Friday, July 29, 2011

Mr. Bojangles Is Dancing Again!

From Worthless and Abandoned To Cherished & Loved: Mr. Bojangles is Dancing Again!

Pictured above is Mr. Bojangles, a 4 year old Italian Greyhound Miniature Poodle mix. Mr. Bojangles came into the Orange County Shelter as a stray. He was covered with mats and you couldn't even see his face under all his matted hair. His skin was in very bad condition due to having fleas and matted fur.

The Orange County Animal Care Center had a special adoption event where all the adoption fees were waived and the dogs could be adopted for free. Still Mr. Bojangles did not get taken out of the shelter. His value was "worthless" and no one was even willing to take him.

The next day, Ariel Rescue adopted him and gave him a "beauty bath and haircut". A brand new dog emerged from all that matted hair. Mr. Bojangles was a happy, healthy dog ready to play and have fun!

Mr. Bojangles was adopted by a couple who have a female Bichon Frise. Mr. Bojangles never has to worry about being overlooked ever again. He is now the pampered, cherished pup that he should be.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats (IBD)

"Our cat Tipper had feline IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease and while we tried many different foods, supplements and medications, he still did not have a formed stool. About a month using the diet Ask Ariel suggested along with the IBD Kit, Tipper started having normal bowel movements and has been normal ever since. My husband and I want to thank you and the staff at Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist very much for your advice and your products which have worked, what we consider to be a miracle in the life of our cat. I can imagine you are also very gratified when people like us let you know how your efforts to help us have resulted in a life for us and our cat." -
Fennema Family Michigan 

Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a diagnoses used for a variety of intestinal disorders found in cats. The disorders are characterized by an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lining of the intestine. Your veterinarian may have diagnosed feline IBD after obtaining a biopsy which shows an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells. Other causes of inflammation such as parasites, bacterial or viral infections, exposure to toxic substances and pancreatic causes of small bowel disorders would have been ruled out. Signs that your cat may have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) include chronic diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea (licking of lips) and gurgling noises in the intestine. The vomit may contain bile or hairballs. There may be mucus, blood and straining with bowel movements and fecal matter outside the litter box.

Holistic Treatments for Cats with IBD
By the time many cat owners find out their cat has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), they are usually frustrated from trying a variety of "prescription diets", medications and treatments with limited success.  Conventional treatments for feline IBD may include prescribed steroids such as prednisone as a last resort to control the IBD symptoms. Conventional veterinary care is very limited in the level of care and results that can be accomplished with cats that have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, natural treatments for feline IBD which include a change in diet and using supplements specifically for IBD such as the IBD Kit can change a pet's life.

These supplements have been successfully used in veterinary hospitals successfully to treat feline IBD:

Power Probiotic--it is important to use a multi-strain, powerful Probiotic that has been used extensively with cats that have IBD. Most probiotics are not manufactured in such a way so that they can survive the stomach acid, let alone a hot day.  We recommend the Power Probiotic which is easy to administer, very effective and well tolerated by cats and dogs. The product has been third-party tested and guaranteed to contain the amounts of friendly bacteria indicated on the label.

Soothing Digestive Relief for Pets is a digestive enzymes that breaks down a cat's food, firms up the stool and helps increase absorption.  It is a gentle formula that has helped thousands of cat and kitten owners to finally stop the diarrhea, discomfort and slowly discontinue the steroid regimen that many cats with IBD are on.  It contains herbs to ease indigestion and discomfort and the product is safe enough for a cat to use it for life.

Notatum Drops - These gentle drops are safe for even the smallest pet or kitten.  The drops reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract and act like a natural "antibiotic".   The drops are tasteless and do not contain alcohol making them very easy to administer.  They seem to relieve pain and discomfort quickly.   There are a lot of testimonials about the formula.

IBD Kit--This kit includes the 3 unique formulas mentioned above that have been specially formulated for IBD and  used successfully to help cats with inflammatory bowel disease.  The Kit includes Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief and Notatum Anti-Inflammatory Drops. When a cat has severe IBD, it is necessary to use a combination of formulas because they work differently to help reduce the symptoms and repair the intestinal lining.  We have seen many cats improve using these three formulas together.

In addition to the supplements, some diet changes are needed.  Cats with IBD should not eat grains which are often found in prescription diets.  They may also have food allergies.  Ask Ariel will include a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order.  Be sure to include your cat's diet on the order form at checkout.   Overall, there is hope and help available for cats with feline inflammatory bowel disease. Holistic care can make a difference and give your cat a whole new life.

Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis and Her Rescue Dog Legend
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Supplements Can Help A Dog With Lymphoma

Is It Too Late To Try Pet Cancer Supplements When My Dog Has Lymphoma?

