A Guide to Halo for Your Adopted Pet
Many pets that end up in shelters have been poorly cared for and had poor nutrition. Some are too fat, some are too thin and many have been malnourished by not eating well-balanced food intended for their species. This is the right time to transition your new pet to Halo1.
The quality of ingredients a pet eats and the quality of its environment are the foundations of excellent health and well-being. Halo uses only the highest quality ingredients and supports a healthy holistic lifestyle by providing:
- Natural pet food—Halo foods contain no synthetic chemicals, artificial colors or preservatives and never contain rendered meats (such as "chicken meal" or "lamb meal") that are considered "unfit for human consumption". The right food can help eliminate problems with allergies, intestinal problems, obesity, diabetes and other food-related diseases.
- Supplements—while Halo foods are well-balanced for achieving optimal health, daily supplements are still recommended. Some newly adopted pets will have picky or poor appetites or other pets in the household may challenge them for food—resulting in your adoptive pet not receiving adequate nutrients. Supplements act as a daily nutrient insurance policy that your adopted pet is getting everything he requires every day. Even if a pet is eating a high quality diet in adequate amounts, the additional nutrients coming from supplements may benefit many age-related conditions. For example, supplemental fatty acids (Dream Coat) can improve skin suppleness and minimize itchiness and shedding. Vitamin B (Vitamin Mineral Mix and Daily Greens) may help counter fatigue and improve appetite and vitamin C (Xtra-C) enhances immune function.
- Healthy treats—All of Halo's treats are a healthy hit! The Liv-a-Littles meat protein treats make great lean treats for training and the line of functional treats offer the benefits of a supplement while still being "just a treat". These treats are low in calories and high in nutritional value as well as provide antioxidants, vitamins and/or fatty acids that may be beneficial in a number of conditions (skin and hair coat problems, arthritis, kidney disease, etc). It is important that owners don't "over-treat" which can lead to problems with obesity. Read my articles on Smart Treating for cats and dogs.
- Natural chemical-free grooming aids—it is important to get your new pet started on a grooming and bathing routine. Products like Halo Herbal Shampoo with natural botanicals oils and extracts do not strip your pets skin and coat of vital oils and leaves no harsh chemical residue. Learn how to properly clean your pets ears and eyes and how Halo Herbal Ear Wash and Herbal Eye Wash are an important part of weekly maintenance.
- Stain remover—keep your home free of harsh chemicals. If your adopted pet has an accident, Halo's Holisticlean Super Stain and Odor Remover can come to the rescue. It is made with natural enzymes and biodegradable cleaners that completely eliminate pet stains and odors and is SAFE to use in areas where pets live and sleep.
1Continue feeding the diet that your pet was on at the shelter for 1-2 weeks before beginning the diet transition to Halo. Read my article at http://www.halopets.com/pet-education/pet-articles/transitioning-to-spots-stew.html about transitioning the diet properly.
Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM, ,is a renowned, board-certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist who has practiced at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and other leading institutions. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Donna has written and lectured extensively on topics including nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, kidney failure and respiratory disease. She is widely recognized for her role as consulting veterinarian to HALO, Purely for Pets, her TV appearances with Ellen DeGeneres and her widely-quoted pet health advice in print and on radio. Dr. Donna performs medical, nutrition and weight loss consultations for dogs and cats through her web-based veterinary consulting service, www.SpectorDVM.com.