Thursday, January 13, 2022

Don't Wait To Start Until Your Pet Is Sick To Start A Holistic Regimen

Wondering whether holistic treatments work for pets? Don't wait until your cat or dog shows signs of "old age" or illness to begin a holistic regimen. Start them early with better nutrition (vegetables and omegas in their diet), increased exercise and natural supplements with antioxidants. By being proactive, you can help prevent future problems and improve their overall quality of life. For example, waiting until pets are limping to start them on joint support will not yield nearly the same results as if you started them when they were active and mobile. Start early for better results and a happier, healthier pet! For more pet nutrition tips, please visit

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

In Memory Of Our Special Friend Sprocket

It is with a heavy heart we share that beautiful Sprocket, the darling Pomeranian of Mimi and Randy from New Mexico, has crossed the rainbow bridge.  Mimi and Randy have taken amazing care of Sprocket who lived to be 17 years old.  17 is very old for any dog but for a dog with the health issues she faced--it is simply miraculous. Sprocket was diagnosed with hepatic microvascular dysplasia at age 4 and over the course of her life, had some additional health challenges.  The fact Sprocket lived such a wonderful, high quality life shows the type of care adorable Sprocket was given.

Here is what Mimi and Randy shared about Sprocket's last days: 

"We got Sprocket out for a car ride and mall walk on the 28th, things she loved, and she was alert and engaged. Did not walk much, and was carried mostly, but she was hanging in there with more energy we’d seen the last few weeks. On the 29th, she was pretty tired and seemed a bit out of it. We let her be for most of the day. That evening when we came back from dinner, she had crossed over the rainbow bridge..".


Mimi and Randy are incredibly dedicated pet owners who fed Sprocket a special diet and also used Ask Ariel's supplements to keep Sprocket healthy and strong. Sprocket took the following supplements: Power ProbioticKidney Health (as well as another liver support supplement from the vet), Purrfect Pet CoQ10 50 mg and Amazing Omegas. As she got older and started limping, they started her on Curcumin for Pets, Arthrosoothe and Ultra-Flex for her collapsing trachea. She also used Resveratrol for Dogs.

We at Ask Ariel understand how hard it is to lose a beloved pet and send our sincerest condolensces to Randy and Mimi during this very difficult time.  Beautiful Sprocket will live forever in our hearts.  

Monday, January 3, 2022

2022 New Year's Resolutions For Your Pets

It’s Not Too Late… For 2022 New Year's Resolutions for Your Pet

Ask Ariel is passionate about pet nutrition and holistic care.  It is our goal to provide you with valuable pet nutrition information and effective natural supplements to keep your pets happy and healthy. 

Here are a few simple resolutions for your pet's good health.

1) Diet - Are you feeding your pets the right food? Review your pet’s current diet. Foods could be contributing to your pet's health issues (i.e. digestive issues, skin problems or autoimmune disease).  

2) Exercise- Is your pet getting enough exercise? Try to add an extra walk for your dog or addiitonal playtime for your kitty. It's good for you and your pet!

3) Vet visit - Has your pet had a recent vet checkup and dental exam? A visit to the vet can be stressful and expensive.  But, making that visit happen can end up saving you money because vet bills tend to be less the sooner a condition is diagnosed and certainly it's much better for your pet.  
Spend more time with your pet. Time flies and they never live as long as we want them to. Take just a few extra moments every day to hug them, kiss them and thank them for all the wonderful joy they bring into your life and your home.  

Set a goal to make 2022 the best year yet for your pet! At Ask Ariel, we want to do all we can to support you in achieving these healthy New Year's Resolutions.  


Thursday, December 30, 2021

Why Do Vets Use Ultrasounds For Pets?


What Is An Ultrasound? Why Do Vets Use Them?
Pets can’t tell us what they are feeling or where it hurts. It can be challenging to diagnose certain health conditions in cats and dogs. Lab work can only provide so much information and imaging may be necessary for an accurate diagnosis. X-rays are a mainstay of veterinary practices, as they are fairly inexpensive and quick. An ultrasound examination is the second most common form of imaging in a veterinary setting. This non-invasive technique can provide a 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional moving picture of your pet’s internal organs.
Why would a vet need an ultrasound? Pets with chronic digestive problems, abnormal bloodwork, or masses found during physical exams are great candidates for ultrasounds. An ultrasound can help a vet to get a much clearer picture of your pet's internal organs than with an x-ray. It is also very useful in determining changes to the organs and in detecting cysts and tumors. Ultrasound waves are completely safe. A narrow beam of high-frequency sound waves is passed from the probe through the body and creates echoes that convert to an image on the screen. The main downside is that most pets will need to be shaved in the area where the ultrasound probe is used. That is usually the pet's belly.
Many veterinary hospitals have portable ultrasound machines. The procedure is more costly than x-rays, but can provide invaluable information about what is going on inside your cat or dog. Here are just a few of the reasons why your vet may suggest an ultrasound:
• Lack of appetite
• Unexplained weight loss
• Chronic digestive problems (vomiting, diarrhea, constipation)
• Fluid in the chest and/or abdomen
• Abnormal results of blood work or x-rays
• A mass detected during a physical exam
An ultrasound is generally recommended when x-rays alone do not provide enough information. The procedure can help to provide a quicker and definitive diagnosis, which means that your cat or dog can get the right treatment sooner.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Holiday Rawhides- Treats or Trouble?

 Want to spoil your pet this Christmas? Don’t SPOIL your holiday by making your dog sick! These holiday rawhide goodies are made using harsh ingredients, bleaches, glues and dyes. Many are imported from China and can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals. They can also cause intestinal blockages requiring your pet to need emergency surgery. Some alternative healthier treats: stuffing a Kong toy with canned food and freezing it, freeze-dried, raw, antlers, etc.

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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas!


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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Keep Your Pet Moving This Winter


No matter what time of year, your pet needs exercise and their joints can take a pounding as they run, jump and play. For some pets, at different times in their lives, these activities can cause joint pain. This can be especially true during the cold winter months, although it is important to keep them moving to keep their joints lubricated. The pain may stem from injury, normal wear and tear, genetic conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, or arthritis. 


Often the signs your pet is in pain may be very subtle and easily missed. It is important to try to observe your pet’s behavior regularly, as early intervention can be the key to keeping them moving and pain-free.


Signs to Watch for:


Limping- it perhaps is the most common and often the first sign your pet is in pain. You may see your pet hesitate to sit down and/or get up favoring one or more limbs.

Reluctance to Move- Pets will often hesitate to engage in activities if they feel pain, even if the activity is one in which they once enjoyed.  They may not want to climb up to their favorite spot or climb up the stairs.

Increased Fatigue- Pain can zap your pet’s energy and they may become tired more easily.

Licking, Chewing, and/or Biting a Specific Area-  Pets may often lick and chew  creating skin irritation in an area that hurts them.  This is their way to attempt to “heal” the area and get some relief from pain.

Increased Irritability- A pet may not be able to tolerate being touched in a certain area. This sensitivity (due to the pain) can cause them (even if usually very easy-going) to become more aggressive to people and other pets.  

Please be sure to bring your pet to the veterinarian if your pet is displaying any of these signs to determine the cause.


What to do:

Depending upon the test results, your veterinarian will advise you on the best course of action. Sometimes surgical repair is the best option. For older pets, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are usually prescribed. These medications should be used sparingly, however, as over time, they can impact liver and kidney function.