Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Natural Remedies For Feline Calicivirus

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What is Feline Calicivirus?
Feline Calicivirus is a common viral infection that affects the respiratory tract, mouth, intestines and musculoskeletal system of cats. Symptoms usually last 14-21 days, during which the virus is extremely contagious to other cats. However, a cat can also be contagious during the incubation period (usually 2-6 days prior to symptoms). It can be spread through saliva or secretions from the nose or eyes. The virus can live for up to a week on items and it is important to disinfect the environment to protect other cats.
The most common symptoms of the virus are upper respiratory infections (sneezing, nasal congestion and conjunctivitis), ulcers in the cat’s mouth and sometimes on the lips and nose, inflammation and fatigue. Your pet's inability to smell and the painful ulcers may inhibit them from wanting to eat.  It's important to seek out veterinary care as some cats can become dehydrated and hospitalization is needed.   
Symptoms of Calicivirus  
  • Loss of appetite
  • Eye discharge
  • Nasal discharged
  • Development of ulcers on tongue, hard palate, tip of nose, lips or around claws
  • Pneumonia
  • Arthritis (inflammation of joints)
  • Lameness
  • Fever
Holistic care can help cats suffering from Calicivirus and offer immune support after the symptoms have subsided (some cats may remain carriers of the virus and have episodes of shedding viruses through their life). Using the Immune Support Kit with Power Probiotic can help speed recovery, reduce symptoms and support long term immune support.

Immune Support Kit

The Immune Support Kit Is An Effective, Easy To Use Home Remedy For Cats With Calcivirus

Contains three tasteless, natural remedies. These three remedies deliver fast relief for your pet's viral symptoms  and are easy to administer. They help modulate and support your pet's natural immune response rather than overstimulating it the way many supplements can.

NotaSAN - Natural homeopathic drops that fight  infection and support your pet's immune system. Controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving digestive symptoms and immune function. Gentle, easy to administer and safe for long-term use.

QuentaSAN -  The #1 Choice for pet with viral infections.  Natural homeopathic drops that fight 
viruses and infection, especially targeting the lung and upper respiratory system.  Works best using in conjunction with the NotaSAN.

Silver Immune Support - Silver Immune Support is an all-natural, easy to use remedy to help your pet recover from a bacterial infection or viral flare-up. It is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and well tolerated even 

by tiny and young pets.

Power Probiotic - It is important to use a multi-strain, powerful Probiotic that has been used extensively with cats. We recommend the Power Probiotic, which is easy to administer, very effective and well tolerated by cats. The product has been third-party tested and guaranteed to contain the amounts of friendly bacteria indicated on the label. Pure and natural with no fillers.  Most cats like the taste.

 Diet For Cats With Calcivirus

Cats with calcivirus (and other viruses and/or autoimmune diseases) need a low carbohydrate, hypoallergenic diet.  Cats are carnivores and yet most cat commercial diets are high in carbohydrates which can weaken their immune system.  Please include your cat's diet on the Ask Ariel order form along with all of your cat's health issues and you will receive FREE diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your product directions.  
Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father’s Day!

Wishing all the Dads and Pet Dads a Happy Father’s Day!
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Raw Diets For Pets vs. Kibble

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Raw Frozen Diets

When it comes to pet food, commercially prepared raw frozen diets are the gold standard. Raw frozen diets contain fresh protein (meat, poultry, etc) combined with vegetables and omega oils giving pets easily digestible, optimal nutrition that is low in carbohydrates. Some major brands include: Stella and Chewys, Instinct, Primal for example. Raw frozen diets can be especially helpful for pets with allergies, digestive problems and young, active pets. These are high protein diets containing real meat and poultry, organ meats, vegetables, omega oils and assorted nutrients. The ingredients are well balanced and speak for themselves.

Raw frozen diets are expensive and some cats won't eat them. Raw frozen diets don't have to be an all or nothing part of the pet's diet. Mixing a portion of raw frozen diets into your pet's food is a great option and is far better than not mixing in any at all. Many brands have tasty raw "mixers" and freeze dried raw options that pets will eat readily.

Pets that eat a raw frozen diet are getting a high moisture content which promotes overall health. This is why pets that eat raw frozen diets drink less water. The food is highly digestible so the stool size is often much smaller especially when compared to dry kibble. Since raw frozen diets are low in carbohydrates, they are an excellent choice for pets with allergies and/or yeast.

Dry Kibble Diets

Dry kibble is highly processed pet food made with carbohydrates to form the food along with a limited amount of protein. A portion of the protein percentage reported on the label is often derived from the starchy carbohydrates (e.g. potatoes) rather than from meat, fish or poultry. The primary reason dry kibble is produced is for convenience--not for your pet's nutrition. Carbohydrates used to make kibble range from grain-free legumes and potatoes to the less healthy grains such as rice and barley. Dry kibble can lead to bloat, yeast, itching, poor digestion since their ingredients are made for ease of administration. It can also contribute to autoimmune disorders in both cats and dogs.

