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:

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  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.

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#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.

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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:

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#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:

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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.

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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