Fighting the Common Cold, Naturally

It’s officially cold season – not only for humans but for our four-legged counterparts as well. Dogs experience cold and flu symptoms most commonly in the form of  “kennel cough”. While no pet illness should be self-diagnosed, there are a number of home remedies for soothing your pups symptoms after consulting with your vet.

  • Chicken Broth: Just like humans, chicken broth opens your pup’s airways, ensures proper hydration and soothes the throat.
  • Vitamin C: Giving a dog a quarter of a 1,000 mg tablet once a day throughout a cold can help alleviate symptoms.
  • Humidifier: Fight a stuffed-up snout by eliminating cold air within your home. Don’t own a humidifier? Run a hot shower and let your dog breathe the bathroom air for 10 minutes.
  • Honey: A tablespoon given twice a day can help combat nasal discharge, and has strong antibacterial properties.
  • Cinnamon: This spice acts as an antiviral – helping eliminate the cold at the root of the problem. Adding cinnamon to a dog’s food is both safe and tasty.

No one enjoys being sick, but with the help of items easily found throughout your home, you can help speed up your dog’s recovery. Kennel cough is common due to its contagious nature, so be sure to check in with your vet to go over all necessary steps. Help keep you and your pup healthy and happy during this cold season!


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The Do’s and Don’ts of Thanksgiving Sharing

Thanksgiving. A holiday best known for its abundance of deliciously prepared food and of course, the notion of sharing. While partaking in the holiday festivities can offer temptation to sneak a few treats to your pet, the majority of your Thanksgiving meal is not safe for any four-legged family member.

While you don’t have to rule out all items on the table when looking to indulge your pet, there are a number of safety precautions that need to be taken to ensure even pet-friendly food is being given in a safe manner.

  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are not only a good source of fiber, but have high levels of Vitamin A and C. Dishes with large amounts of sugar, such as casseroles and pies, should not be fed to your pet. Stick to the plain version if you plant on sharing with them – whether baked or mashed.
  • Turkey: Turkey is perfectly safe for pets if prepared properly. Make sure all bones are removed and that the meat is cooked all the way through. Remove the skin and any traces of fat, as they are hard for pets to digest and could lead to pancreatitis.
  • Cooked vegetables: Carrots, peas and green beans are all safe when fed in moderation. Be sure to set aside any vegetables for your pet prior to mixing in butter and seasonings.
  • Foods to avoid completely: Onion, cake, nuts (walnuts and macadamia), mushrooms and herbs like sage and nutmeg are all highly toxic. Be sure anything you are feeding your pet is not mixed with ingredients that could make them sick. It should go without saying – but chocolate and alcohol should be kept far away from your cat or dog at all times.

Even foods labeled safe for pets should be fed with caution. Every animal’s stomach tolerance is different. More often than not, owners don’t discover a pet’s food allergy until feeding a treat for the first time. Be smart when including your pet in holiday festivities – don’t let hungry eyes get the best of you!


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Retailer Spotlight: Paw and Order Online – A National Nonprofit Pet Supply Store

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!

Paw and Order is no ordinary online pet supply store. Paw and Order’s mission is to create a no kill nation by providing financial support to animal rescues throughout the United States. Completely non-profit, it follows through on this mission by donating 100 percent of proceeds to animal rescues across the U.S.

Paw and Order was created by Jane Brundage, co-founder of PETS, Inc., a Columbia, S.C.-based animal rescue and adoption facility known for its innovative services and focus on animal health. Jane was looking for ways to fund operating costs during the recession and recognized that animal rescues struggle to find time to hold fundraisers.

Paw And Order was born when Jane realized she could raise funds while educating shoppers about affordable and healthy pet products not often advertised in big corporate stores. When pet problems are solved in an affordable way, animals stay in their homes lessening the burden on rescue organizations and moving us one step loser to a no kill nation.

A proud supporter of Precise Pet Products for over 15 years, Brundage understands the importance of high-quality pet food. Precise, including the Precise Holistic Complete line and the new Grain-Free Precise Holistic Complete formulas, is the primary brand sold through Paw and Order.

Thanks Jane for your work to support animal rescues and for including Precise Pet Products in your mission!

To find out more about Paw and Order and how you can give more by spending less, visit their website.


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Pet News Roundup: Cats and their super-powered hearing, owner sacrifices for their dogs, and will the White House have two four-legged residents?

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.

  • How Much Would You Sacrifice for Your Dog?: As many pet owners know, having a dog comes with major responsibilities and requires a good amount of dedication. Have you ever thought about the sacrifices you would make for your pup? Check out this recent article from Dogster for a few inspirational stories!
  • Six Cool Facts About Your Cat’s Ears: Did you know that cats’ ears serve as a mood indicator? Or that cats have super-powered hearing? After checking out these ear facts, you’ll be sure to watch what you say around your feline.
  • Bo Obama Gets Four More Years: With so much discussion surrounding the outcome of this year’s election, the president’s dog, Bo, has also been a hot topic. Would Bo be receiving a playmate for the next four years in the White House? As of now, the president claims, “one dog is probably enough.”
  • 10 Most Poisonous Pills for Your Pet: Some of the most toxic items for your cat or dog to ingest are everyday pills found throughout your home. From Advil to Ambien, Pawnation lists common human medication pet owners need to always watch out for.


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Protecting Your Pet When Disaster Strikes

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation it has caused throughout the East Coast, it is important to prepare not only your home for a natural disaster, but your pets as well.

Gathering your pet’s important medical information, proper identification and necessary supplies is the first step to prepping before severe weather hits. Having proof of vaccinations can help when needing to stay at a hotel or shelter. Also, make sure your pet’s I.D. tags are secured to their collar. In the event of an evacuation, never leave a pet behind.

Stocking a disaster kit for your dog or cat ensures that necessary food and medications will be accessible no matter what the situation. Include water bottles, proper food formulas, any necessary medications your pet is currently taking, a leash or carrier and blankets. If there’s a possibility of evacuation, keep a bag packed with these items ready to take with you.

If you are braving a natural disaster from your home, locate the safest area in your house for you and your pet. With loss of power comes the loss of the ability to control indoor temperature – whether warm or cool. As severe weather approaches in the cooler months, be sure to prepare by gathering as many extra blankets as possible. During warmer months, power outages can often cause a dramatic increase in your home’s temperature. If you lose the ability to air condition or fan your house, take the necessary steps to ensure your pet is well hydrated.

For more tips on protecting your home and family in the event of a natural disaster, visit the American Red Cross online.


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