Halo Purely for Pets - VitaGlo Hip & Joint Supplement - 6 oz. (170.25g)
Halo Purely for Pets VitaGlo Hip & Joint Supplement blends glucosamine and chondroitin with delicious, healthy and easily digestible ingredients such as dried kelp powder, alfalfa powder, and flax seed meal - promoting joint health and helping your pet live life to the fullest.
Frequently Asked Questions (Dog Health)
Q: My dog has dry itchy skin. He occasionally gets rashes, bumps or hot spots. What can I do?
A: This is the single most common question we get! We recommend you try Spot's Stew Natural Food for Dogs and add VitaGlo Dream Coat to his food every day! You can also try applying the Herbal Healing Salve directly to the hot spots to soften and soothe the irritated area.
We believe many skin problems can be controlled or avoided with a natural diet. Some dogs develop skin problems or react negatively to ingredients commonly found in commercial pet foods such as artificial preservatives, colorings or other additives. Halo has created a natural diet; by AAFCO definition it cannot contain any artificial ingredients or be highly processed. Halo does not use meat meals; a protein source which can be of questionable quality and digestibility. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have a proven anti-inflammatory affect within the skin and as such play a vital role in skin health. The Dream Coat is an excellent source of EFAs and our dog owners love the results they get. –Dr. Donna Spector. If the skin condition does not improve within several weeks on the new food and Dream Coat supplement, contact your veterinarian to determine if your dog has an underlying medical condition.
Q: I have an older dog that doesn't have a lot of energy anymore. Is there anything to perk her up?
A: Many older pets do not drink enough water every day; as a result they suffer from mild dehydration which can cause very low energy levels. I recommend including canned food in each meal and encouraging water intake (ice cubes, new bowls/fountains, broths, etc) to help improve hydration and get that energy back. I also recommend a vitamin-mineral supplement to help supply antioxidants and B vitamins that can help support the immune system and energy levels. For best results I like to alternate the Daily Greens with the Vitamin-Mineral Mix every day. –Dr. Donna Spector Sometimes poor energy is a sign of a medical condition and we advise a health check-up with your veterinarian.
Q: Why does my dog eat poop? Does he have a deficiency?
A: Copraphagia (poop eating) is usually a nasty learned habit. While it is typically not caused by a medical problem or nutritional deficiency it is important to make sure your dog is getting a nutritionally balanced diet and not eating a poor quality food. Also have your vet check your dog for parasites or for conditions that could cause maldigestion or malabsorption. Remember if your dog routinely eats poop, they are more likely to acquire parasites and you should have them checked 2-3 times each year.
Q: Why does my dog eat grass? Does he have a deficiency?
A: Grass eating is not unusual in dogs. It is not usually associated with gastrointestinal illness or a deficiency. It is most likely a trait inherited from their wild ancestors in which wild dogs would consume prey that would have eaten plant material. Eating grass is not bad—just stay away from chemically-treated lawns and toxic plants. Give their Daily Greens a try for the added phytonutrients! --Dr. Donna Spector
Q: What can I do for my dog with arthritis?
A: One of the most important things you can do for your dog with arthritis is to keep him lean. Unwanted extra pounds put additional stress on his joints and can increase the pain and discomfort he experiences. Check out my Weight Loss Tips if you needs help getting your dog to lose those pounds. An exercise plan is also critical for dogs with arthritis (swimming is great!)—it keeps them strong and flexible and also helps to keep the weight down. Halo makes a Hip & Joint Supplement containing glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine has been proven effective at relieving pain in many pets with arthritis. Vitamin C plays a critical role in collagen synthesis and is also included in the supplement. Fatty acids can also exert an anti-inflammatory effect within arthritic joints and Dream Coat is an excellent source. Sometimes limping or joint pain is a sign of a medical condition and they advise a health check-up with your veterinarian.
Q: I am searching for a food that will be okay for my dog that has a history of pancreatitis.
A: Pancreatitis varies in its severity but in general dogs that have had bouts of pancreatitis require a lower fat food. Ask your veterinarian how fat-restricted your dog's food should be. Halo Spot's Stew Canned Chicken Formula is our most fat-restricted food and has a 17% (DM%) fat content; followed by the Halo Spot's Stew Adult Dry Formula with 18% (DM%). Both have been used successfully in dogs with a history of pancreatitis.
Q: I am searching for a food that will be okay for my dog that has a history of urinary stones.
A: It has been proven that the most important part of stone prevention is to increase the amount of water that your dog drinks every day*. When dogs drink more they make more urine. This urine is less concentrated (more dilute or watery) so the crystals are less likely to form into stones. Because they make more urine they urinate more frequently which also helps get rid of the stone-making substances. I recommend Halo's canned formulas because they have a high water content (82 to 85%) when compared to other canned foods (78%). This additional water is excellent for urinary health in all pets. –Dr. Donna Spector *There are many different types of urinary stones and some types will require very specific medication or dietary recommendations; ask your veterinarian what type of stone your dog has.
Q: My vet said my dog is allergic to chicken. Is Halo okay for pets with food allergies?
