Friday, July 31, 2009

Dog Cancer Supplements for Golden Retriever With Lymphoma

Anonymous said...
Im so distraught. I have just been informed my beloved Golden, Daisy has lymphoma. I can not afford chemotherapy. Are there any supplements that would help?

Response from Susan Davis

So very sorry that Daisy has lymphoma. I completely understand how devastating it is to find out your beloved pet has cancer. My Siberian Husky was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma and I will never forget the horror I experienced when the vet told me her prognosis. If you go back to prior entries made in August and September 2008, you can read some of the entries I made regarding my personal journey with Tessie's cancer.

With canine lymphoma, holistic care can really help. Improving Daisy's diet to ensure she is on a high protein nutritious diet is the first step. Be sure to look at the pet food label and consider switching to a homemade or raw food diet.

As far as supplements, OncoPet is our very best product for cancer. It is a comprehensive formula that includes a variety of vitamins, herbs and neutraceutical agents that have been shown to be helpful for cancer patients. We have many success stories of pets living longer and having increased energy after using this product, especially when used in conjunction with Immune Harmony.

Also, the Detoxification Kit would really help too. It includes 3 remarkable formulas that help clear toxins from different organ systems. The Itires formula in particular would be especially helpful as it clears toxins from the lymph nodes.

Again, I am so very sorry that Daisy has lymphoma but feel confident that if you take action now to improve her diet and add some of these high quality supplements, you will be giving her a chance to extend not only the quality of her life but also possibly her time as well.
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dog With Chronic UTIs--Response To Roxy's Mom

Anonymous said...
I found this blog really interesting. My dog Roxy has suffered chronic uti's for many years. I bring her to the vet and they just give me the same old antibiotics. I feed her Nutro Max dog food and Costco dog biscuits. Do u have any suggestions?-Roxy's MOm in Washington State.

Susan Blake Davis, CCN Response to Roxy's Mom:

Thanks so much for following the Holistic Vet and Pet Nutrition Journal. We really appreciate it and are hoping to get more followers. There is a lot you can do to help Roxy. Unfortunately, there are many people just like you who care so much about their pets and are discouraged to see their pets suffer with these painful urinary tract infections.

First, it is important to know how much diet affects chronic UTIs. Many times both dogs and cats suffer with urinary tract infections primarily as a result of the food they are eating. There are two major contributing factors: food allergies (e.g. grains, corn, milk products, chicken, etc) and also too many carbohydrates. Many pet owners don't realize that giving their dogs biscuits can contribute to allergies (itching, scratching, skin problems) as well as to chronic UTIs. And... many dog foods (such as the one you are using) contain grains, corn or wheat gluten all of which can be potential allergens. The allergic food creates a lot of inflammation and creates an environment where yeast and bacteria can overgrow. Carbohydrates feed yeast and bad bacteria.

Then, as you give your dog antibiotics, the problem clears up for a short while only to return again. So....the food is one culprit but also you need to replenish the dog and cat's immune system with good bacteria that were killed by the antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria enabling yeast to overgrow. This is a viscious cycle and is often seen frequently in many women as well. To combat this, we need to get our pets (and ourselves) on a reduced carbohydrate diet free of high allergen foods and use supplements to help rebuild and repair.

The products that will really help Roxy with her condition are PET UTI Prevention Formula, Probiotic and Notatum for starters and then if the problem persists, it would be best to schedule a consultation. Please be sure to change her diet---you might want to consider changing her diet to a hypoallergenic canned or raw food diet. Avoid biscuits and other treats that contain grains and use Wildside Salmon treats or vegetables such as baby carrots in their place.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chronic Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Many cats have chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). As soon as the kitty finishes the round of antibiotics, a few days later, the symptoms return. Signs your cat may have a urinary infection include frequent urination, painful urination, mucus or blood with urination, urinating outside of the litter box, meowing, crying and sometimes excessive drinking. Sometimes the only clue is that your cat just isn't acting like him or herself.There are many reasons why cats can get chronic urinary infections: stress, kidney concerns, age, hormonal issues, weak immune system, structural issues but most often overlooked: food allergies! Holistic care can often provide great relief for cats and put an end to chronic pain and suffering. Whatever the reason your cat is getting chronic infections, a comprehensive approach is needed. 

