Humane Society: Leaders in Pet Adoption Advocacy

The Precise Team is loving National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and would like to take this opportunity to highlight an organization that works hard every day to make sure that animals are safe from harmful environments and help furry friends, like ours, find a loving home. The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. The Humane Society runs a multitude of programs including animal rescue and care, animal advocacy, and shelter programs. Because of our focus on adoption this month, we’ll take a look at their work with animal shelters and their commitment to adoption advocacy.

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One of the Humane Society’s largest programs is the Shelter Pet Project. The Shelter Pet Project is a collaborative effort with Maddie’s Fund and The Ad Council to promote adoption across America, make animal shelters the first place people look when adopting a pet, and to provide a resource for potential pet owners when they seek an animal shelter. They try to debunk misconceptions about shelter pets that some people may have. Using their site, you can search for a new furry friend by entering your zip code and your pet option of a dog or a cat. There are also additional search options that allow you to specify which kind of breed, sex, size, and age you want so that you can find your ideal pet. Remember, it’s National Adopt a Senior Pet month, so be sure to take a look at pets in the “3+” age range to give an older pet a home! You can also search for shelters in your area or learn more about pet adoption!

The Humane Society is also a resource for the animal shelters themselves! They have their own bimonthly magazine for animal shelters called “Animal Sheltering Magazine.” In addition, the Humane Society also puts on its own Animal Care Expo as well as offering training and education on proper care for animals of all types and ages. They also offer spaying/neutering, helping you find a service near you!

The Humane Society does so much for pets around the nation, but they also need your help to keep their programs going! They are a great non-profit to donate to if you are looking for a good organization to help out!

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From Table To Bowl: Human Foods Your Pet Can Enjoy Too

As creators of high-quality pet foods, we make it our priority to create formulas using ingredients that provide optimal nutrition to your pets. However, we all are guilty of giving our friends “people food” to add some pizzazz to our pet’s meals, or to clean up after a kitchen spill! To help with the process of selecting safe and healthy foods to mix into your pet’s diet, we have come up with a list of nine healthy people foods that are also safe for your four-legged friend!

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Yogurt

Yogurt is commonly known as a healthy treat for humans, but it is also fantastic for animals! Plain yogurt is packed with protein and calcium and is great for the digestive system. When looking for a yogurt, make sure it doesn’t contain added sugar, artificial sweeteners or fat substitutes. If you would like to add a boost to your pet’s gastrointestinal or immune systems, pick a yogurt with active bacteria so that your pet can get the added benefits of a probiotic!

Oatmeal

A super source of fiber, oatmeal serves as a great alternative source of grains for pets with wheat allergies. Always cook the oatmeal before serving and never serve it with any added flavoring.

Salmon

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which will give your pet a shinier coat and healthier skin in addition to aiding the immune system. Always cook salmon before feeding it as raw salmon can contain a potentially dangerous parasite. We include salmon in our Precise Holistic Complete formulas for both dogs and cats!

Flax Seed

Another source of omega-3 fatty acids, flax seed also provides an extra boost of fiber. We love flax seed so much that we included it in all of our canine formulas! Flax seed oil is another alternative; flax seed oil provides more concentrated fatty acids, but without the fiber. The best way to serve flax seed is to grind whole seeds up right before serving because these particular fatty acids can go bad very quickly.

Chicken

Some form of chicken is included in most pet foods (including ours) and is a solid source of protein. Serve your pets some cooked, plain chicken for an extra protein boost or as an alternative meal in a pinch!

Green Beans

Just because dogs and cats are primarily meat-eaters doesn’t mean that they can’t eat their veggies from time-to-time! Green beans are packed with vitamins like vitamin K and vitamin C and are very low in caloric value. In fact, replacing part of an overweight pet’s diet with green beans will help them eat less and maintain a healthy weight!

Carrots

Similar to green beans, carrots are low-calorie, high-fiber foods that also provide plenty of vitamins. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which is great for a pet’s vision. Crunching on carrots can also be great for your pet’s teeth!

Eggs

Eggs are another source of protein and will be a little easier on the budget than chicken and salmon. Their combination of fats and proteins can also contribute to a shiny coat! Eggs should be cooked, either served whole or scrambled.

Pumpkin

We talked about all of the benefits of pumpkin at length in a recent blog post, but it’s healthy enough to be included again in this list, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Pumpkin is first and foremost a huge source of fiber, and is therefore a great supplement for your furry friend’s digestive system!

The biggest thing to remember with feeding your animals people food is to do so in moderation. Human foods should not make up any more than 25 percent of your pet’s diet at the most. Pet foods are designed to supply them with all of their essential vitamins and nutrients, so human foods should only be used as supplements and snacks. As with all things diet-related, be sure to consult your veterinarian before feeding your pets new foods!

