I have a cat with diabetes. We give him daily insulin shots. Is there anything else I can do for this problem?
My cat won’t eat anything but the food I get from the grocery store. How can I get him to switch to your healthy food?
My cat is prone to urinary tract problems?
My cats have ear mites and we’ve tried so many medications from the vet, but nothing works.
My cat vomits after eating his dry food. What does this mean?
My cat has FUS, Vet suggested a prescription diet, in early stages of renal or kidney failure. Do you have anything for her?
Is catnip okay? I buy catnip toys, but lately she gets very aggressive, even growls! Sometimes she eats it.
I have heard that Taurine is critical to my cat’s health. How do I know that she’s getting enough?
Do you sell anything natural for hairballs?
My dog is on medication for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) but he still has difficulty going, is there something we can do?
My Vet is recommending surgery and chemotherapy for my two dogs diagnosed with Cancer. Is there an alternative?
My Vet wants my 13 year old Maltese on a low protein diet because she has kidney disease. Is Doc’s Stew good for her?
I have a Great Dave showing signs of arthritis and hip dysplasia. Any suggestions?
Is your food okay for dogs with copper sensitivities?
My schnauzer is always getting hot spots, skin irritations, rashes and little bumps on her back. Can you help?
My dog has bad breath and I’ve heard brushing the teeth can help. Do you have anything for that?
My dog has loose stools. What’s wrong?
I’ve heard digestive enzymes are important to help my dog process food better. Do you offer any?
Why does my dog have gas?
My dog Itches, Scratches and tears his hair out in patches. Is there an alternative to steroids, cortisone and prednisone?
My sister’s dog is very high strung and nervous all the time, barks at everything. Is there something she can give him?
My dogs are overweight. They get lots of exercise, on a “light prescription diet¨, hungry all the time. What else can I do?
I’m really surprised that you don’t offer a dry food. What’s your reason?
What makes your treats so healthy?
I’ve heard that dry food keeps teeth clean. So what should I do if I’m feeding only Doc’s Stew?
What are By-Products?
Is Spot’s Stew good for puppies and kittens?
My cat is always eating my house plants and my dog likes to eat grass. Is this O.K. for them to do?
My pets (dog and cat) have fleas and ticks. I bathe them on a regular basis, but they’re still infested.
Both my dog and cat have perpetually greasy coats. Even after I bathe them, they’re still somewhat oily.
Where are the products made?
Do any of the ingredients come from China or any other country?
What is the cooking temperature of your food?
Are your turkeys all natural and how are they raised?
What is meant by the word “meal” in a pet food ingredient listing?
Do I need to add supplements to your food?
How are your pet foods preserved?
Why use seafood or turkey broth instead of spring water?
What are you doing to ensure that your products are safe and free from Mad Cow and BSE?
What kind of meats do you use in your stews?
What makes Holiday’s testing unique?
Why should I avoid using products that contain meals, by-products or are made in a pet food plant?
Why are you using Wild Salmon and is it better than farm raised?
Are your Doc’s Stew ingredients organic?
Can I feed my dogs the cat food and vice versa?
How do you adjust feeding amounts for different pets?
Can I feed your stews to my puppy or kitten?
What if my pet is overweight?
How should I switch to a new pet food?
My pets have bad breath
What is the food’s shelf life?
How do I know that my pet will love your food?
How much does great health cost?
How can I get your healthy food, supplements, treats and grooming aids?
Does Holiday offer an affiliate program?
My pet is eating grass Why is this?
My Pet is eating poop! Why is this?
Why does my pet need Best In Coat and what are Omega 3, 6 and 9 good for?
What are the oil soluble vitamins?
Do I need to refrigerate the Best In Coat?
How many teaspoons are in a bottle of Best in Coat and how do I use it?
Is your food low in ash, and magnesium?
Is the protein level high in your food?
Is the can safe for pets?
What is the ph level of Doc’s Sew?
Why is Doc’s Stew so brothy?
What is Choline Chloride?
What if my pet ingests some of the Pink Powder?
Will Doc’s treats make my pet fat?
How do I use Doc’s Treats?
How long will Doc’s Treats last?
Is Andi Brown the same person who started Halo?
Who owns the company?
Q: I have a cat with diabetes. We give him daily insulin shots. Is there anything else I can do for this problem?
A: There are more documented cases of dogs and cats with diabetes than ever before, and we believe it’s related to a poor quality diet. The good news is that there is a lot you can do for your pet. We have gotten remarkable feedback about pets with this disease, when the pet owner uses Doc’s stew along with Best in Coat. One of the worst things for any pet with diabetes is to have grains in their diet (such as corn, wheat or rice). Grains (which are high in carbohydrates) turn to sugar in the body and this can upset the insulin levels in the blood. A food that is free of grains is much healthier for pets and many pet owners have reported a reduced need for insulin shots, and some have even been able to forego them all together. Please consult with your Veterinarian and continue to monitor the blood levels, but you and your pets should be very happy with the overall results in their health.
