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10 Summer Fun Ideas for You and Your Dog

Ah, the lazy days of summer are here. Why not make some fun summer memories with your pooch?

Here are 10 fun ideas for you.

1— Go for a long walk early – Whether you like to hike or simply stroll the city streets with your pet, take him or her out for an extra-long walk.  Just make sure you do it early before it gets too hot. You’ll both benefit from the increased exercise.

2- Pack a picnic (for both of you) - Take your dog to a relaxing outdoor setting and enjoy a meal together.

3Freeze a bandanna—Soak a bandanna in cold water and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. On really hot days, you can tie it around your dog’s neck to help him cool down. This can help keep your pet safe on stifling summer days.

4— Hold a photo session—Whether it’s in your backyard or at a local park, get your pup posing for fun memories. If you really want to take it up a notch, hire a professional pet photographer.

5—Take your pet to the pet store—Let her pick out a new toy. Does your dog prefer chasing balls or destroying stuffed animals? Show her a couple of toys and let her choose.

6—Take your dog on vacation – Beach or mountains? No matter which you prefer, there are tons of pet-friendly options to choose from these days. Just make sure to make a reservation since it’s a busy time of year.

7— Try a dog activity you’ve never done – Dog Agility Courses or Canine Freestyle (dancing with your dog) are fun options.  Who knows, you might find a new hobby!

8–  Hunt for buried treasure –Geocaching is a fun activity where you use a GPS to locate hidden treasures near you.

9-Sprinkler fun – Set up a sprinkler on a hot day and watch your dog go wild with excitement.

10- Host a backyard pawty. Do you have a fenced in yard? If so, invite a few friends and their canine pals. Plan a few games like “Find the Treat” where you hide treats around the yard. You could even set up a simple obstacle course with a few cement blocks and boards for something to jump over. Add a wading pool at the end for water-loving pooches to cool off.

So there you, 10 fun ideas for you and your dog.  Which will you do this summer?

Ask Wellness: July 2014

Q. What is the best Wellness food to feed a 6-yr-old Portuguese Water Dog who needs to lose weight? What supplements might I try for joint health?

A. Wellness Complete Health Healthy Weight is a good choice for helping your dog lose weight, in addition to regular exercise. It has fewer calories per cup than other Wellness Complete Health recipes, and offers increased levels of fiber to help satisfy appetite. It also contains glucosamine and chondroitin to support joint health.

Before you start a weight loss plan with your dog, you may want to check in with your veterinarian. It’s best to take an initial weight and develop a goal. You can begin feeding according to the feeding guide on the bag (or alter based on veterinarian recommendation) and weigh your pet each week. If your pet is not losing weight, reduce the amount fed each day. If your pet losing weight at a rate greater than 2% per week, increase the amount fed to avoid losing too much too quickly.

Regular, daily exercise is essential in order to maintain weight loss. In addition, exercise keeps the muscles toned which also supports the joints and reduces discomfort. To ease your dog into regular exercise, avoid activities that are overly strenuous. A daily walk is a great form of exercise.

Wellness Adopt a Cat Month Giveaway & Donation

It’s National Adopt a Cat Month! You can read more about cat adoption here. In honor of this special month, we’re hosting a giveaway and donation to an animal welfare organization. To enter, simply comment on this Wellness Natural Pet Food Facebook Post and share your cat adoption story. On June 30th we’ll be announcing a winner who will receive a Wellness Cat Prize Pack! In addition to receiving a prize pack, Wellness will make a donation of $250 to the animal charity of the winner’s choice. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about pet adoption and to help raise money for an organization that you’re passionate about.

Comment here to enter!

How to Prepare for Take Your Dog to Work Day- June 20th

Some workplaces are doggie-friendly year round while others wait for the annual event to make pooches welcome in the office. Here at Wellness, we’re lucky enough to get to bring our dogs to the office once a month. But one of our favorite office holidays is National Take Your Dog to Work Day which takes place this year on Friday, June 20. On this day, we offer special services for spoiled pooches such as doggie massage and grooming. Plus, if the weather is nice we spend plenty of time outside with our pups, letting them meet and greet with each other, play fetch, and explore the lovely office grounds.

