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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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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5 Home Remedies for Pet Allergies

Allergy season is upon us, and you know what that means—sneezing, irritated skin, and puffy eyes are back. Just as you aim to kick your allergies to the curb this spring, don’t forget that your pets can also suffer from seasonal allergies. Although dealing with allergies can be a pain, treating the symptoms can be a little easier with common household items. Here are five home remedies to help keep your animals protected and alleviate your pet’s allergies this season.

#1. Oatmeal

No one likes dealing with skin irritation and itching, especially your pet. If you notice consistent itching or scratching, particularly after they return inside, they may be suffering from seasonal allergies. One way to help relieve the itching is with oatmeal. Just as oatmeal does wonders for our skin, it’s also is a nontoxic remedy for our pets. Combine baby oatmeal (or grind up regular oatmeal) and add it to some warm water to create a paste. Once that paste is made, apply it directly to the itchy areas of your cat or dog’s skin for relief.

#2. Vitamin E and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

When it comes to pet allergies, dry skin is a biggie. Help alleviate their dry skin by massaging vitamin E oil onto the affected areas—not only will it get rid of the dry skin, but a massage from mom? Yes, please! If you want to go the extra step, add some omega-3 fatty acids to your animal’s diet in order to help improve their overall skin and decrease any inflammation.

#3. Epsom Salt Bath

Some cats and dogs are prone to having frequent wounds or swelling, and allergies can make these wounds worse. Epsom salt baths are their friend (and yours!) when it comes to healing wounds and reducing swelling. Run a warm bath with Epsom salt and let your animals wound soak for five minutes. If your pup or cat isn’t one for bath time, no worries, just soak a cloth in the combined Epsom salt + warm water and apply to the infected area. Be sure to avoid letting your pets ingest the Epsom salt, as it could be harmful.

#4. Wipe Your Animals Down

This one is pretty straight forward, yet it’s easy to slip one’s mind when it comes to thinking of ways to eliminate your pet’s allergies. Wiping your animals down with a damp, warm cloth around their paws, mouths, and coats helps reduce the amount of pollen that could be trapped on your animal’s body causing irritation.

#5. Yogurt

Allergies can sometimes bring unwanted tummy issues for your pets. Thankfully, yogurt can act as a delicious treat that produces happy benefits for your animal’s stomach and intestines. That being said, opt for small doses of plain yogurt to avoid unwanted yeast infections.

Let’s be honest, no one likes to see their animals in pain. As this season springs into full effect, remember that dogs and cats alike can pick up seasonal allergies. Be sure to keep an eye out for these common symptoms; and as always, if their allergies worsen, visit your local vet for further advice. For more home remedies for your pet’s allergies, visit here.

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Top Four Poison Prevention Tips

Our homes contain many household items that make our day-to-day tasks easier and our meals tastier. Unfortunately, these items don’t always bode well with our pets. In an effort to help raise awareness for National Poison Prevention Week, the Precise team has complied some tips to help keep your pets safe from household toxins.

Identify Household Toxins

Your home is filled with items that are safe for human use, but could be fatal for your pets to get their paws in. From basic household cleaners such as window solutions, dishwashing soaps, and bleach; to prescription medications; plants; and even some of our favorite foods, like grapes, garlic and chocolate, are all incredibly dangerous for pets to consume. Both cats and dogs have different tolerances for these items. For example, if a cat were to ingest even one or two lily leaves, it could result in kidney failure, whereas a dog might not have the same reaction. Now that spring is around the corner and gardening season will begin, it’s also important to note seasonal toxins to be aware of.

Poison Proof Your Home

The list of animal toxins is long and intimidating, but there is a way to help prevent your pet from falling victim to poisoning by proofing your house. Your pet is constantly watching what you’re doing. As you pull a piece of chocolate form it’s wrapper, your pet wants a taste of the action. It’s important that you take simple steps to make sure that your pet’s curiosity doesn’t get them in trouble. For example, make an effort to keep all hazardous items in secure cabinets or in high places that your pet can’t reach. Make sure medications and cleaners are tightly sealed and stored away. Also, ensure that the plants you purchase for your home are nontoxic.

Know the Signs of Poisoning

If your pet’s curiosity gets the best of them when you’re not watching, you will notice various changes in their behavior. Vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, lethargy, and loss of appetite are obvious signs that something is not right. There are also symptoms that can occur which aren’t so obvious, such as irregular heartbeat, blood in the stool and bruising.

Have a First Aid Kit Ready

If you notice any of these signs, call for help immediately. While you wait for further instruction from poison control or your veterinarian, an added step of caution would be to have a first aid kit at-the-ready. Your kit can contain items such as gauze, adhesive tape, cotton balls, peroxide, ice packs, scissors, tweezers, antibiotic ointment and more. Talk with your vet before utilizing the kit on the best practices to help comfort your pet before help arrives. Check out this video from the ASPCA for more information on how to create a first aid kit.

