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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for the BEST Gifts for your Pets
This holiday season, don't forget about your four-legged family members! Below, I have compiled some of the very best gift ideas for our pets. Most of these products have been personally tried and tested by my pets, and I highly recommend each one.
1. Kurgo Baxter Pack/ Dog Backpack My dog, Banner is fourteen years old, but still enjoys going on hikes with us. He is still strong and hasn't slowed down yet. He is so cute when he wears his Baxter Pack! We keep it light, but Banner proudly carries his own snacks, a water bottle, and a portable water dish.
This was the first time I tried it on Banner, before we adjusted it to fit him.
Get your pooch packed up and ready to go with the lightweight, tough, custom-fit Baxter Pack. Great for everyday use or backpacking adventures. Built strong to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, it has 8 different adjustment points to get the proper fit for any dog. It includes a rear-mounted leash hook that works like a harness for pups that need to be on their lead. The ergonomic padded spine support contours to the dog’s back for a comfortable fit and provides weight distribution for the two saddlebags. The pack offers space to store all of your canine's travel essentials such as food, treats, toys, first-aid supplies and travel bowls. Includes a large handle to help dogs over rock scrambles or extract them from water.
2. Kurgo Loft Dog Jacket Banner gets pretty chilly in the winter. (Who doesn't, really?) The best gift Banner ever received is his Loft Dog Jacket. First of all, he looks devilishly handsome in it! (He is a bit shy when it comes to modeling, however.) I put Banner's coat on him as soon as I let him outside in the morning. It keeps him so nice and warm.
Banner's Loft Dog Jacket fits him perfectly!
Help your dog brave those chilly fall and winter months in this reversible, quilted shell. Made from rugged Microtomic ripstop material and 140 gsm Polytech fill, this lightweight jacket is just as city worthy as it is mountain made. The water-resistant shell has a zipper opening so you can access your pup's harness to attach a leash. This dog coat is designed for athletic dogs that are going to be running, hiking and adventuring in inclement weather. Therefore, it is a more fitted coat, allowing your pup to move freely. It does not cover the entire length of most dogs and is designed to keep the core warm and dry.
3. MuttNation Guitar Strap Gusset Bed~ Word has it that Santa is bringing Banner one of these luxurious dog beds. Shhhh! Don't tell him! Banner needs to new bed upon which to rest his weary ol' bones. His old bed is kind of worn out.
The Guitar Strap Gusseted Pillow bed features a luxurious long-pile plush sleep surface and extra filling – four pounds of recycled polyfill – providing superior sleep and support for your pet. This super-sized bed (40”x29”) is designed in blue tones and accented with Miranda’s vintage guitar strap print.
4. Paby GPS Tracker for dogs and cats~ This past July, my sweet cat, Carol went missing. I didn't even know that she had gotten out of the house. Someone accidentally let her out when they were leaving for school or work. The next thing I knew, Carol was found in the road, no longer alive. If I had a PABY GPS Tracker on her collar, she might still be alive today. At least I could have discovered she was outside before anything happened.
(This is not my kitty, but her PABY GPS Tracker looks cute on her, doesn't it?)
Paby keeps its eyes on your pets. Did you know that over 10 million pets are lost each year? Paby’s advanced features include GPS, Wi-Fi, an LED light, and sound alarm help provide you with peace of mind. The Paby allows you to monitor your pet’s location in real time, and learn from their activity through a tailored fitness program for your pets.
My newest cat, Patty will soon be wearing hers because when she gets a bit older, she too, is going to try to start venturing outside, and I will be able to keep track of her.
5. Purina’s Beggin Strips and Friskies Party Mix~ Banner absolutely loves his Beggin Strips! And my sweet little kitty, Patty, loves her Friskies Party Mix.
That’s why I can’t forget about Purina’s Beggin Strips, Friskies Party Mix for their stockings. These favorites are offered in 6 ounce packs making them great for stockings and even have a ‘To’ and ‘From’ tag, so pets know who to lick and thank. The Friskies specially designed Party Mix is holiday themed with snowmen, stars and evergreen trees. www.purina.com
6. Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Balls by Planet Dog. Banner loves to play fetch! He absolutely loves his Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Ball by Planet Dog. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all winter holidays. Banner has the Snowball ball, so whether we get snow or not this winter, Banner is set!
