Thanksgiving Pet Safety


11.08.2016 | 02:37 pm

Orange, yellow and red leaves line the streets, you know what that means, it’s almost Thanksgiving! And while you check your guest list and count your serving utensils, don’t forget about your pets.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition of food and family, but for your four-legged family members, it can present hazards. While Great Aunt Mabel preps her famous sweet potato casserole, Max and Fluffy can get into the trash behind her back and get dangerously sick. Think of the traditional Thanksgiving foods, there’s fatty turkey trimmings – hello upset tummy! There’s cranberry sauce (loaded with sugar), dressing with onions, and other foods that can turn your Thanksgiving into an evening at the emergency vet.

Top Thanksgiving Hazards for Pets

1. Fatty foods – Turkey skin is fatty. If you or a well-meaning guest give your dog turkey skin, your dog could develop a painful condition known as pancreatitis. It doesn’t take much either. Some dogs have sickened and even died from ingesting a small amount.

Other foods that are dangerous are onions, raisins, grapes and chocolate. Better to stick with Holistic Select pet food and treats.

If you have guests who may be inclined to “share” with your four legged friends, please encourage them otherwise.

2. Trash – Whether it’s a tempting turkey carcass or a pile of scraps, the lure of the garbage may be too much for even the best-behaved pets to handle. It’s a good idea to exercise your pet management skills by either keeping your pets safely out of food prep areas or keeping the trash out of reach.

3. Decorations – Lighted candles, crepe paper, and other decorations can prove hazardous to your pet’s health if they’re of the mind to chew on anything available or haven’t yet learned about fire. Keep an eye on them when they’re around and be alert for any unusual behavior.

4. Be Aware of Poisoning Symptoms – Gastrointestinal upsets like vomiting or diarrhea are common symptoms of poisoning. This can occur when your pet has ingested things like chocolate, raisins, onions and other foods their bodies aren’t equipped to digest. From toxicity to severe gastrointestinal problems to blockages caused by splintered bones, the Thanksgiving table is rife with potential pet hazards.

If you suspect your pet ate something he or she shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian immediately.

5. Crowds – Like people, some pets are fine with crowds while others would prefer the safety of a quiet place away from the noise. You know your pets the best. If they’re used to having the run of the house, you might choose to allow that but if they seem stressed or nervous around visiting toddlers, then you can escort your pets to peace and quiet.

6. Road Trips – If a road trip to Grandma’s is in your future, make sure your pets have secure kennels to ride in. Roaming pets can lead to distracted driving which can lead to traffic accidents.  Flying has its own rules of course and they vary by airline so you’ll want to check with them.
Now that you know these top Thanksgiving pet safety tips, exercise a little precaution when it comes to your pets and let your biggest concern be a perfectly cooked turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!
Trash – Whether it’s a tempting turkey carcass or a pile of “scraps,” the lure of the garbage may be too much for even the best-behaved pets to handle. It’s a good idea to exercise your “pet management” skills by either keeping your pets safely out of food prep areas or keeping the trash well out of reach – probably behind a cupboard door.

National Pet Diabetes Month


11.08.2016 | 12:59 pm

National Pet Diabetes Month was created to bring awareness to the disease in pets and to help pet owners properly treat animals with the disease. Type I Diabetes is most commonly found in dogs, and it is caused by a lack of insulin made by the body. Type II is more common in cats, and it is caused by the body not producing enough insulin to be used by the body. With Type II animals are able to produce some insulin, making this type less severe. Animals can live well with diabetes as long as it is treated properly. If the disease isn’t treated, both Type I and Type II diabetes can be fatal. It is crucial for pet owners to know what causes diabetes, common signs of the disease and preventative measures in order to care for their pets in the best way possible.

Causes of Diabetes

Pet diabetes is on the rise, and as many as one in ten dogs are now diagnosed with the diseases. Studies have found a direct correlation between obesity and diabetes among animals. Older pets are more prone to be diagnosed with diabetes. By ensuring pets live a healthy, active lifestyle from a young age, pet owners can do their part in helping prevent diabetes in their cat or dog.

