Ingredient Insight Roundup: Top Posts from 2011

It’s been a great year for Precise! We are thrilled to be able to provide food made with quality ingredients for your dogs and cats to live a happy, healthy life. Here’s a round-up of some of our top Ingredient Insight posts by Dr. Lisa Drapela from 2011:

  • Ingredient Insight: Real meat: Confused by the label? Yes, it’s real meat! Learn about the real meat used in our products!
  • Ingredient Insight: Herbals: Nope, herbs aren’t just for humans! Check out this post on how the herbs in Precise Pet Products can provide health and wellness benefits for your pet!
  • Ingredient Insight: DHAgold®: Watch this video to find out how Precise Pet Products is adding human-grade ingredients to your pet’s food!
  • Ingredient Insight: Supplements: With the Precise difference, you’ll find that all of our formulas feature beneficial supplements! Learn about what we include and why we do it!

Thanks to Dr. Lisa Drapela for a great 2011, full of insightful posts about the quality ingredients found in Precise Pet Products!

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Top Posts from 2011

A valuable resource to the Precise Team, Canine Nutritional Consultant Linda Arndt, or The Great Dane Lady, filled The Dish with some great tips for our pooches and kitties! Here is a look back at some of Great Dane Lady’s most memorable posts from 2011.

Thanks to The Great Dane Lady for providing such valuable information!

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Precise Pet Tales Roundup: A Year of Pet Tales

Here on The Dish, we love to hear stories about your pets and their experiences with Precise. Our customers have shared some amazing tales throughout the year – from battling health problems to winning dog shows – all illustrating the Precise difference.

Here is a roundup of all the submissions. What’s your favorite story?

Want to share your own story? Submit one through our Pet Tales form. Thanks to all those who submitted their stories! We look forward to hearing more in 2012!

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Pet News Roundup: Resurrected Puppy, Fashion-Forward Kitty and Choosing the Best Leash!

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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Ask Our Vet: What do you recommend for a formula with no wheat, soy or corn?

Q: My 12-year-old West Highland White Terrier is having yeast problems, causing itchy paws. He recently started the Nzymes treatment recommended by Hemopet’s Dr. Jean Dodds. Dr. Dodds advised feeding our dog a grain-free formula with no wheat, soy or corn. What do you recommend?

A: I recommend the Precise Holistic Complete Small/Medium Breed Adult formula. It does not contain wheat, soy or corn. It does not contain potatoes either, which can be a problem when you are fighting yeast problems.

Additionally, I recommend you check into inhalant allergies, also called atopy. The symptoms of atopy are constant licking and chewing of the feet, leaving them constantly moist and in turn helping yeast grow. The yeast problems your dog has may merely be a symptom of a deeper problem, which may be atopy.

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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Pet Tales: The Tale of Willy-Earl

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.

Lee Taylor writes:

A little history on Willy-Earl…

Willy-Earl was left abandoned in the woods of Pelhatchie, Mississippi. He wandered in the woods of Pelahatchie, Mississippi for months, until one day he wandered into a neighborhood and he came across woman who was putting her trash out. This woman was a vet. The vet said Willy-Earl was skin and bones, covered in blood, sores, and had minor health problems. She said when Willy-Earl walked up to her, she tried to shew him off but that big happy smile of Willy-Earl’s got to her and she brought him into her clinic. Isn’t that a testimony? After all that Willy-Earl went through, he kept smiling, stayed happy, looked for opportunity to find help and the Lord provided him a vet!

Fast forwarding a few weeks later, Ryan, Marley and I got to Mississipi. We decided to drive through our favorite coffee shop. Marley was in my lap. The Barista asked, “are ya’ll looking for another boxer?” and we exclaimed “yes!” The Barista said, “Well, I’ve been working part-time at this clinic and there’s this boxer, sweetest dog the Lord ever made, I named him Willy-Earl. I’ve been praying for weeks for the Lord to provide a family for him and ya’ll look like the answers to my prayers for Willy-Earl.”

So we went to the vet to meet him. Ryan and I were concerned how Marley and Willy-Earl would get along. So we agreed to let them play in the vet’s backyard for a while. When we got to the vet, Marley took one look at Willy-Earl who was trembling in the corner, and Marley ran up to Willy-Earl, wrapped his paws around Willy-Earl and started hugging and kissing him like crazy!

