Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How to Give Your Pet's Coat a Holiday Shimmer

Looking to show off your loveable cat or dog when holiday guests come over? Here are some tips to ensure your pet’s coat is shimmering brightly for all your company to admire!
Ensuring your pet has a shiny, lustrous coat can be a challenge. It is often not something that just comes “naturally.” Even some of the most pampered pets may have dull, lifeless coats with red spots on the skin and patches of fur missing. Pet owners will seek out advice for hair and coat conditioners and other topical products, but a beautiful coat comes from the inside. Fur coats are a reflection on the outside of what your pet is experiencing on the inside. To see more go to:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SALE on AllerEase & SAMe

AllerEase for Pets
Sale Price: $17.95 90 capsules

Allergy support formula that contains two key ingredients known to relieve allergy symptoms: Quercetin + Nettles. Helps reduce dog scratching, itching and overall allergic reaction to environmental allergies. The herbs together provide anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory support.

Click here to learn more about AllerEase

Special SAMe--Liver, Joint and Anti-Aging Support

Save $5 on Special SAMe+ through December 17th
Sale Price: $31.95 Regular Price: $36.95

Who Can Benefit From Special SAMe+?

1) Pets with liver conditions
2) Senior pets
3) Pets with arthritis
4) Pets with cancer
5) Pets exposed to chemicals (SAMe+ is a powerful antixiodant that can help detoxify the liver)
6) Women going through menopause (please check with your physician first)

Special SAMe+, while labeled for pets, is great for people too. SAMe+ has been scientifically shown in scientific research studies to help relieve joint pain, elevate mood and support the liver. This is a high quality product that has been 3rd party tested for purity and potency. For joint pain, Special SAMe+ is a great addition to use along with standard joint supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, etc. Click here to order and learn more about Special SAMe+

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

**Photos with Santa**

**Photos with Santa**

Bring your dog, cat, or other pet for a picture with Santa.

100% of the proceeds goes towards saving the the lives of homeless animals.

Saturday, December 4th, between 10:00AM - 5:00PM

at PETsMART in Aliso Viejo

located at 26761 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dog Coughing, Heart and Lung Support Supplements 15% OFF

Carnitine Synergy --SAVE $10!!!!
SAVE 15% through December 6th!

500 mg 120 caps Excellent Product for Heart Conditions, Pulmonary Support and Cancer--Gives people and pets increased energy!!! Helps People and Pets lose weight by burning fat.

Research on carnitine indicates that it is a very effective support nutrient for cardiovascular health. Carnitine promotes fat burning (and may help you lose weight), increases energy and promotes heart health. In research studies, carnitine helped improve exercise tolerance and heart function in people with problems with their cardiovascular health. Higher levels of carnitine in cardiac tissues are associated with a lower incidence of heart attack. Carnitine can also increases blood flow, especially to the heart. It may also help balance the HDL/LDL cholesterol ratios. This is a critical nutrient for anyone or any pet with heart murmurs or any type of cardiovascular disease. Sale Price $55.00

SAVE 15% through December 6th!

Keep on hand for cold and flu season. Wonderful product--helps reduce your pet's coughing and is used routinely for pets with breathing, lung and heart issues that have coughing. ApoTuss works in combination with the ApoPulm; the sale price for both products is $40. Must be used in conjunction with ApoPulm for effective results. The products are easy to use---just mix the drops into your pet's favorite liquid--broth, pumpkin or applesauce for example.

ApoTuss drops work as a natural antimicrobial for treatment of coughs, laryngitis, hoarseness and bronchial infections. It is also effective for eliminating bronchial mucus, stabbing chest pains, fever and dry, hard coughs that frequently accompany acute illnesses. This remedy also serves as an excellent adjuvant therapy for resolving asthma. Sale Price $20.00

ApoPulm 125 Expectorant Syrup
SAVE 15% through December 6th!

ApoPulm is excellent for pets with lung cancer, bronchial issues, congestive heart failure and other pulmonary concerns. Really helps to open up the breathing passages and reduce congestion in the chest. Works well in conjunction with Renelix for optimum effectiveness. Sale Price $20.00

Get great bargains by helping your dog's lung and heart conditions.
Monday, November 29, 2010

Shelter Dog is Paws of Life For a Missing Man With Alzheimers

Terrific story about how a wonderful rescue dog helped save the life of a missing man with Alzheimers. Link is below:

Here is an excerpt:

Shelter Dog is Paws of Life for Missing Man Mon, 29 Nov 2010, 23:51:32 GMTEdited by Debra Tone

AMES, Iowa, Nov. 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Sometimes a hero is found at the local animal shelter. Moses, a three year old yellow lab/golden retriever, who is a certified search and rescue dog, found a missing Alzheimer's patient earlier this month. "It takes a dog with the right stuff," said Robin Habeger, of Paws of Life Foundation, and Moses' handler and trainer. "Often that means the dogs do not make a good pet." Moses was relinquished to the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines in the spring of 2008 and placed with Habeger that summer. He started his training when he was six months old."Moses isn't afraid of much and loves to bark for his toy, which is how he told me he found the missing man," said Habeger.........
Friday, November 26, 2010

Dog Yeast, Dog Itching From Yeast

90 capsules Indicated for: dogs with yeast, itching dogs, dogs licking groin area or genitals, dogs with chronic ear infections

Best Value: Complete Myco-zyme Package: $98.50
Items purchased individually: $107

Myco-zyme + Probiotic: $56.50

Myco-Zyme is a comprehensive product that targets yeast overgrowth, parasites and harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract of dogs and cats. Many times, dogs with yeast infections have red, itching skin or smelly odor or paw licking/chewing or chronic ear infections and urinary tract infections. Is your dog itching the groin, licking at the genitals or scratching in the armpits? Yeast grows in moist areas of the body and this is often a sign of a yeast overgrowth in dogs and cats. Has your dog been on antibiotics or corticosteroids? If so, these can cause an imbalance in the intestinal flora and cause a yeast overgrowth as well. Oftentimes, your veterinarian may prescribe an antibiotic to treat a skin infection and then the next thing you know, your dog has an ear infection. This is because antibiotics kill off the bad AND good bacteria. The good bacteria help to boost your pet's immune system so that the infection doesn't grow back. Good bacteria (found in our Power Probiotic) is needed to ward off an overgrowth of yeast. It becomes a viscious cycle so we typically recommend using both the Power Probiotic AND Myco-zyme when using antibiotics to help heal your pet's overall condition.