Keep these tips in mind as you use the household items mentioned above. Be sure to store these items in a safe place where your curious pet cannot reach them. If you believe your pet may have gotten into something they shouldn’t have, be sure to call your veterinarian or the pet poison helpline immediately.

Pet Poison Helpline #: 855-764-7661

*Note: This helpline costs $59 USD per incident

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Five Signs that Indicate Your Pet is Under Stress

You’re not the only one who occasionally feels “under pressure;” our furry friends can too. Though they can’t tell us with words if they’re feeling distressed, their actions can. Sometimes, signs of stress may be an indication that your pet isn’t feeling well, and may need to go to the vet for further evaluation. As their owners, we need to make sure we are cautious of these five signs that indicate our pet is stressed:

#1. Unusual Aggressive Behavior

If your normally playful pet begins to scratch or growl out of character around people or other animals, this is a clear sign that something is wrong. Be sure to keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date, so when you consult your vet about your pet, they can quickly rule out any underlying medical issues.

#2. Decrease in Appetite

Is your pet’s favorite time of day feeding time? We’re familiar with that feeling. If you notice that your pet’s appetite dramatically decreases, or if they are having trouble keeping their food down, this is also a sign of stress and anxiety in our pets. When pets begin rejecting their meals, it’s important to contact your veterinarian immediately.

#3. Fatigue

If you notice that your animal is sleeping often during the day, keep an eye on their activity levels. Try to make time to encourage them to play inside and out to raise their energy. If you notice that their out of the ordinary sluggish behavior persists, they could be stressed or have a cold.

#4. Upset Tummy

This can be difficult to notice if your pet is mainly outdoors; however, if your housetrained pet has trouble getting to the litter box, or if they have trouble getting to the doggie door before they relieve themselves, anxiety could certainly be an indication. If these symptoms last longer than 24 hours, it could be a gastrointestinal issue that needs medical attention.

#5. Where’d you go?

If your clingy pet suddenly becomes MIA for long periods of time, this is also a sign that they are not feeling their best. Be sure to give them quiet time, and try not to pull them out of their hiding place; only remove them from their area if it could become dangerous for your pet to stay there.

Make sure that the environment that your pet is in is relaxed and not hectic. Try to avoid making loud noises, and be sure that your pet has a “safe,” comfortable area that they can escape to if they begin to feel overwhelmed. PetMD also identifies other tips for helping out an anxious pet in this article. Stress in our pets can be caused by a multitude of things. From health issues to environmental changes, if you notice that your pet’s behavior is out of the ordinary, be sure to contact your veterinarian for further consultation. Do you have any tips on how to relieve your stressed pet? Let us know in the comments below!

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Happy HOWLidays from the Precise Pet Team

The time has nearly arrived to celebrate the joy in your heart for your family, friends, and furry loved ones. From the Precise Pet Products team, we would like to take this week’s blog post to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

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While you’re enjoying this extra time at home with your furry friends and holiday guests, please be sure to keep these Precise Holiday Safety Tips in mind. Also, we’d like to take a moment to remind you to bring your pets indoors if adverse weather greets you during the holiday. If your pet is mainly outdoors, and just can’t handle being inside when there’s snow on the ground, we’ve got a few simple tactics that can help them stay warm amidst the frigid conditions.

Oh, and if you and your pet plan to indulge in your favorite festive dishes, we have some holiday exercise suggestions that we plan on kick-starting just before the new year!

We hope you have a wonderful time creating holiday treats for your companion and dressing them up in their holiday best, or worst if you prefer the ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ festivities!

Thank you for trusting us to provide your pet with the best nutrition for a long and healthy life. Happy HOWLidays from your favorite pet food company, Precise Pet Products.

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Tips for Traveling Without Your Pet for the Holidays

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re also the busiest. With gift giving, parties, decorating, and more, it’s easy to forget your travel plans until the day of departure. If you’re on-the-go this holiday season, and are unable to bring your furry companion along, we’re here to help get things in order. This week’s blog post features four tips on how to keep your pets safe while you’re away:

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#1. Make sure they have a caretaker

Whether you plan to take your animal to a “pet hotel” or kennel, have a house-sitter, or have someone stop by periodically through the time you’re gone—your pet is going to need someone checking in on them. No matter your method, your pet’s caretaker needs to be someone you trust, and preferably, someone who has interacted with your animal before. Not only will this keep your mind at ease while traveling, it will also help your pet develop a trust for them too.

#2. Have plenty of food and water available

Make sure your pet is well-equipped with the daily essentials before you leave, a.k.a., their Precise kibble and drinking water. Be sure to visit your local retailer to stock-up on your dry and/or wet kibble and also leave feeding instructions for the caretaker. Communicate how often they are fed during the day, how much they are fed, and how they prefer their food to be served (for those finicky eaters).

