Great Dane Lady Approved: Dangerous Foods for Your Pet

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.

Chocolate, fruit and nuts may sound like tasty delights to you, but these foods can be downright deadly to our four-legged friends. Below is a roundup of common household foods and items that pose a threat to your beloved pets. Avoid these common toxins to help your dogs and cats live long, healthy lives.

Grapes and Raisins
Healthy for you? Yes. Healthy for pets? No. If consumed, grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs and cats. Experts suspect it has something to do with a chemical in the fruit’s skin. Raisins are even more dangerous because they contain a concentrated supply of toxins. Keep this snack out of the reach of your pets.

Chewing Gum
A dog might be attracted to the sweet-smelling gum that your kids are chewing or that’s tucked away in your bag, but the artificial sweetener, xylitol, can be deadly to pets. This sweetener is found in many types of gum and breath mints and can cause a low-blood sugar crisis in your pet. In fact, just a piece or two of gum can kill a dog.

Nicotine
It may seem unlikely that a dog would eat cigarettes, but those nosy little creatures will gobble them without a second thought. Nicotine is highly toxic so it doesn’t take much to cause a health crisis for your pet, including seizures, coma and death.

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Mailbag: Submitting a testimonial

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 love Precise and want the world to know! How do I submit a testimonial?

A: Here at Precise, we want to hear from our community. Our Pet Tales blog posts on The Dish come directly from customers who have submitted stories about their experience with Precise products. Click here to share your own story, and don’t forget to submit an accompanying photo to the Pet Zone!

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Pet Tales: Parker perks up for Precise!

Here at Precise, we want to hear from our community. Our Pet Tales blog posts come directly from customers who have submitted stories about their experience with Precise products. Click here to share your own story.

Trish M. of Dallas, Texas writes:

Parker is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is just crazy about his Precise Holistic Wild at Heart River Line – Salmon. All we have to say is ‘food’ and he runs to the cabinet awaiting breakfast or dinner. I’ve trained him to sit before he eats, but he has a hard time waiting! On a day-to-day basis, Parker just wants to be around people. He loves to take walks, play ball, meet up with other Cavalier friends and, of course, nap on the couch.

I’ve found that Parker loves Precise because it is incredibly fresh. I often find him sniffing around the unsealed bag. If I accidently drop a few morsels, he finds them immediately.

As mentioned in my blog post, Precise food is chock full of good stuff from salmon to botanicals to cell protectors. We should all eat so healthy. Precise pet foods get top rankings from the Whole Dog Journal, and the plant in Texas received a superior rating from American Institute of Baking (AIB), an institute that assesses food safety risks and compliance. I’m not a Precise employee and don’t have any financial stake in the company – just a consumer who wants to buy dog food without fillers, preservatives, additives, etc.

Plus, I love that Parker’s golden coat is even more gorgeous from eating Precise!

Trish also shared a great video of Parker digging at his Precise:

Trish buys Precise products at The MuttWorks in Coppell, Texas.

Special thanks to Trish and Parker for sharing their story!

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Pet News Roundup: Pet allergies, cat adoption and health tips!

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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Quality Time: Near-infrared testing

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.

Another important test we perform on our pet foods here at Precise is Near-infrared (NIR) testing. These tests analyze properties such as fat, fiber and amino acids, and help us provide ongoing analysis along the production line as our food is being made.

What used to take hours can now be done in 15 seconds, which allows us to test more often and in a more effective way. Here are a few photos of the process. First, here is a sample being prepared for NIR analysis:

Then the sample is loaded onto the NIR machine:

Finally, our staff monitors the NIR results to be sure it meets our stringent standards:

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Meet the Precise Team: Liz Morken

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.

When we caught up with Liz Morken, our midwest territory sales manager, at SuperZoo this year, she was happy to share her excitement about the new Precise Holistic Complete formulas. Listen in to her below – and learn about her cat’s very special fetching abilities:

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Photo Roundup: Bennis Feed in Minnetonka, Minn.

I was fortunate to visit the folks at Bennis Feed in Minnetonka, Minn. recently. Check out their Precise display and our logo on their sign! Really exciting to see our name up in lights!

Here is their great Precise display:

Here we are featured on their sign:

Thanks for your support, Bennis Feed!

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 Tales: Show-stopping Collies that love Precise!

Here at Precise, we want to hear from our community. Our Pet Tales blog posts come directly from customers who have submitted stories about their experience with Precise products. Click here to share your own story.

Theresa Uzelac of Auburn, Calif. writes:

“One of my top concerns as a dog show exhibitor, breeder and owner is the health and nutrition of my animals. I have gone to great lengths to learn about pet food and nutrition to keep them safe and healthy.

As an exhibitor for 20 years and a responsible breeder of Collies for the last 12 years, my goal is to produce Collies with exceptional health, temperament and conformation. My Collies are first and foremost beloved family members and secondly, show and breeding dogs. I started my career with longhaired Rough Coated Collies and obtained my first shorthaired Smooth Coated Collie two years ago. Currently they range from six months old to 13 years old, and I average one litter every one to two years.

My very first show Collie was raised and conditioned exclusively on Precise. He became a champion at the age of 15 months and at two years old, was ranked eighth in the national rankings for his breed. I was drawn to Precise because it uses quality natural ingredients and contains no chemical preservatives. It is also convenient that there are different formulas for a variety of needs.

My older Collies eat the Precise Holistic Complete – Senior formula and my younger Collies, who are actively showing, eat the Precise Holistic Complete Large & Giant Breed – Adult. My puppies are raised on the Precise Holistic Complete Large & Giant Breed – Puppy formula. They all enjoy Precise because it is a very palatable food and incredibly good for them (although I’m not sure they realize that part). That’s why it is Precise or nothing for my beloved Collies!

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Ask Our Vet: Salt and taurine in Precise formulas

Q: Why is salt added to Precise formulas? Why do some formulas have taurine and others do not?

A: Sodium and chloride, the constituents of salt, are two minerals required by the body in certain amounts. Some of the formulas have salt as an ingredient because the other ingredients do not supply the recommended daily amounts for pets.

Taurine is an essential amino acid for cats but not for dogs. It is considered to be a conditional amino acid for dogs because many dogs make enough taurine to supply their needs. However, taurine is added to some large and giant breed formulas because many of these breeds do not make enough of it daily.

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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Mailbag: Uploading photos to the Pet Zone image gallery

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: How can my pet be featured in the Pet Zone image gallery?

A: We love to see the “smiling” faces of your healthy, happy Precise pets! To share a photo of your favorite cat or canine:

    1. Visit the Pet Zone Image Gallery
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the page
    3. If you haven’t created a login for the Pet Zone community, do so now
    4. Upload your file (we recommend photos be at least 250 x 250 pixels)
    5. Provide a title and description for the photo
    6. Submit*

      We look forward to seeing your photos!

      *Please note that it may take a week or so for the photo to appear in the image gallery.

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