National Mutt Day 2016 – Round Two

So, 2016 has taken two days to honor our mutts—and we absolutely love it. National Mutt Day was created in 2005 to celebrate the most unique dogs in the world, our loving mixed breed pups.

On a serious note, mutts happen to be the largest population in animal shelters, with the highest euthanizing rate. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness for these pups hoping to find their forever home. There are many incredible reasons to adopt any dog, but here are four to showcase our mutts:

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#1. Mutts tend to be healthier

There have been studies showing that mixed breeds are actually less prone to diseases compared to the purebred dog. That means they will stay healthier due to their hybrid ancestry—absorbing the best characteristics of each breed they’re made up of. Mutts even have a longer life expectancy and tend to be very active.

#2. No two mutts are the same

A lot of purebreds look very similar, but a mutt is a product of many breeds. You will never find any mutts that look the same; they all have their own distinctive features that make them wonderful, whether it be their size or color. The special pup you adopt will be one-of-a-kind.

#3. They don’t break the bank

Adopting a shelter pup is affordable. Not only is their adoption price lower, since these pets tend to be incredibly healthy, they won’t require as many trips to the vet. You can also get your companion sooner! Just walk into a shelter and fall in love with one; plenty are patiently waiting!

#4. It’s not just a companion

These dogs have many awesome attributes, but those are often overlooked, as an estimated 2.7 million are euthanized, or wait years to be adopted. When you adopt a mutt from a shelter, you are saving a life.

Be sure to do some research before taking the leap to adopt. If you aren’t ready to adopt a mutt just yet, you could always make a small donation to your local animal shelter! We hope you enjoy National Mutt Day, and show our mongrels a little extra love today.

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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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Five Ways Your Feline Shows They Care

Our feline friends have been getting a bad rap; some believe that they aren’t as likely to bond with us as our lovable canines. We’re here to debunk the myth. Like humans, cats have incredibly unique personalities—and different ways of displaying affection. Just because they aren’t constantly giving us kisses and snuggles doesn’t mean that they don’t love us. The Precise team has great experience in the feline realm, so, trust us when we say these are five ways your feline is showing they care:

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The tummy flash

Cats are pretty defenseless when they roll over on their backs. Typically dominant animals, these furry friends keep their guard up and aren’t classically known for their vulnerable side. If your feline gives you the belly flash, it’s safe to say that they feel protected by you, and trust you!

Love bites and kneading you

Ouch! Love hurts sometimes, but hopefully not too much. If your feline gives you a light nibble, it’s a playful way of showing their affection. They also love to knead, which may leave a few scrapes on your thigh, but is a sweet reminder of nursing with their mother during kittenhood.

Bringing you “presents”

Though coming home to a dead bird, squirrel, or mole isn’t the most appealing of surprises, your cat is actually trying to give you a gift. Cats are born with a natural instinct to hunt, so to them, this love token is more of an offering. Many think that cats obtain this hunting instinct from their mothers at birth.

Looking into your eyes and blinking slowly

As we said before, cats aren’t known to let their guard down. When they’re willing to make eye contact with you, it’s a sign of true affection. Some even say that when your cat slowly blinks at you, it’s equivalent to a human kiss—be sure to reciprocate the love by slowly blinking back!

Stage five clinger

This one is pretty obvious next to purring. A simple sign of affection in cats is their desire to be around their owner—even if that means getting caught under their feet, or constantly tripping them. Though frustrating at times, let every “whoops!” and close call be a reminder that your feline loves you and appreciates you.

See? Your cats are more affectionate than just a purr or meow. Next time your cat gives you a nibble, or catches your eye, take comfort in knowing that it’s a sign of love. How does your cat show their love to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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Three Reasons Why Your Kitten is Hiding

Introducing a kitten to your home is an exciting time. Immediately, all you want to do is snuggle up with your new playmate. Though you’re eager to bond with them right away, their initial transition may create a lot of internal stress, leading them to hide. If you feel like your new feline is giving you the cold shoulder, don’t take it personally. This happens to many pet parents, so know that you’re in good company. Here are three reasons why your new addition may be hiding:

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#1: The Territory Has Already Been Claimed

Have other pets? This could cause a bit of stress. While your kitten’s foster parent or brief bio may have communicated that they’re pretty social, stepping into an alpha’s home can be a bit territorial at first; this is especially true with stray and feral cats, as well as felines of the same gender. Your kitten may be intimidated by your longtime pet’s dominance, so they’re looking for a stress-free escape until the two can become acquainted. To help your new addition with the transition into the household hierarchy, check out these tips from the Humane Society.

#2: There’s too much to explore

Curious kittens enjoy becoming familiar with their new home. It is incredibly important for them to explore, but too much exploration can be overwhelming. Be sure to facilitate this on a small scale by providing them with a safe room. This space should contain all of your feline’s essentials: their litter box, food, water, and toys. In this room, be sure to continue with your daily routine—not worrying about normal noises that may initially startle your feline, like opening the fridge or flushing a toilet. Be sure to talk with them in an uplifting tone to begin building their trust. It’s important for your cat to become familiar with these noises and your voice, so try not to tip-toe. Once you notice your cat is comfortable in their safe room, begin letting them explore other areas little by little.

