Shout-Out to Our Adorable Mutts this July 31

Did you know that nearly 75 percent of dogs in shelters are mutts, just waiting to find their forever homes?

National Mutt Day graced our calendars in 2005 by pet expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige.  Paige created this holiday to bring awareness to, and celebrate mixed-breed dogs—and you know the Precise team is all-in when it comes to honoring our loveable mutts.

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To celebrate, the Precise team has made a quick list of things you can do to for loving mixed-breeds this Sunday:

1.) Share a picture of your favorite mutt and tell us what their favorite Precise formula is

2.) Give a shout out to your local shelter, bringing awareness and support to the forefront of your newsfeed—or even,

3.) Stop by your local shelter and volunteer, make a donation, or adopt if you can! Mutts are great companions that come in many lovable shapes and sizes with incredible personalities—absorbing the best traits of each breed they stem from.

Run out and hug your mutt, and be sure to take an adorable selfie of you and your pet to showoff how amazing your mixed-breed is this weekend.

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Tips for a Fur-Friendly Petcation 2016

Adventure is calling for you—and your furry friend, too. This summer, skip the puppy dog pout as you leave for vacation, and bring your pet along for the ride!

First time Petcation-er? No worries, the Precise Team has compiled a few tips to keep your companion safe and comfortable on your summer journey:

Petcation Safety

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Be sure to drop by the vet before embarking on your Petcation. Airlines and hotels often require proof of vaccination before the fun can begin, so it’s important to make sure that all shots and medications are up-to-date, and that your furry friend is healthy and ready to travel. Also make sure that the tags for your furry friend include your mobile number or the number of the hotel, in case they try to take a little adventure of their own.

Vroom Vroom, Road Trip:

Though cars don’t have seat belts for our pets, we still need to take proper precautions to keep them safe on the road. Cats should be placed in a travel carrier and dogs should also be kept out of the front seat. Allowing pets to roam freely causes a large number of car accidents each year. And although Fido may love sticking his head out of the window on short trips, enabling this long-term can cause damage to his ears or infections in his lungs, so do your best to keep pets inside the car when possible.

Make sure to bring along plenty of water and some Healthy Habit Treats to keep your pet hydrated and comfortable during the trip. Of course, this means they will also need plenty of bathroom breaks. It is also a good idea to do a few short trial trips in the car before the big day. Believe us, seven hours in the car with a carsick pet is one of the worst ways to kick-off vacation.

Up, Up and Away!

If you are taking your travels to the sky, you will need to do some extra planning. Decide which airline to use based on pet accommodations and reviews, and book your flight well in advance to reserve a spot for your pet. Be mindful of weight limits and breed restrictions, as flying can be more dangerous for some pets than others.

Try to tire out your pet before the big flight, and take them for a potty break before boarding. Give them a blanket or shirt that they are familiar with to make them more comfortable. You may even wish to try a thunder shirt to keep them calm, especially if they are in the cargo hold.

Petcation is more than just a relaxing escape from reality. It’s a time for you and your number one companion to seek adventure and make memories of a lifetime, together.

So pack your bags, some PHC for the road, and prep your pet—it’s time for a getaway! Interested in learning about pet friendly hotel suggestions, airline requirements, beaches, restaurants and parks? Click here.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out there. As the temperature rises, so does the amount of potential dangers for our pets — sunburn, dehydration, and heatstroke, yikes! So the Precise team has compiled six tips for keeping it cool in the summer heat and humidity. Let’s get the sprinklers going:

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Add some ice, ice, baby

In addition to always making sure your pet is staying hydrated, add in a few ice cubes to their water bowl to help cool them down. Another option is to make your pet a yummy iced popsicle to treat and cool them. Might we recommend making catsicles out of your Precise Naturals canned food?

Hang inside between 10 and 2

The midday sun shines the brightest and burns the hottest. To prevent dehydration and possible heatstroke, keep your pet out of the sun during this hottest time of the day. Bring your pet indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Play with your kitten or walk your puppy in the morning or evening in order to keep their core temperatures down while exuding strenuous activity.

Walk on grass, not asphalt

A dog’s paw pads are both adorable and sensitive. When the temperature is high, the hot asphalt can quickly become too hot and burn your pup’s paws. Have your dog walk on the grass and not the cement to prevent any damage.

Keep it breezy in the shade

If your pet has to be in the sun and hot weather, provide lots of shade for them to relax in. Trees and tarps are the best providers of shade because they allow for a breeze to blow through. Doghouses are actually not good options for pets to escape the sun because they don’t allow wind circulation to filter through, retaining the warmth.

Prevent your pet from feelin’ the burn

Dogs and cats can get sunburned too. However, human sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, like the white lotion lifeguards slather on themselves, are toxic to dogs.  Sunscreens with salicylates are also dangerous for cats. Instead of sunscreen, put your pet in a hat or rash guard with UPF protection built in.

