UPDATE: We find that it is extremely important to be as authentic and honest as possible with our readers. As of December 2022, Betty White is no longer taking these supplements nor eating the FOTP treats. She was given the opportunity to try the food that Front of the Pack was promoting as a new product and became sick after we began gently integrating it into her diet. As you will read below, she has a very sensitive stomach, and though the food did not work out for her, she no longer wanted any of the FOTP products. You may have a different experience, but we wanted to add this disclaimer since we have been contacted about this product and our thoughts on the FOTP food since this blog post was published.
May 1, 2022
Betty White here, the pup that is. Mom and dad allowed me to take a turn at blogging since this blog post is really all about me. Most things are about me in our household, but I digress. I am a new member of the pack, Front of the Pack. Before I became a member of Front of the Pack, mom and dad wanted to make sure it was the best decision for me. Not only are they the best pet parents around, but I have several health and physical issues. They wanted to make sure that the ingredients in Front of the Pack’s supplements aligned with those issues, and our values as a family.
Introduction to Front of the Pack
As you can imagine, we get a lot of brands sending us things to try. As much as I want to dig into them, mom and dad don’t just let me have them. I have a sensitive stomach, and some ingredients just aren’t good for me. A lot of you know that I am a rescued pup. I had a rough start. Due to that, my bones did not form the way that they should have, so now that I am in my golden years, I have more arthritis than most pups. Not only that, but I also have some liver enzyme issues that we have to monitor. You know they say when you get older, all you talk about is your health issues. Here we go!
When Front of the Pack reached out to mom and dad, offering assistance to me for some of my health issues, mom and dad did some digging into their products. I did some sniffing into them, and I loved what I smelled!
Front of the Pack is Backed By Science
So, what was different about Front of the Pack? Well, the first thing that made my mom happy is that the brand was made up of a team of veterinarians and scientists. These people are the ones who work on the supplements to tackle the health problems that each supplement is meant to help with.
The Front of the Pack website is transparent with its science. There is an 8-step supplement testing framework! Have you ever heard of anything like that in the pet food industry? We haven’t. This is the section mom spent a lot of time reading, and she was very happy. Front of the Pack ensures that every ingredient is backed by trusted research. In fact, on the website, there are studies available for the ingredients that are in the supplements, proving how/why they work. This made mom and dad comfortable giving Front of the Pack a try.
Why Does It Matter?
Speaking from a pup who loves to eat, my mom and dad are really picky about what I put into my mouth. Here are some things that they wanted me to share with you about the canine industry:
- 50% rise in gut problems over the past 5 years
- 1 in 4 vet visits is for a skin complaint
- 1 in 3 dogs is now clinically obese
- 66% rise in arthritis over the past decade
- 1 in 3 dogs suffers from canine anxiety
- 80% of dogs have dental disease by age 3
Statistics can be found here.
Unfortunately, similar to human health, a lot of brands take advantage of reacting to problems rather than trying to prevent them.
Front of the Pack Gives Back
The next thing that mom and dad loved was that Front of the Pack is a partner with Best Friends Animal Society and supports rescues with each purchase. Front of the Pack is also committed to making the nation’s shelters no-kill by 2025. This is an important part of our family’s value since I am a rescued pup and we as a family advocate for adopting and rescuing pets.
The Trial Process of Front of the Pack
When the package arrived from Front of the Pack, I was really excited! Mom already told me that I was going to be able to try the products, so my mouth was watering. My starter package included the following:
- The One
- Free Range Beef Tripe Treats
- Wild Alaskan Salmon Treats
- Farm Raised Rabbit Treats
All of the supplements can be sprinkled on my food, so it’s not like I have to take a pill. Yay for mom, because she really gets a lot of anxiety about having to hide a pill in something. I always find it and spit it out. I’m as smart as I am pretty.
Mom started me with Move and The One. Then, she integrated Soothe. We have used Harmony as needed. Of course, the treats are used when I am a good girl, or after our walks and stroller rides.
We think of The One as a daily multivitamin for people. It is a great way for me to get benefits in one supplement. It tackles eight essential benefits in one supplement:
- Relieve Hip & Joint Stiffness
- Alleviate Stress & Anxiety
- Support Healthy Digestion
- Soothe Itchy Skin & Allergies
- Freshen Breath & Reduce Plaque
- Promote Mental Sharpness
- Support Immune Health
- Maintain Healthy Heart Function
Move targets joint and mobility support, so this is the one that we were all most hopeful for. It has glucosamine and chondroitin, which are in a lot of supplements for arthritis, but this supplement also:
- Promotes healthy cartilage growth
- Cushions aging hips and joints
- Relieves stiffness and discomfort
I’ve never had too much stress on car rides, but I do get some anxiety on longer ones, so mom gave me the Harmony packets on a recent long car ride, and I did really well. Bonus, I didn’t have to have it with any food because I really liked the taste of it! This supplement:
- Moderates stress
- Promotes a state of calm
- Relieves stiffness and comfort
After a couple of weeks, mom started integrating Soothe. She was nervous about my stomach with the new changes and since I was doing well, she added the additional supplement. Soothe targets itch and gut support. I don’t have itchy issues, but I do have a lot of gut health issues, so this is right up my alley. This supplement:
- Soothes & nourishes dry, itchy skin
- Supports healthy gut function
- Promotes healthy immune response
Betty White Becomes a Member of Front of the Pack
At the time of this post, it has been just over 6 weeks since I started Front of the Pack supplements, and I feel great. I am almost 12 years old, and despite having arthritis, I have walked more lately than I have walked in a year. I still love my stroller rides, but I want to walk more. I love sniffing new areas on walks, and I enjoy the beach mornings where I can sprint alongside the waves.
I also really love opportunities to enjoy those Front of the Pack treats. Since being a member of the Pack, I have lost 4 pounds! Mom and dad are really happy about that because they say it is better for my back legs, which are really weak. That makes me want to use my legs more and be more active. Plus, I really like the taste of the supplements on my food, and run to my breakfast and dinner. You can see a video of that here.
Another bonus, since we are an adventure family, I also like that we have Harmony on board, for those longer trips. Now, I can rest with no stress in the car and have more adventures to look forward to.