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How WellPet is Helping Texas in Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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 post on our Facebook page or 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?

Summer Fun Pet Friendly Activities

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

How do you plan on spending your summer? Why not spend a little time with your pets? We’ve come up with a great list of summer activities to tackle with your favorite four-legged companion.

Blaze a New Trail

Dogs love adventure, so why not take your furry friend on a hike? Choose a path close to a lake so you can take a dip afterwards and end the day on a cool note. And always do your research when taking your dog for a hike. Here’s a great site with information for hiking with your dog.

Doggy Play Date

Meet up with other dog owners for a doggy play date. You can catch up with friends while the dogs run around and keep themselves entertained.

New Tricks

If you haven’t gotten around to teaching your dog how to fetch, summer weather makes for the perfect time. Teach your pet some new tricks and spend the summer perfecting each one. Looking for some great tricks? Try this list!

Summer Concerts

Nothing else to do on a Saturday night? How about an outdoor concert with your favorite pal? Outdoor concerts typically take place in a large space leaving your dog plenty of room to stretch out and relax, and it’s a fun outing for you both!

Jump through Hoops

Set up an obstacle course including Frisbees, hoops, and doggy treats. This is a great way for your pet to get some mental and physical exercise, both of which are extremely important to their health and happiness.

Baked Goods

If you love to bake, look up a pet friendly recipe and make your pet some new treats. You can even make it into a fun gathering by inviting your friends that have pets over to join in on the fun!

Post a Video

Post a video online of you and your dog doing tricks, singing together, or just hanging out. Social media has become a place where people crave adorable pet videos, so give the people what they want and have fun while you’re at it!

Roll through the Park

Have you ever tried roller skating with your pooch? It can be a great source of fun and exercise for you both. Grab a leash and let him lead the way!

Beach Bod

Running on the beach will keep you and your buddy fit and trim for the rest of the summer. Make sure you research your chosen beach so you know the rules provided for dog beach use, and keep a few baggies in your pocket for your buddy’s potty breaks.

Run through the Sprinklers

Turn on your outdoor sprinkler system or set up a slip and slide so you can both enjoy the water.

Roll the Windows Down

A quick road trip with all the windows down on a hot summer day could be all the fun that you and your four-legged friend need.

Enjoy your summer! Don’t forget to send us your favorite summer pictures on our Facebook page!

Happy Holidays: What’s on Your Pet’s Wish List?

Friday, December 11th, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Towns all around the country are lit up with festive lights, everyone is dressing in their holiday best and kids everywhere are diligently writing out their wish list for Santa. But what about our pets? This is a wonderful time of year for them as well, and who’s to say that they don’t have a wish list of their own? Sure, their handwriting skills may not be quite up to par, but I’m willing to bet that they would make out a list if they could. What would be on your pet’s wish list?

10 Things that Might be on Your Pet’s Wish List

  1. A New Bed – Have you crawled in and tested out your pet’s bed lately? Yeah, probably not. Chances are it may not be as soft and comfy as it once was and your pet deserves only the best, right?
  2. A Warm Sweater – Brrr, it’s getting cold outside and daily walks may not be as enjoyable for the short-haired dogs of the world. A new, warm sweater could easily do the trick to keep them warm on those chillier days. Some dogs aren’t too keen on wearing clothes, but it’s worth a try!
  3. New Treats – If your pet has been indulging in the same treats day in and day out, buying something new during the holiday season could be a real – well – treat!
  4. A Certificate Good for a ‘Doggie’s Day Out’– Your dog’s tail is already wagging over this one! Most dog’s love a chance to get out of the house and embark on an adventure – even if that just means to the grocery store and back. However, they would love even more a trip to the dog park or walking the trails at the local state park.
  5. A Shiny New Collar – Do you want to see your pet proudly prance around the house with their nose in the air and a smile on their face? A new collar is sure to do the trick! They will be prancing around like they just found a new pair of jeans that fit like a dream. Trust us!
  6. A Doggie (or Kitty) Door – Ok, so this one takes a little bit more effort, but it is completely worth it in the long run. Your dog or cat will love the freedom of being able to enjoy the fenced outdoors at their leisure, without having to ‘ask for permission’ every time they need to go outside.
  7. A Trip to the Hair Salon – Is your pet looking their holiday best? Even though your pet may be hesitant upon arrival, they will leave feeling their absolute best! You aren’t the only one who wants to look their best for this year’s holiday festivities!
  8. New Games to Play – What does your pet like to do for fun? Play fetch or chase a tiny red light all around the house? Those are fun games, but why not give them a gift that keeps on giving and come up with a new favorite game for you and your pet to enjoy together? That’s a sure way to get your dog’s tail wagging and your cat purring up a storm.
  9. Quality Time with YOU – This one is sure to be on your pet’s wish list every single year. Quality time with you will forever be one of your pet’s favorite things in the entire world, so be sure to give your pet some extra love and attention during the holiday season – and all year long!
  10. Homemade Holiday Treats – Have you ever considered making your pet some homemade treats? The holidays usually inspire a lot of us to do more baking than we would any other time of the year, so why not do some research and test out a recipe to try for your pet. And for that matter, maybe Santa has a dog that would appreciate a homemade cookie as well.