A: True food allergies are actually very uncommon—they account for only 10% of all pet allergies. Pets are often misdiagnosed with food allergy when what they really have is an adverse food reaction or food intolerance. Pets may react to artificial dyes, preservatives and additives in food or they may react to the quality of a protein source. For example, "chicken meal" is a rendered product that can have a variable composition and can vary greatly in its digestibility compared to real whole chicken. Adverse reactions may be more common with diets of lower digestibility. By choosing a natural diet like Halo, artificial ingredients and rendered meat meals will be avoided and thus lessen the potential for any adverse food reactions. The only way to definitely diagnose a food allergy in a pet is to perform an elimination diet trial—blood tests and skin tests are not reliable for this. Read my article about food allergies to learn more. –Dr. Donna Spector
Some pets do have true food allergies and even high quality natural foods like Halo could cause a reaction because of the type of protein included. If your pet is allergic to certain foods, read our labels thoroughly to identify all ingredients.
Q: My vet told me my dog needs a high fiber food? Can I use Halo?
A: While the vegetables that Halo uses provide an excellent source of fiber for digestive health, Halo should not be considered a high fiber food. For dogs that require extra fiber in their diet I often use Halo as the primary food and then mix in additional fiber—psyllium, canned pumpkin, carrots, potato skins—a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber for maximal digestive benefit. Ask your vet if this would be appropriate for your dog. –Dr. Donna Spector
Q: Do you have anything for chronic eye discharge?
A: Pets with short snouts ("peke faces"; brachycephalic) tend to have bent tear ducts. Debris can easily accumulate and clog up their tear ducts; causing tears or discharge to spill out on the face. When used properly the Cloud Nine Herbal Eyewash Kit can help keep discharge to a minimum and the eyes clean and comfortable. Read my article on proper eye cleaning. –Dr. Donna Spector
If the eye discharge does not improve within several days or if your pet develops squinting, redness or pain, contact your veterinarian to determine if your dog has an underlying medical condition.
Q: I've heard digestive enzymes are important to help my dog process food better. Do you carry any?
A: Halo does not carry enzymes specifically—but we add prebiotics and probiotics to the dry cat and dog formulas to maximize digestive health. Probiotics are live bacteria that help restore the balance of good and bad bacteria. The prebiotics are essentially a food source for the probiotics and have been proven to stimulate the growth and function of beneficial bacteria in the intestine. –Dr. Donna Spector
If your veterinarian has determined that your pet has a pancreatic enzyme deficiency he or she will require a true enzyme supplement.
Q: My dogs have strong breath. Do you have anything to help with that?
A: We believe that good breath starts with excellent digestive health. By choosing Halo natural dog food you are using the highest quality ingredients and the prebiotics and probiotics in our dry foods will help restore the balance of "good" and "bad" bacteria. Bad breath can also come from mouth problems—you should see your veterinarian routinely to make sure there isn't a problem with plaque, tartar or something more serious. Daily tooth brushing is also recommend to keep teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Try the new Spot's Stew Chew Sticks to keep your dog's mouth healthy and fresh. –Dr. Donna Spector
Q: Is it okay for dogs to eat the cat food?
A: I don't recommend routinely feeding healthy dogs the cat formulation of Spot's Stew. Halo cat formulas are designed with higher levels of protein and fat than what dogs require. This creates a food that is higher in calories and can lead to problems with obesity when fed to dog's long term. The vitamin/mineral balance is specific to cats as well. Dogs should stick with our canine formulas to reach optimal health. ~Dr. Donna Spector
Q: My dog is overweight. My vet has recommended a prescription weight loss diet but I don't like the list of ingredients. Can I use Halo?
A: Halo foods can be used successfully in a weight loss program. Halo donated food for a weight loss challenge to a New York City shelter (Bideawee) and I monitored the progress of 7 obese cats over 4 weeks—all successfully lost the desired amount of weight. For more information on this study see Dr. Spector's article. Our Canned Dog Chicken formula falls within the "lite" category as defined by AAFCO (canned dog food <900 kcal/kg, canned cat food <950 kcal/kg) and Dr. Spector recommends reaching for these formulas first when starting a weight loss plan. Click here for more information on Weight Loss Tips. –Dr. Donna Spector
Q: Is canned food bad for my dog's teeth?
A: No. While many vets recommend dry food to "keep teeth clean and healthy" it is a fact that many dogs do not chew their food well enough to get any abrasive cleaning action from dry food. Whether you feed dry or canned food…the single most important thing for dental health is tooth brushing. It is a fact that by age three more than 80 percent of dogs show signs of gum (periodontal) disease and this is because most dog owners do not give their dogs proper dental care (DAILY tooth brushing and annual dental cleanings). Keep the canned food and start brushing!
Holistic Pet Care Products for Optimal Pet Health
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Halo, Purely for Pets evolved from three guiding principles: balance, nature and love. They believe that when these are the basis of pet product development, optimum health, vitality and wellness follow. Their pet products yield amazing results. For the past two decades, they’ve seen the emergence of thousands of radiant, healthy pets whose owners have chosen Halo.
They consider not just the pets, but also the people who love them when they select their ingredients. A healthy pet makes your life better, too. They understand the unconditional love their pets give them and they create products that help you give that love back. Their premium quality ingredients and commitment to holistic pet care separate them from many other pet care companies. Their first priority is the health and well-being of your pet. Their commitment to wholesome, natural, quality pet products is unparalleled.
Their holistic pet care approach drives them to develop all-natural products with ingredients chosen to give your pet a happier, healthier life. Extensive study and the input of nutritional experts are the backbone of their healthy dog and cat food, nutritional supplements, herbal grooming supplies and treats. Halo products produce vibrant, happier, healthier pets — inside and out. They guarantee you’ll see the results.