Five Ways to Celebrate Your Pet’s Birthday

We say it all the time—our pets are a part of our family. Their sweet meows, sloppy kisses, barks, and goofy antics make our personal social media channels adorable, and our phone storage very low. We constantly seek to capture the sweet things they do, commemorating each milestone our sweet fur babies make. Their birthdays should be no different! This week, the Precise team has conjured up five ways that you can make your pet’s birthday a pawesome one!

#1: Homemade Goodness

On our birthdays, we get cake. On your pet’s birthday, go the extra mile and make some homemade tasty treats! Check out a recent blog post we wrote on simple DIY pet recipes that both your feline and canine will love! Interested in switching things up? Pinterest has a ton of pet-friendly at-home recipes for your pet…like these pupcakes!

#2: Get Them a Birthday Gift

Your pet’s toy box is probably looking a bit outdated…or destroyed from playing too hard! Revamp their playful selection by either making DIY pet toys, or buying them new gear to toss! Your pet will be so excited to have a new fetch ball or scratching post to tackle!

#3: If it’s Hot, Grab the Ice

If your pet’s birthday is during the warm spring and summer months, a popsicle is just what they need. How do you make it? Simple. Grab some of your pet’s wet food and an ice cube tray. Fill the trays half way with your pet’s wet food. Fill the remainder with water. Freeze until solid. Then, go outside and let your pet cool down with a tasty, chilled popsicle!

#4: Lights, Camera, Cuteness

What’s the best way to commemorate an occasion? By capturing it! Grab your camera and get some photos of your precious pet on their special day. If you manage to get a shot of them each year, you’ll have a collection of images to last a lifetime. If your pet is comfortable, give them a birthday hat and party gear before taking the photo. See these photos for inspiration.

#5: Give Them an Extra Scoop of Wholesome Nutrition

You guessed it, we mean Precise. What better way to commemorate a year of happiness than an extra scoop of what keeps your pet healthy!

Get your pet’s special treat ready, fire up the candles (with your supervision), and sing your heart out to “happy birthday.” It’s your pet’s special day!

Mind you, many fur babies that have been adopted don’t have a birth “day” per say. After making a quick visit to the vet, the doctor should be able to tell you an around-about date that they were likely born (or, you could just celebrate for a week straight, just saying).  DOGust 1st also commemorates a universal birthday for all shelter dogs.

Does your pet have a birthday coming up? Tell us how you plan to celebrate in the comment box below!

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Kirk Young Named President of ANF Pet, Inc.

Saint Helena, CA – May 11, 2017ANF Pet, Inc., a global natural and holistic pet food company, proudly announces the appointment of Kirk Young to the role of president. A thirty-year veteran in the global pet food and care industry, Young offers ANF Pet deep knowledge and experience in sales, marketing and worldwide operations.

Formerly ANF Pet’s senior executive vice president of sales and marketing, Young established new sales and marketing strategies, and provided manufacturing and formulation guidance which has resulted in the growth and expansion of the company. As president, Young will direct all facets leading the ANF Pet strategic vision globally as the company prepares to dramatically expand in North America and other parts of the world over the next five years.

“ANF Pet has always been focused on developing nutritionally superior foods for pets. I am honored to be leading such a great organization, one that has been around since the 1950s and has such a strong commitment to the pet specialty industry,” says Young.

Currently, ANF Pet encompasses six brands worldwide: ANF, Precise Pet, Advantage, Precept Plus, Star Pro and Lone Star. Over the years, food science, nutrition, as well as what pet owners want and expect, has evolved. ANF Pet has made adjustments and introduced new products to meet the demands of an ever-changing marketplace. With Young leading the effort, ANF Pet plans to relaunch its entire product line to offer a full range of foods to satisfy every pet and every pet owner.