6 Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Pit Bull

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

We love a good chance to talk about how much we love this breed. While pit bulls are no doubt the center of much controversy, they are also the center of hearts all around the country. There can never be enough positive awareness spread in regards to this breed, as there are far too many pit bulls left homeless and living in shelters, waiting for someone to give them a second chance at life. Here are some things that you should know before adopting a pit bull.

The Stereotype Is Just That – A Stereotype

Everyone in America knows the stereotype that surrounds the pit bull terrier. The problem is, not enough people know that, in the right hands, a pit bull can be the most loving pet you will ever own. The whole “viscous pit bull” stereotype is a shallow concept, just as most stereotypes are. We teach our kids to not give into stereotypes, so why do so many people conform to this particular stereotype regarding pit bulls? Every dog, regardless of breed, has its own story that shapes their temperament and mentality, so don’t give in to the stereotype.

Get Ready for Love and Affection Overload

Pit bulls are wiggly, cuddly, affectionate dogs. If you don’t like dog kisses then you might want to consider another breed. Pit bulls are not aloof – they like to remind you regularly of how they feel about you, so get ready for a lot of love and affection to come your way.

Cuddling is NOT optional

This is a public service announcement: If you do not like the warm and fuzzy feeling that accompanies cuddling with your dog, do not adopt a pit bull! Whether you are in bed or on the couch, you are never safe from escaping a spontaneous cuddle session. You have been warned. Seriously though, pit bulls are cuddling machines. I think that one of their main goals in life is actually to see how close they can snuggle into your body.

I Hope You Like Healthy, Easy-Going Dogs

Yes, pit bulls require a reasonable amount of attention. However, they do not need a whole lot of maintenance care. They have short coats and are moderate shedders. They don’t tend to have genetic disorders like some other breeds and as long as your exercise them regularly, they are generally happy living in any size home.

Contrary to Popular Belief – Pit Bulls Love People

Although this breed frequently gets a bad rap, if you have ever met a pit bull that was raised by a loving family then you have seen first-hand how much pit bulls like to be around people. It is always so gratifying to see people’s reaction to meeting such a loveable pit bull. You can always see the shock and surprise on their face when your pit bull behaves better than other breeds of dogs that they have encountered.

Your Pit Bull Will Thank You Every Day for the Rest of Their Life

Your life will be forever changed the day that you adopt your pit bull. Because of the stereotype that surrounds this breed, there are far too many pit bulls left homeless in shelters all across America. And it’s almost like these dogs know that they have less of a chance of being adopted, because from the moment that you rescue your pit bull the tables will start to turn. You may have been the one doing the rescuing on that particular day, but from that day on your pit bull will spend the rest of his life rescuing you in return.

Now is the perfect chance for you to give one of these dogs a second chance at life. But even if you aren’t in the position to adopt, take this opportunity to spread the pit bull love. Awareness and education is the key to saving the lives of these loving animals.

Decoding Dog’s Body Language

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Believe it or not, there is a science behind your dog’s body language and behavior. Body language is a form of communication for a dog, whether it be communicating with their owner or communicating with other dogs or animals. It is important for pet owners to be able to read their dog’s body language and understand their behavior and what they are trying to communicate. Your dog’s behavior is directly related to their emotional state. Let’s talk about some common dog behaviors and body languages and what they could mean.

Overly Excited or Hyperactive Behavior

How happy is your dog to see you when you get home? People often misinterpret their dog’s hyperactive behavior when they come home to simply meaning that they are happy to see them. Don’t worry, we aren’t saying that your dog isn’t happy to see you, but overly excited or hyperactive behavior is also a sign of a lack of exercise and pent up energy. So, what is your dog trying to tell you?

  • “I’m not getting enough exercise and it’s causing me to feel out of control!”
  • “Hey! I am way overdue on my daily exercise – let’s go for a long walk or jog!”

