ANTIOXIDANTS

Cran-Blueberres

Are you confused about the role of antioxidants in pet foods? Well, you are not alone. Below we explain what antioxidants are, what their purpose is, and why we put them in our pet foods.

Everyone knows that like us, our pets need oxygen to survive. But it also causes oxidation, which is a process by which chemicals in the body are altered and become what is known as free radicals. Free radicals are generated when the body turns food into energy, and they are also a result of exposure to environmental factors like sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoke, etc. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all share a voracious appetite for electrons, stealing them from nearby cells. This electron theft can radically change the structure and function of the cell, leaving it unable to complete it’s job properly. This can result in an increased risk of infection and disease, and accelerate the aging process in the body.

Antioxidants are the free-radical fighters that are produced by the body, or derived from the healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, which are consumed. Precise calls them cell protectors. Antioxidants can protect and often reverse some of the damage caused by oxidation. They fight free radicals by generously giving electrons to the thieves, satisfying their voracious appetite. Essentially, they are electron donors.

There are hundreds of substances that can act as an antioxidant but the most familiar ones are vitamins A, C and E, lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and selenium. These are found in many foods, and they are also available as dietary supplements. Some of the sources of antioxidants that Precise uses in our pet foods are apples, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, carrots, peas, sunflower oil, eggs, brown rice and citrus fiber.

The best way to ensure that your pet gets plenty of antioxidants is by providing a diet that contains some vegetables, fruits and whole grains. A variety of sources is also important as each antioxidant plays a slightly different role. There is good evidence that eating a diet with lots of different vegetables and fruits is beneficial because they not only supply antioxidants to your pet, but also provide a package of healthy substances like vitamins, minerals and fiber as well, that promote health.

In conclusion, antioxidants promote a healthy immune system and thereby increase the potential to lower the risk for certain diseases. Precise thinks that is good reason to celebrate antioxidants, because we all want our pets to live long and vibrant lives.

Comments: 0

Things to Know About Hairballs in Cats

 

Cat-Hairballs

Cats are very clean creatures. They don’t need baths. They practice a healthy and fastidious routine of grooming and cleaning themselves. And that’s a good thing! But what is not a good thing are hairballs. It is the unappealing result of your cat ingesting hair during the grooming process. Most of the hair that a cat swallows passes naturally, but when the hair forms a ball in your cat’s stomach, it has to come back up the way it went down.

All cats are susceptible to hairballs but cats that shed a lot or heavily groom themselves may be more prone to getting hairballs, as well as long-haired cats. It is just natural that the more fur a cat swallow, the more susceptible they become.

When you hear your cat retching, he will usually vomit the hairball up shortly. However, if you notice your cat continuing to hack or retch without producing a hairball, it is critical that you call your veterinarian immediately. Your cat may have a blockage that could be fatal. Other symptoms to look for include lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting undigested food, constipation or diarrhea.

There are several ways that you can lessen the frequency of hairballs in your cat. The first would be to groom your cat, using a grooming brush. It is a great way to spend time with your cat and he will probably love the attention. This is important for helping to remove some of that hair for him, especially for long-haired cats.

Be observant of your cat’s grooming habits. If he incessantly grooms or licks his fur, he may be bored. If your cat spends a lot of time home alone, be sure to spend time with him when you are there, and provide some cat toys for him to play with when you are not. If your cat is undergoing a stressful event such as an illness, a move, or a new pet–talk to your veterinarian about ways to relieve your cat’s stress and help him adjust.

Provide your cat with a cat food that is designed and formulated to reduce the incidence of hairballs. A quality cat food, like Precise Holistic Complete, will provide exceptional ingredients such as chicken fat, flaxseed, and fish oil that promote a healthy skin and coat. Our hairball formulas also contain extra fiber to help move the hairballs through your cat’s digestive tract.

Good luck. Healthy cats are usually good at eliminating hairballs, but if these suggestions don’t help and you notice your cat is still having trouble passing hairballs, see to your veterinarian to rule out any gastrointestinal problems.

Comments: 0

HELPFUL TIPS FOR BRINGING HOME A NEW PUPPY

JackRussellPuppyBLOG

Today is the day you have been waiting for. You are bringing home your new puppy. Below are some tips for making this a smooth transition for you and family, as well as your precious new puppy.

