Six Halloween Party Safety Tips

It’s no secret – everyone loves a good Halloween party. The excuse to dress up, decorate, and indulge in an abundance of candy while dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” makes any person count down the days until party time. But before you get down to enjoy this haunted holiday, remember that your pet’s safety comes first. Ensure your pets have a happy, spook-free Halloween with these six party tips:


Designate a ‘Safe Room’

Although Halloween is a fun and exciting time for people, it may seem like a true nightmare for pets. If you know that your animal gets easily overwhelmed and anxious around loud noises or large groups, create a safe room that is solely theirs to escape to. Keep the door closed and provide a cozy bed with a few toys, a bowl of Precise Naturals®, and water to keep them occupied until your party comes to an end.

Stash the Sweets

Halloween candy is tempting for people and pets alike. So be sure to stash the Halloween food and candy somewhere where your furry friends are unable to get their paws into trouble – because after all, ‘tis the season for mischief and mayhem.

Stay Away from Harmful Decorations

When decorating for Halloween, we often don’t take into account our pet’s safety. Before you decide to go all out this year with the spookiest decor you can find, be aware of which decorations pose threats and could result in harmful effects for your furry friend. Although some are obvious (such as candle-lit pumpkins), here are some not-so-obvious potentially dangerous decorations.

Be Careful When Choosing Halloween Costumes

We agree, finding that perfect matching costume with your pet might just be the highlight of your Halloween. Even though they’ll look cuter than ever dressed as superman, make sure that your pets enjoy being in the costume as much as you enjoy seeing them in it. If the costume constrains their movements, breathing, or causes distress, be sure to remove the costume and let them go au natural in their birthday suit.

Keep Pets Away from the Door

Because of the frequent opening and closing of doors during Halloween, along with the frightening factor that unusual costumes have on our furry friends, this night could scare your animals and cause extreme anxiety, which could lead to your animals escape out of the front or back door. Be aware that these factors can cause fear in your pets, and if you are unable to secure a safety room, always keep tags and ID’s on your animals in the case that Fido slips away.

Don’t Leave Your Pets in the Yard

Although Halloween can be fun and festive, remember that it’s also the time of year that pranksters may decide to mess with your pets by letting them go or feeding them harmful snacks. Be sure to bring your animals (especially cats) inside before the sun sets to ensure their safety, or take them out on a leash if necessary. It’s always a good idea to especially adorn your animal with their collar and identification during Halloween.

As pet parents, we want the best for our furry loved ones. Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy this spooky holiday, so that your pets can too have a happy, safe Halloween.

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Six Fall Flavor Toppers for Your Pet’s Dinner

It’s halfway through one of the most beautiful months of the year—leaves are changing, the cool weather is here to stay, and Halloween is only a few weeks away. That means, it’s finally acceptable to break out all of the fall flavors we’ve been anxiously waiting to indulge in; but hey, who says your pets can’t have a little piece of heaven too? Sharing is caring; make your animal’s dinner more exciting by adding these six fall flavors.



Who doesn’t love pumpkin? Pair your pumpkin-carving night by adding a dollop of canned pumpkin to your animal’s bowl for a quick flavor boost. Not only does pumpkin offer a yummy taste, but it’s also rich in fiber and can benefit your animal’s digestion, urinary health, and weight loss. Have too much leftover pumpkin? Spice things up by baking these pumpkin treats which are sure to be a hit in any pet lover’s home.


Fall is the perfect time to take your animals alongside your apple-picking adventures. Reward their good behavior by giving them a taste of the fruit of their labor. Apples provide a low-calorie, ‘sweet treat’ without the added sugar and negative effects. Be sure to remove the core and all seeds from the apple prior to feeding, as they contain chemical compounds that are poisonous for animals.


Cranberries are packed with healthy benefits and nutrients for your animal’s overall well-being. Test out your furry friend’s linking to the tart taste of fresh, raw cranberries; and hey, if they like it, more power to them! If they don’t, that’s okay too—cook the cranberries down in water and simply spoon some into Fido’s bowl of Precise Naturals® for a healthy and flavorful twist.