Destructive Behavior

If your normally house-trained and well-behaved dog starts to eliminate on the floor or chew on furniture, this could mean that your dog is not getting enough mental stimulation. In other words, they are bored. This may seem like a petty reason for a dog to behave this way, but think about it in these terms – it’s basically the same thing as a person with cabin fever. Dogs need interaction and mental stimulation just like we do. So, what is your dog trying to tell you?

  • “Hey – don’t you have a toy that I can play with or a bone that I can chew on?”
  • “Stop ignoring me! I could really use some quality time with you and I don’t know how else to get your attention.”
  • “I’m bored. Can we go for a quick trip to the dog park?”

Lethargy or Sudden Loss of Interest in Physical Activity

If your dog is normally very active and alert and then suddenly starts to display signs of lethargy or a loss of interest in normal daily activities, this is a sign that something is wrong. Sudden changes of behavior of any kind are a good sign that you need to take your dog to the vet. You know your dog better than anyone, so it’s important to pay close attention to normal behaviors and recognize when something isn’t right. So, what is your dog trying to tell you?

  • “I really want to go outside and play, but I just don’t feel very good. I don’t understand why I don’t have any energy.”
  • “Something isn’t right. I think I need to go see my veterinarian so that he can find out what’s wrong and get me back to my old self again.”

Body Language 101

Here are some common signs to look for in determining your dog’s mood. What is your dog trying to tell you? Let’s find out.

“I’m feeling happy and playful!”

  • Wiggly body
  • Relaxed wagging tail
  • Open, relaxed mouth
  • Bouncy, exaggerated gestures
  • Pawing at the air
  • Ears up and relaxed

“I’m feeling anxious or stressed out.”

  • Whining or whimpering
  • Hiding behind people or objects
  • Fast wagging, low tail
  • Ears may be pinned back

“I’m feeling scared.”

  • Tail tucked between legs
  • Head down, cowering
  • Tense and/or shivering
  • Ears pinned back tightly
  • May urinate submissively

“I’m feeling aggressive!”

  • Hair standing up on back
  • Lips curled back showing teeth
  • Snarling or growling
  • Intense eye contact on a particular subject
  • Leaning forward or ‘attack stance’

These are all behaviors and body language signals that dog owners should be aware of and pay close attention to. After all, this is the only way that your dog can communicate with you! Learning your dog’s normal behaviors and body language signals can help you keep them safe and healthy for many years to come.

Overly Excited or Hyperactive Behavior
How happy is your dog to see you when you get home? People often misinterpret their dog’s hyperactive behavior when they come home to simply meaning that they are happy to see them. Don’t worry, we aren’t saying that your dog isn’t happy to see you, but overly excited or hyperactive behavior is also a sign of a lack of exercise and pent up energy. So, what is your dog trying to tell you?
“I’m not getting enough exercise and it’s causing me to feel out of control!”
“Hey! I am way overdue on my daily exercise – let’s go for a long walk or jog!

Celebrate National Dog Day on August 26th!

Thursday, August 6th, 2015
11 years ago, pet spokesperson Colleen Paige started National Dog Day to promote adoptable animals.
Every year, thousands of wonderful animals end up dropped off at pet shelters. In many cases, life circumstances change for their families who can no longer care for their pets. Sadly many of them never find their forever homes.
When you celebrate events like National Dog Day, it’s an opportunity to encourage adopting a pet. The more we talk about it and showcase some of these loveable pups, the sooner some of them will find a good home. From active puppies to laid back seniors, the shelters are full of great dogs looking for a family to love them.

11 years ago, pet spokesperson Colleen Paige started National Dog Day to promote adoptable animals. Every year, thousands of wonderful animals end up dropped off at pet shelters. In many cases, life circumstances change for their families who can no longer care for their pets.

When you celebrate events like National Dog Day, it’s an opportunity to encourage adopting a pet. The more we talk about it and showcase some of these loveable pups, the sooner some of them will find a good home. From active puppies to laid back seniors, the shelters are full of great dogs looking for a family to love them.

How to Encourage Adoption:

  • Social Media: If you know of a local pet adoption event, why not share it on Facebook? The more people who know about it – and see the adorable pictures of the pets– the more people will think about sharing their homes with one of them. Likewise, why not see if you can play matchmaker? Lots of shelters use social media to post adoptable pets of the week or month. If you share on occasion, you may help someone find the love of their life.
  • Clean: Clean out your closets and take old linens to the shelter. They can line the pet’s cages so the dogs have something soft to lie on.
  • Donate: Hold a “pawty” and get your friends and co-workers to donate food and pet toys to a local shelter.
  • Volunteer: Pet shelters always need volunteers to walk dogs, clean cages and do other tasks.
  • Gather:  Gather some friendly pooches and hold a dog party. You could collect donations there too.

