While you’re buying Fourth of July treats for the rest of your family, don’t forget to buy some treats for your dog, too!
One of the most patriotic things we can do to celebrate Independence Day is to be aware of where we spend our money and choose to support US businesses.
At Preen Pets, we’re super proud that all of our treats and dog food are made right here at home with only American products. All of the ingredients in our natural dog treats are sourced directly from US farms. We get our turkey, beef, pork, chicken and veggies fresh from Mountaire Farms in Delaware and Tyson Fresh Meats in South Dakota.
Each treat is then hand-made in our human-grade facility in Eldred, Pennsylvania. Unlike other companies, who take advantage of the flexibility in the FTC’s “all or virtually all,” policy for “Made in the USA” labels, we take pride in the fact that our treats are actually 100% USA made.
On Wednesday, as you enjoy classic treats like hot dogs and apple pie, don’t forget to let your furry friends in on the celebration! In honor of Independence Day, we’re having a sale so your pooches can be as patriotic as you this 4th.
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to let the dogs out! But, before you do, make sure that both you and your dog are fully prepared for everything the warmer weather brings.
Dig into your dog’s spring fever, how to keep them healthy outside, and tips on how to take advantage of the season to refresh your dog’s (and your!) home.
Spring fever isn’t just a human condition, it affects your pups, too. We’ve been cooped up all winter, and your dogs are just as, if not more, eager to bask in the sun after the colder winter months. You may notice your dog become characteristically energetic as the weather warms up – here’s why.
Scents, smells, and sounds! Oh, my!
Dogs are particularly affected by spring because of their incredible noses. Spring brings the blooming of new flowers, fresh cut grass, and backyard barbecues. So many scents and smells can drive your dog crazy! With everyone spending more time outside, your dogs will be distracted by a lot of sounds as well: lawn mowers, kids playing, and music blasting.
Springtime also means the return of small animals outside. Squirrels, birds, and chipmunks are all back from hibernation or migration, and your dog is eager to chase them and play.
Research also shows that dogs produce less melatonin when it’s sunny out. Melatonin makes us sleepy, so their increased energy during spring and summer is not only due to external stimuli, but biology as well.
Beautiful weather means the opportunity for longer walks, but spring also brings back threats your dog wasn’t exposed to during the winter. Before you head out for play dates in the park, you need to make sure your dog is protected from outdoor hazards.
First, spring is the start of mosquito season (depending on where you live). Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying, they can transmit heartworm disease. Although you should give your dog preventative heartworm medication year round, spring is a good time to make sure your dog has been checked for heartworm and that their treatment is current. In North America, most veterinarians begin to check dogs for exposure to heartworm organisms that may have occurred during the previous mosquito season in April because evidence of the disease will be detectable by then.
Check often for ticks and fleas
The threat of ticks and fleas increases during springtime as well. Since your dog will be spending a lot more time outside, they have a greater risk of becoming infected. Start checking your dog for ticks and fleas regularly – it’s much easier to prevent the problem than to deal with a major flea infestation or a tick-transmitted disease.
Ticks can be found anywhere on your dog’s coat, but typically hide out around the head, on the ears, neck, chest, and forelegs. Depending on your dog’s coat, it could be easier to find them by feel than by sight. Ticks can spread a number of diseases that are dangerous for both dogs and people, including Lyme disease.
When you speak to your vet about preventative medications, check to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Dogs are eager to see the friends they weren’t able to play with during the winter, so they’re exposed to more infectious diseases (such as kennel cough) as a result of increased dog-to-dog contact.
Keep Tabs on Toxins
Springtime also means the return of gardening. If you have your own garden, make sure to pick plants that are safe for dogs. When out for walks, keep your dog away from hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and certain lilies. Some types of fertilizers and mulch are also toxic to dogs, so make sure to keep your dog from digging around in plant beds and put your gardening supplies safely in your shed or garage. Speaking of the garage, make sure your antifreeze is securely stored away for the season, as it is highly toxic to dogs.
