Three Reasons to Spay and Neuter Your Pet

We’ve all had that thought: “My insert pet here would make the most adorable babies!” We get that feeling every time we look into those big sweet eyes of our lovable canine and feline friends; however, that feeling also greets us with a big reality check: the importance of spaying or neutering ours pets. Need us to explain? Read on:

Think of the Strays

This is the obvious one. Unfortunately, the surplus in the domestic pet population has resulted in overcrowding. Cats are 45 times more prolific than humans, and dogs are 15 times more prolific. Overcrowding, and an abundance of stray or feral animals leads to unnecessary euthanasia in pets.

Your Pet’s Life Expectancy Increases

Believe it or not, spaying/neutering your pet helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), breast tumors, and testicular cancer, promoting a long and healthy life for your pet.

If your pet is mainly outdoors, take comfort in knowing that this procedure will also reduce your pet’s interest in roaming; therefore, your pet will be less likely to run away, become injured in fights with other animals, or be involved in an auto accident.

Decreases Unruly Behavior

Whether your pet’s heat has them riled up, or they relieve themselves all over the house, neutering or spaying your pet can actually improve their behavior. Typically, your pet’s hormones will cause this territory-marking escapade; so once your pet’s hormones are balanced from the procedure, they will be less inclined to claim the space. This will also make your pet calmer if they tend to be a bit feisty.

Though the financial commitment of spaying/neutering your pet may make you shutter, many vets offer a wellness plan that allows you to make responsible decisions about your pet’s health, without breaking the bank (not to mention, having a litter of puppies or kittens is much more expensive). Once you bring your pet home after their appointment, be sure to take these tips into account to make your pet’s recovery time comfortable and relaxing.

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3 Tips to Prevent the Possibility of Lyme Disease in Dogs

April showers bring May flowers, and lots of time outside for you and your pet. Spring has sprung, and the warm weather has us all itching to get out and seek adventure on a hike in the woods, in a pasture, or at the park.

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For these reasons, April has been deemed National Prevention of Lyme Disease Awareness month, as ticks are prevalent in these outdoor areas, and are ready “suck” the fun out of outdoor playtime.

What’s lyme disease exactly? Well, it’s a tick-borne illness, caused by the transmission of infected bacteria, commonly from a “deer tick,” also known as the black-legged tick; we have 3 tips from our global veterinarian, Dr. Stephan Leoni, on how to help stop these biters in their tracks.

Grab a Good Repulsive Spray, or Drop-On

These two preventative methods are recommended for pets because of their ability to repel ticks, fleas, and mosquitos alike, while also remaining water and sweat proof. This composition can be placed between your pet’s shoulder blades, or all along their body, depositing into sweat glands where the active ingredients will be released over several weeks’ time.

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Ticks hide out in warm places: in-between your pet’s toes, under their armpits, behind their ears, and around their tail and head. If you feel a bump, separate the fur surrounding the tick and grab some tweezers. Proceed to pull the ticks body away from the skin, being cautious not to crush the tick, or leave any limbs of the insect behind. After removal, clean your pet’s skin with soap and water, and flush the tick down the toilet. The longer the tick is attached to your pet’s skin, the greater the risk becomes of being infected (more than 48 hours).

Get Some Immune Support

Incorporating a diet packed with vitamin E and C along with carotenoids and flavonoids will help boost your pet’s immune system, in case of infection. This will allow your pet to help fight the bacteria until they are able to receive medical attention, and will also serve as a great source of nutrients if your pet is recovering from the disease. Might we recommend our Precise Holistic Complete line of dry dog food formulas?

Though the risk of becoming infected is minor, nothing can rule out Lyme Disease indefinitely. If you notice the following symptoms from your pet after playing outdoors, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

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Avoid These Pet Poisons

Everyone knows that what you feed your pet is essential to their health; that’s why our pet food is packed with high quality, nutritious ingredients. Recognizing what you should avoid feeding your pet is just as important. In honor of Pet Poison Prevention Month, the Precise Team has compiled a list of dangerous household substances that should be kept away from your pets. Some may be obvious to you, but some may surprise you. So keep your furry friend safe and healthy by avoiding these pet poisons:

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  • Medications / Supplements

Never attempt to medicate your pet using human products without contacting your veterinarian first. Anti-depressants and common over the counter drugs containing acetaminophen (Tylenol), or NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin) can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers or kidney failure in cats and dogs. Vitamins and supplements like Vitamin D, iron and alpha-lipoic acid are also toxic to pets.

  • People Food

Animals have different metabolisms than people. That’s why foods that are perfectly safe for humans can be dangerous and potentially fatal for your companion. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the most dangerous people foods pets should avoid are chocolate, alcohol, avocados, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, grapes and raisins, caffeine and xylitol (a sweetener found in sugar-free gum, candy and toothpaste).

  • Plants

They might look pretty, but not all plants are pet-friendly. Lilies are the most poisonous of household plants (especially to cats)- even a couple of petals can be fatal. Other toxic plants include tulips, daffodils, azaleas and oleander. In the future, remove any of these poisonous plants from your bouquets to keep your furry friend safe.

  • Household Cleaners

Not only are cleaners like bleach poisonous to people, they’re also the leading cause of pet poisoning. To be safe, keep your pets out of the room while using cleaning products, and be sure to close toilet lids to prevent drinking toilet water, especially if you use automatic bowl cleaners.

  • Glue

When kids play around with glue, its cute. When pets play around with glue, its dangerous. Believe it or not, some glues expand after ingestion and require surgical removal. According to Pet Poison Hotline, just one ounce of glue can expand to the size of a basketball in your pet’s stomach.

Think your pet might have ingested something harmful? Stay calm. Contact your veterinarian, the Pet Poison Hotline (1-800-213-6680), or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) immediately. If you know what your pet ingested, it’s important to have the container, package, or label ready for quick identification of suspected substances.

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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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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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