Preventing Yeast Infections, One Cup at a Time

Keeping your pet in tip-top shape is a part of our mission. We may not be able to speak ‘dog’ or ‘cat,’ but what we do know is how to create kibble that is nutritious and healthy for your fur babies.

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Often times, your pet’s health concerns are caused by a very common underlying condition—a yeast infection. Yes, our four-legged friends can get them too—but we’re here to help prevent that.

What is a yeast infection exactly? Yeast is a bacterium that occurs naturally in the intestinal tract of healthy people and animals alike. When immune systems are underactive or weak, yeast bacteria can proliferate and take over. If left untreated, yeast infections can irritate your pet, and can further lead to bladder infections, skin disorders, joint pain, and many other health issues.

But don’t worry- the Precise Team is here to help you get rid of this tricky infection once and for all. The best way to prevent yeast infections is with a probiotic, meat, and supplement-rich diet. The good news is our holistic products are packed with all three. Take it from our nutritionist, Carolyn Kennedy:

“The Precise Holistic and Precise Holistic Grain Free products contain a blend of prebiotics and probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that thrive in the gut under favorable conditions, to stop the bad bacteria from proliferating. Prebiotics are the “food” for the healthy bacteria, to keep them growing. By including prebiotics and probiotics in the Precise Holistic products, we are giving the dog’s GI tracts exactly what they need to support a healthy digestive system and therefore overall wellbeing.”

Let’s keep those tails waggin.’

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Precise’s Top 5 Places to Walk Your Pup

The Precise team is loving National Walk Your Dog Month, so before January comes to an end, lace up, grab a leash, and take your furry friend out for a walk around the neighborhood, on the trail or at a local dog park. Let’s start the New Year out on the right foot, or should we say…paw!

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To get you inspired, we’ve compiled a list of our top five picks of places to walk your dog around the U.S. Let’s get those tails wagging:

Acadia National Park- Bar Harbor, ME

What makes this park so doggone great? Well, how about all the ways you and your pup can enjoy the outdoors? From hiking, camping, kayaking, to fishing, this park is in a pretty sweet spot. With 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads (flat trails) to choose from, there is bound to be a venture that’s suitable for your pup. Dogs are even allowed in the Blackwoods, the Seawall, and the Schoodic Woods campgrounds, so you can make it a weekend trip. And if you’re feeling up to it, take your dog to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the East Coast, and watch the sun rise.

Runyon Canyon Park- Los Angeles, CA

Let’s hit the West Coast. Located on the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, near the Hollywood Hills, this 160-acre park offers an abundance of hiking trails and a 90-acre off-leash area where your pup can explore. The trails reach elevations as high as 500 ft., and offer famous viewpoints like the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles Skyline, and the Pacific Ocean. The park gets a lot of traffic from friends four-legged and two, so you and your dog can meet new people, pets, and maybe even spot some celebrities!

Bonita Beach Dog Park- Fort Myers Beach, FL

Down to the South East we go! For some exercise that doesn’t require hiking boots, grab a beach towel and head down to Bonita Beach Dog Park.   Take your pup for a relaxing stroll on the white sand, or sit back, relax, and watch him frolic in the calm, crystalline waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This dog beach even features a special doggie-shower to clean up your pup before you head out.

Millie Bush Dog Park- Huston, TX

Often referred to as “puppy paradise,” this dog park takes fun to the next level. The sprawling 13-acre park features three ponds (two for big dogs, one for smaller pups) where your pup can get their splash on.  There are also plenty of water fountains, benches, shady areas and trails for your pup to enjoy, and wash stations for after-fun clean up. Named after Millie, the White House English Springer Spaniel, this dog park is certainly up to “first dog” standards.

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

No respectable trail list would be complete without the incomparable Grand Canyon National Park. Here, your favorite companion will be more than happy to explore and take in the breathtaking views with you. And although your pup isn’t allowed in the Inner Canyon (for everyone’s safety), dogs are allowed on South Rim Trails as long as they are kept on a leash. The Mather Campgrounds, Desert View Campgrounds and Trailer Village are also dog friendly so you can camp out with your pup if you’re coming from out of town.

Think we’ve left anything out? Let us know in the comments below where you love to take your furry friend to explore. Happy National Walk Your Dog Month!

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Splish Splash, How about an At-Home Bath?

At-home pet grooming is a great way to save some money and spend quality time with your furry friends. The Precise Team has put together our best grooming tips to help make your pet’s grooming fun and safe:

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Step One: Roll Up Your Sleeves—It’s Prep Time

The first step is to gather all of your supplies and prepare the area where your pet will be bathed. Many people choose to bathe their pet in the bathtub, but if your pet is older and has trouble getting in and out of the tub, or if they can’t be picked up, investing in a plastic tub with shorter sides may be helpful. Putting a rubber mat down can also help prevent slips and slides. Many pet stores also sell attachable shower heads for bathing your pets, which can be useful in making sure all of their fur gets rinsed and cleaned.

