Pet News Roundup: Lost cat finds her way home, special-needs pet and acts of heroism!

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: Variety is the Spice of Life – Pt. 1

 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.

Would you like to eat the same bowl of cereal every single morning and evening of your life? No, and neither does your pet! That’s why using certain human foods to top their kibble is a good way to incorporate some “living nutrition” without a lot of calories.

Eggs

Wash the shell first and put it in a blender – shell and all. The shell is a natural form of calcium, and my latest feed trials on Egg Shell Membranes (ESM) have shown there are many benefits to ESM for joint and cartilage support. Take the whole egg and put it in the blender to have a complete nutritional package. Scramble it in a little olive or coconut oil and give to your pet 1 -2 times a week.

Homemade Yogurt

Use only a culture from a natural food store – not a regular grocery store because that yogurt is not processed as well. You can buy large containers at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and other privately owned natural food stores.  A dollop per day is a healthy treat. However, it should not be used as a sufficient replacement for probiotics, especially if your dog is on antibiotics or under stress.

This is why I prefer to provide my dogs with a powdered probiotics, like 1 in 4 Probiotics or ProBio Pac (which I designed) for First Choice Naturals.

Dairy: Cottage Cheese/ Cheeses/ and Buttermilk

Many pets love these products. They can be higher in calories, so if you have a dog with weight issues, cut back a bit on the kibble if you are using cheese of any kind.  Again, buy your milk products from a good health food store such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or other natural food stores that have organic and all-natural products.

Please note: Some dogs can’t tolerate milk products due to lower levels of lactose, an enzyme that helps the body digest lactose.

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Retailer Spotlight: Sebastian’s Healthy Pet Food & Supply in Salem, Ore.

In our Retailer Spotlight blog posts, our team will take a closer look into some of the outstanding retailers across the country that sell Precise. We love all of our retailers and the services they bring to our customers!

Congratulations to Sebastian’s Healthy Pet Food & Supply! This year, they were named Best Pet Supply Store of Mid-Willamette Valley and Salem, Ore.

Locally owned and operated in South Salem since 1993, Sebastian’s Healthy Pet Food & Supply specializes in premium, healthy products for pets. They only sell products that don’t contain fillers, added preservatives or meat by-products. They pride themselves on their in-depth knowledge of products and how to keep pets healthy.

We’re proud to have Precise Holistic Complete and our other formulas on display in their happy, healthy store:

Visit them at 5247 Commercial St. in Salem, Ore. Find more information on their website and on their Facebook page. Sebastian’s Healthy Pet Food & Supply has a second location in Sunriver, Ore. – so be sure to stop by one of the two locations!

Helen Hurd is the Northwest territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at hhurd@texasfarm.com. See a photo of Helen and her dog Woody in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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Mailbag: I need advice on my pet’s nutrition. Can the Precise team help?

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 need advice on my pet’s nutrition. Can the Precise team help?

A: Of course! At Precise, we have an on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Drapela, who is happy to answer health and nutrition questions. To submit a question for Dr. Lisa, simply visit the Ask Our Vet page located on the Pet Zone section of our website. You can also read questions that Dr. Lisa has already answered here.

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Pet News Roundup: 9/11 Tribute, Cat Types, and Bizarre Stories!

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: Palatability tests

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.

In our previous Quality Time post, we discussed developing formulas and mentioned conducting palatability tests. When we develop new formulas, we want to make sure they are not only healthy, but taste delicious too!

Palatability tests are run against competitive products to measure how tasty and appetizing a new formula is. The new formula is shipped to a palatability-testing lab that is contracted to offer these types of services.

To test the palatability, the animals are presented with two bowls. The bowls are presented at the same time with product A in one bowl and product B in the other. The observer makes note of the first choice the animal makes. After about 15 minutes, the bowls are removed and weighed to determine what food was not consumed.

On the second day of testing, the bowls hold the same products, but their position is swapped due to a possible left-right bias. Observers make note of the first choice preference and weigh the food, just as before. They continue this process for a third day. Afterward, they enter values in a computer and do statistical analysis to determine which was preferred over a three-day period of time.

After we receive the statistical information, we use it along with other test results, such as digestibility tests, to decide if the formula meets our high-standards and will satisfy and nourish our Precise pets.

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Precise Pet at Super Zoo

The Precise team is excited to be spending some time in Las Vegas this week for SuperZoo! The show runs from Sept. 13-15 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, so stop by Booth #2518 and check out our show specials.

We have a number of specials on Precise Holistic Complete:

  • Mix and Match: buy 300 pounds of dog or cat food, get 20% off!
  • Can Special: buy 2 cases (mix and match, dog or cat), get 1 case free!
  • Floor Stacker Special: buy 10 30-pound bags (mix or match) and get 1 free plus $15 cash back. Or, buy 12 bags of any Precise Holistic Complete formula (single sku) and get 1 free plus a $20 cash card.
  • Bonus Offer: Get 1 free case of cans (dog or cat) for every 300 pounds of Precise Holistic Complete purchased.

This is a great opportunity to save on our Precise brand as well:

  • Mix and Match: buy 300 pounds of dog or cat food, get 20% off!
  • Bonus Offer: Get 1 free case of cans for every 300 pounds of Precise purchased (dog or cat).
  • Floor Stacker Special: buy 12 large bags of Foundation, Sensicare, Endurance, or any other large bag (single sku) and get 1 free plus a $20 cash card.

Remember, these great offers are only available at SuperZoo! Stop by today to place your order or visit with our team to learn more.

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Ask Our Vet: Food for Great Dane puppies

Q: I have a 16-week-old Great Dane puppy. I have read and heard many conflicting things about the type of food to give him. I was told no puppy food but then I read that Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed Puppy is a good choice. Should I use this or Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed Adult?

A: The Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed Puppy formula is what you should feed. The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, helped us formulate it, and now she feeds it to her own Great Dane puppies. You can read The Great Dane Lady’s testimonial or visit her website for more information on why she chooses Precise.

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: Is Precise Holistic Complete appropriate for all ages?

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: Can I feed my puppy Precise Holistic Complete formula? Is it appropriate for all ages?

A: Even though our formulas are for all life stages, we highly suggest feeding puppy food to a puppy until they are 10-14 month old depending the breed. We offer Precise Holistic Complete Small & Medium Breed Puppy and Large & Giant Breed Puppy. We do have the Wild at Heart River and Flight lines for all life stages For specific health related questions, please ask our on-staff veteranarian Dr. Lisa Drapela.


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Pet News Roundup: Furry Photos, Disaster Tips from ASPCA and Treat Addictions!

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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