Precise Welcomes Debbie Hammond to its Sales Management Team

Nacogdoches, TXAugust 19, 2016 – Precise Pet Products, manufacturer and supplier of all-natural canine and feline foods, recently welcomed Debbie Hammond to its sales team. Hammond will serve as the new sales manager for Precise in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

In her new position, Hammond will be responsible for managing and growing the sales of Precise Pet Products in the independent retail channel and within the regional chain accounts of her sales territory. She will also be working hand-in-hand with distributor personnel in these three states to cultivate customer relationships and promote brand awareness.

“Debbie is an experienced sales manager with an award-winning track record,” says Kirk Young, senior vice president of Precise Pet Products. “She is a highly motivated and knowledgeable, individual with a strong work ethic.  We’re excited to welcome her to our team of industry experts.”

Before joining Precise, Hammond held long-term positions with multiple pet product suppliers, including Nutro Products. Hammond also worked as a key account manager for Heineken USA, where she won numerous awards for exceeding her sales goals.

Hammond is looking forward to reconnecting and fostering new relationships with key pet industry personnel and accounts in her new position.

For more information about Precise Pet Products, please visit www.precisepet.com.

About Precise Pet Products
Precise Pet Products, a pet food division of Kodo, Inc., is a manufacturer and supplier of canine and feline foods made from all-natural ingredients produced mostly from U.S. sources. Currently located in Nacogdoches, Texas, Precise Pet Products provides pet foods that are safe and nutritious to North American pet owners. Using the latest in technology and testing capabilities, Precise Pet Products boasts a history of responsible pet food products. For more information, please visit www.precisepet.com.

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes – Sometimes They Wear Vests

It’s not a bird, a plane, or even Superman; these companions are the unsung heroes who use their nose and paws to help their human counterpart. This week, Precise is tipping our hats to assistance dogs all over the world.

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Assistance pups work to help people living with mental or physical disabilities by providing mobility services and enhancing their companion’s quality of life. These four-legged heroes include guide dogs, hearing dogs, and service dogs. They are trained to execute a variety of tasks for their owner—from turning the lights on and off to mitigating PTSD stressors, to alerting a diabetic of a drop in their blood sugar, even pulling a lightweight wheelchair.

In order to accomplish these tasks, the canine aides are trained as soon as they pass the puppy phase in basic commands: heeling, avoiding distractions, and task training. It takes anywhere from 18 to 24 months to completely train the dogs. The process for the human counterpart requires an application, a medical reference, and multiple interviews to be considered for selection. Based on individual mental and physical needs, its can take anywhere from one to four years after being selected to be matched with the perfect companion.

International Assistance Dogs Week (IADW) recognizes the loving labor of assistance dogs each year, and we are happy to do the same. Local and state governments often issue proclamations, and organizations host local events to honor these pups. Check out IADW events going on across the US, here.

How can you help pair-up these pups with a person in need? Donate to Assistance Dogs International, a coalition of non-profit organizations that help train and place assistance dogs with their new owners.

Now lets all raise a paw in salute to the valiant efforts of assistance dogs across the globe. Happy International Assistance Dogs Week!

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6 of Your Favorite Barbeque Foods That Are NOT Pet Friendly

Though July is behind us, the heat of summer rages on, which means there’s still ample time to heat up the grill for a big barbeque. Be sure to watch out for these six barbecue suspects that could quickly turn family fun into trouble for your furry friend.

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1 – Avocado

Perfect for appetizers, burger toppings, or salads, avocados are a summertime cookout favorite for humans, but are dangerous for our furry friends. Avocados contain persin which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and possibly breathing difficulties in pets. The pit, if swallowed, can also cause gastrointestinal blockages, leading to more serious issues.

2 – Alcohol

While controlled consumption of alcohol can be fun for adults, any consumption can spell trouble for kitties and pups. The effects of alcohol are much stronger for dogs and cats. Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nervous system depression, trouble breathing, comas, and in worst cases, even death in pets.

3 – Onion

Though onions are a staple garnish for burgers, hot dogs, salads and more—they cause anemia when consumed by pets, especially cats, giving them symptoms such as, weakness, vomiting, breathlessness, dullness, and a lack of interest in food.

