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PET PLANET Offers Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Posted By Kristen Cherry, Pet Planet, Monday, November 14, 2016

Keeping Our Pets Safe This Holiday Season

When planning your Holiday celebrations, here are two ideas to consider to keep your pets safe and healthy:

1.      Tinsel, ribbons, lights and shiny holiday items can cause severe stomach problems if swallowed by your pet.  Leave the lowest branches of your tree free of tempting things that may look like fun for your cat to play with or your dog to eat.

2.      Although brilliant for creating holiday spirit, Poinsettias, Holly, Mistletoe and Chocolate are hazards to our furry companions and can make them extremely sick. In your home, please keep those in safe, out-of-reach areas.

Holiday hustle-and-bustle can really stress your pets.  Be careful with decorations and food to help your pets live healthier, happier and longer lives!

Happy Holidays from PET PLANET . . . Your Pet’s Natural Grocer!

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PET PLANET Offers "TIPS" for Senior Dogs

Posted By Kristen Cherry, Pet Planet, Thursday, September 15, 2016

Senior Dogs

All dogs are different . . .  but when it comes to aging, the distinctions become more evident.

There are a number of physical and mental changes associated with aging. One of the first signs may be that your dog is starting to slow down. Your dog may take a little longer to get up from lying down, may no longer jump on the bed or couch, or may not have as much energy when playing.

As time goes on, your dog may develop health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, heart ailments, liver or kidney conditions and cancer. Some behavioural changes that may occur as your dog ages are confusion, memory loss, accidents in the house, changes in sleep patterns, socialization problems or separation anxiety.

Help your dog maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle through their senior years by feeding the right food and treats. Consider using nutritional supplements to address concerns as a result of the aging process. Provide mental stimulation, physical exercise, regular vet check-ups and most importantly, lots of love and understanding.

When it comes to food, there is no one magic formula for a senior dog. Every dog is an individual and varies in their genetic makeup, lifestyle, history and environment. The most important thing to remember when choosing a food for your senior dog is it needs to contain a good proportion of high-quality protein.

It’s important to keep your senior dog at a healthy weight. Nutrition and exercise are intricately related when it comes to weight control. Daily walks, playtime and socializing with other people and pets will keep your dog’s body and mind active.

If you notice your senior dog is putting on a few pounds, try a quality senior “light” formula food that will help them feel full without the added calories. You can also try giving your dog three or four smaller meals during the day to help burn calories more efficiently. If you split your dog’s food into smaller portions be careful not to overfeed.

Water is important.  Many older dogs forget to drink, or due to arthritis, have trouble getting up or moving around so they avoid going to their water bowl.

Even mild dehydration is bad for a senior dog. Thoroughly wash and refill your dog’s water bowls, often place bowls in multiple locations and deliver the water bowl to your dog if you notice they haven’t had a drink in a long time. Be certain that the water you give your older dog is clean and free of pollutants. Because an older dog’s kidneys may not be functioning as well as when he was younger, they won’t tolerate impure water. Filtered water may be a good option for optimal benefits.

Large-breed dogs enter their senior years at about age five while small-breed dogs, under 20 pounds, become senior citizens at about seven years of age.

Tips for your Dog’s “Senior” Status:

Stick to a regular routine, which helps reduce any anxiety or mental uncertainty your dog may be experiencing.

Use puzzle toys for mental stimulation.

Shorter, more frequent periods of exercise and play are better.

If your dog is not sleeping well, allow them to sleep with you to ease any anxiety or restlessness.

Take your dog outside more frequently for potty breaks.

Provide a ramp or step to help your dog do the things he used to do like get in the car or on the bed or couch.

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PET PLANET ~ Offers Thoughts on Your Pet's Allergies

Posted By Kristen Cherry, Pet Planet, Thursday, August 11, 2016


PET PLANET ~  Your Pet’s Natural Grocer

Pet Allergies ~

Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies to irritants in their environment:  pollen, mold, grass, cleaning products or a specific types of food or food ingredients.

Environmental Factors ~

About 90% of allergy symptoms in pets are caused by environmental factors ~ indoors and outdoors.

If your pet is allergic to something at home, they’ll exhibit symptoms throughout the year. If allergic to something outdoors, symptoms will be seasonal. It is important to remember that unlike us, our pets can’t remove themselves from environmental irritants, especially indoors.

The most common signs of an allergic reaction are frequent itching, chewing and biting.  When environmental allergens are inhaled, results may be sneezing, coughing and watery eyes.

Unfortunately, allergy testing through your veterinarian can be costly. An alternative solution is to follow a process of elimination to determine whether the allergy is environmental or food related.

Creating a healthy living environment for your pet ~

Our pet’s noses are very sensitive to allergens lurking in your home so it’s important to create a healthy living environment. Suggestions to lessen your pet’s exposure to environmental toxins include making sure no one smokes inside, using non-toxic, unscented natural cleaners and chemicals and investing in an air purifier to keep the dust down. Outdoors, eliminate your pet’s exposure to pesticides, fertilizers and natural allergens such as pollen and grass.

Environmental allergies?

• Supplement with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids,they offer relief from inflammation.

• Because dogs and cats sweat through their noses and the bottom of their feet, they can pick up a lot of debris like pollen, dust and cleaning agents. Regular bathing is a great way to rinse away allergens and relieve itchy skin. A nice cool bath using an oatmeal or tea-tree, oil-based shampoo/soap is very soothing.

• Use a natural antihistamine rather than prescription antihistamines/steroids because long term exposure can compromise your pet’s immune system.

• Keep pets away from the offending allergen, even if they’ve had an allergy shot.

• Reduce the possibility of mold forming by using a dehumidifier.

Food allergies?

