Friday, January 25, 2013

Cat with Chronic Infection Gets Better


Zin

"Just wanted to thank you. Our 4 year old Selkirk Rex, Zin, was adopted through a rescue when he was 2. He was recently diagnosed with the Herpes Virus; which explained a lot of his illnesses since we have had him. Two months ago, he became ill with a really bad cold; he could hardly breathe and soon stopped eating and drinking. We took him to two Vets, both tried hard to help him with antibiotics and antihistamines; but he still was suffering. I found your website and ordered the Quentans and the Notatum drops and gave them to him daily. He is now almost back to his normal little self and we are so grateful! He is eating and drinking. He even jumped his little brother tonight! His breathing is pretty much normal now for his flat little nose. Thanks again for helping our Zin!"  

The Olson Family, Virginia 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

In Memory of Beautiful Sailor, Rescued White German Shepherd

Sailor and Baby Billy the Kitty

In October of 2011, Sailor, a beautiful white German Shepherd was found on a woman’s front porch in San Diego, close to death. He apparently had been out on his own for months. The animal shelter picked him up and, realizing that he was close to death, called Maria Dales, Director of  German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC).  GSROC saved the dog's life, named him Sailor and immediately took him for veterinary care.

When Sailor was rescued, he had lost most of his hair, his hearing and eyesight were severely impaired and he was terribly underweight.  German Shepherd Rescue provided the much needed veterinary care for him and Sailor miraculously got better.  A wonderful woman named Marcia gave her whole heart to him,  adopted Sailor and gave him a joyous new life.   As there are so many needy pets that desperately require adoption and most people are looking for healthy young pets, it was such a kind and generous gift to welcome this senior dog into her home. Marcia had another elderly dog named Chuckie and several cats, but somehow they all got along just fine.  

With Marcia's love and unending devotion, Sailor got a real life.  He went on walks, got to know many friends and neighbors and was pampered with the utmost love and attention.  Marcia is an angel to the animals and everywhere she goes, the pets love her.  Her dedication and concern for Sailor was unwaivering. 

Sailor had numerous “jobs” within the household.  Marcia's black Persian kitty, Mokie, thought that Sailor was “mom”. Mokie would find Sailor and hold his face up to be washed. He would not retreat until Sailor washed his face thoroughly, including his ears. Sailor also had to “orient” a new kitty, Baby Billy (pictured), who arrived, desperately needing a home. Sailor decided that Billy’s daily routine should include a bath! Billy learned quickly to relent and let Sailor get that bath checked off his list for the day! Sailor’s largest job, however, was bonding with Annie. Annie is a partly feral cat who has her own room and is still working on trust. Annie left her room to be out with Sailor in the early morning when the other kitties and Chuckie were sleeping. It didn’t take Annie long to trust this “gentle giant” who had come into her house. Sailor and Annie spent many quiet, peaceful early morning hours together. Annie now sits alone quietly in the morning where she always sat with him…

 Funny, but Sailor did not live up to his name – he did not like water! When sprinklers came on during his walk, he skirted the wet area like it was poison. He did not like the rain and carefully stepped over each puddle!  Sailor was an older soul … he had a calcified disk in his back and arthritis.  Over time, Marcia needed to use a supportive harness to help him get around.

Marcia gave Sailor a beautiful life and it may have been the first time he ever knew what a real family was.  He cherished every minute with her.  But, sadly, his legs could no longer hold him up and Sailor couldn't stand.  Marcia employed every type of medical treatment for Sailor, veterinarians, specialists and holistic care, but it was Sailor's time to say goodbye.  Sailor passed away on January 14, 2013.  Sailor's beautiful soul will always be a shining light in Marcia's life and for all of us, who knew and cherished this special dog.  We will miss you Sailor.  We will love you forever.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cancer in Dogs and Cats

Some of the more common forms of cancer in dogs and cats.  Holistic care can be very helpful for treating pets with cancer.  Click here to learn more about holistic care treatments:

There are many types of canine and feline cancer. Cancer can arise in the skin, organs, bone and blood. Some types of cancer are fast growing and other types grow more slowly. Lymphoma is an example of a common form of cancer that we see in dogs and cats.

