Friday, May 17, 2019

Rest In Peace Grumpy Cat

Internet celebrity cat Tardar Sauce aka "Grumpy Cat" passed away this week (May 14, 2019) at the young age of seven. She passed from complications of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) which the specialists were unable to help her overcome.   At the time of her death, Grumpy Cat had nearly 4 million follower combined on Instagram and Twitter and a very active Facebook page with over 8 million likes. Our heart goes out to Grumpy Cat's family at this difficult time.

For more information on Urinary Tract Infections and how to treat them with natural supplements click here.  

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow: Love & Hope from a Senior Rescue Dog

A longtime friend of Ask Ariel recently launched a special book that I would like to share with you – The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow: Love And Hope from a Senior Rescue Dog.

Author Kelly Nardoni poignantly writes about her journey with Annie, a thirteen-fourteen-year-old poodle mix she adopted from a shelter.  Filled with everyday adventures and thoughtful reflections, Kelly includes many adorable photos of Annie to support the story – all with the goal of encouraging senior pet adoption.

Kelly found that there is something unique about adopting an animal whose years are limited.  It helps us uncover what is really important and to navigate our own humanity. This is a heartwarming story about the beauty of the human-animal bond and the love that endures from such companionship.

For more information and to learn where you can find Kelly’s book, please visit  If you purchase directly from her site, a portion of the proceeds will benefit senior pet rescue organizations.

Breathing Problems In Cats And Dogs

Breathing problems in dogs and cats can be very frightening. Breathing problems can be due to infections, viruses, cancer, heart disease and collapsed trachea. In addition to the care your pet is receiving from your veterinarian, breathing problems can also be helped using natural supplement. Ask Ariel supplements have been used successfully to help pets with breathing difficulties using veterinary-approved supplements since 2005. These supplements are all-natural, third-party tested for purity and have been safely used for pets of all sizes. If your pet is also coughing, please read our article that explains why a pet may be coughing.
What to Know About Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats and Dogs
Upper respiratory infections in dogs and cats affect the upper part of their airways: throat, trachea, nasal cavities and bronchi and are viral in nature, antibiotics are not especially helpful (just as with human colds or flu). It can be discouraging to watch your dog or cat suffer long-term with this chronic condition and there may be bouts of hope as the symptoms wax and wane. While conventional veterinary medical options are limited, holistic treatments for URIs can make a significant improvement in the pet's life.
A holistic approach encompasses a two-fold approach: changing your pet's diet to strengthen the immune system and using a few supportive supplements to control the virus.
·         Sneezing
·         Nasal Congestion
·         Conjunctivitis
·         Fever
·         Discharges from the nose or eyes
·         Lack of appetite

Need help deciding which respiratory infection products would be best for your pet?
Please email us at and we will be glad to help.

Feline Asthma
Feline asthma is the most commonly diagnosed respiratory disease. Asthma symptoms can be similar to chronic bronchitis and even sometimes mistaken for hairballs (although hairballs can cause retching and vomiting). If your cat displays symptoms, it's important to contact your veterinarian right away. Feline asthma is a condition that results in breathing difficulty, coughing and wheezing. It is characterized by chronic inflammation of the respiratory airways that can be triggered by allergen exposure, chemical inhalants, and possibly an autoimmune response. Feline asthma symptoms are distressing for pet owners to witness and hard on your kitty too. That is why it is so essential to make the lifestyle and holistic changes along with the treatments from your veterinarian in an effort to help your cat lead as normal life as possible. 

Symptoms of Feline Asthma
·         Coughing or Hacking
·         Panting or Open Mouth Breathing
·         Hunched Shoulders
·         Wheezing (almost sounds like a whistle)
·         Labored Breathing After Exertion

During an asthma attack, the passageways in your cat's lungs become inflamed and constricted making it very hard for your cat to breathe. An attack can quickly become a serious incident, so if your cat shows any signs of respiratory distress, contact your veterinarian immediately.