“Kirk has certainly proven how valuable he is to our organization. In addition to possessing more than thirty years of experience in the pet industry, Kirk is a leader who is smart, strategic, respected and dedicated,” explains HM Chang, CFO of KODO, Inc., which owns ANF Pet, Inc. “He has the perfect combination of the traits we need at ANF Pet. We look forward to what the future holds for our company with Kirk as the president.”

To help strategically execute the expansion efforts, Young has put in place a dedicated team of sales, marketing, research and manufacturing professionals at ANF Pet. There are several key changes and additions to the management team including:

North America: With more than three decades of industry knowledge and experience, Scott Steed has been promoted to sales director, responsible for all sales in US and Canada. A 38-year sales veteran, Pete Pennell has taken the role of strategic sales director working on the key sales efforts for the region.

Asia Pacific: Bringing to ANF a wealth of sales experience in the AP region, Chang Moon has accepted the position of sales director.

EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa): With more than two decades of experience in the pet food industry, Dr. Stephan Leoni has taken on the role of sales director.

Global: Recently, Ronna Krahl joined the ANF team of professionals as the new marketing director of ANF. Krahl has 30 years of pet specialty marketing experience to bring to this worldwide role. Chris Atterberry earned a promotion to business development manager at ANF worldwide.

About ANF Pet, Inc.

ANF Pet, which stands for Advanced Nutrition Formula, has been around since the 1950s. From the beginning, the St. Helena, CA-based company has been focused on developing nutritionally superior foods for pets around the world.

Over the years, ANF Pet has been at the forefront in pet food nutrition and safety. In 1966, ANF Pet developed a unique processing system to stabilize the shelf life of food and preserve the nutritional value of the ingredients. The company pioneered the idea of Triple Protein Source, which brings your pet optimal balance of essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals as well as introduced vacuum packing to preserve freshness and maximize shipping efficiency. In addition to enhanced freshness, and developed the world’s first application of advanced, oxygen-limited packaging.

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Tackle Pesky Hairballs with Precise Naturals

Sure, cats aren’t typically huge fans of water, but that doesn’t mean that hygiene and grooming aren’t top priorities for your feline. In fact, your cat spends half of their waking hours grooming themselves and fellow kitties. Their barbed tongue, soft padded paws, and saliva are a cat’s perfect recipe for bath time—and hairballs.

This week’s blog post is dedicated to the pesky kitty dust bunny in honor of Hairball Awareness Day. Yes, there’s an entire day dedicated to your cat’s regurgitated hair. It’s important to note that if your feline is coughing up more than two hairballs per year it can become health concern. Lucky for you, we have a solution that may fix your hairy situation.

We’re talking about our Precise Naturals Foundation formula for cats.

When your cat grooms themselves, they consume the hair that comes off of their body. Sometimes if there is an excessive amount of hair, your cat’s tummy can’t digest all of the fuzz. When that happens, your cat hacks up a hairball. Precise Naturals Foundation Formula is high in fiber, helping to break down the hair and speed up digestion. This formula is also high in protein and is designed with ingredients to provide adequate vitamins and minerals for adult indoor cats. Precise Naturals Foundation Formula helps to sustain the building blocks for proper cat health, and those are just a few reasons why it’s our most popular cat food.

P.S. This formula is highly compatible with our kitten formula. So, when you’re little one is ready to make the switch, it will be a steady transition to adult food.

So, before you try at-home remedies to stop those pesky hairballs in their tracks, try a simple diet change for your feline. If you’ve noticed your pet’s hairball production has halted, share your story! We’d love to hear your testimony in the comment box below.

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Five Ways to Raise Awareness About Animal Cruelty

Our fur babies mean everything to us. That one thing is certain. It’s no secret that people who value their pets change their lives for the better—but unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. The gut wrenching reality is, that nearly every 60 seconds, a helpless animal is being abused. No pet should ever have to endure improper care from hoarding, physical abuse, dog fights, or abandonment. This week’s blog post is dedicated to five ways of raising awareness to prevent animal cruelty:

Become an Advocate

One thing that we have that our furry friends don’t? A voice. We have the ability to speak up for pets who have fallen victim to animal cruelty, and it’s important that we use it! According to the Humane Society of the United States, every state has laws prohibiting animal cruelty—we have to help ensure that these laws are being enforced. The ASPCA offers advocacy training for pet lovers who wish to engage in grassroots lobbying. 

