Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CoQ10 For Cats and Dogs Help Kidneys, Heart, Gums and More

Fabulous Savings on This Premier Product For Pets (Purrfect Pet 60 mg) and People (CoQ10 100mg)
60 Softgels

SAVE $5 per bottle through Friday July 2nd
Indicated for pets with: kidney disease, heart disease, gum problems, stomatitis in cats, cancer and senior pets

Get great quality at an affordable price--a little goes a long way! Purity and potency guaranteed. Third Party Tested. CoQ10 varies greatly in quality and effectiveness depending on where and how it is manufactured. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. Other CoQ10 products might look the same, but could contain cheap materials and artificial ingredients that can be harmful to your pet!!! Be sure to use a gelcap, with CoQ10 from Japan, third party tested to ensure it is safe and healthy for your pet.

Easy to Administer to Cats and Dogs--Gelcaps can be squeezed on food for small pets or put into a broth and syringed in if pet is extra finicky! The CoQ10 is in an oil base that most pets will eat or give as a whole capsule to larger pets.

Critical antioxidant---essential for feline kidney disease and canine kidney disease, cancer, heart disease and overall good health. CoEnzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that is found in every cell of the body. It is critical for the production of energy and facilitates the activities of enzymes (the catalysts for all chemical reactions, e.g. energy production). As we age, our body's supply of CoQ10 diminishes, especially if taking cholesterol lowering drugs such as Lipitor. Numerous research studies on this vital nutrient have found it to be especially beneficial for diseases such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, gum problems, diabetes and more.

Buyer beware---CoQ10 is not the same---depending upon where and how it is manufactured, this vital nutrient may or may not be "bioavailable" and/or usable by the body. Purity and potency are extremely important when selecting a manufacturer of CoQ10. Purrfect Pet Coenzyme Q10 softgels use an advanced technology that provides an efficient and natural method of nutrient delivery, offering enhanced absorption and assimilation versus ordinary capsules and tablets containing Coenzyme Q10. This soluble, pre-emulsified form of CoQ10 is a great choice when you want to ensure better absorption of this powerful nutrient. Also, it is free of PEG, polysorbate 80 and Titanium Dioxide, which are often found in other CoQ10 softgel products.

This formula gives pets energy!!!! Watch them perk up especially when used together with the Resveratrol Synery.

The formula was just recently enhanced and is now backed by a clinical trial that yielded impressive results. Study results show peak absorption of Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is 8 times greater than dry powder and two times greater than its toughest human-grade competition when compared to dry powder, liposomal, nanoparticle, and partial dissolved in oil formulations. Purrfect Pet CoQ10 underwent other clinical trials as well, including a 36-hour peak absorption study to determine the total amount of CoQ10 absorbed and a 28-day steady state study to determine the amount of CoQ10 in the blood plasma available for use by the body cells. In these studies, Purrfect Pet CoQ10 was compared to a standard dry powder CoQ10 product. The results of the 36-hour absorption study showed that Purrfect Pet CoQ10 had a total absorption of 11.65% compared to dry powder having an absorption of 1.32%, which makes Purrfect Pet CoQ10 783% more absorbable than dry powder. The results of the 28-day steady state study showed that at the end of 28 days there were 8989 ug/ml of Purrfect Pet CoQ10 available for use by the cells, compared to 1623 ug/ml of dry powder CoQ10. This makes Purrfect Pet CoQ10 441% more bioavailable than dry powder CoQ10.

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is designed for optimal absorption, stability and cost-efficiency. Oral supplementation with CoQ10 is often desired to improve immune function, mitochondrial metabolism and energy production in the support of fatigue-related disorders, the enhancement of athletic performance, periodontal problems and the support of cardiomyopathy and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s. CoQ10 has also been demonstrated to be an effective antioxidant, reducing lipid peroxidation. It is extremely helpful for pets with kidney and liver disease as well.If your pet has kidney disease, cancer, a heart condition, periodontal disease or liver issues--this product should be an important part of the treatment regimen.

SAVE $5 per bottle on Purrfect Pet CoQ10 60 mg $36.95SAVE $10 per bottle on Q-Avail 100mg for people (and 100lb dogs) $52THROUGH Friday July 2nd
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Holistic Veterinarian Telephone Consultations

The Doctor Is In! Convenient Holistic Veterinary Care By Phone

Dr. David Gordon, Holistic Veterinarian and Medical Director at VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital in Lake Forest, CA is now available for telephone consultations on Wednesday and Saturday mornings to help you with your pet. Dr. Gordon will review your pet's medical records and provide you with advice regarding the best conventional and holistic veterinary treatment options. This is an especially convenient way to receive medical advice if you have a very busy schedule or don't have access to a holistic veterinarian in your area. Dr. David A. Gordon has over 25 years of experience in veterinary medicine and is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Dr. Gordon has a special interest in acupuncture, orthopedic pet problems and holistic medical therapies and is dedicated to giving his patients the best that veterinary medicine can offer. Of course, he is an expert in general veterinary medicine too. Click here for more on Dr. Gordon's credentials
This 30 minute medical appointment is recommended if you:
1) Would like a second opinion about your pet's health condition or veterinary treatments
2) If your pet has unusual symptoms and a diagnoses is unclear
3) If your pet is not responding to conventional veterinary care and you would like an additional holistic medical perspective
4) A personalized, focused discussion of your pet's medical prognsosis without having to stress your pet with car transport
Please note that if you are seeking indepth dietary and/or supplement advice, than a combination appointment with both Dr. David Gordon and Susan Blake Davis, pet nutritionist is recommended.
30 minute consultation cost: $149

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Feline "Fatty Liver" Hepatic Lipidosis

Dr. Dr. Gordon: My cat is very sick. I took him to the vet because he had become very lethargic. After the vet ran some tests, he determined that my cat has “fatty liver” disease. My cat is very overweight to begin with, but I did not know that he could get this disease just by being “fat”. The vet said that treatment can be very difficult. Can you help me understand this disease? RK

Dear RK: I am very sorry to hear that your cat is not feeling well. From time to time, veterinarians encounter cats that develop fatty liver disease or hepatic lipidosis. This is a disease that is specific to the cat, since its’ dietary requirements and metabolism are much different than the dog’s metabolism. Let me explain.

If a cat, especially an overweight cat, stops eating, it can suffer serious liver problems. Cats are extremely dependent upon having protein in their diets. Unlike many species, cats cannot adequately synthesize their own protein from other building blocks. If a cat is not taking in enough protein, it will start breaking down proteins from its body, including important muscle and liver proteins. At the same time, the body is starving for energy, so it mobilizes fat stores for calories, and carries this fat to the liver for processing. Normally, the liver would metabolize these fats to use them for energy, store them, or secrete them through bile. If the liver is missing some of the proteins needed for fat metabolism, all a liver cell can do is store the fat. The fat builds up inside the cells, a condition called hepatic lipidosis, or "fatty liver,"and the cells swell, pinching off bile ducts. Bile, with all its waste products, cannot empty from the liver into the intestine as it normally does, and the cat becomes jaundiced.These changes in the liver occur within 36 hours of not eating. Since the liver cannot metabolize the fat for energy, the cat suffers further starvation, setting up a vicious cycle of fat mobilization and liver damage. Although this buildup of fat inside liver cells is often associated with diseases that cause decreased appetite, or metabolic disorders such as diabetes, we also see cases that are idiopathic, or have no identifiable underlying cause.

The diagnosis is made by doing blood tests that may first indicate an increase in the liver enzyme values. Usually an ultrasound exam of the abdomen should be the next step, which usually shows the liver that is extremely “shiny” on the ultrasound image. A fine needle aspirate can then be sent to the lab so that the pathologist can definitively diagnose the problem.

