Off to Deutschland we go!

So you’ve probably heard the buzz; we’re expanding!

Thanks to our friends at Kodo, Inc. in St. Helena, C.A., more pet parents, like you, will be able to provide their beloved cats and dogs with nutritious pet food for a strong and healthy lifestyle.

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To kick off the excitement, we’re heading to Interzoo in Nuremberg, Germany May 26-29 to show European pet owners the benefits of our formulas.

What’s Interzoo you ask?

Well, it’s the biggest trade fair for the international pet industry. We’ll be setting up our booth alongside of Advanced Nutrition Formula Pet (ANF Pet, Inc.) a.k.a, the world’s first super food premium pet food formula, so we’ll be in great company.

Why are we so excited?

This is our opportunity to introduce ourselves, and what our formulas can do to an entirely new region. We are excited to expand our knowledge of the nutritional needs of our furry friends in Europe, and to help provide them with a pet food that’s right for them!

Our tails are wagging with excitement as we prepare for our retailer family to grow! Stay tuned for live updates of how our trip is going.

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Detecting Signs of Cancer Early in Dogs

This is easily one of our least favorite topics to blog about; however, it’s also one of the most important: detecting signs of cancer early in canines. This month is National Pet Cancer Awareness month, and we are honored to participate in the fight to help pet parents detect signs early, and take the appropriate measures needed to keep your pet healthy and happy.

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It’s no secret that pets have helped sniff-out signs of cancer in humans, and now, it’s our turn to return the favor. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10; fortunately, experts say that half of all cancers in canines are curable if caught early. Here are some symptoms to be aware of in some of the most common pet cancers:

Mast Cell Tumors: Skin Cancer

Though your dog has a full and healthy coat, they could still develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Mast cell tumors are defined as slow growing and rubber-like, found on the “trunk” of your dog’s body, and occasionally on the legs. This form of cancer is easily treatable if caught early. Dogs with lighter coats have a greater chance of becoming infected; be sure to take note of your dog’s time outside during the summer months and make sure they have easy access to a shaded area. Small tumors can also form on the hairless parts of your dog such as the nose or paw pads, so make sure those areas are protected by shade or sunscreen.

Malignant Lymphoma

There are five types of lymphoma, with the most common being Multi Centric Lymphoma, or painless swelling of the lymph nodes. The symptoms include a loss in appetite, accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, shortness of breath, excessive urination, fever, anemia, and inflammation of the body and the lymph nodes.

Mammary Gland Tumors: Breast Cancer

Symptoms of mammary gland tumors include small or large metastatic growths that can occur in one or more of your pet’s glands. Be sure to routinely check your pet for unusual growths on their chest. Reduce the risk by spaying your pet. Hormones induce breast cancer in female dogs, so spaying your pet will greatly decrease the possibility.

Bone Tumors: Osteosarcoma

If you notice visible pain in your dog and swelling around the joints, it could be a sign of Osteosarcoma. Further symptoms may include: trouble swallowing and pain in opening the mouth, increase in sensitivity, irritability, aggression, lack of sleep, inactivity, and weight loss due to a loss of appetite.

If you notice any of these symptoms, or would like to have your dog checked-out, consult your veterinarian immediately. Our intention with this blog post is not to scare you, but simply, to make you aware of these symptoms in order to stop them in their tracks.

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Top 5 Dog Parks in America

Sunny skies and warm weather are on our horizon. As summer makes its anticipated debut, your dog is probably itching at the chance to get outdoors and play; well, it’s no secret that we are too. The Precise team has taken the liberty of rounding up the top five dog parks in America that you and your furry friend should add to your summer bucket list:

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Fort DeSoto Paw Playground and BeachTierra Verde, FL

This park features two sectioned fenced-in play areas for large and small pets, allowing your pup to run leash-free for a few hours. And get this, there’s a dog beach in the Paw Playground. Make a splash with your pooch, and clean off afterwards by the park’s convenient hosing station. Honestly, what could be better?