Lymphoma - is cancer of the lymphatic tissue. The lymph system is a core part of the body’s immune system. The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that defends the body against infections. It is comprised of a network of lymphatic vessels that carry lymph (a clear, watery fluid that contains protein, salts, glucose and other substances) throughout the body. The lymphatic system also serves as a low pressure drainage system that collects interstitial fluid throughout the body and returns it to the bloodstream. The most common sign of lymphoma is a painless enlargement of the lymph nodes.

Mast Cell Tumors – Mast cell tumors are among the most common tumors in dogs and are the most common type of skin cancer found in dogs. The most common location to find mast cell tumors is, by far, the skin, followed by the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. Both normal and cancerous mast cells contain chemicals that can be released into surrounding tissues. When these chemicals (particularly histamine) are released into the normal surrounding body tissues, side effects can include digestive problems (for ex: bleeding ulcers), skin rashes, shortness of breath and other symptoms. Mast cell tumors vary greatly in their size, shape, appearance and texture. The only way to definitely identify them is with a biopsy and pathology report.

Hemangiosarcoma – Most commonly found in the spleen, liver and heart and the prognosis is determined by the location of the disease. The cancer arises from the blood vessels and results in the production of abnormal blood vessels that can be weak and prone to leaking. As the cancer progresses, the cancerous vessels can rupture and results in blood loss. As the spleen is the organ most commonly affected by this type of cancer, rupture can lead to blood loss into the abdomen. This is an emergency situation and can result in weakness and collapse. Many pets with hemangiosarcoma often require a splenectomy.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Cancer that occurs in the mouth, underneath the tongue or along the gums of the middle-aged and older cats. Common signs of squamous cell carcinoma in cats includes difficulty eating, interest in food but not wanting to eat, drooling and odor from the mouth.
Osteosarcoma -- Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone tumor in dogs. Osteosarcoma beings in the bone but can spread throughout the bloodstream very early in the course of the disease (metastasis). The most common areas for this cancer to appear are the wrist, shoulder, knee and hip. The first sign of bone cancer is lameness due to pain from the cancer. Swelling often occurs at the tumor site.

Feline Intestinal Lyphoma--Many cats with lymphoma have the intestinal form. It is not uncommon to find that these cats may have a history of IBD, diarrhea and inflammation in the intestinal tract. Patients are usually elderly cats as the disease is found more often in older cats. Diagnoses of intestinal lymphoma is best made via biopsy. If a mass is present, it can be surgically removed at the time of the biopsy or it can also be aspirated. Intestinal lymphoma may not create a mass but rather a thickened or abnormal appearance of the intestine. In addition to conventional cancer treatments, it is very important to change the diet of these to cats to an anti-inflammatory, low-allergen diet. Many cats have responded extremely well to our IBD Kit in conjunction with conventional care.

Transitional Cell Carcinoma – Tumors usually form at the bladder opening and can cause blockage causing painful urination. Pets often strain while trying to urinate. Transitional Cell Carcinoma can be difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms such as straining to urinate, blood in the urine or frequent urination are often due to a urinary tract infection. This can delay the discovery of the cancer, especially since antibiotics can often result in some improvement of symptoms. Thus, at the time of diagnosis, bladder cancer can be fairly far advanced and have spread to other parts of the body.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pomeranian is Coughing and Has a Heart Murmur

Q:  My pomeranian is coughing and has a heart murmur.  Are there any natural supplements that I can use for my pomeranian?  Also, any side effects of using the supplements with the medications my veterinarian prescribed for my dog's heart condition?

A:  There is a lot you can do to help your dog's coughing.  ApoTuss and ApoPulm 
are gentle drops that can make a significant impact on your dog's discomfort.   While "cough" medicines are just suppressing the cough, the ApoTuss and ApoPulm combination promote healing and help to detoxify the lungs.  ApoTuss has antimicrobial properties as well.  This remedy is very helpful for asthma, bronchial mucus and dry, hard coughs. In addition, using Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is also highly recommended for any pets with heart or lung conditions.

