Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cat with Chronic Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Q: About this topic (pets with chronic UTIS), I am having a similar problem with my 8 year old male cat, but he had oxalate stones earlier this year, and surgery to remove them, and is now on Hills C/D and has had chronic UTI's only since being on this food. I want to switch him off to a grain free quality food (like Wellness) but am concerned if this would cause new oxalate stones to form. The effectiveness of Hills C/D has not been proven to me yet - although he has not had additional oxalate stones. Any advice?

Y: We have had exceptional success helping cats and dogs prevent UTIs and stone development but it requires a complete holistic program involving dietary changes AND supplements---they go hand in hand. There is a lot you can do to help your cat using a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet. Good nutrition can greatly help but you also need to get your cat on a regular supplement regime to ensure that the UTIs do not reoccur. There is not a simple answer to address the diet and supplements since typical programs for preventing UTIs include supplements such as cranberry that might acidify the urine and calcium oxalate stones grow in an acidic environment so you need to be VERY CAREFUL. Also, some pets have a tendency to get stones and so switching to a diet that prevents oxalate stones might then result in the formation of struvite stones. The secret is finding a balance and identifying the foods your kitty is allergic to. Also, there are supplements that would help regardless. These include Renelix, Amazing Omegas and Probiotic.

As far as the diet, I would need to work with you in detail to discuss the foods you can try and use based on your kitty's preferences. There is not one diet you can readily use and ideally some homemade food should be mixed in. You are right to be cautious and concerned as just using any commercial diet, including Hills C/D will not be the perfect answer--a more comprehensive approach is needed. Thus, a consultation via inperson or telephone appointment is recommended.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Puppy

Q: My 10 month old lab mix Molly has bouts of diarrhea and vomiting  We have tried different foods and it goes away for awhile but then comes back. Originally, she had worms and my vet gave me medication for that a couple of times but she doesn't have them anymore. Molly has been on a lot of different medications but once they are finished, she has soft stool like pudding. Do you have any suggestions?

A: So sorry that Molly is having difficulty. It is good that you are addressing this issue now. Many people often think their pet just "got into something" and then don't follow through. Sometimes IBD starts, just like you said from parasites, worms or giardia. This can cause some irritation in the puppy's intestinal tract. But, when it persists and no further parasites are found, your veterinarian may diagnose the condition as inflammatory bowel disesase (IBD).

It is essential to use the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs to help your pet feel better. The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs helps repair your pet's intestinal lining, increases absorption and helps your pet feel better again.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a diagnoses used for a variety of intestinal disorders found in dogs and cats. The disorders are characterized by an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lining of the intestine. One common form of IBD that your veterinarian may have diagnosed in your pet is called lymphoplasmacytic enteritis. Your veterinarian may have diagnosed this after obtaining a biopsy which shows an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells. Other causes of inflammation such as parasites, bacterial or viral infections, exposure to toxic substances and pancreatic causes of small bowel disorders would have been ruled out. Signs that your pet may have lymphoplasmacytic enteritis include chronic diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea (licking of lips) and gurgling noises in the intestine. The vomit may contain bile and in cats it may contain hairballs. There may be mucus, blood and straining with bowel movements.

Food allergies are often the culprit. The trick is identifying the foods that your pet is allergic to. That is why it is so important to have a veterinary professional assist you. Dietary modification including the addition of enzyme rich foods and supplements can be very helpful. One critical ingredient though is identifying the protein source(s) that your pet can tolerate. Improper digestion of protein can result in an allergic reaction and further inflammation. There is no "one" protein source that is considered hypoallergenic---thus we strongly encourage anyone who has a pet with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to schedule a consultation as a dietary modification protocol with various food trials is required.

There are some supplements that will also help. Try Soothing Digestive Relief, Power Probiotic and Colostrum for Pets to start with, and then you can always add additional products such as Notatum capsules or drops and Roqueforti drops. Please be patient. Pets with IBD have difficulty changing diets.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dog Limping--Would Natural Supplements Help?

