Thursday, December 29, 2011

Labrador Retriever Rescued From the Ice

Thanks to the firefighters, Jake the black labrador was saved from icy freezing waters! Good thing he was wearing a dog tag too!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cat with Diarrhea and IBD Losing Weight

Q: How do I get wet diarhea off my cats butt and back legs. She has lost a lot of weight and is very frail

A: Sorry to hear your kitty is so sick. There are quite a few things you can try to help stop your cat's diarrhea. First and foremost, be sure to take your cat to the veterinarian. Your cat could be very dehydrated and may need fluid therapy and/or medication. Also, using a few supplements such as Power Probiotic or the IBD Kit would really help too.

Cats often develop diarrhea and IBD due to the food you may be feeding. Do not feed your cat food that contains grains such as wheat, gluten, oats, etc and also for some cats, poultry may be an issue. Be sure to watch this: 
You can also try giving your cat a teaspoon of canned pumpkin with each meal. Canned pumpkin helps to regulate bowel function and firm up the stool.
Friday, December 9, 2011

Golden Retriever Getting Recurring Ear Infections

Q: I have put both of my Golden Retrievers on a grain free diet. Both are doing well including improvement of a loose stool issue with my senior dog. My youngest dog is 3, he has has also improved in some areas but does get reoccurring ear infections from yeast even on a grain free dog food. What are possible other causes for him to get recurring ear infections?

A. Ideally, for pets that are getting recurring yeast and ear infections, you want to use a raw frozen diet, if at all possible. Raw frozen diets are highly digestible. You can use a raw frozen diet in combination with homemade. You just need to be sure the proteins are completely hypoallergenic. You can learn more about food allergies in pets by watching the Food Allergy Webinar.

In addition, for Golden Retrievers and dogs prone to allergies and ear infections, it is a good idea to use K9 Yeast Defense. K9 Yeast Defense controls yeast overgrowth and helps prevent recurring infections. Using a good probiotic, such as Power Probiotic,  along with the product will boost your Golden Retriever's immune system. Finally, Amazing Omegas reduces inflammation and allergic response. Many Golden Retrievers are prone to allergies so using the raw food diet (hypoallergenic proteins) along with the recommended supplements should prevent any future ear infections and yeast.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hypothyroidism in Dogs Can Be Helped with Diet

Q: Is there a relationship between my dog's hypothyroidism and his diet? I have a 7 year old labrador retriever who has just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. He is about 10 pounds overweight and has been eating a commercial kibble.

A: This is a great question. Yes, there is absolutely a relationship between the quality of a pet's diet and thyroid health. Your labrador retriever's hypothyrodism can definitely be helped using an improved diet, plenty of vegetables and a few supplements.

Dogs with hypothyroidism can benefit from BioThyroBioThyro is a natural glandular product that supports thyroid function.

Imbalances in the thyroid occur differently in dogs and cats. Dogs can have a tendency to become hypothyroid while cats can become hyperthyroid. Some pets may have allergies or food intolerances and when the food is ingested, it can cause inflammation and a heightened immune response. If your dog has skin allergies, ear infections and/or is itchy, the food you are using could be a problem. It is important to give all allergic dogs and cats a grain-free, hypoallergenic diet. In addition, using a purified omega oil such as Amazing Omegas can make a big difference, too.

In addition, giving pets foods that contain chemicals, byproducts and other unhealthy ingredients can cause digestive problems. All of these factors; namely; inflammation, heightened immune response and digestive problems, can affect a pet's thyroid function. If your labrador retriever is hypothyroid, I would recommend using a using a grain-free, low allergen diet (such a Natures Variety Instinct raw rabbit and canned) and consult with your veterinarian about adding a thyroid supplement such as Biothyro.
Monday, December 5, 2011

SAVE a LIFE!!! Rescue Dogs Available For Adoption Saturday December 10, 2011

Come meet Skippy, Simon and William at PETsMART in Aliso Viejo located at 27961 Aliso Creek Road. On Saturday they will be out in front of PETsMART from moon - 4pm. Stop by and say "hello"!

Our newest arrival, "Skippy" is a two year old Cairn Terrier mix. Skippy has spent a lot of his young life in a shelter. He was at the OC Animal Care Center in March 2011, returned in August and returned again November for being "too active".

Skippy is a perfect choice for a fun, companion dog! He has an excellent temperament and is friendly with other dogs ~ he would be a great companion for your dog. Skippy is just 10 pounds and is fully grown. Skippy is great with everyone ~ men, women and children ~ he would be a great dog for the entire family! He is an active, friendly companion that you can take everywhere ~ he loves to ride in the car and likes to go for walks. Skippy also loves to play with his doggie toys. Skippy would like nothing better than to sit in your lap and keep you company."

"Simon" had found a home in April 2011. He went home to be a companion for their other dog. Unfortunately Simon's owners decided that they could no longer care for their dogs. Simon was returned to Ariel Rescue. He is now looking for his "forever" home.

Simon and Skippy play together in their foster home. Simon would make a wonderful companion for you and for your dog. Simon is very playful and likes to play with his doggie toys. Simon is great on the leash and loves to go for walks.