4 – Corn on the Cob

Finger food, fun for all ages, but not for your furry family members. The cob may seem like a tasty chew toy, but they are easy to swallow and hard to see on an x-ray machine.

5 – Raw Meat/Fish

Raw meat and fish can seem like innocent scraps for your pet, as dogs were once wild animals and cats love fish, right? Unfortunately, these raw foods can contain bacteria such as Salmonella or E. Coli causing vomiting and diarrhea. Some of the enzymes in raw fish can even lead to neurological damage in cats.

6 – Fat Trimmings/Bones

Giving the by-products of the barbeque to your furry friends may seem like a great way to reduce waste and appease them, but your good intentions could have adverse effects. Fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis and bones, when ingested, can damage their digestive intestines.

If your furry friend is the life of the party, then moderated portions of cooked lean meats or watermelon are both safe options to let them have a taste of the fun. Fire up the grill, and get the party started—just remember to avoid these six foods around your furry friends.

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Shout-Out to Our Adorable Mutts this July 31

Did you know that nearly 75 percent of dogs in shelters are mutts, just waiting to find their forever homes?

National Mutt Day graced our calendars in 2005 by pet expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige.  Paige created this holiday to bring awareness to, and celebrate mixed-breed dogs—and you know the Precise team is all-in when it comes to honoring our loveable mutts.

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To celebrate, the Precise team has made a quick list of things you can do to for loving mixed-breeds this Sunday:

1.) Share a picture of your favorite mutt and tell us what their favorite Precise formula is

2.) Give a shout out to your local shelter, bringing awareness and support to the forefront of your newsfeed—or even,

3.) Stop by your local shelter and volunteer, make a donation, or adopt if you can! Mutts are great companions that come in many lovable shapes and sizes with incredible personalities—absorbing the best traits of each breed they stem from.

Run out and hug your mutt, and be sure to take an adorable selfie of you and your pet to showoff how amazing your mixed-breed is this weekend.

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Tips for a Fur-Friendly Petcation 2016

Adventure is calling for you—and your furry friend, too. This summer, skip the puppy dog pout as you leave for vacation, and bring your pet along for the ride!

First time Petcation-er? No worries, the Precise Team has compiled a few tips to keep your companion safe and comfortable on your summer journey:

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Be sure to drop by the vet before embarking on your Petcation. Airlines and hotels often require proof of vaccination before the fun can begin, so it’s important to make sure that all shots and medications are up-to-date, and that your furry friend is healthy and ready to travel. Also make sure that the tags for your furry friend include your mobile number or the number of the hotel, in case they try to take a little adventure of their own.

Vroom Vroom, Road Trip:

Though cars don’t have seat belts for our pets, we still need to take proper precautions to keep them safe on the road. Cats should be placed in a travel carrier and dogs should also be kept out of the front seat. Allowing pets to roam freely causes a large number of car accidents each year. And although Fido may love sticking his head out of the window on short trips, enabling this long-term can cause damage to his ears or infections in his lungs, so do your best to keep pets inside the car when possible.

Make sure to bring along plenty of water and some Healthy Habit Treats to keep your pet hydrated and comfortable during the trip. Of course, this means they will also need plenty of bathroom breaks. It is also a good idea to do a few short trial trips in the car before the big day. Believe us, seven hours in the car with a carsick pet is one of the worst ways to kick-off vacation.

Up, Up and Away!

If you are taking your travels to the sky, you will need to do some extra planning. Decide which airline to use based on pet accommodations and reviews, and book your flight well in advance to reserve a spot for your pet. Be mindful of weight limits and breed restrictions, as flying can be more dangerous for some pets than others.

Try to tire out your pet before the big flight, and take them for a potty break before boarding. Give them a blanket or shirt that they are familiar with to make them more comfortable. You may even wish to try a thunder shirt to keep them calm, especially if they are in the cargo hold.

Petcation is more than just a relaxing escape from reality. It’s a time for you and your number one companion to seek adventure and make memories of a lifetime, together.

