Halo Purely for Pets - Spot's Stew For Toy and Small Breed Dogs Wholesome Chicken Recipe - 4 lbs. (1.81 kg)
Halo Purely for Pets Spot's Stew For Toy and Small Breed Dogs Wholesome Chicken Recipe has been the "Gold Standard" in natural dog food for over 25 years. Halo Spot's Stew For Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages. Halo uses the highest quality protein - Whole meats and fresh vegetables - with no inferior by-products, rendered meats or meat meals. Spot's Stew for Dogs is formulated for optimum protein and complete nutrition, to help maintain body tone and body tissue. Spot's Stew is ideal for all life stages, and is real food with simple ingredients you know and recognize. These are slow cooked complete and balanced recipes with high moisture formulas for added hydration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Halo refer to its products as natural?
Because it is! AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) defines "natural" pet food as having ingredients from ONLY plant, animal or mined sources. These foods cannot be highly processed or contain chemically synthetic ingredients, such as artificial flavors, preservatives or colorings.
Why does Halo refer to its products as holistic?
The holistic viewpoint that Halo has stems from the belief that health is achieved by focusing on the whole body through natural living. Halo believes that the quality of ingredients a pet eats is the foundation of overall well-being but that elimination of harsh chemicals from food, treats and the environment is also critical to achieve optimal health.
How do I transition my dog or cat to a new food?
Most pets require 7-10 days to adjust to a new food because their intestinal tracts contain unique bacteria and enzymes that need to adapt to the proper digestion of a new food. It is recommended that dogs and cats eat a combination of dry and canned food every day. Their bodies are made of 75% water and they rarely drink enough water to support excellent hydration and organ function. Halo recommends that 25 to 50% of their daily calories come from canned food. You can feed it all at one time during the day or break it up into 2 meals…whatever is easiest for you.
If your dog or cat experiences digestive upset during the transition (poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or soft stool, etc), return to the new food amount that was not causing problems and keep them there for a few more days before continuing with the diet change. Once your pet is eating all Halo, you can change between the flavors if you would like. There is no need for a transition period between flavors.
My pet seems to have developed diarrhea on the Spot's Stew. What can I do?
First, make sure you have introduced the food slowly over 7 to 10 days. Many times a "cold turkey" switch will cause problems with your pet's digestive system-it takes the bacteria and enzymes in their intestine time to adjust to the new food. Next, take a look at the other food or treats your pet is getting throughout the day. Avoid overfeeding and eliminate all treat with fillers, artificial colors or flavorings as these may cause diarrhea. Some pets require a little more fiber to maintain their digestive health-try adding some natural fiber to your pet's new food-pumpkin, psyllium, potato skins, etc.
Why should pets eat both canned and dry food every day?
Most pets do not drink enough water every day to stay well hydrated. The addition of canned food contributes the water that is so essential to overall health.
What is the difference between just plain "meat" (like "chicken" or "lamb") and "meat meals" (like "chicken meal" or "lamb meal")? Following are AAFCO definitions:
Meat is the clean flesh derived from slaughtered mammals and is limited to the part of the striate muscle which is skeletal or that which is found in the tongue, diaphragm, heart or in the esophagus; with or without the accompanying and overlying fat and portions of the skin, sinew, nerve and blood vessels which normally accompany the flesh. Meat is considered edible for humans. Meat meal is the rendered product from flesh and other mammal tissues, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices. Meat meal is always considered unfit for human consumption.
Why doesn't Halo use meat meals (like "chicken meal" and "turkey meal") when it seems that every other pet food maker does?
Halo has chosen to use only the highest quality ingredients in their pet foods. Meat meals are always considered unfit for human consumption. Meat meals do contain meat and can be of high quality, however, they may also contain 4-D meats (dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals) and potentially other unsavory mammalian tissue. Although meat meals can contribute a high level of protein, the quality and digestibility of meat meals can vary tremendously between batches and Halo has chosen to avoid this source of protein.
Halo does not have as high of protein levels as other foods…why?
Halo does not use meat meals as a concentrated source of dried protein and uses only whole real meat ingredients. It is more difficult to achieve very high protein levels when using whole real meat instead of a meat meal. Halo uses eggs and peas as an additional source of highly digestible protein to support protein levels in all formulations. Halo feels this is a healthier alternative to meat meals.
Why does Halo avoid rice and corn in their foods?