Point Isabel Regional ShorelineRichmond, CA

Think your pet is a well-behaved good listener? Then you definitely want to add this Californian destination to the list. Not only is Point Isabel an off-leash park for mannerly pups, it also features a Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub and Sit & Stay Café, a favorite among   visitors four-legged and two. Clean-off your pet at Mudpuppy’s DIY dog bath areas, and   be sure to take a gander at their toys, treats, and supplies. Then you can hop over to Sit & Stay Café to grab a treat for yourself; you deserve it.

Fort Woof Dog Park at Gateway ParkFort Worth, TX

For a happy dog: 1. Go to Fort Woof 2. Unleash; that’s the motto of this non-profit associated destination. Equipped with two fenced in areas for pups large and small, a watering station with bowls, and waste bags galore, this doggie-do hosts a variety of events year-round such as dog fashion shows, and the annual Barktoberfest. Think your pup could use some socialization? This seems like the place to be.

James Island County ParkCharleston, SC

Dog park, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, splash zone water park, climbing wall, saltwater fishing, and play fountain…we’re in. This park definitely features fun for four-legged friends of all breeds and sizes to enjoy! If you and your furry friend can’t bring yourself to call it a day, even after tiring yourselves out with everything this park has to offer, James Island features a campground featuring 124 sites and 10 vacation cottages to extend your stay. We’ll start packing our bags now.

Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan ParkLancaster, PA

Owner Angela and her dog Beau hit the jackpot after winning a contest that brought $500,000 to Lancaster’s Buchanan Dog Park. With a huge makeover under their belt, it’s safe to say that this park is probably the most PAWesome in America—no joke. Featuring a small and large dog area with splash pads, a doxi tunnel and even a launching tennis ball tree, this park has been the bark of the town since it’s grand opening in 2013. The image above is a good indication as to why!

Whatever excursion you plan, bring plenty of water for your pet to keep them hydrated throughout the day and be sure to have plastic bags in tow to clean up after pet messes.

We hope you have a “barking” good time!

Image Credit: Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park Facebook

 

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4 Ideas to Celebrate National Pet Day That Your Companion will Love

National Pet Day? More like National Best Friend Day. That’s right, the annual furry friend appreciation day is nearly here! You may have already planned your Monday to be filled with snuggles, outdoor fun, and special Healthy Habits treats but if you’re stuck in the planning process, have no fear—we’ll take it from here.

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Don’t you need a vacation?

What better way to honor your furry friend’s companionship than with a getaway! Camping, hiking, kayaking, beach fun, you name it—your pet will enjoy coming along for the ride. Check out these articles to see the most pet-friendly outdoor destinations in America and Canada to help kick-off your next adventure!

Test your pet’s agility with an obstacle course!

Let’s take playtime to the next level and create an obstacle course for your dog or cat! Make sure you have plenty of water and treats at the ready! For pups, it’s probably best that the fun is held outside, especially for high-energy dogs that are eager to get their agility on. For our feline friends, the fun may be better suited for the indoors. Obstacle courses can be created with items lying around the house, or in your garage. Check out these DIY obstacle courses for cats and dogs! Not only is an obstacle course a great way to shake up the playtime routine, it further strengthens your bond with your pet.

        Cat owners…grab your lasers.

Share the companionship.

Your pet is your best friend; why not share the love with patients at your local hospital? Not only will all of the attention make your pet smile, it is proven that pets, especially dogs, provide a variety of therapeutic benefits to patients. Before you plan your visit, be sure to contact your local hospital to make sure you follow their specific guidelines during your stay. Make sure that your pet does not wander into individual patients’ rooms, and only greets them in public areas of the hospital.

Relax.

Watch a movie, bake some homemade treats, and pet your loving companion until it’s time to snooze. Sometimes lazy days, are the best days.

No matter what your day entails, your pet will appreciate the extra time spent together this Monday. What will you and your pet be doing to celebrate? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Lifetime Journey of Socializing Your Pup

Being a pup may seem like a happy-go-lucky gig, but for some of our furry friends, it can be a bit stressful. Learning and seeing new things each day can be quite the adventure; socializing your pet further helps teach them how to respond with less fear and stress to new experiences throughout their life.

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Here’s how to give your pet skills to cope with new situations:

Treats:

Not only do treats reinforce good behavior to our pets, they also serve as a form of comfort, and assurance. When socializing your pet in the future, be sure to grab a handful of treats to carry along your journey. To your pet, being rewarded with a treat will signify that they are acting appropriately, and the situation is positive. Might we recommend our Healthy Habit Treats?

