Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ariel Rescue Saves Sydney the Emaciated Rescue Dog

Pictured above is Sydney, previously reported as Gypsy on 6/14, the ravaged and emaciated shelter dog from South Central Shelter. She is still very skinny but is making great progress. When Rhonda from Husky Haven rescued Sydney from South Central shelter, she could barely walk a few steps. She was so weak, her legs gave way underneath her. Sydney had 4 types of parasites including giardia, worms, was flea-infested and had a very bad upper respiratory infection.. Even though she is a very young dog under a year old, she was nearly dead. This truly shows the effects of not vaccinating, worming or caring from a dog. Sydney was an expensive dog most likely purchased from a breeder but her owners most likely never took her to the veterinarian. While we want to always use a holistic/nutritional approach when caring for our pets, this shows the incredible need for vaccinations, worming and flea treatments and when can happen when a pet is not given them.

Sydney is now in her 3rd week of care and is now being fostered by Ariel Rescue. She was so sick and is a full time job for anyone. Her giardia is highly contagious and she needed to be isolated from other dogs. Rhonda is caring for 30 homeless dogs at Husky Haven and Sydney needed serious medical intervention to survive. Dr. Gordon and I have been caring for Sydney and she is now transforming into the husky puppy she was meant to be. While still coughing, her respiratory infection is steadily improving and she is finally gaining weight! Black color is re-emerging in her gray fur and she is starting to get into much mischief. Every day she is gaining more energy and is starting to pull on a leash--uh oh! We are so happy Sydney was able to pull through.

Ariel Rescue is gratefully accepting donations on Sydney's behalf. We would be so appreciative of any type of donation to help pay for Sydney's extensive veterinary bills. Please send a donation to Ariel Rescue, P.O. Box 723 Dana Point, CA 92629 We will send you a tax deductible receipt for your thoughtful contribution.
Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cat Hairballs: Treatment Options for Hairballs in Cats

Dear Dr. Gordon: My 12 year old cat has had a problem with vomiting most of her life, but now it is happening much more frequently. Sometimes it is hair, sometimes it is food and hair and sometimes it is just fluid that she throws up. She seems to be losing weight and doesn't have the same appetite she did even a few months ago. I am thinking that she might have a hairball problem. What do you think? EM

Dear EM: There is no question that cat’s ingest a lot of hair during grooming and that this hair can be the source of a lot of problems. Fortunately for most cats, the ingestion of hair during grooming seldom presents much of a problem IF the cat is healthy otherwise.

It is essential to use Wildside Salmon Oil or Amazing Omegas to help your pet feel better. Wildside Salmon Oil or Amazing Omegas will reduce shedding, improve coat quality and reduce hairballs overall.

If you have ever examined you cat’s tongue closely, you will notice tiny bristles on the dorsal (top) surface of the tongue that do an excellent job of removing debris and hair from the cat’s body. During the course of grooming, it is inevitable that large amounts of hair will be ingested .
The interesting thing to me is that every cat in the world grooms and grooms excessively, but not every cat in the world is prone to problems with hairball. Why is that? Most veterinarians involved in feline medicine and research now believe that cats developing hairball problems are either otherwise sick and debilitated OR they may have an underlying intestinal motility disorder that allows the hair to accumulate in one area and not pass safely through the intestinal tract.
By cats being sick and debilitated, I am referring to aging cats that are not drinking enough water to stay hydrated or have underlying disease states that cause excessive water loss, like renal insufficiency. When these cats go from mildly dehydrated (barely detectable) to moderately dehydrated (with obvious tenting of the skin when you lift up the skin), the net result is that any water present in the ingesta becomes absorbed through the intestinal lining leaving behind a dry mass of stool, food, and hair. Since these cats are sick or debilitated otherwise, they probably do not have enough strength to push out this hard mass. The end result can be a difficult or painful defecation or worse, a complete obstruction of the intestine or colon. Sometimes this is so dramatic that surgery must be performed to remove the obstruction. Occasionally younger cats will ingest string or other foreign material that will serve to trap hair in the stomach and intestine. This can also cause an obstruction by this foreign material.
There are some simple things you can do to prevent your kitty from developing hairballs. Older cats (cats 10 years of age or older) should be checked by the veterinarian twice yearly to assess their health status and state of hydration. The veterinarian will be able to detect subtle changes in hydration and also be able to catch potential problems early enough to avoid costly procedures and/or surgery. If cats are in early renal insufficiency and are having trouble maintaining their hydration, subcutaneous fluids can be administered by the doctor or the owner to aid hydration. In addition, adding Omega 3 fatty acids to their diet such as Wildside Salmon Oil or Amazing Omegas (available on will reduce shedding, improve coat quality and reduce hairballs overall.

Frequent brushing will remove excess hair and discourage your cat from ingesting excessive loose hair. There are also commercial hairball formulas available (laxatone, petromalt) that can be given to your cat to aid in lubricating the hair so that it can be easily passed through the digestive tract. These are flavored petroleum jelly products that are flavored so that they will be acceptable by the cats. They are usually very palatable and easy to give. Typical directions on these products say to administer them twice weekly, but if your cat is having trouble passing hair, I usually have the owner give it twice DAILY. I have never had a problem giving the product too often, but I have had problems not having given it enough.

