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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