Take them around town:

Adults aren’t the only ones who can have downtown fun. If your hometown or neighboring city is pet friendly, get your pup in on the action! Not only is the exercise worth the trip, your pet will be exposed to a variety of experiences and events while getting lots of love and attention from pets and people alike!

Here are some of the most pet-friendly cities in America and Canada. Did your city make the list?

Dog parks and neighborhood barks:

Like humans, pets need friends too. What better place to find a playmate than at your local dog park, or even in your neighborhood?! When setting up play dates for your furry friend, be sure to stay with them. Sometimes the fun can get a bit rowdy, and both pets need a bit of relaxation and water when the fun is done!

Remember, puppyhood is not the end of socialization. Be sure to keep your pet happy and healthy through adulthood by continuing to find new adventures to embark on together!

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Collar vs. Harness: Which is best for your pup?

Shopping for collars can be overwhelming these days. With all the harnesses, halters, and varying types of collars, it’s hard to know which equipment is best for your pet. Don’t worry, the Precise Team is here to help.

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Collars

Simple and convenient, collars are certainly the most traditional option for walking and training pups. Collars are good for every day use on dogs of any size that don’t pull, tug or lunge, as these actions can put pressure on dogs’ necks and potentially cause injury.

Martingale collars, also known as slip collars or “greyhound” collars, are great for dogs that tend to slip out of their collars. This is usually a problem with dogs who have little to no size differentiation between their head and neck- we’re talking Greyhounds, Whippets, Pits, French Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. Martingale collars automatically tighten when pulled, laying flush with the neck and preventing your dog from getting loose.

Harnesses

Small dog breeds and dogs who pull, tug and lunge excessively are the best candidates for harnesses. Harnesses take the pressure off the neck, making them safer for dogs and easier to control for you. There are two main types of harnesses that cater to different canines’ needs:

Front clip harness: The best option for for larger breed dogs, front clip harnesses provide maximum control and come in handy when there’s a big mismatch in size, speed or strength between you and your dog.   A harness with the leash ring in the front middle of the dog’s chest lessens the force of your dog’s forward pull, and will gently turn him toward you.

Back clip harness: These are perfect for small and toy breed dogs, who don’t need the same amount of control as larger breeds. Back attaching harnesses don’t create the same pressure as front attaching harnesses do for large breed dogs and protect their tracheas are from bruising if they lunge or pull.

Whichever you decide is the best option for your companion; make sure your pup is always wearing identification and medical information in case they get lost.

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Help speed up the recovery, at home

When your pet endures an operation, it can be an overwhelming and anxious time, not only for yourself, but for your furry friends too. Post-operative at home care can significantly speed-up your pet’s healing process by making them feel at ease and cared for in the comfort of your own home. The Precise Pet Team is here to help, with five pet tips for post-operative care:

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  • Familiarize yourself with vet administered post-operative care and medication instructions. If your pet’s surgery was completed at the ER, be sure to inform your family veterinarian of your pet’s current condition, and the extent of their surgery. Speaking with your veterinarian will put your mind at ease, and will help you to determine what your pet needs.
  • Pay close attention. Often, it is difficult to calm your pet following an operation. Restlessness, grunting, and abnormal behavior could indicate that your pet is in pain. Prior to providing your pet with medication to sooth the pain, be sure to follow your pet’s medication instructions, and consult your family veterinarian.
  • Keep an eye on their bandages. Your pet’s bandages should be kept clean and dry to avoid the risk of infection. If you notice an abnormal odor, loosening, heat, swelling, or continuous bleeding-contact your veterinarian immediately.
  • Monitor your pet’s portions and water intake. Though we know your pets can’t get enough Precise, your veterinarian may advise you to limit your pet’s food and water intake, depending on their condition. Don’t worry! By cutting back on your pet’s consumption, your pet may feel much better. Consult your veterinarian before returning to your normal pet formula portions.
  • Relax, and get cozy. Your pet can tell if you are experiencing high levels of anxiety; to avoid adding stress to your companion, try to relax. Keep a soft lighting in your home, turn on a film, and get snuggly with your pet while elevating injuries by using pillows, keeping an eye on bandages, and ensuring your pet isn’t chewing or scratching at their wound. Elizabethan collars help during this process, and though they may look unpleasant to your furry friend, it is important to keep the collar on during your pet’s recovery process. If you prefer to avoid the “cone of shame” check out these alternatives.