Sweet "William" is also looking for a home. William is a two year old boxer who is a real gentleman. He is very well-behaved and loves to go for rides in the car.

William was not brought up with dogs when he was younger, so he will need to be the only dog in the home. William would make a wonderful companion for someone who wanted a quiet, calm, well-behaved dog that would love to sit at your feet and keep you company.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Loyal Dog Guards Grave of His Owner

Our pets means so much to us and one of the reasons is that they are such loyal true friends. This dog's loyalty is beyond measure.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Diet For Bichon Frise Bladder Stones (Calcium Oxalate Stones and Struvite)

Q: We have a lovely soon going to be 8 yr old Bichon Frise that has had 3 operations to remove bladder stones. I believe the first two were Struvite in nature but the last one was Cal Oxalate. She is scheduled for another surgury next week for more Cal Oxalate stones. Are there any proven diets that you are aware of that reduce the chances of forming Cal Oxalate stones? We love our dog but aren't sure how many surguries she can take without harming her??? Thank You, Ron & Carolyn Began

A: Sorry to hear that your dog has had constant bladder stones (struvite and calcium oxalate stones). While it is true that some breeds such as Bichon Frise are more prone to developing bladder stones, we have worked successfully with many of these pets to prevent future bladder stones from reoccurring. Diet has everything to do with it! Using the appropriate diet along with some key supplements can make a tremendous difference in preventing future bladder stones. From a conventional veterinary perspective, pets are given prescription diets that manipulate the urinary pH which are often unsuccessful. These diets contain corn, byproducts and other fillers and there are much healthier, nutrition options. In addition, by altering the pH of a pet's urine one way using prescription diets (e.g. in your dog's case, she had struvite which grow in alkaline urine) the pet then becomes too acidic and develops calcium oxalate stones which grow in acidic urine. The key is to get your pet on a diet that is pH neutral using wholesome, hypoallergenic foods.

It's essential to give your Bichon supplements to prevent future bladder stones.  Renelix 
is a veterinary-recommended product used successfully with cats and dogs that have recurring crystals and stones.  This natural remedy is beneficial for cats and dogs with urinary tract crystals, stones, kidney disease and accumulation of toxins in the urinary tract.  Power Probiotic  is a must for any dog or cat that has stones, crystals or chronic UTIs.  These pets have taken multiple rounds of antibiotics which can destroy the beneficial bacteria in your pet's immune system.  Many probiotics don't survive a pet's stomach acid and are manufactured in such a way that they are only "live" at the time of manufacture.  If your Bichon has had constant infections, then it is essential to keep your dog on Power Probiotic, a multi-strain probiotic to help fight infections and recurrences.  Using herbs such as cranberry, uva ursi and d-mannose found in the Pet UTI Prevention formula will also help.  Finally, for dietary assistance, there are much more natural alternatives. Ask Ariel will provide a free diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order.  Please be sure to include your pet’s diet on the order form at checkout.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dangerous Foods For Pets - Keep Your Pets Safe on Thanksgiving!

At Thanksgiving, it is very tempting to want to “treat” our pets to something special such as gravy, turkey drippings and table food. These high fat foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting and overload the pet’s digestive system. Many small pets, especially, can be adversely affected from what might seem, is a tiny piece of Thanksgiving dinner.

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

If you really want to give your pet an extra snack, then please plan ahead. Keep safe treats such as your pet’s favorite treat available or consider having fresh vegetables (steamed or raw), a piece of baked yam or a small piece of LEAN meat set aside. Show family members the "safe" treats for your pet and have an appropriate amount clearly displayed in a special dish. Once the treats run out, be sure the "treating" stops.
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Dangerous Foods For Pets

The following foods can be dangerous to pets:
* Chocolate

* Grapes or raisins

* Onions (cooked or raw)

* Sweets (cookies, cake, ice cream, etc.)

* Rolls/bread (many pets are allergic to gluten)

* High fat foods such as butter, gravy or drippings

* Cooked bones (they can cause choking and tearing in the GI tract)

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Table Scraps Can Make A Dog Sick!

We love to spoil our pets! But, please be careful with table scraps. Table scraps can be high in fat and may contain spices and unusual ingredients that can make your dog sick. With Thanksgiving approaching, don't let your dog end up in the emergency room with pancreatitis. Keep trash tightly closed and feed your dog regular meals (3 is best). Keep a variety of healthy treat options handy (freeze dried food, vegetables and dry kibble work great!) so that you can pamper your dog with foods that will keep them healthy and happy.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

What's In Pet Food? Ingredients That Should Not Be Included In Pet Food

Recently I spoke at the Pet Food Industry Advisory Committee Meeting at the Palms in Las Vegas. Many of the leading pet food industry manufacturers were present. I spoke about the ingredients that should be included and NOT included in pet food. Specifically requested that corn, byproducts, wheat, gluten and chemicals such as ethoxyquin be eliminated from pet food. Explained to them about how these ingredients are not natural foods that pets should eat and how they contribute to health problems in pets. Here is a clip:

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Friday, November 11, 2011

SAVE a LIFE!!! Rescue Dogs Available For Adoption Saturday Novermber 12, 2011

Come meet William and Rosie at PETsMART in Aliso Viejo located at 27961 Aliso Creek Road. On Saturday they will be out in front of PETsMART from 10:00am - 4pm. Stop by and say "hello"!

