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3 Cornerstones to a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life for your Pet

May 29, 2017 // Posted in Dogs, Healthcare, Nuttin But The Truth, Pets (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.

Like it is for you, achieving the healthiest, happiest life for your pet is directly tied to the cornerstones of preventive care, nutrition and exercise. To provide insight into how each of these can benefit your pet, Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer for Purina, offers this advice:

Regular veterinary exams

Your veterinarian and his/her team are the experts when it comes to the health and well-being of your pet. Prevention is a key component of regular vet visits; the earlier a potential problem is identified, the easier it is to treat and the greater the chance of success. The physical examination, routine diagnostics, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and parasite control will help keep your pet in tip-top shape. You can also work with your veterinarian to create a tailored health plan for your pet that takes into account their age, activity level and any medical considerations.

Nutrition

In a recent Purina survey, three in five dog and cat owners (60 percent) would consult their veterinarian for food safety and quality advice, while just about half refer to their pet food companies’ websites. Furthermore, when it comes to nutrition, it is important to work with your veterinarian to select the ideal diet for your pet that is appropriate for their life stage (i.e., puppy vs. adult) and lifestyle (couch potato vs. sporting dog). It is also important to look beyond just the ingredient list and marketing claims on the bag.

The nutrients inside should also meet or exceed AAFCO, USDA and FDA standards. Many pet owners are unaware of the rigorous process that goes into ensuring quality and safety in pet food, with three in five pet owners admitting they didn’t know about the process after learning more about what goes into the pet food quality-checking process. For pet owners, it’s also important to take the time to look at the company’s manufacturing reputation, along with safety and quality standards. Ask these key questions when evaluating different pet foods:

* Who formulates the food and what are their credentials? Look for brands with nutritionists and veterinarians on staff to formulate the diets. Purina has over 500 pet experts globally, including nutritionists, veterinarians, behaviorists and immunologists who use their expertise to improve pet nutrition and care.

* What are the company’s quality and safety standards? Purina conducts more than 30,000 quality checks involving ingredients, packaging, receiving, processing and packing in a typical 24-hour production period.

* Where is the food produced? Does the company own their manufacturing facilities? At Purina, 99 percent of our food sold in the U.S. is made in our own facilities.


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Exercise and enrichment

An appropriate amount of daily exercise can help reduce the incidence of common behavioral problems in pets. This includes excessive barking, inappropriate chewing and general hyperactivity. In addition, exercise — combined with appropriate diet quality and quantity — can reduce the incidence of obesity and associated health conditions, such as osteoarthritis in dogs and diabetes in cats.

Physical exercise can take on a variety of forms, from leash walks to ball fetch to playtime at the local dog park. For those dogs with a predilection for the water, swimming can offer a fun and effective alternative. And don’t forget that mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise. Obedience training, food puzzle toys, chew toys and trick training — such as roll over or paw — are all beneficial for pets.

Before starting any exercise regimen with your pet, be sure to consult with your veterinarian to find answers to your questions and learn what activities would best support your pet based on their breed, age and needs.

Taking steps to improve your pet’s health today

Your pet gives you so much and you naturally want to return the favor. You can do so by following the three simple suggestions above. Do so and you and your pet will be able to live a longer, healthier, and happier life together.

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Things to consider when making popular kitchen renovations

January 9, 2015 // Posted in Nuttin But The Truth (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  1 Comment

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(BPT) – The kitchen is the focal point of any home. It’s a place where you eat, congregate and celebrate life’s big moments. If you are an empty-nester looking for the kitchen of your dreams, a parent seeking to match your kitchen to your growing family or you simply feel inspired to change things for the better, it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning.

Your dream kitchen has many details that complete the look. Three popular upgrades sure to add style and substance are granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and new cabinets. Here are the things you need to look for when considering your kitchen upgrade, courtesy of the professionals at DirectBuy.

Granite countertops

There are plenty of options when shopping for granite countertops. Here are three things you should consider:

* Pick your color. You want your countertops to stand out and be the focal point of the kitchen. Choose countertops that are significantly lighter or darker than your cabinets. This contrast will draw the attention they deserve.

* Find the pattern. Some countertops have a small formulaic pattern while others feature more variety. It all comes down to what you find visually pleasing and what fits your style.

* From start to finish. Granite countertops are available in polished or honed finishes. If you’re looking to create a classy, state-of-the art kitchen, the polished finish is probably the better choice. But if you’re more interested in that classic kitchen feel, consider the honed look.

Your best place to get answers to any of your questions is your kitchen products supplier and design center, where they can work with you to determine the best fit for your needs.

Stainless steel appliances

Today’s stainless steel appliances not only look great, and are easy to clean, but the range of choice you have is tremendous. So how do you determine which model is right for you? Here are some things to consider:

* Less is more. How big does each of your appliances have to be to satisfy the needs in your home and what are your space options? If space is tight, you can also improvise by selecting a smaller refrigerator and then have a separate wine and drinks fridge. These can often go under the counter and replace a standard cabinet.

* Energy efficiency. Selecting energy-efficient appliances will save you money in the long run. Look for ENERGY STAR models whenever possible and you’ll cut expenses while reducing your carbon footprint.

* Where do you start? If you are replacing all of your appliances, start with the largest one, the refrigerator. How large a unit are you looking for? Do you want dual French doors? What about an in-unit water dispenser? Is counter-depth important? Consider these questions in advance to narrow your search. Stainless steel appliances have different finish patterns, so select your refrigerator first and then look to match that pattern while shopping for your other appliances.

New cabinets

Kitchens cabinets provide functional storage options as well as aesthetic appeal – based on their color and quality. This makes selecting the right cabinets very important. Here are some things to consider when shopping for new cabinets:

* What’s your style? Do you love big, bold vibrant colors or are you a person that enjoys the sleek, clean look of polished glass. Decide what type of cabinets appeal to you and be sure to compare your choice to your appliances and countertop selections.

* What about green? Want to find the perfect cabinets and protect the environment? You can do this by looking for cabinets made from bamboo, reclaimed wood or wheat board.

* Find new space. Installing new cabinets allows you the opportunity to improve storage space options in your kitchen. Floor level storage is a great bonus and you can extend your cabinets all the way to the ceiling just by removing the soffits.

The kitchen of your dreams is waiting for you. All it takes is understanding what you want and asking the right questions. To learn more about how DirectBuy can help you recreate your kitchen while saving you money, visit Directbuy.com.





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