Yeast is typically associated with very allergic pets. You may have tried rounds of antibiotics as well as topical creams and yet your pet still keeps itching and getting infections. MycoZyme really works and we have seen some miracles. It is a terrific product for pets with chronic skin problems, allergies and ear infections. It contains a variety of key herbs with anti-fungal properties such as grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil and capryllic acid. Myco-Zyme provides nutritional support and fortification of the intestinal terrain. Several key herbs and nutrients help to rebalance the intestinal environment. Imbalances in the intestinal terrain can lead to or contribute in the propagation of yeast overgrowth, parasites, and harmful bacterial growth.

Please note that Mycozyme MUST be used as part of a protocol to kill yeast along with the following products for optimum success: Probiotic, Notatum and Amazing Omegas. The Probiotic is necessary to replenish the good bacteria as the yeast is killed. If you just kill yeast, then there is the possibility for it to return promptly along with pathogenic bacteria. The Probiotic must be used. The Notatum is a natural anti-inflammatory. If you are using this product because your dog has ear infections--they are red inside and hurt!! That is why your veterinarian may usually prescribe prednisone. As an alternative, we strongly urge you to try using the Notatum. Finally, to help heal your pet's condition. restore a lustrous coat and also to help with inflammation, please use Amazing Omegas. No other Omega product can compare--you may be using an oil currently but there is nothing as pure and effective as Amazing Omegas. The four products together deliver maximum results, tried and true! If you just use the Mycozyme and Probiotic, you are addressing the yeast but you need the Notatum and Amazing Omegas to reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin and tissue so that the yeast won't return.

Does your dog have an odor even after you give a bath? This can be a bacterial overgrowth as well but typically if you just cleaned your dog and there is still a musty smell, especially in the ears--it could be yeast. Yeast has a cheesy odor and is very distinctive. A lot of times this is also because the dog is eating foods high in carbohydrates which feed the yeast and are poorly digested.

It is very important for pet owners to understand that something is causing your pet's chronic infections and yeast condition. Almost always diet and allergies are contributing to the imbalance of flora. It is highly recommended that you seek expert advice with someone who can teach you what to feed your pet and uncover the underlying issues affecting your pet's chronic condition.

If you have a small pet or your pet just has a mild yeast problem, then we recommend you use our K9 Yeast Defense instead of the Myco-zyme. Also, if you have already used one bottle of Myco-zyme and it helped your pet, it is important that you ROTATE to the K9 Yeast Defense as the yeast cell can "morph" and become resistant to the different antifungal formulas. Click here to view the Dog Yeast Formula.

Please note that Mycozyme is only sold along with the Probiotic $27.95 for effective treatment. The Mycozyme kills yeast while the Probiotic replenishes good bacteria. The products are sold together. For optimum results for healing and to prevent reinfection, we strongly recommend the purchase of our Complete Yeast Package: Amazing Omegas, Probiotic, Notatum and Mycozyme.
Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dangerous Foods Not To Feed Pets

During the holidays, it is very tempting to want to “treat” our pets to something special. Unfortunately, this can result in very serious consequences. Many small pets can be adversely affected from what might seem, is a tiny piece of food.

To be on the safe side, it is best to avoid giving your pet anything except extra love and attention during the holiday season. It is often a confusing time, especially if guests are coming to your home, and can be stressful as well. Adding new foods can only compound the problem.

During the holidays, it is quite common for emergency animal clinics to be filled with dogs and cats being brought in after suffering from a severe bout of pancreatitis. Giving pets table scraps such as fat from meat, cooked bones, turkey drippings and gravy, even in small amounts, can make them sick. Pet owners and doting relatives who overindulge the pet in holiday food are not only causing a change in the pet’s diet (which can make them sick on its own) but combining that with high fat foods can lead to serious, sometimes even fatal consequences.

Still, it is natural to want to pamper your pet and so if you want to give your pet an extra snack, plan ahead. Have safe treats such as your pet’s favorite treat available or consider giving fresh vegetables (steamed preferably) or lean meats or fish. A small teaspoon of canned pumpkin (plain pumpkin-not with pumpkin pie spice and sugar!) is also a safe option. Even a piece of a baked sweet potato, white potato or yam is ok.

The following foods, however, can be dangerous so avoid giving them to your pet:
* Chocolate (always toxic even in miniscule amounts)
* Grapes or raisins
* Onions (cooked or raw)
* Sweets (cookies, cake, ice cream, etc.)
* Rolls/bread (gluten is not good for pets!)
* High fat foods such as butter, gravy or turkey drippings
* Cooked bones (they can cause choking and tearing in the GI tract).

The most common thing people tend to do during the holidays is give the dog and cat scraps off the table, such as gravy and pieces of fat. These high fat foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting and overload the pet’s digestive system.
Moreover, overtreating pets during the holidays or anytime leads to obesity. Numerous studies indicate that pet obesity is on the rise contributing to an increase in life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, hepatic lipidosis and cancer.

So to make your holidays special with your furry friends, make safety your number one priority. Keep pets in a designated part of your home if guests come over so that they can’t get loose when the door opens, don’t leave them alone in a room when candles are burning and plan ahead if you want to give them some special treats. Finally, don’t forget those adorable holiday pet toys as those little surprises will keep your pet happy and entertained during this memorable time of year.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Injured MinPin Gets Pain Relief With Amazing Arthrosoothe

Tootsie was a stray who came into our local shelter. I brought her home to foster her for Internet MinPin Service a year ago. She was somewhere around 10 years old at the time. She apparently had had injuries to her back legs. There was little muscle tone and she could barely walk, often holding one leg up as she tried. I started her on a glucosamine/chondroitin preparation but saw little progress. Three months later someone told be about Askariel products and I purchased the Amazing Arthro Soothe and started her on that. She made amazing progress. Within a month she was able to use the leg that previously she had not walked on. A couple months later she was able to go at a fast walk and a few more months and she could trot. Six months after starting the Amazing ArthroSoothe she was able to actually run. Today you would never know that her back legs had been so bad. She has good muscle tone, runs, uses steps, and never has any more discomfort. Jean Ensor
Friday, November 5, 2010

Cat with Kidney Failure (CRF)--Best Supplements To Use

Q: About my kitty, Joey. He has kidney failure. He is on your cat no-pill kidney package for small pets.  This has worked out well for us because it is so easy to use.  His kidney values have improved since using this package.  However, Joey has started to vomit even though I've been giving him pepcid for awhile now per his vets instructions. His bun and creatnine were high and his blood count low. So, since the vomiting started last week, I ordered the Gastro Ulc and also Marrow Plus bone marrow supplement. Still trying to do all I can. I'm wondering is you think the Cordyceps and purrfect pet cq 10 along with the renelix kidney formula will help or is this overkill? He's also getting 3 Standard Process formulas for kidneys. I really value what you tell me. Thank you so much, Tisa

A: Sorry your kitty has been so sick with kidney failure. First and foremost, be sure you are working with your veterinarian and administering subcutaneous fluids. That helps control a lot of the symptoms related to kidney failure that you are describing. It is important to use the right supplements and not to overdo it. I am not sure what all of the ingredients are in the Standard Process formulas you are using and it might be too many.....generally, we just recommend using either Renafood or Renatrophin. If your kitty is anemic, talk to your veterinarian about using Ferrofood along with the Marrow Plus--but again, this is something your doctor would need to recommend since I haven't had a consultation with you. Some of the other formulas may contain ingredients that are too high in phospohorous and/or redundant, so it might be a good idea to cut back.

