How WellPet is Helping Texas in Hurricane Harvey Aftermath


09.06.2017 | 07:07 pm

The people and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey are just starting the long, overwhelming process of recovering and rebuilding. Like so many others across the nation, the team at WellPet was inspired to offer support to those in need as quickly as possible. The team has come together to lend a hand in a few different ways:

Donating Food

In the days following Harvey, we reached out to a variety of people in our network to see which shelters needed the most urgent support to keep displaced pets fed. So far, we’ve donated about 45 pallets of dog and cat food to a variety of Texas shelters including Austin Pets Alive, Fort Bend County Animal Services, Richmond SPCA and Cassie’s Place.

Donating Money

Through our WellPet Foundation, we’re donating $10,000.00, split between the American Red Cross and Austin Pets Alive. WellPet is also matching up to an additional $5,000 in donations to these organizations based on employee contributions.

Donating Time

We have also looked into volunteer opportunities for WellPet employees in Texas. In the coming weeks, a group of WellPet volunteers will travel to Texas once we confirm where we can best help out. WellPet is generously covering all associated employee travel fees as well as accommodating time off. If you know of a community in Texas in need of volunteers, please email us at info@wellpet.com.

Donating Love & Shelter

As passionate pet parents, one of the ways we’re prepared to help is with shelter and love for displaced pets, either through fostering or adoption. We’re working with Yellow Rose Animal Rescue and Seer Farms who are currently in the process of re-locating animals out of Texas to New England to make more room in the shelters inundated with rescues. We hope to be able to share some of our foster stories in the weeks and months to come.

Tough times like these help remind us that we’re all in it together. In what ways have you or your employers been lending a hand during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey?

What Pet Behaviors Actually Mean


07.12.2017 | 02:29 pm

Like people, pets have thoughts and emotions, and also like humans, pets have many not-so-straightforward ways of communicating those thoughts and feelings. If you’ve ever had your hand mauled after your cat seemingly invited you for a belly rub or observed your dog marching in circles before lying down, there’s actually a logical explanation for that (and other) peculiar pet behaviors.

What It Means When Cats Show Their Bellies

To humans, a cat’s furry tummy looks like an invitation for an affectionate scratch; however, for many felines, the exposed tummy is actually a defensive pose. The cat is positioning himself to use his hind legs and claws for battle. Note that kittens raised on affectionate belly rubs don’t necessarily see tummy scratches as opportunities for attack.

Why Do Cats Bite During a Pet?

Speaking of seemingly irrational times when cats attack, cat owners occasionally get bitten during a perfectly normal petting session. One minute, you’re stroking Mittens; the next, Mittens has nipped (hard) at your hand and is staring loathsomely from across the room.

Cats do this when they’re overstimulated and are ready to end the hands-on affection. Get to know your cat’s threshold for stimulation and remember when they’re tired of being adored, no means no.

Why Do Cats Glare and Blink?

If a cat has ever stared at you and slowly blinked like a plotting super villain, they aren’t planning to punish you for running out of the good cat food. They’re actually communicating trust and affection. The slow blinks are referred to as “kitty kisses” by researchers.

What’s Up with Cat Freak Outs?

One of the strangest cat behaviors is when they leap up from a dead sleep and erratically run amok. No, the cat hasn’t been bitten nor are they insane. This sudden explosion of energy stems from their wild ancestry. Wild cats hunt multiple times a day; domestic cats rest a lot, but they still have energy that needs to be burned; hence, the need to “go nuts” every so often.

Why Do Dogs Bark?

As peculiar as cats are, dogs have their own share of misunderstood activities. Barking is one of those things. In fact, barking can mean many things such as:

  • Boredom or loneliness
  • Wanting something
  • Confusion
  • Fear

The length, pitch, and frequency of the bark are indicators of the message. For example, a fast-paced yip could be your dog saying, “I want!” Meanwhile, a loud, crisp bark or two could indicate newcomers and anxiety.

Why Do Dogs Yawn and Lick Their Noses?

We might assume dog yawns mean tiredness and nose-licking is just an overzealous lip-lick; however, both of these behaviors are calming signals, which means your dog might be stressed. Keep an eye out for these signs, so you can provide extra comfort during stressful situations.

Why Do Dogs Circle Before Lying Down?

Dogs that circle aren’t indecisive. They’re doing what they’re programmed to do. Prehistoric canines would circle to make nests and to drive away pests before going to sleep in the wild. Your dog is just indulging his “wild” side.

Why Must Dogs Sniff Each Other’s Bottoms?

Sniffing another dog’s bottom is one of the most peculiar dog behaviors. While scientists don’t know what dogs find out about one another from this sniff-and-greet, they do know the behavior stems from primal instinct and that dogs have certain odors that provide information to other dogs.