Preparation:

  • Before you bring him home, you need to make a list of the things he will need. Food and water bowls, bedding and/or a crate, a collar and leash, grooming items and toys are all necessary for getting your home ready.
  • Talk to your family about ways to make his transition easier. Don’t overwhelm him or fight over him. He may be uncertain and frightened of his new surroundings. Establish routines and a schedule with your family about feeding, crating and taking him outside. It is also helpful if you determine certain commands that everyone uses so he does not become confused when a different person is with him.
  • Prepare the area where the puppy will spend most of his time by removing plants, chemicals, and electrical cords; and situating his crate, bed and toys where he will be comfortable and safe.

Bringing Him Home:

  • When you pick up your new puppy, be sure to find out what and when he was last fed. It is important to maintain his feeding schedule and not to abruptly switch foods, which could cause stomach upset. If you want to switch foods later, it should be done gradually by introducing small amounts of the new brand with his current food.
  • For his safety, your puppy should be placed in his crate for the ride home and thereafter, each time he rides in a car. Be sure to bring a towel and some cleaning supplies in case he becomes carsick on the trip home. Place his collar snugly around his neck so that it cannot come off over his head, but loose enough to get a finger under. Then put his leash close by so that when you open the crate, he cannot run into a dangerous situation. Head straight home so that you can begin to acclimate him to his new home.
  • Once you are home, begin the schedule of feeding, playing, and house-training right away. Start by taking him outside to the area where you want him to do his business and let him walk around until nature calls. Once he is done, give him some praise and take him back inside. Your puppy will need a routine of playtime and periods of confinement. When you crate him, expect for your puppy to whimper or cry, but don’t give in. This will only train him that he will get attention every time he starts to cry. He will adjust and learn to be comfortable in his home, but it takes time.
  • Expect that your puppy will have accidents in the beginning. That is only normal for young puppies that have not developed muscle control, and this experience has been stressful for him. By taking him out often, maybe every 30 minutes, and using praise and consistency, you will soon be well on your way to a house-trained dog.

Ongoing Care and Attention:

  • Once you and your puppy have bonded and become comfortable with each other, be sure to keep a schedule of feedings, how often he needs to go outside, and when he needs to rest. Making his needs a priority in the beginning will help you to train your puppy and create a trusting and rewarding relationship.
  • Always provide an appropriate dog food for your dog’s age, size, and activity level and follow the feeding guidelines closely. By providing a wholesome, healthy pet food such as Precise, you should never need to supplement his food. Try to avoid feeding table scraps to your puppy. It really is not in his best interest as he may consume ingredients or bones that can be hazardous. And it may also create the bad habit of begging. And always keep fresh water available at all times.
  • Be sure to provide plenty of exercise and playtime for your puppy. Don’t forget to praise and reward your puppy with treats and/or affection. It will strengthen the bond with you and ensure a happy, exuberant pet.
  • Practice good hygiene with your puppy, including bathing, brushing, trimming toenails, as well as good dental hygiene. If you notice anything unusual with his coat, skin or appearance, contact your veterinarian for advice and treatment. Be sure to keep a record of his vaccinations, deworming treatments, and visits to the veterinarian.

All of us here at Precise Pet Products believe there is nothing cuter or more full of promise than a new pet. We hope you enjoy years of mutually rewarding companionship, full of health, happiness and harmony.

Comments: 0

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL PET DENTAL MONTH

DentalHealthDog
Photo: http://bit.ly/SmeKJv

Most pet owners today know the importance of good dental practices with their pet. It is just as important for your pet to maintain good oral health as it is for you and your family, to prevent tooth decay and oral disease. Now more than ever, there are some really good products available to help with oral hygiene including sprays, chews, and toothbrushes.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Pet’s Mouth

• Address plaque and tartar early so that your pet becomes used to a dental routine while they are young. This may save you from later visits to the vet to perform costly dental procedures.

• Get a pet tooth brushing kit. It will contain a toothbrush that is smaller and softer than the ones we use, and a toothpaste that won’t irritate your pet’s stomach. Never use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to your pet.

• Provide your pet with chew toys and treats that are designed to massage the gums and scrape the teeth as they chew. This will help slow the formation of tartar and plaque.

• If possible, do a dental check on a regular basis and watch for the signs of oral disease which can include bad breath, excessive drooling, loose teeth, and swollen gums, and difficulty chewing food.

• See a veterinarian quickly if you suspect a problem.

For techniques and advice on brushing and caring for your pet’s teeth and mouth, visit the ASPCA website.
http://bit.ly/1KsfS5C, http://bit.ly/1CgNbnA

Comments: 0

10 FOODS THAT ARE POISONOUS TO CATS

Garlic&Onion(Morgue)

Cats are carnivores and they need a combination of ingredients to stay healthy, including quality protein, fats, fiber, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals. But there are also many everyday foods that are hazardous to cats. Please look over the list of the 10 most hazardous foods to cats, because our pets are counting on us to keep them from harm’s way, by knowing what we can and cannot allow them to eat.