Spring provides a great excuse for a deep clean of your home. Regardless of whether you embark on a spring cleaning, this is the time to take a tour of your dog’s designated areas in your home and pay special attention to them. If you do complete a whole-house spring cleaning, consider boarding your dog. For many pets, cleaning can be anxiety-inducing, because of the bustle, the changes to your home, and the fact the process may stress you out!
Also, take stock of all of your dog’s things and throw out old or unused items. Go through your dog’s toys, pantry, and supplies and get rid of anything that hasn’t seen the light of day since before last spring. Make a note of anything that’s seen better days and replace it, especially leashes and collars. Take a peek at your dog’s ID tags and make sure your pet’s information is still clearly visible and hasn’t rubbed off or faded.
Spring also means muddy paws and romps in the dirt, so incorporate wipedowns of your dog’s high traffic areas into your regular cleaning routine and stock up on dog-safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies.
With all the running around, playing in the park, and chasing squirrels that spring brings, your dog is going to need extra energy! Keep your pup healthy and energized with our all-natural healthy dog treats.
Good daily nutrition to power long springtime walks starts with our whole ingredient dog food, which is made from only fresh meat and vegetables from US farms. We slow oven-bake our dog food to preserve nutrients and give it a crunch dogs love and add nothing else – no fillers, preservatives, or additives for the healthiest way to feed your dog’s brain, muscles, bones, and teeth.
After teaching your dogs new tricks on warm afternoons in the park, give them treats that will replenish their energy stores and fuel their bodies. Our chicken and sweet potato twists combine high protein content from 100% lean chicken breast with the complex carbohydrates in sweet potatoes that help muscle growth and keep energy levels up, which makes them ideal for training sessions.
If your dog prefers beef, treat them to our beef and sweet potato twists. Like all of our treats, they are free from preservatives and additives, full only of flavor and nutrients. Vitamin B from beef helps repair bones, boost your dog’s immune system, and the growth of muscle tissues. Sweet potatoes are packed with protein, iron, potassium, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E, making them a superfood.
Our treats are high in protein and low in fat, which means they’re the perfect pairing for the extra energy your dog will need now that they are spending more time outside!
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Dog treats have come a long way over the years. We used to keep a box of those dry, bone-shaped biscuits in the cupboard to give to Fido every once and awhile. Today, trainers and dog owners agree that healthy and nutritious treats are an essential training tool that provides positive reinforcement for pups.
Unfortunately, the extremely profitable pet industry features several brands oversaturating the market with cheap treats made with low-quality and potentially harmful ingredients. You can’t trust the brand packaging itself, as pet food companies use tricks to make their food appear better than it is. Their pretty packaging can be misleading, but the ingredient list offers a more truthful look at what’s actually in your dog’s food. Pick up any dog treat product at the store, and you will see a long list of ingredients– many of them you can’t even pronounce, let alone understand.
BHA and BHT are synthetic antioxidants that are possible carcinogens that may also interfere with hormone function. Long-term exposure to high doses of BHT is proven to be toxic in mice and rats. It can also cause liver, thyroid and kidney problems and can hurt lung function and blood coagulation.
Ethoxyquin is a fat preservative that is also used as a pesticide as well as in the process of making rubber (yuck!). Studies have found that it can cause liver damage, as well. Synthetic food dyes are entirely unnecessary and only contribute to the visual appeal of a product for humans– your dog couldn’t care less! They link to cancer, allergies, and hyperactivity. Propylene Glycol is a controversial form of mineral oil that may cause allergic reactions as well as skin, liver and kidney damage.
Corn and wheat gluten are both ingredients used as meat substitutes that are less nutritionally complete than real meat proteins. Manufacturers add them to dog foods and treat to make their products seem better than they are. Other ingredients including If you’re feeding your dogs products containing these ingredients, they may not be getting the nutrition they need. Furthermore, many dogs are gluten intolerant and can suffer from severe inflammation and allergic reactions when consumed.
Of all the ingredients listed above, rendered fat, and meat/grain meals or by-products probably sound the most familiar. The problem is there are little to no regulations when it comes to disclosing from which animals pet food manufacturers are sourcing their “rendered fat,” “meals,” and “by-products.” You may be feeding your beloved pets the remains of diseased cattle, tumor-ridden chickens, roadkill, zoo animals, and even euthanized dogs and cats from veterinarians and shelters. Rendered fat is also a source of harmful microorganisms, toxins, and can facilitate the growth of harmful bacteria and mold.