Q: Have a 12 1/2 yr old shiba inu dx 1/2010 with b-cell lymphoma, stage 3a. Did 19 wk CHOP protocol and she went into clinical remission after 4th treatment. Very few side effects. Immediately changed diet to hi protein/fat, low carb, no grain. Added l-arginine pills (n/d food wasn't tolerated). Finished proto - went 3 1/2 mos before it re-emerged. Started CHOP again, went into clinical remission quickly, finished protocol this past April - held remission for another 3 1/2 months - started to re-emerge again. Changed to elspar/lomustine as her response to CHOP was slower than the first two times. So far - so good - nodes are very close to being completely down.

Feel like I am missing an all important supplement for her. She takes metacam daily (hip dysplasia and arthritis) and soloxine for her thyroid. Was thinking of arteminisin but not sure about the dosing requirements. Am open to homeopathic supplements - is it to late to use the Pet Cancer Package for her? She still has good vitality and bright, clear eyes...

Thank you! Ann L.

A: First, let me say I am so sorry that your dog has lymphoma and complement you for all that you have done to try to help. I am sure you have had a lot of emotional ups and downs through this time period. One of the most common questions we receive comes from pet owners wondering if it is too late to try supplements with their sick pet. The answer really depends upon the state of the pet's current condition. When a pet is no longer eating, spends most of the time lying down or sleeping and there are more bad days than good days, then the best thing a pet owner can do is to let them go peacefully. But, most of the time, the pet still has some spunk left and the body wants to try to heal. The way to know this, is as you said, your dog still has good vitality, bright clear eyes and is eating on his own.

The benefit of supplements for treating canine lymphoma or any type of cancer is that it gives your pet a boost. The Pet Cancer Package which includes both Immune Harmony and OncoPet has been used safely and successfully by many dog and cat owners.    OncoPet Cancer Vitamin contains many nutrients shown to be helpful for cancer patients in one convenient pill.  It contains modified citrus pectin, arabinogalactans, Ginseng, IP-6, green treat, astragalus and a variety of bioflavanoids.  It can be used with or without chemotherapy and radiation.  We have seen dogs with lymphoma tolerate the chemotherapy much better when using these products and their quality of life and longevity is improved. 

Act your age!! But your pets don't have to

Keep Your Senior Pets Alive and Alert with Ask Ariel Supplements
Senior pets don't have to act old! Senior cats and dogs have special needs. They need a reduced fat, moderate protein diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids to keep their brains functioning and their joints moving---just like us! Senior pets need plenty of antioxidants, fish oil, heart and joint support. Here are some great choices to keep your senior pet alive and alert!
Here are a few great vitamin supplement options for your senior cat or dog:

  • Oxicell SE--The No Hassle, Pill-Free Vitamin For Pets! Now available in a convenient pump. The same great formula for people is also excellent for pets! Easy to use-- just rub on their ear tips and neck! This is great news for people with "brat cats" that scratch and are nearly impossible to administer 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.
    This is a one-of-a-kind cream that delivers critical antioxidants into the body helping fight free radical damage and inflammation. Oxicell SE is a great option if your pet is suffering from liver problems, cancer, arthritis, kidney disease or other inflammatory conditions.

  • Vitality NOW!--Gives Pets Energy, Supports Heart Health, Burns Fat, Helps Muscle Spasms

  • Amazing Omegas potent formula for lustrous skin and coat, joint support

  • Resveratrol Synergy Longevity, heart support, energy

  • Ocuforce vision, eye support, vital antioxidants

  • Lipoic Synergy blood sugar regulation, liver support
    For more information on these products and others, please visit our website!

Monday, July 25, 2011

14 year old Boxer With Dementia Keeps Going Strong!

Sophie, our sweet boxer, is now 14 years old. Boxers generally only live 8 - 10 years.Thanks to Ask Ariel's Brain Vitale and diet program, Sophie is going strong physically and mentally. As many senior dogs do, Sophie had developed pancreatitis and was having digestive issues; she did not want to eat. Susan Davis, Ask Ariel Nutritionist, formulated a low fat diet for Sophie and recommended using the supplements, K9 Digestive Enzymes and Lypozyme. Sophie no longer has pancreatitis and she is back to chowing down her meals.  The K9 Digestive enzymes stopped her tummy rumbling and the Lypozyme cleared up her pancreatitis.

As Sophie got older, she started to bark and bark for no reason. It seemed like she had dementia which affects some senior dogs. She seemed to not even know that she was barking. Susan recommended the supplement Brain Vitale for healthy brain function and we got our Sophie back. She is back to her old self, playing with our other boxer, and the barking has all but stopped.  Nothing helped with the doggie dementia until we started using the Brain Vitale.  It made a big difference in her temperament and energy level.