Q: My cat won’t eat anything but the food I get from the grocery store. How can I get him to switch to your healthy food?
A: So many cats are just “creatures of habit” and they like what you gave them yesterday. 80% of the cats really love Doc’s Stew on day one. 20% need a little assistance. Fresh fish or our cat treats are popular choices. The good news is that there has never been a single case of a cat starving itself to death, when food was present. You may have to be strong and “put your paw down” if you want to make the change to the healthiest choice, but it will definitely be worth it. Remember that Doc’s Stew has no flavor enhancers, like salt or sugar (which is found in most every other product). In addition, your cats might not be all that familiar with chunky meats and healthy vegetables. Once they make the switch though, you’ll see better coats, dispositions, more vitality and healthier digestive systems.
Q: Why is my cat prone to urinary tract problems?
A: Cats should NEVER be fed dry foods as they can cause urinary tract infections. Because there is a very low moisture level in dry foods (almost none), cats do not get enough hydration, which dries out their organs, including the kidneys and the urinary tract. Cats should NEVER be fed grains because it makes the body alkaline and can create urinary tract infections. Doc’s Stew is healthy and contains an abundance of moisture which helps keep their bodies hydrated naturally. Doc’s Stew was designed because of a cat that had constant urinary tract infections. We wanted to help ensure that no cats go through the trauma or pain of it again. We also recommend the use of Vitamin C for cats with urinary tract problems.
Q: My cats have ear mites and we’ve tried so many medications from the vet, but nothing works.
A: So many pet owners report great success using our natural herbal ear wash recipe. Simply combine 2oz of witch hazel with 5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of clove oil. Mix all the ingredients together in a clean bottle. If the bottle is cold, it may be uncomfortable for your pet, so before using it, warm the bottle in your hands for a minute or two until it’s a nice soothing body temperature, or place the bottle in a cup of warm water to take off the chill. Squirt half an eye dropper into one ear. Try to do it quickly, then gently fold the earflap over and massage for thirty seconds. Afterward, let your pet shake it out, then treat the other ear. Use it for fourteen days, morning and night. It’s soothing and gentle and works for almost any problem ear condition. This product also helps with dirt, odors, earwax and even yeast infections. Keeps ears smelling fresh and soothes irritations in the ears. Make this product part of their regular hygiene and prevent future ear problems too!
Q: My cat vomits after eating his dry food. What does this mean?
A: Commercial pet foods contain so many highly processed and over-cooked fillers like corn, wheat, rice and potatoes. Unfortunately, these ingredients are used in most every food on the market and they tend to literally “clog” up the pet’s system. It’s difficult for the pet to process and digest foods with fillers, so we recommend Doc’s Stew. Pure meat and vegetables are easy for their digestive systems to handle and all the great ingredients get absorbed and utilized; food stays down and is eliminated through the regular waste channels.
Q: My cat has had some recent bouts with FUS. The Vet suggested a prescription diet because he feels it’¦s also the early stages of renal or kidney failure. It’s so distressing. I want Saffy to be healthy and feel good all the time. Do you have anything for her?
A: Feline Urologic Syndrome and kidney failure tend to be associated with poor quality diets. Sometimes high ash and magnesium content can trigger FUS related problems. Doc’s Stew for Cats has the lowest ash and magnesium content of any cat foods that we know of. There are both under .05 percent. In addition, grains in commercial cat foods can cause the Urine PH to become alkaline, which can also trigger FUS. Doc’s Stew has no grains at all, which means that the urine should remain constantly acidic, keeping the urinary tract free of bacteria (which can also cause FUS and stones in the bladder). In addition, Doc’s Stew has a very high moisture content, which helps the kidneys to easily process the protein through the body, so your cat’s organs can function and eliminate waste properly and not have to work so hard. To ensure an acidic urine, add Vitamin C to the food every day.
Q. Is catnip okay? I buy Kitty, my little grey tiger cat, catnip toys, but lately when I bring a new one home, she gets very aggressive, even growls! Sometimes she eats it.
A. First, buy only 100% organic catnip. Then offer a small amount only once or twice a week. Some will eat it while others will roll around in it – let kitty choose. In moderation, it’s a purrrfectly safe treat. Cat toys are a whole other issue. Unless you can be sure of the quality of the catnip inside, you’re better off buying organic or growing your own.
Q: I have heard that Taurine is critical to my cat’s health. How do I know that she’s getting enough?