Of course, you can also use National Dog Day as an excuse to lavish your own dog with attention or help out a neighbor. Such as spoiling your pet at a doggie spa day or taking your pooch to a pet resort for a fun day with other pets.

For those who say, “My favorite breed is rescue,” National Dog Day is a great opportunity to help your friends and family members rescue their next best friend.

Beat the Heat: Keeping Your Pet Comfortable and Safe in the Summer

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Summer is upon us, fellow pet lovers, and with summer comes lots of outdoor fun with our pets. However, depending on where you live, the summer heat can present many dangers to your pet. Pet owners can sometimes be oblivious to these dangers, which can result in many health risks for our furry friends. Keep your pet comfortable and safe this summer with these tips on how to beat the heat.

What NOT to do

With temperatures rising to potentially dangerous levels in the summer months, you have to be conscious of your pet’s safety. In the hot summer months, these are some of the ‘DONTS’ to keep in mind when caring for your pet in the heat.

  • Never leave your pet unattended inside of the car. Honestly, it is never a good idea to leave your pet unattended in a vehicle for any length of time beyond a couple of minutes, but this is especially true in the event of extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold. The inside of a car on just a warm day can reach dangerous and fatal temperature levels, and it can happen within minutes! Print out this Humane Society flyer to disperse and help to educate your community.
  • Do not put a muzzle on a dog while they are out in the heat. There is a reason why dogs start panting when they get really hot – it is a natural way of controlling their body temperature. When you put a muzzle on a dog while they are out in the heat, you are preventing this natural process from occurring, which can lead to over-heating or heat stroke.
  • Do not leave your pet outside for extended periods of time during extreme heat. If it is too hot for you to be outside for an extended period of time, then you should consider it too hot for your pet as well.

Warning Signs of Heat Stroke

It is important to be aware of the signs that your pet may be in danger of a heat stroke. Some of these warning signs are:

  • Heavy panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Glazed eyes
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting

Pets who are most susceptible to suffering from heat stroke are usually very old or very young, overweight, or pets not conditioned to prolonged exercise. Speaking of exercise, if you are out exercising with your pet and they suddenly insist on slowing down or laying down – this is a sign that your pet is over-heated or over-exerted. Listen to what your pet is trying to tell you. Here are some more helpful tips on recognizing the warning signs of a heat stroke.

If you suspect that your pet is suffering from a heat stroke, move them to the shade or an air-conditioned area immediately, place ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest and take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Tips to Consider

  • If your pet is going to be outside in the heat for any extended amount of time, be sure that they have access to plenty of water.
  • Do not assume that a dog house is a proper place for your pet to cool off in the heat. Dog houses are built to prevent air movement and can build up heat quickly.
  • When taking your pet out to exercise or walk/jog, be aware that the hot asphalt/concrete can be damaging to your pet’s paws. You’ve walked barefoot on hot asphalt before, right?
  • The best way to cool down your pet is by placing cool water or cloths on their neck, pads of feet, or belly.
  • If you have a longer haired dog, consider getting their hair cut shorter in the summer months.

Now that you know how to keep your pet comfortable and safe in the hot, summer months – get outside and have some fun with your pet on those beautiful, sunny days. Just don’t overdo it and stay cool!

How Will You Celebrate Pet Appreciation Week?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

In the immortal words of a 15 year old, “Appreciate your pets. Because they love you and they’re always there for you.” Sounds like sound advice.

Of course, we’re there for them too. For walks and snuggles and even the not-fun stuff like vet visits.

The Humane Society started Pet Appreciation Week to bring attention to shelter pets and help them find their furrever homes. To celebrate, you can take a little extra time with your pets this week to be grateful for them.

Think of all the things your pet does that makes you smile. Maybe it’s effusive tail wagging when you open your eyes in the morning or sitting on your computer and interrupting your Facebook time later in the day.

5 Ways You Can Celebrate Pet Appreciation Week

  • You know that place your dog loves? Maybe it’s hiking in a State Park or swimming in a local creek. Take him there. Summer’s here and it’s a perfect time to seize the moment.
  • Give all of them good brushing. ‘Tis the season for shedding and there’s no better way to grab that excess before it ends up on your floors and in your furniture and all over your clothes than with a good brushing.
  • Clean out your closets and donate your threadbare towels and linens to a local shelter. They can use them to line pet crates and clean up messes. They’re happy to accept your financial donations too.
  • Give a pet massage. Both cats and dogs can enjoy a little massage. Wait until they’re in a relaxed state and start giving gentle strokes with one hand and then both. Add slight pressure around muscles and see how your pet reacts. If they look relaxed and happy, continue.
  • “Share” pictures of shelter animals looking for their homes on social media. You can go to the shelter yourself and snap a few pictures or look for the ones already circulating the social media sites. The more people who see them, the more likely you’ll help them find their forever homes.