Natural supplements are needed to help boost your cat's immune system and replenish the good bacteria so that the infections won't return so quickly.  We have seen excellent results with the veterinary approved Pet UTI Prevention Package that includes a few products that you can select based on your pet's unique symptoms.

Urinary tract infections can become a chronic problem. This can occur because even if the infection is temporarily stopped with antibiotics, the underlying tissue is still present. Many times, the affected area remains inflamed and creates an environment where bacteria can hide within bladder walls....(aka interstitial cystitis). Furthermore, antibiotics can disrupt the intestinal flora and good bacteria which are needed to fight off infections. Many people report that their cat starts to get another urinary tract infection just days after finishing the antibiotic. While the antibiotic helps fight off the infection, the underlying conditions that contributed to the cat's urinary tract infection in the first place are still present.

Diet is often a critical factor with cats and dogs that get chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). Allergies for one can cause a great deal of inflammation and lower the pet's immune response. Diets too high in carbohydrates break down into sugar and can also contribute to yeast overgrowth. Wheat and grains, for example can be high allergen foods and also contribute to yeast growth. Also, kibble and/or dry food can be problematic for both cats and dogs because of its low moisture content.There is no “one” hypoallergenic diet that works for all pets. For best results, scheduling a telephone consultation with us or another veterinary professional will ensure your cat gets on the right track once and for all. Also, many “hypoallergenic” foods are high in carbohydrates which can also contribute to chronic infections. Just like with humans, carbohydrates break down into sugars which can feed the infections. Sometimes the culprit is too many treats which contain wheat or corn, that also can create an environment for yeast to thrive.

Nutritional supplements can greatly help reduce the frequency of urinary tract infections and in some cats in combination with diet changes, can eliminate them completely. Be sure to talk in depth with your veterinarian to understand the issues associated with your cat's
urinary infections. For example, are there crystals present, very high pH or is the urine pH acidic? In terms of supplements, Ask Ariel has a comprehensive pet UTI prevention program. The Pet UTI Prevention Formula is excellent for cats and dogs that get chronic UTIs and who have a tendency to have high urinary pH as the product helps to acidify the urine (contains cranberry and Vitamin C). The Probiotic and Renelix are helpful for all types of urinary support. Finally, for tough infections, Notatum and Samento Cat's Claw have always been especially helpful for cats with chronic urinary tract infections (UTIS).
Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dog Itching, Scratching and Chewing on Paws From Dog Biscuits

Is your dog scratching, itching, chewing on his paws? The first place to start is to make sure your dog doesn't have fleas. But, if you are using regular flea preventative, then you need to look at the food you are feeding. Many conscientious pet owners will be feeding hypoallergenic dog food but then giving peanut butter dog biscuits. Please note your dog may be allergic to the following foods which can cause itching, scratching, yeast, chewing on paws: grains such as corn, wheat, gluten or milk products or peanut butter. So....chances are you might be using an "all natural biscuit" but it still contains all the ingredients to make your dog itch! Just because something says it is organic, all natural, healthy, etc doesn't mean it is good for your dog!!! The most common food allergens are grains and peanut butter but people keep giving them to their pets because they like them. Believe it or not, most dogs will like anything you give them so try using vegetables such as baby carrots, a slice of apple or a protein-based treat such as venison or Wildside Salmon Treats. Do NOT GIVE CHICKEN STRIPS---think about all the chemicals that are used to treat the chicken and all the warnings about parasites etc we have with poultry. Many dogs became sick from the chicken strips sold at the big warehouse stores and some were even displaying kidney failure as a result.

Many dogs that are scratching, itching, chewing on paws and/or have hot spots, will show improvement in just a few days when you get them off grains. It is always a good idea to supplement with Amazing Omegas fish oil to help them get a beautiful, lustrous coat and reduce inflammation caused by the allergies. Also, the Myco-zyme Yeast package might be needed if your dog has a chronic problem with ear infections and yeast (often shows as smelly between the toes).
Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dogs and Cats with Anxiety and Emotional Issues

