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How Do You Never Stop Learning?

How to Care for your Dog’s Health

Sajo-dogsWe know that your dog’s health is important to you, and you’re committed to providing informed, safe and appropriate health care for your pet. It’s normal and natural to have questions about how to effectively and safely support your dog’s quality of life.

Many of our clients frequently ask about a range of common dietary, behavioral and preventative health and safety concerns. In our efforts to provide you with the most complete information about your dog’s health and safety, we’ve highlighted a number of topics that new and experienced dog owners regularly ask us about:

  • Diet and Nutrition:
    • At Hope Springs, we recommend Royal Canin nutrition for our dog patients. We believe, as they do at Royal Canin, that food can be the first medicine in preventing and treating various, common medical conditions. Providing your pet with proper nutrition will increase your pet’s life expectancy, and overall quality of life.
    • Diet and nutrition are vital to ensuring that your pet receives proper nutrients to support optimal health.
    • It is important to feed your pet an appropriate amount to maintain a healthy weight.
    • Much like humans, as your pet ages, their nutritional needs will change making it increasingly important to consult your veterinarian for recommendations.
  • Behavior and Training:
    • Proper training is important in providing your pet and family members a safe, healthy and fulfilling relationship and environment both at home, and in public.
    • All dogs need to learn basic commands, including walking on a leash and becoming appropriately socialized with other people and pets.
    • At Hope Springs, we provide our clients with various tips to help with training, as well as information on recommended area training classes.
  • Preventive Care:
    •  Appropriate preventative care helps to enrich and prolong your pet’s life and health. By taking proper preventative steps, you can help protect your pet against common, preventable diseases and conditions, reducing your pet’s risk for potentially painful, harmful and even fatal conditions that may be costly and challenging for both you and your family. We recommend the following:
      • Build a strong relationship with your veterinarian.
      • Schedule examinations at least twice a year to establish a healthy baseline for your pet, and regularly assess for any worrisome changes (i.e. masses, enlarged organs).
      • Monthly, year round prevention for heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks.
      • Schedule vaccinations against common preventable diseases. Discuss your pet’s lifestyle with your veterinarian to determine risks and work together to establish the best means for protection.
      • Learn more about dog lice prevention.
      • Provide routine bathing and grooming to help promote a healthy skin and coat.
      • Microchip your pet to help safely return your pet to your family should an accident occur and they go missing. Microchipping your pet is one of the simplest and safest ways to prevent heartbreaking loss for your pet and your family.
      • Provide appropriate dental care for your pet, regularly brushing their teeth and developing a sense of comfort with having their mouths handled.
  • Bathing, Nail and Ear Care:
    • Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to an appropriate length to prevent them from snagging on items in the environment, or causing problems with your pet’s gait or ability to walk.
    • Support your pet in becoming comfortable having their feet touched and handled by frequently touching and working with their feet. This will greatly assist in reducing stress and upset for you and your pet during regular nail trims. Q – attach handout with instructions for trimming pet nails
    • Regularly check your pet’s ears to support your pet in becoming comfortable with having their ears handled. This will help your pet relax in future veterinary examinations, and make cleaning your pet’s ears and administering ear medication less stressful for you and your pet.  By checking your pet’s ears, you can easily identify issues early on, such as odor, debris or inflammation. Instructions for cleaning pet ears.
    • Encourage regular brushing and bathing patterns in the home. Choose a shampoo that is made specifically for pets, and feel free to ask your veterinarian for the shampoo that is best suited for your pet’s specific coat and skin. Q – attach handout with instructions for bathing your pet
  • Activities with your pet:
    • Enhance your relationship with your pet, as well as your pet’s healthy lifestyle by identifying activities that you and your pet can do together, including:
  • Poisons/Things to Avoid:
    • In an emergency, we recommend you immediately contact Animal Poison Control: ASPCA (800) 548-2423
    • Harmful Foods and Products for Dogs
    • Keep the lid on all trash receptacles in your home.
    • Pick up fecal matter in your yard, and any time out in public.
    • Use caution when treating your yard, or spraying against weeds.

How to cultivate the Generalist within

The Creative GeneralistAs a rule of thumb, your business needs more generalists than specialists if it wants to innovate. Don’t get me wrong, specialists are valuable. But Generalists are the innovators, the ones who are most capable of dealing with complexity; the ones that connect that dots. For that very reason, as a generalist, I know it’s hard to get us to pay attention to anything uninteresting; much less get inspired. We need to be challenged; constantly. We also need to be unleashed; not managed.

But for an organization that is willing to change, as your own, you can turn yourself into a generalist, create the conditions for great ideas to emerge and spark the innovation mindset in your business.


Simple: broaden yourself.

Here are a few ways how I do it:

The best leaders are pattern thinkers

the best leaders are pattern thinkersLook at any of the top innovative businesses in the world and you will see that it is driven by an innovative leader. So I was not surprised that yesterday’s post, 5 future-proof questions to ask people in the know, resonated with you.

Jack Martin Leith commented: “Great post. Thank you Jorge. A prerequisite for someone asking those five questions is to be in a state of perpetual curiosity, and I don’t think that can be acquired. Any thoughts?”.

My answer:

Can you create value if you’re not curious?

Can you create value if you're not curious?

Not as far as I’m concerned.

For as long as I can remember it’s always dawned on me that late adopters are not innovative. I mean, how could they be if they are not curious. I know, I know. Sometimes being late to the game is great. There are hundreds of examples of companies that were late to the game and ended up changing the game. Apple, Google and Facebook immediately come to mind.

But I think that curiosity drives the kind of creativity that leads to breakthroughs. To breakthroughs that create value. A simple formula I have is:

Curiosity = Value creation

MBA in Curiosity

Last month I got invited to be part of a small group of Businessmen/Entrepreneurs/Consultants/CEO’s that meet once per month to talk about technology and innovation. We’re calling it Mix 2.0 for some reason.

Our first meeting was Wednesday. We met at (ironically) Bar20 at VIA Corporativo, which is one floor beneath my office. There were about 15 of us and we had the place all to ourselves. We sat in a circle, and to get things rolling we introduced ourselves.

The 2nd person to introduce himself is an inventor. Among other things, he worked on the Nintendo Wii controller about two years before the Wii came out. As you can imagine he’s a very interesting person. He spent about 10 minutes talking about his career. This set the tone for everyone else. I soon started thinking: Let the I-out-credential-you begin!

Being creative has more to do with being fearless than intelligent

Being creative has more to do with being fearless than intelligent.

Fearlessness gives birth to new knowledge. It’s only by taking the unknown path, the road less traveled that you’ll find and create new knowledge. Don’t be afraid to be wrong, what’s wrong is not being open to new ideas, to change, to stumbling onto unfamiliar situations to being the best you can be.

I propose we cultivate fearless curiosity to explore our own potential. With that I leave you with a quote from someone who knows a little bit of being fearless:

The greatest fear people have is that of being themselves. They want to be 50 Cent or someone else. They do what everyone else does even if it doesn’t fit where and who they are. But you get nowhere that way; your energy is weak and no one pays attention to you. You’re running away from the one thing that you own – what makes you different.”

–  50 Cent

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