Never leave your pet in the locked car

This is one of the biggest precautions to take in order to prevent your pet from overheating this summer. When it is 80 degrees outside, it can reach 99 degrees in a locked car within 10 minutes. Leaving a pet in a car in the heat can cause heat stroke, irreparable organ damage, and even death. In some states, it is actually illegal.

The dog days of summer are upon us. If you follow the advice of these six tips, you and your furry friend can have fun and stay safe in the summer heat!

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Binge-Watch these Seven Movies on Netflix with your Pet

When the long summer days get a bit too hot or the rain starts pouring down, it’s time to settle in on the couch and have a Netlix day with your pet! These seven titles are sure to be a hit during you and your furry friend’s quality time together:

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Hachi

Bring on the water works! This heartwarming tale of a pup’s undying love for its owner will have everyone in happy tears. Keep the tissues close for this one, it will remind you how much you love your furry companion and how they love you. Cuddling is strongly advised.

A Cat in Paris

This hand-drawn animation is a true work of art. It’s a fascinating tale about a cat leading two lives (as opposed to nine). The story features suspense, drama, love and laughter. The film was even nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2012, and it is sure to be a winner for you and your pet!

Airbud

Cuteness overload! This talented retriever is that star of his own series of movies, until his pups grab the spotlight all on their own. Netflix features four of the classic Airbud movies. Want some sports to gear up for the Olympics? Check out, Air Bud: World Pup, Air Bud Spikes Back, or Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, and of course Air Buddies. Are you really missing the snow on a sweltering day? Check out Snow Buddies. With all the Airbud choices these movies alone could keep you entertained for an entire day indoors.

Scooby-Doo

As a childhood staple, you know Scooby and the gang drum up a lot of trouble and even more laughs. This hungry and lovable animated pup stole your heart back in the day and is here to do it again. Netflix has two seasons of the cartoon version and the live-action film available to watch. There is certainly enough Scooby Snacks here for a day full of mystery that will have you seeking adventure with your own furry friend.

Beginners

This movie has both laughter and drama, and lots of love. After his father passes away, Oliver takes his Dad’s pup, Arthur, and forms that special bond every pet owner cherishes. Again with the water works!

Garfield

Everyone’s favorite big orange cat! With that huge appetite, big belly and adorable antics, what’s not to love? Netflix offers three options, two seasons of the Garfield Show, two Volumes of Garfield and Friends, and the movie Garfield’s Fun Fest. Yes, please.

Charlotte’s Web

A farm-filled touching story with a great message. We all remember this iconic story from our childhood, so why not reawaken the nostalgia? It’s perfect for nuzzling on the couch with your furry friend!

So, grab a big bowl of popcorn for yourself and some Healthy Habits Treats and let the snuggling and binge watching begin!

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Fourth of July – Here Comes the “Boom,” Ready or Not:

We know our American friends are anxiously awaiting Monday’s festivities, along with our furry companions. Let’s make sure friends four-legged and two are prepared for an amazing night with no surprises. Picture this. It’s the 4th of July:

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All of your friends and neighbors are over, you have an amazing feast laid out–complete with your famous pigs in a blanket, and everyone is having a great time. Of course, Fido is looking as adorable as ever, and patiently waiting for something to drop so he can have a taste of the celebration too. Naturally, all of your guests find him as irresistible as you do, and keep asking to feed him food right off of their plates, but you are strong, you don’t give in. You know already that people food can wreak havoc on your furry friend’s tummy. To avoid the puppy dog pout, let your guests give him some food made especially for him, like our Healthy Habits Treats. Also, be sure to have a water bowl at-the-ready so your pup can rehydrate in between performances.

As kids are running around the yard, friends are shuffling in and out, and fireworks are in “boom,” it’s no surprise that more pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other holiday. Make sure you’re prepared. Ensure that all of your pets have up to date tags and IDs on their collar, and make sure that the information in the microchip database is current in case they wander off in the mix of excitement. Be aware of when your neighbors intend to set off fireworks if your dog is frightened by them, and have a quiet room set up in your house with some soft music or the television on for your pet’s comfort. If your pet get super anxious when they hear a big boom, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about medications that may help them relax.

Sparklers are also a staple at any Fourth of July celebration, but they can easily spell danger for pets. Piles of sparklers, fireworks and lighters or matches can seem like fun new toys to your curious pet, but there can be pretty severe side effects from eating or inhaling them. Be sure to keep fireworks, sparklers, glow sticks and lighters out of your pet’s reach to keep the merriment of the evening going.

Ready for Monday? Us too. Be sure to dress your pet in their best patriotic gear, and don’t forget to let us in on the celebration by sharing your photos with us! Your furry friend and their patriotic paws might just break the internet.

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