Q: My 12 year old lab mix is limping on occassion after we take a walk. I brought her to the vet, we got XRAYS but there is just some arthritis there. I am using Synovi joint support but was just wondering what else I can do. The vet gave me Deramaxx but I am afraid to use it. The limping is just occassional and I was wondering if there was any natural supplements I could try.
Betty in Kansas

A: Hi Betty,
I am so glad you asked about natural supplements for your dog's limping. When dogs are limping, it is very important to take them first to the veterinarian to have it checked out. Sometimes it can just be arthritis or old age. But sometimes, it can be a cancerous tumor or ligament tear that just came about. I have had clients tell me that their dogs had tumors that just appeared within a few days.....so again--always go to the veterinarian first.

Once your veterinarian has reviewed your dog's condition, there is a lot you can do. First, it is important to give your dog a healthy diet with plenty of green vegetables. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition and also an "acidic" condition. Green vegetables provide nutrients, vitamins and enzymes which help to fight inflammation and overall acidity. Sure wear and tear on the joints is an issue, but you can help your dog greatly with diet and supplements.

Next, remember, not all joint support supplements are alike. A recent study showed that for human supplements, very few even had the glucoamine and herbs claimed and even then many were not bioavailable. The secret to a good supplement is that it should be third party tested for potency and purity AND that it contains the ingredients proven to help. Joint support and helping arthritic symptoms goes way beyond simply supplementing with glucosamine. A good joint support should have ingredients such as collagen, green lipped mussel, hyaluronic acid and herbs such as boswelia. We get excellent results with Amazing Arthrosoothe. In addition, for limping, give C3 Curcumin a try. This product has really wowed us with its fast-acting results. I noticed a tremendous difference with my dog Bleu pictured above in just a few short days. I had been using Amazing Arthrosoothe and Amazing Omegas together for maintenance. The C3 Curcumin really made a difference as he was crying out in pain after he played with his doggie friends.

Finally, you may want to consider acupuncture or chiropractic for your dog. You can find a veterinarian who does acupuncture or chiropractic by going to http://www.ahvma.org/

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pet Owners Beware--Pennypinching For "Free Advice" Will Only Break Your Heart Later


We all are guilty of it at some point......trying to get something for nothing. We try to do everything possible to avoid paying for something, when sometimes we really should.....And, where are pets are concerned you will only end up with a broken heart later....asking yourself "What could I have done to help my pet? Why didn't I do more for my pet"....Unfortunately, the main reason we don't is money.

But, even in these hard economic times--ask yourself is it that you really can't afford it or are choosing NOT TO afford it. I ask this because in the history of our holistic care business, we have never received more emails/phone calls/blog questions for free advice and then what's worse, is that most people don't even follow up on the advice.

No matter what way you analyze it...there is no substitute for the advice of a veterinary professional. When you pay for professional advice, that is what you get--someone who carefully assesses your individual situation and makes a determination about what is best for your pet. So, while it may be emotionally helpful to send emails, participate in pet health forums---they in no way should be confused with an office visit with a veterinarian and/or pet health care provider. And using a diet that a fellow forum member used for your pet or using supplements that helped the neighbor's pet can actually do more harm than good.

Why? Because most of the time, you are GUESSING based on your pet's symptoms about what is wrong and there is a very high likelihood you are incorrect. And....what's worse, is that the symptoms could be masking or disguising a serious health condition that only lab tests can reveal.

Here are just a few examples:

1) Owner emails us about a cat having IBD for 9 months.......the cat suffers while the owner tries to figure out how she can change the diet on her own. Finally comes in for a combination appt with me and Dr. Gordon and turns out the cat has severe infections in the gums/teeth so much so that several had to be removed which was explaining why the poor kitty was losing weight and not eating. Only then, after the surgery, could I address how to help her kitty's immune system and dietary needs--not before. It wasn't about food allergies--it was about having a severe infection.