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Save a Life Today: Adopt a Senior Pet

The beginning of November not only means that Thanksgiving is getting closer, it also kicks-off ASPCA’s National Adopt a Senior Pet Month! Pets of all ages deserve a home and we would like to give a special nod to the senior pets out there, who are sometimes overlooked at your local animal shelter. We all love puppies and kittens; however, older companions are just as sweet and loving as a younger animals. The Precise Team has come up with five reasons why you should consider adopting a senior pet:

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  1. What You See Is What You Get

While watching a puppy grow up can certainly be exciting, there can be complications, such as unforeseen behavioral characteristics. Senior dogs are generally anywhere from six to nine years old based on their breed, meaning that they will have already finished growing and will be fairly set in their temperament and size. While you can never predict every little thing about your pet, adopting a senior pet will give you a much better idea of how your pet will behave in the future!

 

  1. Senior Pets Know Their Manners

Most senior pets will have picked up some manners through their lives and will avoid messy accidents around the house. Older pets are often much more obedient and will get into much less trouble when left unattended for a few hours. They may even already know a few simple commands, making it less work on you to train them! “What if they have never been taught manners or commands?” you might ask; well, as it turns out, it’s actually quite easy to teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks! Senior pets are calmer and more focused than their younger counterparts, and will pick up the messages that you are trying to get across very quickly due to their years of experience!

 

  1. Adopting a Senior Pet is Relatively Low-Stress

As cute as puppies and kittens can be, they can also be equally destructive. Puppies can often be too energetic for some pet owners and kittens love using their claws to climb on furniture! Older pets are usually housetrained (and can be easily trained if not), and are past their “search-and-destroy” phase, meaning fewer messes to clean up and fewer chewed up shoes for you to replace!

 

  1. Senior Pets are Perfect for Senior Citizens and Laid-Back Personalities

Elderly pets are often much calmer in their old age, which means that you can hang out with them without having to worry too much about chasing them around or cleaning up after them. Senior pets are also a perfect match for senior citizens, offering mental stimulation and a comforting presence. As for the pets, they will be relieved of shelter life and placed in a home where they will be loved by their new family.

 

  1. You Could Be Saving a Life

Unfortunately, animal shelters can get overcrowded fairly quickly. Older animals that have not been adopted in a timely manner are often the first to get euthanized to make room for younger animals. However, you can be a hero to these animals by going to your local animal shelter and welcoming them into your home! We promise that your new companion will be extremely grateful for the new life that you are giving them.

Adopting a pet is exciting, but also a very big decision. If you decide that a senior pet is right for you, share that with us in the comment box below! Looking for some kibble for your new friend? We’ve got you covered. Precise developed Precise Naturals Senior formulas for both dogs and cats! Bring your loving pet home to a nice bowl of Precise Pet Food.

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Dr. Jean Dodds Develops Revolutionary Food Intolerance Test for Pets

Hemopet, North America’s largest non-profit pet blood bank, has developed a new product that will help you diagnose your pet’s food intolerances! NutriScan predicts which ingredients your dog or cat will be sensitive to, by testing for the 24 foods that are most commonly ingested by our companion animals. These foods include ingredients like wheat, corn, soy and chicken, all of which are featured in many pet foods on the market. NutriScan requires only that the pet not be fed anything for at least three hours and collection of a saliva sample to complete the test. This means that you can diagnose the cause of problems such as itchy skin or irritable bowel syndrome from the comfort of your own home! The test yields results in almost no time in all, giving you an accurate analysis of potential problems in your pet’s diet in less than two weeks! Once your results are in, you will be able to work with your veterinarian to create the perfect diet plan for your pet!

“Over 10,000 tests have proven the patented NutriScan saliva test is the accurate way to identify food sensitivity in pets,” says Dr. Jean Dodds, veterinarian and President of Hemopet. “This gold standard test is changing the way we care for our pets’ diets, and it really works.”

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Dr. Dodds is a world-renowned veterinarian and a leader in the field of animal product research and development. In 1986, she created Hemopet, a non-profit licensed canine blood bank that also serves as a greyhound rescue and adoption program. The program helps to save tens of thousands of pet lives every year using blood from the rescued greyhounds. They are pre-selected to have the universal blood type safe for all dogs, and to be free of infectious diseases transmitted by blood. Precise’s dog foods have been one of Dr. Dodds’ preferred dog foods for the past eight years. Since joining the Precise Pet family, she has served variations of our formulas to her rescued greyhounds.

Precise has been proud to fuel and sustain the brave dogs of Hemopet for the past eight years and we are extremely excited to see how NutriScan will revolutionize the way that pet owners treat food intolerances! For more information on NutriScan or Hemopet, visit their respective websites at http://www.nutriscan.org/ and http://www.hemopet.org/. If you are a veterinarian that is interested in ordering NutriScan clinic kits, check out NutriScan’s veterinary resources at http://www.nutriscan.org/veterinarian-resources.html.

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