Chicken or Turkey Broth

There’s nothing like coming home to a homemade bowl of chicken noodle soup during the cold weather. Cats and dogs alike also enjoy the hearty taste of chicken and turkey broth. That being said, think twice and save the carcass next time you whip up a pot of your favorite soup. Throw the bones in boiling water, cook it down for a couple of hours, and remove all the meat from the bones—leaving your animals with a healthy, homemade bone broth that can be poured over their kibble and enjoyed for days.

Sweet Potato

Known for being rich in beta-carotene, this high-fiber superfood can provide a wide source of minerals, along with protection against cancer and heart disease. Although you may prefer your sweet potatoes smothered in sugar and butter, your pets can only eat them in small portions—either raw, cubed, or cooked without any additives.

Squash or Zucchini

Squash and Zucchini are two veggies that your animals likely won’t have a preference on how it’s prepared; they are flavorful baked, steamed, or raw! These veggies are known to help with your animal’s fur and skin, are a good source of potassium and vitamin C, and can boost weight loss for overweight animals.

Remember that although these fall foods can provide a yummy addition to your pet’s dinner feast, it is important to refrain from over-feeding them. Be sure to prepare small portions to keep your animal’s tummy happy and healthy.

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Four Reasons to Train Your Pup

Training your pup may seem like a challenge, but the reward is worth the patience that comes with the labor. Whether you’d like a well-mannered pup, or peace of mind when you leave Fido unattended, there are many benefits that can accompany obedience training. The Precise team has compiled four basic reasons why obedience training will make your household an even happier place—get the Healthy Habits treats ready:


Maintains Order in the Household

You like your stuff, right? And when we say that, we assume you like your stuff in good physical condition. Unless you enjoy dealing with missing shoes, featherless pillows, distressed furniture, or a morning surprise on your carpet. Your pet may be naturally well-mannered, but there’s nothing wrong with reinforcing the good behavior. Implementing training practices to keep you and your pooch on the same page and will further increase your respect for one another (and your things) in the house.

Keeps Your Pet Out of Trouble

We’re sure the neighborhood doesn’t appreciate “Howling at the Moon” on repeat each night (and maybe you as well). To keep the neighborhood lifestyle civil, be sure that your pet learns self-control. Whether your pet is overly excitable, or a bit skittish, it’s important to train them how to interact with neighborhood dogs and people, to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of your neighbors.

Minimizes the Chance of Behavior Issues

Having a well-behaved pet also yields the opportunity for more adventure! Whether your trip takes you to a leash-free zone, or enables your pet to socialize with other dogs, be assured that there will be minimal chance for a negative reaction from your pet. Have Fido out and about on a stress-free journey knowing that they will behave and will be comfortable in a new environment.

Strengthens Your Relationship

Not only will your pup become more well-mannered, but the time you spend together will strengthen the bond you have with one another. The fun and enjoyable times that you will share while training will also feature tons of unconditional love and memories to last a lifetime.

Whether your companion is a playful pup, or an old soul, it’s never too late to begin training your dog. Why else do you think it’s important for your pet to become obedient? Let us know in the comments below!

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Canned PHC Grain-Free Cat Food

It’s no surprise to us that wholesome, grain-free pet food formulas are on the rise. Pet parents want to feed their felines nutrition they can depend on—but with so many options to choose from, the decision-making process can feel quite overwhelming. We’re here to help. The Precise team would like to highlight our Precise Holistic Complete Grain-Free canned cat food formulas, to help with you decide what should be on your beloved cat’s dinner menu.


Wild at Heart River Line – Salmon, Tuna & Trout

Three well-loved seafood favorites, flaked variety, and essential vitamins fill our Wild at Heart River Line. Appropriate for kittens and full-grown felines, this formula further features select vegetables, botanicals and herbs to ensure that your playful cat receives all the nutrition they need for a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Grain Free – Flaked Beef

Is fish not your feline’s fave? No worries, that’s what our Flaked Beef formula is for. This formula is high in fiber, low in sodium, and features three different flavors to suit your feline’s peculiar palate. Most importantly, kittens and cats will appreciate the three main ingredients: beef broth, real beef, and beef liver.

Grain Free – Flaked Chicken

If chicken is more their style, we have three flavors that might suit their taste buds. Our main ingredients in this formula are chicken, chicken liver, and chicken broth – because who needs “meal” anyways? 