After this story, I’m convinced Marley has the gift of healing! Ryan and I fell in love with our boy, Willy-Earl, and we were sold! I told the vet about Texas Farm, the holistic brand, the dog parks in Orlando and our favorite dog beach. All she could say is, “Wow, the Lord has provided for Willy-Earl above and beyond what I could have imagined! Willy-Earl has hit the jackpot!”

Over the weekend Willy-Earl and Marley snuggled, kissed, played, ate out of the same bowl – the bromance had started. On our drive back to Orlando, Marley licked Willy-Earl’s face like crazy…12hrs later, Marley had licked all the scabs on Willy-Earl’s face away and his face healed up the next day.

A year later, Willy-Earl has graduated from puppy school with honors and has grown into a big happy healthy boy–our pride and joy! I keep thinking about that verse in Matthew, “29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[b ] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

I think about all the Lord has done for Willy-Earl in just a year. He’s come such a long way from the woods in Pelahatchee, Mississippi. It’s such a testimony to me. Thanks for your help in healing Willy-Earl, we really appreciate all you do for him and Marley.

Thanks for sharing your story! Marley and Willy-Earl eat Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed Formula, and sometimes mix in Precise Holistic Complete Duck and Turkey!

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Variety is the Spice of Life – Pt. 4

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, I’ve discussed how eggs, berries, fruit, homemade yogurt, sardines and dairy products can make your pet’s meal time new and exciting. In my last variety post, I focus on spicing up the mix by adding vegetables!

Vegetables

There is nothing on the planet that my dogs love better than Mom’s homemade veggie soup chocked full of veggies. By using cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower and adding the foods listed below, you can make a delicious and healthy snack for your pet:

  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Squash
  • Green beans
  • Wax beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Kale

You can even add flavor with garlic – but not onions. Garlic is very safe!

Remember to use spinach very sparingly due to the oxalates in it, which are not good for dogs prone to bladder stones. Once a week in small amounts is ok. As long as these are cooked in a veggie soup, there really is not issue with gas, especially if you are using a probiotic/dietary enzymes combination product. Using 1 in 4 Probiotics or ProBio-Pack helps break down foods for easy digestion.

Other things I use as mixers for my kibble are Precise Canned Meats. I will often rotate that with The Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw meat, which is tested for pathogens and parasites before sold.

Rotating Precise food is good for dogs that are past growing, especially the giant breeds over 8 months old. They have a nice variety like the Lamb/Rice Sensicare, the Precise Holistic Complete Wild at Heart Duck/Turkey and Precise Holistic Complete Wild at Heart Salmon, which can be rotated with their regular Adult formulas to add variety to a diet.

We have lots of healthy options for our pets because variety is the spice of life! If you missed them, make sure to check parts 1-3 of my posts about how to spice up your dog’s meal time!

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Pet Tales: Gabriel, the big pup from New Hampshire, loves Precise Holistic Complete!

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.

Kimberly Warren of Nashua, N.H. writes:

My Rhodesian Ridgeback Gabriel and I love Precise Holistic Complete Large & Giant Breed Puppy Food! When he was younger, he started to develop a condition called ‘Knuckling Over’ on his front legs. Once I changed his diet to Precise Holistic Complete Large & Giant Breed Puppy, his legs started growing at a better pace and became straighter!

I love the balance of fat and proteins in Precise Holistic Complete, and Gabriel loves everything about it. He does not stop chewing until the bowl is empty! Now, Gabriel can go on enjoying life and being a spoiled puppy.

Kimberly and Gabriel find their Precise Pet Products at Food for Pets in Amherst, N.H. Thanks for sharing your story! We’re glad Precise helps keep Gabriel healthy!

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Pet News Roundup: Burning Extra Energy, Pooch Presents and Blind Kitten Tackles Christmas Tree!

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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Ingredient Insight: Omega-3

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.

Omega-3 fatty acids are not only essential for human health, but for your pet’s health too! Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of fatty acid that must be balanced with the Omega-6. Since the body can’t produce essential fatty acids, it is vital that pets acquire them through diet and nutrition. Omega-3s are especially important for pets with allergic, autoimmune or inflammatory conditions.  New discoveries are being made everyday that highlight the role of fatty acids in the body.

That’s why Precise Holistic Complete includes fish oil and/or flaxseed in all of its formulas. Flaxseed and fish oil help promote overall heart, vision, joint, skin and coat health. Both ingredients provide a great source of omega-3 fatty acids to help moderate your pet’s immune system.

Want to know more? Check out this article on fatty acids and pet health from Pet Education.

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