The Renelix is our very best formula for cat kidney failure. We have excellent testimonials about it.   It helps detoxify the kidneys and works differently than anything else you are using. Thus, I would highly recommend it. Not sure if the Standard Process formulas contain Cordyceps but it is always a great option for addressing kidney disease. Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is very important for cats with renal failure but it may be contained already in your Standard Process products and there is already some in the Oxicell. Finally, the Probiotic is always recommended for cats with kidney failure as it helps to prevent UTIs (common with kidney disease), boosts immune function and supports the liver and kidneys. It may help greatly to relieve some of the acid stomach and gastrointestinal distress and is very easy to administer to cats.

In terms of "overkill", one way we try to avoid giving too many supplements to such a small pet is to use them on alternating days. For example, you could use the Kidney Terrain on one day and then Renelix the next. That helps to alleviate any potential problems with using too many products at once. Sure hope Joey feels better!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shocking Halloween Bad Dog Breath!

Save 25% on our Bad Dog Breath Kit

Bad Dog Breath Kit--25% off

Don't let your dog scare off those cute Halloween trick-or-treaters! Order our Bad Dog Breath Kit today and make sure your dog's breath isn't a frightening odor!

Sale Price: $39.75 for 3 products
(Reg Price: $52.95)

Use our Bad Dog Breath Kit and your dog will be much more kissable in no time! Helps improve digestion, stomach issues and overall health. Be sure to get your dog's teeth cleaned too!

Bad Dog Breath Kit includes:
Soothing Digestive Relief Formula (100 caps)---Helps break down food, reduces stomach upset and improves digestion so food doesn't "sit" too long in the digestive tract. When food doesn't break down immediately it can ferment and cause gas, bad breath and digestive upset. The product helps stop tummy rumbling and painful gas. Stools will be firmer and your pet will feel so much better!

Probiotic (60 caps)--Adds proper flora to help reduce the toxins that can cause odors. Helps with diarrhea, indigestion, gum problems, stomatitis. Especially needed if your pet has recently been on antibiotics!

Vitamineral Green 1 ounce Trial Size Jar ----Helps "alkalize and deodorize" your dog's intestinal tract and provides valuable vitamins and minerals to greatly reduce grass eating which often is a sign of an acid stomach.Excellent value---great results!!! Veterinarian-approved

Click here to Order Bad Dog Breath Kit

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Natural Treatment for Dog and Cat Urinary Tract Infections

Pet UTI Prevention Package for Urinary Tract Infections
Veterinarian-Approved Because It Really Works!
If your cat or dog has been suffering with chronic urinary tract infections, we can help:

1) PET UTI PREVENTION Package to address different types of UTI problems such as stones, crystals or just frequent infections
2) INDIVIDUAL SUPPLEMENTS--purchase package supplements separately depending upon your budget and your pet's individual needs
NEED HELP? Email us at We are glad to help and will respond promptly.
1) Pet UTI Prevention Formula--acidifies the urine and helps keep bacteria from collecting on bladder walls
2) Probiotic--fights infection and yeast--imperative if your pet has been on antibiotics. If you don't use this, no matter how acid the urine, the infection will most likely return. In your pet's best interest, we require Probiotic to ensure success in tackling your pets chronic UTIs.
3) Renelix--flushes out the toxins from the kidneys and urinary tract. Helps restore normal kidney and urinary tract function. Helps with inflammation, bladder and kidney stones, crystals and mineral deposits. Use this product if your pet has ever had kidney or bladder stone or crystals or kidney disease or incontinence.
4) Akutur-- provides pain relief in the urinary tract, reduces inflammation and helps restore balance in the bladder and pelvic floor--especially important for interstitial cystitis
5) Notatum-infection fighter--this product is excellent for long-term use to keep infections under control, boosts immune function, helps get rid of infections even when the pet is not responding well to antibioticsDiet is a big culprit with chronic UTIs.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Supplements For Dog Needing Kidney and Liver Support

Q: My 15 yr old mixed lab has arthritis in her spine and has been on Metacam and Dermax in the past couple of yrs. This week I started her on Inflammatone, Amazing Omegas and ArthroSoothe, so I am hopeful. Yesterday, her routine blood work showed her Alt(SGPT)134 and her kidney enzymes are up over the last 6 mos with a BUN 62, Creatine 1.9, Bun/Creatine Ratio of 33. in April 2010, her B/C Ratio was a normal 16. I understood the vet to say that she has lost 75% of here kidney function. Does that sound right? She is frail because of her arthritis in her spine, moves slowly, otherwise, seems to be fairly well. Besides her advanced age, I thought it could be the Metacam causing the elevations. She is on a low protein diet recommended by the vet. Could you please advise a kidney and liver support.

A: Congratulations on having your dog celebrate a 15th birthday. That is just wonderful! We have a lot of great supplements for kidney and liver support. You can try Oxicell which is a topical cream that helps both kidney and liver as well as Purrfect Pet CoQ10. Both of these would be very helpful. Also, Protease and Renelix (kidney detox) too.
Monday, October 11, 2010

Colostrum For Pets On Sale

Save on our Pet Colostrum Formula through October 15th

Who Can Benefit From our Pet Colostrum Formula?

1) Pets with bad breath
2) Pets with digestive and bowel issues
3) Pets with cancer or who have compromised immune systems
4) Pets with excessive tear staining
5) Cats with viral infections

This is a gentle, safe product that delivers fabulous results! Colostrum has been shown in research studies to enhance the digestive system and immune function. Our Pet Colostrum Formula is backed by scientific research AND independent third party testing. In fact, in a recent third party study that explored the product’s bioactive properties and ability to repair damaged cells as well as protect healthy cells, the Tegricel colostrum found in the Colostrum For Pets was shown to be three times as effective as the leading New Zealand colostrum supplier.

Sale Price: $41.50 (regular price $49)

For best results, we recommend using the Colostrum for Pets along with Probiotic. Save even more with our discounted package:
Colostrum For Pets + Probiotic Sale Price: $62.50 (retail price for items purchased separately $76.95)

Click here to order and learn more about Colostrum For Pets

Immune Support For Feline Herpesvirus

Once a cat (just like a person) has been exposed to a virus, it can cause a weakened immune response so that the cat is more susceptible to getting sick. It is very important to try to help strengthen your cat’s immunity by minimizing exposure to toxins, feeding a high quality, high protein diet that is free of grains, and using nutritional supplements to boost immune function. Cats are carnivores and many cat foods contain fillers to elevate the protein percentage, thereby misleading the consumer. Try to purchase your cat food from specialty retailers rather than using grocery store or chain pet food brands. Many of the more “popular” well-advertised brands contain chemicals, by-products, grains and flavor enhancers that “bribe” your kitty’s taste buds at the risk of causing them harm.