Treatment of the condition can be difficult. If there are any underlying diseases that are causing the cat to have stopped eating (infection, inflammation, etc.), these must be addressed to allow the cat to feel better. But the cornerstone of therapy is to get the cat to eat once again. Many times, this is more difficult than it sounds, for the cats in this situation usually do not feel well enough to have any appetite, and they need a lot of calories to offset the metabolic effects of the disease. To counteract this, the veterinarian will usually suggest syringe feeding a very high protein and high carbohydrate diet up to 4 times a day. Sometimes appetite stimulants are used to encourage eating. If the patient is resistant to syringe feedings, a special feeding tube may need to be surgically placed in order to provide the cat with adequate nutrients to reverse the process. Once the cat starts eating on its own, the feeding tube can be removed.

Fortunately, most cases of fatty liver are reversible with intense veterinary care. Although most cats present being very ill and lethargic, the majority are able to recover as long as they begin eating on their own. This may take several days of hospitalization at the veterinary clinic however. Cats with hepatic lipidosis will then require dietary adjustments to help the cat return to a normal or near-normal weight. This should always be supervised by a veterinary professional. In addition, supplements such as Liver Terrain (liver support) , Oxicell, Probiotic and digestive enzymes to assist with fat digestion e.g. Lypozyme can be helpful as well. Fatty liver disease, aka “hepatic lipidosis underlies the importance of keeping cats at a healthy weight.
Friday, June 25, 2010

Dog Yeast, Dog Ear Infections---Myco-zyme Package Will Help!

Dog Yeast, Dog Ear Infections, Canine Candida

Myco-zyme Yeast Package on Sale through June 28th


Pets That May Benefit From Myco-zyme Yeast Package

1) Pets with chronic ear infections or pets that chronically scratch at the ears
2) Pets that have taken multiple rounds of antibiotics or steroids for skin problems
3) Pets that chew and lick on the groin area and genitals excessively (and UTI has been ruled out via lab testing)
4) Pets with chronic itching and skin problems that have previously been diagnosed with yeast overgrowth
5) Pets that have a musty odor, even after bathing (this can also be due to bacterial overgrowth)

Yeast thrives in moist locations of the body (e.g. intestines, ears, vagina, armpits, nasal passages  and moist climates, especially where there is a great deal of humidity. Often, when pets have allergies, chronic itching and skin problems, your veterinarian may diagnose both a bacterial overgrowth and yeast overgrowth. Antibiotics will address the bacterial overgrowth but can often lead to further yeast overgrowth. It is important after using antibiotics or steroids, to give your pet Probiotic to replace good bacteria as antibiotics kill off ALL bacteria--both good and bad. Please note that diets high in grains and carbohydrates can also promote yeast overgrowth. For optimal results, pets with yeast will respond best by using the Complete Myco-zyme Package along with Notatum (natural anti-inflammatory and anti-infection) along with Amazing Omegas. If you have a small pet, you might want to try the K9 Yeast Defense instead as it is easier to portion out smaller amounts. Please note that some pets with the symptoms above may have a bacterial infection as well and so it is always best to check with your veterinarian.
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Come Meet Susan and Get FREE Advice!

Get Expert Advice on Pet Nutrition

Meet Susan Blake Davis, a certified clinical nutritionist who provides holistic health consultations to pet owners nationwide, teaching them how food choices directly affect their pet’s health concerns. Susan is also on-staff at VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital. Stop by and learn about:

-What’s Really in Pet Food
-How Poor Digestion Can Lead to Allergies & Other Diseases
-Best Supplements to Keep Your Pet Healthy
-Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

Susan will be at The Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit located at 20401 Sun Valley Drive in Laguna Beach to answer your questions and help you optimize your pet’s health on:

-Tuesday July 6th from 4 – 6 pm
-Wednesday July 14th from 4 – 6 pm

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Diet For Cats With Digestive Problems, IBD and Intestinal Lymphoma

Q: My 16 year old Tonkanese cat has trouble with digestion. He sometimes has small hard stools or diahrrea and/or vomiting. He primarily likes sea food. The Vet sold us Royal Canin for digestion health. I'm not so sure about the ingrediants. Do you think this is a good choice. (cat doesn't like it) any other suggestions for a food that would help him? Vet says it could develop into IBD. Thanks for your help

A: Thank you so much for submitting a question. Your kitty's digestive problems are very common for senior cats. It seems that a lot of cats as they get older develop digestive problems which can include diarrhea, constipation, vomitting and discomfort. Many pet owners try the prescribed "prescription diet" from their veterinarians and the kitty doesn't want to eat it. Moreover, the prescription diets often contain ingredients such as corn, byproducts and other synthetic ingredients that may not be good for your cat.

What is hard for cat owners to understand is why their cat "suddenly" developed these issues. Most likely, the symptoms of diarrhea, poor digestion, vomitting, etc were evolving over time and now as a senior cat, it has become more apparent. What this means is that the general "inflammation" in the intestinal lining has been building and as your veterinarian mentioned, if untreated over time, can lead to intestinal lymphoma in cats. There are medications that can help but if possible and the symptoms are not too severe, starting with some supplements and a diet change is the best step.

The main issue is that you need to avoid poultry, sometimes seafood and most grains. You don't want to use a cat food that contains wheat gluten for example. All of these ingredients are hard for cats to digest and can be big allergens for cats. I am reluctant to recommend a specific brand as many of the high quality diets are very high in protein and depending upon your kitty's liver or kidney values, I would want to make some adjustments to the diet. In other words, if I recommended that you use Instinct rabbit by itself (which can work great for many cats), that may not be advisable for your kitty if the kidney values are even slightly elevated, which they often are in a 16 year old cat. Certainly adding some canned pumpkin to whatever diet you use will help add valuable fiber and helps regulate bowel motility.

Dietary changes alone, at this stage, will not be sufficient. It is very important that you also incorporate some natural nutrients into your cat's diet. In your situation, I would recommend using the Probiotic and using our IBD Kit. The Probiotic is highly purified, 3rd party tested and well tolerated by cats. It really helps to repopulate the bowel flora and most pet owners provide wonderful testimonials about how it reduces digestive symptoms and helps regulate their cat's bowel movements. The IBD Kit includes the Probiotic and really helps to heal inflammation and irritation that is causing the digestive symptoms.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vitamineral Green!

Dogs go crazy for the taste of Vitamineral Green and will lick their bowls clean!

Indicated For: general good health, liver conditions, immune weakness, acid stomach, BAD BREATH

Are you and your pet getting your daily dose of green vegetables??? Vitamineral Green is is an organic, whole food superfood combination. Unlike traditional multi-vitamin/mineral products, Vitamineral Green is non-toxic, exceptionally absorbable and is truly effective. It is a wonderful, nutritious powder that is made for people but great for pets. Unlike synthetic multi-vitamin/mineral products, the nutrients contained in Vitamineral Green are exactly as they occur naturally because they haven't been processed, heated or altered in manufacturing. This is a safe product for everyday use that can be sprinkled on your pet's food! Fabulous pet health product.

Most pet owners are misinformed and believe that simply giving their pet a commercial "balanced" pet food is sufficient. This just isn't the case because many of the valuable vitamins, minerals and enzymes are destroyed during the heating process---regardless of how "natural" the pet food. Vitamineral Green is especially needed for any pet suffering from liver disease or immune disorders. It will give your pet energy and revitalize their health. Great for pets who love to graze on grass---Vitamineral Green's organic grasses provide vital nutrients, enzymes and life force! We have researched many green superfood products and this one is simply the best!