"William" 2 year old Boxer -- he is very handsome!
William is very sweet and is very good on the leash. He would love for you to take him for a walk! Isn't he cute in his "bee" costume?

"Rosie" 3 year old Parson Russell Terrier / Cairn Terrier mix with a very sweet temperament--she is very affectionate. Rosie is great with other dogs and would make a wonderful companion for you and your dog!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Body Condition Score For Pets--How Do You Know if Your Pet Is Overweight?

Take a look at the chart below and compare it to your pet. This will give you a general idea of whether or not your pet is under or overweight. If your pet is overweight, reduce the amount you are feeding your pet, even if it is less than what is recommended on the bag. Every pet's metabolism is different and many times pets need substantially less than what is recommended on the product bag.

Malamute with IBD--What diet and supplements can help?

Q: My 8 y/o Alaskan Malamute has IBD. He is currently going through a flare up due to stress because we recently moved to New Mexico from Nevada with the military. Lab tests have ruled out parasites and other diseases so the vet diagnosed it as stress induced IBD flare up. I agrees since I can see that he is stressed at home. What can I do to calm his mind and digestive tract? Please help. when my baby is not feeling well I don't feel well.

A: IBD is generally a result of food allergies. There are supplements that will definitely help your malamute such as the Ask Ariel IBD Kit. In addition, it is really important that the diet you give your malamute avoids the allergic foods indicated in this webinar:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cat is Vomiting and Has IBD

Q: I have a 15 yr old kitty who has always been a barfer, believe me tests and money spent--nothing except maybe she had hairballs and she has had enemas when she gets constipated which is also something from time to time she has had even as a kitten. We did bloodwork, no prob; ultrasound showed IBD or IBS---she has lost weight, a lot for her size, vomits most of her wet food several times a week. likes dry food---i just now got her to eat only wet w/pumpkin, probiotics, flax, etc...and a small course of pred to help the inflammation. Everything fine for a couple days now she just barfed her prednisone and her food. She is a real pain to subQ; the older cat gets fluids 2x a week, he is easy but she hates it! i havent attempted since she bit me so hard i lost feeling in one of my joints. She is ordinarily a sweet cat but seems cranky and unhappy. I am adding glutamine to her diet and i think the wet is going to be ok w.fiber, etc...but she now threw up. it has been 4-5 days i thought we had it taken care of. she also leaves hard little pellets outside the box. can i give her Colace? I also give her lactulose which she doesnt like but i think helps--but even i can tell she needs hydration. thanks--

A: So sorry your kitty has been so uncomfortable. Chronic vomiting is usually due to food allergies. The most common food allergies in cats are poultry, grains and sometimes fish. Try using a grain-free diet with novel protein such as rabbit. That should definitely reduce the vomiting and IBD symptoms. Definitely use the Power Probiotic to help your cat's IBD, digestive problems and kidney concerns. The Power Probiotic is a multi-strain formula that helps to repopulate the bowel with good flora. This good bacteria helps to reduce inflammation in the bowel which will help your cat digest her food better and also help to promote normal bowel movements. It is very easy to administer--tasteless and is just a powder that is put in the food.

Canine Cushing's Disease--Holistic Care Can Help!

Can holistic care, nutritional supplements and dietary changes make a difference for a dog with Cushing's Disease? YES! Dr. Gordon and I have worked with quite a few dogs with Cushing's Disease and have seen some very exciting improvements.

Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) in dogs -- Symptoms may be varied and vague. Pets may display some of the following symptoms resulting from the production of too much adrenal hormone:
•excess water consumption
•increased urination
•increased appetite
•bloated, pot-bellied abdomen
•high blood pressure
•hair loss--usually symmetric
•thinning of the skin and fur
•susceptibility to infections and diabetes
•weakening of the skeletal muscles; exercise intolerance

Concerned pet owners might first notice that there are skin sores that keep recurring or that their dog's drinking and urination patterns have changed. Sometimes symptoms are much more subtle or in early stages; pets may only display a few (if any) of the above symptoms. Laboratory tests can be inconclusive and/or show abnormal liver values. Quite often there is NO definitive diagnoses but only subtle signs.

There is help! There is hope! Pet owners can become discouraged because their pet's condition is not clearly diagnosed and symptoms are vague. While it is very important to work with your veterinarian to determine an underlying cause, there are some natural holistic care treatment options that can help restore your pet's overall well-being.

First and foremost, revisiting your pet's diet is key. Many times, pets with possible Cushing's have some elevation in liver enzymes and using an appropriate, all-natural diet will make a significant difference. If you need help, we offer telephone consultations to advise you about the very best diet and supplement plan for your pet.

We also have supplements that have worked quite successfully with pets that have Cushing's Disease. Please work with your veterinarian to evaluate whether these supplements would be appropriate for your pet. While there are several drugs available for Cushing's Disease, these can have side effects. You might want to try pursuing a holistic approach first and then if you don't get significant results, you can then try the medication.

