Time to Update your Pet’s Vaccinations!

August is International Immunization Awareness Month for people of all ages, but don’t forget, it’s important for your pets to get their shots too! This month while you’re going in for a yearly check-up, go ahead and take your pet to the veterinarian to ensure all their vaccinations are up-to-date.

Vaccinations are essentially the same as immunizations, but our pets rely on us to remember when to have them administered. Vaccines contain antigens that are introduced to the immune system to better prepare your pet for preventing and fighting off future illness.

There a few basic vaccinations that all pets must receive the first time they go to the vet. It’s important to have a set vaccination schedule to ensure they receive the appropriate vaccines, especially if your pet is a young puppy or kitten.

There are specific core vaccinations that all dogs and cats, regardless of age, need for protection against particularly common or especially dangerous diseases. Puppies can begin vaccinations after they are weaned as early as six to eight weeks of age and kittens can also begin receiving vaccinations at six weeks.

Both dogs and cats should receive the rabies vaccine as part of their core vaccinations. Depending on your state’s laws, dogs and cats are required to have an up-to-date rabies vaccination and documented proof of said vaccination. It’s a good idea to keep your pet’s medical records on file if you ever need to prove their vaccinations are to date.

Puppies need to have core vaccinations administered to prevent rabies, canine parvovirus, distemper and canine hepatitis. Puppies receive most of their needed vaccines every two to four weeks until they age to 14 weeks or older.

For kittens, their core vaccinations should include ones that protect against rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, feline panleukopenia or distemper (FVRCP) and feline calicivirus which causes feline respiratory infections. The preventatives for these diseases can be administered through a combination vaccine and should be updated every three years. All of these diseases are common in nature and are frequently found in the general cat population. Outside cats or cats at higher risk for these diseases will benefit from more frequent vaccinations. Kittens should be vaccinated every three to four weeks until they age to 16 weeks or older.

Because some pets are at a higher risk for exposure to various diseases, discuss with your veterinarian the appropriate interval for vaccinations and booster shots to be administered. Frequency of vaccinations can be dependent on your pet’s age, lifestyle, medical history or environment.

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Celebrating International Assistance Dog Week

Some heroes don’t need capes– they have four paws, a tail and a vest to signal their commitment to helping others. They can navigate busy crosswalks for those with low vision, alert a diabetic when their blood sugar is low or assist in other everyday tasks like taking in the groceries or retrieving keys. These are just a few ways assistance dogs act as valuable additions to the lives of their human partners.

Here at Precise, we want to celebrate the important work of assistance dogs with International Assistance Dog Week, starting on Sunday. This year’s celebration will go from Aug. 6 – 12, and we want to take the opportunity to honor the dedication of these canines and educate others on the importance of assistance dogs and their training.

A large part of raising awareness for assistance dogs involves educating others on the responsibilities of these animals. An assistance dog can work under various categories and be a guide dog for a person with low vision, hearing alert dogs for those with partial or total hearing loss, or service dogs which assist people with mobility-related tasks.

Two other types of assistance dogs operate in the field of medical assistance and are labeled as seizure/seizure response dogs and medical alert/medical response dogs. Seizure alert/seizure response dogs alert or respond to conditions like seizures, heart attacks, diabetes, epilepsy, strokes, post-traumatic stress, anxiety attacks and panic attacks. A medical alert/medical response dog is responsible for alerting a person of any oncoming medical conditions previously listed.

Acting as well-behaved helpers and best friends, assistance dogs go through an extensive training process that ensures they’re able to work diligently and attentively for their human partners. Their basic areas of training include manners, task training, obedience, and proofing or public access skills. Assistance dogs wear an official vest, jacket, backpack or harness that allows them to enter any public space such as a store or restaurant alongside their owners to provide them assistance as needed.

Interested in learning more? Check out these personal stories illustrating the heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs and their transformative impacts.

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Beat the Heat with Precise

It’s officially summer. As you and your pets spend more time outside, it’s important to enjoy the sunny weather with proper safety measures in place. Here at Precise, we want to share ways to help your pet beat the heat and stay cool and happy as the temperatures continue to rise.