Grain Free – Flaked Pork

If you’re looking for a bit more protein in your pet’s diet, check out the 11.95% in our Flaked Pork formula. With pork broth, pork, turkey, and pork liver, your feline will be purring for more of this holistic goodness. If your pet enjoys their dry kibble too, our Turkey + Chicken and Pork Meal grain-free formulas compliment this pate pawfectly.

Each of our pates are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Official’s Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for growth and maintenance. Are you convinced its time to switch-up your feline’s diet, but want to learn more? Comment below, and we will help you find a retailer in your area with your desired formula!


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Fall Activities Your Pets Will Enjoy More Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

The fall season has officially begun! Bring on the endless pumpkin-flavored everything, bright fall colors, and cozy sweaters—it’s time to make some new memories with your furry friends. Whatever activity you decide to fill your autumn days, be sure to bring your pets along for the ride!

In lieu of the new season, the Precise team has compiled five fall activities to welcome back the crisp, cool weather with with your number one companion:


  1. Pumpkin Picking

Getting out and about to wander local fields will certainly make for a happy puppy; so grab your pet and head to your local pumpkin patch to find yourself a prize-winning pumpkin to take home. While enjoying this fun activity with your pet, be sure to keep plenty of water on-hand as well as ‘doggy bags’ to clean up after your animal. In most cases, pumpkin patches welcome pets with open arms—as long as they’re on a leash; be sure to call ahead of time to confirm your furry friend can come along for the ride.

Most pet parents are unaware that pumpkin can be beneficial to your animal’s health! While you’re carving away to create the perfect jack-o-lantern, let your furry friend chow down on a bowl of Precise Naturals® with a dollop of pumpkin for an extra flavor boost.

  1. Hiking

Not only is this great exercise for you, but for your animals too. Why not explore the great outdoors and hike up a mountain or visit a local park with your companion by your side? The cool weather makes this journey less of a chore and more of an experience where you and your pet can enjoy some one-on-one time. Although this activity can be exciting and fun, be sure to bring ample amounts of water and protective care for your animals to keep the bugs away so Fido can safely play.

  1. Camping

Nothing is better than surrounding yourself with the beautiful changing leaves and bright autumn colors. One activity that is sure to keep your pooch a ‘happy camper’ is having them accompany you on a family camping trip (because no one likes getting left behind). Get in the water and take your dog on a kayaking adventure or huddle around the campfire and sing (or howl) campfire songs. Come nightfall, your pup will be so excited to snuggle up next to you and to soak in the memories you made together. But remember, just like you require a list of camping necessities, so do your animals; Here is a checklist of camping essentials for your pup.

  1. Football/Tailgating

You’re not the only one who enjoys watching a football be thrown back and forth; your pup loves it too! Take things to the backyard or enjoy a tailgate with your furry loved one by your side. Practice that NFL arm by playing catch with the football; or even dress them up in your favorite team’s attire as your cheer on the season!

  1. Playing in the Leaves

Let’s face it, pets love getting their paws dirty—whether it be taking a running start to bulldoze into a large pile of leaves, or rolling around and gettin’ messy, this fun fall activity is sure to keep you and your pet entertained for hours. Yeah, you may have to rake all over again, but the excitement on your animal’s face makes it all worth it.

These are just a few fun fall activities that can create lasting memories. What are some of your favorite fall activities that you enjoy with your pets? Comment below!

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Six Tips to Help a Stray

Have you ever encountered a stray dog or cat as you’ve been on a stroll? It’s always tough to determine what steps to take to ensure a safe and valuable encounter. Of course the animal intrigues us, but we sometimes get nervous about the animal’s health and behavior. No need to panic, the Precise team has compiled some helpful tips to make you feel more comfortable if you ever find yourself in this scenario.


#1 – What’s the situation?

The first step to take is to assess the situation. It is necessary to make sure you, the animal, and the people around you are safe. Safety is key in this situation. If you are in a vehicle, determine if it is safe to pull over. Once you take a good look at the animal and the environment, decide if you want to make contact, or keep your distance.

#2 – Let the Animal Approach You, or Walk Away

If the animal seems aggressive, rabid, or threatening in any way, the best option is to call the local animal control and let them know where you’ve found the animal. However, make sure not to panic and run from the scene. If you start running, it may prompt the animal to do the same.