Owners can throw a snowball indoors and outdoors, stuff their pets’ stocking with coal or give them some peace and quiet. Orbee-Tuff® balls are chewy but durable that will keep dogs entertained all season long.
7. Dog Stockings by Pet Factory~ Banner has been such a good pup this year! He truly deserves this delightful stocking filled with special treats just for him!
Filled with colorful raw-hide bones and holiday shaped treats that dogs can enjoy by the fire while the rest of the family opens presents, this makes for a convenient option for any gift-giving owner this holiday. www.petfactory.com
8. Canine companions will be in style for the holiday season with the Snowman Party Premium Collar & Leash Set from Country Brook Design. This festive set is made of durable, comfortable polyester and the collar features a metal side-release buckle with a brilliant, shiny finish.
Freshpet, the first and only maker of fresh, all natural food for pets, wants you to give the gift of irresistible, delicious treats to your pets. This holiday, stuff your pet’s stocking with the wholesome, yummy snacks for pets that are sure to be their favorite gift of the year! Whether your pet woofs or purrs, Freshpet offers freshly prepared treats and meals for your dog and cat, always using only fresh, natural ingredients. Just be sure to refrigerate!
Some of the Freshpet® Treats available for your dog and cat include:
Freshpet® Dog Joy® Turkey Bacon - Dog Joy® Treats
Smoked to perfection, these all natural turkey bacon treats are an absolute favorite of pups everywhere. Made in the USA.
Available in 3oz and 6oz re-sealable pouches
Freshpet® Dog Joy® Treats For Dogs
100% all natural and fresh from the fridge, Dog Jog Treats for Dogs are made with juicy, slow grilled real chicken. Made in the USA. Available in 8 oz. re-sealable pouch.
My dog, Banner is crazy about these yummy treats!
Freshpet Select Tender Chicken Recipe
Spread some holiday cheer with your BFF, with Freshpet® Select Tender Chicken Recipe. Made with fresh ingredients such as tender chicken and vegetables, this roll will be a Holiday treat for your pet! Available in 1 lb. rolls.
Freshpet® Select Chicken & Pumpkin Recipe
Give your cat a treat to enjoy with Freshpet Select fresh chicken & pumpkin recipe, made with garden vegetables in gravy.
Available in 4.5 oz. cups.
Freshpet® Select Tender Chicken & Beef Recipe
Your cat will purr with gratitude when you give him Freshpet Select tender chicken & beef recipe, made with fresh garden vegetables in gravy. Available in 4.5 oz. cups.
Freshpet® Select Chicken & Ocean Whitefish Recipe
Share the taste your cat adores this holiday season with Freshpet® Select Chicken & Recipe Whitefish Recipe, made with garden vegetables in gravy. Available in 4.5 oz. cups.
I found FreshPet in my local grocery store!
Freshpet has a single-minded mission – to improve the lives of dogs and cats everywhere through the power of fresh, natural food. Packed with vitamins and proteins, Freshpet foods offer fresh meats, poultry and vegetables farmed locally. The Freshpet Kitchens then thoughtfully prepare these natural ingredients and everyday essentials, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve key nutrients. That way, your pet gets the best. Freshpet refrigerated foods and treats are kept cool from the moment they are made until they arrive at Freshpet refrigerators in your local store.
Freshpet foods are available in select mass, grocery, and pet specialty retailers across the US and Canada. From the care Freshpet takes to source their ingredients and make their food, to the moment it reaches your home, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility are the way they like to run their business. To learn more, visit www.freshpet.com
Top 5 Ways to Show your Dog You Love Them
My dog Banner is the sweetest dog ever. He is nearing his fourteenth year of life. We adopted Banner from the humane society when he was three years old.
Banner is not just a pet, he is a family member, and we try every single day to show Banner we love him. I would like to share the top five ways that you can show your dog that you love them.
1. Play with them!
All dogs need exercise. There's nothing Banner loves more than having somebody throw him a ball or even a stick for him to chase. If your dog doesn't enjoy catching or fetching, then find something he does enjoy. Perhaps tug-of-war? Buy your pup a variety of toys and see what he shows the most interest in. Then, you can make up some sort of a game that is a special way for the two of you to bond. Playing with your dog is the greatest way to help him get some exercise.
