Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Golden Retriever Had UTIs and Yeast and is Now Better!

"Bella is our fourth and most sensitive Golden Retriever. She developed chronic UTI's and yeast on her skin. We have always fed Bella premium dog food since she was a puppy. After many expensive tests, medications and possible surgery to correct her problems , we found Susan Davis. We have had nothing but good results. Susan directed us to better health and happiness for Bella with her knowledge and expertise. As my husband so simply put it "she's fixed"!!!!! Thank you Susan." Steve and Valarie Bick
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cat with advanced chronic renal failure CRF--Can holistic supplements help?

Q: Hello,I have a 4yr old domestic short hair calico. She has advanced stage crf.I am giving her sub-Qs with vitamins(200ml per day) Amphogel(2ml),Enacard(2.5mg)Clavamox(62.5mg),and anti-nausea meds and I switched her to a raw diet according to Anita Frazier's Natural Cat.She isn't eating and seems to be anemic.Is there any product that you offer that will make any difference at this point in the game? I have also looked into kidney transplant and discovered that it is out of our financial range. Please answer as soon as you can if you think that there is something I can still do to save her.

A: So very sorry your kitty is so sick. And....especially at such a young age. Most of the cats with advanced chronic renal failure (CRF) are elderly cats. It is very common for cats to have some degree of renal insufficiency as they age but having a young kitty be diagnosed with this condition must have been devastating for you.

Cats with kidney disease need a reduced protein, reduced phosphorous diet. Without reviewing your cat's specific laboratory tests and history, it would be very difficult for me to assess what your cat's prognosis is. However, what I would say is that I have seen some miracles using the holistic plan for CRF kitties that Dr. Gordon and I provide. Many clients come to us with cats near death and we have had some success. It requires a complete holistic plan using our fluid recommendations, supplements, diet plan, acupuncture, etc.

In terms of products, for anemia, you can try Renelix and Marrow Plus (there are additional conventional veterinary treatments available as well). The Kidney Terrain, Kidney Health and Purrfect Pet CoQ10 are the most commonly ordered products for cats. Recently, we had a young rescue kitty that had been abused (from a horrible "hoarding" environment with little access to water) who suffered with advanced CRF. Pierre's laboratory tests (BUN, phosphorous, Creatinine) were extremely high and the prognosis was poor. The owner was considering putting Pierre down and then scheduled a combination appointment with Dr. Gordon and I via telephone. Here is a recent email we received 6 months following our consultation:

"Hate to bother you on a Sunday, but I just wanted to tell you Pierre is acting as he did before he was sick!! This morning he is up and about, not hiding anywhere, following me everywhere, and up in the window watching outside and getting excited when he sees the doves come to the feeder outside the window. I have been hydrating him every day, and keeping on track with my schedule of supplements & meds. You just don’t know how happy it makes us to see him acting so normal today, he acts as if he feels really good.

Thanks you so much, everyday shows improvement."

While we wish all of our clients' cats could fare as well as Pierre, by doing all you can to help your kitty, at least you know you tried. Many pet owners feel dismayed after their pet's pass that they could have done more so it is important to try, even when the odds may not seem in your favor. We have seen pets turn for the better substantially after following our holistic protocols..
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Holistic Care For Dogs and Cats with Cancer

Holistic care for dogs and cats with cancer can definitely help. Regardless of whether or not you are proceeding forward with medications or chemotherapy, giving your cat or dog with cancer a better diet, supplements and holistic care such as acupuncture can only help.

Holistic veterinary care for dogs and cats with cancer is not meant to replace conventional veterinary care but rather is intended to accompany it. Clients often ask "My pet has been diagnosed with cancer--will this help?" or "will this interfere with the medication I am giving my dog?" If your dog or cat is still having a good quality of life, then giving them good nutrition and vitamins could make a signficant difference.

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

Some key objectives in using nutritional supplementation for cancer are:

1) Supportive care for digestion (many dogs with cancer have digestive issues)
Soothing Digestive Relief, Probiotic

2) Supportive care for the organs affected (e.g. liver support supplements if the pet has liver cancer)

3) Immune system support Immunitone

4) Detoxification to help release toxins Detoxification Kit

5) Antioxidants to neutralize free radicals (limited use with approval from your veterinarian if undergoing chemotherapy/radiation) Oxicell

You can find detailed information about how these products might help your cat or dog with cancer on Ask Ariel's cancer page: In addition, you might also consider scheduling a consultation with a pet nutritionist or holistic veterinarian regarding your dog's diet as dogs with cancer have very special dietary needs.
Monday, January 11, 2010

Dogs Eating Grass--Acid Stomach

One of the most common questions I receive is that pet owners notice their dog is eating a lot of grass. Some grazing on grass is natural but when a dog is specifically looking for it as if it needs the grass, this can be a sign of acid stomach or poor digestion. Many times dogs reach for the grass as a way to make themselves vomit too. If you notice your dog is eating a lot of grass, then the first thing is to try to also notice if your dog has tummy rumbling noises, loose stool, gas, vomitting or any other signs of gastrointestinal distress. This can be an especially serious concern in deep chested dogs that are prone to bloat. Some of the factors for consideration is that dry food--kibble can expand in your dog's stomach and be very hard for them to digest. This is especially true if the food contains grains such as corn and rice. Also, the food you are using may be void of quality nutrients such as fresh vegetables or omega 3 fatty acids, thereby creating a lot of acidity in the body.

The first thing to do if your dog is eating a lot of grass is to change the food. Most likely your dog is having trouble digesting it and/or may be allergic to it. Consider using a frozen raw food diet. If this is too costly, then consider using raw food as a portion of the diet. You can also try using a hypoallergenic food that is grain-free. Next, add a digestive enzyme and a probiotic to your dog's menu. We highly recommend Soothing Digestive Relief and Probiotic on AskAriel.com The Soothing Digestive Relief will help eliminate your dog's gas and tummy gurling and the Probiotic will help your dog's overall digestive system by replenishing the balance of flora.  If your dog seems nauseated, is smacking the lips, hunches down after eating or just seems uncomfortable after eating, chances are your dog may have acid reflux.  Acid reflux is very painful so the best thing you can do is add a natural acid reducer to your dog's regimen.  Many clients report that after using  Gastro ULC  along with the Power Probiotic, that their dog stops eating grass immediately.  If you have ever experienced the pain of acid stomach, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The Gastro ULC can be used instead of medications such as Pepcid which have side effects.  It is a natural acid reducer and is certainly worth a try but use it along with the Power Probiotic to help replenish the beneficial flora and ease the indigestion which is causing the acid stomach in the first place.
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Itchy Pets--Scratching and Itching?--Allergy Drops Will Help

New! Allergy Combination Drops to Help Pets That Are Scratching and Itching!

Ask Ariel is constantly searching for new ways to help you and your pets with allergies. There are many pets that are constantly scratching and itching and it takes time and dedication to find the right combination of formulas to help them. Ask Ariel has a full array of formulas and recommends that young pets start initially by using a hypoallergenic, grain-free diet along with our Pet Skin Package. However, if your pet has severe environmental allergies or is on a reduced protein diet (excess carbohydrates can make pets itchy), please consider our new homeopathic combination drops. These affordable drops are especially convenient for pet owners with small cats and dogs. Just combine the two formulas together and give to your pet inbetween meals. Some clients have reported exceptionally great results and found it to be the answer to finally help their pets stop with the constant scratching and itching from environmental allergies. Allergy Combination Drops Price: $28.95

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