A: Taurine is critical to your cat’s health! Without it, a cat can go blind. Taurine is found abundant in muscle meat nd organs. Doc’s Stew is a complete and balanced natural source of Taurine from real meat that’s easy to assimilate. Your cats get all the naturally occurring amino acids and vitamins in all the great ingredients, without having to add a supplement.
Q: Do you sell anything natural for hairballs?
A: Hairballs are created when kitty cleans herself and ingests loose, dry hair. Since we like to treat the cause, and not the problem, we recommend Best in Coat, mixed in with the food. This great product helps to eliminate excess shedding, so kitty should not be swallowing so much hair. It will also help to push any fur balls through the regular waste channels, so don’t be surprised if you see a hair ball in the litter box in a few days. Best in Coat food supplement is really healthy for your cat!
Q: My dog has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He’s on medication now, but he still has difficulty going on a regular basis. Is there something we can do?
A: Food that is difficult to digest is difficult to eliminate. Typically the problem is much more prevalent when using dry food, but many canned foods can cause it to happen as well. High quality food that is easy for the body to assimilate, utilize and eliminate is definitely a must for your dog. Grains (like corn, wheat, rice or potato) can also be a real culprit here too, so opt for feeding Doc’s Stew. There’s nothing easier for your dog’s body to process. In addition, it’s important to clean out the digestive tract of the debris that is obviously clogging up his system so also incorporate Best in Coat into the food. Most people have reported noticeable improvement within days.
Q: My two dogs have been diagnosed with Cancer in the past two years. I’ve heard this was very common and the Vet is recommending surgery and chemotherapy. It’s very expensive, but I want to do everything I can for them. Anything you could help us with would be appreciated.
A: We could probably write a book on this one. It’s unfortunate that pet diseases have risen to epidemic proportions in this country, with 1 in 4 dogs getting cancer. There are so many things to consider. First of all, food is the foundation of life. With great food, great health follows. Without it, we are open and susceptible to disease and degeneration. First and foremost, chemicals in the diet can cause the body’s immune system to be compromised. So many chemicals and preservatives are used in commercial pet foods and have been documented and known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Opt for a natural diet always. In addition, we do know that “we are what we eat” and so many pet foods are made up of fillers and poor quality ingredients. Pet food companies are permitted to use 4-D Meats. (Animals classified by the department of Agriculture as unfit for human consumption, but approved in pet foods. They are actually livestock that arrived at the slaughterhouse DEAD, DISEASED, DYING OR DISABLED!). This is why healthy, homemade food is so important. That is why we are so strongly committed to the quality of Doc’s Stew. We make it in a USDA human food Kitchen with entirely wholesome and human-grade ingredients, nutritionally balanced and complete for easy assimilation in the body.
As the great philosopher Hippocrates wrote: “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”. In essence, great food, along with proper supplementation can assist the body’s immune functions to stay strong throughout the years. Your pets are lucky that you’re now seeking great health for them from a place of prevention.
Q: My vet wants Amber (my 13 year old Maltese) to be on a low protein diet because she has kidney disease. Is Doc’s Stew good for her?
A: It’s about the quality of the protein. Kidney health requires high quality protein that the body is able to assimilate, utilize and eliminate with ease. The protein sources in Doc’s Stew all come from USDA APPROVED MEATS (which means that this food is actually approved for human consumption). Some foods can contain meat by-products, which are rejected for humans to eat. We want all of our animals to eat the same kind of quality we insist upon having for the rest of our family.
Q: I have a large dog that is starting to show signs of arthritis. He’s a Great Dane, and I’m getting nervous about him developing hip dysplasia as well. I want to do the best for him. Any suggestions?
A: It’s very important to keep a pet with tendencies toward muscular-skeletal problems from being or becoming overweight. Unwanted pounds put additional stress on the body’s structure and make it more difficult for the pet’s motor function. The good news is that we don’t know of any animal that is overweight on a steady program of Doc’s Stew since there are no fillers, (corn, wheat or rice) like in commercial pet foods, the overall health and vitality should improve dramatically in a short time.
Q: Is your food okay for dogs with copper sensitivities?
A: Yes, copper plays a necessary role in the health of a dog and we abide by the tolerance levels established by AAFCO. We do not add any copper into our foods as an isolated mineral, so the level of copper in our food is low compared to other companies. Copper plays a role in making blood cells, helps immune function and inactivates free radicals. The copper found in our food is naturally occurring in the foods we combine.
Q: My schnauzer is always getting hot spots, skin irritations, rashes and little bumps on her back. I need to do something fast. She tears at herself all night long. Can you help?
A: Start using Best in Coat now and it wouldn’t hurt to double up on the dosage either. The skin problems that you mention are all too common and it’s a sign that there’s not enough Essential Fatty Acids in the diet. Best in Coat is loaded with Vitamins A, D & E (which directly benefits the skin) and boosts the immune system. Your dog will love this delicious full spectrum blend of Essential Fatty Acids to help create a healthy coat and smooth, supple skin. He should calm down and get relief quickly. You’ll love the results.