Other ingredients to look out for include: white flour, monosodium glutamate (MSG), corn syrup, farmed salmon, xylitol, sugar alcohols, sodium nitrate, soy, sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP), salt, vegetable oil, cellulose, brewers rice, corn, sodium hexametaphosphate, animal digest, pea protein, and artificial flavor.
At Preen Pets, we only use simple whole ingredients like extra lean chicken breast, USDA extra lean beef, and sweet potatoes to create healthy, all-natural treats your dogs love. We never use ingredients you haven’t heard of. And certainly, none that could potentially harm your dog.
Our treats do not contain questionable ingredients. Many other treat companies use chemical preservatives, synthetic food dyes, and cheap sources of protein.
At Preen Pets, we see dogs as members of our family, so we only use ingredients we’d be comfortable consuming ourselves. We craft our treats here in the U.S.A. using all-natural farm-fresh ingredients that are hormone free and slow-oven baked to retain as much nutritional value as possible. We are so confident your dogs will love our treats, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.
At Preen Pets, dogs are kinda our thing. We love everything about dogs, that’s why we make our all natural dog food and treats with the best, locally sourced ingredients that promote your pup’s health and happiness. Of course, having a dog isn’t just about feeding it.
Dog owners must take the time to train their dog daily, even if it’s for a few minutes a day. Training doesn’t have to be arduous; in fact, the more enjoyable your training sessions are, the more likely your dog will stick to it!
Here are our 10 best tips for dog owners to create a happy, harmonious home:
When it comes to training your dog, the most important thing is consistency. Dogs thrive with boundaries and routines, so your consistency in training will help prevent confusion and ensuing anxiety.
Eating too fast is bad for your dog’s digestion. Unfortunately, most pups love their food so much they can hardly control themselves from gobbling it down as quick as possible. To help encourage slower eating habits, feed them with a food dispensing toy. Not only will this prevent symptoms from rapid eating, it will also stimulate their mind by forcing them to use their problem solving skills at meal time. Another great hack for slowing food consumption is placing a couple tennis balls in their dish so they have to work around them to find the kibble.
Walking your dog is important for their exercise needs as well as bonding between the two of you. To make walking more comfortable and manageable on your end, invest in a front clip harness to connect to the leash. These harnesses prevent tugging and neck strain while also encouraging healthy walking habits.
Just like humans, dogs can get bored. Change out the type of treats and toys you give to your dog as a reward. Changing it up will keep their attention so they retain more of their training. Preen Pets has an impressive variety of dog treats that will surely keep your pup’s eye on the prize.
Dogs love to gnaw– sometimes at the expense of your furniture or shoes. To keep your dog from destroying your things around the home, treat him to bully sticks or chews to gnaw on instead. Preen Pets’ bully sticks are made from grass-fed beef and contain no bleach or harmful chemicals, so you can feel good about what your dog chews. Preen pets dog chews are also a great option, made 100% natural ingredients.
If your dog loves to dig, but you can’t stand the site of holes in your lawn or garden, there is a solution. Building them a digging box gives your pup a place to scratch the earth on their own terms without ruining all the hard work you put into your yard.
There is nothing more frustrating than watching your dog run off without any regard for you calling their name. To improve recall and keep your pup safe, always heap on treats and praise whenever your dog responds to their name and comes back. The more consistent you are with positive reinforcement, the better their recall will be. Keep a stash of bite-sized treats like Preen Pets’ chicken breast jerky bites next to their leash and harness so you never find yourself without a reward.
It can be tempting to treat your dog with your leftovers, but doing so will lead to them learning to beg and waiting for their prize as you eat. Instead of table scraps, give your dog healthy treats to show them your love without reinforcing negative behaviors. Plus, the adding oils, herbs, and spices you enjoy on your food have the potential to disrupt their digestion.
Treats like Preen Pets chicken jerky are made with human-quality meat, but specifically formulated for dogs. They are a high protein, low-fat treat that is easy on their digestion while still tasting great.