If the animal seems calm and friendly, then let them come up to you. Find ways to coax the animal closer. Never run up to the animal as it could startle them due to their skittish, hungry, and/or thirsty state.

#3 —Stray or lost animal?

The next step is to figure out if the animal is a stray or is simply lost trying to find his or her home. Look for an ID tag. If there is one, be sure to contact the number provided so the stressed pet parent can finally find their furry friend. If you have ever lost a pet, you know how amazing it would be to receive that phone call! If there is no tag, consider how you are willing to help the animal.

#4 — Contain the Animal

This is the tough part. More than likely, this animal will be very frightened and could be hesitant to approach you. Talk with an inviting and humbling tone to make the animal feel comfortable. Attempt to corner the animal slowly with a piece of clothing, leash, or a rope. If you are lucky, you may have some type of treat or food with you to lure them.

#5 — Take to Local Shelter or Your Home

First, stop by the local shelter with the animal. The shelter could have access to a device to see if there is a tracking microchip placed in the animal. The shelter could even have heard from the animal’s parents. Talk to the shelter and see if it is better to leave the animal at their facilities (to say they even have the capacity for it) or take it home until the owner is found.

#6 — Go the Extra Mile for the Animal

Do whatever you can to make sure the animal can make it back to its home or to safety. If your pet was ever in a time of need, you would hope that the person in your shoes would do the same. Post flyers with an image and a description of the pet around local spots or even through social media. Do some research yourself and see if anyone has posted regarding this lost animal.

It is easy to become attached to such sweet, appreciative souls, so be careful not to fall too madly in love with this animal; they may already have a forever home. If you are never contacted, you may consider adopting the pet yourself (a new furry companion, yay!) or bring it somewhere safe to be adopted.

Our soft spot for furry friends leads us with the immediate ‘want’ to walk up to whatever animal we see. When it comes to strays, use these tips to have a positive and safe interaction. It is critical to know that not all strays need our help, and we must use our best judgment if the situation presents itself. If the animal does need your help, always remember what can be accomplished by the kindness of strangers!

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Five Household Dangers That Could Turn Your Fur-ever Friends into ‘Sick Puppies’

One of the greatest joys of having a pet is the unconditional, non-stop love and affection that they give. For most of us, we consider our pets to be like our children — and, just like children, they require a lot of TLC to keep them safe from harmful dangers that lie around the house.


Here are a few potential household items that you should keep an eye out for while your furry friends are around, in order to avoid the “uh-oh’s” and “oh-no’s” that accompany being a pet parent:

1. Human medications

While this may seem like a no-brainer, if cats and dogs are able to reach your prescriptions, most of the time they will do whatever it takes to get their paws into trouble, which could cause serious life-threatening harm. Be aware of the placement of any type of medication as these are toxic and could harm your animals — ie. NSAID’s, birth control, sleep aids, acetaminophen, and more. To avoid the risk of consumption, place medicine into cabinets where animals are unable to access; make sure that medicines are not left on the counter and are always closed properly.

2. String, yarn, rubber bands

Although cat’s love playing with strings and other types of bands, be sure that you remove these items from their reach when you are done using them. An unattended pet with these small items could result in a choking hazard. Place these items in containers and drawers that are impossible for your pet to open while they are unsupervised.

3. Plants

Your guests aren’t the only ones who admire your indoor and outdoor plants—pets seem to enjoy them as well; whether that be for entertainment, or as a post-dinner chew toy. However, some plants are known to be be toxic — ie. oleander, hyacinth bulbs. To avoid the possibility of ingestion, try hanging plants where your pets cannot reach, place fences around outdoor gardens, or simply avoid purchasing these items.

4. Cleaning Products

Be aware of where you store cleaning products and if they are easily accessible to your pets. Keeping toilet bowl cleaner on the bathroom floor, for example, could seem like a curious chew toy for some pets, when in reality, it contains harmful toxins that could result in serious injuries for your animal. Try storing your household cleaning items on a shelf in your laundry room, or underneath the kitchen sink (if the cabinets are secure).

