Chewing: What It May Mean About Your Dog

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 40 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at

While often frowned upon by some pet owners, chewing is a very natural process for canines – especially when they are young (7-8 months) and in the teething stage. Some dogs continue their chewing habits into adulthood as a result of boredom and not enough human contact or stimulation. In other cases, destructive chewing increases as a dog develops anxiety when left alone for extended periods of time. Chewing habits that stem from anxiety are often due to improper socialization very early in the pup’s development.

When a dog turns to chewing objects that are potentially harmful, such as plaster, rocks, dirt, tree bark and plants, it is possible that the pet is suffering from nutritional deficiencies. If so, the issue needs to be corrected immediately before causing serious health problems.

Precise Pet Foods go beyond the normal pet food standards, providing necessary ingredients that help avoid nutritional holes in a pet’s diet. Many dog foods on the market are lacking in usable minerals, making it difficult for a dog to benefit from many of those minerals listed. In some instances, minerals may be listed on the pet food bag but some dogs do not have an easy time processing them. Trace minerals are critical for helping ensure a pet’s hormones are healthy. Through the use of kelp, these minerals are put back into the pet’s diet. Additionally, fruits, vegetables and botanicals in Precise Pet Foods help fill in diet gaps to create a more natural diet, similar to those had by animals found in the wild.

With Precise Pet Products, food formulas are created with the best ingredients to provide all necessary items in a dog’s diet. When using Precise, you know you are helping ensure your dog’s nutritional needs are met.


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The Do’s and Don’ts of Thanksgiving Sharing

Thanksgiving. A holiday best known for its abundance of deliciously prepared food and of course, the notion of sharing. While partaking in the holiday festivities can offer temptation to sneak a few treats to your pet, the majority of your Thanksgiving meal is not safe for any four-legged family member.

While you don’t have to rule out all items on the table when looking to indulge your pet, there are a number of safety precautions that need to be taken to ensure even pet-friendly food is being given in a safe manner.

  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are not only a good source of fiber, but have high levels of Vitamin A and C. Dishes with large amounts of sugar, such as casseroles and pies, should not be fed to your pet. Stick to the plain version if you plant on sharing with them – whether baked or mashed.
  • Turkey: Turkey is perfectly safe for pets if prepared properly. Make sure all bones are removed and that the meat is cooked all the way through. Remove the skin and any traces of fat, as they are hard for pets to digest and could lead to pancreatitis.
  • Cooked vegetables: Carrots, peas and green beans are all safe when fed in moderation. Be sure to set aside any vegetables for your pet prior to mixing in butter and seasonings.
  • Foods to avoid completely: Onion, cake, nuts (walnuts and macadamia), mushrooms and herbs like sage and nutmeg are all highly toxic. Be sure anything you are feeding your pet is not mixed with ingredients that could make them sick. It should go without saying – but chocolate and alcohol should be kept far away from your cat or dog at all times.

Even foods labeled safe for pets should be fed with caution. Every animal’s stomach tolerance is different. More often than not, owners don’t discover a pet’s food allergy until feeding a treat for the first time. Be smart when including your pet in holiday festivities – don’t let hungry eyes get the best of you!


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Protecting Your Pet When Disaster Strikes

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation it has caused throughout the East Coast, it is important to prepare not only your home for a natural disaster, but your pets as well.

Gathering your pet’s important medical information, proper identification and necessary supplies is the first step to prepping before severe weather hits. Having proof of vaccinations can help when needing to stay at a hotel or shelter. Also, make sure your pet’s I.D. tags are secured to their collar. In the event of an evacuation, never leave a pet behind.

Stocking a disaster kit for your dog or cat ensures that necessary food and medications will be accessible no matter what the situation. Include water bottles, proper food formulas, any necessary medications your pet is currently taking, a leash or carrier and blankets. If there’s a possibility of evacuation, keep a bag packed with these items ready to take with you.

If you are braving a natural disaster from your home, locate the safest area in your house for you and your pet. With loss of power comes the loss of the ability to control indoor temperature – whether warm or cool. As severe weather approaches in the cooler months, be sure to prepare by gathering as many extra blankets as possible. During warmer months, power outages can often cause a dramatic increase in your home’s temperature. If you lose the ability to air condition or fan your house, take the necessary steps to ensure your pet is well hydrated.

For more tips on protecting your home and family in the event of a natural disaster, visit the American Red Cross online.


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Do you know pet CPR?

Though you may not want to think about a day when your pet’s life is in danger, it is important to know these crucial tips in case you’re ever in an emergency situation.