Educate Others

Unfortunately, some people are naïve to the fact that animal cruelty is an issue. Here’s the second way we use our voice—to educate. Familiarize yourself with organizations that are working to prevent and end animal cruelty like the Humane Society or the ASPCA, in turn, you can educate others on the goals and missions of these groups, and signs to look out for.  

Spay and Neuter Animals

How can you and your pets make an easy impact? By making sure your pets are spayed and neutered. We’ve all thought about how adorable our own pet’s babies would be, but in reality, there are entirely too many uncared for feral and stray animals who need our help right now. If you can welcome another pet into your home, consider adopting from a local shelter, where over crowding causes unnecessary euthanizing. 

Report It!

The third way you can use your voice: if you see something unusual, report it! If you notice that your neighbor has fled their home, leaving their animals behind and uncared for, speak up! As we mentioned before, our furry friends don’t have a voice, so it’s important that we speak for them, and stand up for them when they are in need. Familiarize yourself with your city, and pay attention to these signs which could indicate animal abuse.

Donate

Lucky for us, organizations like ASPCA and the Humane Society work tirelessly to stop animal cruelty in it’s tracks. Tax-deductible donations can be provided to these groups to help make a life-changing difference for animals across North America on a monthly or one-time basis.

We hope you join us and these incredible organizations in the fight to end animal cruelty. Questions? Comment below.

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Four Easy DIY Easter Crafts for Pets

Spring has sprung! Break out your colorful wardrobe and start stocking up on bunny and egg shaped everything because it’s Easter time! Who says we’re the only ones who can have fun during this holiday? Pets should be able to join the festivities, too! To all the Easter-lovin’ pet parents out there―this one’s for you. Here are four easy DIY Easter crafts that will keep you and your furry friends hopping with joy on this Easter holiday:

#1. Easter Basket via Dog Mom Days

If we love waking up to an Easter basket, can you imagine how happy your animals would be? This Easter, surprise your pet with their own personal easy DIY Easter basket! Grab a cute basket and tie a colorful ribbon around the edge. Once you have your basket set up, stuff it with plastic eggs filled with dog treats, your dog’s favorite toys, and some dental chews to keep your doggy’s hygiene in tip-top shape…and voila! Easter basket complete. Be sure to discard the plastic eggs once your pup has found the treats in order to protect your animal from ingesting the plastic.

#2. Easter Egg Hunt via Pretty Fluffy

Who doesn’t love Easter egg hunts? We sure do, and know your animals will, too! This one’s another simple, yet fun, activity that will keep your animals out and about this holiday. The following steps are what you’ll need for the ultimate doggy Easter egg hunt. First, gather all of your treats―don’t be afraid to mix and match: dog treats, pieces of chicken, peanut butter in a Kong, and yogurt treats are all great options. Next, keep your animals inside while you disperse the treats in the yard. Be sure to put some in their favorite digging spots! Once you are finished, let your dogs out and watch them search for all the goodies.

#3. Easter Egg Mice via Petcha

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about all of the cat lovers out there! For this fun Easter craft, you’ll need the following materials: plastic Easter eggs (the ones with holes are ideal), various feathers, sand/beads/or bells, hot glue gun, and a drill with a 5/64 or 3/32 bit (if needed). Step one: if your eggs don’t already have holes, use your drill to create two small little holes on the larger part of the egg; be careful not to crack the plastic in the process. Step two: use your permanent marker to draw a mouse face on the “peak” end of the egg. Step three: take your feathers and thread them through the holes and hot glue the feathers down on the inside of the egg. Step four: fill the egg with the sand, beads, or bells, close the egg and let your cat play! If you’re worried about your cat opening the egg, either tape or hot glue the two halves together.