Your dog needs mental exercise as much as physical! Simple brain teasers like this muffin tin treat game works your pup’s brain to help ease and prevent anxiety. Try Preen Pets’ chicken and sweet potato cookies for a crunchy treat that fits perfectly in a tin.
Is the weather too nasty to go for a walk? Playing with toys indoors is a good way to expel pent up energy while allowing you time to bond with your dog. Gather up all their favorite toys and toss them around the room. Encourage your pup to herd them all back to one spot for a more complex take on fetch. When playing, be sure not to take away a toy or bone without replacing it with something equally as fun, else you risk encouraging aggressive behavior.
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If you feed your dog subpar food, there are various problems that can arise. Just like humans, dogs can be sensitive to different grains, dairy products, colorings, artificial flavors, and preservatives. Your dog may develop skin problems (rashes, uncontrollable itching, hives, hot spots) if the feed you give him contains these potentially harmful ingredients. So what should you give your dog?
Dogs require a balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for maintenance and proper growth.
If your dog’s diet doesn’t supply the right balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates or if he’s deficient in vitamins and minerals, you’ll start to see changes in his appearance and demeanor. As stated above, skin problems are a common sign of nutritional problems. Your dog may develop dermatitis, dandruff, or his coat my lose its sheen and shedding increases.
Another sign to look out for is problems with your dog’s stool. Both diarrhea or constipation are signs that something isn’t quite right. While it may be a sign of poor quality food, you’ll want to check with your veterinarian just to be safe.
Other symptoms of poor nutrition include lethargy and grumpiness. If your dog isn’t absorbing the nutrients in their food, they don’t have the energy to be the playful, happy pup they are. Signs of allergies are also directly connected to bad diet. You can avoid common allergens by only giving your dog food and treats made from whole foods such as Preen Pets Whole Ingredient Dog Treats.
Preen Pets treats have everything your dog needs, without all the things they don’t need– namely, artificial flavors, colorings, and hormones. Your dog will love the taste of real meat and vegetables, and you’ll love how happy, healthy and energetic they are. Made in the U.S.A. from 100% whole ingredients, Preen Pets treats are veterinarian and dog approved. Choose from omega fatty acid rich fish treats, scrumptious beef treats, teeth cleaning bones, and more! Your dog will flip for whatever you choose.
There’s nothing you wouldn’t do to ensure the happiness and health of your dog, but the truth is the food you are serving might not be good for them. Many dog food brands contain tainted meat, questionable additives, and other cheap ingredients that don’t meet their nutritional needs. Proper nutrition helps your dog live longer with a better quality of life.
Most store bought dog food brands include ingredients that are not good for your dog. Dogs are supposed to be carnivores with some omnivorous tendencies. Their digestive systems are not built to break down certain grains and additives pet food companies add to their feed. Additionally, regulations in the United States are lax enough for manufacturers to use low quality– dangerous, even– ingredients. When it comes to picking out your dog’s food, check the label and make sure none of these ingredients are in there.
Meal is one of the most common ingredients found in dog food. Meat meal is cheap and made from the worst parts of the animal. It’s so processed you don’t even know what you’re getting. Regulations in the United States are very limited on this, your dog could be eating diseased, spoilt, and carcinogenic protein.
Yes, your dog needs to eat meat. However, if your dog’s food says “meal” on the ingredients list, you are getting the most questionable kind available. Look for dog foods that identify the kind of meat it uses. Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, wild caught salmon, beef, lamb, and bison are all keywords to watch for when picking out a quality dog food.
Manufacturers add corn syrup to your dog’s food to make it tasty for cheap. Dogs like sweet things just as much as we do; on the other hand, sweet things can make dogs fat and lazy just like us, too. When dogs get a taste for sugar they become addicted, only wanting more junk food over the stuff that’s good for them (sound familiar?). Consuming sweeteners of any kind puts your dog at risk for weight gain, obesity, and diabetes. Only buy dog food sans sweeteners– if the meat used is high quality, the food shouldn’t need flavor enhancement.