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Marco
"My dog Marco was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. I have been giving him OncoPet and Immunitone Plus which really seem to help. However, one of his symptoms is constant coughing. It is so horrible to see him suffer. The ApoTuss and ApoPulm helped him so much. I can't believe that it completely stopped his coughing. We previously had tried some coughing medication from the veterinarian and Marco was still coughing. Thank you so much for helping Marco feel better!"
Karen, Orange County, California 2010

Monday, January 14, 2013

Golden Retriever Chewing on His Paws

Q;  My Golden Retriever chews on his paws a lot.  We use a flea preventative and I don't think he has fleas.  Why is my Golden Retriever chewing on his paws?

A:  Be sure to bring your Golden Retriever to the veterinarian to make sure there isn't some hidden wound or injury.  Sometimes dogs lick incessantly on their paws because something is hurting them.  Once you know that is not the case, then another possibility is that your dog has allergies.  Golden Retrievers can be prone to allergies.  Many dogs will chew on their paws, their hind legs and groin constantly because it is itchy.  This can create a lot of skin sores, hot spots and blackened skin.  The fur (especially the white fur) can appear rust-colored from staining due to the saliva.

Supplements such as the Pet Skin and Allergy Package  can provide fast relief for a dog's chewing and itching.  The veterinary-approved package includes three different formulas that reduce itching, improve the pet's skin and coat and help reduce the allergic response that causes dogs to chew on themselves.  Also, AllerEaze can be easily mixed into food and helps greatly with allergies and itching.

 Since Golden Retrievers are susceptible to allergies, you need to be really careful about the food and treats you give your dog.  Avoid chicken, beef, dairy and grains in particular.  These foods can be allergens for many dogs.  Try to give your dog fresh vegetables such as green beans instead of dog biscuits which contain wheat and can cause many dogs to itch, scratch and chew on their paws.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Natural Antibiotic For Cats and Dogs

Q:  My cat gets frequent upper respiratory infections and I was wondering if there is a natural antibiotic supplement I can try to help prevent another infection?  What can I give my kitty to boost her immune system?

A:  Yes, there are a couple of natural supplements you can try to boost your cat's immune system.


Argentyn drops are a natural antibiotic and can be used safely with cats.  Of course, if your cat requires antibiotics, then you need to use the medication but Argentyn and other natural "antibiotics" will help boost your cat's immune system to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.  Get the dropper as that is easiest to use.  Easy to administer to pets---Argentyn tastes very much like water.  This powerful colloidal silver formula is the finest, most purified available. It is offered exclusively through health care professionals because of it's effectiveness in providing critical immune support. This product has been tested extensively in comparison studies and has been shown to have the smallest particle size currently available (.0008 microns), an ultra fine dispersion rate and concentration of 23 ppm (professional strength)---all which give the product its incredible strength.


All types of infections--UTIs, skin, allergies, sinus, stomatitis, respiratory infections
IBD--helps reduce infection and inflammation
Allergies

Bestseller--Notatum delivers what it promises!   Gentle but effective.  Well tolerated by pets. 
It is very helpful for any type of infection. Works to boost your pet's immune system from the inside out. This product is very helpful if your pet has been on antibiotics as it helps to prevent recurrence of an infection.  Use the product immediately after antibiotics to help boost your pet's immune system and prevent reinfection. Notatum drops are exceptionally well tolerated by cats.  Cats with chronic UTIs are often able to avoid future use of antibiotics by staying on the Pet UTI Prevention Formu
la, Power Probiotic and Notatum drops.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wheat Gluten in Pet Food: Can Be Harmful to Your Cat or Dog


Buyer Beware: Wheat Gluten is a Common Ingredient in Many Pet Foods. Here are just a few examples: Fancy Feast, Nutromax Cat, Natural Choice (the list goes on....). What is wheat gluten doing in the food? It's a cheaper source of protein than using real meat to convince you that your pet is getting nutrition when in fact, your pet is not. Wheat gluten is highly allergic and any cat or dog with bowel problems should not be eating food that contains it. If your pet has unusual, hard to diagnose problems such as hair loss on the tail, bouts of occassional vomitting or diarrhea, constant scratching---check your pet food label.  Look for grain-free, high moisture diets such as Instinct, Ziwi Peak and Primal.  