Click HERE to learn more about Vitamineral Green!

Great for people and pets!

Easy to use--for people--rub on the wrist, for pets, rub on their ear tips! This is great news for people and pets that hate to take pills! The fabulous antioxidants are directly absorbed into the skin--backed by research--this is one special product. Excellent value too--a little goes a long way.

If you or your pet are suffering from liver problems, cancer, arthritis, kidney disease or other inflammatory conditions--this product can really help. OxiCell is a one-of-a-kind cream that delivers critical antioxidants into the body helping fight free radical damage and inflammation. It is an exceptional value--one small tub lasts for about 3-6 months. It is a safe, easy to use product for everyone in the family---particularly anyone of middle age or older*. We all know we need antioxidants---they are the scavengers that fight free radicals and toxins that affect our health and contribute to the aging process. OxiCell delivers two of the most critical antioxidants---Glutathione and SOD through a special liposome transport mechanism. This mechanism transports these vital nutrients through the skin into the bloodstream. What is so impressive about this product is that in the past, scientists have acknowledged the importance of supplementing with these antioxidants, but unfortunately they do not survive well in the gastrointestinal tract and would be lost---pills just don't work!!! Now, you, your family and your pets can get the benefits of this FABULOUS antioxidant cream. In addition to Glutathione and SOD, it includes other important antioxidants such as CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid and more.

Oxicell has delivered impressive results in research studies and in clinical findings among canine and feline patients of Ask Ariel. Here are some results that we have seen: several dogs with liver disease showed improvement in their liver panels, a 9 year old Boxer and other Senior dogs showed increased energy and vitality within 2 days of using OxiCell, an injured dog with inflammation showed dramatic improvement and reduced limping after one week on OxiCell, a dog with advanced skin problems showed vitality and improvement in the skin condition, a cat with liver issues showed improvement in liver values..... we could go on and on. In humans, Susan Davis had her blood tested before and after using OxiCell with a Spectracell oxidative stress blood test. Her antioxidant level percentage doubled!! Low levels of glutathione are associated with many diseases---especially liver disease. Please click on the Testimonials page and see the story about Cody Quinton. OxiCell helps lower and maintain improved liver function levels---it really works!

OxiCell is a powerhouse of antioxidants all in one cream with a liposomal delivery system. If you have a cat with kidney disease, Oxicell contains CoQ10 which is vital for supporting kidney function. This is an easy way to administer CoQ10 and other important antioxidants to your kitty:

Ingredients: Glutathione, Superoxide Dismutase(S.O.D), Vitamin E, Sam-e, CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Bayberry, Bitter Kola, Blue Gum-tree, Riboflavin, Ashwagandha root, NADH, ATP, Zinc, Sodium Chloride, Astragalus root, Juniper Berries, Brazilian Cress, Arnica, Fluoric Acid, Olive, Sweet Chestnut, Agrimony, Willow, Aspen, Gorse, Holly, Copper, Phosphorous, Manganese, Selenium

Who should use OxiCell? Well, just about everyone*. People with inflammation and especially those with arthritis, cardiovascular disease, tumors, cancer and other inflammatory conditions. It is critical for older patients and senior pets. People just rub a little on the inside of their wrists. Easy to apply on pets--just rub a little in the inside of their ears so they can't lick off.

Liver Rescue

Available in two sizes: 30 or 120 capsules and in our Pet Liver Support Kit

Pet Liver Support Kit--ON SALE NOW!

Vet-Approved Liver Support Program! Proven results, backed by research---see our testimonials! Pet Liver Rescue is a gentle, natural product with powerful results! We selected Liver Rescue as our liver detoxifying product for several reasons. First, it is a very simple product---containing primarily milk thistle and dandelion.. Where pets are concerned, we want to use the simplest formula possible with ingredients that we know will produce results. You might have heard from your veterinarian that your aging pet's blood liver levels are elevated but didn't know if there was anything that could help. Well---now there is!

Liver Rescue, along with OxiCell and Vitamineral Green can all work synergestically together to improve your pet's liver function.

A healthy liver is the key to good health. Liver problems are common and in today's world with so many preservatives, chemicals and artificial ingredients, the liver has to work harder than ever. The liver has everything to do with your pet's longevity and quality of life---it is a vital organ. The liver is the filter of all the toxins, preservatives and chemicals to which your body is exposed. Over time, with age, the toxins accumulate (just like the pipes in your home). The liver operates less efficiently and toxins are dumped into the bile which often then get rerouted into the bloodstream. It is very important then to cleanse and detoxify the liver.

Pet Liver Rescue Ingredients (2 capsules):

Milk Thistle 600mg

Dandelion Root Extract 200mg

Wasabi Japonica 100mg

Picrorhiza Kurroa 100mg

-Milk Thistle
Milk thistle nutritionally supports the liver's ability to maintain normal liver function. It has shown positive effects in treating nearly every known form of liver disease, including cirrhosis, hepatitis, necroses, and liver damage due to drug and alcohol abuse. Milk thistle works due to its ability to inhibit the factors responsible for liver damage, coupled with the fact it stimulates production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones.
Milk Thistle has certain chemicals that bind and coat liver cells. These phyto-chemicals not only heal previous liver damage, but also protect the liver from future damage. Milk Thistle is a powerful antioxidant and increases superoxide dismutase (S.O.D.) levels that nutritionally supports liver function and regeneration, and helps protect the skin.
Milk thistle has been proven to protect the liver from damage. The detrimental effects of environmental toxins, alcohol, drugs and chemotherapy may be countered with this valuable herb. The active chemical component in the herb is silybin, which functions as an antioxidant and is one of the most potent liver protective agents known. Clinical trials have proven silybin to be effective in treating chronic liver diseases and in protecting the liver from toxic chemicals.

A classic bitter herb, supports the formation of bile which detoxifies the liver. Dandelion supports liver function as a blood purifier. It is an excellent blood cleanser and is most effective on the liver, kidneys, and skin. It gradually restores tone to the entire digestive tract, without causing laxative dependence.
Dandelion is one of the strongest cholagogues and choleretics known. Its ability to promote the flow of bile is unequaled among the common herbs. It raises the secretion of bile by over 50%. It is used specifically to promote the health of the liver and related organs and glands. Research indicates that it aids recovery from many kinds of liver disease, including hepatitis, liver congestion, gallstones, and liver insufficiency.

-Picrorhiza Kurroa
The herb originated in and continues to grow primarily in the Himalayan mountains. The rhizomes or underground stems of picrorhiza are used. Picrorhiza's most important use may be in the support of liver health. Scientists think picrorhiza may benefit the liver in four ways. First, studies suggest that it may actually be able to stimulate the growth and regeneration of damaged liver tissues. Next, picrorhiza may be able to protect the liver from viral hepatitis infection and potentially toxic agents like alcohol and acetaminophen (ie. an overdose of Tylenol). Picrorhiza may exert anti-inflammatory effects on the liver as well. And finally, it may function as an antioxidant in the liver by limiting free radical oxidation of liver tissues.

-Wasabi Extract
The Japanese traditionally consume this rhizome as a condiment with sushi, but they also use it to enhance the liver’s detoxification process. Wasabi rhizomes contain substances that are very effective in detoxifying you liver, and that are also very strong antioxidants that provide you with good overall health benefits in their capacity to destroy the free radicals created by the pollution of modern living. With strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, Wasabi helps mitigate microbial elements or pathogens, which might be present in the liver.

Pet Liver Kit ON SALE!!!