So pack your bags, some PHC for the road, and prep your pet—it’s time for a getaway! Interested in learning about pet friendly hotel suggestions, airline requirements, beaches, restaurants and parks? Click here.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out there. As the temperature rises, so does the amount of potential dangers for our pets — sunburn, dehydration, and heatstroke, yikes! So the Precise team has compiled six tips for keeping it cool in the summer heat and humidity. Let’s get the sprinklers going:

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Add some ice, ice, baby

In addition to always making sure your pet is staying hydrated, add in a few ice cubes to their water bowl to help cool them down. Another option is to make your pet a yummy iced popsicle to treat and cool them. Might we recommend making catsicles out of your Precise Naturals canned food?

Hang inside between 10 and 2

The midday sun shines the brightest and burns the hottest. To prevent dehydration and possible heatstroke, keep your pet out of the sun during this hottest time of the day. Bring your pet indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Play with your kitten or walk your puppy in the morning or evening in order to keep their core temperatures down while exuding strenuous activity.

Walk on grass, not asphalt

A dog’s paw pads are both adorable and sensitive. When the temperature is high, the hot asphalt can quickly become too hot and burn your pup’s paws. Have your dog walk on the grass and not the cement to prevent any damage.

Keep it breezy in the shade

If your pet has to be in the sun and hot weather, provide lots of shade for them to relax in. Trees and tarps are the best providers of shade because they allow for a breeze to blow through. Doghouses are actually not good options for pets to escape the sun because they don’t allow wind circulation to filter through, retaining the warmth.

Prevent your pet from feelin’ the burn

Dogs and cats can get sunburned too. However, human sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, like the white lotion lifeguards slather on themselves, are toxic to dogs.  Sunscreens with salicylates are also dangerous for cats. Instead of sunscreen, put your pet in a hat or rash guard with UPF protection built in.

Never leave your pet in the locked car

This is one of the biggest precautions to take in order to prevent your pet from overheating this summer. When it is 80 degrees outside, it can reach 99 degrees in a locked car within 10 minutes. Leaving a pet in a car in the heat can cause heat stroke, irreparable organ damage, and even death. In some states, it is actually illegal.

The dog days of summer are upon us. If you follow the advice of these six tips, you and your furry friend can have fun and stay safe in the summer heat!

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Binge-Watch these Seven Movies on Netflix with your Pet

When the long summer days get a bit too hot or the rain starts pouring down, it’s time to settle in on the couch and have a Netlix day with your pet! These seven titles are sure to be a hit during you and your furry friend’s quality time together:

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Hachi

Bring on the water works! This heartwarming tale of a pup’s undying love for its owner will have everyone in happy tears. Keep the tissues close for this one, it will remind you how much you love your furry companion and how they love you. Cuddling is strongly advised.

A Cat in Paris

This hand-drawn animation is a true work of art. It’s a fascinating tale about a cat leading two lives (as opposed to nine). The story features suspense, drama, love and laughter. The film was even nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2012, and it is sure to be a winner for you and your pet!

Airbud

Cuteness overload! This talented retriever is that star of his own series of movies, until his pups grab the spotlight all on their own. Netflix features four of the classic Airbud movies. Want some sports to gear up for the Olympics? Check out, Air Bud: World Pup, Air Bud Spikes Back, or Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, and of course Air Buddies. Are you really missing the snow on a sweltering day? Check out Snow Buddies. With all the Airbud choices these movies alone could keep you entertained for an entire day indoors.

Scooby-Doo

As a childhood staple, you know Scooby and the gang drum up a lot of trouble and even more laughs. This hungry and lovable animated pup stole your heart back in the day and is here to do it again. Netflix has two seasons of the cartoon version and the live-action film available to watch. There is certainly enough Scooby Snacks here for a day full of mystery that will have you seeking adventure with your own furry friend.

Beginners

This movie has both laughter and drama, and lots of love. After his father passes away, Oliver takes his Dad’s pup, Arthur, and forms that special bond every pet owner cherishes. Again with the water works!

Garfield

Everyone’s favorite big orange cat! With that huge appetite, big belly and adorable antics, what’s not to love? Netflix offers three options, two seasons of the Garfield Show, two Volumes of Garfield and Friends, and the movie Garfield’s Fun Fest. Yes, please.

