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.
Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis and Her Rescue Dog Legend

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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.