Save $10 (15% off) on Our Pet Liver Support Kit

$10 SAVINGS through Friday June 25th

Sale Price: $47.50

Regular Kit Price: $57.50

The Pet Liver Support Kit contains 3 formulas: Liver Rescue, Oxicell and Vitamineral GreenThis is a basic kit that is helpful for any pets that have liver disease, liver shunts, microvascular dysplasia, gallbladder problems or any senior pet. The products provide gentle liver and gallbladder support helping the pet rid the body of toxins which can make their liver function sluggish. This kit is highly recommended for senior pets that are slowing down, showing signs of aging or have even the slightest sign of elevated liver enzymes. Also, the Liver Support Kit is very helpful for pets taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for arthritis pain such as Rimadyl or Deramaxx as these can affect your pet's liver over time.

Friday, June 18, 2010


(Curcumin + Arthrosoothe + Amazing Omegas)

ON SALE NOW--Save 10%

Veterinarian-Approved Supplement Package--Backed By ResearchThree fantastic formulas combined together at a discounted price to give your pet maximum joint support and pain relief! All formulas can be put directly into your pet's food bowl.

The Pet Arthritis Package includes:

-Amazing Arthrosoothe (120 capsules)

AthroSoothe is the most comprehensive arthritis product available. We reviewed hundreds of Arthritis products in the marketplace and this one hits the mark. Don't be fooled by cheaper alternatives---this product really works! ArthoSoothe contains Collagen, herbs such as Boswellia along with the ever important Green Lipped Mussel. There is no other product like it!

-Amazing Omegas (8 ounce bottle)

Simply the best fish oil available--purity and potency guaranteed! Excellent for joint support, skin and coat and overall good health. We have received testimonial after testimonial from pet owners who used other omega products before telling us about pets getting the softest, most lustrous coats with Amazing Omegas in just a few weeks! Amazing Omegas contains the highest quality, purest fish oil available on the market. This wonderful oil packs in 1500 mg Omega 3 fatty acids in just 1 teaspoon---this is 3-4x the strength of most pet omegas!!! And what makes this powerful supplement even better is that it is purifed with the highest standards (third party quality control tested) so that the usual aftertaste is eliminated. Why do we and our pets get an aftertaste and/or burping following ingestion of most other fish oils? This is because of the toxins that remain in the oil. Here is how the label reads on Ask Ariel's Amazing Omegas For Pets " This fish oil has not been chemically modified and hence supplies the Omega-3 fatty acids the way nature provides them. It is processed without solvents and is completely free of chemicals such as hexane. Third party testing also GUARANTEES that it is free of pesticides, PCBs, Dioxin and heavy metals including mercury."

Why is this so important? Well, so many of us are using fish oils with the best of intentions but when we use these products, if they aren't purified, they may be giving you and your pets some extra toxins along with the benefits. This is NOT the case with Amaziing Omegas--it is simply the best delivering therapeutically high levels of Omegas without the toxins!

-Curcumin Complex For Pets (60 capsules 400mg)

This product is a powerful anti-inflammatory that really works and is backed by extensive research. Great for cats and dogs. Easy to administer and economical. Winner!!!!!

C3 Curcumin Complex is a patented, unique composition of three bioactive, health-promoting curcuminoids: Curcumin, Bisdemethoxy curcumin, and Demethoxy curcumin. These are the strongest, most protective and best-researched constituents of the herb turmeric. Multiple studies show that this scientifically-extracted combination not only scavenges and neutralizes harmful existing free radicals; it also prevents their formation in the first place.These interactive antioxidants are proven to protect and strengthen vulnerable organs such as the colon, liver and heart. In addition, these standardized substances give the body powerful, natural tools to better control and diminish systemic inflammation. The naturally occurring turmeric root powder contains only 5-7% curcumin, while the C3 Curcumin Complex extract is concentrated to contain 95% curcuminoids, among which Curcumin represents the majority, 70% of the total extract. This means supplementing C3 Curcumin Complex would be far more therapeutic than simply adding turmeric to our foods. The crystalline structure of curcumin renders it difficult to absorb in the GI tract, similar to CoQ10. Designs for Health added lecithin, a powerful emulsifier, to enhance absorption; and bioavailability.

Curcumin shows excellent safety. It has been demonstrated to be safe in six human trials and has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity. Excessive inflammation is a common risk factor for disease occurrence and progression. Inflammation may lead to joint tissue destruction, cancer, cardiovascular events, insulin resistance/diabetes and brain/liver/kidney degenerative diseases. Curcumin was shown to reduce inflammation, whether acute or chronic, caused by physical injury, joint wear and tear (as in osteoarthritis), chronic infections or inadequate antioxidant protection.

Give your pet relief from pain and the best joint support available!

"Thank you so much for recommending these terrific products to us. Our golden Jake was really slowing down. He wasn't able to jump on the bed anymore and was having difficulty getting up the stairs. Within 2 weeks of using these products, he is feeling so much better. He is much more energetic and seems like his old self. Thank you Susan and Ask Ariel"

-The Miller Family Denver, Colorado

Save 10% on the Pet Arthritis Package- Regular retail: $80.50 Sale Price: $72.50
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Golden Retriever is Scratching and Itching Constantly

Q: Dear Ariel: My 5 year old Golden Retriever Ginger is scratching, chewing and itching constantly. I can't sleep because she wakes me up shaking the bed. She licks at her private parts and has some small red sores on her tummy. I am feeding her a good dog food Nutrimax and bring her to the veterinarian but he just keeps giving her more antibiotics and shots. Is there anything else I can do?

A: So sorry to hear that Ginger is scratching and itching. This can be a big problem especially during this time of year. For immediate relief, it is important that you do bring Ginger back to your veterinarian as you don't want her to have her infections get worse. However, for long-term relief, it is important to determine the cause of the underlying infection.

It is essential to use Pet Allergy and Skin Package to help Ginger feet better. The Pet Allergy and Skin Package helps reduce inflammation, reduce itching, and improves your pet's immune response.

It sounds as though Ginger has allergies. She may have both environmental and food allergies. For Golden Retrievers and other dogs with allergies, the first thing you want to do is be sure to remove all potential allergens from the diet. This includes corn, grains, wheat, chicken, beef, peanut butter, etc from her diet. Also, dogs that eat dry kibble may also have additional itching problems because dry food can sometimes contribute to yeast overgrowth as well.

In addition to a hypoallergenic diet, you would want to also give Ginger some supplements to help support her immune system and give her much needed relief from her symptoms.
Here is a list of suggestions:

1) Pet Allergy and Skin Package---The Pet Allergy and Skin Package includes a very powerful fish oil called Amazing Omegas which helps to reduce inflammation and is great for allergies. The Proaller and Notatum combination work together to reduce itching, inflammation and improve your pet's immune response.

2) Allergy Combination Drops---The Allergy Combination Drops are especially helpful for small pets who may be difficult to administer pills. Try putting a few drops on your fingers or directly into your pet's mouth. These drops help to relieve symptoms quickly by reducing the toxins that may contribute to allergy symptoms.

3) Power Probiotic---This is important for all pets and helps in so many ways. Pets have stronger digestive symptoms which flush out toxins which can cause allergic reactions. If your pet has been on antibiotics, using Power Probiotic is very important to repopulate the "good bacteria" that can be eliminated taking the medications. Also, Power Probiotic helps your pet's immune system thereby helping allergy reactions overall.

