Ask Our Vet: Do any of the Precise formulas include taurine and L-carnitine?

Q: Hi, I’ve heard that taurine and L-carnitine are essential for a dog’s diet. Do any of the Precise formulas include those ingredients? Thank you.

A: Thank you for your email. Taurine and L-carnitine are what I call, conditionally essential nutrients for dogs. Dogs can make both taurine and L-carnitine but some do not make enough. Genetics play a large role in the deficiency of these components. I have included links on the topic that I think might help:

Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats

Pet Education

All the precursors to taurine and L-carnitine are found in meats and all of the Precise foods are meat-based. The only reason to supplement with more would be for an animal that has a genetic deficiency. It is for a reason that we have added taurine and L-carnitine to some of the Precise Holistic Complete formulas such as the Large & Giant Breed Adult, Large & Giant Breed Puppy, and Senior.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: Can my dog with chicken allergies eat the new Grain Free formula?

Q: My dog is diagnosed with a chicken allergy. Would he be able to eat the Grain Free – Pork line even though it contains chicken cartilage and fat? Thank you!

A: As you probably already know, the proteins in chickens are what predominantly cause allergic reactions because they are such large molecules. The chicken fat does not contain any protein so you are safe giving it a dog with a chicken allergy. This is why we use chicken fat in our Precise Lamb Meal & Rice Sensicare Formula.

The chicken cartilage is MOSTLY free from protein but not completely. Depending on how allergic your dog is, you may want to avoid any of our foods with chicken cartilage in them.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: What’s the difference between the Wild at Heart and regular Precise Holistic Complete formulas?

Q: I currently own a 7-month-old English Mastiff that loves the Large & Giant Breed Adult formula, but I’m curious to know more about the Wild at Heart formulas. What’s the difference between the Wild at Heart formulas and the regular Precise Holistic Complete formulas?

A: There are two main differences between the Wild at Heart formulas and the regular Precise Holistic Complete breed formulas. The Wild at Heart formulas contain less protein content versus the regular Precise Holistic Complete formulas, which consist of two or more protein sources.

Additionally, the Wild at Heart formulas were meant to be fed to any breed of almost any age, which is not true for some of the other Precise Holistic Complete formulas. Visit the Precise Holistic Complete page to learn more.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: Does my senior dog need a formula with L-carnitine?

Q: I currently own several dogs ranging in ages from a 1-year-old puppy to aging seniors. I was told that my older dogs needed L-carnitine in their diets to help promote healthy hearts. I noticed that the Original Precise Senior Formula didn’t contain L-carnitine. What is your opinion on L-carnitine and what formula do you recommend for my senior dogs?

A: Thanks for your question! You’re correct that L-carnitine is not in the Original Precise Senior formula, but L-carnitine is in the Precise Holistic Complete Senior formula.

As you probably know, L-carnitine is not an essential component of dog foods because most dogs have the ability to internally produce the supplement. However, it is important for some dogs to have L-carnitine because their bodies cannot make enough of the supplement. The problem is, we don’t always know which dogs can make enough L-carnitine.

I recommend the Precise Holistic Complete Senior formula, particularly for your older dogs. If you decide to choose the Original Precise Senior formula, I would definitely recommend supplementating with L-carnitine.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: What Precise formula could help my rescued dogs?

Q: I am trying to find a great nutritional diet for my rescued ex-racing greyhounds (females, ages 3 and almost 4 years, both spayed of course), as they come with thyroid, skin, fur and broken hock problems. I’d like to help to make them healthier than how I received them. Right now they are on a formula that has grains and other unknown substances (at least unknown by me). Please guide me in the right direction.

A: There are a couple of options for feeding your greyhounds. Without knowing more about their thyroid and skin problems, it would be hard to make a specific recommendation but I’ll give you a couple of options.

First, you could try the Precise Sensicare formula. It has been the most tried and true formula we have for trouble skin issues. In fact, it has remained largely unchanged since its beginning because it has been so successful.

Second, these are considered large breed dogs so please think about the Precise Holistic Complete Large and Giant Breed formula. All of the most recent research about the requirements and how to feed the large and giant breed dogs has been put into this formula as well as its puppy version.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: What Precise food is best for a dog with bladder infections?

