prey chicken and chicken fat to promote growth, with Docosahexaenoic acid DHA from herring meal to help support cognitive development.

What is in Your Pet 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

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!

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

Planning a Summer Vacation? The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

Summer vacation is right around the corner – finally! But wait, who is going to take care of Buster and Garfield? Finding the perfect person to take care of your four-legged friends when you are away from home can prove to be quite the chore. Some people don’t feel comfortable taking their pets to a boarding facility and will stop at nothing to find the perfect pet-sitter to stay in their home and provide quality care. Let’s talk about why hiring a pet sitter is the best option for you and your pet.

8 Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

  1. Your pet can stay in their own environment – The sudden change of environment that comes with taking your pet to a boarding facility can cause your pet unnecessary stress and anxiety. Hiring a pet sitter to stay in your home eliminates this unnecessary stress.
  2. Continuing your pet’s normal diet and routine – Professional pet sitters can cater to specific diets and routines that you pet may be on – even the really complicated ones.
  3. Daily exercise for your pet – Does your pet require a lot of exercise? Sometimes with boarding facilities, you aren’t really sure how much exercise your pet may be getting. Your hired pet sitter is focused only on your pet, verses an entire facility of other pets, so your pet is likely to get the exercise that they need.
  4. Lots of love and affection – Extended amounts of time away from their owner is stressful enough for your pet and chances are they will need extra attention while you’re gone – hiring a pet sitter is the perfect way to ensure that your pet gets the extra attention that they will need.

Benefits for the Pet Owner

  1. Peace of mind – The peace of knowing that your pet is being cared for by a loving professional is worth its weight in gold. If you take your pet to a boarding facility and are feeling uneasy about it, vacation won’t really feel like vacation anymore.
  2. Not burdening friends and family – By hiring a professional pet sitter, you eliminate having to ask your friends and family to do it – again. I’m sure you can’t imagine why they wouldn’t love caring for your adorable pet though, right?
  3. Frequent updates on your furry friend – This is one of our personal favorites. Who doesn’t love getting adorable picture updates of your four-legged friend while on vacation? Trust me, everyone loves that. Not only does it brighten your day, but it is a constant reassurance that your pet is being properly cared for while you are gone.
  4. Pet sitter and house sitter all in one – Hiring a pet sitter also has benefits that are completely unrelated to your pet. Do you have plants that need watered? Mail to be retrieved? A pet sitter can also ensure that everything in your house is running smoothly while you are gone.

Show Your Appreciation

Finding a pet sitter that you can trust is worth the rate that you are paying them, but it’s nice to show a little appreciation that goes beyond the check you are writing them. Here are some tips to show your appreciation and keep your pet sitter wanting to come back again.

»     Book your pet sitter’s services as far in advance as possible – give them proper time to prepare leaving their home to come to yours.

»     Make them feel at home – if you know of any certain foods or drinks that your pet sitter likes, conveniently have some available in the fridge and pantry. They will take note and appreciate the gesture.

»     Depending on the relationship that you have developed with your pet sitter, they may appreciate an occasional snapshot of your pet doing something adorable.

»     Give them a social media shout out – If you know that your pet sitter is actively seeking business, they will surely appreciate a social media shout out letting everyone know what a great sitter they are.

Are you convinced that hiring a pet sitter is the way to go? We promise you won’t regret it, but no one will be happier about it than your pet. They sure hate it when you have to leave, but they are thankful to be at home, cozied up in their bed – or yours, while you’re gone.

Dog Park Etiquette: Playing by the Unwritten Rules

Dog parks – the social scene of the dog world. Taking your dog to a dog park is a great addition to their exercise routine and a great way for your dog to maintain healthy socialization skills. However, there is proper etiquette to be considered when visiting the dog park. If you want the other dogs to wag their tails in approval and the other dog parents to greet you with a smile, then there are certain rules that should be followed – here is a list of ‘Dos & Don’ts’ to follow at the dog park.


5 Dog Park Do(s)
Here are some tips that are guaranteed to help you and your dog both win the popularity vote at the dog park.

-Scoop the poop.

This one is first on the list because it is THAT important. If you aren’t cleaning up after your dog poops in the park then you are probably on someone else’s list – a blacklist. If you really want to earn some brownie points, pick up any other dog’s messes that have been left behind.

-Exercise first, dog park second.

Taking your dog to the dog park should not be their primary source of exercise – it should supplement an already existing exercise routine. In fact, the proper thing to do is to exercise your dog before taking him to the dog park, in order to release any pent up energy that could affect his behavior at the park.

-Supervise your dog while at the park.

Let’s be honest – we’ve all seen the dog owner at the park who sits on the bench and stares at their smartphone while their dog terrorizes all of the other dogs at the park. Don’t be this person.

-Leave the kids at home.