Be sure to keep your pet’s food in an easily accessible area for the caretaker’s convenience. Some pet parents even prefer self-feeders while their away to ensure that their pet is always hydrated and satisfied. Though, big eaters probably could benefit from some portion control per the caretaker.

#3. Leave your caretaker with some digits

Meaning yours, and your veterinarians. You’re going to miss your pet while you’re away, so be sure to check in with their caretaker, or their kennel, often. You can relax knowing that your pet is in good hands.

If something were to happen while you’re away, your caretaker will need to know your pet’s veterinarian contact information. Keep this in a central location, by the pet’s food, so everything will be in one place.

#4. Heavy-duty pet proof before leaving

When your pet’s alone, they’re going to take that as an opportunity to entertain themselves…which can get them into all sorts of trouble. Before you leave, make sure that chemicals, plants, small objects, and other hazardous materials are out of your pet’s reach. Check out these tips from the American Humane Society on how to effectively pet proof your home before departure.

While the Precise team recommends taking your pet along for the ride whenever possible, we understand that some places aren’t so accommodating to our beloved furry friends. We hope these tips put your mind at ease while you’re traveling this holiday season!

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Keeping Your Pets and Holiday Decorations Safe and Tidy

The holiday season is arguably the most exciting time of the year to decorate your home. For pet parents, it’s not always that simple, as pets can be easily tempted with your beautiful decorations. Keeping your holiday tidings just right, and your pet safe from harms way can be a lot of work…to say the least. Here are a few tips to keep your decorations holly and your pets just as jolly:

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#1 Be Cautious of Certain Decorations

Try to avoid tinsel, imitation snow, mistletoe and holly berries when decorating. If an animal ingests any of these decorations, they could experience serious digestive issues. If you must use them, please be sure to keep them out of your pet’s reach.

Your pet may also be intrigued by your heirloom ornaments. Keep these hallmarks high on the tree, and filter in shatter-resistant ornaments wherever possible.

#2 Put Those Lit Candles in a Safe Place

We all love warming holiday-scented candles, but it is important not to leave those flames unattended. Pets could potentially burn themselves, or knock them over and cause a fire. Put the candles on a high, stable surface, like a mantel, to enjoy the holiday scents.

#3 Keep Wires Out of Paw’s Reach

Try to keep all wires from decorations and string lights taped down, or out of your pet’s reach. Not only can they tear the wires, or become tangled in your holiday décor, they could also become electrocuted by decorations that are plugged in.

#4 Be Careful with Your Holiday Plant Placement

While consumption of some plants can be a great source of vitamins and help your pet’s digestion, holiday plants are a different story. Eating poinsettias can cause irritation to the mouth and esophagus, while ingesting holly and mistletoe can cause vomiting and diarrhea, excessive drooling, and abdominal pain.

Make sure your tree is secured, and be sure to vacuum loose pine needles, as they could potentially puncture your pet’s intestines if consumed. Further, avoid using chemical preservatives on the tree; it could contaminate the tree water that your pet may drink.

If you’re feeling a bit weary of these holiday plants, especially if your pet enjoys chowing down on leaves, you may want to go the imitation plant route.

Decorating is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but with pets in the home, this needs to be done safely. Take these tips into consideration when ringing in the holiday cheer this year!

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Four Thanksgiving Leftovers Your Pet Can Enjoy

We know—you’re stuffed. You’ve thought out all of the ways you can repurpose your leftovers, but eating another bite is just asking too much. Over here at Precise, we overdid the holiday indulging as well, but we aren’t wanting our food to go to waste. It’s time to take a breather before the next slew of holiday feasts greets us in December—so why not let your pet help you tackle the scraps. Here are four Thanksgiving leftovers that are safe for your pet to enjoy:

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Sweet Potatoes

Hold the butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and fluff—and a small bit of this delicious root veggie is the perfect addition to your pet’s Precise diet. Baked sweet potatoes can serve as a great source of antioxidants and essential vitamins both working to prevent cancer and the effects of aging.

Green Beans

These tasty snacks are an excellent low-calorie treat for your feline or canine. As long as your beans are free of seasonings like garlic or onion, your pet could benefit from it’s plant fiber and vitamins along with manganese.

Raw Veggies

Pets love crunching on asparagus, broccoli and carrots—as long as they’re free of seasonings. Cut these foods into bite-sized pieces for a great addition of vitamin K, A, C and more to your pet’s diet.

Turkey

The main course, and what they’ve been eyeing ever since you put it in the oven. Dogs and cats both are safe to enjoy this Thanksgiving staple as long as the turkey is well-cooked, making it free of any salmonella bacteria. Also, be sure to take the turkey off of the bone and break it into tiny shreds. Consuming bone could splinter and be problematic for your pet’s digestive track. Remove the skin as well to eliminate the possibility of extra fat consumption.

See? Now you don’t have to bare the burden of devouring the leftovers; just be sure to limit them to one or two new foods at a time and appropriately portion your scraps so your furry friend doesn’t get a rumbly tummy (much like us at the moment).

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