Phosphatidyl Serine is a supplement that naturally helps the body reduce cortisol levels and can be very helpful. Phosphatidyl Serine has many benefits and is a nutrient essential for brain function. We have seen pets with Cushing's Disease benefit significantly from this supplement, avoiding the need for medication. Because Phophatidyl Serine is crucial for the overall health of brain cells and is not found in food sources, this gentle supplement is definitely worth a try!

Liver support is critical for dogs with Cushings Disease. Many pets with Cushing's Disease have elevated liver values and alkaline phosphatase. Some may have gallbladder issues and sluggish bile. Our gentle Liver & Gallbladder Nutritional Supplement for Pets has been quite effective in for pets with elevated liver enzymes, sluggish gallbladder function and difficulty digesting fats. Oxicell is a one-of-a-kind topical cream that delivers glutathione, SOD and other important antioxidants (vital to the liver and over health) directly into the body. This product is very easy to administer, helps fight free radical damage and inflammation and is also an important product for pets with Cushing's Disease. Finally, some pets can also benefit from Bioadreno because pets with Cushing's often have adrenal exhaustion and need extra support. Bioadreno can give pets energy and new vitality but should be discussed with a veterinary professional before using.

In summary, holistic care can definitely help dogs with Cushing's Disease and pet owners should explore both conventional and holistic veterinary care options. We are here to support you and help your pet live a long and happy life!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

What To Feed Chihuaha That is Allergic to Wheat?

Q How can I improve my 4lb, 14 month old, Chihuahua's life if she is allergic to wheat? I give her wheat free food & treats but her fur is still dry and falls out a lot! Also, how do feel about giving my Chi's "meaty bones" to help fight against tartar? Are the dogs to small for these bones?

A: Many pets and people are allergic to wheat and grains. In general, I do not recommend giving pets any grains because they can trigger allergies and a lot of health problems. It sounds as though your dog could benefit tremendously from Omega 3 fatty acids. Since your chihuaha is very sensitive, you need to be especially careful about using fish oil. This is because there are a lot of contaminants in most fish oils which can cause even more problems. Try the Amazing Omegas as the oil will quickly help your dogs coat and reduce shedding. Also, using a multi-strain powerful probiotic such as Power Probiotic will help your chihuaha's overall allergies and teeth. Usually pets accumulate tartar when htey are not digesting their food properly. Using a raw frozen diet that contains ground-up bone is a safer choice for such a small dog.
Friday, November 4, 2011

SAVE a LIFE!!! Rescue Dog Available For Adoption Saturday November 5, 2011

Come meet William at PETsMART in Aliso Viejo located at 27961 Aliso Creek Road. On Saturday he will be out in front of PETsMART from noon - 4pm. Stop by and say "hello"!

"William" 2 year old Boxer -- he is very handsome!

William is very sweet and is very good on the leash. He would love for you to take him for a walk! Isn't he cute in his "bee" costume?

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Keep Pet Food Inside and Prevent Mold

Important Pet Food Storage Tip-If you use dry pet food, storage of the food can impact the freshness and overall health benefits to your pet. Please store the food inside your house in a cool, dry area. If you store the food outside (even in a garage), the food can attract moisture and develop mold and bacteria that might not be readily visible. Dry food left in the garage also attracts unwanted critters such as rodents. Inside, keep the food in the original bag with a secure closure or if you prefer to transfer into a separate tub, please be sure to keep the lid tightly closed.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips For Pets

Please follow these important precautions to ensure that you and your your pets have a safe and happy holiday!

1) Keep candy (chocolate is toxic) away from pesky paws! Many of our pets display amazing dexterity to reach those delicious sweet treats. Gum and diet candies are also toxic if they contain Xylitol. Xylitol can have fast, fatal consequences because it can cause a precipitous drop in blood sugar (acute hypoglycemia) and/or liver failure. It is easy to leave a pack of gum sitting out on the counter or on the car seat. Doublecheck before bedtime to make sure that the candy and gum has been stored in a secure cabinet in all rooms!

2) Watch out for Jack O'Lanterns and burning candles. Pets can easily knock them over, starting a fire. Electrical cords can be fun for a puppy to chew on. Be extra vigilant about keeping an eye out for your pet's location and activities.

3) Keep all cats (particularly black cats) and shy, nervous dogs safely inside a room away from the noise. Doorbells and excited trick-or-treaters can be very scary to them.

4) If your dog is happy greeting guests (and may even like to dress up!), then be sure to hold your dog firmly on a leash when you open the door. Masks and costumes can be very confusing to pets. Even a very calm dog might snap if a scary figure in a dark costume rapidly approaches them and the dog feels threatened.

5) Be sure all pets are fed and walked before trick-or-treaters arrive.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Momma and Baby Bears Hibernating in Winter

Ever wonder what hibernating bears do in their den? This is a wonderful video (humorous too!) with a full view of baby bears nursing with Momma bear in the den in Canada. Fabulous footage of baby bears and wide awake Momma inside the den!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CoQ10 Recommended for Cats and Dogs with Kidney and Heart Disease

Purrfect Pet CoQ10


The Very Best CoQ10 For Pets!