There are a few other products you can try on for environmental allergies specifically such as Syallgen for Allergies and AllerEaze. Sure hope you can try a few of these products with Ginger as I know they will help her feel better.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kidney Health for Cat Kidney Disease

Indicated For: Impaired Kidney Function, Modulation of the Immune System, Liver Disease, Cancer

Critical for canine kidney disease and feline kidney disease!!! Great Taste too! This enzyme product is safe yet powerful and works in two ways to help chronic renal failure: 1) on an empty stomach at night---helps break down toxins from proteins in the blood, reducing symptoms of uremia (nausea your pet experiences in the morning) 2) taken with food---it breaks down the protein, improving digestion and reducing the load on the kidneys. This pet health product is a must for feline kidney disease or canine kidney disease!!! It is also important for other conditions such as liver disorders as well. Best of all this product is easy to administer. Simply open the capsules and sprinkle on food. We have had excellent taste approval from even the pickiest cats who seem to really like the taste.

Kidney Health Protein Support For Pets is a powerful, yet very safe, enzyme formula that provides vital systemic benefits including support for modulation of the immune system, breakdown of proteins in food, reduction of heavy metals in the body, control of allergy symptoms and support for impaired kidney function. Please note that this brand is SPECIAL---just like with Power Probiotic, these are exceptionally high quality enzymes that really work. The product is expensive but it is because Kidney Health Protein Support For Pets is manufactured as a pure, effective product without lots of additives and other herbs---it is worth the price!! This product is extremely beneficial for pets with kidney impairment because it helps to break down the proteins and reduce the amount of toxins in the blood. This can help your uremic pet feel much more comfortable. Glomerulonephritis results in a build up of protein in the membranes of the glomeruli of the kidneys. Fluids must pass through this membrane in the intial phase of the filtration of the blood by the kidneys. Research on protease and proteolytic enzymes in general is promising and can be extremely helpful in cases of kidney disease. The product can be taken with or without food depending upon the objectives you are trying to achieve. This is a high quality, premium product that can achieve health benefits in a variety of ways! There is no substitute---you will not find the same quality and purity in the stores!

Manufacturer Information:Ingredients:
1 capsule: Tzyme Protease Blend 638mg(acid neutral, alkaline, exo/endo peptidases, bromelain and papain (335,017 HUT)Calcium Citrate 9.6 mg

Other ingredients: Vegetarian capsule (cellulose and water)

TPPTM Protease is a proprietary blend of highly active proteolytic enzymes with a wide range of pH stability. Proteolytic enzymes taken orally under certain conditions have been shown to be absorbed in substantial quantities into the blood. Once in the blood circulation, the enzymes in this blend bind to serum proteins, particularly alpha 2-macroglobulin (a2M), and impart immunomodulatory benefits. One of the best-established functions served by the oral proteases in TPPTM blend is in the maintenance of normal blood flow. This is accomplished by breaking down blood clots (fibrinolysis) and platelet aggregation within blood vessels and breaking down excess extra-vascular plasma proteins as in edema. TPPTM Protease will also enhance the hydrolysis of food proteins for enhanced bio-availability of amino acids.

-IMPAIRED KIDNEY FUNCTION - Glomerulonephritis: In this disease there is a build up of protein in the basement membrane of the glomeruli of the kidneys. Fluids must pass through this basement membrane in the initial phase of the filtration of the blood by the kidneys. Recent research using an animal model of this disease "lends further support to the concept that enzymes capable of degrading immune complexes in situ can ameliorate glomerulonephritis".

-HEAVY METAL TOXINS - Heavy metals such as lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) exert their poisoning effect by binding to ionizable or sulfhydryl groups of proteins, including vital enzymes. Once these metals bind to an essential functional protein, such as an enzyme, they denature and/or inhibit it. This interaction of heavy metals to proteins can lead to degenerating diseases, nerve damage or even death. When taken on an empty stomach, it should be noted that protease is readily taken up into the mucosa cells of the intestine and passed into blood circulation. Clinical observations have noted that upon high intake of TPPTM Protease, heavy metal concentrations have been significantly decreased in the blood.

-MODULATION OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM - As a result of their coupling to a2M, Tzymeô proteolytic enzymes exhibit an increased binding of several very important cytokines (hormones-like molecules which have a powerful influence on immune cells) such as Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-b), and Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-a). Studies have indicated that oral hydrolytic enzymes affect cytokine synthesis and modulatory effects. For instance, TNF-a synthesis, which is a necessary step in host defense against tumor cells, is impaired when experimentally inactivated oral proteolytic enzymes were used. Thus, active, GI stable and functional oral enzymes that are absorbed in the blood stream can provide therapeutic applications. In addition, studies have shown that oral proteolytic enzymes increased the tumoricidal and cytotoxic activities of polymorphonuclear neutrophils.

TzymeTM Protease Blend in TPPTM Protease provides vital systemic benefits that include support of adequate blood rheology for optimum flow of immune cells, their meditating molecules, hormones, blood cells and other vital molecules and cells. The superb absorption abilities and high functionality of this product are certain to enhance and optimize overall protein hydrolysis. These benefits, in turn, facilitate and support a wide array of metabolic processes.

Bromelain, an important addition to the TzymeTM Protease Blend, is a protease derived from the pineapple plant. It has been used for many years as a digestive aid, anti-inflammatory and burn debridement agent. Its actions help to prevent swelling/edema, promote smooth muscle relaxation, inhibit platelet aggregation, and enhance antibiotic absorption. Bromelain is also used in cancer treatment, ulcer prevention, sinusitis relief, appetite inhibition and shortening of labor. Proteolytic enzymes administered orally improved the survival time, the hematological parameters of spontaneous lymphoblastic leukemia in rats, and the metastasis and survival time of mice with Lewis lung carcinoma.

Purozyme For Uremia and Canine Kidney Disease


100 Capsules

Indicated for: Pets with kidney disease, cancer, liver disease. Helps pets that have taken a lot of medication by providing a gentle "detox". Excellent value!

Purozyme is a blood purifier and gentle detox formula that is especially helpful for feline and canine kidney disease and general liver support. It helps relieve the symptoms of uremia---toxic buildup in the blood. We have seen pets with uremia show marked improvements in appetite and energy as a result of using this wonderful supplement . Many pets with kidney or liver disease will be especially inappetant in the morning. Giving Purozyme at bedtime can help. It contains well-researched liver support herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion and burdock root. It is an enzyme blend that contains Protease which helps break down the toxins from excess protein in the blood. The herbs and enzymes work together in the body to help rid the toxins from the blood.

Purozyme does just that--it helps to "purify" the blood by using enzymes to break down toxins. It is helpful for cancer and for helping reduce toxic buildup from taking excessive medications. For example, patients who have undergone surgery may have a buildup of toxins from pain medications and anesthesia in their system. Purozyme helps to cleanse the toxins from the blood. One capsule of Purozyme contains the following: Calcium 18 mg Magnesium 13 mg Bromelain 1,312,500 FCC Protease 60,000 HUT Lipase 245 LU and 432 mg of a proprietary blend of the following: Aloe Vera Extract, Milk thistle, White Willow, Red Clover, Alfalfa, Sarsasparilla, Dandelion, Burdock, Yellow Dock, Capsiucum, Other ingredients: vegetable cellulose

Please note that this product needs to be given at bedtime or mid-day away from a large meal. It can be mixed with broth in a syringe and administered in liquid form if this is easier. This gentle formula is worth the extra effort!!!
Purchase, or read more about Purozyme- at AskAriel
Monday, June 14, 2010

In Memory Of Beloved Robert Weinstein, My Stepfather

Our dear Bob passed away yesterday. He just celebrated his 83rd birthday on June 5th. He made an incredible fight but the pneumonia and complications from open heart surgery were just too much for him.

Bob was a thoughtful, generous and caring person who took care of Selma, our mother for 38 years. They had a wonderful life together and enjoyed terrific times going on cruises, shopping and just being together. He could never do enough for Mom who was disabled with multiple sclerosis, diabetes and then later Alzheimers. His only concern was always what was best for Selma.