In addition to giving your cat high quality food, some supplements can also help. Notatum and Quentans drops, used on alternating nights can help fight the virus and strengthen immunity. Notatum has been especially helpful for upper respiratory infections, while Quentans has a very effective anti-viral component. Olive Leaf extract is nature’s anti-infection formula and can help fight viruses and bacterial infections. It has been shown to be very effective with herpesvirus. Probiotic helps rebalance your kitty’s intestinal flora and is especially easy to use. The Probiotic can be mixed into food as most pet do not notice any type of taste. Using this along with Pet Colostrum Formula can help to repair your kitty's immune system. Finally, Samento and Immune Harmony can also be very helpful to help your kitty fight infections.

We understand how upsetting it can be to have your beloved pet diagnosed with a permanent condition such as feline herpesvirus. Dr. Gordon and I are always here to help. We offer pet health consultations by telephone to clients worldwide and can help you develop a complete holistic plan for your pet.
Click here for more information and products available at Ask Ariel
Monday, October 4, 2010

Autoimmune Supplement for Cats and Dogs--Plant Sterols for Pets

"We love Immune Harmony for our cat, Rocky. He gets
Immune Harmony in his baby food every afternoon.
He actually looks forward to this little treat. He is doing great!"
Deborah Albritton and Steve Yost

Immune Harmony 60 capsules
This product is helpful for all immune conditions and can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or prednisone. Rather than overstimulating your pet's immune system, this wonderful product helps the body to rebalance immune function. Thus, you will see improved results over time not instantly as if you were using an antibiotic. It slowly builds in your pet's system and helps them feel better overall. We have many highly allergic pets that were scratching and itching horribly last summer, that now with continued use, are seeing their pets having a much easier time this summer. Immune Harmony does not treat symptoms immediately but over time as the pet's immune function improves, most clients report solid long-term improvement . If your pet has chronic allergy symptoms, a serious immune condition such as cancer or an autoimmune related disorder, research shows that Immune Harmony should be utilized. This is a unique one-of-a-kind product that has been scientifically tested in various world-wide studies. Immune Harmony is the only supplement that offers 300 mg of plant sterols plus powerful antioxidants (Enzogenol®) that protect the body from free radical damage, and an essential fatty acid complex (BiolysateTM) that supports the digestive system and assists in the bioavailability of these health-promoting nutrients.
Friday, October 1, 2010

Canine Lung Cancer Testimonial

When my 95 pound boxer, Marconi, turned 12 years old, he was diagnosed with canine lung cancer during his yearly physical. The cancer could not be surgically removed and chemotherapy was not an option, either. The vet thought that Marconi would have about a month to live. Susan told me what supplements I should use to help Marconi boost his immune system, to try to slow down the canine lung cancer. I gave Marconi Digestzymes, Amazing Omegas, OncoPet and Immunitone. Six months later Marconi still didn't have any symptoms. The vet couldn't believe how well Marconi was doing and said that he would probably just live as long as if he didn't have cancer. Two months later Marconi finally started coughing. Susan told me to give him ApoPulm to help with his coughing. The ApoPulm gave me an addtional three weeks of time to spend with Marconi. He ended up living a full 8 months after his canine lung cancer diagnosis, without any signs of cancer until the very end. I am very grateful to Susan for giving me so much time with my beloved Marconi.

Dog Vomiting and Dog Acid Stomach Switching to a New Diet

Q from meechingurl:
My dog Lucky has been eating pedigree for 11 years. I just found out how terrible it is for dogs so I tried to change her food to evo. But she just threw up and had loose stool even with me adding 12 kibble pieces. Then I tried to put her on chicken soup for dog lover's. She seemed ok until I completely transitioned her. Now she's vomiting and eating grass again. What should I do?!

A: Dear Meechingurl:

It is very good that you are getting educated about nutrition and are trying to take care of your dog Lucky. It is never too late to try to help your dog and even small dietary changes will make a difference. Sometimes though when people or pets try to make changes too quickly, it can cause a "detox" reaction. To help Lucky through this transition, you need to do two things: 1) support Lucky using some important vitamins that will help her manage the transition and 2) detox out some of the toxins and use a milder food that is more similar to what she has been eating without all the chemicals.

To help her canine stomach acid (grass eating) and enable her to transition to a better food, use the following: Renelix--this product helps clean out accumulated toxins, Oxicell-antioxidant formula that helps fight free radicals, Probiotic--important for digestion and overall health, Soothing Digestive Relief--very gentle digestive enzyme that helps with vomitting and diarrhea and Gastro ULC (helps tremendously with stomach acid). Try transitioning at first to a very mild food such as Natural Balance sweet potato and duck or sweet potato and bison. Also, you might want to try using canned food and add some steamed green vegetables (fresh or frozen not canned) such as green beans along with it. The green beans help to neutralize the stomach acid. The EVO food is very rich and high in protein and fat--it is too much for an 11 year old that has been eating a reduced protein, high carbohydrate diet.  You are applauded for making this change for Lucky and we wish you all the best!
Monday, September 27, 2010

Chronic Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Feline UTIs

Chronic UTIs

Tips For Pets With Chronic Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Many cats and dogs have chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). As soon as the pet finishes a round of antibiotics, a few days later, the symptoms return. Signs your pet may have a urinary infection include frequent urination, straining during urination, mucus or blood with urination, licking the genitals, "accidents" or urinating in unusual places (even right in front of you), excessive drinking and crying or meowing. Sometimes the signs may be very subtle and the only clue is that your pet just isn't acting like him or herself.

There are many reasons why pets can get chronic urinary infections: stress, weakened immune system due to yeast overgrowth, viruses or other health condition, genital anatomical issues, bladder or prostate cancer and/or underlying kidney problems. In addition, an often overlooked contributor is inflammation due to the pet's diet. Too many carbohydrates in the diet and/or food allergies can be a big contributor to chronic UTIs. Treatment of allergies using holistic care can often provide great relief for pets and put an end to chronic pain and suffering. Whatever the reason your pet is getting chronic infections, a comprehensive approach is needed.

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 inflamed. 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 they can actually tell that their cat or dog 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 pet'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 or inperson appointment with us or another veterinary professional will ensure your pet 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 many times, 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 pet's urinary infections. For example, are there crystals present, very high pH or is the urine pH acidic?