We know that we would not have our senior dog, Sophie with us today if is wasn't for Ask Ariel's help with Sophie's diet and supplements.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Constipation, IBD and MegaColon in Cats

Dear Dr. Gordon,
Can you please help? My 13 year old cat has recently developed a problem with having a bowel movement. It seems as if she gets into position to defecate and then passes only a small quantity of poop. I haven't changed her diet on done anything different. What could be wrong?
- P.B.

Dear P.B,
Although your kitty's inability to pass stool is not normal, there could be a lot of reasons why this is now occurring. Perhaps she is in pain and cannot maintain the position long enough to facilitate a bowel movement or maybe she is drinking less water than she should and has now become constipated. Another scenario could be that she is drinking adequate amounts of water, but her kidney function has deteriorated, not allowing her body to absorb necessary fluid. A normal hydration status is very important in maintaining proper digestive tract health. She may also have lost some strength with her advancing age and could be having problems "pushing" the stool out.

It is essential to use Amazing Omegas for your cat to help make her feel better. Amazing Omegas may help lubricate the bowel and reduce inflammation, thereby helping increase bowel movements.

There could also be a mechanical obstruction to the outflow of the stool. If something is blocking the passage of the stool (a growth or tumor), your kitty may strain and strain but will be unable to pass normal quantities of stool. The stool that is passed may be blood tinged and very hard.

Often veterinarians are presented with elderly cats that have become so constipated that the stool is, literally, rock hard in the colon. It takes a very perceptive owner to realize that their pet is having problems passing stool since most cats are fairly discreet and secretive about their bathroom habits. The first sign is usually a decrease in the normal quantity of stool that must be cleaned from the litter box. If undetected, some of these cats will have distended the walls of the colon to such a degree that nothing can possibly pass. If this rock hard stool is present for more than a day or two, they may also lose the ability to feel how much stool becomes stagnant there. The resulting condition is termed "megacolon" which is the presence of a large, distended colon devoid of any feeling.

Veterinarians are not really sure why certain elderly cats develop megacolon and others are able to have normal bowel movements their entire lives. This condition is currently under investigation at many university hospitals. Usually, once a cat has developed this condition, it can be managed with diet, laxatives, and medicines, but it is seldom reversible. It certain severely affected patients, surgery may be considered to eliminate the portion of the colon that has become devoid of sensation.

Usually your veterinarian will try to determine if there are any underlying causes for this condition. This may necessitate a battery of tests (bloodwork, urine analysis) if the doctor is not able to palpate "or feel" a mass in the distal colon that is causing the obstruction. The doctor may want to take xrays to determine how obstructed or constipated your cat is. To relieve the obstruction, many of these patients must be anesthetized to allow the doctor to relieve the obstruction.Warm water enemas with stool softeners are used to try to break down the rock hard stool. Digital manipulation is sometimes successful.

Management of these cats after relieving the obstruction involves using oral laxatives and stool softeners to "keep things moving" and motility modifiers to inhibit re-obstruction. Dietary changes and supplements such as fish oil and Probiotics may also help. The most successful motility modifier is called "Propulsid". This used to be readily available for human patients but has since been withdrawn by the FDA. Your veterinarian can still get this medication compounded by a special pharmacist. Unfortunately, once a kitty has presented for a severe case of megacolon, it is usually something that will need attention for the rest of the cat's life. With some guidance, good nutrition, and good veterinary care, any of these cats can go on to lead a fairly normal life.

Natural Holistic Treatments For Cats with Constipation and Megacolon:

1) Change your cat’s diet. Be sure your cat is eating a high fiber, high moisture diet. Avoid potential allergens such as grains and poultry. Dr. David Gordon and Susan Blake Davis are available by telephone to assist you in developing a comprehensive program for your kitty. Click here for more information about scheduling a telephone consultation.

2) Amazing Omegas may help lubricate the bowel and reduce inflammation, thereby helping increase bowel movements.

3) Power Probiotic can reintroduce “friendly bacteria” which are instrumental in improving the overall strength of the intestinal tract

4) Liver & Gallbladder Nutritional Supplement For Pets is a gentle liver support product increases bile flow which may be helpful for some cats

5) Adding a teaspoon of pumpkin per meal mixed into food can help

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Cats

The symptoms of feline kidney disease can come on so gradually. Pet owners often feel guilty that they hadn't noticed until they take their cat in for a routine check up only to find that their pet has lost a signficant amount of weight.

Symptoms of Feline Kidney Disease:

• Increased urination

• Increased thirst

• Weight loss

• Loss of appetite

• Vomiting

• Strong (ammonia-like) breath odor

• Pain,discomfort in the back

Kidney Failure and Cats

Many senior cats are diagnosed with kidney disease. If you have multiple cats, it is quite common for some to have renal insufficiency as they age. Most cats will not want to eat the prescription kidney diet and this can present some challenges for pet owners. In addition, if you have multiple cats eating from the same bowl, it is important that you do not give all of your pets the same food as prescription diets are meant for the specific patient giving a young cat, for example, a low phosphorous, low protein diet is not recommended. If you are having difficulties getting your senior kitty to eat the prescription kidney diet, we highly recommend a telephone consultation with Susan Davis, holistic practitioner. She will interview you extensively and try to help you find some feasible solutions for even the most finnicky kitty!