Q: My dog has bad breath and I’ve heard brushing the teeth can help. Do you have anything for that?
A: We all know that we are what we eat. Pets should not have bad breath if they’re eating food that’s pure, clean and healthy. What you are noticing is not really in the mouth, but more likely in the digestive tract. Highly processed commercial pet foods can clog up in the system, and because they’re so difficult for the body to eliminate fully, they end up sitting in the body and become putrid. Start using Best in Coat to clean out the debris that’s causing the problem. Switching to a more healthful food will make a big difference as well. Doc’s Stew is easy for the body to absorb, utilize and fully eliminate. If the pet also has a bad odor coming from the skin, you’ll want to start the very same regime. All pets should smell clean and odor free with regular hygiene.
Q. My dog has loose stools. What’s wrong?
A. Most pets produce healthy stools immediately or within a few days of switching to our stews. Loose stools or diarrhea can be associated with many causes. Perhaps you’ve switched to the new food too quickly, or you are feeding a supplement that is not agreeing with them, or a commercial treat could be the culprit. Try omitting the supplements and the treats for a few days till their digestive system normalizes. Then pay attention to what you give back to them. Our food is easy for the body to assimilate, utilize and eliminate.
Q: I’ve heard digestive enzymes are important to help my dog process food better. Do you offer any?
A: This is why it’s so important to have the right combination of high quality ingredients meat and vegetables in food, pureed so they are broken down and easily digested. If you’re trying to help a dog that has severe problems, you can always add a spoonful of plain greek yogurt (make sure it does not have any additives as most of the popular brands do).
Q: Why does my dog have gas?
A: Your dog should not have any gas after eating, or any other time of the day. If the food you were feeding was easily assimilated by the body and in balance, your pets would not have gas. Certain foods create gasses in the body, such as cauliflower, broccoli, soy products and indigestible grains. When you switch a gassy pet over to Doc’s Stew, you will quickly realize the gas problem is eliminated.
Q: My dog Itches, Scratches and tears his hair out in patches. I’m at the end of my rope. He’s so miserable. We’ve tried steroids, cortisone and steady doses of prednisone. It seems to work for a few days and then Jake is back to square one. I’ve had him tested for allergies and no one can seem to help. Is there something we’ve missed?
A: This is the single most common question we get at Holiday Pets. 75% of the pets in this country are treated for symptoms of allergies. We have come to understand that it’s more than likely just a deficiency. What’s really sad is that most people (including veterinarians) are missing the single most common denominator in every pet’s life and that is the truly holistic answer – the quality of food that they’re eating. Most pet foods on the market barely sustain life and do not promote great health. When you understand what goes into commercial pet foods, what is left out of them and how they’re processed, it’s easy to understand why so many pets have such a hard time with what they’re eating. It doesn’t matter what the advertising on any food says. If your pet has chronic problems, they are not receiving proper nutrition. Prove it to yourself. Take a look at our Label Check or just put them on Doc’s Stew for a month and see the results for yourself. We stand behind our results 100%.
In addition, most pets with skin problems or coat problems respond beautifully to Best in Coat. We have seen miraculous results when feeding this product. It’s necessary for an animal to have oil in the diet, and if you’re feeding dry food, remember why they call it dry! The food is literally all dried out! The skin dries out, the coat dries out, and the digestive system dries out. That pet is sure to become depleted. Add back in the beneficial oils in Best in Coat and you’ll be amazed. Your pet will be happier and healthier too!
Q: My sister’s dog is very high strung and nervous all the time. Pete barks at everything. Is there something she can give him? The Vet suggested tranquilizers but since I’m against drugs and I told her there had to be a better way.
A: You’re very wise to try something natural first. Many pet foods contain potentially harmful chemicals and preservatives and they could have a really bad effect on the nervous system. Change to a natural diet and you should notice improvement in Pete’s attitude.
Q: All three of my dogs are overweight. They get lots of exercise, but the Vet put them on a “light prescription diet¨. They seem so hungry all the time now, and I feel a little guilty about the whole thing. What else can I do?
A: The main problem tends to be the amount of fillers used in pet foods on the market today. The typical fillers are corn, wheat and rice. Even brown rice is considered to be a filler and not part of what the animals would be eating in the wild. It’s like the difference between eating a turkey dinner versus a bag of potato chips – which makes you feel more full and satisfied?
The excess amounts of carbohydrates (found in fillers) can cause extreme weight gain, even though your pet always seems hungry, and these products should be avoided. Be sure to read your pet food labels. Most pets tend to slim down beautifully when eating Doc’s Stew. It helps to regulate their metabolism and we’re certain they’ll love the new food and will feel completely satisfied.