Especially helpful for:

*All pets 5 years+
*Pets with kidney disease
*Pets with cancer
*Senior pets--gives them energy
*Pets with heart conditions
*Pets with gum bleeding and stomatitis
*Cardioprotective support during chemotherapy or radiation

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.

If your pet has kidney or heart disease or arthritis, we highly recommend using this product with Renelix. Renelix is a kidney detoxification formula that helps with kidneys support, urinary tract infections, heart disease and overall support for seniors. Many clients report that their senior dogs' arthritis greatly improves as it helps to relieve pain deferred by the kidneys and rear leg weakness. We sell the Purrfect Pet CoQ10 along with Renelix at a special discounted package price for your convenience.

Renelix + Purrfect Pet CoQ10 at a discounted SALE package price of $71.95

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 60 mg SALE price $31.95

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Need Your Feedback About Ingredients In Pet Food

I am excited to be speaking on at the Pet Food Industry Advisory Conference in Las Vegas. We will be speaking about what ingredients should be included in pet foods and what manufacturers need to do to keep pets healthy and happy. We have a list of ingredients that should and should not be included in pet food. Will also be covering how social media is influencing consumers and educating pet owners about what is best for their pets

If you have any comments, please post them here. We would love to hear from you!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Holistic Care For Dog with Seizures Offers Hope For All

Legend's Big Day--Just wanted to take a moment and share my joy that Legend, my husky rescue dog just celebrated 6 months without having a seizure. He is not taking any medication--we have achieved these results purely with holistic care. Prior to having him, Legend was exposed to many toxins. He is such a sweet, gentle dog and gets along with everybody.

Anyhow, my wonderful boy started getting the most awful grand mal seizures. It is hard to explain to anyone who has not witnessed the suffering---the pet loses complete control of bodily functions, stares at you with blank eyes and paddles uncontrollably on the ground. It is heartbreaking. We put Legend on a completely hypoallergenic diet and use a combination of omega oils and supplements such as Liver Rescue, Brain Vitale, Neuroflam, Oxicell, Biothyro, etc. I feed him 3x a day because I noticed the seizures always happened after several hours of not eating. The time between seizures spread out--initially it was 13 days and then 2 months, etc and now we are so blessed to be at this point. I just want to share hope with all of you so that you know that even when it seems that there is no possibility of success, trying a natural approach can (sometimes requires some trial and error) have a positive outcome.
Monday, October 17, 2011

Immune Support For Feline Herpesvirus 1

Dr. David Gordon, Holistic Veterinarian
VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital
Lake Forest, CA

What is Feline Herpesvirus 1?

Cats are exposed as young kittens to a variety of viruses. Among the most common is Feline Herpesvirus 1. Feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1 or feline rhinotracheitis virus) causes acute respiratory and occular illness known as rhinotracheitis. The virus affects domestic and wild cats worldwide.

Rhinotracheitis is characterized by respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, nasal discharge, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the eyelid). It also affects the reproductive tract and can cause complications during pregnancy.

Which Cats Are Affected?
80% of all kittens are exposed to FHV-1. Cats of all ages and breeds are susceptible, although it is more common in the following:

Kittens, especially those born to infected mothers

Multicat households, catteries, and pet adoption shelters, especially those with:
--Physical (e.g., temperature) or psychological (e.g., introduction of a new cat) stressors
--Poor nutrition
--Poor sanitation
--Poor ventilation

Pregnant cats that are lactating

Sick cats (especially sickness associated with a weakened immune system or other respiratory infection)

Unvaccinated cats

How is Feline HerpesVirus 1 Transmitted?
FHV-1 is shed through the discharge from an infected cat’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Contact with these secretions is a potential mode of transmission. The most common mode of transmission appears to be contact with contaminated objects that an infected cat has touched or sneezed on including cages, food and water bowls, litter trays, pet owner's clothing, and the pet owner's hands.

The same pathogenesis occurs with the feline herpesvirus as with the human herpesvirus. Once an individual is exposed and the infection is overcome, the virus remains in the body in a quiet or latent form. During the course of the cat's lifetime, the herpesvirus can become active again during times of stress, other disease, or times when the pet's immune response is compromised, and the herpesvirus will again cause the same upper respiratory signs as it did when the cat was younger.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

5 Easy Tips To Give Pets Pills

Think of giving your pet a pill as a STRATEGY GAME (such as chess)---not a chore. If you approach it this way, you’ll be sure to win every time!

1) Try hiding the entire capsule in something special:

--unique flavor/brand of canned food (only given with the pill)
--small meatball
--mashed potato or yams
--plain yogurt or hummus
--baby food
--canned pumpkin or butternut squash
--coconut oil (please do NOT use peanut butter---many pets are allergic!)