Pets can be peculiar, and like humans, each one is different. Spend lots of time with your pet and get to know what his behaviors mean, so you can take great care of him.

While you might need to do a little observational study to understand your pet’s behaviors, it’s a no brainer that the best diet for your pet’s physical, mental, and emotional health is one made with all natural ingredients, like those made by Holistic Select.

Pet BBQ Do’s & Don’ts


06.28.2017 | 10:55 am

Summer is coming, so bring on the backyard BBQs, right? There’s nothing like the camaraderie of being outdoors, enjoying fire-grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, of mopping up puddles of BBQ sauce with a slice of white bread, or of eating corn right off the cob. Memories are made watching children and puppy dogs bound through sprinklers at these fun summer events. To ensure every summer BBQ moment you have this summer is magical, make sure you know what the summer BBQ pet do’s & don’ts are.

Don’t Let Your Pet Near the Grill

What’s a backyard BBQ without firing up the grill? Let’s be honest…food tastes better when it’s grilled; however, grills pose a danger for cats and dogs. Whether you’re cooking on a gas, propane, or charcoal grill, open flames are dangerous and it’s important to keep the grill monitored at all times.

A curious cat can easily burn a paw (or worse) trying to bat a hotdog off the burner. Meanwhile, pouncing pups have been known to become injured (and even to knock over the entire grill) leaping to pull off a nibble while the grill master’s back is turned.  Pets and humans alike can sustain injuries when grills are left unattended.

Do Keep Your Trashcan Covered

The outdoor trashcan collects a lot of rubbish from lighter fluid to bamboo skewers to meat wrappers to matches and everything in between. The lure of an open trashcan is almost too much for any dog to resist; however, your dog can’t differentiate between a meat wrapper that has lighter fluid on it versus one that doesn’t. Choking and illness are very possible when the trashcan is left open.

Do Use a Natural Insect Repellent

Humans and pets alike need to avoid insect bites during the summer (especially dogs as heartworms are carried by mosquitoes); however, repellents containing DEET are harmful to dogs. Consult your vet for something that’s pet-friendly; for example, Avon’s Skin So Soft bath oil is a known insect repellent and is recommended by many veterinarians.

Don’t Feed Your Pet These Foods from Your Plate

When the grilling is finished and it’s time to eat, it can be tempting to give your dog a nibble from your plate; however, many BBQ staples can do extreme harm to your pet.

  • If you give a dog a bone, you run a serious risk of damaging your dog’s internal organs. Cooked bones break up easier; the shards can be very dangerous once ingested.
  • Alliums (onions, garlics, chives, etc.) are known to be poisonous to dogs and will make your pet sick.
  • Corn on the cob is a choking hazard for dogs or, if ingested, can cause bowel obstruction.

That said, there are some foods that are safe—just make sure they aren’t still hot when you serve them. Such foods include:

  • Hotdogs cut into pieces
  • Grilled sweet peppers, zucchini or sweet potato
  • Lean chicken, fish, or steak (spare the spice rub, though)
  • Chilled seedless watermelon

So, there are ways for your pet to enjoy the spoils of the BBQ without getting sick; however, it’s best to advise your guests in advance what your dog can and cannot eat as well as to train your pet not to beg or to jump on the table.

Do Have a Good Time

When you know how to have a safe time at a BBQ, you can easily have a fun time. By keeping the water bowl full, feeding your pet safe snacks, attending to grill safety, and keeping the trashcan closed, you and your pet can make nothing but happy, lasting summer BBQ memories.

Between the BBQs, keep your pet’s diet balanced with Holistic Select natural pet food.

Pet Travel Tips


04.03.2017 | 10:52 am

Springtime is here, which means vacation season is, too. Whether you are planning to head to the beach for Spring Break or to take a summer vacation elsewhere, if you’re a pet owner, you’re also trying to figure if you should arrange a sitter, kennel, or bring your pet along? There are pros and cons to each of these decisions; however, if you decide to bring your pet along, make sure to plan and be prepared to ensure a stress-free pet travel experience.

Make Sure Your Destination is Pet Friendly

This may sound like common sense, but make sure your accommodations are pet-friendly. Your destination should be as well; you do not want to take your dog on vacation with you and end up leaving them in the hotel or vacation house the entire trip; they will get lonely and might do property damage given the unfamiliar environment.

Note that if you are going to beach, you shouldn’t take for granted that all beaches are dog friendly; many are not. Make sure to check where dogs can and cannot go. After all, even if your dog cannot frolic on the beach, they might be able to run along nature trails, through parks, and around lakes.