We know that your kids probably love their dog and a trip to the dog park probably sounds like a dream come true to them, but the dog park isn’t really a place for small children. There is a lot of heightened interaction going on between dogs at the park and not all dogs are crazy about kids.

-Be cautious about handing out treats.

If you are using treats for training purposes while at the park, be sure that there are no other dogs in close proximity to you. The best advice would be to skip the treats until after you have left the park to avoid any unnecessary confrontations and don’t ever give treats out to a dog other than your own. Does your dog like Wellness treats?

5 Dog Park Don’t(s)

It is important to always promote peaceful and pleasant interactions at the dog park so that everyone can enjoy their visit to the park. There are certain things that you just shouldn’t do while at the park with your dog.

DON’T bring a sick or unvaccinated dog to the park.

If your dog is sick, not up to date on vaccinations, or if you are unsure of your dog’s current health status, leave them at home until you know that your dog isn’t capable of spreading disease at the park.

DON’T allow your dog to bully other dogs.

If you notice that your dog is causing problems or is being the dog park bully, remove them from the park immediately.

DON’T bring your BLT to the dog park.

Never bring human food into the dog park – we shouldn’t have to explain the problems that this could create.

DON’T bring a dog to the park who doesn’t respond to verbal commands.

Does your dog come when they are called? Do they respond to your commands? These are basic training skills that your dog should have before turning them loose at the dog park. First things first.

DON’T keep your dog on a leash in a ‘no-leash’ dog park.

It doesn’t really make much sense to take your dog to the dog park if you plan to keep them on a leash the entire time. Plus, it can present safety issues for other dogs, especially if you are using a retractable leash.

Are you ready for your next trip to the dog park? Brush up on your dog body language signals so that you know how to recognize signs of trouble. A little dog park etiquette can go a long way to making the dog park a happy place for both pets and owners!

Benefits of Crate Training Your Dog

Many people refuse to crate or kennel-train their dogs because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, a crate or kennel can give dogs a sense of security. Crate training done properly is also a highly effective management system that can be a lifesaver for dog owners. Like any training method, crating can be abused, but using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive behavior, and teaching a dog to settle and relax.

The Crate Can Become a Safe Haven for Your Dog

If a dog is taught through positive reinforcement to love the crate, the crate then becomes his own private safe haven, much like a bedroom for a child. The crate or kennel is somewhere that your dog can go and not be bothered, which is the perfect solution when your dog is tired or nervous. Being that dogs are natural den animals, they often will take to a crate very easily with the proper training.

Crate Training Benefits

What can crate training do for you? Plenty. The benefits of crate training extend to both you and your dog.

  • A crate that is sized properly encourages a dog’s instinct not to mess where he sleeps, helping your dog control his bladder – and preventing you from cleaning up after them. So, basically the crate is like a super duper house training tool.
  • Using a crate is a great way to keep your dog from getting into mischief when you can’t supervise them directly. If you are busy cooking, doing some work from home, or any other time that your attention is elsewhere, it can be the perfect time for your dog to spend some down time in their crate.
  • Speaking of down time, crate training is a good way to train your dog to expect and enjoy time alone and conditions relaxed behavior. Once your dog is properly trained, he will come to appreciate the time spent in the crate.

Choosing the Right Crate

There are many varieties of crates out there to choose from and it can be a bit overwhelming at first trying to decide on which crate is right for your dog. The most common crate varieties are wire crates, plastic crates, and fabric crates.

  • Fabric crates are recommended more for travel use than for long-term, unsupervised confinement.
  • The best crates to have in your home are usually the plastic or wire crates. These crates are sturdier and are best for long-term confinement.

The other thing to consider when choosing a crate for your dog is the size of the crate. Some people are inclined to choose a large crate to give their dog lots of room. However, if you pick a crate that is too large in size, your dog may use a portion of the crate as a toilet.

  • You want to pick a crate that is just large enough for your dog to stand up, make a complete turn, and lay back down comfortably.

Make the Crate a Happy Place

A dog should always be introduced to a crate gradually. Forcing your dog too quickly into crate training can backfire. The ultimate goal is to make the crate a happy place for your dog. So, how can you do that?

  • Start placing some of your dog’s favorite items into the crate, leaving the door open for him to come in and out. For example, toss a treat into the crate and allow your dog to go in and get the treat at his own pace.
  • Place your dog’s favorite toys or toy basket into the crate and allow your dog to go in to retrieve the toys.
  • At feeding time, place your dog’s food bowl in the crate and allow him to eat in his new safe haven.

Be consistent in doing these things and allowing your dog to become acclimated to his crate at his own pace. It is also a good idea to place a favorite bed or blanket into the crate to make things more familiar to him. Once you get your dog properly crate trained, you will wonder how you {or your dog} ever lived without it. Don’t take our word for it – start the crate training process with your dog today!