2) If your pet manages to lick off the special treat and drop the pill, try:

--opening the capsule and mixing into food; start with a small amount—just a dash and then steadily increase as your pet gets used to the new taste

3) If your pet won’t eat the food, then find a special “topper” such as canned salmon or a small piece of meat or crumbled freeze dried food

---open the capsule (supplements ONLY--not medications), sprinkle in a small spot and put the special topper right above the powder from the supplement capsules

4) If unsuccessful, try showing your pet the special treat, then opening your pet’s mouth, inserting the pill gently into the back of the throat, massaging it down and then:

--reward your pet for taking the pill and give them the special treat so that you are assured the pill has been swallowed

5) Finally, for some pets, using a syringe may be the quickest and most foolproof way to administer pills

--open all the capsules and/or crush the tablets, mix the powder together with some broth and squirt into your pet's mouth (not for medications--just supplements)

The first time is always the hardest but then once you have your routine, the "pill administering" game is easy and you'll both win because your pet will feel better!
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Feeding Pets Twice A Day Helps Their Digestion and Blood Sugar Regulation

For optimal health, it’s best to feed pets at least twice a day in portioned meals. This helps to regulate their blood sugar, improve digestion and overall health. If you free-feed, especially in a multiple pet household, there is a possibility that one pet may eat more than another which can lead to obesity. With a little time and patience, pets will get accustomed to a regular feeding schedule. Leaving out a few snacks or a small amount of dry food during the day while you are gone is ok, but save the larger portion of food for regular feeding schedules.

If your cat or dog has diabetes, it is important to feed them a high protein diet. Using Lypozyme and Power Probiotic will help improve digestion and metabolism. The Power Probiotic is very important because pets with diabetes are especially prone to urinary infections.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Raw Frozen Diets Can Help Pets With Diarrhea

Did you know that raw frozen food can be a great choice for cats and dogs with diarrhea? Many pet owners may be afraid to try raw food if their pet has a sensitive tummy but raw food is highly digestible and can often be the answer you are looking for when a pet has soft stool. Raw food can reduce your pet’s stool size so there is less to pick up too!

We have had great results using the Natures Variety Instinct brand. In particular, we especially like the venison and rabbit flavors for pets that have allergies. Introduce the new diet slowly a little bit at a time. For smaller pets, it’s best to start with 1/2 of a 1 oz medallion and even for larger pets, start with 1 medallion per meal. Give your pet a chance to adjust to the new diet and then slowly increase with more raw food each day, using less of your old food.

There is a misnomer that you can't mix raw food with other forms of food, but this isn't the case. The raw food is especially helpful for most pets in firming up stool, but you can also try a little bit of canned or freeze-dried too. Pets with chronic diarrhea can also benefit from using the Power Probiotic and Soothing Digestive Relief Formula. The Power Probiotic restores the proper balance of flora and enhances immune health. The Soothing Digestive Relief Formula helps relieve gas, abdominal pain and indigestion. It helps pets better digest nutrients which is very important for pets with diarrhea and malabsorption.
Monday, October 10, 2011

Labratory Tests (Blood and Urine) Are Essential to Pet Health

Have you brought your pet into the veterinarian for an annual check-up? Plan ahead before the holiday rush and bring your pet in for annual blood and laboratory tests as well as a complete health and dental exam. A visit to the vet is not just for vaccinations. Also, be sure to request a fecal exam too. Many pets can have worms, parasites and giardia without symptoms. These are highly contagious to other pets.

Before the holidays come upon us, be sure to have your pet completely checked out. Disease sets in long before you see the symptoms. For example, kidney disease doesn't even show up as abnormal on your pet's blood test (values are Creatitine, BUN and phosphorous) until your pet has lost 75% kidney function. Discovering problems at their initial stages is the key to keeping your pets happy and healthy. Be proactive about your pet's good health. Early detection of common health problems such as elevated liver enzymes, kidney disease, and diabetes will help ensure you will have lots of extra time to spend with your beloved pet.
Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dolphin Tale--A Wonderful Movie for Animal Lovers!

If you love animals, you will fall in love with "Winter" the beautiful dolphin who stars in Dolphin Tale. Her remarkable story of recovery gives hope to so many people and children, especially those with disabilities. A Dolphin Tale is based on the true story of a dolphin that washes up on a beach entangled in a crab trap and the relationship she develops with a young lonely boy and the fabulous rescuers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Also it brings to the forefront the hardships faced by many of our veterans who lose limbs defending our country. Winter's spirit and the dedication of those who help her is inspiring. This movie is uplifting and great for people of all ages!!!
Friday, October 7, 2011

SAVE a LIFE!!! Rescue Dogs Available For Adoption Saturday October 8, 2011

Come meet Holly, Chloe and Gracie at PETsMART in Aliso Viejo located at 27961 Aliso Creek Road. On Saturday they will be out in front of PETsMART from noon - 4pm. Stop by and say "hello"!

"Holly" 5 year old Cairn terrier mix with an excellent temperament--she is very affectionate. Holly has a new 'do. Doesn't she look cute?

"Chloe" 3 year old Boxer mix -- she is just gorgeous! Chloe is very sweet and is very good on the leash. She would love for you to take her for a walk!

"Gracie" 3 year old Boxer / Great Dane mix -- she is just gorgeous! Gracie is very athletic and would love to be your running partner. She is very good with other dogs and would make a great companion for your dog.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Warning Signs: When To Take Your Cat or Dog To the Veterinarian

Dr. David Gordon, Holistic Veterinarian
VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital
Lake Forest, CA

Many times a phone call to the veterinarian is all that is needed. However, these warning signs warrant an immediate visit. If your cat or dog shows any of the following, please take your pet to the veterinarian right away.

