Mailbag: How can I learn more about the Precise team?

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 I learn more about the Precise team?

A: Our YouTube page and blog feature a number of videos from the Precise team. Check them out and get to know the folks that are responsible for providing your pet with a healthy, high-quality diet.

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Pet News Roundup: Entertaining Tips, a Touching Story of a Blind Great Dane and Starting a Dog Treat Business!

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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Meet the Precise Team: Alyssa Crosby

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.

Alyssa Crosby is Precise Pet Products’ New England Territory Sales Manager! With over 11 years of experience, Alyssa is responsible for servicing, managing and developing the customer base within the New England territory.

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Variety is the Spice of Life – Pt. 3

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.

In my previous posts on variety, I discussed how berries and fruit could be used to spice up your pet’s meal time. There are a few ways you can add fish into the mix!

Fish: Sardines/Salmon/Mackerel

Thanks to the omega-3’s and high levels of DHA and EPA, sardines are one of the best foods on the planet for humans and pets! Sardines, along with salmon and mackerel are good for skin, coat and brainpower. Use those packed in water, not in oil.

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Mailbag: What does AIB certified mean?

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 read that Precise is AIB certified. What does this mean?

A: The American Institute of Baking is a recognized monitoring system of food manufacturers that inspects facilities based on the standards for human food grade production. Texas Farm Products, makers of Precise, received a superior rating in June 2010. The inspection evaluated operational methods, personnel practices, maintenance for food safety, cleaning practices and pest control. This speaks volumes of the high-quality food we are producing for your pets!

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Pet News Roundup: Evolution of Dogs, Safer Surgery and Kid-Friendly Cats!

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.

  • How Can I Make Surgery Safer for my Pet?: Is your pet is about to go under-the-knife? The Vet Blog with Dr. Eric Barchas, DVM dishes about anesthesia and your pet’s safety.
  • Top Kid-Friendly Cats: With the holidays just around the corner, your kids may be asking for a new furry friend! This article from CatChannel.com explains which cats are friendliest around children.
  • Kill Fleas with Luxurious Neem Shampoo: Looking to kill your pet’s fleas the natural way? The Daily Dog Tip explains that shampoos containing Neem oil could be the right choice for your pet.
  • How Dogs Evolved Into ‘Our Best Friends’: According to some researchers, dogs weren’t always our best friends. This article from NPR Books suggests dogs evolved from wolves.
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Mailbag: What does it mean to be a part of the Precise Community?

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: What does it mean to be a part of the Precise Community?

A: Pets have lots of needs, and we want to help you meet all of them. On the Precise Community page of our website, you’ll find resources to help keep your pet exercised, healthy and socialized. We also like to get to know our customers. By joining the Precise Community, we can learn more about you and your pet and keep you up-to-date with all things Precise. It’s easy to join too! Just visit the Pet Zone and fill in the blanks. After joining the community, don’t forget to add your pet’s picture to the Image Gallery.

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Ask Our Vet: Tear stains

Q: Do you have any suggestions on what is causing my dog to have prominent tear stains? Is it food related?

A: There are several possible reasons that tear staining occurs. They can range from blocked tear ducts, hair growth, fleas and allergies. Dogs may also have more than one cause of staining. Here is a link that I think best covers the whole tear staining problem. I hope this helps.

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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Ask Our Vet: Could itchy skin be from food allergies?

Q: I have an 11-year-old miniature poodle with many problems. We have tried to change his diet several times, but he still battles itchy skin. He is constantly licking and chewing at his feet. The vet gave us antibiotics and steroids which helped while he was on them. Any suggestions? Should I change food?

A: It is not likely that a food change by itself will cure this problem. Please visit this link about food allergies. One of the most important sections is where it talks about the use of steroids. They do not generally have any effect on food allergies.

You are likely dealing with atopy (inhaled allergies) to something or maybe more than one thing. You need to find a good food from a reputable company that your dog actually likes and stick with it. Then talk to your veterinarian about doing some skin allergy testing just like they do in people, which are more accurate than blood tests.

Good luck, and I hope you find some relief for your dog.

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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Ingredient Insight: The Salmon Myth

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.

Salmon meal is an integral part of several of our new Precise Holistic Complete foods. Not only is it an excellent source of protein but it also has the added benefit of supplying a natural form of omega-3 fatty acids to the food.

There is a myth about salmon being harmful to dogs and cats that should be clarified.  The truth is raw salmon can cause a condition known as salmon poisoning in dogs.  It does not affect cats at all.  The disease is actually caused by a bacteria in the salmon.  Cooking the salmon destroys the bacteria making salmon meal completely safe and healthy for both dogs and cats.

Questions? Please submit them to me in the Ask Our Vet section.

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