Charlotte’s Web

A farm-filled touching story with a great message. We all remember this iconic story from our childhood, so why not reawaken the nostalgia? It’s perfect for nuzzling on the couch with your furry friend!

So, grab a big bowl of popcorn for yourself and some Healthy Habits Treats and let the snuggling and binge watching begin!

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Fourth of July – Here Comes the “Boom,” Ready or Not:

We know our American friends are anxiously awaiting Monday’s festivities, along with our furry companions. Let’s make sure friends four-legged and two are prepared for an amazing night with no surprises. Picture this. It’s the 4th of July:

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All of your friends and neighbors are over, you have an amazing feast laid out–complete with your famous pigs in a blanket, and everyone is having a great time. Of course, Fido is looking as adorable as ever, and patiently waiting for something to drop so he can have a taste of the celebration too. Naturally, all of your guests find him as irresistible as you do, and keep asking to feed him food right off of their plates, but you are strong, you don’t give in. You know already that people food can wreak havoc on your furry friend’s tummy. To avoid the puppy dog pout, let your guests give him some food made especially for him, like our Healthy Habits Treats. Also, be sure to have a water bowl at-the-ready so your pup can rehydrate in between performances.

As kids are running around the yard, friends are shuffling in and out, and fireworks are in “boom,” it’s no surprise that more pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other holiday. Make sure you’re prepared. Ensure that all of your pets have up to date tags and IDs on their collar, and make sure that the information in the microchip database is current in case they wander off in the mix of excitement. Be aware of when your neighbors intend to set off fireworks if your dog is frightened by them, and have a quiet room set up in your house with some soft music or the television on for your pet’s comfort. If your pet get super anxious when they hear a big boom, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about medications that may help them relax.

Sparklers are also a staple at any Fourth of July celebration, but they can easily spell danger for pets. Piles of sparklers, fireworks and lighters or matches can seem like fun new toys to your curious pet, but there can be pretty severe side effects from eating or inhaling them. Be sure to keep fireworks, sparklers, glow sticks and lighters out of your pet’s reach to keep the merriment of the evening going.

Ready for Monday? Us too. Be sure to dress your pet in their best patriotic gear, and don’t forget to let us in on the celebration by sharing your photos with us! Your furry friend and their patriotic paws might just break the internet.

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7 Things to Consider when Choosing the Right Food for Your Furry Friend

Your pet’s diet is one of the biggest factors of their health. Is your pet on the right track to a long and healthy lifestyle? Ask yourself these seven questions when grabbing your pet’s kibble off of the shelf:

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What stage of life is your pet currently in?

Your pet will have different dietary needs in each stage of life; from puppy or kitten, to adult and senior. A puppy or kitten, for example, needs food that will help them grow big and strong, while a senior might require food with more protein for extra energy, or a formula for bone health, so they can stay active and happy in their growing age.

What’s your pet’s size?

Larger breeds can benefit from extra protein and nutrients for muscle and bone health, while smaller ones have a totally different set of dietary needs. Choosing a food specific to the size of your pet can ensure that they’re getting exactly the nutrients they need to live a long, healthy life.

Is your pet lazy or active?

Are you and your pet gearing up for your next big hike? Make sure you are feeding them food for fuel! For our active pups out there, a “high octane” diet, such as the Precise Naturals Endurance Formula with extra calories and protein will give them the energy their need for your adventures. Less active pets won’t need extra calories or energy stores, so the proper food for their age and size will provide them will all the energy they need.

How’s your pet’s weight?

Be cognoscente of your pet’s shape. If your pet is over or under weight, then you might need to make a change in how much and what they you are feeding them. If your feline is beginning to resemble Garfield, you may want to try Precise Naturals Weight Management Formula with all the essential nutrients and none of the extra calories. For pets who can’t keep on weight, look for high-fat or high-calorie foods, even try foods for active breeds.

How’s their current health?

If your pet has special health conditions, such as diabetes, kidney or bladder issues, or digestive issues, then choose formulas with modifications to support they specific needs. Some pets have issues digesting grains, grain free food is not only great for tummy troubles, but they are also rich in nutritious proteins and fats. Might we recommend our Precise Naturals Grain Free formulas with multiple meat bases to choose from?