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2. Make sure they have a cozy place to sleep
Now, this does not mean that your dog needs to sleep with you on your bed. That is entirely up to you. I do know that it doesn't work for my to have our big dog up on our bed. Besides, his hips are sore, and I wouldn't want him to get hurt climbing up that high. Banner has a very comfy memory foam bed that we bought to help support his poor aging frame. Make sure you find a pet bed that pampers as well as comforts your pup so that they can properly rest up from a long day of play.
3. Cuddle them, pet them, talk to them
Your dog needs physical contact, and plenty of interaction as well as reassurance that he is loved. Did I mention belly rubs? Banner cannot get enough of them! Whenever I talk to Banner, I tend to use a softer voice, kind of like I use when I am talking to a baby. Banner tilts his head and kind of lifts one of his ears as if he is intently listening to me.
4. Take them to the vet for yearly check ups
Part of showing your dog that you love him is by taking him to the vet for yearly check ups. Yes, your pup may not feel that you are showing them love when they are getting their shots of course, but just give them a special treat and some extra cuddles to make that time seem less scary. These trips to the vet will help to ensure that your dog lives the longest, healthiest life possible.
5. Feed them nutritious food
To help ensure that this ol' guy has many more healthy, happy years left, I have decided to make a change to Banner's diet. Ever since I discovered the nutritional benefits of Petcurean dog food, I have been feeding him NOW FRESH Large Breed Senior for dogs pet food. He has never loved food as much as he loves his Petcurean!
NOW FRESH™ Large Breed Senior recipe is made with 100% FRESH turkey, salmon, duck, and 100% fresh Omega 3 & 6 oils from coconuts and canola. NOWFRESH™ also features zero grains, gluten, wheat, beef, corn or soy. Zero rendered meats, by-products or artificial preservatives.
This recipe also features:
- Balanced proteins, fats, calcium and phosphorus to help manage weight
- New Zealand green mussels and Glucosamine/chondroitin to support hip and joint health
- Added L-Carnitine to support heart health/fat burning
- Pre + Probiotics to support healthy digestion
- Added Taurine to support vision and heart function
- Suitable for senior dogs and/or to help any dog with weight management
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How? Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Hurry! Winner will be chosen November 9th!
Petcurean is a family-owned Canadian company that creates premium-quality pet food recipes; GO!, NOW FRESH, GATHER and SPIKE TREATS for dogs and cats. Petcurean puts pets first. Petcurean recipes are made with premium, nutritious ingredients to meet specific needs of dogs and cats. Discerning pet parents can feel good about these products, and pets love them.
Every Petcurean recipe is created using the highest quality, healthiest and most flavorful ingredients available, selected through a trusted network of farmers, ranchers, and producers, who must meet or exceed very stringent health, safety, and quality criteria. All ingredients are sourced from North America, New Zealand, and Australia. Petcurean doesn’t use by-product meals, un-named meat meals or any ingredient from China. Petcurean pet foods are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in the United States, Canada, and more than 20 countries internationally.
For more information go to: http://www.petcurean.com
*This post was made possible by iConnect and Petcurean. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.
During the holiday season, don’t forget your furry friends! They may not quite understand what the holidays are all about, but that doesn't mean they should be left out of all of the festivities. You can give your best friend a special treat with special edition Caramel Apple Flavored Treats from Bil-Jac!
Banner is looking a bit sheepish in this photo
Bil-Jac is passionately committed to the health and well-being of dog and puppies everywhere and these treats are no exception. Bil-Jac is a family-run and family owned company, and very honored to bring the very best to your family so you can have your best buddy and buddies for a lifetime. You have Bil-Jac's word on it!
I received a couple of samples of Bil-Jac Caramel Apple Flavored Treats to review. My dog, Banner, loves Bil-Jac food and treats! He has definitely them a thumbs up (even if he does not have thumbs.)
This is Banner's best 'begging' face. Who can resist such a mug?
For more information on Bil-Jac go to: http://www.bil-jac.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Believe it or not, despite growing love for our pets in America, pet obesity has reached an all-time high. In fact, the sixth annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found 52.5% of dogs to be overweight or obese by their veterinarian.
Proper weight is important to the health of your dog. It's no surprise that, just like their human counterparts, dogs at healthy weight are more likely to have less medical concerns, be generally happier and maybe even live longer. A long, happy life is what we all want for our four-footed family members. For these reasons, we're sharing with you our 5 best tips for winning the battle of the best friend bulge.