If you’d like your pooch to participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 20st, these are some things to consider:

1)      Make sure your workplace is participating. Talk with your supervisor and co-workers to make sure everyone’s onboard before you show up with Max. Some offices will want to see proof of vaccinations or may have other paperwork for you to fill out ahead of time.

2)      The temperament of your pet. Some dogs (and workplaces) are better-suited than others. For example, if your dog is aggressive toward strangers, or gets intimidated and overwhelmed by other dogs, you may want to leave him at home. On the other hand, if your dog likes meeting new people and dogs it should be a good match. What about your dog’s energy level? Depending on what type of workload you have, it may not be best to bring your pup into the office if he’ll be pacing all day and yearning to get outside.

Once you have the OK:

3)      Doggie-proof your workspace. Your dog might want to chew on hanging cords or mistake that stack of files for a bathroom location. Spend a few minutes relocating plants and cleaning up books, papers, stray markers and anything else that may look tempting. It’s also a great idea to bring a baby or pet gate along with you to keep at the entrance of your office/cube while your pup is there.

4)      Give your dog a bath or have him groomed a day or two beforehand. A clean dog is always appreciated, and will look extra charming in those office photos!

5)      Bring bowls, food and treats. Your dog will get hungry, just like you. Plus, treats can be a good motivator to reclaim your pet’s attention if he’s excited.

6)      Bring a towel or your pet’s favorite dog bed. This will cue her to settle in and relax.

Allow a few extra minutes at the start of the work day to allow your dog to smell the surroundings and get comfortable with the environment. Put out a bowl of fresh water, arrange your dog bed and let your co-workers greet your pet. Once the initial excitement is over and everyone settles down, your dog should too.

Studies show dog-friendly workplaces can reduce stress, enhance employee interactions and boost morale.

Here are some fond memories of past Take Your Dog to Work Days at WellPet—enjoy!:

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

It’s National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! Wellness fans were asked to define their pet adoption experience with One Word & One Photo–here are their responses.


Awesome



Bliss


Destiny


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Forever


Friend


Fun


Healing


life-changing


Love3


Miracle


Natural


Treasure

What You’ve Been Waiting For? New Wellness Recipes!

Our Consumer Affairs team speaks with many Wellness Pet Food fans each day. Whether it’s addressing a concern, recommending a product or passing along a suggestion for a new recipe, they do it all. The team does a great job, and we all love receiving your feedback. Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to take some of your  ideas and make them a reality. We’ve added exciting new Wellness lines, as well as extended several existing Wellness lines. Here’s a complete recap of our new products:

Wellness Kittles™: Delicious, Crunchy Grain-Free Cat Treats

Who says dogs have all the fun? Indulge your cat with Kittles™ natural, grain-free treats. Kittles™ are crunchy cat treats that come in three scrumptious flavors: Salmon & Cranberries Recipe, Chicken & Cranberries Recipe, and Tuna & Cranberries Recipe. Each morsel also has under 2 calories,so pet parents can treat their loved ones multiples times per day with these guilt-free goodies. Learn more!

Wellness CORE Superfood Protein Bars: Grain-Free Dog Treats

Perfect pairings of hearty proteins, CORE Superfood Protein Bars feature delicious superfoods. No Meat By-Products, 100% All Natural & Grain Free, No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives, Only 16 Calories Per Treat, Made in the U.S.A. Learn more.