While there isn't a cure for asthma, the symptoms can be well managed using a combination of conventional veterinary treatments and holistic care. Conventional veterinary treatments for feline asthma include the use of corticosteroid drugs to reduce inflammation along with a bronchodilator to open up the air passageways. Conventional medications have side effects though, including the potential for diabetes and increased infections, so using holistic and lifestyle changes are important to help minimize the need and frequency of them. Please note that natural treatments for feline asthma are not meant to be a substitute for conventional veterinary treatments. Feline asthma is a serious condition and your veterinarian needs to be involved in the regular monitoring of your cat's symptoms and medication usage. But, using a holistic approach can slowly improve your cat's well-being and over time, the frequency and severity of asthma attacks should improve reducing the need for medication.

Steps To Help Your Cat With Asthma Naturally

1) Reduce Exposure To Airborne Allergens, Air Pollutants And Household Stress
·         Don't allow anyone to smoke near your cat or inside your home. Second-hand smoke is a huge trigger for feline asthma.
  • Reduce exposure to allergens such as pollen, mold and dust from cat litter.
  • Avoid using scented candles, air fresheners and perfumes
  • Buy an air purifier and replace filters regularly.
  • Use natural cleaning products such as cleanser and avoid detergents with strong fragrances.
  • Keep potential stressors to a minimum. Loud noise, excited children, house guests can be stressful for your cat.
2) Use Supplements To Support Immune Health And Reduce Inflammation 
  • Trio of three liquid immune support formulas (Silver Immune, QuentaSAN drops and NotaSAN drops)
  •   Easy to use drops (with minimal smell and taste - no alcohol)
  • Reduces inflammation which triggers asthma attacks
  • Clears up sinuses, nasal tract and improves breathing
  • Gentle, natural formulas that pets can take along with antibiotics
·         Supports your pet's own immune system to reduce viral flareups or asthma attacks
Natural Treatments For Feline Asthma

QuentaSAN Drops - A powerful anti-viral, anti-infection homeopathic remedy. These homeopathic drops are the first line of defense with any upper respiratory condition. QuentaSAN drops work best when combined with NotaSAN drops. The two formulas work synergistically to control infections and inflammation. QuentaSAN seems to be especially helpful for lung-related health issues. Many cat owners have reported excellent results relieving continual discharge, runny nose and sneezing related to viruses when QuentaSAN and NotaSAN drops were administered.

NotaSAN Drops - A powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-infection formula. These homeopathic drops are especially important for relieving allergy symptoms. NotaSAN, when combined with QuentaSAN works very well to control chronic upper respiratory infections, asthma, eye and nasal discharge. The two formulas are tasteless drops that can be easily administered to cats.

Silver Immune Support For Pets - Easy to use, anti-infection liquid. These nontoxic drops are safe for tiny kittens and shown in research to help reduce viral replication. By reducing infection, inflammation is reduced in the membranes, reducing mucous making it easier to breathe.

Power Probiotic - This multi-strain formula can be sprinkled on food or eaten by itself (many cats like the taste of it). Power Probiotic promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which aids your cat's immune system. Why is this important? The majority of your cat's immune system resides in the the intestinal tract. Using Power Probiotic is essential if your cat has taken steroids or antibiotics as these medications reduce the population of friendly bacteria. Friendly bacteria fight off pathogens, bad bacteria and viruses in an effort to keep your cat healthy. Power Probiotic is essential for all cats but especially those diagnosed with feline asthma.

Amazing Omegas
 - Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce symptoms and inflammation in asthma patients. Amazing Omegas is the absolute best fish oil for pets, naturally derived from sardines, mackerel and anchovies. Packed in glass bottles, it is free from toxins and PCBs. It only takes a few drops to help your kitty. One caveat is that if your cat is extremely allergic to fish, there is a possibility that fish oil could also present a problem. Generally what triggers allergies is the protein found in fish which is not present in the oil. However, if this is an issue for your kitty, then Flax Seed Oil may be the next best alternative.

Not Sure What To Feed Your Pet?