1. Recognize that there may be a problem
Is your pet actually overweight? Studies show that most families are unaware that a problem even exists. Assess your dog’s weight via this simple method:
- Have your dog stand-up
- From the side, look from his chest to his stomach to his back legs.
- Is his stomach as large as his chest? If you are not sure, grab a measuring tape and wrap his chest and then his waist.
- If the answer is yes, his stomach is as big as his chest, your dog could probably lose some weight.
You can also review Bil-Jac's Pet Obesity chart to assess the situation. Select the breed that best fits your best friend, and be in-the-know. Your veterinarian can also help you determine if now is a good time to help your dog shed some pounds.
2. Take your responsibility as a pet parent seriously.
As pet parents, we may spend more time worrying about pleasing our pets than being concerned about their health. Our pets live with us and follow our life style, eating habits and exercise patterns. We both love family time. We both love good food. But everything is best in moderation -- for us and our four-legged family members.
There is one big difference between our dogs and ourselves: we know if and when we need to better manage our weight. Your dog doesn’t know it’s time to adjust his eating habits. He might be thinking it’s time to eat all he can now, since he’s not sure when his next meal will be. Help your dog get to a healthy weight using these tips.
3. Measure and feed the right food.
While it is often taken for granted, it is important to feed your dog the appropriate amount of dry food daily. Check the feeding guidelines on the food you’re feeding him. The feeding guidelines are just that – a guideline. If your dog is more of a couch potato than the average dog, or if he is running 5 miles every day with you, you should adjust his food down or up to reflect his activity level. Be sure to use an actual dry measuring cup every time you feed him so as not to over-feed him. Weigh your dog once a week and keep track on paper to be sure his weight is headed in the right direction.
If your dog needs to lose some weight, you may want to consider choosing a reduced fat food like Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Formula, which has 30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select. To determine the amount to feed your dog, find his desired weight on the feeding chart and feed that amount to start. Adjust as needed.
You can feed your dog once a day, or divide his feeding schedule into two times a day. Be sure if you feed twice a day to divide the amount he should be eating in half!
Are you sharing people food with him? Skip the people food – it adds fat, sugar and calories to his diet. Moreover, some people food can be bad for your dog, so be smart and cut this from your dog's diet. Try using a dog training treat, like Bil-Jac Little Jacs, that are smaller and only a few calories for each treat.
4. Weight Management and the Multi-Dog Household
When you have more than one four-footed best friend in the house, feeding can be a little more interesting. You may have one dog who likes to eat more of the food that’s served. Or you may have three dogs that like to see who can eat the most food the fastest!
In either case, if one or more of your dogs are overweight as a result, here are some ideas for managing the feast or famine attitude.
- Feed the dogs one at a time. Put the dogs in separate rooms to eat undisturbed. Alternatively, put all the dogs that are not eating in a separate room or have someone take them out to play. In this way feed each dog appropriately.
- Do not leave food out for grazing. Have your dog(s) eat for a certain amount of time, say 15 minutes, and what they do not eat will be picked up.
- Feed each dog the appropriate diet. If one dog is overweight, you may want to get him a reduced fat food for his feeding time.
5. The obvious: get out and move.
Just like us, if we haven't been so active in recent months, a sudden, rigorous exercise plan can actually hurt more than help. Talk with your veterinarian and use good judgment when beginning a dog exercise regimen – start with 15 minutes of fetching, for a week or two. Then, mix in a short walk, maybe 1/4 mile or so. Next, increase the length of time you walk or pick up the pace a little bit.
Some variety helps to keep our dogs’ motivation levels high! Walk, hike, jog, swim, play ball, run alongside a bike. The options are endless ... but the bonus is an even closer relationship with your furry family member!
My dog, Banner is an 11 year old black lab, and Banner recently was overweight. Not too bad, but enough to slow him down. You see, Banner loves pizza. He is an outdoor dog, but whenever he knows that we are having pizza, he will come to the sliding glass door on the deck and whine until he gets a piece. Before we know it, Banner has probably gobbled down the equivalent to an entire half of a pizza (because everyone keeps giving him their leftovers.)
Where's my pizza? Sorry Pal, no more pizza for you!
