Three Reasons to Spay and Neuter Your Pet

We’ve all had that thought: “My insert pet here would make the most adorable babies!” We get that feeling every time we look into those big sweet eyes of our lovable canine and feline friends; however, that feeling also greets us with a big reality check: the importance of spaying or neutering ours pets. Need us to explain? Read on:

Think of the Strays

This is the obvious one. Unfortunately, the surplus in the domestic pet population has resulted in overcrowding. Cats are 45 times more prolific than humans, and dogs are 15 times more prolific. Overcrowding, and an abundance of stray or feral animals leads to unnecessary euthanasia in pets.

Your Pet’s Life Expectancy Increases

Believe it or not, spaying/neutering your pet helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), breast tumors, and testicular cancer, promoting a long and healthy life for your pet.

If your pet is mainly outdoors, take comfort in knowing that this procedure will also reduce your pet’s interest in roaming; therefore, your pet will be less likely to run away, become injured in fights with other animals, or be involved in an auto accident.

Decreases Unruly Behavior

Whether your pet’s heat has them riled up, or they relieve themselves all over the house, neutering or spaying your pet can actually improve their behavior. Typically, your pet’s hormones will cause this territory-marking escapade; so once your pet’s hormones are balanced from the procedure, they will be less inclined to claim the space. This will also make your pet calmer if they tend to be a bit feisty.

Though the financial commitment of spaying/neutering your pet may make you shutter, many vets offer a wellness plan that allows you to make responsible decisions about your pet’s health, without breaking the bank (not to mention, having a litter of puppies or kittens is much more expensive). Once you bring your pet home after their appointment, be sure to take these tips into account to make your pet’s recovery time comfortable and relaxing.

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Four Simple DIY Dog Toys

Let us guess, the holidays are over, and Fido has already worn out his durable presents. We know the feeling. Not everyone has expendable cash at the start of the year, so we have a few tricks to keep your pup entertained in the meantime. Check out these four DIY dog toys that you can create by repurposing household items!

#1. Crackling Fetch Toy

Does your pup love toys that crackle? Grab an empty water bottle and a long sock to get crafting! Insert the bottle inside of the sock. Then, be sure to knot the sock, so the bottle is tucked away. It’s as simple as that! If you don’t have a sock lying around, an old-t-shirt will work just the same! Cut about ½ yard of fabric, and tuck the bottle in the inner-most part of the shirt, then, tie the shirt so the bottle is within the fabric.

#2. Homemade Treat Tumbler

If treats get your pet going, this toy will certainly keep them occupied. Grab your pet’s favorite treats and an old, deflated tennis ball. Cut a small hole in the tennis ball, and wedge the Healthy Habits treats inside. Shake the ball to get your pup’s attention, and let them have it! This treat puzzle is also wonderful because the rubber construction of the ball prevents immediate tearing!

#3. Braided Tug Toy

Do you have too many old t-shirts lying around? Let’s put them to good use. All you need for this toy are two old t-shirts and a pair of scissors. Lay out your shirts and cut vertical strips through the fabric, leaving the top inch of the fabric intact. After you make your cuts, begin intertwining the two fabrics together in a braid. Tie off the ends with a strip of the shirt fabric, and viola—you have a homemade braid tug toy! This may even keep your pet from rolling around in fresh laundry! This homemade toy already comes with your scent in tow.

#4. Toss Toys

For this toy, grab another old tennis ball or an old squeaky ball, a ribbon, scissors and another ½ yard of fabric. Cut your fabric into strips, fold them in half, and wrap the fabric around your centered ball. Tie off the ball with a ribbon, making sure that the ball is nice and tucked away inside the fabric. Then, get to tossing!

Not only will your pup love their new toys, you also get to save a bit of money and have fun crafting a one-of-a-kind trinket for your pet. Have any other DIY tricks you can share with us? Comment below!

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Ringing in 2017 with the Precise Pet Team

As 2017 greets us this weekend, the Precise Pet Team would like to thank you for another excellent year. We strive to innovate pet food formulas that take your animal’s unique dietary needs into account, while also developing your pet’s foundation for a long and happy life. Everything we do is with the health of your furry friend in mind, and we would not be successful without your continued feedback and support.

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Our 2016 year was filled with hallmark moments that we loved sharing with you. From tradeshow fun, to various philanthropic events, donating thousands of pounds of Precise kibble, disseminating hundreds of adoption kits, spending time with our 1,500 retailers, to sleeping in the cold to promote stray awareness; these memories will stay with us as we close this year’s chapter and look to our future in 2017.

Like you, we have a few resolutions of our own and cannot wait to share exciting new things with you in the future.

We sincerely thank you for your loyalty to the Precise Pet Products brand, and are eager to continue providing your pet with high-quality, wholesome nutrition in the new year!

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Happy HOWLidays from the Precise Pet Team

The time has nearly arrived to celebrate the joy in your heart for your family, friends, and furry loved ones. From the Precise Pet Products team, we would like to take this week’s blog post to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

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While you’re enjoying this extra time at home with your furry friends and holiday guests, please be sure to keep these Precise Holiday Safety Tips in mind. Also, we’d like to take a moment to remind you to bring your pets indoors if adverse weather greets you during the holiday. If your pet is mainly outdoors, and just can’t handle being inside when there’s snow on the ground, we’ve got a few simple tactics that can help them stay warm amidst the frigid conditions.