GARLIC – Part of the onion family, garlic is another ‘human food’ that your cat should steer well clear of. It is actually considered to be far more dangerous than onions, because the toxic properties in garlic are more concentrated. Many foods have garlic powder or garlic salts hidden within, so please take the time to check ingredients labels and make sure the food your cat eats is not harmful. If your cat steals food off of your plate, make sure they haven’t ingested any garlic, as this can cause a whole load of blood health problems. If you notice any peculiar behavior from your cat after eating garlic then it is best to get them to a veterinarian or clinic in order to make sure they’re okay. A veterinarian can perform a blood test to see if there are any abnormalities in their system, that could have been caused from ingesting garlic.

ONIONS – Onion in all forms — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — can break down a cat’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. An occasional small dose probably won’t hurt, but eating a large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause onion poisoning.

DAIRY PRODUCTS – There is a common misconception that giving your cat a saucer of milk is a treat. After all, we have seen it time and again on TV and in the movies. But its not true. Most adult cats are lactose-intolerant. Therefore, giving them dairy products including cheese can cause digestive problems and diarrhea which can lead to dehydration. However, there are some lactose-free products available that your cat might like, without the harmful side affects.

RAW EGGS, MEAT & FISH – Raw eggs may contain high levels of bacteria, which can cause and e.coli and salmonella infection, both of which can be very dangerous for humans and cats. The egg white contains a protein called avidin, which can interfere with vitamin B absorption. Raw meat and fish, like raw eggs, can also contain high levels of bacterial which may cause food poisoning. And an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine which can cause serous neurological problems that may lead to convulsions or coma.

RAISINS – Although it is unclear why, raisins are extremely poisonous and can be deadly to cats. Even a small amount of raisins (or grapes) can be toxic. Repeated vomiting, diarrhea, decreased urination and lethargy are signs to look for if your cat has recently consumed raisins. Please keep raisins and grapes off counter tops and other places where you cat could get into them.

AVOCADO – This is another food that is highly toxic to cats. Although it is unlikely you are going to feed it to your cat, avocado contains persin which is quite poisonous to many animals. It can cause a host of health problems including heart, respiratory, and gastrointestinal upset, and can result in death depending on how much is consumed.

CAFFEINE – Any type of caffeinated food or drink can be harmful to your cat including sodas, tea, coffee and especially chocolate. In fact, chocolate is potentially deadly if your cat eats it. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. If you cat has helped themselves to any caffinated item, watch for signs of poisoning and then call your veterinarian for advice.

ALCOHOL – We all know alcohol can have negative effects on people, so for a small animal like a cat, the effects can be multiplied. Any type of alcohol, beer, wine, liquor, can be detrimental to a cat’s brain and liver, and it takes very little to cause the damage. Keep all types of alcohol away from your cat because a few teaspoons of liquor could cause a coma or even death in a 5-pound cat.

Fat Trimmings and Bones – If you’re used to feeding your feline friend the bits of leftovers from your plate, then you could be facing a trip to the vet at some point soon. Fat, both cooked and uncooked, is another food that can cause intestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea, which can then cause your cat to become dehydrated. Bones can be hazardous by causing a bowel obstruction or laceration. Although catching and eating a small bird, mouse, or other creature may not harm your cat, bones from cooked meat are more likely to splinter due to the heat. To be safe, avoid feeding your cat from your plate, and see a vet immediately if you notice any blood in the litter box or loss of appetite.

DOG FOOD – While dog and cat foods contain many of the same ingredients, dog food cannot be used as a substitute for cat food. Cat food is specifically formulated to meet a cat’s needs, which may include higher protein levels and certain vitamins and fatty acids. Feeding your cat a steady diet of dog food could result in severe malnutrition. Just don’t do it.

No matter how cautious you are, your cat may ingest one of the foods on this list. If that happens, call your veterinarian immediately or take him to the nearest emergency pet clinic. Or you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for advice at 888-426-4435.