· Any eye trauma

· Blood in urine or stool

· Vomiting or diarrhea--more than 1 instance

· Pet is lethargic, listless

· Insect bites (a small bite can cause a severe reaction)

· Limping

· Swollen stomach

· Punctures and abrasions (fur can hide a much deeper wound)

· Snake bites

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Puppy with Demodex Mange Gets New "Leash" on Life

Annie was in big trouble. She was at the Orange County Anmimal Care Cernter, which is a high-kill shelter in Orange, California. Annie was being kept in isolation because she had tested positive for Demodectic Mange. All dogs have demodectic mange, but their healthy immune systems keep it under control.

Annie's immune system was compromised because of the stress of having to survive on the streets. She was four months old when she was brought to the shelter. The shelter had her listed as a male, and they had named her "Comet". She was not up for adoption to the general public. She had fur loss on her face and on her front legs.

Ariel Rescue saw that she needed our help! An Ariel Rescue volunteer was allowed to visit with "him". The kennel attendant had been told not to touch the dog and only to let the Ariel Rescue volunteer go into the kennel to visit with "him". The volunteer saw that "Comet" was just a sweet puppy, so the volunteer went to adopt "him". The volunteer was told that "Comet" could not stay at the shelter to be neutered; "he" had to be removed from the shelter immediately.

The volunteer took "Comet" to the vet to be examined. Imagine the volunteer's surprise when they found out that "Comet" was a female! New name -- "Annie". The vet said that they should wait a few weeks before Annie could be spayed, to give Annie's immune system a chance to improve.

Meanwhile Annie was being fostered by an Ariel Rescue volunteer. Annie was given very healthy food to eat. Susan Davis, the nutritionist of, recommended that Annie be given the supplements Amazing Omegas, Immunitone Plus and Notatum capsules, to help boost her immune system and get her skin and coat back into good condition.

What a difference a month makes! Annie's skin and coat have improved dramatically. Annie was able to be spayed and she bounced back nicely from the surgery. Annie, now named Lexi, got to go to her "forever home"! Instead of her life being in danger at the high-kill shelter, she is now safe, completely healthly and most of all, well-loved, living with her new "brother", and her new mom. Lexi is now the happy little puppy that she deserves to be!

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Eating Grass & Vomiting--Is this Normal?

Eating Grass & Vomiting--Is this Normal?

It is quite common for cats and dogs to eat grass. Eating grass in and of itself is not a sign of anything as many pets like the taste and enjoy a little vegetation to munch on. Both healthy pets and sick pets will eat grass. It is the behaviors that go along with grass eating that, as a pet owner, you need to watch out for, as it can be a sign of an acid stomach and digestive problem

1) Is your pet "drawn" to the grass, showing signs of needing to get to the grass such as whining or pulling toward it?

2) Does your pet vomit hairballs or bile afterwards? Is your pet vomiting frequently?

3) Is your pet eating large amounts of grass?

Some grazing on grass is natural but when pets are specifically looking for it as if they really need it, this can be a sign of acid stomach or poor digestion. Many times pets reach for the grass as a way to make themselves vomit too. If you notice your pet is eating a lot of grass, then it's important to watch for other signs of digestive discomfort. If you notice your pet is having rumbling noises after eating, loose stool, gas, vomiting, bad breath or other signs of digestive discomfort, it is important to bring this to the attention of your veterinarian. Getting basic laboratory tests (e.g. blood panel and urine analysis) will provide valuable information, as acid stomach can be a symptom of a more serious health condition such as kidney or liver disease or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Diet changes for acid stomach are often necessary depending upon your veterinarian's diagnoses. Your pet could be getting too much protein, too much fat or be allergic to the food. Make sure the pet food and treats you use do not contain grains, byproducts, chemicals and other food allergens. These can all result in poor digestion, acid stomach and other health problems. In addition to dietary changes, a few supplements can give your pet fast relief!

Supplements For Acid Stomach

Give your Pet Fast Relief

Power Probiotic--Power Probiotic is a multi-strain probiotic, backed by research and proven to help your pet's digestive symptoms. It is easy to administer--this tasteless powder can be opened and mixed into food. Safe for puppies and kittens and is especially important to use if your pet has been on antibiotics, steroids or treated for parasites/worms. Power Probiotic has many benefits ranging from improved immune function, enhanced digestion, elimination of tear stains, better stool formation and so much more.

Gastro ULC Acid Relief Formula--This fabulous stomach acid reducer helps to relieve stomach acid pain quickly. Is your pet reluctant to eat? Is your pet smacking the lips and nauseated? Does your pet have an ulcer? Gastro ULC is all natural herbal formula for cats and dogs that can help heal the lining of the stomach while providing a gentle, soothing coating relieving pain and discomfort.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!

October is Adopt a Rescue Dog Month. There are so many ways you can help. If you are thinking about getting a new dog, consider the many homeless wonderful dogs available for adoption. Numerous animal rescue websites feature dogs available through rescue groups, at local shelters or available through private parties. is a great place to start looking and you can select by breed, age, size and more. If you can’t adopt another dog but would still like to help, consider fostering a pet, volunteering your time or donating to a local rescue or animal charity.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Help for Pets with Lung/Heart Problems and Cancer

Vitality NOW!
ON SALE---Save $5 through October 7th

500 mg 120 caps

Excellent Product for Heart Conditions, Pulmonary Support and Cancer--Gives people and pets increased energy!!!