Common Signs of Pet Diabetes

Many pet owners are not aware that their cat or dog has diabetes, but there are a few behaviors can be warning signs that an animal is diabetic. Frequent urination, fatigue and excessive thirst are all signs of pet diabetes. By pinpointing the signs and addressing them, pet owners are able to change their pet’s world for the better. This disease can be extremely dangerous if it is not treated, so if a pet owner witnesses any of these symptoms in their animal, it is best to visit a veterinarian immediately.

Preventative Measures

Just like with humans, diabetes can sometimes be managed with a healthy diet and exercise. Although there is no clear answer how to avoid diabetes in pets, many preventative measures have proven to help combat this disease. Eliminating processed foods, preservatives and chemicals in a pet’s food puts less stress on the animal’s pancreas and digestive tract, allowing the pet to create more insulin naturally. Pet owners can also make sure their animals are partaking in a sufficient amount of exercise. Creating a healthy lifestyle for a cat or dog can reduce or terminate a pet’s need for insulin injections.

Caring for a Pet with Diabetes

Similar to humans, a cat or dog’s diabetes can be managed with insulin. Insulin is a hormone that assists the body in storing and using glucose. Extremely high glucose levels (hyperglycemia) and extremely low glucose levels (hypoglycemia) can have harmful long-term effects on pets. Monitoring for signs of diabetes, weighing a pet often and regularly testing a pet’s glucose level are all essential treatment methods when caring for a pet with diabetes. As long as diabetes is closely monitored and treated properly, pets with the disease can live and a long and happy life.

At Holistic Select Pet Food, we are dedicated to producing the healthiest food possible for animals. Help your pet live healthy life by incorporating Holistic Select Pet Food into your cat or dog’s diet.

Favorite Outdoor Fall Activities with Your Pet


09.26.2016 | 03:15 pm

What’s not to love about this time of year? The weather is nice, the colorful leaves are falling and the holidays are right around the corner! You’re not the only one looking forward to this time of year – this can be a fun time of year for your pets as well. Let’s talk about some fun outdoor activities to enjoy with your pet during the fall months.

Take a Hike

The fall is the perfect time to explore some of your favorite hikes, trails, and national parks, so leash up your buddy and get ready for some fun! You and your dog are bound to enjoy the pretty fall foliage and all the great fall scents. Just make sure that your dog is properly treated for ticks and fleas before heading out, and you are on your way to a fun, safe hike!

Have a Doggy Play Date

Depending on where you live, fall can be a bit too chilly at times to enjoy the outdoors. Your dog still needs to get the proper amount of exercise and physical activity on those chilly days. Why not invite a friend to bring their dog over for a little play date action? This can be a lot of fun for both you and your dog and will provide them with a good amount of exercise!

Toss Around the Football

We can’t speak for everyone, but for some people fall means FOOTBALL! So, get in the spirit and toss a football around with your dog in the park or the backyard. Sure, he can’t throw it back or score a touchdown, but he surely will love being on the receiving end. For smaller dogs you can even throw a small, plush football around instead.

Head to the Pumpkin Patch

Fall means pumpkin everything, right? Head to a pumpkin patch in your area and bring your dog along with you {as long as it is dog-friendly}. Let your dog help you pick out the perfect pumpkins to adorn your house with. This would also be a good time to snap some cute fall photos of your dog posing beside the prettiest pumpkin of the patch! Did you know that many dogs actually enjoy the taste of pumpkin? It’s even safe for them to eat! Freeze some all-natural pumpkin mix into ice cubes as a tasty treat. Better yet, try our Holistic Select Drizzles in with Pumpkin, Banana & Yogurt.

Take a Camping Trip

A camping trip is like a dog’s dream come true, and fall is one of the best times of year to do it. Find a dog-friendly camping ground near you and plan a trip. Your dog will love spending quality time with you in the outdoors and you can enjoy unplugging and getting away for the weekend.

Halloween Fun

There are always plenty of pet-friendly community events happening around Halloween. These events are a great opportunity for your dog to get some social interaction and even for you to meet other dog lovers in your community. Start planning early and {if your dog doesn’t mind} find the perfect Halloween costume for both you and your dog to wear to join in on all of the fun!

Fall is such a great time of year to plan fun outdoor activities with your pet. We couldn’t possibly list all of the pet-friendly activities for you to enjoy. The important thing is to get out and spend some quality time with your pet and let them enjoy this time of year as much as the rest of us do. Happy Fall, everyone!