I soon started to realize that my dog was packing on the weight. I had a talk with my family to get them on board with not feeding Banner any more pizza, unless it was just a piece of pepperoni or two, just not anything more than that. I decided to get Banner started on a low fat dog food, but it was hard to find anything that Banner liked.
After a bit of trial and error, I discovered that Banner loves Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Formula dog food. In fact, he devours it with Gusto! He seems to enjoy this formula as much as he enjoyed his pizza. Wow!
Some dogs have a tendency to gain weight, which is not healthy. With 30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select, Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Dog Food can help manage your dog’s weight while maintaining a beautiful coat and muscle tone. Plus, dogs love the real chicken taste of Bil-Jac Reduced Fat Formula, which is rare among reduced fat dog foods.
About the brand: Bil-Jac, offers a full line of nutritionalsuper premium dog foods and treats, and is committed to feeding dogs at every stage of life, which makes Bil-Jac the one complete dog food that is for all dogs, throughout their entire life. Your dog’s food and health is not only our business – it’s our passion. More real chicken meat is put into every bag. In fact, 12 lbs. of real chicken is used to make a 15 lb. bag of Bil-Jac Super Premium Dog Food. Bil-Jac Treats offer a treat alternative in a smaller size convenient for dog training or rewarding smaller dogs. Furthermore, Bil-Jac provides resources for puppies in training, health tips, puppy food and answers to dog related questions for owners.
For more information, please go to: http://www.bil-jac.com/
* Product received. All opinions are my own.
Our pets our a part of our family, no doubt. They just happen to have four legs and a bit more fur than we do. It is our job as pet parents to ensure these precious beings have proper nutrition to keep them healthy.
A recent survey showed that nearly three-fourths (74%) of U.S. consumers believe high-quality pet foods are effective for preventative health care. This is up from 60% a year ago and from barely half of consumers (51%) in 2014.
Here's my dog, Banner (He is 11 years old)
Recognizing that pet parents only want to feed their furry best friend the healthiest, safest and most nourishing products, Nature's Logic is dedicated to offering diets that are made exclusively with whole foods and 100% natural ingredients. Available for both canines and felines, the diets:
- Are free of common allergens and include no corn, wheat, rice, soy, potato, tapioca, peas, or sweet potatoes
- Contain natural antioxidants from fruits and vegetables grown in the USA
- Do not contain any man-made synthetic vitamins, minerals or amino acids, nor any genetically engineered fruits, veggies, nuts, grasses, or seeds
- Have probiotics and enzymes that help increase nutrient absorption and aid in digestion
- Are nutrient dense and highly digestible
My dog, Banner, is eleven years old and still acts like a puppy, He is a bit more stiff, but he would play fetch with you all day long if he was given the chance! I always aim to feed my dog the highest quality of pet food available, and so I trust Nature’s Logic Natural Pet Food for Banner. I have found that his favorite is the Canine Venison Feast. Banner loves it!
The Canine Venison Feast canned dog food is a highly palatable and nutrient dense muscle meat and organ meat based can food with concentrates of select fruits and vegetables and containing no wheat, corn, rice, soy, potato or chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, or trace nutrients. Each can diet contains a unique source of highly digestible natural eggshell calcium and animal plasma containing high levels of natural vitamins, minerals, and albumin and globulin proteins.
•Over 90% Animal Ingredients
•Grain Free – Low Carbohydrates
•All Natural Whole Food Formula
•No Synthetic Vitamins or Minerals
Banner loves to play catch in the lake with his football when we go camping!
I have noticed that ever since I started Banner on his new diet of Nature’s Logic Natural Pet Food, he hasn't been limping as much. (He usually has sore hips after running around.) I am wondering if perhaps this new food might have helped strengthen his body, since it is so nutritious. I am not sure, but I do know that feeding Banner Nature’s Logic Natural Pet Food will definitely help him to live a long, happy and healthy life!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a case of Nature’s Logic Natural Canned Pet Food in the flavor of their choice. (ARV: $60)
Choices: Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Duck & Salmon, Venison, Rabbit, Sardine, or Turkey.
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: http://natureslogic.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Join Freshpet, The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, and ResQwalk in The FreshFit Challenge to Raise Awareness About Pet Obesity While Benefiting Animal Welfare Groups
Improve you and your pup’s health and earn money for pets in need, just by walking!