"No Pill Kidney Disease (CRF) Supplement Package"

This kidney disease vitamin package is very easy to use especially with small pets or pets that are difficult to give pills.It contains Kidney Terrain, Kidney Health Protein Support and Oxicell

If you have a cat, you may find that the liquid supplements such as Kidney Terrain and Renelix are easier to administer. Also, CoQ10 has been clinically proven in research studies to help the kidneys and maintain/improve creatinine levels. CoQ10 is critical but it must be bioavailable and highly absorbable (many products are NOT). Ideally, you can give your pet the Purrfect Pet CoQ10 gelcaps several times a week, alternating with the Oxicell. Oxicell is an easy to apply transdermal cream----great for giving cats CoQ10!

Click here for handy tips on how to give your pet a pill!

Holistic care can dramatically improve your pet's prognosis. Changing your pet's diet and using natural supplements can result in improvement in your pet's appetite, energy and overall well being in just a few days.

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Feline Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Does your cat have a feline urinary tract infection?
Signs of a dog urinary infection or feline UTI include frequent urination, painful urination, mucus or blood with urination and sometimes excessive drinking. Please remember diet is EVERYTHING and we have seen pets completely resolve urinary tract infections just by changing the diet. Please consider a holistic pet health consultation---one consultation could save your pet the misery of many more infections. Click here to learn more.

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 and ripe for reinfection. Furthermore, antibiotics can disrupt the intestinal flora and good bacteria which are needed to fight off infections. You can prevent your pet from getting chronic urinary tract infections by using our UTI Prevention Formula along with the Probiotic.

All probiotics are NOT alike. Many, even refrigerated probiotics lose their potency long before the user ever opens the bottle. Many probiotic formulas do not survive the stomach acid and never make it to the intestinal tract. Ask Ariel has carefully researched the probiotic formulas we offer.

It is important to keep your pet’s urine pH neutral (6.6-7.0) with supplements such as Cranberry and Vitamin C found in the UTI Prevention Formula. In addition, regular monitoring of your pet’s urine pH can be done at home to closely manage infections.

A Candida Albicans (yeast) overgrowth can contribute to chronic urinary tract infections. Mycozyme can help you control your pet's yeast overgrowth.

Ask Ariel has extensive experience effectively eliminating dog urinary tract infections and feline UTIs through supplementation WITHOUT antibiotics. We have proven success using these dog urinary tract infection and feline UTI supplements and then RETESTING without any signs of abnormal urinary bacterial overgrowth. Holistic pet care can be highly effective in treating dog urinary tract infections since many times, it is just a matter of building up your dog or cat's immune system, restoring the normal bacterial flora and protecting the urinary tract environment so that it doesn't promote excessive bacterial growth.

Our best combination of products to help prevent chronic dog urinary tract infections and feline UTIs from coming back is:
UTI-Prevention Formula (helps heal urinary tract lining and keep bacteria from attaching to urinary tract) + Probiotic (restores good bacteria to help fight bad bacteria) + Argentyn (anti-bacterial formula) + Akutur (reduces inflammation, helps with UTI pain and infection)

If your dog or cat has bladder or kidney stones or crystals, it is highly recommended that you use Renelix as it flushes toxins from urinary tract and is especially helpful for kidney infections and kidney disease.. For ongoing infections--use Mycobactin/Notatum which is a powerful infection fighter as well as Samento.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Seizures in Dogs Can Be Controlled with Holistic Treatments, Changing Diet and Using Natural Supplements

Special Milestone for Legend our 3 year old Husky Dog who was having seizures.--Today is exactly 3 months since Legend last had a seizure. This is extremely exciting for us since he is not using any medication---just supplements and a very strict diet. Legend is a rescue dog who is approx. 3 years old. He started getting seizures in December 2010. They were between 2 -6 weeks apart. We were able to lengthen the time periods between seizures by changing his diet and using some supplements but finally, when we put it all together, there is clearly now a very noticeable improvement.

The supplements we are using to help prevent seizures are the Neuroflam, B Complex #12, Amazing Omegas, Liver Rescue, Power Probiotic, Oxicell, Biothyro and Brain Vitale---yes it is a lot, but as we added more, we found the length of time between seizures has continued to improve. We feed him at the same times each day---4 small meals so that his blood sugar is regulated. Also, it is very important to note that even if a dog's thyroid levels appear "normal", just as with people, it is important to equally consider the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Lower thyroid levels can also trigger seizures and Legend had a dull coat and slow metabolism. The Biothyro seemed to help that a lot.