Bob was a wonderful father and stepfather and gave so much of himself. He was so kind to others in his community too and for years volunteered his time to bring in baked goods for the seniors in his apartment complex.

Bob suffered terribly as a result of the complications due to his surgery. We are so grateful he is at peace now and will miss him terribly. We love you Bob. You will live forever in our hearts!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Miracle Cure- Probiotic For Dogs and Cats

Probiotic For Dogs and Cats

Indicated for: bad dog breath, cats and dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), skin problems, pets that have been on antibiotics or steroids, diarrhea, chronic urinary infections, yeast, stomach upset, eye stains, poor digestion, immune support, stomatitis, pets eating a raw food diet

Very powerful probiotic for cats and dogs. Easy to administer--even for picky pets. Just open capsules and sprinkle on food! (We have never had a problem even with the most finicky cats!) Guaranteed potency and purity. This is not the type of product you could find in the health food store---it is very carefully manufactured and will really work for conditions such as gastrointestinal issues, immune weakness, candida, bad dog breath and more. If you or your pet have taken antibiotics or prednisone in the past, this product is critical for restoring the good bacteria and balance of flora. Power Probiotic for Pets is a formulation of a carefully mixed selection of microorganisms helpful for the GI tract. The organisms in this product will help stabilize and maintain a healthy intestinal probiotic ecosystem. TzymeTM is the trademark of a proprietary blend of highly active, functional enzymes. These enzymes are pH balanced and GI tract stable. This blend is formulated to enhance the digestive process and impart systemic benefits. Probiotics are essential for your pet's good health because they support digestion, help fight infection and enhance overall immunity.  If your cat or dog has been on antibiotics or corticosteroids such as prednisone, it is essential to repopulate with the good bacteria known as "friendly bacteria".  If your dog occassionally drinks chlorinated pool water (not found only in the pool!) and is displaying diarrhea, it is important to use these beneficial bacteria. Thus, it is critical to supplement your dog or cat with probiotics, particularly when there are symptoms of digestive disturbances, yeast overgrowth or urinary tract infections.

Not all probiotic supplements are alike. In fact, many lose their potency before you ever open the bottle. And... many probiotics that are manufactured for pets are of inferior quality. They are easily killed by heat, air and moisture. This probiotic for cats and dogs has been tested extensively and has shown to be 95% effective EVEN after exposure to 100 degree heat for over a week. We have tried many pet and human probiotics on the market and have found this blend to be highly effective but also an excellent value for the quality.

Please note that it is very important to use the Probiotic if you are feeding your pet a raw food diet. The Power Probiotic helps to balance out the intestinal flora and promotes optimal health and immune function. This product can be safely used for very young pets and should be considered a part of a pet's "diet" rather than a supplement, especially if using a raw food diet.

Ingredients: The value of the "friendly bacteria" normally found in the digestive tract, such as L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. salivarius, L. sporogenes, and B. longum is well established. L. plantarum is actually used as protective cultures to improve microbial safety of foods. This usage comes from their secretion of "bacteriocins" which are proteins that are lethal to certain other bacteria. L. plantarum has also been found in animal models to inhibit the translocation of bacteria from the gut to other organs (e.g., liver, lymph nodes). Oral supplementation with L. acidophilus can enhance anti-infective mechanisms of defense. Research has suggested that one mechanism for the beneficial effects of swallowing L. acidophilus is stimulation of the production of interleukin-1 alpha and tumor necrosis factor-alpha. These substances have potent cytocidal and cytostatic effects on tumor cells. The mechanisms of immune support by B. longum have been widely studied in animal models. It has been found that B. longum stimulates the immune system by enhancing the activity of natural killer cells in the spleen of rats and by stimulating intestinal IgA production. L. casei has been demonstrated to have an immunostimulatory effect in human subjects. These beneficial bacteria promote the immunological barrier of the gut by the intestinal secretion of IgA. L. sporogenes is a very resilient organism. It can sustain various conditions of the GI tract and helps to control pathogenic organisms. This bacteria is readily activated by the gastric acid and migrates down the GI tract where it produces lactic acid and various bacteriocins. L. salivarius is a very resilient and highly prolific bacteria. Its actions reduce the production of toxic amines. These organisms produce highly active proteolytic enzymes that enhance hydrolysis of proteinaceous compounds in the colon. Probiotic also contains lactoferrin, which is currently the object of considerable study. Lactoferrin has been shown to be an effective antibacterial agent. It is even found in tears and serves as one component of the defense of the outer eye. Supplementation with lactoferrin has been found to inhibit bacterial translocation (from the digestive tract to other organs and systems), probably due to its suppression of bacterial overgrowth. Jerusalem Artichoke is rich in inulin which is a polymer of fructose, also called fructooligosaccharides (FOS). FOS have been shown to serve as effective nutrients for intestinal well being.
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--Includes 1 oz bottle of Allertotal + 1 oz bottle of Allerdrain

Easy to adminster to small pets! Drops must be used together to achieve results. Great for dogs and cats. These are gentle homeopathic formulas to help your pet cope with chronic allergies. Some clients report that these drops are finally the answer to helping their pets with environmental allergies.

Allertotal--Homeopathic remedy for environmental allergies such as pollen, hay fever, housedust and helps to cope with food sensitivities as well.

Allerdrain--helps the body drains which can result in allergy-related rashes and skin disorders. Helps provide genearl cleansing and desensititization support.

These Allergy Combination Drops should be used along with a hypoallergenic diet, Amazing Omegas and Probiotic.

Best Fish Oil For Dogs and Cats-- Amazing Omegas

Amazing Omegas For Pets
8 ounce bottle! Wow--you'll be amazed at the results you will see from our very own "Amazing Omegas". Does your pet have a dry flaky coat? Backed by research--provides immediate help for itching, scratching, skin problems and many other pet health conditions. Save by purchasing online---instore purchase price $30, online price varies by quantity.

Amazing Omegas is especially beneficial for the following conditions:
--Dog and Cat Skin Problems, especially dry, itchy coats
--Dog and Cat Kidney Disease
--Dog and Cat Heart Disease
--Dog and Cat Cancer
--Dog and Cat Liver Disease

We have received testimonial after testimonial from pet owners who used other omega products before telling us about pets getting the softest, most lustrous coats with Amazing Omegas in just a few weeks! Amazing Omegas contains the highest quality, purest fish oil available on the market. This wonderful oil packs in 1355 mg Omega 3 fatty acids in just 1 teaspoon---this is 3-4x the strength of most pet omegas!!! And what makes this powerful supplement even better is that it is purifed with the highest standards (third party quality control tested) so that the usual aftertaste is eliminated. Why do we and our pets get an aftertaste and/or burping following ingestion of most other fish oils? This is because of the toxins that remain in the oil. Here is how the label reads on Ask Ariel's Amazing Omegas For Pets " This fish oil has not been chemically modified and hence supplies the Omega-3 fatty acids the way nature provides them. It is processed without solvents and is completely free of chemicals such as hexane. Third party testing also GUARANTEES that it is free of pesticides, PCBs, Dioxin and heavy metals including mercury."

Why is this so important? Well, so many of us are using fish oils with the best of intentions but when we use these products, if they aren't purified, they may be giving you and your pets some extra toxins along with the benefits. This is NOT the case with Amaziing Omegas--it is simply the best delivering therapeutically high levels of Omegas without the toxins!

The oil may become cloudy when refrigerated which is normal and does not alter product efficacy. Natural Vitamin E has been added to keep the oil fresh by preventing oxidative damage.