5. Leftovers 

Most of the time, it’s hard to resist the tableside begging for your leftover dinner scraps. Though it takes a lot of willpower, be aware that there are many ‘people foods’ that are harmful for animals to ingest. Some of these include: chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, and even bones. To keep your canine safe, try to resist those big eyes and stick to their kibble, or dry food diet. We strongly advise against feeding your animal from the table, but if you just can’t resist, keep some Healthy Habits® treats around to pacify your playful pet while you attempt to eat in peace.

In the case that your pet happens to ingest any of the items above, be sure to call poison control for precautionary steps to ensure your pet’s safety.

General rule of thumb: if it’s hazardous for you to consume, it’s more than likely harmful for your pet to consume. Do you have any of these items at-bay for your pets’ curiosity to take over? Try keeping these tips in mind in order to keep your little (or big!) fur balls happy and healthy.

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Top Two Reasons Why its Important to Vaccinate Your Pet

Our least favorite part of the year? Heading to the doctor for the good ol’ annual check-up. Though it may be our least favorite part, it is also one of the most important. The same goes for our lovable fur companions. Like humans, our pets see no fun in getting vaccinated—but it’s vital to their health. The Precise team has conjured up our top two reasons why it’s essential to keep pet’s shots and records up-to-date:


#1 – Warding Off Diseases

Many diseases are airborne, making even mostly-indoor pets susceptible to contagion. Whether it be at the grooming salon, dog park, kennel, even at home, the risk of infection is widespread. Potential diseases that could affect your pet differ based on your geographical location, your pet’s lifestyle, and breed. Be sure to do research on the different diseases out there, and talk with your veterinarian about the best medical precautions to take for your pet.

#2 – Protecting yourself, and your pet

Did you know that 90% of human rabies cases derive from a dog bite or scratch? Start from the source, and make sure your dog or cat receives a rabies vaccine. In most states, it is actually illegal to own a mammal that has not received their rabies shot. Puppies and kittens can receive their first shot as early as 12 weeks in age. But it’s not a “one and done” type deal; one year later they must receive another, and one more every three years for the rest of your pet’s life.

Quick and maybe not-so-painless, you won’t regret keeping your pet’s health a top priority. Though the cost of a vet visit isn’t the cheapest, there are also a variety of pet health insurance options that could save you money in the long-run. Once your furry friend makes their way home from a trip to the vet, be sure to have a relaxing evening with little to no roughhousing. Why else do you think it’s important to vaccinate your pet? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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It’s Back to School Time – For Your Pet, Too

Pups are absolutely adorable—no argument there; however, these high-energy four-legged fur balls are also a lot of work. Although obedience training doesn’t sound like the most exciting part of your newfound friendship, it is definitely an essential task. If Fido is going to be your partner in crime, he’s going to have to learn the ropes!

The Precise team has three tips to keep your pup’s tail wagging through obedience training:


Consistency: Repetition is the key to success when training your newest furry friend. When teaching them a new trick, it is important to repeat the same commands, tones and gestures each time, so your pup doesn’t get confused. Once your pup has mastered a new trick, be sure to exercise the skill often—practice makes perfect.

Confidence: When instructing your dog make sure they can hear the confidence in your voice and feel it in your actions. Dogs need to understand that you are in charge, not them. Make your words sharp and your actions purposeful. Following a successful execution of a command, be sure to use an uplifting and encouraging tone to congratulate your pet, reinforcing their good behavior.

Reward: Be sure to give your furry friend some incentive. We recommend giving our Healthy Habits treats a try! Your furry friend wants to make you happy, so make sure you’re being generous with your affection. Don’t be afraid to praise and treat your pet after mastering a command. Rewarding proper behavior will make your pup more likely to repeat the command. Also, be sure that you are only rewarding behavior you wish to see again.

Keep in mind that a puppy has a similar mentality to a small child. Just as you would expect children to make mistakes as they learn, you should prepare for your pup to have a few hiccups too. Pups tend to have fairly short attention spans, so it is important to keep training sessions short. Begin with the basic commands necessary for the pup to behave properly in social settings such as, sit, stay, come, drop, and heel. Once they have mastered those, you can move on to the fun stuff. They’ll be greeting your guests with a pawshake in no time!

What are your obedience training success stories? Share them in the comments below!

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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.

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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



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