In terms of supplements, we recommend Ask Ariel's comprehensive pet UTI prevention program. 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). Power Probiotic helps to rebalance the flora, fight bad bacteria and prevent reinfection. Finally, Notatum, Mycobactin (available following a consultation only), Argentyn and Samento have always been especially helpful for boosting the immune system and can help, along with the other UTI-specific products, to get rid of the infection once and for all.

If your pet has urinary crystals, please try Renelix. We have had excellent results with this product for all forms of crystals. Finally, Rehmannia 8 can be helpful for pets not only that have kidney disease but also that have urinary incontinence as well.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Canine Arthritis, Dog Joint Support--Dog Surfing Contest!

Dog Surfing Contest---Sure looks like fun!

Awesome pictures of active dogs with maximum agility.
Be sure to see the original article with full pics on this link

Keep your dog moving and happy. It is really important to give your active dog joint support EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT SHOWING SIGNS OF CANINE ARTHRITIS!

Use Amazing Omegas and Arthrosoothe to help PREVENT hip arthritis, limping, canine joint stiffness and canine arthritis. By using dog joint support such as Amazing Omegas and Arthrosoothe, you are taking preventative pressures so that you will keep your dog healthy and active. Most of the time people wait until their dog is limping, showing stiffness in the morning and/or diganosed with canine arthritis. The products will still help, provide excellent dog joint support and can make all the difference but why wait until your dog is already uncomfortable? It is best to start young dogs on them early before they show signs of again and canine arthritis. To learn more about canine arthritis and dog joint support, click here.
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pet Nutrition Seminar To Benefit Homeless Animals

This article appeared in Coast Magazine Online Friday Sept. 18th, 2010. Sasha is doing great and is a client of Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist

Here is a link to the original article:

Pets in Need
WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Pets are suffering along with the rest of us through this economic downturn. Learn how you can do your part in helping Orange County's homeless pets.

BY Ariana Morin
September 17, 2010 - 4:36 PM
Photo By Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register
More on OC Pet Shelters and Rescues::

Marcia Leong wanted another pet for some time. She had a German shepherd mix that passed away and she missed him dearly. But she already had an elderly cat and a beagle, Chuckie. It just didn’t seem like a good time for another pet. When Leong’s cat passed way, however, she knew it was time. She wanted another German shepherd and she wanted a dog that really needed a home. Leong found nine-year-old German shepherd, Sasha, through the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, recommended by local animal lover and founder of Ariel Rescue Susan Davis. Sasha had been living with an elderly woman when her owner passed away. The owner's body went undiscovered for 10 days. By the time the coroner was called, Sasha was anxious and confused. She hadn’t had food or water for that time and had started eating away at the baseboards in the home out of frustration. Sasha wouldn’t let the coroner near her owner’s body.
Once at a shelter, Sasha began chewing at her own fur. Patches of her body were chewed raw. She was emaciated and losing hair. And to make things worse, no one was willing to adopt her because of her condition. The shelter placed her on its list of animals to be euthanized – which is when the German Shepherd Rescue stepped in. The first time Leong saw Sasha, she was shocked at her emaciated state – this once beautiful, strong, majestic dog was a mere 47 pounds. Sasha’s hair was thinning and Leong could see stitches from where Sasha chewed at herself. Leong gave the dog a hug and took her home.
At first, Sasha didn’t wag her tail and was distant and aloof. But after one night, Sasha’s demeanor changed for the better. And over time, Sasha became the loving, sweet, playful dog she once was and Leong’s new best friend. Stories like Sasha's are typical of what you hear at shelters and rescues. While opinions vary on how many animals are currently living in shelters, several local shelter workers say there are more animals in shelters and rescues than ever before. Since the economy's plummet, people who have lost their jobs and homes have lost their pets as well.
Over the years, Davis has noticed that summer is often a busy time for shelters and rescues as people go on vacations and either cannot afford or don’t want to pay the boarding fees for their pets – so they give them up instead. But summer 2010 seemed to be worse than any other, she says. On top of the high number of pets being given up for adoption, there also aren’t many people adopting pets. It used to take about one to two weeks for a dog to be adopted from Ariel Rescue, now it is taking about two months, sometimes even longer. In terms of pet shopping, it’s a buyers market: There are plenty of purebreds, puppies and kittens at shelters and rescues, which wasn’t the case in the past. A few years ago, people would line up early at local shelters to get first pick. These days, people line up to relinquish their pets. There are more animals being turned away at shelters and rescues than ever before and more pets in need of loving homes than ever before.
Here are a few things you can do to help them find homes:
Donate money directly to a rescue. Rescues, like all nonprofits are hurting. Each pet they save costs them hundreds of dollars. They have to make sure the animal is fixed, up to date on its shots, healthy, and ready to go to a home. Any amount of money can help save an animal’s life.
Attend a pet rescue fundraiser. Ariel Rescue is having a holistic pet care seminar on Saturday, September 25, 2010. All proceeds will go to benefit homeless pets. e-mail Ask your vet or local shelter for information about more upcoming events at local shelters and rescues.
Spay or neuter your pet. Overpopulation is a huge problem within the pet community. If everyone spayed and neutered their pets, there would be a much lower number of animals in shelters and rescues, which means there would be more pets in loving homes and less on the streets.
Become a foster parent. Many rescues are in need of volunteers or foster parents to help take care of the animals they rescue. If you want a pet but aren’t sure you are ready to commit to one full time, volunteering with a rescue is a good way to test the waters of pet parenthood.
Adopt. With the high number of puppies and healthy, well-trained pets at local shelters and rescues, it is the perfect time to adopt a great pet at a low price. You will be saving a life and your pet will thank you for it for the rest of his or her life.
Commit. Many people get a pet not realizing the commitment it entails. Make sure when you get an animal that you are committing to it for the length of his/her life.Ensure your pet has a way to get back home. Many animals end up in shelters simply because they don’t have tags or microchips. Last year alone, the Orange County Animal Shelter reunited 4,000 lost dogs and 250 cats with the help of tags and microchips.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ask Ariel In the News: Article About Dog Scratching and Itching

Ask Ariel Is In the News. Please click on the link below to read about dog scratching and itching. We know a lot of dogs are very itchy right now so we hope this article will help.
Monday, September 13, 2010

Holistic Alternatives for Sinus Infections in Dogs and Cats

It can be very difficult to treat chronic sinus infections in cats, dogs and people as well. The goal of holistic care is to help the body not only fight the infection but to create an environment in the affected area that will not enable bacteria and yeast to thrive.

Using antibiotics can be a lifesaver when a bacterial infection is present. However, antibiotics can also affect the good bacteria which help our immune system to fight against infection. As a result, many people find that once the treatment of the antibiotics is over, the infection returns.