Freshpet, maker of fresh, real food for pets, has teamed up with The Pet Show with Dr.Katy on Washington, D.C.’s News Channel 8, and ResQwalk, a free mobile app that enables you to raise money for animal welfare groups just by walking, for The FreshFit Challenge to raise awareness about pet obesity in the United States.
According to The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over 50% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, but by incorporating fresher, less processed foods into your pet’s diet, along with proper exercise, Freshpet and Dr. Katy Nelson believe we can overcome this life-threatening disease. By joining The FreshFit Challenge, not only are you and your pup walking your way to a healthier lifestyle, you’re helping deserving pets in need.
Here’s how it works~ For every mile you walk, you earn part of a monthly pool of money that will be donated to Bideawee, a pet rescue and welfare organization servicing NYC and Long Island, or you may choose to donate your portion of the funds to the pet charity of your choice.
To get started, simply download the ResQwalk app or log on to www.freshpet.com for more details. The FreshFit Challenge runs now through May 4, 2016.
Dr. Katy Nelson, nationally recognized veterinarian and host of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, will provide plenty of inspiration and education along the way through informative blog posts, live FAQ sessions with prizes, and updates on The FreshFit Challenge’s collective goal of walking 200,000 miles over four weeks.
“Nothing is more important than exercise and a proper diet for you and your pet,” says Dr. Katy Nelson. “The more we can do to help motivate pet parents to spend quality time exercising with their pets benefits all of us. We hope everyone will join us in walking our way towards better health.”
If you need a little extra motivation as you walk your way to helping others:
- Simply set a personal goal in the ResQwalk app. The first 1,000 to reach their goal will receive a Freshpet coupon.
- The more miles you walk, the more meals will be donated to Bideawee.
- Everyone who participates will automatically be entered to win one of three Freshpet Prize Packs, to include Freshpet gear, food, and more!
“We are delighted to team up with Dr. Katy Nelson and ResQWalk for the FreshFit Challenge to raise awareness and encourage action against pet obesity,” says Scott Morris, Co-founder of Freshpet. “Helping improve the health and wellbeing of our pets is at the very core of what we do.”
Freshpet has a single-minded mission – to improve the lives of dogs and cats everywhere through the power of fresh, natural food. Packed with vitamins and proteins, Freshpet foods offer fresh meats, poultry, and vegetables farmed locally. The Freshpet Kitchens then thoughtfully prepare these natural ingredients and everyday essentials, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve key nutrients. That way, your pet gets the best. Freshpet refrigerated foods and treats are kept cool from the moment they are made until they arrive at Freshpet refrigerators in your local market.
Freshpet foods are available in select mass, grocery, natural food, club, and pet specialty retailers across the United States and Canada. From the care Freshpet takes to source their ingredients and make their food, to the moment it reaches your home, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility are the way they like to run their business.
To learn more, visit www.freshpet.com.
Meet Dr. Katy Nelson
Dr. Nelson is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA. as well as the host and executive producer of "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy" on Washington DC's News Channel 8 - the show airs at 11am on Saturday mornings. She’s also known as "Dr. Pawz" on Washington DC's All News Radio Station, WTOP. Read her blog onWTOP Living every Wednesday morning and catch her live in-studio every other Thursday at 12:20 pm talking about timely topics for your pets. You can also find her reporting on animal health topics forWJLA ABC 7.
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This holiday season, don't forget about your furry family members. They need gifts, too! And who could be more deserving of something special? Below I would like to share some of my favorite gift ideas for my own four-legged sweeties.
For my dog Banner:
Bravo — Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs
Bravo freeze dried raw diets offer you an outstanding combination of nutrition and convenience. There’s no need to keep them frozen, so you can serve your dog a great-tasting, nourishing meal anywhere you go. Freeze drying simply removes the water from meat and poultry while retaining every vital nutrient in its original, bioavailable form. Just mix with warm water, wait 15 minutes and serve. That’s all it takes to prepare a healthy meal your dog will simply love!
