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Dogs and Cats Resolve to Lose Those Extra Holiday Pounds with Wellness®

Tewksbury, Massachusetts (January 4, 2008) - You're probably not the only one in your household who will put on a few pounds during the holiday season. Your dog or cat may also end up feeling sluggish and out of shape after stealing holiday treats and eating rich food snuck to them under the holiday dinner table. Now is a great time to up their activity level and start them on the path to maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle with Wellness® natural food and treats for pets.

Why is optimal weight so important for your pet? Just like us, an unhealthy weight can lead to heart disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, diabetes and a weakened immune system, among other maladies. An overweight pet's deficiencies are carried down to their puppies or kittens, which can jeopardize their health as well. In fact, 25 - 40% of U.S. dogs and cats are considered to be overweight, (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2007), and weight control pet food has become one of the fastest growing segments in the pet food industry.

"Just as for people, eating well and exercising are what's right for pets," said Dr. Edward Moser, VMD, consulting veterinary nutritionist for Wellness. "Minding the ingredients and amount of food that goes into your pet, along with encouraging increased activity levels, will help the pounds come off."

Wellness Healthy Weight Dry Cat Formula is just the remedy for overweight cats. Along with increasing activity levels and instituting a controlled eating plan, this special lower calorie recipe is formulated to help cats achieve their weight loss goals. A healthy blend of fiber satisfies hunger to help change eating behaviors. And the WellFlex System™, with the power of glucosamine and chondroitin, helps maintain healthy hips and joints.

Another option is Wellness SuperMix5 Weight Management formula, specially formulated with a satisfying, low-calorie blend of ingredients to help inactive dogs maintain a healthy body weight and help overweight dogs lose weight. This unique recipe provides complete nutrition and satisfies dogs' appetites with increased fiber, reduced fat and a lower calorie count.

For the health striving canine, Wellness CORE Dog Reduced Fat Formula is based on the raw feeding philosophy of providing a diet rich in nutrient-packed, high-quality meat. Wellness has carefully considered the delicate and thoughtful balance of nutrition that is essential to adult canine health for less active dogs or those who need to drop a few pounds. Each grain-free kibble is packed with protein from deboned turkey and chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, whitefish meal and chicken liver along with a proprietary blend of vegetables, oils, fruits and botanicals. By sourcing lean, high quality meat sources, Wellness has been able to keep the fat, mineral and caloric levels of this diet at a level appropriate for everyday feeding.

And what pet doesn't deserve a treat? Finally dog lovers can feel good about giving their pet a tasty treat that is healthy. WellBites™, Pure Rewards™, WellBars® and Just for Puppy Treats are packed with nutritious ingredients such as pure meat, fresh fruits, healthy grains and beneficial supplements. Perfectly balanced to complement their regular diet, Wellness treats feature the tastes dogs and puppies crave most. Health conscious, responsible and loving pet parents know that rewarding their dogs with Wellness treats will ensure health, happiness and well-being to the animals who depend upon them.

Wellness pet foods and treats are available nationwide in independent pet specialty shops and natural food stores in a variety of sizes and flavors. To find an authorized Wellness retailer, please visit www.wellnesspetfood.com

About Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard - Unconditional Love. Uncompromising Nutrition.

At Wellness, we do whatever it takes to create the healthiest foods for the pets that depend on us. Food feeds their souls, sustains their lives and protects their bodies. Our diverse team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets has only one mission: To help provide pets a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition.

We never compromise-selecting nature's finest ingredients and combining them in exact proportions to help support pet health and wellbeing. All Wellness and Old Mother Hubbard food and treat varieties feature recipes using natural human-grade ingredients without the use of meat by-products, fillers, potential allergens, or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. And as a pioneer in holistic nutrition, we seek new ways to help pets thrive, educate people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and support animal wellness programs

Wellness is proud to be a part of the Old Mother Hubbard pet food family, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2006. Wellness is sold through pet stores and natural food stores throughout North America and is now available internationally. For more information, please visit www.wellnesspetfood.com.