Dog/Cat General Questions
Q: I’m really surprised that you don’t offer a dry food for those of us who want one. What’s your reason?
A: We know that in human nutrition, the more a food is cooked and processed, the less nutritional benefit it has. Dry Food is all dried out. All of the beneficial Fats and Oils to help the skin and coat are cooked and rendered useless. For instance: raw vegetables are better than cooked vegetables. Or better yet, another example is two steaks on the grill. One is rare and the other is well done. We all know that the rare steak contains more vitamins and minerals than the one that is burned. We want to offer only the best products to promote great health for your pets and since we wouldn’t compromise our own pets’ in any way, we would not compromise yours either. We want you to experience the best results for the ones that you love and we will not offer anything mediocre. Try your pets on a steady diet of Doc’s Stew for one month. The health benefits and the results will be unmistakable.
Q: What makes your treats so healthy?
A: We take choice cuts of USDA-approved whole meat free range chicken and freeze dry them to preserve them. There are no additives, no chemicals, no preservatives, fillers, and no sugar or salt added. That’s why Doc’s All Meat Chicken Treats are healthy enough for humans to eat!
Q: I’ve heard that dry food keeps teeth clean. So what should I do if I’m feeding only Doc’s Stew?
A: There is no documented evidence in the world, that dry food keeps teeth clean. Of all the Veterinarians we’ve interviewed, not one of them found that pets eating dry food had any less dental problems than the ones who ate canned. This is a myth that was made up by the dry food manufacturers to prompt people to have a reason to buy their products. As a matter of fact, healthy food makes healthy bodies, including teeth and gums. Think about it this way: If you ate a salad or an apple, you wouldn’t feel the need to brush your teeth. If you ate a few cookies, you’d be encountering some “cookie-muck” between your teeth. Dry food cakes onto the teeth and gums in the same way cookies would too and causes bacteria.
Q: What are By-Products?
A: By-Products are food stuffs that are rejected for human consumption. They can consist of beaks, feet, feathers, hoofs, hair, eyeballs or connective tissue. While it’s a horrifying thought, some pet food companies have also actually even used ROAD-KILL and the remains of animal euthanized carcasses from Humane Societies in their foods. If your food doesn’t say right on the label that it’s made in a USDA Kitchen with USDA ingredients, you could be unwittingly feeding your own pets some awful things. Holiday Holistic goes two steps further to protect your pet as our food is also made with locally sourced ingredients and our USDA kitchen is in the U.S. so we can personally supervise production. Doc’s Stew is truly approved for human consumption.
Q: Is Doc’s Stew good for puppies and kittens?
A: Doc’s Stew is perfect for all life stages. All of the different foods targeting different life or health stages are just marketing. We recommend using the best quality food and adding a supplement, like Best in Coat or Vitamin C, for pet’s dealing with specific issues.
Q: My cat is always eating my house plants and my dog likes to eat grass. Is this O.K. for them to do?
A: Pets that eat potted plants or grass are not getting enough greens in their diet. Out in the wild, animals would consume fresh prey that could have eaten herbs, plants or berries. The right diet will eliminate the need to do this.
Q: My pets (dog and cat) have fleas and ticks. I bathe them on a regular basis, but they’re still infested.
A: Fleas are attracted to an animal in a weakened state. The stronger the pet, the more resistant they’ll become to most parasites. Pets on our program of healthy foods along with proper nutritional supplements should not attract fleas and ticks. Start using Doc’s Stew along with Best in Coat and you’ll notice a healthier, vital pet in a very short time. In addition, you should consider using Pink Powder Dry Shampoo as part of their regular grooming. It’s safe, gentle and the great smelling aromatic oils help to keep pets clean and make pet’s less attractive to pests.
Q: Both my dog and cat have perpetually greasy coats. Even after I bathe them, they’re still somewhat oily.
A: Your pets are not emulsifying the fatty waste in their bodies. It’s a sign that the food you’re using is not a high quality product. You could switch to Doc’s Stew to help push the waste out of the body through normal channels and not out onto the skin and coat. The greasy coat should reverse itself from the inside out, creating healthier skin and coat in no time. Try Pink Powder Dry Shampoo to make every day a great hair day for your pet.
Pet Food FAQ – Ingredients
Q: Where are the products made?
A: All of our food and treats are made in our USDA facilities right here in the USA. Meaning they are good enough for humans to eat.
Q: Do any of the ingredients come from China or any other country?
A: We will never purchase any ingredients outside the USA and we require strict documentation of product quality from all of our sources.
Q: What is the cooking temperature of your food?
A: Our stews are made in our USDA kitchen, and contain the highest quality human-grade ingredients, so they don’t have to be sterilized, or covered with charcoal like typical, commercial, highly over-processed pet foods. We simmer our stews at just under 200 degrees, similar to slow-cooking on your own stove at home to retain the maximum nutrient level.