My dog, Banner loves the pork dinner. It is his favorite meal ever! http://www.bravopetfoods.com/
Look Who’s Happy — Treats
These treats are Banner's favorite! Made with USA-raised cage free chicken, Tempt’n Tenders chicken treats are crusted with yummy goodies like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and blueberries. Loaded with taste, texture and aroma that’s truly unique, they’re a joy for dogs to eat! www.LookWhosHappy.com
Barkworthies — Antler Chews
Barkworthies® Elk Antler Chews are naturally odor free and the most durable dog chews out there! The hard texture of these chews naturally scrapes away plaque and tartar while your dog chews. I gave one to Banner and he ran off with it to chew on it. I have no idea where it went after that, but I am sure Banner knows. http://www.barkworthies.com/
Here is Banner, accepting his gift.
I love this picture of Banner
For my cat, Luna:
Imperial Cat — Scratch ’n Shape
With designs available to complement any home decor, Scratch ´n Shapes products provide a very attractive and eco-friendly solution to destructive scratching. Not just a scratcher, these unique play centers are also designed for sleeping, rubbing and play! I got the hanging scratcher for Luna. I hang it close to the Christmas tree in hopes that she will use it instead of playing in the Christmas tree. She has broken many pretty bulbs so far.
The scratcher came with cat nip, and that makes Luna even crazier. http://www.imperialcat.com/
This is Luna. She looks innocent, doesn't she?
This is Luna pretending to be asleep under the Christmas tree after she broke four bulbs. She might be on Santa's naughty list this year.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
National Puppy Day is March 21st. Why not celebrate your four-legged furry pal by giving them a special treat? Bil-Jac's dog treats are made with nothing but real meat with zero chemicals or fillers.
My puppy is seven months old. His name is Vader. He is full of life and energy. I needed to find some treats that would help me in my quest for training this extremely wild little guy.
I was worried about something I had heard on the news about dog treats that have been making dogs sick because of harmful chemicals and additives. In fact, many dogs were dying. I was thrilled to get the chance to review Bil-Jac dog treats. I received samples of Little-Jacs and Gooberlicious dog treats for Vader.
Bil-Jac Little-Jacs Small Dog Training Treats are ideal for smaller dogs’ mouths, and dogs find it delicious like our other training treats! Feed some to your dog today.
Chicken Liver, Chicken
Dogs agree, these delicious and nutty treats are perfect every day! Give your dog loving attention and Bil-Jac Gooberlicious Dog Treats – there's nothing better. Made with real peanut butter.
Chicken Liver, Chicken, Peanut Butter
My Experience: Not only do I trust Bil-Jac dog treats to be healthful and nutritious for my dog, Vader really loves them! So far, I have trained him to go into his kennel at night by tempting him with a tasty treat, and we have taught him to 'sing' for a snack. This is just the beginning. Thanks to great treats from Bil-Jac, I am certain Vader will be performing many new tricks!
To learn more about Bil-Jac go to: http://www.bil-jac.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Keep Your Pets Healthy and Happy in the New Year!
If you love your pets as much as I love mine, then you definitely want what is best for them. I have two dogs and a cat. My dog, Banner is a black lab and he is nine years old. Our pup, Vader is a husky/lab mix and he is six months old. My kitty is three years old and does not really have a name, so we call her "Kitty." Not very original, is it? Anyway, I adore my pets. Nothing makes me happier than to know that they are healthy and happy. That begins with their food. It is scary to know that there are so many chemicals in pet foods and treats nowadays. It is hard to figure out what is good for them sometimes. That is why I have come to trust certain brands in the proper care for my pets.
For my dogs, I love to feed them Spring Naturals Grain Free Beef Dinner. Ever since we have tried it, it has definitely become one of their favorites.
Grain Free Beef Dinner (with chickpeas, carrots & berries)
This completely balanced, grain free recipe contains a savory blend of real beef, whole vegetables and whole fruits. It's designed to provide no-compromise nutrition for dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds.
- Real beef is the first ingredient, plus a unique combination of protein sources like whole chickpeas, green peas and eggs
- No beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or fish meals of any kind
- No wheat, gluten, corn, soy, by-products, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
Purchase at: http://www.springnaturals.com
A very healthy and happy Banner!
Just like us humans, dogs need their daily vitamins to keep up their ever abounding energy levels. My dogs absolutely love Canine Complete Soft Chews.
Wholistic Canine Complete™ soft chews are a super-premium soft chew that provides your pet with a complete array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, powerful antioxidants, and digestive microflora! High bioavailability is ensured by the use of pure, organic, whole-food sources. Not only does Wholistic Canine Complete™ soft chews offer all required nutrients in a whole-food form that is easily and readily digestable, but it offers the highest quality of premium ingredients! No other supplement comes close in offering the quality and quantity of nutrients that are a staple of the Wholistic Pet Organics® full line of supplements and food.