International Assistance Dog Week


08.05.2016 | 10:53 am

You may be most familiar with the concept of guide dogs helping the blind. However, in recent years, assistance dogs are being trained to help the deaf, vets suffering with PTSD, and in many other ways. In fact, dogs can aid, comfort and help people with all manner of physical and mental difficulties. Great assistance dogs are made that way through hours of training. Not unlike great athletes, they train for hours daily until they’re ready to partner with their human. Then the two of them train together.

Marcie Davis is a paraplegic who’s long enjoyed the assistance of her dog Misty.  Dedicated to social justice, Marcie wanted to do something to recognize the importance of these dogs in a larger way. So, she created a week of recognition. The 2nd week of August is International Assistance Dog Week – a chance to raise awareness of the importance of these dogs and the trainers who train them.

In 2016, that week is August 7-13 and it’s a time to acknowledge all that these dogs do for the humans they serve. For those who aren’t part of this world, you may be surprised at the process.

The Training of an Assistance Dog

It starts when they’re puppies. The puppy raiser is an experienced dog handler and commits several hours a week to training the puppy in basic manners – no jumping, sitting, etc.  They’ll attend puppy kindergarten and work closely with an organization like Canine Companions for Independence, who will take over the training when the puppy is  14-16 months old. Next, the pup enters a six-nine month training program.

During the first couple weeks the puppy undergoes a battery of health and temperament tests. If the pup passes all the tests, he continues the rigorous training eventually learning over 40 commands. At any point, during the training, if the dog shows signs of stress, the dog may be released and make someone a great pet.

At the end of the program, the dogs are paired with their recipient and the two train together for several weeks. Depending on the need, the dogs may trained to open doors, bring certain items or alert in case of a seizure. After graduation, there are regular check ins and follow up workshops for both dog and human.

Certain breeds often make for good assistance dogs. You’re probably familiar with German Shepherds, but labs and even standard poodles can make a good assistance dog.  If you’d like to find out more about assistance dogs and maybe even volunteer to raise a puppy, then you can find out more at Paws with a Cause.

National Holistic Pet Day


08.03.2016 | 10:34 am

The term “holistic” has grown in popularity over the past years. As a caring pet parent, you may think of it as a healthy way of life. Which it is, in fact, “holistic” is commonly thought of as an approach that treats the mind, body and spirit.

Holistic health looks at the diet, environment and lifestyle to see if there are opportunities to improve upon it. August 30th is National Holistic Pet Day which is a beautiful chance to consider our pet’s whole health – from nutrition to any chronic conditions.

When it comes to food and health care, we hope that you consider Holistic Select pet food. Your vet may offer natural approaches to health care such as massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care and other noninvasive medical procedures. These are becoming more common for both people and pets.

4 Ways to Help Your Pet Live a More Holistic Life

Keep Your Pet’s Weight Healthy – There remains an epidemic of obese pets and if your pet is one of them, be aware that even a couple of extra pounds can put a lot of stress on Max’s body. Many pets will benefit from more frequent walks for multiple reasons – weight control, increased socialization and more bonding time with you.

Practice Doga – If you practice yoga at home, you know that the minute you roll out your mat, your dogs come running. Let them practice with you! In fact, doga (yoga with your dog) classes are popping up in parks around the country. Look for one near you where you can learn how to incorporate Fido into your downward facing dog.



Regular Grooming
– While you may rely on your groomer to do the heavy lifting, your pet needs the in between maintenance sessions. Regular brushing removes loose and dead hair and keeps tangles to a minimum. There’s another benefit too. If you regularly take a few minutes to run your hands over your pet from nose to tail, you’re more apt to notice any unusual lumps. If you find anything, pay attention to it and make an appointment with your vet to make sure it’s nothing serious.

Nutrition – Diet and nutrition are at the cornerstone of good health. Holistic Select makes foods filled with good for your pet fruits and veggies including salmon, carrots and blueberries.

National Holistic Pet Day was started by Animal advocate Colleen Paige of Animal Miracle Foundation to raise awareness of this integrative approach which can lead to a longer and healthier life span. How will you celebrate this year?