2) Owner emails that her 9 year old dog is inappetant--what foods can she try? The dog comes in for an appointment and we unfortunately have to put her to sleep because she has a huge cancerous mass on her abdomen


3) Owner emails saying dog has pancreatitis and wants to know what else to add to the chicken/rice mixture and turns out dog has food allergies and is allergic to both chicken and rice!


What can we learn from this? The old adage "you get what you pay for" has never been more true. There are many reasons why a pet may display certain symptoms and trying to self-medicate and/or treat the pet based on emails, forums and exchanging ideas with friends is helpful--but please only do this AFTER you have spoken with a veterinary professional and obtained laboratory results.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dog Itching and Yeast

Hello I have a 7 year old miniature schnauzer named chynna she itches every waking moment she has been on allergies shots for the last 3 years and has to take cephalexin or simplicef with the shots.. I decided she has to have a better way of treating her severe allergies. i changed her diet 3 weeks ago to wellness core food and she gets either tuna or halo organic food with it she receives 1 time a day 1 cup of food and1/4 cup of wet food. she doesn't like the wellness much and 3 treats of wellness apples, yogurt and banana treats which she does like .Chynna's scratches all the time shakes her head or body, eye discharge and licking of the feet 2 days ago (which i feel will get infected because she has done this before). I started her on your skin regiment 1 week ago today 10/7/09. right now a consult is out due to money. i am a single parent trying to care for her 4 legged child as well. The allergies shots cost so much i know there has to be a better way.i gave her the last shot she had on 10/10/09 saturday due to she seemed to be in agony. I do not know what to do . i feel at a lost she also received a bath with sulfur and tar which helps for a shot time please help us ...
Thank you Candace

Hi Candace,
Sorry Chyna is suffering so much. There is a lot we can do to help you. The diet you are using is not appropriate--it was too high in carbohydrates. Sounds like your dog has yeast. Immediately stop giving her treats scuh sa bananas and apples--too sweet and be sure she is not getting grains. Please order the Dog Yeast Formula and Probiotic to go along with the Dog Skin Package (you already ordered). Please see earlier post about yeast.

Chronic Dog Itching and Ear Infections--Yeast


Is your dog itching constantly? Just wanted to report that we are getting some consistently great results using the K9 Yeast Defense for dogs that have chronic itching. This product seems to be the product of choice if:
1) The dog tends to have a sensitive stomach, loose stools, IBD
2) Food allergies have already been addressed using a low carbohydrate diet
Symptoms of yeast overgrowth in dogs are licking of the groin, ear infections, itching of the ears, licking of the genitals, itching around the armpits. Of course, there are other factors that can be contributing here such as bacterial infections and parasites, but if all this has been ruled out and your pet is still itching a lot, it is certainly worth a try.
Seems like pets that live in humid areas are having a big problem with yeast. Florida, coastal communities such as Orange County, CA tend to provide a moist are where yeast can thrive. We have recently sent out samples of this product, along with Power Probiotic and are getting terrific results. Click here for more information. 

Monday, October 12, 2009

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Holistic Care Treatment

My friend has a 7 yr. old female redbone coonhound who was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Feb. 2009. She has gone through 3 rounds of anitbiotics. 2 rounds happened back-to-back at the time of diagnosis because she took a long time to respond. Last week she had another round of anti-biotic combined with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication which has helped tremendously. Prior to this last treatment and before being diagnosed back in Feb., she has been very lethargic, achey and limping. Is there anything you would suggest for her, she is such a sweety??
Thank you in Advance Susan!