Dry kibble is affordable and processed with preservatives to ensure a long shelf-life. Pets eating dry kibble often have large stools since many of the ingredients are not well digested. Cats are carnivores and have no need for dry kibble and yet, most cat foods are made with them. If you do choose to feed your pet dry kibble, please consider adding some raw frozen, canned or homemade food to their diet (NOT tablescraps!). Including lean protein, crumbled raw freeze dried or some raw frozen nuggets will add to their overall nutrition and good health. At the very least, consider adding green beans and other fresh vegetables to a dog's dry kibble to add enzymes and fresh nutrients to the diet.

When You Have To Leave Food Out

Dry kibble is a convenient way to leave food out for pets especially for working professionals. While free feeding is not optimal, sometimes it is a necessity when you are working long hours. We love our pets but we have to work. If this is your current situation, consider feeding dry kibble when you are not home and raw when you are OR as an even better alternative - consider RAW FREEZE DRIED. Raw freeze dried food is made with the same ingredients as the raw frozen diets but cooked slightly at low temperatures to make it a stable food that can be left out (if your pet doesn't devour it). Brands such as Stella and Chewys and Instinct offer companion freeze dried foods to their raw frozen diets for just this reason.

Finally, dehydrated food is made to appear as a "homemade alternative" and is also made with carbohydrates but these diets generally contain more nutritious ingredients and can be mixed with raw frozen diets. Due to the carbohydrates in most dehydrated food, these diets are not nearly as beneficial as raw frozen diets, but their convenience makes them a healthier option than over processed dry kibble.

Why Are Too Many Carbohydrates A Problem?

Why are too many carbohydrates a problem? Carbohydrates convert to sugar and can lead to yeast, diabetes and even cancer. Most notably they can affect immunity and worsen autoimmune disorders. Many cat owners with autoimmune disorders such as stomatitis are feeding their cats dry food not realizing that the carbohydrates in the food are worsening their cat's condition---the carbohydrates convert to sugar feeding the bacteria in the mouth. Moreover, while protein and fats are slow to be digested, the sugar from carbohydrates are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, spiking (and then dropping) insulin making pets hungry faster. Is your dog always acting starved? Could be that your dog is eating a kibble diet loaded with carbohydrates.

In summary, finding the right balance that works for your lifestyle, budget and your pet's well being can be accomplished by choosing different forms of food. If at all possible, try to incorporate something fresh (vegetables or lean protein) into your pet's diet.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Best Cat Arthritis Supplement

Is your cat slowing down? Not jumping like she used to? Home remedies for cat arthritis can put the spring back in your cat's step.   Consider Ultra-Flex Collagen, an all-natural cat arthritis supplement.

Natural "whole-food" supplement builds cartilage, joint and connective tissue

Backed by research--relieves joint pain and discomfort, strengthens and repairs

Easy once a day administration - tasteless powder, mix into your cat's food

Ultra-Flex Collagen Support

Ultra-Flex Collagen provides exceptional arthritis joint care for cats.  This all natural remedy made from ground eggshells improves mobility and strengthens cartilage and connective tissue.  

Cat Celebrates Sweet 16 With Help From Natural Supplements

"My cat Michy celebrated his sweet 16 last month. Years ago, he was very sick, but now he is a healthy boy. He takes Gastro-ULC, Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief, Ultra-Flex, Kidney Health, and Renelix."


Michy's Supplements

Power Probiotic - The best probiotic for pets!  Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which helps replenish a healthy intestinal ecosystem. Helpful for any pet with digestive discomfort and most pets love the taste too!

Gastro ULC For Acid Stomach in Pets- Natural stomach acid reducer-- relieves acid pain and repairs inflamed tissues.  Use with the K9 Digestive Enzymes and Power Probiotic.

Soothing Digestive-Gentle but effective formula for the treatment of any type of indigestion in pets. Helps with gas, loose stool, mucous in stool, tummy rumbling, diarrhea and malabsorption. Easy to administer

Ultraflex- A gentle formula that is easy to administer and clinically tested to reduce joint stiffness and pain in cats and dogs. It also supports the rebuilding of cartilage and joint connective tissue.Best joint support remedy for small pets.  

Renelix -flushes out the toxins from the kidneys and urinary tract. Helps restore normal kidney and urinary tract function. Use this product if your pet has ever had kidney or bladder stone or crystals or kidney disease or incontinence.  Please know Renelix will NOT break up bladder or kidney stones.

Kidney Health is an all natural, veterinary-approved supplement that provides protein support for cats and dogs enabling them to more efficiently breakdown, digest and metabolize protein. 

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 www.kellynardoni.com.  If you purchase directly from her site, a portion of the proceeds will benefit senior pet rescue organizations.