When a dog has a seizure, it is extremely upsetting. The first time, I found out because Legend was outside barking in an odd tone. He always plays on the grass so when I saw him initially, I didn't think anything of it as he was moving around. But, then when I approached him, he had a far away look in his eyes, clearly didn't recognize me and was frothing at the mouth. He started to bark aggressively and I was frightened. I then realized that his "playing on his back" and leg movements were part of the seizure. He was extremely agitated for at least an hour following the seizure and we rushed him to the veterinarian. Everything went back to normal until the next time......watching a pet paddling on the ground going into a grand mal seizure is devastating. Each time, we kept asking ourselves "what had we fed him" "what happened the day before" and yes, there were clues. Definitely dogs that have seizures need to be on a strict regimen with a hypoallergenic diet, regular feeding schedules and supplements to support their brain function. We wanted to try a natural holistic treatment for our dog's seizures before resorting to medications because the side effects can be problematic. Also, we viewed the seizures as an imbalance and symptom that needed to be treated rather than just a random problem in and of itself. Thus, we realized that in order to help Legend, we needed to get to the root causes of his imbalance using holistic treatments.

Scheduling an appointment with a veterinary professional to review your pet's diet is highly recommended. It can make a huge difference. We are so grateful for every day that he has been healthy. It has been a long journey!
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Labrador Has Allergies, Skin Problems and Yeast in Ears--Gets Better Using Natural Alternatives To Cortisone

"Bruiser, our labrador retriever, had chronic yeast, ear infections and skin problems. We had been to the veterinarian many times but the problem would just come back. We scheduled a consultation with Susan Davis and followed her dietary and supplement recommendations. Bruiser's yeast finally cleared up and I receive many complements on how nice his coat looks. It was the best consultation fee I could have spent"

-Genette, Hawaii

An integral component of dog allergies is inflammation as the immune system reacts to the unwanted substance. One conventional veterinary treatment for allergies is cortisone which treats the symptoms of allergies (e.g. itching) but not the root cause. Cortisone has many long-term side effects, especially if used for more than a few weeks. Frequently, pets who have taken cortisone will have elevated alkaline phosphatase, an indicator of how the adrenal glands are functioning. There are natural alternatives to using cortisone that can help the dog's skin problems and allergies. Using Bioadreno, a gentle adrenal gland support, can help greatly if your pet has chronic allergies, infections and is just "run down". If your dog or cat has chronic, severe allergies and you have already tried modifying the diet, then Immune Harmony should be your next step in supporting your pet's immune function.

Another thing you can try is an air purifier which can be very helpful in reducing environmental allergies. Our natural anti-infection formula can be used topically to help heal hot spots. Allergy testing and desensitization can also be effective, although rarely 100% effective, in eliminating allergies in dogs and cats.

REMEMBER: Allergies in dogs and cats are a symptom rather than a cause in themselves. They often occur as a result of the long-term build-up of toxins and so the goal is to detoxify the body and enhance the immune system as well as to treat the overall allergy symptoms.

1) Be sure you are using a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet.
2) Try using basic allergy support such as Amazing Omegas fish oil
3) Bathe your pet regularly during the hot summer months using a medicated shampoo from your veterinarian. Ask your vet for the best shampoo.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Power Probiotic For Pets on Sale!

Save 15% on Power Probiotic through Saturday July 16th

Easy to Use--Excellent Value!--Great for Cats and Dogs

Power Probiotic is our flagship bestseller that delivers superior results and is easy to use. Open capsules and sprinkle/mix in your cat or dog's food. Most cats will tolerate this in their food making it especially convenient for cats with kidney and urinary concerns. Our Power Probiotic is third party tested and is not your average probiotic found at the health food or pet store. This is a powerful, mult-strain formula that is effective for all pets, young and old.

Power Probiotic is critical for people and pets with the following conditions:

1) Bad breath

2) Digestive issues, IBD

3) Liver and galbbladder conditions

4) Chronic infections

5) Skin problems

6) Urinary and kidney issues

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dog Allergies and Ear Infection Helped with Nutrition

“Susan helped our dogs regain their health! Their allergies were severe and our Flat Coasted Retriever Choo (pictured above) was having prolonged pain issues from a cruciate ligament surgery.

Thanks to Susan’s advice re proper nutrition and supplements, Jabba is now lean & muscular and the TERRIBLE rashes he had are gone!

For Choo, the ear infections and constant paw licking ended; he’s frisky and playful as he was before the surgery.

Thanks to Susan – we understand what our dogs need and feel confident we are doing our best for them.”

