Help speed up the recovery, at home

When your pet endures an operation, it can be an overwhelming and anxious time, not only for yourself, but for your furry friends too. Post-operative at home care can significantly speed-up your pet’s healing process by making them feel at ease and cared for in the comfort of your own home. The Precise Pet Team is here to help, with five pet tips for post-operative care:

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  • Familiarize yourself with vet administered post-operative care and medication instructions. If your pet’s surgery was completed at the ER, be sure to inform your family veterinarian of your pet’s current condition, and the extent of their surgery. Speaking with your veterinarian will put your mind at ease, and will help you to determine what your pet needs.
  • Pay close attention. Often, it is difficult to calm your pet following an operation. Restlessness, grunting, and abnormal behavior could indicate that your pet is in pain. Prior to providing your pet with medication to sooth the pain, be sure to follow your pet’s medication instructions, and consult your family veterinarian.
  • Keep an eye on their bandages. Your pet’s bandages should be kept clean and dry to avoid the risk of infection. If you notice an abnormal odor, loosening, heat, swelling, or continuous bleeding-contact your veterinarian immediately.
  • Monitor your pet’s portions and water intake. Though we know your pets can’t get enough Precise, your veterinarian may advise you to limit your pet’s food and water intake, depending on their condition. Don’t worry! By cutting back on your pet’s consumption, your pet may feel much better. Consult your veterinarian before returning to your normal pet formula portions.
  • Relax, and get cozy. Your pet can tell if you are experiencing high levels of anxiety; to avoid adding stress to your companion, try to relax. Keep a soft lighting in your home, turn on a film, and get snuggly with your pet while elevating injuries by using pillows, keeping an eye on bandages, and ensuring your pet isn’t chewing or scratching at their wound. Elizabethan collars help during this process, and though they may look unpleasant to your furry friend, it is important to keep the collar on during your pet’s recovery process. If you prefer to avoid the “cone of shame” check out these alternatives.

Once your pet begins to get back into your daily routine, be sure to let your family veterinarian know of your pet’s improvements, and take them in for a quick check-up. Get well soon to our four-legged friends!

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“Bowl” Appétit!

Ingredients are key. Wholesome nutrients are essential. But what about the object that we serve up these wholesome goods in? That’s right, the pet bowl. You may be surprised to know, that this seemingly overlooked object is incredibly important based on your furry friend’s unique diet habits. The Precise team has done a bit of research on finding the right pet bowl, for your furry friend:

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Elevated Feeders:

Let’s get ready for the big breeds. If your pet is “like Mike,” you may want to invest in an elevated feeder. This can improve the comfort and posture of your pet, and minimize the risk of joint damage. Elevated feeders are also incredibly helpful to pets that are recovering from surgery or are three-legged. Pet parents will also be happy to know that these bowls help prevent spillage! 

Steep Sided Bowls / Narrow Bowls:

Our long-eared pups need special bowls too! If your hound often struggles to chow down due to it’s long ears winding up in the bowl, have no fear. Steep sided bowls feature a narrow opening which will prevent your hound’s ears from falling inside. Let’s keep those ears from taking on water.

Shallow Bowls:

These bowls benefit smaller breeds, and puppies and kitties alike! Shallow bowls make it much more easy for our baby pets to reach their food, eliminating pressure against their throat.

Slow Feeder Bowls:

Many awful things can happen when you chow down too quick: choking, bloating, even obesity. Let’s take that down a notch with a slow feeder bowl. Not only do these bowls help slow down your pet’s eating, it also improves digestion and nutrient absorption!

Deep Bowls:

For our long nosed critters, eating can be a bit uncomfortable when faced with a shallow bowl; deeper bowls allow more nose room, making dinner time a wholesome and filling experience!

The material of your pet bowl also plays a factor. If you have a pup that likes to chew, avoid plastic bowls. While they are the cheaper alternative, your pup may get a bit excited, and ingest small hard pieces. Vets recommend stainless steel bowls thanks to their quick sanitation ability; and ceramic bowls are a great stability option for pets that tend to push around their food! And as always, be sure to sanitize your pet’s bowl regularly to avoid harmful bacteria!

Interested in giving your pet an upgrade? Check out these different pet bowls and feeders for your dog or cat and fill up with a nutritious bowl of Precise Holistic Complete!

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Be Mine, Pet Valentine

Valentines Day is right around the corner and love is definitely in the air. It’s a day filled with love, kisses, and sweet treats—for our fur babies of course. Our pets may not be able to enjoy all the human perks of Valentines Day, but let us guarantee, they will be the best Valentine you’ve ever had. Let’s return some of that unconditional love, to your “furever” friend.

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Here are a few suggestions from the Precise Team on how to pamper your pet this Valentines Day:

  • Go shopping for a new toy: Take your furry friend to the store with you and let them pick out a brand new toy.
  • Give them something special for dinner (might we recommend our Precise Holistic Complete?) or take them along with you to a pet-friendly restaurant.
  • If you really want to go over the moon, have a professional pet portrait taken of your beloved companion for memories that last a lifetime. Or, have your own photo shoot with your best friend.
  • Play their favorite game: whether its chasing a ball or chasing a toy mouse, take some time to play with your pet and show them just how much you care!
  • Spoil them with a spa day: truly pamper your pet by booking a massage appointment for your furry friend. Massages are a wonderful way for your pet to relax, and they also have several proven health benefits to keep your friend happy and healthy.

How will you and your pet celebrate Valentines Day? Let us know below!

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Top 5 Things to Do With Your Pet in February

The truth is, we love your pets—and we know you love your pets; so, we’ve put together a list of five things you can do with your furry friend this month to let them know just how much you care. Just because February is the shortest month of the year doesn’t mean that it isn’t packed with opportunities to bond with your favorite companion. Check out what we’ve come up with:

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Westminster Dog Show

There are plenty of dog shows in the world, and then there’s Westminster. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to obedience showmanship. This year is the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, and we can’t wait. On February 15-16, grab your furry friend, sit back, relax, and watch the world’s most prestigious dogs strut their stuff. But don’t worry, no matter who wins, we all know your pet is the real “Best In Show.”

Homemade Pet Treats

February 23rd is your pup’s favorite holiday: International Dog Biscuit Day. To celebrate, get in the kitchen with your favorite four-legged sous chef and whip up some homemade doggie treats. Try this recipe for delicious and nutritious Salmon Dog Treats that are sure to keep your pup’s tail wagging.   Or, you can leave the baking up to us, and shower your pup with some extra Healthy Habits® treats. And let’s not forget our feline friends this month; these homemade cat treats will be sure to knock their paws off!

Teach Fido a New Trick

Who says old dogs can’t learn a new trick? February is Dog Training Education Month, and it doesn’t age discriminate. So whether your pup is eight months or eight years, he’s always the right age to learn something new. Both you and your dog will enjoy the benefits of better communication and the bond that comes from teaching and learning. And you can show off your wonder dog’s new tricks to all your friends!

Vacation

If you’re planning on heading south for some warmer weather or hitting the slopes for a mountain weekend this month, take your pet along with you. Vacationing with your pet is a fun and exciting way to spend time together. Plus, they could use a little escape from reality too. Hotels, resorts, and Airbnb’s are becoming increasingly more pet-friendly, making it easier for your travel buddy to come along for the ride. Check out these pet-friendly hotels and get going!

Don’t Forget Your Four-legged Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, don’t forget about the one who loves you unconditionally. Show your pet how much you love them by including them in the day’s festivities. A new toy, a treat, or just some extra TLC is all it takes to and let your pet know you love them back.

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