Ways to Treat Your Pet’s Skin Allergies


07.06.2016 | 10:02 am

Unlike humans, pets don’t wear socks, shoes, or clothing to protect their skin. Although humans are exposed to the same allergens as their pets, our skin is far more protected and disinfected (because we bathe regularly to remove these allergens). Because pets lack the same protection as humans, allergens tend to cling to their skin and coat. Identifying whether or not your pet has a skin allergy can be difficult to pinpoint. A few indications your pet may be suffering from skin allergies is: scratching and rubbing, skin rashes, skin thickening or color changes, hair loss from biting and chewing, and an unusual odor. All of these symptoms can be caused by environmental allergies which can typically be treated multiple ways. Here are a few tips to help you figure out the best option to help your pet through this rough patch.

Bathing & Grooming:

Do you allow your cat to roam the neighborhood? Have you caught your dog digging holes in the backyard? Pets love to explore and sometimes this includes getting dirty. After your pet enters the home from outside, make sure to wipe down their coat with a damp cloth to remove potential allergens. A bathing routine can be highly effective because this can help to remove allergens that collect on the skin and in the fur. Leave-on conditioners, medicated shampoos, and ointments can help tame the allergens and at the least eliminate the itch.

Clean your home:

How often do you clean your home? This a question pet owners need to answer honestly when faced with pet skin allergens. Maintaining a sterile environment, can keep your pets healthy and happy. Sweep, vacuum, and mop throughout the week and don’t forget to wash pet bedding.

Immunotherapy:

Would you consider taking your pet to therapy to help with their skin allergies? If so, immunotherapy may be the solution. Immunotherapy is the process in which a pet undergoes a desensitization period using specific allergens to desensitize a pet to the proteins.

As a responsible pet owner, the health of your pet should be top priority. Addressing issues such as skin allergies can improve the life of your pet substantially. While the treatment of skin allergies is important, so is the food that you feed your pets. Holistic Select is dedicated to providing natural and healthy food to assist your pets in leading a healthy and natural lifestyle. Check out our history of leading in nutritional excellence for pets.

Have you considered supplements? Fatty acid supplements can be used for the purpose of reducing skin inflammation as well as the use of antihistamines which have few side effects when compared to other therapies. Antihistamines are typically taken with other medications because some pets don’t respond to this treatment alone. However, consult your veterinarian before giving your pets any medication. In some cases, pets skin conditions cannot be controlled by the above approaches and their quality of life may suffer unless intensive drug therapy is initiated

Spring Spirit Pet Photo Contest Winners


06.17.2016 | 08:25 pm

As the sunshine and warm weather creeps back into our lives, we asked our fans to capture their favorite moments of  pets showcasing their spring spirit. After reviewing hundreds of submissions, the results are in and we’re happy to announce a grand prize winner who’ll receive a 1-year-supply of Holistic Select Pet Food and 3 runner’s-up. Drum roll please…

Spring Spirit Grand Prize Winner

Terra- Sierra Vista, AZ

Runner’s-Up

Kodah- Toronto

Cooper- Charlotte, NC

Lola- Fredericksburg, VA

Thank you to all of those who submitted!

Food Allergy Action Month


05.19.2016 | 10:13 am

In people, food allergy symptoms usually include a tingly sensation and a itching of the throat. For pets, food allergy symptoms include itchy skin, chronic ear infections, and frequent hot spots, as well as the licking and chewing on feet.

If your pet shows any of these symptoms, it’s a good time to reevaluate what you’re feeding. After all, May is Food Allergy Action month. Your veterinarian can run tests on your pet but it can be tough to pinpoint the exact allergy triggers simply because allergies develop over time. You can feed your pet the same food for years but when you notice him chewing his paws or random hot spots, it’s time to take a look at his diet.

What Causes Food Allergies?

Medical professionals say allergies are triggered as a result of the body’s immune system going into overdrive. Essentially, your pet eats something that his body “thinks” is a problem and overwhelms the body with chemicals to “fix” it. It’s a hypersensitivity to the food source. Proteins like chicken and beef as well as wheat or gluten are common allergens for dogs. These food allergies typically develop over time which is why your pet can be eating the same food for years and then start displaying the symptoms. That makes it tricky for both uncovering the exact trigger as well as treating it.