#1. Is the Pavement Too Hot?

You wouldn’t walk barefoot across your driveway in the summer and expect not to get burned, so don’t forget the hot asphalt can be painful for your pet’s feet too! Check if the pavement is safe for your pet by firmly pressing the back of your hand to the asphalt for seven seconds. If you experience discomfort, you shouldn’t’t walk your pet on that surface without paw protection. The pads of your pet’s feet can only withstand temperatures of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit before skin destruction occurs, so try walking your pet in the morning and evening to avoid the higher temperatures. Also, be sure to keep an eye on outdoor cats or dogs and provide them a shady place to rest during the hottest parts of the day.

#2. Dont Leave Pets in the Car

Never leave your pet unattended in the car, even if it’s a cloudy day and you don’t think it’s that hot. On a warm day, the inside temperature of a car can easily reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. Even with the window cracked, the temperature inside a car is much higher than the outside temperature, and pets can quickly suffer brain damage or experience heat stroke. If you’re out on an errand, leave your pet at home if you can’t take them into the store with you to ensure their safety.

#3. Freeze Dog and Cat Toys

Putting your pet’s favorite toy in the freezer and bringing it outside for them is a neat way of making sure they enjoy the sunshine while also keeping cool. You can stick your pet’s toy right in the freezer or sit it in a bowl of water and create a frozen “ice sculpture” for your pet to work on melting to get to their toy. If freezing their toys doesn’t suit you, pets always enjoy having lots of ice in their outdoor water bowl. The ice can be fun for them to play with and it ensures their drinking water is a suitable temperature.

#4. Brush out Those Coats

It’s important to brush out your pet’s excess fur as they transition to their summer coat. Brushing prevents painful matting that can trap heat and moisture against the skin. By brushing your pet regularly, especially dogs with double-coats, you can help them remove their dense undercoat and create proper air circulation better-suited to the summer heat. Resist the urge to sheer off your pet’s fur if they have double coats like mastiffs and terrier types. Your pet will find itself lacking sun protection and insulation if you shave it. Insulation fur grows at a different rate than longer guard hair on the outside and it may take a long time for your pet to regain their natural appearance.

#5. Provide Water and Bedding Options

Let your pets choose how they want to lower their body temperature by offering ways for them to play in water or relax on bedding. Dogs may enjoy splashing in wading pools or jumping through sprinklers as they play in the yard, but cats will likely steer clear of those options. However, both animals can enjoy resting in the shade or laying on cooling gel pet beds or elevated cots to keep them off of the ground.

As you and your pet enjoy the summer sun, we hope you’ll keep in mind these options for ensuring your pet stays safe and comfortable this season. The more options your pet has to keep cool, the happier they’ll be in the summer heat!

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Lost Pet Prevention Month

This July, Precise is calling awareness to Lost Pet Prevention Month. We wanted to share some tips for keeping your furry friends safe and close to home. In case your pet ever does decide to explore their surroundings without you, here are a few ways to ensure their safe return.

#1. Identification

A secure collar and proper ID tags signal that your pet has clearly wandered away from its home and is not a stray animal. Pets can slip out of their collars and lose all of their identification this way, so be sure your pet’s collar fits snug but isn’t restrictive. Bonus points if the collar is embroidered with its name or has distinctive markings on it. Also, ID tags are a reliable way to ensure that someone who finds your pet will know where to return it. A pet’s ID tag should include its name, the owner’s name, a home address and a telephone number. Other information that is good to include on a tag is your veterinarian’s name and number, the animal’s rabies vaccination information, if your pet is microchipped and any health issues your pet may have that require medication.

#2. File Ownership Records

Just like you’d keep your family’s medical records filed away and accessible in an emergency, it’s important to have your pet’s medical records and ownership papers on-hand in a crisis. You can easily prove a pet is yours with these important documents and verify that you are, indeed, its owner. If brought in to a vet or a shelter, pet medical records and adoption papers will prove an animal’s true home is with you and will expedite the process of its return.