Once your pet begins to get back into your daily routine, be sure to let your family veterinarian know of your pet’s improvements, and take them in for a quick check-up. Get well soon to our four-legged friends!

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Top 5 Things to Do With Your Pet in February

The truth is, we love your pets—and we know you love your pets; so, we’ve put together a list of five things you can do with your furry friend this month to let them know just how much you care. Just because February is the shortest month of the year doesn’t mean that it isn’t packed with opportunities to bond with your favorite companion. Check out what we’ve come up with:

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Westminster Dog Show

There are plenty of dog shows in the world, and then there’s Westminster. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to obedience showmanship. This year is the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, and we can’t wait. On February 15-16, grab your furry friend, sit back, relax, and watch the world’s most prestigious dogs strut their stuff. But don’t worry, no matter who wins, we all know your pet is the real “Best In Show.”

Homemade Pet Treats

February 23rd is your pup’s favorite holiday: International Dog Biscuit Day. To celebrate, get in the kitchen with your favorite four-legged sous chef and whip up some homemade doggie treats. Try this recipe for delicious and nutritious Salmon Dog Treats that are sure to keep your pup’s tail wagging.   Or, you can leave the baking up to us, and shower your pup with some extra Healthy Habits® treats. And let’s not forget our feline friends this month; these homemade cat treats will be sure to knock their paws off!

Teach Fido a New Trick

Who says old dogs can’t learn a new trick? February is Dog Training Education Month, and it doesn’t age discriminate. So whether your pup is eight months or eight years, he’s always the right age to learn something new. Both you and your dog will enjoy the benefits of better communication and the bond that comes from teaching and learning. And you can show off your wonder dog’s new tricks to all your friends!

Vacation

If you’re planning on heading south for some warmer weather or hitting the slopes for a mountain weekend this month, take your pet along with you. Vacationing with your pet is a fun and exciting way to spend time together. Plus, they could use a little escape from reality too. Hotels, resorts, and Airbnb’s are becoming increasingly more pet-friendly, making it easier for your travel buddy to come along for the ride. Check out these pet-friendly hotels and get going!

Don’t Forget Your Four-legged Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, don’t forget about the one who loves you unconditionally. Show your pet how much you love them by including them in the day’s festivities. A new toy, a treat, or just some extra TLC is all it takes to and let your pet know you love them back.

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Precise’s Top 5 Places to Walk Your Pup

The Precise team is loving National Walk Your Dog Month, so before January comes to an end, lace up, grab a leash, and take your furry friend out for a walk around the neighborhood, on the trail or at a local dog park. Let’s start the New Year out on the right foot, or should we say…paw!

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To get you inspired, we’ve compiled a list of our top five picks of places to walk your dog around the U.S. Let’s get those tails wagging:

Acadia National Park- Bar Harbor, ME

What makes this park so doggone great? Well, how about all the ways you and your pup can enjoy the outdoors? From hiking, camping, kayaking, to fishing, this park is in a pretty sweet spot. With 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads (flat trails) to choose from, there is bound to be a venture that’s suitable for your pup. Dogs are even allowed in the Blackwoods, the Seawall, and the Schoodic Woods campgrounds, so you can make it a weekend trip. And if you’re feeling up to it, take your dog to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the East Coast, and watch the sun rise.

Runyon Canyon Park- Los Angeles, CA

Let’s hit the West Coast. Located on the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, near the Hollywood Hills, this 160-acre park offers an abundance of hiking trails and a 90-acre off-leash area where your pup can explore. The trails reach elevations as high as 500 ft., and offer famous viewpoints like the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles Skyline, and the Pacific Ocean. The park gets a lot of traffic from friends four-legged and two, so you and your dog can meet new people, pets, and maybe even spot some celebrities!

Bonita Beach Dog Park- Fort Myers Beach, FL

Down to the South East we go! For some exercise that doesn’t require hiking boots, grab a beach towel and head down to Bonita Beach Dog Park.   Take your pup for a relaxing stroll on the white sand, or sit back, relax, and watch him frolic in the calm, crystalline waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This dog beach even features a special doggie-shower to clean up your pup before you head out.