Q. Are your turkeys all natural and how are they raised?
A: Our turkeys are all natural (minimally processed and do not contain any artificial ingredients). They are USDA Inspected and APPROVED FOR HUMANS TO EAT! They’re the same kind of quality that you would find in your local grocery store, and do not consist of by-products. They are raised humanely, are given a special vegetarian diet and of course do not contain any growth hormones or stimulants. Our farmers are dedicated to environmental stewardship.
Q: What is meant by the word “meal” in a pet food ingredient listing?
A: Meals” are considered “by products” and they are comprised of many different animal parts, which can contain beaks, feat, feathers, hooves, bone, hair and connective tissue. They come from rendered sources which are not allowed in human foods. Meat meal is also another way to describe Fish Meal, Chicken Meal, etc. Commonly used as a low cost ingredient in pet foods. By law, we would never be allowed to bring this into our human food plant. (Nor would we ever want to).
Q: Do I need to add supplements to your food?
A: Supplements should be added according to each pet’s different nutritional needs. In Andi Brown’s book “The Whole Pet Diet”, she describes all the kinds of supplements that you might consider using for your dogs or cats as they go through different times of stresses. Growth, aging, recovering, development, etc. Our foods exceed the minimum requirements of the Nutrient Profiles set by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). As the body goes through cycles and different life stages, we need to consider how supplements might complement our high quality diet.
Q: How are your pet foods preserved?
A: Canning is its own natural preservative. We don’t need to add any synthetic preservatives to our healthy stews. Canned food is good for years after its produced so long as it’s not subjected to extremely high temperatures for long periods of time.
Q: Why use seafood or turkey broth instead of spring water?
A: Broths contain so many important nutrients, and they’re delicious as well as adding additional amounts of very highly digestible protein.
Q: What are you doing to ensure that your products are safe and free from Mad Cow and BSE?
A: All of our suppliers are certified inspected by the USDA before they enter our plant. Since we do not use any pet grade ingredients, we adhere to a much higher standard than pet food makers, and our supplier of beef liver is certified by the USDA to be free of these specific risk materials. Holiday Holistic Pets consistently requires all of its meat suppliers to be in strict compliance with the company’s highest standards of quality and food safety as well as with all government regulations. We will never be affected by a Pet Food recall.
Q: What kind of meats do you use in your stews?
A: We only use USDA Grade A approved meats in our stews. The meat meets and exceeds all USDA/FDA standards for product safety.
Q: What makes Holiday’s testing unique?
A: Every batch of stews, supplements or treats that we produce in our USDA and FDA approved plants go through a strict protocol of testing before any of the ingredients are approved for use in our products. We use both an in-house testing laboratory as well as a third party testing facility to ensure that we are providing your pets with the very best ingredients available in this country. We don’t accept anything made outside of the country and have strict guidelines to never allow anything produced in China. (Which is where so many of the ingredients come from that have been involved in all the recent recalls). All of our products have been thoroughly tested on HUMANS before they are even given to the pets in our sample testing programs. If we couldn’t eat it ourselves, or use it on our own bodies, our pets would never get it.
Why? Because a human can articulate how they feel after eating or using our products.
Q: Why should I avoid using products that contain meals, by-products or are made in a pet food plant?
A: There is very little regulation when it comes to the quality used in pet food plants. They must go through a strict sterilization process because they are actually allowed to use 4-D meats, which means that the animals arrived at the slaughterhouse Dead, Diseased, Dying, or Disabled. By-products used in typical commercial pet foods are rejected for the human food chain and they may be moldy, rancid or spoiled which could harm your precious dogs or cats. There have been many reports of salmonella in pet foods in recent years. Holiday Holistic uses only the highest quality REAL meats in our healthy formulas and they are all handled with care with the same care as food for people.
Q: Why are you using Wild Salmon and is it better than farm raised?
A: Holiday Holistic wants your pets to have the very best that there is and use the highest quality wild salmon in our stews. The salmon provides an abundance of important vitamins, fats and oils that are necessary for your pets’ coat, skin, immune and digestive systems. Pets love the taste and we think the combination of the meats and fish provide your pets with an unsurpassed nutrient dense, complete and balanced, healthy diet experience.
Q: Are your Doc’s Stew ingredients organic?
A: Doc’s stew is not an organic product. We use the highest quality, natural sources that we can find throughout the year. Unfortunately, it would be nearly impossible to source every one of the ingredients we use in our stews all year round, and it would also drive the price of our products to about triple the price. We want to provide your pets with the very best, at the most affordable cost that we can. We would also caution you to watch out for the use of the word “organic” in advertising. If it’s organic and comes from another country, what standards are you assured of? How can a product be “organic meal” is meal can only be produced by cooking at very high temperatures that deplete any nutrients in the first place.