A: Definitely continue to work closely with her veterinarian as this is a very serious tick-borne disease. The goal of the holistic care would be twofold: strengthen her immune system to enable the antibiotics to fight the infection and use detoxification formulas to help clear the toxins from the disease as well as the heavy doses of medication. Be sure her dog is eating a healthy diet with plenty of green vegetables and fresh ingredients. Do not use pet foods that contain byproducts or artificial ingredients and depending upon her liver and kidney blood test results, use lean sources of fresh protein such as fish. Using a potent, highly purified omega fish oil such as Amazing Omegas will help reduce the inflammation.

In terms of supplements, three particular supplements are a top priority:
1) Samento--widely used for the treatment of Lyme Disease, another tickborne disease, this product is excellent for fighting infection 2) Immunitone--excellent overall immune support 3) Detoxification Kit--helps the liver, kidneys and lymph system clear the toxins--very important. Often pets affected with these tickborne diseases can go into kidney failure so the Renelix contained in the Detoxificiation kit is especially essential. Also, Probiotic would be very beneficial following the course of antibiotics to help rebalance instestinal flora.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tessie's 1 year anniversary of her passing



Today, October 11, is the 1 year passing since Tessie died from hemangiosarcoma. I was so devastated a year ago especially because of all that happened during the last week of her life. Since then many clients have come to me with dogs that have hemangiosarcoma and I always feel an especially deep bond with them as this is such an aggressive, insidious form of cancer. Tessie had such a tragic life as an abused puppy mill dog and it makes me so sad to know this was what took her down.

Tessie brought so much joy into our lives and helped me so much with my practice. She had been abused for most of her life, had no front teeth (metal bits still left) from chewing on her cage. Her story and incredible transformation is seen in this brief video http://www.naturesvariety.com/rotation_video


Tessie had been thrown over a 6 foot fence into the Santa Maria Shelter. She was transported with another dog to Ariel Rescue. I fostered her initially following the death of my beloved Ariel. She had a lot of emotional and aggression issues so it wasn't easy to bond with her. But over time, she became my "copilot" and went everywhere with me. She taught me so much about life and how finding peace. Her greatest joy was sitting out back under the palm tree and cruising through the many bushes and woods by our home. Two days before she died, she was so sick with fluid in her belly (ascites fluid) and fluid had collected around her heart. Still, she marched triumphantly to the top of a wooded hill to say one last goodbye to her playground.


She was such a loyal friend and so brave. We had to have her abdomen drained several times because of the ascites. She went through so much at the end and I am happy to say that on her very last day, she ate for me, took a beautiful walk and then within hours we lost our beautiful girl. Tessie, we will love you forever and miss you everyday. Thank you for coming into our lives--we will never forget you!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dog Inflammatory Bowel Disease--Please watch our funny video and vote for Bleu

Cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Intestinal Lymphoma


Cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Intestinal Lymphoma
We receive many inquiries about what to do for cats that have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and intestinal lymphoma using holistic care, dietary changes and supplements. If your kitty has intestinal lymphoma, definitely consult with an oncologist because a lot of cats can do quite well with the medications. Regardless, though, cats with either condition tend to have vomitting, diarrhea, bouts of constipation alternating with diarrhea , gurgly tummy and acid stomach. Regardless of any medications you might be using, holistic care can certainly help. Many cats have food allergies. So, it is important to get them on a diet using a novel protein source. And...many prescription diets contain too many carbohydrates such as peas so those often don't work very well either. It is best to schedule a telephone consultation to get help for your cat's particular situation. As we know, most cats are very particular and so you need to work with a veterinary professional to help you find just the right dietary program, with lots of variety for your kitty.
In addition, there are several supplements that really help: these include Tegricel Colostrum, Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief, Notatum and Roqueforti. You can read about our complete IBD protocol on http://www.askariel.com/pages.asp?pid=ibd_in_dogs_and_cats

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dogs With Cushings Disease--Holistic Care Can Help

We receive many requests about dogs with Cushings Disease wondering if holistic care, nutritional supplements and/or dietary changes will make any difference. The answer is absolutely yes! Dr. Gordon and I have worked with quite a few dogs with Cushings Disease and have seen some very exciting improvements.

