Pet News Roundup: Dogs help a grieving community, a muzzled husky saves a group of pets by honking for help, and a holiday edition of awkward family photos!

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.

  • Dogs Sent to Newtown to Comfort Grieving: In the wake of last week’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a team of specially trained dogs from the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at Lutheran Church Charities made their way to Newtown, Conn. The dogs offered comfort to grieving children and adults alike.
  • Muzzled Husky Uses Car Horn to Rescue Trapped Dogs: A week went by as three dogs and two cats were stuck in a van, abandoned by their owners. A Husky named Kiki used the muzzle locked on the dog’s snout to sound the car horn until help finally arrived.
  • Arne Svenson’s Photo Book Celebrates “Strays”: Arne Svenson, a beloved fine-art photographer, recently released a book of portraits. The abandoned cats fill the book’s pages striking poses in front of bright and playful patterns. A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to the organization Animalkind.
  • Awkward Holiday Family Pet Photos: PawsNation takes on holiday pictures for their most recent roundup of “awkward family photos”. From a family donning plastic cones, to Santa posing with a beloved turkey, this is a collection sure to deliver some holiday cheer! You won’t want to miss it.
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Retailer Spotlight: Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort, Inc.

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!

Judith Schnur had a dream to open a pet resort that would be like no other. Offering boarding and caring for dogs and cats, the resort would have top-of-the-line suites, excellent daycare, cutting-edge veterinary services, superior training and grooming, and most important – act as a loving place for pet owners to entrust their animals while away from them.

After years of planning, Pawsitvely Heaven Pet Resort opened on an expansive two+ acre lot in Chicago Ridge in 2007. The tropical-themed resort has made a name for itself among the best Chicagoland boarding and daycare facilities – catering to customers traveling throughout Illinois and nearby states to drop their four-legged loved ones off for a vacation.

From delicious frozen bones to dried duck feet, Pawsitevly Heaven Pet Resort offers only the best in treats and dietary needs. Owners not only see the top quality foods the resort carries, but they also experience the passion and knowledge the employees have when recommending the best choices for each of their dogs’ particular needs.

As a supporter of Precise Pet Products, the resort has had testimony from clients that their dogs’ digestive issues have improved once switching to the brand. Pawsitevely Heaven Pet Resort knows of the importance of quality food, probiotics and a grain-free diet to help keep pets healthy and happy.

To find out more about Pawsitevely Heaven Pet Resort, Inc. and the lavish vacations they provide, visit their website.

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Pet Tales: Mandy’s Transformation on Precise Foundation Formula

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.

Stephanie Nicholson writes:

I just wanted you to know that your dog food has literally saved my dog’s life.  I used the Precise Foundation for my 11 year-old mixed breed (lab/retriever). She was sleeping all day and her coat was feeling greasy and actually had a film on it.  We had been giving her a different dog food brand for years.  She had no energy and we really were thinking she would pass soon.

Since we started giving her Precise Foundation formula, her coat has become shiny and healthy and actually silky. She is no longer sleeping all day and runs around and even trots around the yard like a puppy again! It’s as if  five or 10 years have been given back to her. She also had a terrible itch all day and would not stop scratching. This is no longer a problem at all.

Thank you so much for making a good quality food for dogs! It has changed her life really!!!

— Thank you, Stephanie! We’re happy to hear Mandy is doing well!

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Chewing: What It May Mean About Your Dog

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 40 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

While often frowned upon by some pet owners, chewing is a very natural process for canines – especially when they are young (7-8 months) and in the teething stage. Some dogs continue their chewing habits into adulthood as a result of boredom and not enough human contact or stimulation. In other cases, destructive chewing increases as a dog develops anxiety when left alone for extended periods of time. Chewing habits that stem from anxiety are often due to improper socialization very early in the pup’s development.

When a dog turns to chewing objects that are potentially harmful, such as plaster, rocks, dirt, tree bark and plants, it is possible that the pet is suffering from nutritional deficiencies. If so, the issue needs to be corrected immediately before causing serious health problems.

Precise Pet Foods go beyond the normal pet food standards, providing necessary ingredients that help avoid nutritional holes in a pet’s diet. Many dog foods on the market are lacking in usable minerals, making it difficult for a dog to benefit from many of those minerals listed. In some instances, minerals may be listed on the pet food bag but some dogs do not have an easy time processing them. Trace minerals are critical for helping ensure a pet’s hormones are healthy. Through the use of kelp, these minerals are put back into the pet’s diet. Additionally, fruits, vegetables and botanicals in Precise Pet Foods help fill in diet gaps to create a more natural diet, similar to those had by animals found in the wild.

With Precise Pet Products, food formulas are created with the best ingredients to provide all necessary items in a dog’s diet. When using Precise, you know you are helping ensure your dog’s nutritional needs are met.

 

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Traveling With Pets 101

With the holidays quickly approaching, many pet owners struggle with the pros and cons of taking their cat or dog along on their trip. The thought of traveling with a pet can be intimidating, whether the distance is short or long.

There are a number of factors to consider when prepping your pet – and yourself – for reaching your destination safely. Depending on your choice of transportation, some trips may require more planning than others.

Flying can be stressful when it’s just a single passenger, let alone with a pet in tow. Most airlines have increased not only their traveling fees but their number of restrictions as well. Weight, crate size and even breed restrictions are all commonly found throughout major airlines. During the holiday season as flying increases, some airlines ban pets in cargo all together. Before booking any air travel for your four-legged companion, go over all details with the specific airline carrier you’re flying with to make sure you are comfortable with the options given..

When traveling with your cat or dog, driving to your desired location is often easier than flying. Creating a comfortable environment in the back seat of a car can be done with the help of crates, beds and safety harnesses. For cats, pack a covered litter box if you know your trip will last more than a few hours. For dogs, plan for multiple bathroom breaks, depending on your pup’s size and eating habits. Always pack enough food for the trip, proper I.D tags, leashes, clean water bowls and toys that remind them of home.

No matter what kind of transportation or length of the trip, traveling with your pet is a serious decision. Anxiety is common in both dogs and cats and can become evident when taken out of their homes for a long period of time. Prepare for all possible health issues, whether something small like motion sickness or something much more severe like an accident. Keeping your pets safe allows for more time celebrating the holidays and less time worrying.

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