Carnitine provides much needed support for heart tissue. Carnitine plays a critical role in energy production. It transports long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria so they can be oxidized to produce energy. Carnitine is concentrated in tissues such as skeletal and cardiac muscle that utilize fatty acids as a dietary fuel. Pets have greater stamina and energy when using both Purrfect Pet CoQ10 and Vitality NOW!

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

If your pet has cancer, you may want to consider giving them Vitality NOW! during Chemotherapy. Carnitine can provide much needed support for heart tissue and has been scientifically proven to be helpful for pets with cancer. There has been quite a bit of research on the benefits of carnitine with cancer patients. Many pet owners that use Vitality NOW! report increased energy when using this product. Carnitine plays a critical role in energy production. It transports long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria so they can be oxidized to produce energy. Carnitine is concentrated in tissues such as skeletal and cardiac muscle that utilize fatty acids as a dietary fuel. Thus, it is very helpful for pets with cancer in the lungs or with pulmonary issues.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bugsy Has Found His Forever Home!

From Abandoned and Scared To Cherished & Loved: Bugsy has found his forever home!

Pictured above is Bugsy, a 3 year old Pekingese mix. Bugsy came into the Orange County Shelter as a stray. He was very underweight from not having enough food to eat when he was living on the streets. His fur was very dry and coarse. His skin was in very bad condition due to having fleas and very dirty fur.

Bugsy spent a month at The Orange County Animal Care Center. Many dogs got adopted during that time, but no one could see what a special dog Bugsy was. That is when Ariel Rescue stepped in and adopted Bugsy.

Bugsy was no longer the overlooked dog. He was given good food to eat. He was also given a "beauty bath". A brand new dog emerged from all that dry, dirty hair. Bugsy now had soft, shiney fur and was the picture of health. Bugsy was a happy, healthy dog ready to play and have fun!

Bugsy was adopted by a mom and her son. The mom wants to take Bugsy to work with her everyday and the son is so excited to have a dog that he can play with. Bugsy never has to worry about being overlooked ever again. He is now the pampered, cherished pup that he should be.

Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist promotes and supports the rescue of unwanted cats and dogs in shelters. Please consider adopting your next pet from an animal shelter. Homeless pets of all breeds can be found on

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

No-Pill Supplements for Dog and Cats with Kidney Disease

ON SALE---Save $10 through October 1st

Purrfect for cats and dogs with kidney disease. Three state-of-the-art products proven to help with kidney disease ---all easy to administer.
No pilling required! Each package includes:

1 2 oz bottle of Kidney Terrain
1 bottle of Kidney Health Protein Support For Pets (60 capsules--powder is sprinkled on food)
1 pump container of Oxicell SE
 Buy all 3 together at a reduced package price: $85 (can purchase items separately)

Each product may be purchased separately but for best results and greater savings, we recommend purchasing the entire package.

Kidney Terrain
Wonderful product for cats and small dogs with kidney disease. Easy to administer. At Ask Ariel, we specialize in treating feline kidney disease and canine kidney disease. This is our most popular product for cat CRF and is recommended frequently by veterinarians whose clients have benefited from it. Just put a few drops of Kidney Terrain on your cat's tongue or lips and you will help give them vital support to help their kidney disease. Kidney Terrain works best when used in conjunction with Kidney Health -- Protein Support For Pets (helps your kitty to break down and utilize protein) and Oxicell SE--full spectrum antioxidant support. Thus, we offer the products together at a discounted price as the Kidney Support Package.

Kidney Terrain is a powerful, state-of-the-art homeopathic formula that provides herbs, nutrients, essential ionized co-enzymes and cofactors for supporting the kidney terrain. It provides supportive enzymatic activity, drainage and detox processes, cellular micro-nutrition and meridian balancing. Nettle leaf, dandelion leaf and parsley leaf provide further support for this powerful formula. This product has been helpful for pets with kidney failure.

Is your cat finicky about eating? Feeding cats with kidney disease can be a big challenge. We can help! Get started on the cat kidney support package below. We will teach you everything you can do to help your kitty live a happy life with CRF and keep them eating! Learn more

Kidney Terrain works especially well when used in conjunction with Oxicell SE (contains CoQ10) vital for kidneys and Kidney Health Protein Support For Pets (enzyme that helps break down protein).

Oxicell SE is an excellent value. One tub can last between 6 -12 months for 1 cat. If you are not able to give your pet CoQ10 capsules, this topical antioxidant cream contains CoQ10 along with many other vitamins and minerals helpful for kidney disease. Owners report that their kitties have increased energy and are more playful!

Kidney Health Protein Support For Pets is an extremely important enzyme formula that helps break down the protein in food and also helps your pet's body eliminate toxins associated with poor protein metabolism. The capsules contain powder that can be easily mixed into food. There is minimal if any taste so the powder is well tolerated by even the most finicky pets.

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