Knowing how to properly perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could save your dog or cat if they stop breathing. We recommend taking a look at the below infographic by the American Red Cross for tips on administering pet CPR. If your pet isn’t breathing, begin administering CPR immediately before bringing them to a veterinarian by following these steps:

Putting this information in a central location in your home can remind you of the procedure and be handy in case an emergency ever arises. Have other tips to share with fellow readers about saving your pets with CPR? It’s an important issue – please comment to share!

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Planning Pet Parties with Pizzazz

Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday or the day they were adopted? The prevalence of pet party planners is growing every day as more and more animal lovers are getting in on the fun.

We think it’s a great way to celebrate our four-legged friends so we rounded up a few tips for hosting a successful pet birthday party.

Here are a few ideas for fantastic furry fetes:

  • Remember your pet’s needs when you make the guest list. Dogs may not mind the company of other canines at their party but cats are less sociable and prefer the company of their favorite humans to other felines. When throwing a birthday party for your cat, ask your guests to leave their own pets at home and instead bring fun things to play with like yarn balls and ribbons.
  • Pick a good location. Cat parties can be held in the comfort of your home but dog parties can be a little more rowdy and should be held in fenced in backyards, dog parks, or other dog friendly spaces.
  • Choose a theme and decorate accordingly. Themes are a fun and creative way to make the party special. Pets can even dress in costume to fit the theme! We love the idea of a pet super hero party with pets dressed up as Batman or Superman!
  • Serve treats! Both pet and human party-goers will enjoy themed drinks and snacks made fresh for the occasion by you or your local pet bakery. We recommend a can of Precise pet food topped with an unlit candle for the full birthday cake effect!
  • Play games! Dogs will enjoy rousing games of tug-of-war or fetch while cats prefer chasing flashlights in dark rooms or playing with yarn.
  • Don’t forget the treat bags! At the end of your party, send your guests home with treat bags to remember the occasion. Fill decorative bags with a variety of treats for pets and humans too. You can even add a toy or ball into the bag as well.

Have you ever thrown a birthday bash for your pet? Comment on this post to share your stories with fellow pet owners!


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Picking a Pet Name

Are you bringing a new pet into your family? Finding the perfect pet name can be tricky but we’re here to help! We’ve gathered a few ideas for choosing a great name that fits your pet’s unique personality and appeals to both of you!

Here are five tips for picking the perfect pet name:

  • Give it a few days: Wait a few days after bringing home your pet to decide on a name so you can see their personality and let their name reflect it. Your dog or cat may not show their full character until they get to know you better, so give them some time!
  • Keep it short: Dogs and cats often respond best to two-syllable names. If your heart is set on a long name then come up with a nickname that will be easy to learn. It’s also a good idea to use names that start with hard consonants like K, P, and D because they trigger more response in pets’ brains.
  • Pick a name you are proud of: You will be calling out your pet’s name many times a day so stay away from embarrassing names. You may not mind calling your dog “Baby” at home but would you be comfortable calling it out at the park?
  • Get your pet involved: Try calling out a few of your favorite names and see which ones they respond to. You’ll often find that they will ignore some but have a positive response to others.
  • Make it different: If you have other pets in your household, make sure to give your new pet a name that doesn’t sound too similar to theirs. Similar sounding words can easily confuse pets.

What strategies do you use when naming new pets? Comment on this post to share your ideas with fellow pet owners!

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Think Outside the Park: Tips For Socializing Your Dog

We think dog parks are great places for your canine to develop and maintain their social skills while getting healthy leash-free exercise. Unfortunately, not every city has dog parks and pet owners are faced with figuring out other ways for their dogs to interact with canine friends.

Socialization is very important for a dog’s health and wellbeing. Without proper socialization, dogs can become anxious and even aggressive. For these reasons, it is essential for dog owners to be proactive and find ways for their dogs to get enough social interaction.

Here are some ways to socialize your dog outside of the dog park:

  • Obedience classes: Not only great for obedience training but these classes are an ideal way for dogs of all ages to socialize. They provide a safe environment where the canines can interact and learn some mannerly skills.
  • Puppy play dates: Organizing play dates with dogs that you know are both friendly and healthy is a great way for your dog to get the social interaction he or she needs. It also helps build and maintain human friendships!
  • Doggie day care: Taking a dog to day care is a great option for dog owners who work during the day. These facilities are full of dogs who are ready to play and make friends and staff members who understand the canine’s needs.