Millie Bush Dog Park- Huston, TX

Often referred to as “puppy paradise,” this dog park takes fun to the next level. The sprawling 13-acre park features three ponds (two for big dogs, one for smaller pups) where your pup can get their splash on.  There are also plenty of water fountains, benches, shady areas and trails for your pup to enjoy, and wash stations for after-fun clean up. Named after Millie, the White House English Springer Spaniel, this dog park is certainly up to “first dog” standards.

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

No respectable trail list would be complete without the incomparable Grand Canyon National Park. Here, your favorite companion will be more than happy to explore and take in the breathtaking views with you. And although your pup isn’t allowed in the Inner Canyon (for everyone’s safety), dogs are allowed on South Rim Trails as long as they are kept on a leash. The Mather Campgrounds, Desert View Campgrounds and Trailer Village are also dog friendly so you can camp out with your pup if you’re coming from out of town.

Think we’ve left anything out? Let us know in the comments below where you love to take your furry friend to explore. Happy National Walk Your Dog Month!

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Splish Splash, How about an At-Home Bath?

At-home pet grooming is a great way to save some money and spend quality time with your furry friends. The Precise Team has put together our best grooming tips to help make your pet’s grooming fun and safe:

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Step One: Roll Up Your Sleeves—It’s Prep Time

The first step is to gather all of your supplies and prepare the area where your pet will be bathed. Many people choose to bathe their pet in the bathtub, but if your pet is older and has trouble getting in and out of the tub, or if they can’t be picked up, investing in a plastic tub with shorter sides may be helpful. Putting a rubber mat down can also help prevent slips and slides. Many pet stores also sell attachable shower heads for bathing your pets, which can be useful in making sure all of their fur gets rinsed and cleaned.

Other supplies you may want to gather are pet-specific shampoo (human shampoo can irritate your pet’s skin), a brush, towels, a blow dryer (make sure it has a warm or cool setting as too much heat can harm your pet), and fur-trimming scissors or electric razors. Most of your grooming needs can be found at your local pet store or online. There are tons of products depending on your furry friend’s breed, size, age, and fur and skin type – find what works best for you and your pal and get to scrubbin’!

Some people recommend walking your pet just before you plan to groom them to get some of their energy out. Introducing them to the tools and the place where you will be grooming them can also get rid of pet jitters!

Step Two: Brushing

When you’re ready to get started, be sure to brush your pet’s coat before bathing them. This gets all the tangles and mats out of their fur before you try to scrub. If there are tangles, brush gently and in small sections while holding the fur close to the skin to remove it without hurting them. If you have trouble, you can ask your vet for help getting through the tough areas!

Step Three: Bath time

When its time to get your dog into the bath, we recommend using warm (not hot!) water and washing the top of their back first before working your way down their coat. It’s important to wash their face last – you want to avoid getting suds in their eyes and ears and a dog with a cold, wet head will sometimes shiver! You can hold your hand over their eyes when rinsing their face to avoid any soap getting near the area. As you rinse them, make sure all the suds are out of their fur to avoid any itching or skin irritation.

Step Four: Drying

After you safely get them out of the tub, it’s time to dry them. Most groomers recommend drying a dog’s fur about 75 percent before trimming. If you use a blow dryer, be sure that it is not putting out very hot air as this can hurt your pet’s skin – warm or cool settings are best. Petting your dog and talking to them can keep them calm in the presence of loud noise.

Haircuts and trimming

If your dog is not a fan of the scissors or trimmer, take some time before the grooming process to introduce the tools and the noises they make. Be sure to talk in a calming, positive voice and reward them with treats. There are tons of resources out there that show you haircuts specific to your dog’s breed and coat, but some universal grooming rules include avoiding cutting any whiskers (this can be painful for your pup!) and making sure they are held still and are not jerking away. This can harm you and your dog and can be overcome with a little patience, positive reinforcement and assurance.

Grooming is a great time to bond with your furry friend but can be a stressful time for them – be sure to reward good behavior with praise and Precise Healthy Habit Treats throughout the process!

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