#4. Cream Cheese Easter Nest Dog Cookies via Dalmatian DIY

Easter is the perfect occasion to binge on yummy chocolates and candies. Let your animals participate with these unique goodies that are sure to leave your pets begging for more. For this recipe, you’ll need: ½ block of softened, reduced-fat cream cheese, ¼ cup of coconut flour, ½ cup of rice flour, water for consistency, and food coloring. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, combine the cream cheese and coconut flour, then add the rice flour in increments forming a dough. Separate a small amount of the dough (2 tbsp. per color). Once separated, tint the dough with food coloring to create colored eggs. Roll the plain dough into balls and place on a lined cookie sheet and flatten the middle, making a nest shape. Roll the remaining tinted dough into mini eggs and place into the middle of the nests. Bake for 15 minutes, let cool, and let them dig in!

These crafts are sure to leave your animals happy and excited this holiday. For more fun and simple Easter DIY crafts and recipes, visit here. Hoppy Easter everyone!

 

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A Tribute to Therapy Dogs

Our pets bring us infinite amounts of joy and are a special part of our families. Pet parents can all agree, coming home to a sweet, furry face is something to be cherished! Though pets are well-known for their loving nature, they also carry incredible intuition. Many people living with varying physical, mental, and emotional needs are paired with therapy dogs to help them with their day-to-day lives. This week’s blog post pays tribute to those pups.

What They Do

Therapy animals serve a variety of purposes and are proven to provide physical and mental health benefits to their owners. Traditional therapy dogs are bred, trained, and placed with an owner who lives with a mental or physical disability, while some therapy dogs work for an organization and serve as a volunteer. Extensive training prepares these animals to sense triggers and symptoms in their owners and respond to their needs.

Their Impact

These furry heroes can aid a wide variety of needs, but often, dogs are trained to service the specific needs of their owner. They have the ability to lower blood pressure, release calming endorphins, and improve cardiovascular health. Emotional benefits are vast, from lifting spirits to lessening depression; therapy animals’ presence brings emotional support, companionship and comfort.

At Work

Therapy support animals can serve individually in homes, but also in our communities. They volunteer in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Some organizations work with therapy animals as a resource to those affected by anxiety or depression from a life-altering event. Therapy dogs are trained to sense onset signs of anxiety or panic attacks and comfort through licking, and getting close to their owner.

Interested in learning more? Organizations like Pet Partners or Therapy Dogs International are great resources! We’d like to take the opportunity to offer a special shout-out to the pups who spend their day-to-day making their owners’ lives brighter, and full of love. Thank you for your service, therapy pups.

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5 Home Remedies for Pet Allergies

Allergy season is upon us, and you know what that means—sneezing, irritated skin, and puffy eyes are back. Just as you aim to kick your allergies to the curb this spring, don’t forget that your pets can also suffer from seasonal allergies. Although dealing with allergies can be a pain, treating the symptoms can be a little easier with common household items. Here are five home remedies to help keep your animals protected and alleviate your pet’s allergies this season.

#1. Oatmeal

No one likes dealing with skin irritation and itching, especially your pet. If you notice consistent itching or scratching, particularly after they return inside, they may be suffering from seasonal allergies. One way to help relieve the itching is with oatmeal. Just as oatmeal does wonders for our skin, it’s also is a nontoxic remedy for our pets. Combine baby oatmeal (or grind up regular oatmeal) and add it to some warm water to create a paste. Once that paste is made, apply it directly to the itchy areas of your cat or dog’s skin for relief.

#2. Vitamin E and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

When it comes to pet allergies, dry skin is a biggie. Help alleviate their dry skin by massaging vitamin E oil onto the affected areas—not only will it get rid of the dry skin, but a massage from mom? Yes, please! If you want to go the extra step, add some omega-3 fatty acids to your animal’s diet in order to help improve their overall skin and decrease any inflammation.