Wellness Toy Breed Complete Health Dry Dog Recipes: Small Kibble, Big Nutrients

Toy breeds have higher energy needs and don’t have the same metabolic rate, bite size, or daily caloric intake as bigger dogs. Wellness Toy Breed dog food features a small kibble size for tiny mouths and a crunchy texture to target plaque build-up and maintain oral health. Wellness Toy Breed recipes offer the right balance of protein, fat and calories to provide the energy your little one needs. Omega Fatty Acids are included to support healthy skin and a shiny coat. Learn more.

Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diets: Healthy Weight and Small Breed Recipes

Five of the 10 most common reasons dogs visit the vet can be food allergy or intolerance related. Our Simple Limited Ingredient Diets offer a single source of high-quality protein, and now you can maintain your dog’s weight while keeping food sensitivities in check with the Wellness Simple Healthy Weight Salmon & Peas Formula

Wellness Complete Health Dry Cat: Senior Health and Chicken-Free Indoor Health Recipes

The Complete Health Senior Health recipe provides the ideal balance of nutrients for aging, more sedentary cats, while the Complete Health Indoor Health Salmon & Whitefish Meal Recipe offers a poultry-free option for seafood-loving cats.

Wellness Small Breed Complete Health Whitefish, Salmon Meal & Peas Recipe

With mighty souls but little bodies, your small breed dog has a unique physical composition that creates special nutritional needs. Our Small Breed Complete Health Adult Whitefish, Salmon Meal & Peas Recipe is designed to support the unique health needs of smaller dogs through nutrient-rich whole foods. Learn more about this new poultry-free option.

Types of Toy Breed Dogs

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Are you wondering if your dog is a toy breed dog? There are currently 21 recognized toy breeds (according to the AKC), typically weighing 12 pounds or under. Toy breed dogs have different nutritional requirements than large breed and even small breed dogs. With higher energy levels, toy breeds need a food that’s higher in protein, fat and calories. Also, tiny toy breed mouths cannot easily chew or digest regular-sized kibble; they need the smallest kibble available.  If this sounds like your dog, you can have them try these yummy Wellness Toy Breed Complete Health dry recipes. Browse the toy breeds below:

Types of Toy Breeds

Top 10 Reasons We Love Our Pets

1– Instant stress-reliever — Studies show petting a dog or cat reduces stress. If you’re feeling a little anxious, sit with Bella and share some love. Plus, they always know when you need a hug.
2—No Alarm Clock Needed – You don’t have to worry about oversleeping. A paw in your face or consistent bedroom pacing will ensure you enjoy sunrises together.
3–Exercise buddy–If you even go near the leash, they’re there, tails wagging and excitement growing every second. If you need a little push to get outside—and don’t we all at times—Max is happy to oblige.
4–The best conversation partner — Pets don’t talk back – Had a bad day? You can share your troubles with your pets and they won’t judge you, try to “fix” it or otherwise interfere. They’ll just let you share while they listen.
5— You don’t have to get dressed up – Your pets don’t require your best clothes, full makeup and a trip to the hairstylist. They love you in your ratty sweats and that sweater with the hole in it.
6—Stay present—Pets don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow, they live in the moment. It’s a skill that we could all benefit from practicing.
7—Simple needs – Aside from wanting to eat lots of tasty, healthy food, cats and dogs don’t require expensive gadgets to keep them happy. An empty box or old toy will do just fine.
8-Keep you entertained. There’s a reason the internet is populated with countless photos of cats and dogs—they’re always doing something fun and adorable! Whether your cat chases his tail while running through the house or your dog stops you in your tracks with that, “I’m guilty” look, it’s hard to resist their charm.
9–Don’t Require Taxi Service – They don’t miss the bus, and don’t need a ride to soccer practice.‘Nuf said!
10-Unconditional love – The final reason we love our pets? We know we can count on them to love us without question.
What did we miss? What are your favorite reasons why you love your pets? Please share on our Facebook Page!

1– Instant stress-reliever — Studies show petting a dog or cat reduces stress. If you’re feeling a little anxious, sit with Bella and share some love. Plus, they always know when you need a hug.