Sometimes dogs and cats can have physical health issues that are rooted in emotional issues and anxiety. For example, cats can get urinary tract infections from stress. They can act nervous around strangers, jumpy from different sounds, show fear of unusual things (e.g. slippery floors, elevators), chew obsessively on the same spot, urinate outside of the litter box or act aggressively. Sometimes there may be a physical cause for this such as a a thyroid imbalance or rash or infection. But, sometimes it is just emotional anxiety. If it is just an occassional issue such as going to the veterinarian's office, then you can try Rescue Remedy which is available at most stores. But, if you have a pet with a chronic history of showing these behaviors OR a rescue pet whose background where you have limited information, the first step is to take them to your veterinarian. Be sure you have ruled out any possible health issues. For example, one client recently told me about how her dog stood right in front of her and urinated on the floor. She interpreted this to mean some type of behavioral issue as the dog was young and going through training. But, I urged her to take her to the veterinarian and sure enough, she had a raging urinary tract infection. is always best to check with your veterinarian first.

Once you have ruled out a health issue, you might want to try Psystabil. Psystabil (available on helps to rebalance your pet's emotional state and can really, really help over time. It is not like giving your pet a valium where it works instantly. Over time though, you will see your pet show an inclination to doing some of the things they were previously anxious about and just seem more content. For example, we had a rescue dog Tessie who had been cruelly locked in her cage as a breeding dog for most of her life. She was terrified of most people and refused to go into fun places like pet stores. I started giving her Psystabil and after 1 bottle, she was going more places and just seemed so much happier. It is certainly worth a try!
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Supplements for Dogs with Cancer

Dogs with cancer can greatly benefit from holistic care which includes dietary changes, acupuncture, nutritional supplements and other alternative modalities. Holistic veterinary care for dogs with cancer is not meant to replace conventional veterinary care but rather is intended to accompany it. Clients often ask "My pet has been diagnosed with cancer--will this help?" If your dogs is still having a good quality of life, as many dogs are at the beginning stages, then giving them good nutrition and vitamins could make a signficant difference.

Another misconception is that if your pet is undergoing chemotherapy, that using alternative supplements is not an option. Many of our patients are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation along with administering nutritional supplements and have fared especially well. Some of the supplements we recommend such as OncoPet and Immune Harmony provide support and enable the dog to handle the medication better.

Some key objectives in using nutritional supplementation for cancer are:
1) Supportive care for digestion (many dogs with cancer have digestive issues)
2) Supportive care for the organs affected (e.g. liver support supplements if the pet has liver cancer)
3) Immune system support Immunitone Plus for Dogs
4) Detoxification to help release toxins Detoxification Kit
5) Antioxidants to neutralize free radicals (limited use with approval from your veterinarian if undergoing chemotherapy/radiation) Oxicell SE

You can find detailed information about dogs with cancer and how these products might help on Ask Ariel's cancer page.

In addition, you might also consider scheduling a consultation with a pet nutritionist or holistic veterinarian regarding your dog's diet as dogs with cancer have very special dietary needs.
Saturday, July 18, 2009

Dog Scratching, Itching, Chewing

The hot weather seems to be the worst of times for our dogs who scratch and itch and chew on their paws until they bleed. They chew, lick, scratch, scoot and tear their hair out. Their paws turn red and they get ear infections as well as hot spots. While it could be fleas, mites, parasites or mange, most of the time, it is allergies! Just as many of us experience hay fever and develop respiratory symptoms, our dogs with allergies often develop skin issues. Allergies can be both environmental and food related.

It is essential to use Notatum + ProAller to help your pet feel better. Notatum + ProAller helps to relieve itchiness and redness due to inflammation.

Conventional veterinary treatment for allergies involves treatment with cortisone, antibiotics, allergy shots, antihistamines, shampoos and topical treatments. All of these can be very helpful for our pets and give them much needed immediate relief. But many of our pets have much more chronic problems and the symptoms return as soon as the medicines wear off. This is where holistic veterinary care can become especially valuable. Holistic veterinary care involves the use of a hypoallergenic diet and supplements to address the pet’s underlying condition. Many times pets have a chronic yeast condition which weakens their immune system. Pets with allergy problems typically have digestive disorders and since a great deal of our immune system is located in the GI tract, there is a direct correlation. Minimizing allergy symptoms is often directly related to quieting the inflammation in the GI tract.