Q: My 9 year old dog (schnauzer mix, female, 35 pounds) has issues with bladder infections. She has been x-rayed by the vet to determine if the cause was kidney stones, and there were none. I am currently feeding her duck and potato formula, but I have read numerous websites that say to stay away from potato and go with a low-protein diet. Any suggestions on a Precise dog food that would help?

A: Many older female dogs have recurrent bladder infections, and these over time can lead to bladder stone formation. Thankfully there are no stones at this time but preventing the infections is going to be the key in preventing stones. Infections occur because urine stays in the bladder too long allowing the bacteria to take hold in the wall of the bladder.

Keeping your dog well hydrated and letting her have access to eliminate as often as possible are the best ways to prevent urinary tract infections. Some dogs do not drink lots of water, and those dogs can benefit from the addition of canned food to at least one of their meals every day. We have several types of canned foods available, and they are all very palatable.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: What Precise formulas are suitable for my dog with wheat, corn, soya & peanut allergies?

Q: I currently own a 2-year-old, 30 kilogram Golden Retriever. She recently tested positive for allergies to wheat, corn, soya and peanuts. Would any of your products be suitable for my dog?

A: None of our products contain wheat, corn, peanuts or soy proteins. If these are the only allergens she reacts to, I would recommend our Precise Holistic Complete Large/Giant Breed Adult formula.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: What Precise canned food formula is best for my cats?

Q: I have heard good things about Precise canned cat food but need guidance on which variety would be best for my cats. I have a 16-year-old that is overweight and a 9-year-old prone to UTIs. Can you suggest one of your foods that would work for both of them?

A: Any of the canned cat food flavors would be great for your cats. It depends on their likes and dislikes. All of the Precise canned cat foods are in a pate style and come in 5.5 ounce and 13 ounce cans. The Precise Holistic Complete canned cat formula, however, is in a flaked style and is only in the 3 ounce can for now.

There are several flavors in the Precise canned foods. The Chicken and Turkey formulas are very popular, while some cats enjoy the Ocean Fish variety. The canned food should greatly help your UTI-prone cat and the higher protein should help with weight loss for your older cat.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: Why is my pup’s stool soft?

Q: I fed our previous 15-year-old Black Lab Precise food with great success. When we adopted our current Black Lab puppy, I continued with Precise. We started with Giant Breed Puppy formula and transitioned to Precise Chicken Meal & Rice Foundation formula. After transitioning, his stool became very soft. It was tested by the vet and the results were fine. What are your suggestions?

A: Loose stools can occur for several reasons, and it sounds like you have addressed the first one by getting your veterinarian to check for intestinal parasites. There are some intestinal parasites that are hard to find on stool tests so be sure to keep that in mind. It might be prudent to do a couple of rounds of Panacur® just in case.

Another reason for the loose stools can be the type of food and how much your puppy is eating. Loose stools will occur if your puppy is eating too much food for his body weight. If you send me your puppy’s weight and the amount of food he is eating, I can help you determine whether or not it is the correct amount.

The other reason for loose stools can be because of medications, treats, training treats or anything else he may be consuming. These often get overlooked, especially during holidays, so be sure you are not overdoing it.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Ask Our Vet: What do you recommend for a formula with no wheat, soy or corn?

Q: My 12-year-old West Highland White Terrier is having yeast problems, causing itchy paws. He recently started the Nzymes treatment recommended by Hemopet’s Dr. Jean Dodds. Dr. Dodds advised feeding our dog a grain-free formula with no wheat, soy or corn. What do you recommend?

A: I recommend the Precise Holistic Complete Small/Medium Breed Adult formula. It does not contain wheat, soy or corn. It does not contain potatoes either, which can be a problem when you are fighting yeast problems.

Additionally, I recommend you check into inhalant allergies, also called atopy. The symptoms of atopy are constant licking and chewing of the feet, leaving them constantly moist and in turn helping yeast grow. The yeast problems your dog has may merely be a symptom of a deeper problem, which may be atopy.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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