It is essential to use Phosphatidyl Serine for your dog to help your dog feel better. Phosphatidyl Serine helps your dog reduce cortisol level.

Cushings Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) in dogs -- the production of too much adrenal hormone, is characterized symptoms such as excess water consumption, increased urination, increased appetite, panting, high blood pressure, hair loss - usually evenly distributed on both sides of the body, bloated abdomen, thinning of the skin and fur, susceptibility to skin infections and diabetes, weakening of the skeletal muscles and other symptoms. Owners might often first notice that there are skin sores that keep recurring or that their dog's drinking and urination patterns have changed. Sometimes symptoms are much more subtle or in early stages, there may not always be the obvious symptoms. Laboratory tests can be inconclusive and/or show abnormal liver values.

While it is important for the pet owner to work closely with their veterinarian and determine the exact cause for these symptoms, there are some natural holistic care treatment options you can explore. Since this is a very serious condition and a doctor's supervision is advised, it is a good idea to either work with Dr. Gordon and me in a combination telephone or inperson appointment or run these suggestions by your own veterinarian.

First, while there are several drugs available for Cushings, many can have very harsh side effects. You might want to try pursuing natural care first and then if you don't get significant enough results, you can then try the medication. We use a supplement called Phosphatidyl Serine that naturally helps the body reduce cortisol levels. Phosphatidyl Serine has many benefits and is ea nutrient essential for brain function. Because Phophatidyl Serine is crucial for the overall health of brain cells, research on Phosphatidyl Serine has shown that it benefits a wide range of brain activities such as mental focus, memory recall, and performance on tasks. It can also greatly help with anxiety and is very well tolerated by pets. Thus, it is definitely worth a try.

In addition, depending upon the location of the tumor involved causing the hyperadrenocortism, giving your dog adrenal support such as Bioadreno can make a world of difference. We have had dogs whose skin was in terrible condition and within a few days on the Bioadreno, the pimples and sores started to improve. The use of this product should be reviewed with a veterinary professional first though, to ensure it is appropriate for your pet.

Finally, liver support is critical for dogs with Cushings Syndrome. AskAriel has a full range of liver support products include Liver Rescue, Oxicell SE, Vitamineral Green and Liver & Gallbladder Nutritional Supplement For Pets. Giving your dog plenty of green vegetables will also help to cleanse the liver and provide important nutrients. In summary, holistic care can definitely help dogs with Cushings Syndrome and pet owners should explore both conventional and holistic veterinary care options.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dog Scooting on Rear End--Itching and Chewing Butt

Hi Ariel,
My 3 year old labrador Jenny scoots on her rear end all the time. She is itching and chewing on her butt all the time. I brought her to the veterinarian and they said her anal glands are fine. It seems to really bother her and it gets raw sometimes. I feed her Science Diet. Can you help? Denise in Cincinatti

A: From Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist, AskAriel.com

Hi Denise,
There are a variety of reasons why a dog might scoot and chew on her rear end. First, you need to be sure you have eliminated the possibility of fleas and parasites (and anal gland impaction). Once your veterinarian has ruled that out, then the scooting is generally either due to yeast or allergies or both.

It is essential to use the Myco-zyme Yeast Package to help Jenny feel better. The Myco-zyme Yeast Package helps to control the yeast,  restore a lustrous coat, rebalance the flora and also reduces inflammation,

In human health, we often hear of jock itch or vaginal yeast infections. This is due to an overgrowth of candida yeast. This can cause a variety of symptoms including gas, poor digestion, ear infections and ITCHINESS! The same is true of our pets although this tends to manifest itself in the rear-end, ears and groin. Yeast flourishes when there is an inflammatory condition in the intestinal tract and/or disbiosis.

