Ask Our Vet: Precise for small breed puppies

Q: I was looking into the Precise Holistic Complete formula for my dogs. It looks great for my standard poodle puppy. The only problem is I also have two toy poodles and two miniature poodles. What is recommended for smaller dogs?

A: The Precise Holistic Complete River line and Flight line are for all life stages and all breeds. Either formula will be good for your miniature poodles. Coming soon we will have Precise Holistic Complete small breed formulas.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Upcoming Event: Hank’s Pet Food Grand Opening, Loveland, Colo.

Folks in Loveland, Colo. are going to LOVE this: Hank’s Pet Food Market is the first store in the area to carry Precise Holistic Complete!  In the Loveland area? Stop by for the store’s grand opening events:

When: Saturday April 30 & Sunday May 1 during store hours

Where: 2245 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537

What: Celebrate with special discounts and a chance to win free bags of Precise! Also, bring your pet in for a massage, talk to animal

communicators and grab some food and refreshments for both people and pets!

Hope to see you there!

Tom Ruha is the Western territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at truha@texasfarm.com.

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Mailbag: How can I carry Precise in my store?

Each month, Marnee White, who knows Precise like the back of her hand, will answer questions we get through our customer service e-mails and phone calls.

Q: I want to carry Precise in my store. How do I place an order?

A: We are always excited to have new retailers join our Precise Family! To carry Precise products in your store, click here to fill out a short form and a sales representative in your region will contact you. Thank you for your interest in Precise!

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Quality Time: What the new FDA regulations mean for Precise

Mike Compton is vice president of operations at Precise’s parent company, Texas Farm Products Company, and is responsible for the operations, quality assurance and nutritional content of our pet food. Each month on the blog, he shares how we keep our pet food safe and healthy. Read past Quality Time blog posts here.

Not surprisingly, the Food and Safety Modernization Act affects the pet food industry as well as the overall food production system. Fortunately for us, we’re happy to say the changes are minimal. We already had many of the new requirements in place, so we’re able to quickly adapt to meet new standards.

The new law requires that pet manufacturers have a Hazardous Assessment of Critical Control Points (HACCP) program in place. HACCP is a process that analyzes potential hazards. For example, when we receive a shipment of grains, they must meet our required standards. We test the grains, and as long as it fits our criteria, we continue with our process. If they do not fit our standard, it is in our plan to send them back.

Additionally, companies must solidify Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). This means that for every part of the production process, the company must have written step-by-step instructions on how to complete specific jobs, how to operate equipment and how the equipment should be maintained.

At Precise, we already had both the HACCP and GMP programs in place due to our American Institute of Baking certification, so we’re ahead of the curve.

In the end, the new regulations are going to put the pet food industry even more under the jurisdiction of the FDA, meaning more inspections. We are proud to say that the pet food industry is on its way to looking more and more like the food producing industry, which means more safe, high quality foods for your pets!

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Meet the Precise Team: Dennis Perrin

We make all our own dry food, in-house in the USA, by pet owning experts who take great pride in what they do. In our Meet the Precise Team series, we’ll introduce you to some of the people that make Precise Pet Products run.

Dennis Perrin is our midwest regional sales manager here at Precise, covering 12 states and two provinces in Canada. Learn more about him in this video interview:

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Ingredient Insight: Fruits and veggies

We’re very proud of the premium ingredients found in our foods. In our Ingredient Insight series, our in-house vet Dr. Lisa Drapela provides an in-depth look at how these ingredients protect and boost your pets’ health and energy, why we chose them and what makes them unique. Read all of our Ingredient Insight blog posts here.

Just like humans need fruits and vegetables for necessary nutrients, our pets benefit from them too. That’s why Precise Holistic Complete incorporates the fruits and veggies that pets need to be their healthiest.

Here is the list of fruits and vegetables in our PHC formulas that supply antioxidants, soluble fibers and urinary aids for your pets:

  • Peas are a fantastic source of fiber and protein, and help build and maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Dried apples contain many beneficial nutrients such as mostly soluble fibers (pectin) that help pets’ intestines. They also include insoluble fibers, beta-carotene and Vitamin C.
  • Dried carrots serve as an excellent natural source of beta-carotene, an active vitamin that aids in healthy vision and helps prevent abnormal bone spurs and skin lesions.
  • Dried cranberries are high in antioxidants and well known for their benefits to the urinary tract and bladder.
  • Dried blueberries are rich in carotenoids, which are antioxidants that help support the immune system.
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H.H. Backer Success

We had another great trade show experience last week at the H.H. Backer Spring Show in Atlantic City, N.J. Opening day, Wednesday, proved to bring in a number of retailers that may not have attended in previous years. Those retailers inquired about our product and we’re excited that several will bring Precise Pet Products into their stores in the near future! We were pleased by the number of stores we were able to meet with, as well as the interest in carrying our product line.

Overall another successful show!

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Photo Roundup: American Boarding Kennels in Burnsville, Minn.

I had the opportunity to snap a quick photo at American Boarding Kennels in Burnsville, Minn. The display looks fantastic!

Follow them on Facebook. Thanks for caring Precise Holistic Complete!

Dennis Perrin is the Midwest regional sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at dperrin@texasfarm.com. See a photo of Dennis and his dog KaChow in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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Pet News Roundup: Dog days, cat bites, and recall resources

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources and Twitter.

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Great Dane Lady Approved: My personal pet food criteria


The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

When it comes to learning about pet food products, the Internet is a resourceful tool for pet owners but can be a battle between fact and misinformation from companies trying to sell product.

To closely assess the quality of any pet food, there are several criteria I believe need to be addressed beyond simply reading the pet product label:

  • Feed Trial Results
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Company Philosophy
  • Company Ethics
  • Advertising Ethics
  • Focus: A Good, Quality Product
  • Safety History of the Manufacturing Plant
  • Independent/Family Owned Company

Many forum web sites are simply opinions and are not based on fact. Be mindful of these opinions. To help combat this problem, I have created my own list of pet foods that I have personally conducted feed trials with, and that I hold to the criteria above. I hope my list helps contribute to your educated decision about pet food.

Precise Pet Products are at the top of my list because they have gone above and beyond my criteria. Not only have I conducted feed trials with these products, but Precise is a fourth-generation family owned company and plant, with a strong reputation for product safety. They have an AIB excellent rating, and quality ingredients. That is why I trust Precise as the food of choice for my dogs.

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