Comments: 0

How to keep your pets safe during the winter weather

snow pup

It is important to keep our furry friends safe when the temperature drops. Just like humans, pets are affected with illness when the harsh cold weather starts. Here are some tips to keep them safe:

  • Limit the time your pet is outside when temperatures drop below freezing.
  • When de-icing a walkway or deck, use a pet-friendly (salt-free and chloride-free) de-icer such as MortonSafe-T-Pet. You wouldn’t want to be walking on chemicals that could hurt you, so don’t make your precious pooch have to!
  • Make sure your pets have nametags on, in case they get lost in a whiteout.
  • Wipe the paws of your pets when they come inside after stepping on ice and snow, just like ho you wipe your own feet! This will keep them dry and also help keep your carpets clean.
  • Animals don’t exercise as much during colder winter months so adjusting their is important to reduce the threat of weight gain.
  • Any extended period of time outside when the temperature is below freezing can be very harmful for your pet. The happiest pet is one that is taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but is kept inside cuddled up for the rest of the time!
Comments: 0

Christmas leftovers that dogs and cats can eat

sb10069988j-001

Most pet owners can remember their dogs and cats’ faces during Christmas dinners like the back of their hand. The sulks and whimpers under the table can often work, with uncles and nephews falling for the act and sneaking them food. As they beg and beg at dinner time, remember that dogs and cats can actually eat many foods served on the holidays, some of which are actually healthy for them.

Turkey is high in protein and can serve as a great snack for your four-legged family members. Feel free to give some scraps, and even giblets too, to your pet, but never let them eat the bones. Ham can be shared with your pet too, but be sure to cut off any excess fat. You must also make sure that it is unseasoned ham, and you can make sure of that by soaking it in water to get rid of the saltiness.

Dogs and cats can indulge in some of the holiday veggies as well. Leafy greens, such as lettuce, spinach, and kale are great for your pet, as they are high in nutrition and fiber, low in calories, and easy to digest. Plain green beans can also be healthy for your furry friend, as they are high in fiber, vitamin K, and vitamin C. They are also great for your pet’s weight and digestion.

Remember, it’s okay to give your pet safe table food every now and then, but always remember moderation is key. And if you are unsure of what is a safe food for your pet, be sure to consult your veterinarian.

Comments: 0

Homemade Ice Cream for your Dog

ice cream dog

It’s always nice to indulge in a sweet dessert every now and then. Why not treat your pet to one every once in a while? Obviously, you cannot treat your dog to human desserts, but here’s a way to easily make homemade ice cream that your dog can eat!

All you need is four cups of non-fat natural plain yogurt, one banana, four to eight strawberries, and honey. First, mash the strawberries and bananas, mix the yogurt and honey, then pour it all into a container to freeze overnight. Once it’s solid, it’s time to enjoy!

Just remember- do not add sugar, as it’s not good for your dog, and use yogurt with active cultures instead of dairy products. With these healthy, mouth-watering treats, your dog is sure to plant a big, wet, cold-tongued kiss on your cheek!

Comments: 0

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show

AKC dog show

On December 13-14, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show returns to Orlando, Florida, where 3,000 dogs from across the 50 states as well as from 70 countries across the world will compete for best in show, along with many other awards among the events. The championship is hosted by the American Kennel Club, and will feature all-breed competitions, specialty competitions, special attractions, breeder seminars, the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, junior events, and the crowning of a new National Champion.

The event is one of the most highly competitive and exciting events in the canine world, as thousands of the world’s top canine competitors will participate in three AKC sports: Conformation, Agility, and Obedience. Out of the thousands of dogs that compete, only seven will take part in the “Best in Show” competition. Last year’s champion was Portuguese Water Dog, Claircreek Impression de Matisse. The AENC began in 2001 and has begun a highly regarded tradition in the world of dog shows by creating the sport’s most prestigious event.

Good luck to all who are competing this year! May the odds be ever in your favor!

Comments: 0

Holiday gifts for your dog or cat

christmas dog

Tis’ the season to be jolly– and that mean’s your pets too! We know that shopping for presents to give to your aunts, uncles, cousins etc. can cause for hair tearing out, but it’s essential to take the time to give your precious pooch and or caring cat something special for the holidays.

Want to give him or her a delicious bag of treats? Our Healthy Habit treats are a great choice! Or what about a toy? Give your dog a durable and bouncy Planet Dog lump of coal, or even a doggie “cigars” to add a dose of humor to your dog’s next run. For cats, consider these felt catnip donuts or various types of scratch pads, and if you want to get creative with it, give your feline friend the Cat DJ Scratching Deck, where they can scratch to their heart’s content on a faux DJ deck made of super durable cardboard.

Want to have your pet looking sharp? Give them the gift of a new personalized collar or pet parka. Want to buy something convenient for you and your pet? Give them a pet placemat to put under their food and water bowls or purchase a Canvas dog food dish to keep their food dry when on-the-go. The possibilities are endless for your pet gifts during the holidays. Reward them for being the one-of-a-kind animal that they truly are.

Comments: 0