How to Treat for a Food Allergy

You may have heard of the elimination diet. Just like it sounds, you eliminate everything you can from your pet’s diet and try a new food.

For example, you can try a food that includes a protein that your pet has never eaten. These are often called “novel proteins” – Venison, bison and lamb often fall into this category. You may also want to avoid wheat & grains in your pet’s food and treats by checking out grain-free recipes. Holistic Select offers grain-free recipes.

  • Choose a food your pet has never eaten with a different protein source – for example, if your pet usually eats chicken based food, choose salmon. Make sure your pet’s treats fit within the new approach as well.
  • Make sure everyone in the family is on board with this test. If anyone is sneaking your pet treats or people food that’s not on the diet, you won’t have a pure test.
  • Allow enough time, it can take 10 – 18 weeks to see a difference
  • Keep a notebook – times that you feed your pet, any reactions (or not), write it all down.
You may have to try this more than once, each time eliminating a protein source, or a grain or other ingredients you find common. Proteins and wheat are the typical triggers so it makes sense to start there.
If you keep notes about the food you feed, then you’ll have an easier time distinguishing if your pet’s symptoms improve or worsen.
We hope you find a solution. Check out Holistic Select’s offerings of dry and wet food that contain different proteins and are available in grain-free options.
Choose a food your pet has never eaten with a different protein source – for example, if your pet usually eats chicken based food, choose salmon. Make sure your pet’s treats fit within the new approach as well.
Make sure everyone in the family is on board with this test. If anyone is sneaking your pet treats or people food that’s not on the diet, you won’t have a pure test.
Allow enough time, it can take 10 – 18 weeks to see a difference
Keep a notebook – times that you feed your pet, any reactions (or not), write it all down.

World Veterinary Day


04.27.2016 | 08:49 am

World Veterinary Day is celebrated each year on the last Saturday in April. The World Veterinary Association initiated the recognition of this day in the year 2000 in order to bring attention to the many ways that veterinarians contribute to the health of both animals and humans around the world. What has your veterinarian done for you and your four-legged friends lately? Chances are they have done a lot more than you may think. Let’s talk about some big reasons why the veterinarians of the world deserve to be celebrated.

6 Reasons to Celebrate Your Veterinarian

They provide quality care for your beloved pet.
For many of us, our pets are considered to be members of our own family and just as we would any family member, we expect only the best possible care for our pets. Finding a veterinarian that you love and that provides your pet with the quality care that he deserves is like striking gold!
  1. They provide quality care for your beloved pet. For many of us, our pets are considered members of our family and just as we would any family member, we expect only the best possible care for our pets. Finding a veterinarian that you love and who provides your pet with the quality care that he deserves is like striking gold!
  2. They remind you about important health screening updates for your pet. Life gets busy sometimes, am I right? It can be difficult to remember when your pet had their last health screening or routine vaccinations, especially when you have multiple pets. A good veterinarian takes on the responsibility of remembering when your pet is due for certain screenings and vaccinations and sends you a reminder when it’s time to schedule your pet’s next visit. Thank goodness for good veterinarians!
  3. They can help you choose the proper diet for your pet. Pet owners are starting to pay more attention to what they feed their pets (and rightfully so)! Your pet’s diet has a huge impact on their overall health and your veterinarian can help you find the diet that will provide optimal nutrition for your pet, helping them to live longer and healthier lives.
  4. You trust them with your pet’s life. Let’s be honest – how many people can you say this about? When it comes to your pet’s health, you pretty much hand the key over to your veterinarian. Obviously, no one knows your pet as well as you do, but when you sense that something is off, your veterinarian is the one who has dedicated themselves to diagnosing and treating the problem at hand. Veterinarians save the lives of our pets every single day!
  5. They have a heart full of compassion for animals.  Us animal lovers have to stick together – wouldn’t you agree? Feeling a strong compassion towards animals is likely what inspired your veterinarian to do what they do, and for most veterinarians, their job doesn’t stop at treating the pets that come into their office. Many veterinarians also dedicate themselves to animal advocacy all around the globe.
  6. They always have the answers that you need. This is true for all pet owners, but can be especially true for new pet owners. How many times have you had a question about something related to your pet (especially a new pet) and called your veterinarian? There is a reason why people always say ‘consult with your veterinarian’ before doing certain things – it’s because they always have an answer to help you out and ease your mind.
Finding the right veterinarian for you and your pet can prove to be challenging – you don’t always find the right fit immediately. So, finding a veterinarian that both you and your pet feel connected to is reason enough to celebrate World Veterinary Day! How are you celebrating this year?

