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.
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.
Are Halo foods gluten - free?
Gluten is a protein found in many grass - related grains, most notably in wheat, barley and rye and is problematic in the small percentage of people who have gluten - intolerance (celiac disease). This condition is exceedingly rare in dogs and cats and providing gluten - free foods offer no other proven health benefits to pets. All Halo natural dog food products (canned and dry) and the dry natural cat food (with the exception of the Grain - Free recipe) contain gluten in the form of barley and/or oats.Halo does make several gluten - free products including: canned cat food formulas, the Grain - Free dry cat food, Liv - a - Littles Protein Treats, Healthsome Peanut ‘n Pumpkin Vegetarian and Well - Being treats for dogs, and Healthsome treats for cats.
My vet said my cat 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 meal 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. 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. Read our labels fully to check all ingredients to be sure to avoid those your pet is allergic to.