To strengthen your pet's immunity, feeding a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet with a novel protein is helpful. Many quality pet foods, even "holistic brands" contain too many starchy carbohydrates which convert to sugar weakening your cat's immune system.
Please include your pet's diet and treats on the order form at checkout, along with your pet's health issues. Based on our extensive experience helping cats with viruses and autoimmune conditions, we will include a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.

Why Use Ask Ariel Supplements To Help Your Pet With Breathing Problems in Dogs and Cats?

Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements on their own health and now want the same for their pets. Our premium, natural pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's remedies are selected based on quality, scientific research and proven results. A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) can give your pet much needed support immune support. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinary recommended nationwide.

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Chicken Allergies In Pets

Chicken is an inexpensive, tasty source of protein that works well for many pets. However for some pets it can be a huge allergen affecting their immune systems in the same way that gluten and dairy can affect people. For example, cats can develop an autoimmune condition called felinine  stomatitis (aka tooth plaque allergy) and every time they eat chicken, if allergic, they are reacting to it, making their symptoms worse. The diet for feline stomatitis should be hypoallergenic.   Similarly many dogs with IBS could be experiencing digestive problems as a result of the chicken. What’s a pet owner to do? Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s diet and consider slowly transitioning to a “novel protein” that you haven’t tried before such as rabbit or venison. Results don’t happen immediately as it takes time for the inflammation to subside but many pets show great improvement once diet changes are made.  To learn more about cat and dog food allergies in pets, please click here
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Enter Your Pet Now In the Ask Ariel Mother's Day Toy Contest

It’s time to celebrate all of the wonderful Pet Moms! As a dedicated Pet Mom, you might have done any of the following: rushed home to make sure your pet got dinner on time, stayed home from work to take your pet to the veterinarian, fed your pet a better diet than you eat, referred to yourself as Mommy as in “Mommy loves you so much!”.

At Ask Ariel, we want to thank you all for the love, care and TLC you give your pets and honor you with this super fun sweepstakes.

Two SIMPLE STEPS to enter:
1) Post a photo of your pet on our Ask Ariel Facebook page
2) Along with your post, include the Ask Ariel supplements you use (or would like to use) to nurture and care for your pet

2 Grand Prizes ($125 Value)

The top two posts with the most likes will receive 1 bottle of Power Probiotic + Herbalife Hydrating Eye Cream + Herbalife SPF Protective Moisturizer + $4 Off Coupon Instinct Signature Raw, Freeze-Dried or Kibble + Ask Ariel Free Shipping Coupon + Springtime Cat or Dog Toy
5 Runners-Up (based on the most likes) will receive a Springtime Cat or Dog Toy + Ask Ariel Free Shipping Coupon + $4 Off Coupon Instinct Signature Raw, Freeze-Dried or Kibble
7 total winners. Winners will be selected (based on post likes) on Friday May 10 at 9:00 pm PT. US residents over 18 years of age may enter. Must include item #2 on your post in order to qualify. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

Today is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day. Please open your heart and home to a homeless animal. You can find your new family member by going to where there is a huge selection of cats and dogs of every breed, size and color just waiting for someone to give them a chance. Rescue animals make amazing pets! 
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Protect You Cat From The Great Outdoors

If you are looking to join the over 36 million Americans who have the joy of being cat owners there is an important question to ask yourself…will your cat be an indoor cat or an outdoor cat? To protect your cat, you might consider having them be an indoor cat. In a recent study funded by Auburn University Cell and Molecular Biology Fellowship Program, researchers found that outdoor cats were three times more likely to contract a parasitic infection compared to indoor cats. Outdoor cats are also much more vulnerable to predators, cars, diseases and aggressive neighborhood bully cats.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to protect your cat in the outdoors. Cats can contract parasites from many sources including insects (such as ticks), prey or even the soil. They are much more vulnerable to If infected your cat can spread these parasites to other pets or even your family.  If your kitty is longing to go outside, consider harness training.  It has worked well for many cat owners especially if the kitty is started at a young age.