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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