#3. Microchips

Having your pet microchipped at a vet’s office will be an invaluable aid in its return. Both cats and dogs can be microchipped to ensure a pet’s proper identification and is a more permanent option than an ID tag. Inserted just below the skin of your pet’s shoulder blade, the microchip can be scanned when it is brought into a vet to confirm your pet’s identity. The microchip does not track your pet’s location, but once scanned by a vet can indicate an animal’s home. The identification number of the microchip is tied to its owner’s information, and the owner can then be reached by a veterinarian. Even if you’re the one who finds a lost pet, taking it into a vet’s office to see if it is microchipped is the next best step in locating its owners.

#4. Securing their Surroundings

If your pet is naturally adventurous, securing its surroundings will make it more difficult for them to escape from home. If your dog likes to dig, make sure your fenced-in yard has fence posts that go deep into the ground and consider chicken wire outside its base. For dogs that jump over fences, add an extension to your fence that slants at a 45-degree angle to maintain security. Avoid wire fences that dogs can easily dig beside and squeeze under when choosing fencing. Also, an invisible fence is always an option for reinforcing your pet’s boundaries. For cats, screened-in porches keep them safe while also allowing them to enjoy the breeze from outside. Firmly close and lock doors, especially sliding doors or ones that a dog could push on to gain access outside.

#5. Alert Neighbors & Other Resources

Phoning your neighbors and speaking with people you meet on the sidewalk will spread the word about your lost pet. Have a picture of your pet handy to show others and be able to explain its behavior and markings to anyone you meet while out searching for your pet. It’s likely that your pet is still in the surrounding neighborhood, and if your neighbors know to be on the look-out, they can help you locate your pet sooner than if you searched for it alone. If your search ends without finding your pet, notify veterinarians in the area, local animal shelters and dog pounds to make sure they are aware of any new animals in their facilities that fit the description of your lost pet.

Precise is sharing this information to help take the anxiety out of a stressful situation. If your pet is ever lost, having these procedures in place will ensure you’re prepared in the moment and that your pet has safety measures in place for its safe return.

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5 DIY Summer Treats for Your Pets

Summer—the time of year to head outside, go on adventures and soak up the sun. Just as you love enjoying the weather during this time of year, your animals do too! After spending a long day outside with mom, there’s nothing more rewarding for your pets than a cool, refreshing treat. This week, the Precise team has put together five DIY summer treat recipes that are simple to make and will leave your animals begging for more:

#1. PB + Jam Freezies via Pawsh Magazine

If there’s one thing all dogs love, it’s peanut butter—combining a frozen treat with peanut butter? You’ve hit doggie gold. Here’s what you’ll need to create this unique treat: 12 medium/large strawberries, 3-4 spoonfuls of organic peanut butter, ¼ cup of cold water, and an ice cube tray. Step one: wash the strawberries and remove the tops. Step two: once the strawberries are prepped, blend them with the water until fully pureed. Step three: pour the mixture into the ice cube tray about ¾ and top with dollops of peanut butter to fill the remainder of the slot. Step four: pop into the freezer for a couple hours until frozen…and voila! Ready to enjoy.

#2. Frozen Yogurt Treats via The Bark

Yogurt is one of those “go-to” ingredients that can be spruced up to create some pretty tasty treats. That being said, this DIY treat calls for four simple pantry ingredients: 4 cups of plain yogurt, ½ cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 ripe, mashed banana. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for around 30 seconds, then place all four ingredients into the blender until smooth. Once smooth, pour the mixture into a popsicle tray, freeze until firm and serve to your animals!

#3. Doggie Breath Freshener Treats via The Nerdy Farm Wife

It’s no secret that animals can have some pretty stinky breath, especially after running around in the heat all day. To help combat the bad breath, head to your garden and grab a large pinch of mint leaves and fresh parsley. Combine the parsley and mint leaves in a food processor along with a 6 oz. container of plain yogurt. Divide the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Not only will this treat leave your pups lickin’ their lips but you’ll also love the fresh smell left behind!