Pet Feeding FAQ
Q: Can I feed my dogs the cat food and vice versa?
A: Dogs and cats have different nutritional requirements, but there should not be anything wrong with sharing your cat’s food with your dog. Cats should never be fed grains in their diet, because it makes the body alkaline, which leads to kidney problems and urinary tract issues. So never opt to feed your cats the dog food which contains a small amount of grains for good carbohydrates and energy.
Q: How do you adjust feeding amounts for different pets?
A: Every animal is different, based on their age, weight, activity level, breed and even season. Our recommended guidelines are a starting point. Your pet will love the food, which shouldn’t be mistaken for hunger. Keep a watchful eye on their weight. Generally the body will find its correct metabolism when feeding our foods. An overweight pet will probably shed a few pounds and an underweight pet will likely fill out. Our food is so nutrient dense that they will likely eat less and be satisfied. Please keep a journal as you transition your pet over to our healthy food.
Q: Can I feed your stews to my puppy or kitten?
A: Our Doc’s Stew was formulated for all life stages and is the perfect choice to start your pets on as soon as you get them. Always feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Q: What if my pet is overweight?
A: Holiday Holistic Pet foods are the healthiest food for your pets. Generally the weight gain is because your pets have been eating dry foods or highly processed commercial canned foods with fillers like corn, wheat, rice or potatoes. Our foods are meat and vegetable based, which means that they will not cause your dog or cat to become overweight and generally pets will shed a few pounds because of the combination of foods in our formula. 60% of the pets in this country are overweight and it is a direct result of the overuse and abundance of grains and fillers in commercial pet foods. Problems from obesity are joint issues, muscular skeletal problems, diabetes, and digestive disorders. A healthy pet is a trim, fit, lean pet.
Q: How should I switch to a new pet food?
A: There are two ways to switch to a new food. Cold turkey is one way. Your pet should not experience a major change, but switching to a new food could cause a little loose stool. So you would want to be home so that they don’t have an accident in the house. If you opt to switch with a gradual introduction, try mixing about a quarter our new food in with their old food, and over about a week’s period, gradually increase the new food as you decrease the old food. You should have a nice easy transition to the new healthier diet!
Q: My cat is prone to urinary tract problems?
A: Cats should NEVER be fed dry foods because they can cause urinary tract infections. Because there is a very low moisture level in dry foods (almost none) – cats do not get enough hydration, which dries out their organs, including the kidneys and the urinary tract. Cats should NEVER be fed grains because it makes the body alkaline and can create urinary tract infections. Doc’s Stew is healthy and contains an abundance of moisture which helps keep their bodies hydrated naturally. Doc’s Stew was designed because of a cat that had constant urinary tract infections. We wanted to help ensure that no cats go through the trauma or pain of it again. We also recommend the use of Vitamin C for cats with urinary tract problems.
Q: My pets have bad breath.
A: Pets should always smell great. Generally, there should never be any body odors at all. We are what we eat. Eat a salami sandwich and you’ll smell like salami, eat an apple and you’ll smell like an apple. If your dog or cat smells anything besides delicious, you’ll notice that when you change the diet, you will change the way they smell. Including stool in the litter box!
Q: What is the food’s shelf life?
A: Our canned food has a Best Used By on the bottom of the can. Once the can is opened, please store it in the refrigerator and use it within two days. Please treat our healthy foods in the same manner that you would for any other foods you serve the rest of your family. (Remember to always serve at room temperature and take the chill off it before you feed it to your pet)
Pet Food Buying FAQ
Q: How do I know that my pet will love your food?
A: There’s not a dog in the universe who doesn’t love our healthy food and we’ve made sure that your cat will feel the same way. Our foods smell great, taste great and we’re very confident that you’ll see so many positive changes in their coats, skin, eyes, ears, digestive levels and pure energy. We offer 100% product guarantee.
Q: How much does great health cost?
A: Our Doc’s Stew may be a little bit more than you’re paying for your current pet foods, but seeing great health in a very short time, and keeping vet visits to a once a year check up seems pretty priceless to us!
Q: How can I get your healthy food, supplements, treats and grooming aids?
A: You can order directly from us online, or call our office and we’ll take your information over the phone and ship your orders out to you within 24- 48 hours of receiving your order. We’ll treat you like our own family and send the love along with the products!
Q: Does Holiday offer an affiliate program?
A: We know that once you try our healthy products, you’ll want to share the great news with all your friends and family.. We are working hard to develop an affiliate plan so that you’ll reap even more rewards all the time. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter, so that we can let you know how you can get more rewards each and every time you order.
Q: My pet is eating grass Why is this?