#3. Epsom Salt Bath

Some cats and dogs are prone to having frequent wounds or swelling, and allergies can make these wounds worse. Epsom salt baths are their friend (and yours!) when it comes to healing wounds and reducing swelling. Run a warm bath with Epsom salt and let your animals wound soak for five minutes. If your pup or cat isn’t one for bath time, no worries, just soak a cloth in the combined Epsom salt + warm water and apply to the infected area. Be sure to avoid letting your pets ingest the Epsom salt, as it could be harmful.

#4. Wipe Your Animals Down

This one is pretty straight forward, yet it’s easy to slip one’s mind when it comes to thinking of ways to eliminate your pet’s allergies. Wiping your animals down with a damp, warm cloth around their paws, mouths, and coats helps reduce the amount of pollen that could be trapped on your animal’s body causing irritation.

#5. Yogurt

Allergies can sometimes bring unwanted tummy issues for your pets. Thankfully, yogurt can act as a delicious treat that produces happy benefits for your animal’s stomach and intestines. That being said, opt for small doses of plain yogurt to avoid unwanted yeast infections.

Let’s be honest, no one likes to see their animals in pain. As this season springs into full effect, remember that dogs and cats alike can pick up seasonal allergies. Be sure to keep an eye out for these common symptoms; and as always, if their allergies worsen, visit your local vet for further advice. For more home remedies for your pet’s allergies, visit here.

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Top Four Poison Prevention Tips

Our homes contain many household items that make our day-to-day tasks easier and our meals tastier. Unfortunately, these items don’t always bode well with our pets. In an effort to help raise awareness for National Poison Prevention Week, the Precise team has complied some tips to help keep your pets safe from household toxins.

Identify Household Toxins

Your home is filled with items that are safe for human use, but could be fatal for your pets to get their paws in. From basic household cleaners such as window solutions, dishwashing soaps, and bleach; to prescription medications; plants; and even some of our favorite foods, like grapes, garlic and chocolate, are all incredibly dangerous for pets to consume. Both cats and dogs have different tolerances for these items. For example, if a cat were to ingest even one or two lily leaves, it could result in kidney failure, whereas a dog might not have the same reaction. Now that spring is around the corner and gardening season will begin, it’s also important to note seasonal toxins to be aware of.

Poison Proof Your Home

The list of animal toxins is long and intimidating, but there is a way to help prevent your pet from falling victim to poisoning by proofing your house. Your pet is constantly watching what you’re doing. As you pull a piece of chocolate form it’s wrapper, your pet wants a taste of the action. It’s important that you take simple steps to make sure that your pet’s curiosity doesn’t get them in trouble. For example, make an effort to keep all hazardous items in secure cabinets or in high places that your pet can’t reach. Make sure medications and cleaners are tightly sealed and stored away. Also, ensure that the plants you purchase for your home are nontoxic.

Know the Signs of Poisoning

If your pet’s curiosity gets the best of them when you’re not watching, you will notice various changes in their behavior. Vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, lethargy, and loss of appetite are obvious signs that something is not right. There are also symptoms that can occur which aren’t so obvious, such as irregular heartbeat, blood in the stool and bruising.

Have a First Aid Kit Ready

If you notice any of these signs, call for help immediately. While you wait for further instruction from poison control or your veterinarian, an added step of caution would be to have a first aid kit at-the-ready. Your kit can contain items such as gauze, adhesive tape, cotton balls, peroxide, ice packs, scissors, tweezers, antibiotic ointment and more. Talk with your vet before utilizing the kit on the best practices to help comfort your pet before help arrives. Check out this video from the ASPCA for more information on how to create a first aid kit.

Keep these tips in mind as you use the household items mentioned above. Be sure to store these items in a safe place where your curious pet cannot reach them. If you believe your pet may have gotten into something they shouldn’t have, be sure to call your veterinarian or the pet poison helpline immediately.