Other supplies you may want to gather are pet-specific shampoo (human shampoo can irritate your pet’s skin), a brush, towels, a blow dryer (make sure it has a warm or cool setting as too much heat can harm your pet), and fur-trimming scissors or electric razors. Most of your grooming needs can be found at your local pet store or online. There are tons of products depending on your furry friend’s breed, size, age, and fur and skin type – find what works best for you and your pal and get to scrubbin’!

Some people recommend walking your pet just before you plan to groom them to get some of their energy out. Introducing them to the tools and the place where you will be grooming them can also get rid of pet jitters!

Step Two: Brushing

When you’re ready to get started, be sure to brush your pet’s coat before bathing them. This gets all the tangles and mats out of their fur before you try to scrub. If there are tangles, brush gently and in small sections while holding the fur close to the skin to remove it without hurting them. If you have trouble, you can ask your vet for help getting through the tough areas!

Step Three: Bath time

When its time to get your dog into the bath, we recommend using warm (not hot!) water and washing the top of their back first before working your way down their coat. It’s important to wash their face last – you want to avoid getting suds in their eyes and ears and a dog with a cold, wet head will sometimes shiver! You can hold your hand over their eyes when rinsing their face to avoid any soap getting near the area. As you rinse them, make sure all the suds are out of their fur to avoid any itching or skin irritation.

Step Four: Drying

After you safely get them out of the tub, it’s time to dry them. Most groomers recommend drying a dog’s fur about 75 percent before trimming. If you use a blow dryer, be sure that it is not putting out very hot air as this can hurt your pet’s skin – warm or cool settings are best. Petting your dog and talking to them can keep them calm in the presence of loud noise.

Haircuts and trimming

If your dog is not a fan of the scissors or trimmer, take some time before the grooming process to introduce the tools and the noises they make. Be sure to talk in a calming, positive voice and reward them with treats. There are tons of resources out there that show you haircuts specific to your dog’s breed and coat, but some universal grooming rules include avoiding cutting any whiskers (this can be painful for your pup!) and making sure they are held still and are not jerking away. This can harm you and your dog and can be overcome with a little patience, positive reinforcement and assurance.

Grooming is a great time to bond with your furry friend but can be a stressful time for them – be sure to reward good behavior with praise and Precise Healthy Habit Treats throughout the process!

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If Pets Could Talk—New Years Resolutions

New year, new you! Isn’t that what we’ve been hearing ever since the slogan was coined? Though a bit cheesy, there is a bit of truth to the popular phrase; we strive to improve our formulas from year to year, making them better than ever!

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We’re sure you’ve thought of a few resolutions yourself: getting back in shape, eating better, going on more vacations, maybe even getting a new pet! Speaking of pets, ever thought of what they may want to achieve in the New Year? We’ve got a few ideas:

Let Them Be Your Number One Companion on Your Fitness Journey

Whether your fitness trek leads you to the park, or around the block, your furry friend would surely love to explore new destinations while keeping pace with you. Research suggests that people who exercise with their dogs are more than likely to stick to a fitness plan. If your excursion leads you through the neighborhood, or down the road be sure to allow your pet access to the sidewalk, or grass. Asphalt’s heat retention can irritate your pet’s paw pads.

Be sure to pick a workout that both you, and your pet can enjoy! Get out there, grab your pet’s leash, and get going!

Learning New Tricks + Obedience

Whoever says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” has got to be barking mad. Similar to humans having their own activities, dogs can too! Try communicating simple tasks to your pup like retrieval of a tennis ball, or play toy. By rewarding your pet for completing a command properly either with a treat, or extra love, your pet will recognize their accomplishment and will slowly become a “Pup Of All Tricks!”

Check out some simple commands you could teach your pup here.

More Down Time to Relax with You

Though play time with you is probably a pet’s favorite time, it’s also nice to relax and snuggle on the couch with your furry friend. Pets’ minds are constantly racing, and much like the human brain, it’s important to “give it a rest.” Pets are also incredibly in-tune with human emotion, so by snuggling and giving some extra love, it won’t go unnoticed. Curl up on the couch with your pet and relax after a hard day’s work.

And last, but certainly not the least, more Precise Healthy Habit Treats, please! We just had to throw that in there.

Let’s start the New Year on the right paw!

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A look back on 2015…

As we are drawing to the close of another great year we would just like to thank you, our customers, for your loyalty to our brand and our products. We do our best to bring you the highest-quality food that we can, but we couldn’t do it without your continued feedback and support. Everything that we do is with your furry friend in mind, and we couldn’t ask for better customers.

In that light, we would like to wish you, your family, and your pets a very Happy New Year. We promise to continue to bring you top-of-the-line pet products and we sincerely hope that both you and your furry friends have a fantastic time ringing in 2016!

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