Oh, and if you and your pet plan to indulge in your favorite festive dishes, we have some holiday exercise suggestions that we plan on kick-starting just before the new year!

We hope you have a wonderful time creating holiday treats for your companion and dressing them up in their holiday best, or worst if you prefer the ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ festivities!

Thank you for trusting us to provide your pet with the best nutrition for a long and healthy life. Happy HOWLidays from your favorite pet food company, Precise Pet Products.

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Tips for Traveling Without Your Pet for the Holidays

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re also the busiest. With gift giving, parties, decorating, and more, it’s easy to forget your travel plans until the day of departure. If you’re on-the-go this holiday season, and are unable to bring your furry companion along, we’re here to help get things in order. This week’s blog post features four tips on how to keep your pets safe while you’re away:

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#1. Make sure they have a caretaker

Whether you plan to take your animal to a “pet hotel” or kennel, have a house-sitter, or have someone stop by periodically through the time you’re gone—your pet is going to need someone checking in on them. No matter your method, your pet’s caretaker needs to be someone you trust, and preferably, someone who has interacted with your animal before. Not only will this keep your mind at ease while traveling, it will also help your pet develop a trust for them too.

#2. Have plenty of food and water available

Make sure your pet is well-equipped with the daily essentials before you leave, a.k.a., their Precise kibble and drinking water. Be sure to visit your local retailer to stock-up on your dry and/or wet kibble and also leave feeding instructions for the caretaker. Communicate how often they are fed during the day, how much they are fed, and how they prefer their food to be served (for those finicky eaters).

Be sure to keep your pet’s food in an easily accessible area for the caretaker’s convenience. Some pet parents even prefer self-feeders while their away to ensure that their pet is always hydrated and satisfied. Though, big eaters probably could benefit from some portion control per the caretaker.

#3. Leave your caretaker with some digits

Meaning yours, and your veterinarians. You’re going to miss your pet while you’re away, so be sure to check in with their caretaker, or their kennel, often. You can relax knowing that your pet is in good hands.

If something were to happen while you’re away, your caretaker will need to know your pet’s veterinarian contact information. Keep this in a central location, by the pet’s food, so everything will be in one place.

#4. Heavy-duty pet proof before leaving

When your pet’s alone, they’re going to take that as an opportunity to entertain themselves…which can get them into all sorts of trouble. Before you leave, make sure that chemicals, plants, small objects, and other hazardous materials are out of your pet’s reach. Check out these tips from the American Humane Society on how to effectively pet proof your home before departure.

While the Precise team recommends taking your pet along for the ride whenever possible, we understand that some places aren’t so accommodating to our beloved furry friends. We hope these tips put your mind at ease while you’re traveling this holiday season!

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Keeping Your Pets and Holiday Decorations Safe and Tidy

The holiday season is arguably the most exciting time of the year to decorate your home. For pet parents, it’s not always that simple, as pets can be easily tempted with your beautiful decorations. Keeping your holiday tidings just right, and your pet safe from harms way can be a lot of work…to say the least. Here are a few tips to keep your decorations holly and your pets just as jolly:

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#1 Be Cautious of Certain Decorations

Try to avoid tinsel, imitation snow, mistletoe and holly berries when decorating. If an animal ingests any of these decorations, they could experience serious digestive issues. If you must use them, please be sure to keep them out of your pet’s reach.

Your pet may also be intrigued by your heirloom ornaments. Keep these hallmarks high on the tree, and filter in shatter-resistant ornaments wherever possible.

#2 Put Those Lit Candles in a Safe Place

We all love warming holiday-scented candles, but it is important not to leave those flames unattended. Pets could potentially burn themselves, or knock them over and cause a fire. Put the candles on a high, stable surface, like a mantel, to enjoy the holiday scents.

#3 Keep Wires Out of Paw’s Reach

Try to keep all wires from decorations and string lights taped down, or out of your pet’s reach. Not only can they tear the wires, or become tangled in your holiday décor, they could also become electrocuted by decorations that are plugged in.

#4 Be Careful with Your Holiday Plant Placement

While consumption of some plants can be a great source of vitamins and help your pet’s digestion, holiday plants are a different story. Eating poinsettias can cause irritation to the mouth and esophagus, while ingesting holly and mistletoe can cause vomiting and diarrhea, excessive drooling, and abdominal pain.

Make sure your tree is secured, and be sure to vacuum loose pine needles, as they could potentially puncture your pet’s intestines if consumed. Further, avoid using chemical preservatives on the tree; it could contaminate the tree water that your pet may drink.

If you’re feeling a bit weary of these holiday plants, especially if your pet enjoys chowing down on leaves, you may want to go the imitation plant route.

Decorating is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but with pets in the home, this needs to be done safely. Take these tips into consideration when ringing in the holiday cheer this year!

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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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