One of the factors that can contribute to this is excess carbohydrates and food allergies. The diet you are feeding might contain corn and wheat gluten which can make dogs itch. Try switching to a raw food diet using hypoallergenic protein sources such as venison or rabbit. Also, you need to help Jenny reduce the yeast overgrowth. The best program for this the Myco-zyme Yeast Package. This consists of Myco-zyme to control the yeast + Power Probiotic + Notatum anti-inflammatory + Amazing Omegas which helps to restore a lustrous coat, rebalance the flora and also reduces inflammation. Also, give Jenny plenty of green vegetables such as green beans as yeast thrive in an acidic environment.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Weight-loss Tips to Help Overweight Golden Retriever Trim Down

Dear Ariel,
I have a 3 year old Golden Retriever, Oliver. He weighs about 115 lbs. He is a very tall Golden. However, his weight troubles me. I want him to live a long and enjoyable life. for most of his young life he has eaten 1 can of Wellness Turkey and 1 can of the same in the evening. He is given a 8-12 in. 'bully stick' after dinner. He has a Greenie sometime during the day. His 'treats' are blueberries and raspberries and carrots. He does not eat a lot of these.
His exercise regimen includes an hour long brisk walk in a park. Sometimes, he gets 2 walks a day, but mostly just 1. He is the only dog I have. He'll romp with my cat during the day for a bit of time.
Because of my concern over his weight, I recently changed his diet to: 1 cup of lite dry Wellness and 1/2 can of Wellness turkey in the a.m. and 1/2 of dry and 1/2 of wet in the p.m. I haven't seen any significant change since doing this. However, I have not weighed him. He has had his thyroid checked in the past and it was normal.
Do you have any advice for me?
Frustrated,
Annette


Hi Annette,

Good for you for trying to help Oliver! This is a commendable effort and you can definitely help him. I have seen miracle stories of dogs losing significant amounts of weight from concerned pet owners and I know you can do it! The first thing you do need to recognize is that while his food quantity may not seem like much to you, he has been substantially overfed. In order for him to weigh 115 pounds, this weight has accumulated over time from continual overfeeding. Yes, it is true that we can increase his metabolism using Vitality NOW! and Pet Liver Rescue but excess weight can only be eliminated by reducing his caloric intake and increasing his exercise. It is good that you are questioning what to do for Oliver, and ideally, I can assist you best in a telephone consultation where we can go into a lot more detail.

In terms of his overall consumption of food, you need to take a serious look at what other food items Oliver may be getting-- from other family members, going through the trash, jumping on counters, getting treats from neighbors and relatives. The first thing to do is for you to take control of the situation and honestly assess all the food that might be going into Oliver. When families do this, they often find that there are a lot of "missing links" they didn't anticipate such as improper measuring of the food or little treats that add up to full meals. Also, it is important to remember that while one dog may be able to eat 4 cups of food at 100 pounds, another one may have a much slower metabolism and only be able to eat 2 without gaining weight (just like with people!!!).

You need to be very careful about the treats. For example, bully sticks should be intended as an OCCASIONAL (not an every day) treat--1 12 inch bully stick is calorically the same amount as 3/4 can of dog food! And if you are giving him a greenie too, well that is also like another 1/2 meal.....One large dog biscuit can be over 100 calories!

Here is a diet you can try:
Oliver needs a high protein diet so that he feels satisfied. Try Natures Variety raw frozen venison or rabbit medallions. Give him 6 medallions twice a day along with 1/3 cup canned pumpkin + 1 cup steamed green beans or zucchinni per meal. You should also use 1 teaspoon Amazing Omegas per meal to help balance out his diet and to help his coat. Most overweight dogs and people are actually deficient in essential fatty acids (Omega 3s) and many Golden Retrievers have bad allergies. The Amazing Omegas has some calories but these calories are very important for his health and will help him stay on the diet.