Golden Retriever with Chronic UTIs, Allergies and Skin Problems

"Bella is our fourth and most sensitive golden. 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

Ingredients:-Serving Size 5 ml (1 teaspoon)
-Servings Per Container 40
-Calories 40
-Calories from Fat 40
-Total Fat 5 g
-Saturated Fat 1 g
-Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
-Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
-Cholesterol 32 mg
-Omega-3 Fatty Acids 1355 mg
-EPA 725 mg (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)
-DHA 450 mg (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
-Other Omega-3s 180 mg

Other Ingredients: natural lemon flavor, natural tocopherols (vitamin E).

How to adminster to your pets:
Most dogs love the taste and will eat Amazing Omegas when it is in their food. Some sick pets with inappetance and many cats will not be especially inclined to eat any type of nutritional supplement initially. For these pets, what we recommend is starting with just a drop on food and slowly increasing. Because Amazing Omegas is so potent and bioavilable, much less is needed than with other fish oils and the benefits are much more pronounced.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Testimonial For Layla- Pancreatitis

Canine Pancreatitis

"Layla is a 3 year old Yorkshire Terrier who was diagnosed with pancreatitis in October of 2008. Our vet wanted Layla to be put on canned prescription formula to manage this and I knew I couldn't do that because I didn't agree with the ingredients in these foods. I talked to a friend who had used Susan in the past for her Yorkie with great success. Our vet was quite sure that Layla's issues could not be managed with a home cooked diet but we were determined to try. From the moment I talked to Susan in our first consultation I knew that Layla was in good hands and that through her help, everything would be fine. Layla was put on a strict diet and along with Susan's LypoZyme and Probiotics. Layla's Spec numbers went from 740 (under 400 is considered normal) in October, down to 164 in February. Our family is beyond thankful to Susan and all that she has done to save our girl from a lifetime of horrible canned food. I recommend Susan to anyone I meet who is considering home cooking or who is dealing with a dog with health issues- I just can't say enough about how knowledgeable Susan is and how deeply she cares."

The Pluss Family, Feb. 2009, Canada
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Teddy's Testimonial- Canine Liver Cancer

Canine Liver Cancer

In April 2008, our 10-year-old dog, Teddy, a Chow Chow rescue, was diagnosed with a liver tumor. Our vet did not know if it was cancer at the time. As Teddy’s tumor grew, he was able to be tested, and cancer was confirmed. We were told he was too old for conventional treatment and, as his cancer progressed, to simply keep him comfortable. The vet had no hope for his recovery from canine liver cancer.

Our family decided to treat Teddy’s liver cancer condition with a holistic approach. We found Susan Davis through her website. We scheduled a phone consult, and the surprising results began. Susan customized a diet and supplement plan for Teddy, and we saw a marked difference in just two weeks. His overall health continued to improve.

We chose to have Teddy living with canine cancer instead of dying with cancer. He lost his brave battle on January 8, 2010. Teddy’s vet felt it was a miracle that he survived for so long. Our family knows that it was a miracle, thanks to Susan. We were blessed to have found her. She made it possible for us to have extended time with our wonderful Teddy.

Susan and her team are professional, well-informed, caring, and most responsive. The ability to consult with Susan by phone and e-mail is extremely convenient. We highly recommend her services, particularly when pets are young, to start them off on a healthy, all-natural diet.

–The Nardoni Family 2010

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Your Pet’s Diet: Does It Really Matter?

Homemade Diets For Pets

You just got back from the veterinarian and you feel completely overwhelmed. You just found out that your beloved 10 year old Poodle Dusty has been diagnosed with canine diabetes. Your veterinarian told you that Dusty is very sick and that if he doesn’t stay on the proper diet, he could die. You want to do everything you can to save Dusty and never realized how important his diet and weight were to his health. You think back on all those delicious treats you gave him and now worry that your loving care may have somehow harmed him. You want to do everything right from this day forward but don’t even know where to start.

If your pet was just diagnosed with diabetes, liver disease or other life-threatening illness, your veterinarian will most likely give your pet a “prescription diet”. Your veterinarian’s office may carry a commercially prepared food that is specially formulated for your pet’s condition. These diets can be a lifesaver in that you can immediately get your pet on the right course. While they are nutritionally balanced to address your pet’s condition, the sources of the nutrients are not as wholesome as if you were to prepare the food yourself. You want to do the very best for your pet and consider the possibility of preparing a homemade diet. Regardless, now that your pet has been diagnosed with a health condition, it is imperative that you stick to the diet. Every time you stray, you could potentially put your pet’s health at risk. For example, diabetic pets require a carefully regulated routine of food, exercise and insulin administration to avoid potential large swings in blood sugar levels.

Supplements that can help with canine diabetes include: Amazing Omegas, Protease, Lipoic Synergy and Probiotic. You can find these on

Prior to a pet being diagnosed with a critical illness, most pet owners don’t realize the importance of proper nutrition for their pet. We want to spoil our pets and thus we give them everything from table food to every type of treat imaginable and our pets become overweight. Being overweight is not only problematic from an appearance standpoint, but it is directly linked to the onset of some critical illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and liver disease. For example, in Dusty’s situation, Dusty was approx 8-10 pounds overweight. Many owners are in denial and think the extra weight gives them more to love. What the extra weight represents is extra sugar in the body, more insulin that needs to be released, more work for the heart, liver and digestive tracts and ultimately the onset of disease.

Beyond just the weight issue, what you feed your pet can directly affect your pet’s quality of life and aging process. Many commercial pet foods are lacking in sufficient enzymes, Omega 3 fatty acids and natural antioxidants. Even some of the highest quality brands may use inexpensive, potentially allergy-provoking fillers such as corn, soy, gluten, food colorings, preservatives and byproducts. Most pet owners never look at the labels and just rely on the advice of a friend, breeder or neighbor. Before purchasing pet food, take a look at the ingredients. Are there names you can’t pronounce? Ingredients you have never heard of? There are plenty of quality natural holistic brands of pet food that do prepare food naturally without byproducts, preservatives, etc. You can readily find them on the Internet or at boutique natural pet stores. These foods may come raw in the freezer section or as kibble or in cans.

Supplements that can help with diabetes include: Amazing Omegas, Protease, Lipoic Synergy and Probiotic. You can find these on

As an alternative to the holistic pet foods, another even more healthful option is a balanced and well prepared homemade diet. Homemade diets use fresh ingredients and can provide optimal nutrition for your pet, when they are properly prepared. However, the key here is balanced and properly prepared. Many people try to do it themselves and this can, in fact, cause more harm than good. A little information can be dangerous. This is because most homemade disease-specific diets on the Internet are very general and many sick pets have multiple health conditions. For example, someone with a pet with diabetes may read about a high protein diet online that has lamb or liver in it. These high fat ingredients would not be a good choice for a pet with diabetes that also happens to have pancreatitis or elevated liver enzymes. Thus, before you choose to pursue a homemade diet, you really need to seek out an expert who can develop a specific custom diet for your pet. Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist can assist you with or your veterinarian may be able to provide you with a referral.

