Saturday, January 28, 2012

Suzuki Superbowl Commercial featuring huskies

Thumbs WAY up for this great Suzuki commercial featuring Siberian huskies.

Feline Upper Respiratory Infections--Best Supplements To Use

Q: my cat who is 20 yrs. old just started having upper respiratory problems that seem to come and go I had her checked by vet and she had infection of upper resp. and also found she had hyperthyroidism and all other test were good. what do i need to do for respiratory and her hyperthyroid is 17?

A: Since you have an elderly kitty, you need to use a few very gentle supplements to try to help the respiratory infection. The following products have been used with very frail and elderly cats and have successfully helped with upper respiratory infections: Notatum, Power Probiotic and Argentyn These are all tried and true formulas that can help feline respiratory infections.

Survivors--Animals Abandoned in Japan

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Read Pet Food Labels: Purina Beneful

BUYER BEWARE: Purina Beneful does a great job of marketing how healthful and beneficial their pet food is for dogs and tout that it contains healthful ingredients. Unfortunately, many well-meaning pet owners are misled to believe they are giving their pets good nutrition. Here are the primary ingredients: corn, byproducts, wheat flour, SUGAR, propylene glycol and a complete array of food dyes including red, yellow and blue. Please spread the word that pet owners need to read the labels.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Hilarious Video of Deer Coming Through the Cat Door

In Loving Memory of Sophie, the 14 Year Old Boxer

In loving memory of dear Sophie---14 year old Boxer of Ask Ariel Office Manager, Karen. Karen rescued Sophie from the OC Shelter and had 9 wonderful years with her. Sophie was an amazing survivor and a great dog. Most boxers live to 9 or 10 and have a very high rate of cancer. Karen used many Ask Ariel supplements, great food and gave Sophie lots of love and TLC. Sophie was still playing and in great shape until a few days ago.

Our hearts go out to Karen who also lost Maverick a few months ago. We love you Sophie. You will be missed!

Loyal Dog Saves the Life of Two Young Girls in Australia

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Does your pet have gas, vomiting, diarrhea or IBD?

Many cats and dogs experience digestive problems.

Common digestive symptoms may include:
* vomiting
* diarrhea
* gas
* mucous in the stool
* acid stomach
* bad breath,
* inappetance
* loud, digestive noises
* excessive grass eating

Poor digestion can lead to many other more serious problems such as gum & dental disease, pancreatitis, gastric bloat and torsion and even cancer. Sometimes the signs are very subtle--your pet may skip a meal; not want to eat in the morning or become extremely picky.

It's important to pay attention to the small digestive signs as they can be indicative of a bigger problem. Sometimes pets with acid stomach, for example, may actually have a kidney or liver problem. Be sure to take your pet in to the veterinarian for laboratory testing and a complete exam when any digestive symptoms are present.

Digestive disorders often occur because of the pet's diet--either from the pet food or the "extra" tablescraps. Pets with digestive problems should avoid common allergens such as poultry and grains. In addition, simple digestive aids such as Power Probiotic and a digestive enzyme such as Lypozyme or Soothing Digestive Relief Formula should be incorporated into their daily regimen. These products, in combination with a change in diet, can give pets tremendous relief. In addition, if your pet is eating grass, licking his lips or showing reluctance to eat, try Gastro ULC which can help acid stomach.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Probiotics Benefit Cat with IBD

Q: I believe my cat has IBD and I was wondering if we should get a biopsy and diagnosis first before trying the probiotic, etc formulas offered on the website? Thanks, Angela

A: Hi Angela, Many cats are diagnosed with "IBD" due to food allergies. The most common food allergies are poultry and grains. Please be sure to watch this brief webinar below about food allergies. Using the Power Probiotic and Soothing Digestive Relief will help your cat to digestive the food. These are natural, healthy vitamins for any pet with or without IBD. You may want to try changing the diet and using these supplements (ideally using the IBD Kit and Colostrum for Pets would be best) and then seeing if your kitty is still in discomfort before proceeding to more invasive procedures.