This can be due to the fact that the immune system isn’t getting enough support and the bad bacteria just regrows more rapidly than the body can handle. In addition to the structural reasons, this can also be due to an underlying viral infection that was present before the infection or yeast overgrowth that has now set in as a result of the antibiotics killing off the good bacteria. It can become a vicious cycle of using antibiotics and then getting yeast. This problem is not just in our sinuses, but can occur anywhere, especially moist areas where yeast can thrive.

To offset this problem, it is highly recommended that you use Power Probiotic when taking antibiotics to help replenish the lost “good” bacteria. In addition, if your pet has a history of ear or yeast infections, it is advisable to use products such as K9 Yeast Defense along with the antibiotic and/or anti-inflammatories to counteract the yeast.

Changing the diet can also be very helpful. Many times yeast and bacteria overgrow when there is a food allergy or too many carbohydrates in the diet. Dogs and cats can be allergic to poultry, for example or grains such as wheat, corn, gluten or oats. Carbohydrates in most dry kibble for example, can break down to sugar which help feed the infection.

Using a high protein, hypoallergenic, grain-free, high moisture diet will help. It is also important to use Omega 3 fatty acids to help fight inflammation. Amazing Omegas is a highly purified fish oil product that can provide your pet with important Omega 3s at a concentrated, therapeutic level.

If your cat is suffering from a virus such as feline herpesvirus, sinus and upper respiratory infections can be a secondary symptom and a sign of a weakened immune system.  We have had success helping cats with chronic viruses using two homeopathic remedies:  Quentans and Notatum.  These two supplements help to control the virus and support the cat's immune system.    Since sinus infections can be so difficult to treat, a multipronged strategy using diet, supplements along with conventional veterinary care is needed. Below is a summary of supplements that can help your pet recover from a chronic sinus infection and can be used along with medications prescribed by your veterinarian.

Click here to view supplements for chronic sinus infections in cats and dogs

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pet Nutrition Seminar--Learn How To Heal Your Pets Using Holistic Care

Pet Nutrition Seminar Saturday September 25
10:30 am - 12:00 am

For more information about or the instructors, click here

Is your pet endlessly scratching and itching? Does your pet suffer from arthritis? Learn how to heal your pets using nutrition, supplements and holistic care. The course will cover the best foods to feed your pet, nutritional supplements for common pet health issues and the latest innovations in “alternative veterinary care” such as acupuncture, stem cell therapy and chiropractic for arthritis.

Instructors: Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist Dr. David Gordon, Holistic Veterinarian
(If you are unable to attend the seminar but would prefer to schedule a telephone consultation instead, click here )

Date of Class: Saturday 10:30 am Sept. 25th

Location: VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital 1 South Pointe Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630

Class Fee: $15 per person

100% of proceeds donated to Ariel Rescue

Refreshments will be served!

How To Register: RSVP Required--Seating Limited

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Natural Pain Relief For Dogs and Cats

Just like us, your dog and cat has aches and pains and can feel uncomfortable and stiff getting up and down. We don't want our pets to feel uncomfortable, so we tend to rush to use medications such as NSAIDS and painkillers such as Rimadyl or Tramadol.   For short-term relief for immediate discomfort,  medications may be helpful but using these medications on a long-term, frequent basis is not in the best interest of your pet.  These medications can not only sedate pets and cause digestive upset, but they can affect liver and kidney function. You can use these medications sparingly but by helping to support your pet's joints and skeletal tissue using natural joint support supplements such as the veterinary-approved Dog Arthritis Kit, you can help relieve long-term pain and the need for using these pet pain medications on a daily basis.

Natural pain relievers for dogs and cats with arthritis can work well on their own or in conjunction with medications.  It usually takes some trial and error to find just the right combination to rebuild your pet's joints and ligaments.  Not all joint support supplements are alike. They differ considerably based on how they are manufactured and the ingredients they contain.   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 extends 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. For example, we have seen excellent results with  Arthrosoothe For Pets which includes not only glucosamine but other key nutrients scientifically proven to support joints and reduce pain.   In addition, for limping or an injury such as an ACL tear, Canine Comfort,  which contains curcumin can provide considerable natural pain relief by reducing inflammation.

For senior dogs, especially for arthritic conditions and hip dysplasia, Special SAMe can dramatically improve mobility.   This pure, science-based formula is highly recommended by veterinarians because it has been clinically proven to help canine arthritis.  Special SAMe is a synergistic formula that combines B Vitamins along with S-Adenosyl methionine.  Yes, this may be hard to pronounce, but learning about the benefits of this product is worth the effort!  Special SAMe offers several benefits.  It not only helps with mobility, but it elevates the dog's mood and furthermore, it supports the liver.  That makes this product especially beneficial for senior dogs......AND.....dogs that have been taking the NSAIDs mentioned above.  If your dog is taking pain medications, chances are your veterinarian is routinely checking your dog's liver values to see if any damage has occurred.  If you are giving your pet any type of pain or anti-inflammatory medications, it is essential to use Special SAMe  to support the liver.

If you have a small pet or a finicky cat,the Ultra-Flex Collagen For Pets is an excellent choice.  This whole-food based supplement boosts connective tissue, bones and ligaments and is a light powder that can be easily mixed in food.  Just a small amount one time per day for even the most finicky pets.  It can be hard to give some cats and small dogs pills and some pets are allergic to glucosamine, so Ultra-Flex will help.

If your pet is getting older, it is a good idea to start on the joint support formulas now before there are noticeable symptoms as this may greatly decrease the frequency or need for using pain medications as they age. Overall, using a combination of natural pain relief supplements along with medications (if needed) is a much healthier strategy than just treating symptomatic pain relief with medications alone.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dog Cancer Testimonials -- Holistic Pet Care Helps!

OncoPet Cancer Vitamin Really Works!


Hope for pets with cancer---OncoPet Really Works! Affordable 150 capsules (1 bottle lasts between 1 - 4 months depending your pet's weight) Excellent value---great results!!! Veterinarian-approved, comprehensive formula for pets with cancer. Great for cats and dogs with all types of cancer. Safe for pets undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

"Murphy was diagnosed with Stromal Sarcoma after a tumor on her spleen was discovered (which was removed through surgery) & was given 3 months (tops) to live. The vet told us to not even bother with chemo or radiation. This all happened in early August of '06. We contacted Susan Davis and did a consultation. She gave us a special cancer diet for Murphy and a supplement protocol (OncoPet and other products) based on her symptoms and type of cancer. It is now the end of April 2007 and Murphy is doing very well. She just celebrated her 8th birthday in March and still has has tons of energy & is so lovable. It is almost as if she knows every day is a gift. Thank you for all your care and concern. Murphy sends her love :)" ---Update Sept. 2009--Murphy is still alive and was featured in February 2009 Dog Fancy Magazine!---Update August 2010---Murphy is still hiking and happy!Gina, New York

"We have been using OncoPet with Buddy and we just can't thank you enough. Buddy has transitional cell carcinoma and the OncoPet vitamin has given him so much energy. We are so grateful for your product" Loren, Florida

"Thank you so much for the OncoPet. We have been using OncoPet for 1 1/2 years along with the Amazing Omegas, Immunitone and Resveratrol Synergy. Our 8 year old Golden Retriever Missy was diagnosed with lymphoma. We have been using the products along with the chemotherapy and she is doing great. We really noticed how using the products helped Missy get through the chemotherapy much better. Thank you Ask Ariel". The Block Family, Chicago, Illinois

Dog Cancer Supplements--Cat Cancer Supplements--Holistic Pet Care will Help!