It is important to keep in mind that, while dogs are very social creatures, they might not want to be social all of the time. Be aware of your dog’s body language and don’t push interaction on them if they appear tired or aggravated.


How do you help your dog interact with other dogs? Comment on this post to suggest which methods you’ve found useful for fellow pet owners!

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Protecting Pets From Wild Predators

Cats and dogs go missing every day as a result of wild animals like coyotes and predatory birds. Pets weighing up to 25 pounds are the most at risk of attack by predatory animals. However, don’t forget about larger pets too as they can also be at risk if predators think their young are being threatened or if they attack in groups.

Pet owners – remember to take precautions against the dangers of wild animals to keep your pets out of harm’s way! Here are a few tips:

  • Build a fence to keep coyotes out of your yard. If you are not able to put in a fence, consider making your yard less attractive to predators by installing motion sensitive lighting and trimming your landscape to remove hiding places.
  • Do not leave pet food outside as it can attract wild animals. It is also a good idea to feed pets inside as they can be more vulnerable to predators when distracted by eating.
  • Supervise your pets while they are outside and keep them leashed during walks. Wild animals, especially predatory birds, are less likely to attack pets when their owners are present.
  • Add roofs to outdoor kennels or add enclosed runs to pet doors to provide shelter if your pets must be left alone outside.
  • Lock up! Make sure your windows and doors, including dog doors, are secured against wild animals at night.

While protecting your pets may be your top priority, it is important to remember that there are many state and federal laws against harming wildlife, particularly predatory birds, even in defense of your pets. Contact your local animal control or wildlife service agency for assistance.

Have you used any of these tips to keep your pets safe from dangerous predators? Comment on this post to suggest which tips you’ve found useful for fellow pet owners!

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Fetching the Gold

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if dogs competed in the Olympics? Imagine the noise from all the barking at the opening ceremony if they actually marched in as teams!

Most dog owners already know their pets are all-stars even without medals to prove it but here are a few events we’d like to see the world’s most skilled canines and their trainers compete in:

  • Canine Freestyle: This sport involves choreographed performances set to music by dogs and their handlers. This event may seem a bit quirky, but, after all, this year’s Olympics did include horse ballet!
  • Skijoring: In this winter sport, described as a mix between cross country skiing and dog mushing, people on skis are pulled by one or more dogs. Caribbean canines might be seen as the “underdogs” in this event but we think they might surprise us like their bobsledding human counterparts!
  • Flyball: This sport matches two teams of four dogs against each other in a relay-style race across a 51-foot long course. With running, jumping, and fetching involved, Flyball would be the ultimate Olympic event for dogs.

Would you watch dogs compete in the Olympics? Comment on this post and tell us your favorite dog sport to watch or participate in with your pooch. If you would like to learn about more dog sports, visit ASPCA.


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Andy Murray hung his two hard-earned Olympic medals around the necks of his beloved pooches, Maggie May and Rusty.


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Keeping Pets Cool in the Summer Heat

It is the middle of July and we all know what that means – hot temps and a blazing sun! With the recent heat wave driving indexes into the danger zone, we want to remind everyone to keep your pets cool.

Dogs and cats can easily get over-heated on walks, when left outside and especially in cars or other confined areas that lack air conditioning. We are all saddened by stories like this, which can be avoided when taking the right precautions.

Here are some reminders to ensure your pet will be cool and comfortable this summer.

  • Give them fresh water constantly. Pets can get dehydrated very quickly.
  • Don’t even think about leaving your pet in the car! Studies show the inside temperature of a car increase dramatically in the summer heat. If the temperature is 100°F outside, the inside of a car can be as high as 120°F. Leaving a cracked window doesn’t help either. Do your pet a favor, and leave him at home where he’s comfortable.
  • Dog owners, when your pup needs some exercise, take him for a walk early in the morning or in the evening when it is cool for the both of you. Avoid walking on blacktops. Not only can they cause third degree burns (see photo below), it gives off petroleum toxins that leak into the bloodstream through their pads and can cause them to be systematically poisoned.
  • Remember that pets with thick and dark coats are more susceptible to being overheated than pets with thin and light coats.
  • Know the signs of dehydration and call your vet immediately if you are concerned about your pet’s well being:
    • Loss of appetite
    • Dry mouth
    • Sunken eyes
    • Exhaustion

Please keep these tips in mind for your furry ones as the summer heat persists.

Do you have other ways of keeping your pet cool and comfortable in the summer? Comment on this post to suggest more tips you’ve found useful for fellow pet owners! If you would like to do more research about keeping pets cool in the hot weather, visit ASPCA.

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