Halo defines corn and white rice as "fillers". These are carbohydrates that may raise blood sugar levels rapidly and create hormonal signals that may have negative long term effects on metabolism and weight gain. Although corn and white rice are often thought of as staples of an American diet, they are not healthful for pets in the large quantities used by many pet food companies. Corn and rice are often the main ingredients in other foods and treats because they are a less expensive way to fill up a bag and still meet basic energy requirements. This has led to industry-wide creation of pet foods and treats which are high in carbohydrates, relatively low in meat protein and are a major factor in the pet obesity epidemic. These corn and rice based diets may also contribute to chronic symptoms of maldigestion, such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
Halo makes healthier carbohydrate choices by using whole grains such as barley and oats and vegetables like sweet potatoes. These carbohydrates are nutrient-dense because they supply energy as well as high levels of fiber for digestive health and high levels of vitamins and minerals for overall health.
Is Halo saying that chicken meal is terrible for animals?
No, they believe that chicken meal can provide good nutrition. However, it is not nearly as high a quality ingredient as real chicken, from both a health and safety perspective.
Isn't chicken meal higher protein than chicken, pound for pound?
It can be, and often is. So it's important to check the protein level of the food (especially the dry-weight protein level), and the quality of ALL the ingredients. Companies like Halo that avoid chicken meal have to put in much more real chicken to get the same protein level as a company using chicken meal - a much more expensive proposition. All else being equal, chicken is a far superior ingredient.
Are other meat meals, such as beef meal, lamb meal or salmon meal as bad?
Yes, all such "meals" have the same issues as chicken meal. Unspecified meals (such as meat meal, fish meal or poultry meal) are of even lesser quality and have additional health risks associated with them.
What about by-product-meals?
By-product-meals are inferior to named meat meals such as chicken meal - but all of the meals are inferior to real flesh meat such as chicken
Why does Halo use so much egg and peas in their formulations?
Halo uses eggs and peas as an additional source of highly digestible protein to support protein levels in all formulations. Halo does not use meat meals as a concentrated source of dried protein and uses only whole real meat ingredients. It is more difficult to achieve very high protein levels when using whole real meat instead of a meat meal. We feel the eggs and peas are healthier alternatives to meat meals.
I have an older pet that doesn't have a lot of energy anymore. Is there anything to perk her up?
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. Halo recommends 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, alternate the Daily Greens with the Vitamin-Mineral Mix every day. Sometimes poor energy is a sign of a medical condition, so it is advised to schedule a health check-up with your veterinarian.
Why does my pet eat poop? Does he have a deficiency?
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 pet is getting a nutritionally balanced diet and not eating a poor quality food. Also have your vet check your pet for parasites or for conditions that could cause maldigestion or malabsorption. Remember if your pet routinely eats poop, they are more likely to acquire parasites and you should have them checked 2-3 times each year.
Why does my dog eat grass? Does he have a deficiency?
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.
What can I do for my pet with arthritis?
One of the most important things you can do for yourpet 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. 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 so please schedule a health check-up with your veterinarian.
I am searching for a food that will be okay for my dog that has a history of pancreatitis.
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 their 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.
I am searching for a food that will be okay for my dog that has a history of urinary stones.
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. Halo's canned formulas 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. 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.
My vet said my pet is allergic to chicken. Is Halo okay for pets with food allergies?
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. 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 labels thoroughly to identify all ingredients.
My vet told me my pet needs a high fiber food? Can I use Halo?
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, 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.
Is canned food bad for my pet's teeth?
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 Nutrition Made with Only the Best Real Food Ingredients
- Exclusively uses only real chicken, turkey, lamb, beef or wild salmon.
- No chicken meal or other rendered animal parts.
- Farm raised fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Formulated with added vitamins and minerals.
- No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
- Interchangeable formulas for added variety.
- Complete and balanced for all life stages.
To provide people and their pets with honest information and wholesome products to better the lives of animals and the people who love them. 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. Since 1986, they’ve seen the emergence of thousands of radiant, healthy pets whose owners have chosen Halo. 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 our 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.
About HALO, Purely for Pets
For over 30 years, Halo, Purely for Pets has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo, America’s Best Loved Holistic Brand, believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Their holistic diets use only real meats, never any “meals.” Plus, when you choose Halo, they feed it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls of Halo to shelter pets annually, in partnership with Freekibble.com. Halo sponsors the Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life program, LoveAnimals.org, and many more animal rescue efforts.
- Quality real animal proteins: No chicken meal, rendered meats or by-product meals.
- Natural recipes with added vitamins and minerals. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
- Holistic approach to pet care–focused on overall good health and well-being.
- Nutrition from whole food ingredients pet owners know and understand.
- High standard of ingredient sourcing
- Halo guarantees products and their performance to deliver noticeable results.
- Products that our customers trust. Uncompromising quality–formulas, manufacturing and safety.
- Passion for animal welfare–delivering over 1.5 million meals to shelters every year.
Since 1986, Halo has been innovating healthy, natural diets for pets.
At Halo, we believe nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of your pet’s life. With it, good health follows. By staying as close to nature as they can, we have seen phenomenal changes take place in the lives of thousands of pets and their owners.