#4. Frozen Tuna Treats via Wonder Forest

Mention the word tuna and your cats will be running towards their bowls. For this recipe, you’ll need: a can of tuna, ½ cup of water, a mixing bowl, plastic bag, and an ice cube tray (noticing a trend?). To begin, mash the undrained tuna in a mixing bowl and add the water. Next, fill the plastic bag with the mixture and cut a small hole in one end. Finally, fill the ice trays and freeze. After a few hours, pull the treat out of the freezer and watch your cats chow down!

#5. Doggie S’mores via Sugar & Soul

Nothing says summer more than making s’mores around the campfire. This year, let your dog be participate in the fun, too! This simple DIY treat includes three ingredients: dog biscuits, carob chips, and fluff. First, place the carob into the microwave for 30 second intervals until completely smooth. Following the carob, warm up the fluff for ~20 seconds in the microwave. Dip your dog biscuits into the carob first and then the fluff. Once all of the treats are dipped, set them on wax paper until the carob is hardened and you’re done! Break out these treats during your next campfire and let your pups dig in! Reminder—chocolate is toxic for animals and should never be given as a treat.

With the summer heat here to stay, these DIY treats are sure to keep your animals cool and their tummies happy. For more simple and sweet DIY summer treats, visit here.

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Six Summer Activities for You and Your Pet

The warm weather brings many opportunities to spend time with your pet outdoors. If you notice your four-legged friend gazing out of the window more often, they may be longing for more time in the sunshine. Your pet may want longer walks and more time to play outside — so the Precise team conjured up a list of perfect summertime activities for you and your furry friend!

#1. Lake or Beach Day

Taking your pet along for a day trip to the lake or beach is the perfect getaway for you both! Whether they enjoy swimming or digging in the sand, most dogs are thrilled for the chance to be around water. Wading along the shoreline is a great chance for them to stay cool while they play! For the more relaxed animal, walking along the dock or snoozing by the bay window are also fun ways for your pet to enjoy themselves.

#2. Yoga

Why not practice your cat pose or downward-dog alongside your animal? Most pets become curious when they notice their owner joining them on the floor to stretch. Your cat may decide to keep you company on the yoga mat or your dog may decide to lick your face while you plank. This is a fun way to bond with your pet while also keeping yourself healthy. What’s great about yoga is you can practice it inside or outside, and your animals will enjoy making it a bit more challenging for you by walking around your legs as they watch you hold the poses!

#3. Hiking

Exploring the wilderness— or even your local greenway trail— is an awesome way to spend time outside with your pet. What animal doesn’t crave adventure and lots of new smells? Dogs in particular love the chance to sniff their way along the forest trails as you hike alongside them. For the adventurous feline, they may choose to climb on top of your backpack as you make your trek.

#4. Bring Your Furry Friend to the Farmer’s Market

Summer is the perfect time to shop at your local farmer’s market. While you pick up that pint of fresh strawberries, why not bring your furry friend along for your stroll through the produce stalls? Most farmer’s markets are outside and animal-friendly — no need to drop your pet off at home before grabbing those groceries! Your sweet pet may have the opportunity to meet other animals out with their owners for the day and will surely enjoy the chance to see all the hustle and bustle of the market.

#5. Pet Picnic

After stocking up on tasty groceries from the farmer’s market, go ahead and have a picnic with your pet at the local park! If staying closer to home would be more comfortable for your pet, there’s no rule against having a picnic in your own backyard either. Spread out a picnic blanket and pack your basket with a nice lunch for yourself as well as water and snacks, like our Healthy Habits® Treats, or other goodies for your four-legged friend.

#6. Reading in the Sunshine

Nothing says relaxation like curling up with a good book either under a tree, in a patio chair or on a couch by the window. Reading is also a good way to unwind after a picnic with your pet. Wherever you decide to pour through your summer reading, your pet will probably be close by to enjoy your company as well as the sunshine. Some leisurely time in the sun is the ultimate way for both you and your pet to relax after lunch. Your fur-baby may just decide to take a sun-nap and fall asleep while you’re reading — hello cute pic opportunity!

While enjoying the summer day with your pet, remember to always have food and water on hand in case they become fatigued or crave a snack. Precise Naturals pet food for your dog or cat is a great option to keep your animal happy, healthy and satisfied. We wish you and your pet a great summer filled with lots of adventure!

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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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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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