Dog Cancer Supplement, Cat Cancer Supplement--Holistic Pet Care Can Help!

If your dog or cat has cancer, OncoPet is a holistic supplement that really works.

Hope for pets with cancer---OncoPet Really Works!
Veterinarian--Approved. Affordable 150 capsules (1 bottle lasts between 1 - 4 months depending your pet's weight)

Excellent value---great results!!! Veterinarian-approved, comprehensive formula for pets with cancer. Great for cats and dogs with all types of cancer. Safe for pets undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

How Your Pet Will Benefit From OncoPet Cancer Formula:
* Well, tolerated, gentle formula--great for small pets too!
* Increased Energy, Playfulness and Stamina
* Broad spectrum formula with ingredients helpful for fighting cancer such as carnitine, IP6, Green Tea, Arabinogalactans, Curcumin and much, much more
* Many pet owners report increased Longevity and Quality of Life
* Helps Pets Handle Chemotherapy and Radiation
* Powerful immune support
* Combines well with other cancer supplements & medications

OncoPet is formulated from leading research on natural agents such as: D-Limonene, IP6, Tocotrienols, Modified Citrus Pectin, Calcium D-glucarate and Arabinogalactans. The formula includes agents that have been shown to help limit or discourage abnormal cell growth and/or have chemoprotective and anti-inflammatory actions. OncoPet will help your pet's immune system and provides important nutrients to help fight cancer. Pet owners report that their pets tolerated chemotherapy better upon using the product because of the detoxifying herbs included in OncoPet.
Monday, August 30, 2010

Feline Staph Infection, Cat Skin Problems

Molly Marie, our kitty, was very sick and had fleas, ear mites and hot spots when we rescued her. We took her to the vet numerous times and she was treated with antibiotics and steroids that proved to be unsuccessful. We had blood work done and determined that she had a staph infection on the hot spots as well as an infection in her pancreas and a UTI too. She once again took antibiotics and everything healed except the hot spots, which by this time had become a lot worse with the largest one being the size of a lemon. I tried organic shampoo, sprays and creams—nothing worked.

I consulted AskAriel and based on Susan Davis’ recommendation, I changed her food and used the Pet Skin Package and I am so happy to report that Molly is on the mend. She is almost totally healed. Her largest spot is now the size of a dime and she is eating well and starting to gain some weight. Molly's hair is starting to grow back and her coat is very soft. I don't know what we would have done if not for Susan, her staff at Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist and her amazing products. My family and I thank her and most of all, Molly thanks her as she is getting better every day. Thank you Susan for all of your help and for how much you care about our little animals.

Sincerely, Shelley Bard in PA
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cat Cruelty Has a Happy Ending!

This story really upset me and was shocking. Watch the video and you will see an ordinary person walking by a sweet kitty who approaches for a little rub and then gets tossed in the trash! The owners of this cat Lola were looking for her and found her in the trash 15 hours later--she survived--she was very lucky. When I went to search for the story, I read more horrible stories about cats that did not fare so well. Fortunately, the woman who did this cruel act has been identified as Lola's owner used security cameras.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Yorkie Has Allergies, Scratching A Lot and Thin Hair

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A: Hi Arlene,

Thank you for submitting your question. It sounds as though the food you are feeding your yorkie needs to be changed and that she may also have some environmental allergies. If your yorkie is very picky, it would be best to work with me in a telephone or inperson appointment so that I could learn more about your yorkie's medical history and provide you with a full range of dietary options including both a homemade diet as well as some commercial diets. I am not sure if you saw that Dr. Gordon and I offer both inperson and telephone consultations where we can give you a comprehensive holistic plan for your pet. The sooner you get her on an improved diet, the better as allergies are cumulative and symptoms tend to get worse as pets age. Also, many yorkies have gastrointestinal issues and liver concerns, so it is important to work with a veterinary professional.

For starters, be sure to avoid foods that contain grains such as wheat, gluten, oats and corn as that can make pets very itchy. Also, chicken can be a big allergen. The thinning hair can immediately be addressed using our Amazing Omegas premium fish oil for pets. You only need to use a small amount and your yorkie's fur will start to improve in just a few days---the hair will grow in thicker, more lustrous and shinier. It also is very helpful in reducing inflammation due to allergies. As far as the itchy allergy symptoms, the Pet Skin Package on would be the best place to start.

Holistic Pet Care Seminar To Benefit Homeless Animals

Holistic Pet Care Seminar Saturday September 25
10:30 am - 12:00 am

For more information about or the instructors, click here

Is your pet endlessly scratching and itching? Does your pet suffer from arthritis? Learn how to heal your pets using nutrition, supplements and holistic care. The course will cover the best foods to feed your pet, nutritional supplements for common pet health issues and the latest innovations in “alternative veterinary care” such as acupuncture, stem cell therapy and chiropractic for arthritis.

Instructors: Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist Dr. David Gordon, Holistic Veterinarian

Date of Class: Saturday 10:30 am Sept. 25th

Location: VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital
1 South Pointe Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630

Class Fee: $15 per person
100% of proceeds donated to Ariel Rescue

Refreshments will be served!

How To Register: RSVP Required--Seating Limited
Call 949-499-9380 or email:
Sunday, August 15, 2010

Border Terrier with Epilepsy, Fecal Incontinence, Acid Stomach

Q: My border terrier is 4 and she has recently started emitting a small hard ball of poop at night, or upon getting up in the morning, it falls out. I have done some online research and some sites pointed to gas as being the problem, others suggest having her checked for hemivertebrae. She has been seeking out grass to eat. We have also recently discovered that she may have a congenital disorder - a canine epilepsy. I wonder if the epilepsy like symptoms, and the fecal incontinence may both be symptoms of hemivertebrae. She has a vet appointment monday and I have asked the vet to express her anal glands which she has never had done. I wonder if I should also bring up the possibility of hemivertebrae. Any insight into her maladies would be greatly appreciated.