BHA and BHT are chemical preservatives commonly used in all types of food. While the two chemicals help processed food last longer, they are also possible carcinogens. Fortunately, man high quality dog foods avoid using BHA and BHT and instead opt for more natural preservatives including ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and mixed tocopherols (vitamin E). Look for foods with those ingredients over BHA/BHT to be safe.
There is no reason your dog’s food should contain artificial colors… they can’t even see most of them! Manufacturers put artificial colors in dog food to make it more fun and whimsical for humans, but the whimsy comes at a cost. Artificial colors are linked to hyperactivity, cancer, and can even cause allergic reactions. If you see “artificial colors” on a bag of dog food, go ahead and skip it.
Just like it does for human food, salt adds a lot of flavor to your dog’s meal. Like in human food, your dog doesn’t need it either. While we do need sodium in our diets, we never need the excessive amounts added in processed food. Manufacturers add MSG and salt to dog food for the same reasons they add sugar (see above) and dogs can easily become addicted to it. Both salt and MSG are linked to hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. Additionally, for dogs too much salt can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, fever, and depression.
Preen Pets Whole Ingredient Dog Food combines whole ingredients and dehydrates them at 170 F. The ingredients in Preen Pets Whole Ingredient Dog Food are of the highest quality. While other dog food companies cut corners and use cheap ingredients to make more profit, Preen Pets takes the time to pick out ingredients that are good for your dog– and great tasting too. With our Whole Ingredient Dog Food your dog can enjoy whole chicken, beef, salmon, turkey, and duck along with good-for-them additions like sweet potato, pumpkin, and healthy Omega fats.
While other dog foods roast the nutrients out of their food, Preen Pets Whole Ingredient dog food is slowly baked at 170F. This more time consuming method locks in the nutritional values of the whole ingredients. It’s the perfect balance between convenient and wholesome, just what you and your dog need for the best nourishment.
We all love giving our dogs treats. Their eyes light up, their posture perks up, and their tails go wagging with excitement. Allowing our dogs to have some savory or sweet variety makes both of us very happy. But, what if the treats you’ve been giving your dog have been causing more harm than good? So many dog treats today have added preservatives, chemicals, and things in them that would have most people shaking their heads.
On the bright side, we’ve decided that giving our pets empty calories and un-natural mutant combinations is a thing of the past. We believe in giving dogs only highly nutritious, all natural, real food. Offering dog treats exclusively made from wholesome ingredients including, USDA boneless chicken breasts, USDA beef, sweet potatoes, rolled oats, and other health-giving ingredients is something we are surely proud of. This is real human food we’re talking about being baked in ovens by real caring people. When you look at the back of our packaging, you won’t be seeing a paragraph of ingredients. Our motto is keep it simple, keep it healthy.
Here’s a couple of reasons why giving your dog quality wholesome treats is something no dog owner can afford to compromise on:
Tocopherols, Sodium Metabisulfite, BHT, Red 40, Blue 1 are all examples of ingredients in the most popular treats available today. The list goes on and on. Most people are unaware of the health effects of these kinds of unnatural chemicals. Common sense says that these chemicals are no way beneficial to your dog’s health. And, it’s true. In fact, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program identifies BHT as a cancer-causing agent. Instead of negatively impacting your dog’s health, how about helping it? Preen Pets’ treats have no such chemicals. They are healthy, nutritious, and are truly treats!
Some dogs will give you all the attention of the world regardless of the type of treat you are holding. But, that’s usually the minority. Most dogs actually need to smell the treat before they decide that they want it. Wholesome dog treats, made from real food, will get your dog more excited than an otherwise synthetic product. Preen Pets treats are especially great for those picky dogs, who only eat the good stuff. No more wasting money on treats that Buddy won’t eat.
Again, many treats say “distributed in the USA”, but don’t specifically say made in the USA from USDA grade protein and ingredients. Treats made in other countries have much lower standards, and are more likely to have combined proteins from all different areas. All of our Preen Pets products are grown and made in the USA. Not only are you supporting ‘American Made’, but you are also receiving a product with the highest standards.
Grabbing the first dog treat box you see on the shelf may be a mistake. It is incredibly important to know where those ingredients came from, who made them, and what they will do to your pet’s health. We’re dog lovers, and we know what our dogs are crying out for—the real stuff.
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