Celebrate Earth Day with Your Pets


04.22.2016 | 10:41 am

Maybe you consider yourself pretty environmentally friendly. We’ve heard of pet parents who compost their pet’s waste in order to reduce their carbon paw print. If so, kudos to you. Other pet parents would like a few pointers on selecting eco-friendly and pet friendly, landscaping materials.

Where ever you are in your environmental awareness, Earth Day on April 22 is a good opportunity to celebrate the world we live in. Spring has arrived and with it the promise of outdoor activities and a beautiful summer ahead.

So go ahead, participate in one or all 5 of the below ideas to make the world a little better for you and your pets.

7 Ways to Create a Greener Environment for You and Your Pets

  • Clean Out Your Linen Closet — Those tattered towels and threadbare sheets can provide second life as crate liners for your dog. If you’re a crafty sort, you might even rip a towel into several pieces and braid them together for a chew toy for your dog. You’ve just found a new use for an old item. Still have towels and linens left over? Drop them off at a local animal shelter. They’re usually happy to have something soft to put in the kennels.
  • Skip the Clumping Kitty Litter – Clay litters have two problems, one is that it contains silica which is a known carcinogen. When your cat scratches in the box, she stirs up the litter and fragments of the silica drift about and she breathes it in. You do too. The other concern is that clay mining destroys the land around it and it’s dangerous. Eco-friendly litter alternatives include newspaper, pine pellets and litters made of corn or wheat.
  • Eco-Friendly toys – Skip the toys made of PVC and other questionable materials. It’s far better for your pet and the environment to either make chew toys like we mentioned above with old towels or to buy fabric toys – preferably made of organic cotton. That lessens the risk that your dog will ingest dangerous plastic items and the eco-friendly toys will usually last longer.
  • Buy in Bulk – Larger bags and cans mean less packaging which leads to less waste. As long as you can use the food before it goes stale, it’s environmentally friendly to go big.
  • Eco-Friendly Flea and Tick Prevention – 30 years ago, it was common to take your pet in to the vet for a flea and tick dip where they’d be bathed in a toxic chemical bath designed to kill fleas and ticks. Now, we realize that those toxins get into the bloodstream of our pets and many pet parents reach for a less toxic solution.
  • Feed High-Quality Food and Treats– If you’re reading this, you probably understand the value and benefit of feeding your pet a high quality diet such as Holistic Select. They get better nutrition and you skip worrying about potential contaminated products.
  • Pet-Friendly Mulch – If you like to spend time gardening, your pets probably accompany you. Depending on their activity levels, they may romp around and chew on things they shouldn’t. It’s a good idea to make sure you’re using pet-safe mulch so you can avoid a trip to the veterinary hospital. Rubber, natural wood, cedar, and leaves are all safe mulch alternatives. Pine needles are ok unless you have an avid chewer as the needles can penetrate the delicate stomach lining. If you have dogs, you’ll want to avoid cocoa mulch because it’s a derivative of the cocoa plant. This chocolatey smelling mulch has theobromine which is the active ingredient in chocolate that can be toxic to dogs.

Which of these pet friendly earth day (and every day) suggestions will you incorporate into your life this spring and what would you add?

Rubber, natural wood, cedar, and leaves are all safe mulch alternatives. Pine needles are ok unless you have an avid chewer as the needles can penetrate the delicate stomach lining.
If you have dogs, you’ll want to avoid cocoa mulch because it’s a derivative of the cocoa plant. This chocolatey smelling mulch has theobromine which is the active ingredient in chocolate that can be toxic to dogsRubber, natural wood, cedar, and leaves are all safe mulch alternatives. Pine needles are ok unless you have an avid chewer as the needles can penetrate the delicate stomach lining. If you have dogs, you’ll want to avoid cocoa mulch because it’s a derivative of the cocoa plant. This chocolatey smelling mulch has theobromine which is the active ingredient in chocolate that can be toxic to dogs.