Only about 10% of allergies in dogs and cats are caused by food. If your pet has a true food allergy, he’ll exhibit symptoms such as itchy skin on the face, feet, ears, forelegs and could  have chronic or recurring ear infections.

WARNING:  Commercial, low-quality pet foods found in grocery stores lack essential fatty acids and usually contain chemical preservatives, artificial coloring, low-quality proteins and common food allergens such as corn, wheat and soybeans.

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Helping Our Pets Live Healthier, Happier and Longer Lives.

Posted By Kristen Cherry, Pet Planet, Thursday, June 16, 2016

So what makes Pet Planet different?

Family – It’s where our story begins…

Pet Planet began with a mother and daughter team who suffered the heartbreaking loss of a young dog to cancer.  As they looked for support and answers they discovered that the pet industry, at that time, did not advocate for the pets they served. It was difficult to find accurate information relating to the impacts of proper nutrition, holistic and complementary therapies and ultimately how to support longer and healthier lives.  A need for a true advocate became clear, and Pet Planet was born.  

A journey towards change…

Our first store opened in Calgary, Alberta, in 1996, and twenty years later we are 48 stores strong reaching from coast to coast in Canada and 9 stores in the Phoenix valley.  As we grew, and became more deeply dedicated to changing the lives of the pets we love, the Guardianship movement was born. The concept of Guardianship revolves around the idea that how we think, predicts how we will act.  Using the word “Guardian” in place of “owner” when referring to our animal companions is more than just an exercise in semantics, the shift in dialogue promotes a more compassionate relationship between person and animal.  It elicits a sense of respect and love, and illustrates the undeniable perspective of our responsibilities to provide them a long and healthy life full of love and engagement.

We take your trust seriously…

Pet Planet is proud of the relationships we build. All of our partners are chosen with care – because we believe in the products and services that they offer. Our team of franchisees and employees is among the best in the industry and are always here to support you through each step of your Guardianship journey.  We take your trust seriously and we will work hard each and every day to both earn and keep that trust.

We can help you find the right solution…

After twenty years in the pet specialty industry we have built a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to what our pets need to help them live longer, healthier lives. More importantly, we’ve been through almost every bump there is in the Guardianship journey – from puppyhood to losing your loving senior – we’ve lived each moment with you.  Each Guardianship journey has taught us the same thing – we have the ability to help and to make a difference.  Whether your “bump” is related to a specific health-related issue like allergies, joint health or weight management; if you are looking for ways to entertain your power chewer; or if you have concerns about your aging senior, we can direct you to products that will help you to manage, treat or solve the problems you are facing. Whatever the problem, our goal is to help you to find a solution.

So what makes Pet Planet different?

Relationships based on respect, dedication, trust and our uncompromising commitment to helping our pets live healthier, happier and longer lives!

That’s what makes Pet Planet different!

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Want to Make a Big Change, But Don’t Know How?

Posted By Bob Wilson, Bob Wilson Solutions, Friday, March 27, 2015

Today I met with a friend and she asked me: “How were you able to make your big change?”  (In 2011 I left my corporate job, moved across country and launched my own business).

Ironically, I hadn’t thought about that question much.

The more I thought about it, I was surprised by what surfaced. A key to my making the big change was identifying and completing the little, mundane tasks.

Yes, that’s right. A key to making a big change is identifying and doing the little things.

Let me explain with an example. I knew I wasn’t going to move everything in my house across country. So, one of my mundane tasks was giving away or selling the things I wasn’t going to take with me.

I discovered working on mundane tasks was a huge boost to my momentum in two ways. Seeing my home become increasingly empty:

  • Was a tangible sign that I was making progress
  • Made it crystal clear that the move was going to happen

Plus, the momentum I created with the mundane tasks seemed to spread to other tasks.

It was almost like the momentum from the mundane tasks swallowed up the other tasks and “brought them along for the ride.” Once I started working on the mundane, everything else accelerated.

I’ve also got an example from the career-change side of things. The key mundane thing I did there was write my letter of resignation. I wrote it several months before I left. But once I did, all the other things I needed to do (logo, website, business cards, etc.) accelerated rapidly as well.

Have you made a big change in your life? If so, what worked for you?

Bob Wilson is the owner of Phoenix, AZ-based Smartful Coaching. If you need help making a big change (or a small one), contact Bob at (480) 710-0340 or to schedule your Free Consult. 

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Struggling With Change? Here’s a 3-Step Strategy.

Posted By Bob Wilson, Bob Wilson Solutions, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When I struggle with making a change in my life, I’ve noticed it is often because of fear. I imagine that is true for you too.

I have found a great strategy for dealing with this that is effective and simple.

There is beauty in simplicity.

The strategy is 3 basic steps:

  1. Identify the Fear
  2. Make a Counter-Argument
  3. Identify the Lesson(s)

Let me explain with an example. Let’s say the issue is making a career change. You are struggling to decide among multiple choices. A typical reaction is to feel paralyzed with worry that if you make a choice and later don’t like it, you will have wasted all that time.

So, the strategy for this example looks like this:

  1. Fear: If I choose a career that I end up disliking, I will have wasted a lot of time.
  2. Counter: If I don’t try something I will never know. I am wasting time by avoiding making a decision.
  3. Lesson: Stop delaying and try something now. Structure the choices to give myself the best chance of finding out what I like/dislike as early as possible. If I don’t like it that’s not a waste of time. Instead it was time well-spent to narrowing down my choices.

This approach offers a reasonable approach to moving forward.

When you’ve struggled with change, what have you found effective?

 Bob Wilson is the owner of Phoenix, AZ-based Smartful Coaching. If you need help making a career change (or other kind of change), contact Bob at (480) 710-0340 or to schedule your Free Consult. 

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