Motility modifiers (medications that allow the intestinal tract to aid in peristalsis or the rhythmic contractions necessary to move the ingesta) may be prescribed by the veterinarian to aid in this problem. Reglan or metoclopramide is a common drug used for this problem. Again, giving your cat Omega 3 fatty acids such as Wildside Salmon Oil or Amazing Omegas, available on will not only help with hair quality but may help increase motility and bowel movements. Pumpkin may be helpful as well.

There are hairball treats and a hairball diet that can be given to discourage the accumulation of hair in the digestive tract. These products contain enzymes that act to break down the hair and prevent the hair from creating a problem.
Most of the time, hairballs are harmless and can be controlled by simple means. Occasionally, hairballs can be a big problem and require costly hospitalization and surgery.
Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dogs and Cats with Diabetes--Holistic Care for Pets

Pictured above is Maverick, 12 year old Miniature Pinscher mix and an Ask Ariel success story. Maverick has diabetes and nearly died from complications related to the disease and obesity. Maverick's scheduled a holistic nutrition consultation with Susan Davis, Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Dr. David Gordon, holistic veterinarian. We put Maverick on a high protein, all natural diet (some commercial food, some homemade) along with Lypozyme,  Power Probiotic and Kidney Health as well as some additional supplements for other health concerns. The new program helped Maverick so much that he was able to lose a substantial amount of weight, gained new energy and has been able to live a happy, active life using just a minimum amount of insulin.

Here is how the products help:

Lypozyme--Optimizes fat digestion and metabolism.

Power Probiotic--Many patients (human and pets) with diabetes have too much sugar in their bodies. This makes them more susceptible to infections, particularly urinary tract infections. The Probiotic is an excellent multi-strain formula that helps support a healthy immune function, providing much needed "good bacteria" to help fight infection. This product is extremely easy to give to cats by mixing in foods and is virtually tasteless.

Kidney Health--This powerful enzyme formula helps diabetic patients by enabling them to better absorb, digest and utilize the protein in their diet. We all know that protein helps to regulate our blood sugar and how important it is for regulating insulin/hunger. Ever noticed that when you eat a meal high in carbohydrates that you crave food shortly thereafter vs when you eat a meal with protein, you are much more balanced? Well, for pets with diabetes, this is especially important and the Kidney Health really helps.

We have many great reports from owners who have cats with diabetes as well as dogs with diabetes telling us how much better their pets are feeling using this protocol. We would also recommend using the Amazing Omegas as well.
Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gypsy--Ravaged and Emaciated Shelter Dog Needs Donations

Pictured above is Gypsy, 1 1/2 year old Siberian Husky female who was just rescued by Husky Haven of Los Angeles from the South Central LA shelter. Gypsy is a virtual skeleton and was full of worms. Her abdomen has a bad rash and she has a skin condition on her back. The photo shows Gypsy is eating her first meal which consisted of Natures Variety Instinct rabbit to help her dermatological problems. She is extremely thin and very sick.

Poor Gypsy did not even know what a blankie was for. Rhonda saved her from South Central Shelter and her lifeless skeleton was placed in her car. Rhonda brought her back to her rescue facility (along with 4 other dogs) and gave Gypsy a blankie to sleep on. Gypsy instead went to sleep on the gravel instead. Rhonda had to coax her and show her what to do--poor doggie had never even known any type of human kindness such as a blanket!

Ask Ariel has donated food and supplements for Gypsy's care but much more is needed. Rich at Wildside Salmon donated many cases of Wildside salmon oil for pets and healthy Wildside salmon treats to Husky Haven. Many thanks to Wildside Salmon for their generosity.

If you would like to help Gypsy, please send a tax deductible donation to: Gypsy of Husky Haven, c/o Ariel Rescue, P.O. Box 723 Dana Point, CA 92629. If you live in the Los Angeles area and can donate any type of high quality dog food, towels, bedding or occassional time (to help care for the dogs), please contact Rhonda directly at

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Update on Daisy The Obese Labrador Retriever

Above are the latest pictures of Daisy, the obese Labrador Retriever that Ariel Rescue saved from the shelter. It is now just 3 weeks later and Daisy has lost----drum roll please---16 pounds!!!!! Yes--it is possible and it is safe. Daisy's progress is being closely managed by our veterinarian, who is carefully monitoring her bloodwork and healing process.

 When Karen, our dedicated head volunteer at Ariel Rescue first saved Daisy, she weighed 119 pounds at the Orange County Shelter. Daisy could barely move. Her neck was so fat that a collar was useless because her head was smaller than her neck. Karen got her the veterinary care she desperately needed too, as Daisy's thyroid was not functioning properly, her coat was like steel wool and she was full of yeast.

 Daisy has been using our Ask Ariel's Amazing Omegas, K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic and she is now yeast free. She is following our Ask Ariel diet program and getting plenty of exercise. What is so significant about the pictures above is that Daisy is MOVING!!! Although poor Daisy was only 4 years old, she was so neglected and looked like a pot belly big. Her owners bred her nonetheless and her nipples were hanging down practically to the ground. Daisy is now a dog on the mend and it is all thanks to Karen, the wonderful caring volunteer at Ariel Rescue who is fostering Daisy. Daisy is now 103 pounds. It won't be long until Daisy breaks through the 100 pound mark and we will all cheer!!!!!