Lee, Choo, Jabba, Marla & Tyler
July 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lymph Terrain for Cats and Dogs with Lymphoma

Lymph Terrain

Indicated for Pets With:
*Intestinal Lymphoma
*Chronic Respiratory Infections

*Weak Immune Systems

Lymph Terrain are gentle drops similar to Kidney Terrain and Heart Terrain that can easily be administered to your pet. A few drops help your pet to gently detox and drain toxins from the lymphatic system. When toxins are building up faster than your body can remove them, the lymph system can become sluggish (e.g. lymph nodes become swollen and toxins stagnate). Using Lymph Terrain provides detox support and gentle drainage of the lymph system. This is especially important when pets have lymph-related health conditions and weak immune systems. Excellent for pets with chronic infections and/or respiratory infections. Lymph Terrain helps to bolster the pet's lymphatic system providing important vitamins. Regular Price: $24.50

Sale Price: $21.50

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Colostrum Helps Feline Stomatitis

Colostrum For Pets is excellent for treating feline stomatitis. It has been shown in research studies to enhance the digestive system, immune function and repair of skin collagen, bone cartilage and nerve tissue.  Colostrum For Pets is backed by scientific research AND independent third party testing. In fact, in a recent third party study that explored the product’s bioactive properties and ability to repair damaged cells as well as protect healthy cells, Colostrum For Pets (made from Tegricel colustrum) was shown to be three times as effective as the leading New Zealand colostrum supplier. This formula is truly exceptional!!!
Colostrum For Pets is especially helpful with:

Any type of gastrointestinal problems (gas, diarrhea, etc)
Feline Stomatitis
Cat or Dog Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Cancer (strengthens the immune system)
Bad Breath
Excessive Tear Stains (this also can be related to a pet’s digestive condition)
Great for puppies and kittens with worms or parasites (eg. Giardia)

"Just want to thank you so much for helping our kitty Jessie with her IBD. She is so much better, playing with her toys and our other cat, Romeo. The Notatum, Power Probiotic and Colostrum For Pets really worked! I give them to her as a bedtime snack. We are so grateful that we have our Jessie back."
-Elaine, Florida

The tegricel colustrum found in Colostrum For Pets provides a perfect combination of immune and growth factors including immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), amino acids and other important nutrients. Immunoglobulins (A, D, E, G, and M) are the most abundant of the immune factors found in colostrum. IgG neutralizes toxins and microbes in the lymph and circulatory system. IgM destroys bacteria, while IgE and IgD are highly antiviral. Lactoferrin is an antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, iron-binding protein with therapeutic effects in cancer, HIV, cytomegalo-virus, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome, Candida albicans and other infections. Lactoferrin helps deprive bacteria of the iron they require to reproduce, and it also releases iron into the red blood cells, enhancing oxygenation of tissues. Lactoferrin modulates cytokine release, and its receptors have been found on most immune cells, including lymphocytes, monocytcs, macrophages, and platelets. Proline-rich polypeptide (PRP) is a hormone that regulates the thymus gland, and helps to stimulate a weak immune system. It can also be helpful for autoimmune conditions such as allergies and Multiple Sclerosis.Growth Factors include epithelial growth factor (EgF), insulin-like growth factor-I and II (IGF-1 and IGF-II), fibroblast growth tactor (FgF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factors A & B (TgA and B), and growth hormones (GH).

Ingredients: Tegricel (proprietary blend of colostrum growth factors) 575 mg Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose (capsule)

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ariel Rescue Finds a Wonderful Home For Zeke, An Abandoned Stray Dog at the Shelter

Pictured above is Ariel Rescue dog Zeke (tan/white dog) along with his sister Xena. Zeke is a 6 month old labrador retreiver mix from the OC shelter. He came into the shelter as a stray. He was so frightened, he would not walk, not one step. He had to be carried to the visiting area for the Ariel Rescue volunteer to meet him. After he was rescued, he had to be carried out of the shelter to the car, carried to the vet and, finally, carried into the home of the house where he was fostered.

Two weeks of loving care from the Ariel Rescue volunteers helped Zeke find a forever home. Here he is happy at last, a few weeks later with his new sister. Many rescue dogs may display unusual behaviors, refusing to eat, walk and act as though they wish they were "invisible". This is out of sheer terror. Once they know they are safe, they become a wonderful pet.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Allergies in Dogs and Cats: How to Stop Constant Scratching, Itching, Biting and Chewing

While humans often display respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and eye irritation from allergies, common symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats are excessive scratching, licking, chewing, rashes, hot spots, hair loss and even digestive upset. Generally, when a dog or cat is scratching excessively, the first thing we think of is that the pet has fleas. It is always a good idea to rule this out first by consulting your veterinarian or checking the pet’s coat with a flea comb for fleas. Once you are sure it is not a flea problem, more than likely your cat or dog may have some allergies.