You can give him 1 4-inch bully stick every few days and replace the treats with either 1-2 baby carrots or 1/4 sliced apple. No more greenies! Try the supplements mentioned above--Pet Liver Rescue and Vitality NOW! to help speed up his metabolism. They may seem like "supplements" but really, at this point with his weight, they are critical. Why? Because excess weight doesn't just affect his body frame..it collects around the organs as well. For example, Daisy, the 118 pound Labrador that Ariel Rescue trimmed down to 73 pounds was finally able to be spayed and when the veterinarian removed her uterus, he also removed 5 POUNDS of fat around it!!!! The Pet Liver Rescue will help clear toxins from his liver while the Vitality NOW! will help burn up the fat around his heart and other organs. If he weighs 115 pounds, chances are he is at least 20 -25 pounds overweight and has already accumulated fat around his organs.....

So, give these suggestions a try and if you need further assistance, please note in-person and telephone consultations are available to help you at: http://www.AskAriel.com.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dog Dandruff---Dog Has Flaky Skin

One question we frequently get is about flaky skin or dog dandruff. I know when my Ariel was young she used to get it, too. I went to the veterinarian at the time and received very little guidance. That was over 10 years ago and we have made a lot of progress in terms of our understanding of skin conditions, flaky skin and doggie dandruff. Here are some factors that contribute:

1) Dry, flaking skin--when a dog's skin is flaking, many times pet owners think the dog needs topical lotions or creams. While sure, using a topical cream rinse can help temporarily, that is not a permanent answer. The problem needs to be resolved internally. The dog's coat is dry because the diet does not contain enough essential fatty acids e.g. Omega 3 essential oils. What is a great source of this? Well---Amazing Omegas. Amazing Omegas contain the purest, most potent fish oil available. Because it is so pure, it is highly bioavailable to your dog and cat. What does bioavailable mean? It means that your pet's body is able to use it. We have had countless examples at the clinic where pet owners are already using another brand of fish oil and yet, the pet continues to have dull coat or flaky skin. This is most likely due to the fact that the oil is not a high enough quality or they are not using enough. Buyer beware--there is huge variation in fish oils....

As an interesting factoid--Did you know that humans can have dry skin, hair and DRY EYE due to lack of essential fatty acids. It is incredible that sometimes dry eye can be due to a lack of omegas. All of the omegas featured on Askariel.com, including Amazing Omegas are manufactured for pets and people, so you and your pet can share a bottle together!

2) Parasites--sometimes dry flaking skin can be due to parasites. Be sure to have your veterinarian do a skin scraping.

3) Dog Yeast--sometimes dogs have a yeast condition, that along with the flaking, can make them have an odor as well. Yeast thrives especially in moist places such as the ears and groin. A dog can be itching the ears and not have an infection, in part because there may be a slight overgrowth of yeast. Try using Myco-zyme yeast package which includes Amazing Omegas. This will help target the yeast, provide immune support and include valuable essential fatty acids as well.

4) Dog Allergies--Dogs can have food allergies and one of the ways it manifests itself is through the skin. If your dog has dandruff, smelly skin, dry coat, itching....these are all signs that most likely it is due to the food you are feeding. Switch to a low carbohydrate, hypoallergenic food. Be sure to avoid key allergens such as chicken, grains, peanut butter and dog biscuits (contains wheat).

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Holistic Care for Kitten with Eye Discharge and Chronic Infection, Immune Weakness


Q: My ten month old kitten is suffering from eye redness and green discharge from both eyes. His vet treated him with Terramicyn ointment. This started
late june 09, he gets well for one week then gets it back all over again.
Any suggestions?

Answer from Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist: The green discharge and eye redness is a sign of chronic infection. Your poor kitten has a weak immune system and you need to help him rebuild his health using improved diet and supplements. First, take a look at what you are feeding and try to use a good quality food that is free of byproducts and grains. Use a holistic brand such as Natures Variety, Primal, Wellness or Innova. Next, you need to use some supplements to help your kitten repair his immune system: Samento, Notatum, Power Probiotic, available on http://www.askariel.com/ are all good choices to start with and are easy to administer to cats.