A: So sorry your border terrier is suffering with these health problems. Definitely work with your veterinarian to determine a diagnoses and inquire about possible spinal deformations such as hemivertebrae as well as potential neurological conditions. It sounds to me though that there are a couple of issues going on which could DEFINITELY be improved upon from a holistic standpoint. For instance, epileptic symptoms can be triggered by allergic reactions to dog food. Same with eating grass, anal gland problems and the gas/stool issue--food allergies and poor digestion can all cause these issues.

 Our holistic veterinary team could really help you to understand how what you are feeding might be dramatically impacting your dog's symptoms. For example, if your border terrier is eating any type of grains such as wheat, corn or rice (found in most commercial dog foods), this could be just one of the culprits. There are quite a few others however and without an indepth discussion, it would be hard for us to tell you exactly what to feed your border terrier. But, when dogs are eating grass, it is generally a sign of poor digestion and acid stomach. To combat this, you need to find a better food that works for your specific dog's needs. Potential problems with the food you are using? Grains, protein allergies (your dog may need a novel protein diet that excludes poultry for example), additives and depending upon what you are using, chemicals and byproducts. The diet is so important and unfortunately is often the last issue concerned in controlling neurological and unusual symptoms.

Be sure your border terrier is getting plenty of omegas in the diet and use Amazing Omegas to control the inflammation and provide neurological support. Gastro ULC is excellent for grass eating and definitely use a digestive enzyme such as Soothing Digestive Relief. as well as the Probiotic. Acupuncture can help if a neurological or veterbrae condition is diagnosed. Overall, there is a lot you can do to help your dog from a holistic standpoint, in addition to conventional veterinary care treatments. Get the tests done and a diagnoses, but there is so much you can do now without them just based on the symptoms you are describing.
Saturday, August 14, 2010

Feline Renal Failure--Holistic Supplements Helped!

Feline Renal Failure--Holistic Supplements For Ranger

"I ordered herbs for Ranger, my 14 year old cat, on Friday Jan 29th, 2010. To my great surprise, they arrived here in Upstate NY on Monday Feb 1st! Ranger, my kitty was near death. She hid to sleep constantly. Usually cats hide to die. She was in really bad shape. I had one cat die of liver disease and two others from renal failure. Ranger is my third cat with renal failure so I know how they act before they die. Anyhow, Ranger was near death on Feb 1st when your supplements arrived. I ordered the Cat Kidney Package that consisted of Renelix, Rehmannia 8 and Protease. I also ordered Kidney Terrain. I gave them to her but assumed she was probably too far gone by this time and I was kicking myself for having waited too long. However, after 3 -4 days, she started eating more, was more alert, sleeping less and feeling so much better. I know she isn't cured...but your supplements are giving her more quality time with me. For that, I am truly grateful. I know she is 14 but I can possibly see that if she stays the same as she is now, maye she will be around awhile more. THANK YOU!!!!!Daniel Mark Lafler April 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Poop Eating, Stool Eating, Excessive Urination in a 10 year old Bassett Hound

Q: My 10 or 11 year old bassett hound has for the past 2-3 years drank water excessively and then urinates large amounts. In the past 2 years he has wanted to eat dirt, and of course any rocks or sticks that are in the dirt. Then when he was boarded for 10 days in June, he started eating his poop. Now, I cannot get him to stop eating the poop, I have put hot sauce on it, to no avail and just have to follow him outside and scoop it immediately. I have tried several pills on the market to put in his food to deter poop eating but no change has occurred. He has been tested several times in last few years for diabetes, thyroid problems,etc. He has not tested positive for any of these. What do you suggest for his diet that may give him the minerals or nutrients he so evidently appears to need. He currently eats 3 cups of dry food daily(Nutro-small bits) mixed with plain yogurt and chicken broth but has an obsession with eating also--never appears satisfied. Any suggestions for helping with the poop eating, excessive drinking, excessive urinating, and dirt eating would be greatly appreciated!!!

A: Glad you contacted us as there are definitely some dietary issues going on. Let's take the issues apart separately. The first issue: excessive drinking and urination in a 10 year old bassett hound. Well, my inclination would be that your dog might have some type of hidden kidney issue. Sometimes kidney issues do not become apparent until about 75% of kidney function is gone. It is very hard to detect kidney problems until it is a full blown disease. Early warning signs can be excessive urination and drinking. Even if all the blood and urine tests are normal, this is still not normal behavior as you know, so at the very least, I would use a kidney detoxification formula such as Renelix to help support your dog's kidneys. As we age and as our pet's age, our kidney's ability to flush out toxins decline and thus there is a natural inclination by the pet to drink more (and thus urinate more) to help clean out the waste products. Just because your pet's test results do not indicate a kidney problem, doesn't mean that it isn't quietly creeping up. Use the Renelix as a protective measure and regardless, it will help in many ways--please see all of the benefits on

Secondly, when dogs eat stool, it can be a sign of a lot of different types of issues. One can be parasites so it is important to get a stool test done by your veterinarian. Another can be that your bassett hound is greatly lacking in protein and nutrition. Again, back to the kidney issue. Sometimes pets are losing protein through the urine--repeat a urine test to be sure that your dog isn't losing protein in the urine. Even if you had laboratory tests done over the last few years, a lot can change in a few months with an older dog. If you haven't had a test in the past 3 -4 months, repeat it just to be sure.  Definitely add the Kidney Health Protein Support for Pets   This formula breaks down protein and is essential for any pet that is losing protein in the urine.  It helps the body break down and utilize protein more efficiently and we have had excellent results using it for conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes and PLE (protein losing enteropathy).

The food you are using has some issues too. Dry kibble is made for your convenience and even in the best of brands, it is just not the same as eating fresh food. Dry food lacks enzymes and is similar to a person eating cereal day in and day out--it lacks nourishment although the calories are there. Dry food can also cause excessive thirst--think about how you feel after eating a lot of crackers. Pets, especially senior cats and dogs, need a high moisture diet. I would completely eliminate any type of dry kibble. Much better to updgrade to a more holistic pet food such as Natures Variety or Ziwi Peak as the brand you are using might contain excess amounts of grain such as corn, rice or wheat gluten. This is used to artificially inflate the protein in the food and can also contribute to why your dog isn't feeling satisfied. Having said that though, I wouldn't run out and purchase a grain-free diet without using Renelix and repeating the laboratory tests as well.

A telephone or inperson consultation would greatly help after you repeat the bloodwork and urine analysis as indicated above. I would be reluctant to recommend a food to you without confirmation that there isn't something else going on. Definitely upgrade the food though in the meantime and add some fresh vegetables and fresh lean protein to your dog's diet. Use a digestive enzyme such as Digestzymes to help enhance protein digestion too. All of the issues you mentioned could be greatly improved upon, but getting a new set of laboratory tests first would be the best place to start.