Did you adopt your pet from a shelter? If so, why not send a thank you note with a picture to the shelter? You can even post it on their social media pages. Not only does it make the staff and volunteers feel good, but you might be helping someone else choose their next pet.

You can also volunteer. If your local shelter is holding an event, they may need someone to help distribute collars and leashes or otherwise help guide visitors. All you need to do is ask.

What will you do this Pet Appreciation Week?

Eagle Pack Pet Food- Nutrition in Action

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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How to Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

It is extremely important for pet owners to have a plan in place in the event of a disaster or evacuation. With pets being a special part of the family, it’s important for them to be included in the family’s evacuation plans. We’d like to bring awareness to the importance of planning ahead to ensure that your pets are taken care of if a disaster were to occur.

Plan Ahead for Taking Shelter

In the event of a disaster, it is important to have a designated place for you and your pets to take shelter. This will prevent unnecessary stress and confusion during an emergency situation. Here are some things to consider when choosing a shelter.

  • Not all storm shelters will allow pets, so it is important to contact local disaster shelters to find out ahead of time
  • Contact your veterinarian for information regarding pet friendly safe havens
  • Local animal shelters may provide emergency shelter and/or have a foster plan for temporary placement in a home outside the area
  • Make a list of hotels outside of your area that allow pets – this could be a safe option for you and your pets to take shelter together
  • Be aware of road closures and all possible routes to get to your chosen shelter locations

Keep Your Pets Prepared

It is just as important for your pets to be prepared for a disaster as the rest of your family.

  • Have an updated emergency kit for your pet. The Red Cross has designed a Disaster Safety Checklist for your pets
  • Be sure that your pet is current on vaccinations and has been micro-chipped. In the event that your pet is lost during a disaster, having them micro-chipped can be their ticket home.
  • If your pet has to be placed in an animal shelter during a disaster, you want to be sure they are vaccinated and protected from the spread of disease. Be sure that your pet is current on vaccinations and has been micro-chipped. In the event that your pet is lost during a disaster, having them micro-chipped can be their ticket home.
  • If your pet has to be placed in an animal shelter during a disaster, you want to be sure they are vaccinated and protected from the spread of disease
  • Be sure that you have proper pet carriers to transport your pets during a disaster. If you have a pet that suffers from anxiety of any kind, whether storm or separation, talk to your veterinarian about possible medications that may help during disaster situations.
  • It may help to have an old shirt, or any item that has your scent, to keep inside your pet’s carrier – this has been shown to provide comfort to pets in a stressful situation
  • Get a Rescue Alert Sticker to place on the outside of your home to alert rescue groups that there are animals inside your home.

Designate a Caregiver for Your Pet

This is something that deserves careful thought and consideration. There are two types of caregivers that need to be designated for any given disaster situation.

  • Temporary Caregiver: This is someone who you will choose to provide temporary care during a disaster situation. A neighbor or someone who lives close by would be a good choice as well as someone who is often at home during the day when you are gone to work. This person should have access to your house and should be a familiar face to your pet. Be sure that your temporary caregiver is aware of your Disaster Plan and your chosen safe haven for your pet
  • Permanent Caregiver: This is the person that you designate to take care of your pet in the event that you can no longer care for them. Consider choosing someone who has either cared for your pet in the past or has experience caring for animals. Once you choose someone who is willing to take on this responsibility, discuss your expectations and be sure that your permanent caregiver fully understands how to properly take care of your beloved pet.

Prepare for Evacuation

In the event of an evacuation, it is best to always be prepared for the worst case scenario – in other words, assume that you will not be able to return for at least a month.

  • If you have a close friend or family member that lives in a nearby or reasonably located city, you may want to designate them as a potential temporary caregiver for your pet in the event of evacuation
  • Have an emergency kit with all of your pets basic needs located in your house near an exit for convenient access
  • Bring your pet inside immediately if extreme weather is predicted – pets are likely to wander during bad weather if kept outside

When disaster strikes, having a proper Disaster Plan will give you peace of mind to know that your pets will be properly taken care of – because after all, our pets are our family.