How about that AAFCO Statement?

The Association of American Feed Control Officials have set guidelines and standards that pet foods must meet in order to be considered ‘complete and balanced.’  Check your pet’s food label for an AAFCO Statement to ensure what you are feeding your furry friend is meeting these basic requirements.

What are the ingredients?

When deciding between pet food formulas check out the ingredients. Ingredients, by law, must be listed by weight, so look for meats and protein-rich ingredients to be at the beginning of the list – typically the top three items listed. Meats, fish, and eggs are easy for pets to digest and have a high biological value, so the more the merrier!

Remember, making a sudden change to your furry friend’s diet could have negative effects on their digestive system. It is better to slowly introduce the new food over the course of a week or so. Feed them a mix of the new food and the old food, adding more new food than old food every few days, until your pet is happily enjoying their new, nutritious formula.

“Bone” appetit!

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The Dog Owner’s Hiking Cheat Sheet-10 Tips for Hitting the Trails

Summer is here, and that means the hiking trails will be busy. Hiking is great for the views, the exercise, and the companionship of your furry friend! It’s the perfect activity for nice weekend in the summer-just make sure you’re prepared.

The Precise Team has put together 10 tips to keep your furry friend happy during your summer trek:

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Picking the Right Trail

Choosing the right hike for you and your pup is the first step to a great experience; make sure the trail you choose to hike is pet friendly, and be mindful of the difficulty of the trail. Also, be sure to take special notice of any specific obstacles a particular trail could present, such as large drops, a lot of stairs, jagged rocks, or a surface that may become too hot for your pup’s paws. Check out hikewithyourdog.com for places a list of pup-friendly trails in your state.

Pre-Hike Checklist

Before you leave make sure your pup is up to date on all of their shots, heartworm, flea, and tick prevention medication. Also, make sure you have their ID tags, license, and a leash.

Proper Conditioning

It Is important to ensure that your furry friend is in proper shape for the hike you’re planning. In other words, a dog’s first hike should not be nine miles, straight up the side of a mountain on the hottest day of the summer. Use walks around the neighborhood or start with short hikes for practice; increase difficulty over time to ensure both you and your pup are prepared for the long distances.

Plenty of Water

Keeping your dog hydrated it a must! If you are thirsty that probably means they are too! Make sure you make frequent stops to allow them time to rest and rehydrate. You should bring water specifically for your dog, as it is potentially dangerous to allow them to drink form a stream, pond or standing water. Bringing a portable water bowl along for your journey will help keep your pet nice and hydrated on your journey.

Safety First

As you are hiking, watch where your dog is stepping. Make sure to avoid areas that have any poisonous plants or berries they should not eat. Keep them from dangerous run-ins with wildlife, and snakes that may be hiding in the brush. Also, try to avoid routes with excess jagged rocks or rough terrain to keep their paw pads from getting cut, or equip your pup with boots to protect their pads.

Etiquette

It is advised that you keep your dog on a leash while hiking, it’s much safer for your pup, and more considerate to others on the trail. Be mindful that not everyone loves dogs, even friendly ones, so be sure you can keep control of your dog around other hikers and other dogs.

Food and Rest

You shouldn’t feed your furry friend a full meal right before a hike. Give your dog a portion of its usual serving, and keep them energized throughout the hike with treats and snacks, like our Healthy Habits®. Also be mindful of the temperature that day, when you stop for water or food, give them a little break and try to find a spot in the shade. Signs of overexertion include drooling, weakness, panting or bright red gums.

Pet Waste

Dog owners need to leave the trails as they found them. Remember you and your pup are representing all hikers with dogs, and leaving waste can leave a bad impression to everyone else hiking that trail. Make sure you bring bags to pick up your pet’s mess!

First Aid Kit

It’s a great idea to carry a basic first aid kit with you in case something should happen. A solid but simple kit should include tweezers, disinfectant, bandages and bandage tape.

After the Hike

After your fun day on the trails be sure to check your dog for fleas, ticks, cut paw pads, and other injuries.

With these 10 tips under your belt, you and your pet’s hike will be one for the books!

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