Allergies in dogs or cats can be caused by inhaled allergens (e.g. pollen), food (e.g. dairy, eggs, etc.) and/or external allergens (e.g. exposure to chemicals in carpet, etc.). One of the fastest ways to improve your pet’s health is to change your pet’s diet. Many dogs are allergic to certain meat proteins (beef and eggs are common) and common allergens such as corn, soy and wheat. If possible, the optimal diet for your pet is a homemade diet using easily digestible, low-allergen foods. Click here to learn more about a custom allergy diet.

Also, allergies in dogs and cats are a symptom rather than a cause in themselves. They often occur as a result of the long-term build-up of toxins and so the goal is to detoxify the body and enhance the immune system as well as to treat the overall allergy symptoms.

Don't know what to feed your pet? We are here to help. We offer telephone consultations personalized to the needs of your special pet. We will help you stop the chronic itching and allergies and your pet's continued suffereing. Please click here for more information and products available at Ask Ariel. And don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

No More Doggone Aches and Pains: Holistic Action Steps To Relieve Dog Joint Pain and Canine Arthritis

Are your dog's aches and pains preventing you from running around and playing like you used to? Here are some holistic action steps To relieve joint pain and canine arthritis:

Nutritional Supplements for Dogs and Cats with Joint Pain and Arthritis --There are many wonderful nutritional supplements available for dogs and cats that can really help. Be sure to look for a combination formula that contains not only Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM, but also key nutrients such as green lipped mussel and herbs such as Boswellia and Turmeric. Amazing Arthrosoothe, and Curcumin for Pets can give dogs and cats a great deal of pain relief. The Pet Arthritis Package including curcumin for pets is a combination homeopathic that helps to reduce the toxins in the joints and also give wonderful pain relief. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can be used with dogs and cats. The three products Arthrosoothe, Amazing Omegas and Curcumin for Pets can be purchased together in our Arthritis and Joint Pain Package at a discounted price. Also, SAMe has been scientifically proven to help with arthritis pain. This is a great choice if you have a senior dog that also has elevated liver enzymes. If the pain is deferred from an organ, such as the kidneys or liver, supporting these organs with nutritional supplements such as Renelix can be especially helpful as well.

Acupuncture-- Acupuncture is a healthy option to increase your dog’s mobility, reduce pain and enhance immune function. Many holistic veterinarians are now offering acupuncture and chiropractic care for their patients. Acupuncture is the practice of stimulating certain locations on the body by inserting needles into specific points influencing the physiological functioning of an area or the whole body. The needles stimulate the sensory afferent nerves which send impulses to the spinal cord and then to different parts of the brain. When these nerves are stimulated, they release different biochemicals and neurotransmitters throughout the body. Traditionally, acupuncture has been used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with musculoskeletal problems involving arthritis or vertebral disc issues, but many pets have benefited from acupuncture with other conditions as well. Animals will experience some sensation and occasionally may experience some temporary discomfort, although the procedure may be virtually painless for others. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy.

Weight Management-- Many times pets with joint and muscle pain are overweight. The excess weight will hasten the development of canine arthritis by increasing the pressure on the joints. It is important that you work with your veterinarian or nutritionist to give your pet a diet that helps your pet maintain an optimal weight. For some, switching to a raw food diet can be helpful in weight reduction although this may not be the appropriate diet for all dogs.

Daily Exercise A short 15 minute walk with your dog each day can do a world of good. For your dog, it is a chance to increase circulation, burn some calories and smell the world around him or her. Walking can reduce pain by stretching muscles and reducing stiffness. For you, it is a wonderful bonding experience and can be a social time too. Try to plan your day so that you both can benefit!

Diet - Dogs with joint pain can greatly benefit from Omega 3 fatty acids. These nutrients are called “essential fatty acids” because they must be obtained from the diet and cannot be manufactured in the body. If your dog is experiencing joint pain, please be sure to add Amazing Omegas (omega 3 fish oil) and/or Nupro (flax seed whole food supplement) to their diet. Omegas can make quite a difference not only in supporting joint health but giving dogs a beautiful, lustrous coat.

Nutritional Supplements --There are many wonderful nutritional supplements available for dogs that can really help. Be sure to look for a combination formula that contains not only Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM, but also key nutrients such as green lipped mussel and herbs such as Boswellia and Turmeric. Arthrosoothe, and Inflammatone can give dogs a great deal of pain relief. Arthritis Package including curcumin for pets is a combination homeopathic that helps to reduce the toxins in the joints and also give wonderful pain relief. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can be used with dogs and cats. The three products Arthrosoothe, Amazing Omegas and Curcumin for Pets can be purchased together in our Arthritis and Joint Pain Package at a discounted price. Also, SAMe has been scientifically proven to help with arthritis pain. This is a great choice if you have a senior dog that also has elevated liver enzymes. If the pain is deferred from an organ, such as the kidneys or liver, supporting these organs with nutritional supplements such as Renelix can be especially helpful as well.

You can bring the sprint back into your dog’s step by taking action and using these recommendations to help your dog. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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Dog arthritis: Get pain relief now!