2—No Alarm Clock Needed – You don’t have to worry about oversleeping. A paw in your face or consistent bedroom pacing will ensure you enjoy sunrises together.

3–Exercise buddy–If you even go near the leash, they’re there, tails wagging and excitement growing every second. If you need a little push to get outside—and don’t we all at times—Max is happy to oblige.

4–The best conversation partner — Pets don’t talk back – Had a bad day? You can share your troubles with your pets and they won’t judge you, try to “fix” it or otherwise interfere. They’ll just let you share while they listen.

5— You don’t have to get dressed up – Your pets don’t require your best clothes, full makeup and a trip to the hairstylist. They love you in your ratty sweats and that sweater with the hole in it.

6—Stay present—Pets don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow, they live in the moment. It’s a skill that we could all benefit from practicing.

7—Simple needs – Aside from wanting to eat lots of tasty, healthy food, cats and dogs don’t require expensive gadgets to keep them happy. An empty box or old toy will do just fine.

8-Keep you entertained. There’s a reason the internet is populated with countless photos of cats and dogs—they’re always doing something fun and adorable! Whether your cat chases his tail while running through the house or your dog stops you in your tracks with that, “I’m guilty” look, it’s hard to resist their charm.

9–Don’t Require Taxi Service – They don’t miss the bus, and don’t need a ride to soccer practice. Instead, you two go on rides for fun things–like testing out their new doggles!

10-Unconditional love – The final reason we love our pets? We know we can count on them to love us without question.

What did we miss? What are your favorite reasons why you love your pets? Please share on our Facebook Page!

Ask Wellness: January 2014

I am feeding my golden your large breed adult food.  I give her one cup in the morning and one cup in the evening.  Is this the right amount?  Like most golden retrievers she gains easily.
The feeding guide on the back of the bag is an approximate amount of food to feed based on the pet’s weight. It is merely a guide but is not appropriate for every pet. Age, breed, activity level, metabolic rate, time of the year and more are all influences that will affect your pet’s current caloric needs. The goal is to feed an adult dog just enough to maintain a slightly lean body mass. Many dogs will need less than the guide suggests and some will need more.

Q. I am feeding my golden your large breed adult food. I give her one cup in the morning and one cup in the evening. Is this the right amount? Like most golden retrievers she gains easily.

A. The feeding guide on the back of the bag is an approximate amount of food to feed based on the pet’s weight. It is merely a guide but is not appropriate for every pet. Age, breed, activity level, metabolic rate, time of the year and more are all influences that will affect your pet’s current caloric needs. The goal is to feed an adult dog just enough to maintain a slightly lean body mass. Many dogs will need less than the guide suggests and some will need more.

Wellness Pet Food Donates $16,000 to Animal Welfare Organizations

The natural pet food brand donates to Green Chimneys and The Cat House on the Kings at conclusion of Facebook holiday giving campaignWellness-LeftsideGraphic-FIN

Tewksbury, Mass. (December 10)—Wellness Pet Food recently concluded their, “You Click, We Donate” holiday giving campaign, hosted on their Facebook page. During the campaign which ran from December 10 to January 16, Wellness Facebook fans could sign up for Wellness to donate $1.00 on their behalf—up to $8,000 each for Green Chimneys and The Cat House on the Kings.

Although campaign participation did not reach the maximum donation amount, Wellness donated the full $8,000 to each charity. “We’re happy that we’re able to offer monetary donations to each of these deserving charities,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, Wellness Marketing Communications Manager. “We support the missions of these charities and were glad to help increase public awareness of them.

The Cat House on the Kings is California’s largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. The Cat House relies entirely on donations from the public to carry out its mission. You can read more about The Cat House here.

Green Chimneys, located in New York State, is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people by providing them residential, educational, clinical and recreational services. Green Chimneys also provides housing and rehabilitation to over 200 dogs, cats and farm and wildlife animals. You can read more about Green Chimneys here.