In summary, the key to your pet’s good health is to take action NOW and not wait until your pet has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease that requires a restricted diet. Even if you don’t think you would have time to prepare a homemade diet, start first by taking a look at the label of your pet food. Many times, in an effort to save money, people will switch to a lower cost brand without realizing that they will pay many times over at the veterinarian’s office AND with their pet’s health. For instance, many pets with constant scratching, itching and coat problems are miserable because they cannot digest and are allergic to the corn, soy, wheat and fillers and other ingredients found in many commercial pet foods. I have seen countless numbers of pets whose allergy symptoms and skin problems resolve once they are put on an all-natural hypoallergenic diet. Similarly, try to remember that those brightly colored treats that are made to artificially taste like bacon, cheese, etc are there for your benefit (and purchase) not your pets. A far better choice would be to give your pet fresh vegetables such as carrots or a piece of apple. Believe it or not, most pets love vegetables and will readily eat them if their owners ever gave them a chance! Vegetables, along with fresh wholesome foods will help your pets achieve optimal health and ensure that they will live a high quality of life for years to come!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dog Scratching, Dog Constantly Itching, Dog Hot Spots-- Holistic Care Can Help!!

Stop Endless Scratching and Itching!

Most people think that when their pet is scratching and itching, it must be fleas. But most concerned pet owners are routinely using preventative flea products and yet their pets continue to scratch and itch. If a pet owner is using flea preventative products and the itching still continues, then further investigation is warranted.

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

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

Here are some general points about allergies you should be aware of:

1) Allergies are cumulative. In other words, a pet may have both food and environmental allergies but the symptoms only become noticeable during certain times of the year. This doesn't mean your pet doesn't have allergic reactions all the time. It just means that the situation builds up similar to a balloon that fills up with air until it pops. In your pet’s case, it may mean that all of a sudden your pet has hot spots or starts chewing on its paws or rear end during the hot summer months but most likely has underlying digestive issues all year round.

2) Cats and dogs may display allergy symptoms differently. Cats may have respiratory symptoms, vomiting and other digestive disorders due to allergies as well as skin reactions. Dogs may have scratching, itching, chewing on fur, ear infections, scooting on their rear end and weepy eyes.

3) Most of the time, pets have BOTH food and environmental allergies. There is no one medication or supplement that will cure your pet’s symptoms. Skin problems are tough and require a comprehensive effort. Using the following protocol for your pet can be helpful:

Topical treatment in the form of therapeutic baths (available from your veterinarian) and natural sprays (If your pet is allergic to grass, try washing paws after going outside).

Special hypoallergenic diet—Keep the following ingredients out of your pet’s diet. There is no “one” allergy diet that works for everyone. Each pet is different. You will need to try a few diets and/or learn how to prepare a homemade diet. We offer consultations via telephone or in-person at VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital and can assist you with this.

Common Allergens in Pet Food:
-Gluten (found in wheat, barley, spelt and other grains)
-Milk Products
-Casein (found in cheese)
-Beef (problem for some dogs)
-Chicken (problem for some cats and dogs)
-Fish (cats can often be allergic)
-Peanut Butter (big allergen!)

Air purifier—an air purifier can greatly help with environmental allergies. Try to get one that either has a hepa filter or ozone purifier. You and your pets can still benefit from an air purifier even if doors and windows are frequently left open.

4) Use supplements to help your pet cope with allergy season to reduce inflammation and overall discomfort. Be sure to include a generous amount of Omega 3s from fish and flax oil, bioflavanoids such as quercetin, digestive enzymes and an effective probiotic. There are also some homeopathic and Chinese remedies that are very helpful for controlling allergy symptoms. AskAriel has a full spectrum of products available to assist pets with allergies.

5) Finally, if your pet is suffering from allergies, please be advised that there is usually no “quick fix”. Medications such as prednisone, antibiotics and antihistamines can provide short-term relief but a comprehensive holistic protocol can help heal your pet for the long-term. Before using any holistic protocol, an initial visit to your veterinarian is warranted. This is because skin issues can be a sign of an underlying endocrine condition such as hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease and/or your pet may have some serious infections that need to be addressed as well. A veterinarian exam, blood test and doctor’s diagnoses regarding the type of infections your pet has are critical to help your pet get well. Using a combination of both conventional and holistic veterinary medicine seems to deliver the best results for dogs and cats with allergies and skin problems.

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EPA Warning Regarding Topical Flea Products

EPA Warning About Topical Flea Products

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increased restrictions and cautioned consumers to use extra care when applying topical flea treatments. We understand how important it is to use flea and tick prevention, and wish to remind you that many diseases arising from NOT using flea and tick preventatives can cause serious, even deadly consequences. We, are not advising that all clients should stop using them, rather, that caution should be taken and that each pet's specific situation should be evaluated. What we are recommending is that you review the EPA advisory.  Of special concern are cats, certain breeds of dogs and any immune-compromised or sick pets. We are offering a discount on telephone consultations so that if you would like to discuss this issue, along with the special needs of your pet, we would be happy to assist you.

Due to the need to evaluate each pet's specific situation and health concerns in depth, we regret that we cannot provide advice to you over email.

Here is the press release issued by the Environmental Protection Agency:EPA to Increase Restrictions on Flea and Tick Products Cautions Consumers to Use Products with Extra Care Release date: 03/17/2010 WASHINGTON – Due to a significant increase in adverse incidents, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs. Immediately, EPA will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements. Next, EPA will develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. EPA expects these steps will help prevent adverse reactions. In dogs and cats that can include skin effects, such as irritation, redness, or gastrointestinal problems that include vomiting or diarrhea, or effects to the nervous system, such as trembling, appearing depressed or seizures—from pet spot-on products. “EPA is committed to better protecting the health and safety of pets and families in all communities across our nation,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. “New restrictions will be placed on these products, and pet owners need to carefully read and follow all labeling before exposing your pet to a pesticide.” Following the 2008 increase in incident reports, EPA received additional information from the pet spot-on pesticide registrants and others and began an intensive evaluation of these products. Today, EPA is reporting the results of this evaluation, and taking steps to address the spike in reported incidents. Among immediate actions that EPA will pursue are: · Requiring manufacturers of spot-on pesticide products to improve labeling, making instructions clearer to prevent product misuse. · Requiring more precise label instructions to ensure proper dosage per pet weight. · Requiring clear markings to differentiate between dog and cat products, and disallowing similar brand names for dog and cat products. Similar names may have led to misuse. · Requiring additional changes for specific products, as needed, based on product-specific evaluations. · When new products are registered, granting only conditional, time-limited registrations to allow for post-marketing product surveillance. If there are incidents of concern associated with the product, EPA will take appropriate regulatory action. · Restricting the use of certain inert ingredients that EPA finds may contribute to the incidents. · Launching a consumer information campaign to explain new label directions and to help users avoid making medication errors. In addition, to improve the regulatory oversight of pet products, EPA will require more standardized post-market surveillance reporting on adverse effects, require submission of more sales information so the agency can better evaluate incident rates, and bring up-to-date the scientific data requirements on pre- and post-market testing so they are more in line with the Food and Drug Administration’s requirements. Flea and tick products can be appropriate treatments for protecting pets and public health because fleas and ticks can transmit disease to animals and humans. While most people use the products with no harm to their pets, the agency's analysis determined that smaller dogs tend to be disproportionately affected by some products and that the exposure of cats to some dog products is a concern. People should carefully follow label directions and monitor their pets for any signs of an adverse reaction after application, particularly when using these products for the first time. EPA recommends that owners consult a veterinarian about the best way to protect their pets from fleas and ticks or whether pesticides are needed, especially before using any product on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products. EPA is coordinating these actions with Health Canada as Canada also identified similar concerns about the use of spot-on flea and tick products last year, and with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. The agency is inviting public comment on how best to implement these new measures. A Federal Register notice announcing the opening of a docket will be published on March 19, 2010. The docket number is EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0229. To read the EPA’s report on the evaluation of products and incidents click here)

EPA recommends that veterinarians use the National Pesticide Information Center’s Veterinary Pesticide Adverse Effects Portal to report incidents: information on pet products and safety tips: Click here to view Ask Ariel's Products and Services

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