Friday, June 18, 2021

How To Increase Your Cat's Water Consumption


Cats are obligate carnivores and they do not have a strong thirst drive. In the wild, cats would not eat carbohydrates (like grains, potatoes or peas) that are in most cat foods (especially dry food.). Many cats are in a state of chronic mild dehydration. Dehydration can lead to kidney disease, chronic UTIs and bladder issues. An average-sized cat on a dry food diet needs to drink almost one cup of water every day. Raw and canned foods contain around 70% water, whereas dry kibble contains less than 10% water. By feeding a high-moisture diet, you can help your kitty meet their water needs and maintain optimal health. For more health tips click here. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Are Dark Leafy Greens Good For Dogs?

Dark leafy greens are considered a nutritional powerhouse for people, but are they good for dogs? Yes. They are loaded with vitamins, fiber, folate, calcium, iron, and potassium. They act as antioxidants in the body and help promote energy and overall wellness.
Many dark green vegetables contain phytonutrients that provide natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Phytonutrients can help reduce oxidative stress and protect your pet’s cells from damage. The Journal of the American Veterinary Association published a research study* involving Scottish terriers and the incidence of transitional cell carcinoma, the most common form of bladder cancer in dogs. The Scottie dogs that ate leafy green vegetables and yellow-orange vegetables at least three times a week had a significantly reduced risk of developing bladder cancer. The study suggests that consumption of certain vegetables may decrease the risk of developing TCC by up to 90%.

Some of the most nutrient-dense leafy greens, such as kale, chard and spinach, are dog-friendly.  Adding a small amount to your dog's meals and rotating with other vegetables provides natural vitamins and minerals.  For more pet nutrition tips, please visit

*Reference: Research study: Evaluation of the effect of dietary vegetable consumption on reducing risk of transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder in Scottish Terriers. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2005 Jul 1;227(1):94-100. Malathi Raghavan, Deborah W. Knapp, Patty L. Bonney, Marcia H. Dawson, Lawrence T. Glickman.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Check Your Pet's Teeth and Gums

Please check your pet’s teeth and gums--especially if you have an older pet We went through quite a scare with our Legend who is 12 1/2 years old. Legend developed a swelling on his tooth which thankfully turned out to be a benign tumor called an epulis. We waited anxiously for his biopsy results and are so thankful. Older dogs can develop cancerous tumors in their mouth which can progress rapidly. It’s important to periodically look inside your pet’s mouth as they can have all kinds of issues ranging from infections to cancer. We are so grateful to Dr. Gordon and his team at Arch Beach Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Beach who made sure Legend was comfortable and took such good care of him

Pets Need Probiotics When Taking Antibiotics

Is your pet taking antibiotics or steroids? Be sure to use probiotics along with them! A natural probiotic is critical for restoring good bacteria and balance of flora while your pet is taking antibiotics. Just like people, pets can get an upset tummy or diarrhea from antibiotics. Ask Ariel's Power Probiotic contains acidophilus for dogs and cats to prevent the side effects of antibiotics. Given as a daily supplement, Power Probiotic can benefit the immune system, digestion & help to prevent infection. Power Probiotic is the best probiotic you can give your pet! Many pets lick their bowls clean for the taste of Power Probiotic.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

How To Help Your Pet Feel Happy And Calm When You Are On Vacation

Not everyone is excited about your upcoming vacation. Many pets do not like changes in their daily routine. When pets see you pack a suitcase and head out the door, they soon realize that they are not going along. Pets may skip meals, sit by the door or exhibit destructive behavior until you return. Ask Ariel's Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract can help cats and dogs cope with nervousness, anxiety and stress. It's a full spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut oil base, so it is easy to digest. Happy Paws can help your pet feel happy and relaxed while you're on vacation. Please click here to learn more.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Happy Memorial Day!


On Memorial Day, we remember our brave heroes who fought for our freedom.  We thank you for your sacrifice. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Injured Baby Seal Rescued At Dana Point Harbor


Last Saturday night, on our evening walk at Dana Point Harbor, we came upon an injured young seal who was begging for help. He had a wound on his neck and was approaching people. I called for help and at first it seemed like we weren’t going to be able to help the seal because of difficulty reaching the appropriate rescue places. The seal was emaciated and exhausted and was trying to go into the street. What was so incredible was the number of people who tried to help, good Samaritans blocking him from the street, a fisherman offering fish (the seal was interested but too stressed to eat) and so many wonderful people coming together caring about him. The seal became exhausted…….I asked a fisherman for some fish and he offered it to him. The seal perked up and was trying to get the fish in his mouth but was too weak.  Finally help arrived! Animal Services Officer Keppler and the OC Sheriff Officers carried him into the truck. So thankful to all the kind and caring people, OC Sheriff and Officer Keppler for saving this seal’s life. The seal is now going to the Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.  

At Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist, we love all pets.  We are so happy to be part of this wonderful rescue.  For tips on how to keep your cat or dog happy and healthy, please visit