If your dog is scratching and itching, chewing on its paws or has red spots, please bring your dog to the veterinarian. You will need to get help with the immediate infection. However, long-term you will need a holistic action plan. You need to get your dog on a completely hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet. There is no "one diet" that works for everyone. The diets I recommend vary depending upon other pet health considerations: age, weight, other health issues (e.g. pancreatitis)
Supplements that can be helpful for dogs that are scratching and itching:

Notatum + ProAller--helps to relieve itchiness and redness due to inflammation

Myco-Zyme + Power Probiotic--great for dogs with yeast and ear infections offers a full spectrum of products for dogs that are scratching and itching and chewing on paws. Be sure you are using a high quality, potent fish oil. We love Amazing Omegas.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Giardia--Diarrhea, Caring for A Dog with Giardia and Preventing Reinfection

Sydney, the rescue dog, is making tremendous progress. She was rescued from South Central Shelter and weighed under 40 lbs. Her normal weight should be 55 lbs. She was completely infested with parasites (including Giardia) and worms which were eating all of her food. She was eating huge amounts of food but no weight gain and constant diarrhea. It is now over 3 weeks since she has been rescued and while we have made terrific progress, we still have a long way to go. Sydney had a bad case of kennel cough, skin infections, vaginal infections, parasites, worms and was emaciated. She has gained weight and today we received notification that she is now free of all parasites and worms!!!! This is cause for celebration but was no easy task. And, there is a high likelihood of reoccurence so it is important that I explain all that needs to be done to prevent reoccurence.

Giardia is not just found in rescue dogs.....Many of our clients who have purchased their dogs from the very best breeders have dogs that have been effected. I have treated MANY Yorkies and Maltese for example, that have had repeat infestations. Follow up care using diet and special supplements such as Power Probiotic and Colostrum for Pets will greatly help.

Giardia is very common and can easily be transmitted to humans, particularly children. It is not unusual to hear of entire schools being effected. Giardia is a protozoal infection of the intestines that is transmitted by water or fecal ingestion. Giardia causes intermittent diarrhea and/or vomiting  However, SOME PETS MAY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS!!!!! It is very important to get your dog a fecal smear annually to doublecheck. I know the doggie day care where I take Bleu has always required it. Why? Because it spreads like wildfire and is very, very difficult to control.

I am happy to report that because of tremendous effort, Sydney is now free of Giardia, although one follow up precautionary treatment for both the worms and the parasites is still due. One rule of thumb when it comes to parasites: Cleanliness is next to Godliness! Do not just rely on the medication from your veterinarian. You must actively treat the dog's environment to ensure that you not only rid your pet of parasites but that they do not reoccur.

1) Wash your pet and your pet's bedding several times during the first 2 weeks of the treatment period. Your veterinarian will most likely prescribe Flagyl + Panacur. Even though the Panacur is only for a few days, the Flagyl most likely will be for 7-10 days.

2) Use a baby wipe or wet paper towel and gloves to wipe your dog's rear end after your dog defecates.

3) Keep your dog separated in an isolated area. I know this is a very big challenge for people with multiple pets. You may want to ask your veterinarian about proactively treating other pets although the medications can be harsh and cause other problems. However, this parasite is so contagious, you have to think about what is good for you and your family and your other pets in the long run. Be sure your infected pet only urinates and defecates in an isolated area away from where other pets may go. My recommendation would be to have them go in a garage or side area so that you can easily pick up the stool.

4) ALWAYS wear gloves when picking up stool infested with giardia or parasites/worms and then throw the baggie into another baggie with a tie on top. Immediately pick up the stool if possible. Giardia can set into the ground, worms can can into the soil.....I just cannot say enough about how clean you need to be!

5) After you clean up the area, please use Bleach or a cleaning product containing bleach. I went through 24 rolls of paper towels in a 10 day period and several bottles of cleanser. I washed my shoes after walking on the infected area as cleaning up diarrhea is not easy and it is easy to step on it (ick!).

6) Keep children, workmen, pets and housekeepers away from the trash. I put a big note on my trash barrel making sure the gardener knew to use an alternate bin.

Additionally, it is important to know that pets affected with giardia will need a great deal of after-care. Many pets can develop inflammatory bowel disease because the inflammation in the bowel has not been addressed. Read more about IBD in dogs and how to treat it.