Prep for a Long Car Ride

If your trip is going to be a long one, you need to get your dog used to riding in the car if they are not already; take a few rides around town beforehand to help your dog acclimate to the car. Additionally, you need to plan regular stops so your dog can run around, eat, and go to the restroom.

Avoid giving in to the temptation to let your pet roam around the car; cats and dogs alike need to be restrained. Wandering pets are distracting and potentially dangerous especially if your cat gets under the driver’s feet or if the dog bounds in to the driver’s field of vision.

Another reason to restrain your pets in the vehicle is that pets can escape when you take quick restroom breaks. The best restraint is one that gives your pet room to move around, to access his or her food and water, and to lie down comfortably.

Plan ahead for Air Travel

If you’re going to fly and you intend to take your pet with you, there are several things you’ll want to do before arriving for takeoff including:

  • Have documentation that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date (contact the airline or look at their website to see what they require.
  • Use a shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to roam, eat, and sleep. It should have some kind of bedding. If you have a small breed, your pet can fly with you and can stay under your seat in a carrier.
  • Label your pet’s carrier with “live animal” as well as proper names, addresses, contact information, etc. Include a photo of your pet in case he or she escapes.

Bring Pet Supplies and Information

Just as you have a packing checklist for you and the family, you should also have a packing checklist for your pet. Make sure you bring:

  • Enough Holistic Select Natural Pet Food
  • Pet treats or snacks
  • Pet bedding
  • Litter box and litter
  • Pet medication and pet medical records (in case of emergency)
  • Pet ID tags
  • Leashes
  • Pet carrier
  • Toy

At the end of your trip, make sure you leave no mess behind. This will ensure you get any pet deposit back and that you are a welcome guest next time you want to travel with your pet.

Holistic Select realizes your pet is part of the family, so we understand why you want to bring your pet on vacation. With planning and patience and making sure your pet’s needs are met, traveling with pets can be a fun, stress-free experience.

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe in the Winter


01.20.2017 | 03:50 pm

Cold weather and icy conditions can be hard on pets. Learn how to make sure your pet is safe and comfortable in the harshest winter weather conditions.

Keep Warm Against Hypothermia & Frost Bite

Imagine if you went outside in the snow or in below-freezing temperatures without your shoes, hat, and gloves on. For pets, the exposure is the same for their paw pads, noses, and ears. Frostbite and hypothermia are sadly very common during extreme cold. To protect your pet:

  • Rub petroleum jelly on your pet’s paw pads to protect against irritating de-icing agents.
  • Keep Walks Short.
  • Bundle your pet in a sweater and booties (and possibly a hat) before walks to help conserve body heat and to protect against de-icing chemicals.
  • Bring a towel along on the walk to wipe away ice balls and any salt or de-icing chemicals that get stuck between his toes.

After a walk, make sure to wipe your pet’s paws and tummy with a damp towel as rock salt and de-icing chemicals can irritate your pet’s feet.

Feed Pets a Winter Diet

During winter, pets that live outdoors burn more energy when outside, while pets that live indoors conserve more energy inside by sleeping more. Adjust your pet’s diet accordingly.

  • Feed outdoor pets more food, so they can stay charged.
  • Keep outdoor pets’ water dishes fresh and flowing. Also, only feed your outdoor pet in plastic containers as their tongues can stick to metal serving dishes.
  • Adjust indoor pets’ foods according to their activity levels to keep them from getting overweight and lethargic in the winter.

Recognize Signs of Hypothermia & Frostbite

If you notice your pet is doing any of the following things that indicate hypothermia, contact your vet or emergency pet care specialist immediately:

  • Slows down or stops moving
  • Shivers, whines, or appears anxious
  • Seems to be weak
  • Seeks a place to burrow for warmth

Signs of frostbite may not show up until the damage is done. Signs of frostbite include:

  • Swelling where frostbite occurred
    Skin discoloration (pale, gray, bluish or blacked / dead skin) where the frostbite occurred
  • Blisters or skin ulcers
  • Coldness or brittleness on affected areas

As with hypothermia, seek medical help immediately. Snow and cold weather can adversely affect your pet’s health, so take appropriate steps to keep them safe when it freezes and snows. Keep them warm when going out for walks, create warm shelters, adjust their diets accordingly, and recognize the signs of danger due to elemental exposure. By doing this, you and your pet will have a safe and happy winter.

One of the ways you can keep your pets safe in snow is by feeding them a diet rich in healthy nutrients so they can maintain a healthy weight and energy level. Holistic Select Natural Pet Food is made with natural ingredients and are full of essential vitamins and nutrients for your pets’ winter 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!