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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 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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How to Make Your Small Business Succeed

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, July 9, 2015


The desire for independence is growing in appeal for small business owners. Author, Speaker, and Executive Coach Leanne Hoagland-Smith discusses the desire for independence growing in appeal for small business owners, along with some of the pitfalls that come with starting your business. Leanne shares some common mistakes that owners will make and how to avoid them.

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3 Ways to Transform Yourself Into the Entrepreneur You Want to Be

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Just because that lightbulb went off in your head and you’ve started a business does not mean that you're 100 percent satisfied with who you are as an entrepreneur.

Indeed the life of entrepreneurs can be full of trial and error. If they try something and it doesn’t work, they often move on to the next project.

When it comes to personality traits, entrepreneurs tend to be passionate, resilient and assertive. But even so, starting out they might sense they're missing something and need reinforcement in critical areas to help them become the best they could be.

If that sounds like your experience, here are three ways to transform yourself into the entrepreneur that you’ve always wanted to be:

1. Define what success means to you.

Success means something different for every entrepreneur. For some, it means having a certain amount of money in a bank account. For others, it's all about being able to pay the bills by working at a job that makes them happy.

Entrepreneurs are the types of individuals who recognize when it's time take advantage of an opportunity. They become passionate about an idea. Yet, an idea and passion can only take you so far.

As you start putting the pieces together, sit back and ask yourself what you want the end game to be? How are you going to make this great idea a reality?

Understand your skills and limitations -- and find people to do the tasks you’re not familiar with. Set realistic goals and achieve them. Know what you want to do. If your goal is to take a startup public, write a timeline for doing so.

When you define what success means to you and start noticing its early signs, you’ll be motivated to keep working toward the goals you’ve established.

I'm careful to write down all my ideas and goals. 

"You really have to focus on removing the distractions," my good friend Brent Csutoras always tells me. "If you're an entrepreneur and have a desire to succeed, then your positive driving factors are already in place. It is the distractions, the bad habits, the doubts that cause you to falter, quit or fail."

Many people describe the process of envisioning success and believing in it, so that when they make decisions (in any aspect of their life), they're guided toward their success. Look at yourself deeply and identify the excuses that you cling to, the bad habits that derail you and then really focus on removing them from your life. Define success in your own eyes.

2. Ask for help.

Of course life would be easier if you were already familiar with the industry that you’re attempting to break into, the products, services, customers and even the business model. But what if you’re daring to enter a field or market for which you have no training or experience?

There’s no shame in asking for help or posing many questions. It’s not a sign of weakness either. In fact, Richard Branson has said the Virgin Group became successful because in its early years managers kept asking questions. Figure out who you can turn to for advice and answers.

One of the easiest places to look is at home. Branson asked his mother for advice. She told him to take advantage of every opportunity. You might not have to venture too far from your circle of personal contacts. Is there a friend, family member or spouse who can help you solve a problem?

Seek out advice from people who  have already gone through this journey. If you’re aware of someone in your industry who has already launched a successful business, his or her knowledge and experience can be priceless. Indeed, the founder of Laker Airways was thconvinced Branson to become the face of Virgin.

Seek out experienced business professionals who can assist you with matters ranging from legal to investing concerns. Consult Angel List to find mentors. Search for people who advise many companies.

3. Surround yourself with allies.

By now you’ve come to realize that you can’t do everything on your own. That’s why you have to surround yourself with a great team. These are the people who will fill in the gaps in specific knowledge areas. For example, you may be able to develop an app but have no idea ow to market it. That’s when you would need to bring in someone with marketing experience.

More important, however, your team will keep you going when you need to catch a second breath. Because there will be long hours and many obstacles to clear, you’re going to need team members who are passionate and enthusiastic about your idea and business. The boost in morale also isn’t just good for team members. It can carry over to how staffers create a great customer experience.

You'll need individuals who can not only help you with your weak areas but also who can complement your strengths. These will be the people to pick you up when you’re down or celebrate with you when you’ve achieved a goal. And they will be the ones who will help the business grow and help you become the entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be

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