Purchase at: www.WholisticPetOrganics.com
Braxton and Vader (when Vader was tiny. He's grown a lot since then.)
A treat for a humans is often an ice cream cone, or a lollipop, right? Have you ever heard of a lickeable treat for your canine companion? They love to lick things, don't they? My dogs absolutely love their Lickety Stik Gel by PetSafe. We use it as a reward for them when they learn new tricks.
New Lickety Stik Gel gives dogs a delicious gel treat with added health and oral benefits. Choose from five gels to support health and well-being or three breath freshening gels. The gel comes in an easy-to-use bottle-- just twist the dial to dispense the gel and give your dog just the amount he needs. It's the perfect low-calorie treat, with only 1 calorie in every 10 licks.
Purchase at: www.PetSafe.net
When it comes to choosing treats for your pets, you can never be too careful. I have read many scary articles about pets getting sick and even dying because of unsafe pet treats. Sometimes you just do not know what is actually in some pet treats. I trust Whole Life pet treats for my dogs. Whole Life Pet Treats are the highest quality, best tasting, safest pet treats on earth. My dogs love them!
Pioneering the Farm to Friend concept, Whole Life’s iconic striped bags are made from pure meat, fish or cheese and contain only one ingredient with nothing artificial.
Purchase at: http://www.wholelifepet.com
As for my Kitty, she is just so adorable and sweet! She certainly deserves the best foods and treats available. I wouldn't want anything but the best for my furry feline.
Look at my Kitty hiding in the pool table!!
One of the treats my cat loves are the Healthy Medleys for cats. My cat is usually a very picky kitty, but she really enjoys these treats!
Bravo! Healthy Medley Turkey for Cats is an assortment of freeze-dried turkey breast, heart, gizzard & liver, a gourmet selection for your feline friend. Bite-sized pieces are dried to preserve natural flavors and textures. High protein treats are the perfect snack or meal enhancer for cats and small dogs. All natural with no preservatives or artificial flavorings. Made in the USA.
Purchase at: www.BravoRawDiet.com
Show your cat just how special she is. The new Feline Lickety Stik lickable cat treat gives cats a special treat without the unwanted mess or extra calories. It’s easy and fun for your cat to lick the treat-dispensing rollerball-- you hold, she licks!
Purchase at: www.PetSafe.net
To keep my cat healthy, I give her her daily vitamins. She loves Feline Complete Soft Chews! She eagerly gobbles them down, so I am assuming they are delicious.
A super-premium supplement that provides your pet with a complete array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, powerful antioxidants, and digestive microflora! High bioavailability is ensured by the use of pure, organic, whole-food sources. If you are tired of using several different supplements in the never-ending quest for optimum nutrition for your pet, then look no further. Not only does Wholistic Feline Complete™ offer all required nutrients in a whole-food form that is easily and readily digestable, but it offers the highest quality of premium ingredients! No other supplement comes close in offering the quality and quantity of nutrients that are a staple of the Wholistic Pet Organics® full line of supplements and food.
Purchase at: http://www.thewholisticpet.com/
Another favorite treat I have discovered for my cat that she really loves is Whole Life treats for cats, especilally the white meat chicken breast!
Pure organic breast meat chicken, gently steamed, sliced then freeze dried to perfection removing moisture while concentrating flavor, aroma and nutrition.
Whole Life freeze dried organic chicken breast treats are low in fat, calories and carbs making them an ideal healthy snack for both dogs and cats. Their single ingredient formula provides pure protein without fillers, chemicals, additives or preservatives.
We use USDA certified organic hormone free, antibiotic free white meat chicken breast sourced from Coleman Chicken in Golden. CO. Our freeze dried chicken is unique in color, texture and especially flavor. The attention to detail during every step of our process produces a crisp treat that can be broken into bite size pieces making them easy to use for any size or age dog and cat. You can also crumble them over your pet’s food adding nutrition and excitement to every meal. Freeze dried treats can be quickly rehydrated in warm water to produce a soft meaty texture ideal for older pets or those that have difficulty with hard treats.
Purchase at: http://wholelifepet.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.