Pet Poison Helpline #: 855-764-7661

*Note: This helpline costs $59 USD per incident

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Pet Palace Sponsors the FIDO Project

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is an extra special day for four St. Paddy’s pups graduating from the FIDO Project in Ocala, Florida. Precise retailer, Pet Palace, is a sponsor of the endeavor and works to help encourage adoptions within the community and promote the importance of pet training.

The Florida Inmates and Dog Obedience Project (FIDO), is a program that partners Marion County Animal Services with select inmates from the Marion County Correctional Institution Work Camp to give inmates the opportunity to spend 10 weeks training homeless shelter dogs in basic obedience and socialization skills. The goal of the FIDO Project is to teach the inmates important life skills and to allow them to learn responsibility. Inmates must first study a guide on how to properly train the dogs. Following suit, they have the opportunity to shadow an officer; the officer is responsible for the training and the treatment of the animals. Each day, the inmates will keep a journal on how the practice sessions go with the dogs.

At the close of the program, the dogs go through the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen training test. Among passing the test at a score of 95%, the pups receive a certificate are able to be adopted out into their forever homes!

During each class, the public is invited to meet with the dogs at outings—normally local businesses or other venues. At this time, adoption applications can be submitted. Marion County Animal Services is responsible for choosing the dogs for this program, as well as coordinating the outings, trainings, and promotions to help get these pups adopted.

Today, Pet Palace is celebrating four FIDO graduates: Penny, Guinness, Clover, and Blarney who have all been adopted! At today’s graduation ceremony, each inmate involved in the program will say a few words on their experience training the dogs, and what this project means to them. Check out the Marion County Animal Services Facebook page for an  announcement on the next trainees!

For more information for about how to get involved, volunteer, donate or adopt visit: www.marioncountyfl.org. Congratulations to Penny, Guinness, Clover, and Blarney!

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Three Tips on Finding a Pet Sitter

Happy Professional Pet Sitters Week! We want to celebrate all of the wonderful caretakers in our fur babies’ lives and help our friends who don’t have a pet sitter to find the right fit for their family!

Unfortunately, we can’t always take our four-legged friends on the road with us, so it’s up to you to decide who to call to watch your fur baby while you’re away. If a family member or friend is not available, and a kennel is out of the question, you’re going to have to enlist a pet sitter you may have never met before. Not to worry, this intimidating process becomes easier with these three tips to help you find the very best temporary caretaker for your pet:

#1. Interview potential candidates

It is important to trust the person you are planning to let in your home to spend one-on-one time with your pet. Ask friends and family if they know of any trustworthy candidates to start your search. If the list comes up short, check out reliable websites like Care.com which features profiles of caretakers, highlighting the pet sitter’s experience, location, age, hourly rate, and service ratings. Once you gather all the information that you need about these contenders, pick a top three to interview either by phone or in person. When you meet, ask them about their experience with animals, and highlight your pet’s unique needs and habits that the caretaker will need to know. If you feel the need, be sure to ask for references from the sitter so you can learn more about their reputation as a caretaker.

#2. Make sure they are reliable 

We want our caretakers to be trustworthy, but also to be someone we can rely on to show up and love on our pets while we are away. Let’s be honest, our fur babies rule the roost of our households, but they still need to know what they can and cannot get away with. Make sure the new sitter knows your house rules and routines so they can maintain the same schedule for your pet.

#3. Introduce your pet

The most important factor we don’t have any say in is your pet’s opinion! Introduce your pet to the caretaker, and to see how your pet interacts with them. Their first meeting should not be when you plan to leave the caretaker with your pet, as your pet may not be comfortable around this sitter. At the end of the day, your pet is going to be spending time with this person and if they don’t respond well, it may not work. Allow some time for your pet to warm up to their new friend. Be sure to let them play and see if your pet approves of your choice.

In celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week, let’s take some time to show our fur babies’ caretakers some love (don’t worry, your pet is still your number one fan). Have you recently conquered the hunt for the perfect pet sitter? Share your tips for finding a reliable caretaker below.

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