#3: They’re simply nervous to be in a new space

Do you remember what it was like to transition to a new home? Whether you moved out of your parent’s house, or remember starting the dorm days of college, it’s a life-changing move that isn’t always easy. Cats each have their own unique personality. You may bring home a furry friend who immediately feels right at home, and enjoys its new lifestyle, or, your cat may be a bit timid, and need some time to adjust. If you find your feline hiding for most of the day when you first bring them home, it’s okay. They’re just adjusting to the new space in their own way. Let them rest, and try not to move them from their spot. Carry on with your normal daily duties, and be sure to stop by their spot and talk to them with an uplifting tone throughout the day. Leave treats outside of their spot, to encourage them to come out. After a little coaxing with the treats, they will eventually explore the space, and be ready to bond. Keep in mind that it may take a week or two for your cat to fully adjust.

Remember, this behavior is completely normal in cats. Be patient and caring with your feline during their transition process. Try not to drag them out of their hiding place, as this could scare them and prolong their transition. Do what you can to make them comfortable, and make them realize that they are in a safe space. Just because your feline needs some alone time, doesn’t mean that they aren’t a fan of their new abode. Give them time, and eventually they will come around—literally!

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Precise Pet Products Welcomes New Field Hires to its Territory Sales Management Team

St. Louis, MO–November 4, 2016 Precise Pet Products, manufacturer and supplier of all-natural canine and feline foods, recently welcomed Aaron Cohn, Chris Louden, and Nikki Nagy to its sales team. The three new sales professionals will cover territories ranging from Central and Western parts of the United States.

“Aaron, Chris and Nikki have a proven track records of successful sales and account management,” says Kirk Young, senior vice president of Precise Pet Products.  “They are highly motivated and personable individuals with a strong knowledge of the pet food industry.  We’re excited to welcome them to our team of industry experts.”

As the trio assumes their new roles, they will be responsible for managing and growing the sales of Precise Pet Products in the retail channel and within the regional chain accounts of their sales territories. They will be working hand-in-hand with distributor personnel in the following territories to cultivate customer relationships and promote brand awareness:

  • Aaron Cohn – Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming
  • Chris Louden – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana
  • Nikki Nagy – Southern California and Arizona

Precise Pet Products’ new additions are eager to foster new relationships within their respected territories and to communicate with pet owners face-to-face.

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

About Precise Pet Products
Precise Pet Products are made in the United States and are made from all-natural ingredients. Using the latest in technology and testing capabilities, Precise Pet Products strives to bring a greater focus to quality canine and feline pet food nutrition in North America. Precise Pet Products is headquartered in St. Helena, California with customer service offices in Nacogdoches, Texas and new sales and marketing offices in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, please visit www.precisepet.com.

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Howard/Merrell

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Five Halloween Treats to Avoid Giving Pets

Decorating the house, getting dressed up, and indulging in a variety of treats is what Halloween is all about. Waking up the day after Halloween with a ‘post party’ sugar crash and a stomach ache—not so much. Although you may not be feeling so great post-party, that doesn’t mean Fido has to be in the same state. Avoid these five Halloween treats to keep your pets happy and healthy during your spooky festivities:

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Chocolate Covered Raisins

This sweet treat is a double ‘no-no’ as chocolate and raisins are toxic for pets. Chocolate is known to cause vomiting, seizures, and diarrhea; and raisins are known to potentially cause severe kidney failure. Avoid giving this sweet nightmare to your pets; in the case that your animal does consume this candy, be sure quickly contact your veterinarian to advise on next steps.

Candy Corn

This Halloween staple is difficult for anyone to stop eating after popping a couple pieces into their mouth. Just think – if people have a hard time resisting eating a whole bag at one time, imagine how hard Fido has to refrain from indulging. Candy corn is almost purely sugar and can cause severe diarrhea and gas in your furry friends, so be sure to stash these sweets away from paws reach.

Hard Candies and Wrappers

Small, hard candies are difficult for animals to chew and can end up getting caught in your animal’s windpipe causing potential choking. Also, just as you wouldn’t deliberately give your pet dangerous candies, be aware that candy wrappers can also pose serious, life-threatening hazards that could lead to surgical intervention.

Salty Foods

Many people like to pair salty snacks, like chips and pretzels, alongside sweet treats during Halloween. Although you may enjoy these salty-sweet flavors, avoid sharing these snacks with your animals as it can lead to serious side effects including vomiting, diarrhea, high temperatures, and seizures.

Alcohol

You may be thinking, “well that’s a no-brainer,” but we’re not just referring to drinking. What most pet parents don’t realize is that giving animals foods that are baked with alcohol (i.e. cakes, cookies) can potentially cause the same effects as giving them the real thing. If you plan on baking Halloween treats that contain alcohol, be sure to place it in an area where your furry friends are unable to reach.

We don’t mean to frighten you before All Hallows Eve—but let’s face it, no one wants to become a sick puppy during the festivities. By avoiding these five foods during this spooky evening, you can ensure your animal’s health stays up to par.

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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:

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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.

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Pumpkin

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.

Apples

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

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:

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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.

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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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