Pet Fitness Tip--Reward Your Pet With Attention Not Food

Pet Fitness Tip: Have you played fetch with your dog lately? How about a cuddle session with your kitty? Remember that you can shower your pet with lots of love without having to use food as a reward. Many dogs are thrilled to finally get you to throw the ball to them! While pets like food, what they really want is love and attention from you.
Friday, January 13, 2012

Read Pet Food Labels

GET SMART--Read your pet's food label. Last night I was intrigued by one of the most charming pet food commercials. It was a gorgeous kitty walking through an enchanted garden with lovely music playing "Friskies Feed The Senses". may end up feeding the senses because you definitely won't end up feeding the cat with anything nutritious. See ingredients below--basically the diet is corn, byproducts, soy and food coloring. Please, please look at the pet food ingredients of your pet's food!

Ingredients Friskies Grillers Blend
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), turkey by-product meal, meat and bone meal, animal liver flavor, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, salt, choline chloride, dried carrots, dried green beans, added color (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2), potassium chloride, taurine, natural grill flavor, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, DL-Methionine, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. C-6004
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sweet William finally has found his "forever" home!

Sweet William, a 2 year old purebred boxer finally has found his "forever" home! Ariel Rescue saved his life.

William has had a very hard start in young life and he is only two years old. He was brought to the Orange County Animal Shelter by his owner in October. This is the same owner who previously adopted William from the same shelter, just one year earlier. The owner did not leave a reason why he was turning William into the shelter.

Ariel Rescue found out about William's plight. He needed our help. Two times is two times too many for a dog to have to be at a high-kill shelter. People won't adopt a dog that has been "returned" . William is a wonderful dog with a terrific disposition. We are so happy William has finally found a home at last.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

11 Year Old Sheltie With Recurring Bladder Infection

Q: My 11 year old sheltie, Cody, is fully recovered from bladder cancer thanks to Protocel but he has a lingering UTI. My vet is alternating Clavimox with Baytril after a few weeks off one or the other (pulse therapy). This does not seem to be working. Can you recommend something to get rid of his UTI and preventing a relapse?

D.L. Dunn

A: Yes, the Pet Pet UTI Prevention Package for Urinary Tract Infections which includes Renelix, Pet UTI Prevention Formula, Notatum and Power Probiotic would be very helpful. Also, using OncoPet for immune support would be advisable to help fight off cancer recurrence  Be sure you are feeding your sheltie a grain-free, hypoallergenic diet. Grains and poultry can contribute to UTIs in some pets.
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dog Chewing Paws--What Does This Mean?

Q: My dog has one paw that he chews and won't leave alone. I have tried everything I can think of to get him to stop (like aloe vera, vitamin-e, even putting a sock on his paw). I just got him a cone (Elisabeth collar) to see if it will help discourage him from chewing. So far soaking the paw in black tea seems to help soothe it. If you have any other suggestions I might try that would be great. Thank you for your time. KT

A: Dear KT: When dogs are chewing on their paws, it is due to allergies. They may have an environmental allergy to grass or it could be overall environmental allergies. Usually though there is some type of yeast overgrowth and the more they chew, the wet saliva can create a yeasty, smelly overgrowth inbetween the toes. I have a couple of suggestions:

1) First, take a look at your pet's diet. It is really important to feed your dog a completely hypoallergenic, grain-free diet. Please watch this free food allergy webinar that will help you determine the best food to feed your dog.

2) Use a yeast formula that kills intestinal yeast. We have had excellent results using the K9 Yeast Defense Formula

3) Get a medicated, antifungal shampoo from your veterinarian to soak the foot.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Weighing Your Pet is Important for Overall Health

Fitness Tip of the Day! If you haven't done so in the past two months, it's time to weigh your pet. Pets (and people) should be weighed every few months. A lot of times, pets can either be losing weight or gaining weight. Many times, the first sign of illness in a senior pet is WEIGHT LOSS! It can be very subtle and you may not have noticed that your pet is eating less--especially in multiple... pet households.

Getting on the scale, as much as we loathe it, is the single best objective way to measure our overall health. Scales are available at lots of big chain stores as well as your vet's office. For small pets, you can weigh yourself first and then hold your pet to see the difference. Keep a log of your pet's weight.

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