Our dog Bleu is 5 years old and very active. Recently, we noticed he was really slowing down, seemed stiff and overall less agile. He stopped jumping on our bed and seemed to be much less spry. He also had an episode where he was crying out about his neck following a day of playing with his friends. We gave Bleu the Dog Arthritis Package. What a difference in energy. Our bouncy boy Bleu is back! We hope your pet will show the bounce and energy that we have experienced."

Many dogs start slowing down with age, limping or showing signs of difficulty getting up and down. The effects can come on gradually and it is sometimes difficult to recognize until the problem becomes very obvious. It is important that you take your pet to the veterinarian for an examination. Quite commonly, your dog may be diagnosed with arthritis if the problem has come on gradually with age. In an effort to promote quality of life and keep the dog comfortable, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) will often be prescribed. Examples are Rimadyl, Metacam and Deramaxx to name a few. While these medications are helpful for chronic pain management, they do have side effects especially affecting the liver. This is why your veterinarian will often recommend that if your pet is using NSAIDs that your dog get a blood test every so often to check your dog's liver values. While NSAIDs can be very helpful and even critical for some pets that are in chronic pain, for most pets, there are natural alternatives that should be tried first and/or in conjunction with their use.

Sign up for a consultation with the experts. Give your pet pain relief now! We offer holistic consultations, supplements and chiropractic/acupuncture treatments to help pets with joint pain and canine arthritis. If you live in Southern California and your dog is showing signs of canine arthritis, please give us a call (949-499-9380) and set up a combination appointment with Susan Blake Davis, CCN and Dr. David Gordon, DVM. Consultations are also available via telephone if you live outside of Southern California. Click here to learn more about holistic pet health consultations.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Save Money and Extend the Life of Your Pet!


With the current economy, we are all looking for ways to save money. It is hard to make ends meet and cutting costs is a priority for everyone. However, short-term gains may result in long-term negative consequences for your pet. Take a look at our handy tips and see where you can save and where to invest for the long-term health of your pet.

Stop and think the next time you buy your pet’s food. Look at the label. What’s really in there? Is there corn, wheat gluten, brewer’s rice and other fillers? Are there names you can’t pronounce such as ethoxyquin? What are they doing in your pet’s food anyway?

Your pet’s food label should list fresh ingredients such as meat, fish, vegetables and healthy omega 3 fats. Invest in a high quality brand and you’ll find that instead of spending more on the high quality brand you’re actually SAVING money because you’ll end up using about ½ the recommended amounts (it takes a lot more food to fill up a pet using food that is loaded with fillers) AND the long-term benefits to your pet are immeasurable. Please visit the Animal Protection Institute to learn more about pet food and how it is prepared.

Avoid purchasing those cleverly marketed, commercially prepared treats that make you think you are actually doing good for your pet. You know—the ones in pretty shapes and colors (e.g. orange carrot-shaped treats made to give you the impression you are giving your pet a carrot) or with dogs begging on the front of the package. Don’t be fooled either by those “all natural” economy packs (sold at the big warehouse stores). Many of these “all natural” jerky treats are manufactured with harsh chemicals and contaminants. Pets can get upset tummies and health problems from eating them. The "bargain" treat bag can actually end up costing you money because of the long-term health consequences on your pet.

Instead, use fresh ingredients right from your kitchen. There are lots of affordable, healthy options. For dogs, give them apple slices, baby carrots, a slice of potato, a piece of hardboiled egg or a piece of fresh, LEAN meat. Your cat would much prefer a piece of salmon or fish anyday over a treat that looks like fish made with corn flour, by-products and syrup.

Veterinary bills will most likely be the single largest expense for your pet. By far though, the highest veterinary bills arise from emergency, unplanned visits. You can actually keep your veterinary bills under control by planning ahead and making smart choices NOW! With a bad economy comes bad decisions that can have permanent effects on your pet’s quality of life and longevity. How many of us have thought about switching to a lower cost food, skipping on the vet exam or delaying much needed laboratory work for our pets??? DON’T! A penny saved today will not result in a pound tomorrow—just the opposite. There are plenty of other healthy ways you can save—e.g. drinking less coffee, bringing lunch to work, cutting back on alcohol, candy bars or cigarettes and still do your best for your pet.

Exercise! Exercise with your pet and you will see the dollars flow in over the years. Want to know one of the main reasons pets end up at the veterinary office with emergency, unplanned visits? Well, many of the them have diabetes, cancer, joint problems, liver problems—all have strong correlations with obesity and being overfed and underexcercised. Obesity, lack of exercise is not just a matter of style or looks—it is a matter of good health. Take out a feather or laser toy for your cat--- go for a walk with your dog and everybody benefits! Not only will you save money on your veterinary bills but you will build a stronger bond with your pet and give them a happier, healthier life!

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