A: Your pet is telling you that there are nutritional deficiencies in their foods.. Because we use an abundance of great vegetables to help process the protein in our stews, most pets won’t be looking to fulfill their green nutritional needs outside of their bowl
Q: My Pet is eating poop! Why is this?
A: Coprophagy or coprophagia is the consumption of feces and we believe that if the pet is not a puppy. (Puppies seem to try everything out in their mouths). That it is likely a nutritional deficiency of protein or minerals. This habit should resolve itself quickly when the incorporation of real, wholesome, healthy, high quality protein is being fed. You should see remarkeable improvements in so many areas with Doc’s Stew as your pet’s new food.
Q: Why does my pet need Best In Coat and what are Omega 3, 6 and 9 good for?
A: Best in Coat is a blend of cold pressed virgin oils that you add to your pets food. It contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 which are essential for the body to function properly. Omega 3 rich sources are Wild Salmon, flax Seed and Walnut oil. Omega 6 righ sources are safflower oil and sunflowere oil
Q: What are the oil soluble vitamins?
A: Vitamins A, D & E are fat soluble vitamins, commonly called oil soluble and are great for the coat and skin, digestive system and immune boosting
Q: My pet has allergies, what should I do?
A: We have found that most pets are sensitive to inferior quality ingredients, not the meats and vegetables that we use in our healthy foods.
Q: Are Dry Foods Good for teeth?
A: There has never been evidence that dry food is good for teeth. That would be like saying you could eat a handful of pretzels and your teeth would stay healthy.
Q: Do I need to refrigerate the Best In Coat?
A: No, you don’t have to, but it must be kept cool and not in direct sunlight
Q: How many teaspoons are in a bottle of Best in Coat and how do I use it?
A: 8 ounce bottle is 48 teaspoons / 16 ounce bottle is 96 teaspoons. Pour it over your pets food every time you feed them. You can double the dosage to boost your pet along a healthier path.
Q: Is your food low in ash, and magnesium?
A: Yes, because of the low temperature cooking time and process, our ash and magnesium content is very low, less than ½ of 1%. This food is great for cats prone to kidney and urinary tract issues
Q: Is the protein level high in your food?
A: Our protein levels are neither high nor low. They are proteins that the body can assimilate and utilize gracefully. Remember that we use only USDA meats in our healthy formulas, which the body has an easier time breaking down than by products. 8% minimum in the cat food / 5% minimum in the dog food
Q: Is the can safe for pets?
A: As long as they don’t eat the can. Our cans have a very high quality food grade lining to protect the food from any potential leaching. It’s the same kind of can used in quality soup cans for humans.
Q: What is the Ph level of Doc’s Stew?
It is Neutral – but slightly tipped into acidic because of the meats. Ph levels are measured on a 14 point scale where 7 is neutral. Ph levels below 7 are acidic which keeps the urinary tract healthy
Q: Why is Doc’s Stew so brothy?
A: The broth contains many of the qualities that make Doc’s Stew so healthy. It’s full of enzymes that aid in the digestion of the healthy minerals and vitamins. It is also full of amino acids that the building blocks for the muscular skeletal system. (A real stew’s broth is basically its main element because it absorbs many nutrients from the ingredients).
A body (human or animal) is made up of about 80% water. This is needed to maintain a proper balance otherwise the body will steal water from vital organs to digest food properly, which can lead to dehydration. Remember why it’s so important to drink 8 glasses of water a day. This enables the kidneys to function properly.
Q: What is Choline Chloride?
A: A great and preferred source of Choline, which is considered a member of the B Vitamin family and aids in brain development and digestion. It helps build lecithin which helps maintain cellular wall structures.
Q: What if my pet ingests some of the Pink Powder?
A: There is nothing on our line that could hurt a pet or a person. Pink Powder is safe enough for them to lick it, as it contains nothing but Organic Coconut and other digestible powders, along with safe herbs. We don’t recommend putting it directly into their eyes, ears or mouths, but licking it, will not harm them.
Q: Will Doc’s treats make my pet fat?
A: There has never been an overweight pet on our healthy products. Meat is the only ingredient. What puts weight on pets are the grains and high carbs found in typical commercial treats.
Q: How do I use Doc’s Treats?
A: Depending on the size of the pet, use your thumb nail as a suggested treat size. The treats break apart easily, so you can give them the size you prefer.
Q: How long will Doc’s Treats last?
A: The shelf life will depend on conditions. If you keep the treats in a cool, dry, place you can keep them for up to three years. (Most containers will be consumed within two weeks though)
About the Company
Q: Is Andi Brown the same person who started Halo?
A: Yes, she sold Halo to spend more time with friends and family, but realized that her original products had changed, so she came back to make a new fabulous human grade line again.
Q: Who owns the company?
A: Andi Brown is the director and it is an entirely employee owned company.