Many pet owners have cats or dogs that are having digestive issues such as inflammatory bowel disease or allergic scratching and itching.  Change your pet's diet!  Look for grain-free, high moisture diets such as Instinct, Ziwi Peak and Primal.  Just like with people, "you are what you eat".  Cats, especially are carnivores and have no need for food fillers such as corn.  It's very important to check the labels of your pet food.  In addition, all cats or dogs, regardless of their lifestage can benefit from two important nutritional supplements:
1)  Probiotics---these "friendly" bacteria provide the reinforcements for your cat or dog's immune system.  Probiotics are especially important if your pet has ever been on antibiotics.  We have had excellent success with the veterinary-recommended Power Probiotic.   
2)  In addition, it is essential to add purified, highly therapeutic fish oil to your cat or dog's diet.  Be sure the fish oil is purified for heavy metals and environmental toxins.  Fish oil may be added to some pet food brands, but pets generally need more than the small amount included in the food.  Fish oil provides many benefits including a lustrous coat, joint support, reduces allergy symptoms and so much more.  Amazing Omegas is purified with the highest standards and is third party tested.  Here is how the label reads:  Ask Ariel's Amazing Omegas For Pets: "This fish oil has not been chemically modified and hence supplies the Omega-3 fatty acids the way nature provides them. It is processed without solvents and is completely free of chemicals such as hexane. Third party testing also GUARANTEES that it is free of pesticides, PCBs, Dioxin and heavy metals including mercury."  








Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Best Probiotic For Cats?


What is the best Probiotic for Cats?  

Recommended by Veterinarians


Power Probiotic is helpful for cats that have diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease IBD, chronic urinary infections, stomatitis and kidney disease.  It provides soothing relief and is easy to administer.  The tasteless powder can be sprinkled directly on the food.

Why is Power Probiotic the best probiotic for cats?

The difference is in the manufacturing process.  All probiotics are not alike.  Power Probiotic is very carefully manufactured, guaranteed to survive your cat's stomach acid so that it can reach the intestinal tract?  Did you know that many name brand probiotics are not even alive by the time you open them?  And, even if the bacteria are alive, many are poorly manufactured so that they are immediately killed before they even reach the place your cat needs it most---the digestive tract.

Power Probiotic is third party tested and has guaranteed potency. 


“Toby is a Persian cat 15 years old. Last year he was diagnosed with Kidney disease along with a UTI. Toby was fed, what we thought was a healthy diet--Royal Canin dry food. Toby would not eat the food and was getting weaker every day, he couldn't defecate and he wasn't urinating. You could see and feel every bone in his body, his eyes were glazed over and his coat was dull. Toby would sit and stare at the wall--he had given up. We couldn't watch him slowly die so we took him off all off all the meds and food and started searching for help on the web. We found Ask Ariel!
We made an appointment to speak to Susan Davis. She gave us all the information we needed to save Toby's life. Toby now eats a healthy diet and takes a few supplements such as Kidney Terrain, Kidney Health and Power Probiotic. The products all are easy to give and even a fussy cat will eat them. When Toby has an upset stomach, we can even syringe in the Power Probiotic and it really helps him.
Toby is a changed cat. He is healthier than he has ever been in his entire life! He has gained weight, has a beautiful coat, bright eyes, plays like a kitten, purrs constantly and loves his food. We are only sorry that we didn't know about Ask Ariel before. Susan has given Toby a new lease on life and he loves it!”
Peden Family
New York 2012

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tired of Giving Cat Antibiotics

Q:  I am so tired of giving my cat antibiotics.  My cat takes one prescription of antibiotics after another for a chronic upper respiratory infection.  The antibiotics help my cat for awhile but then the infection just never seems to clear up all the way.   My cat sneezes, has runny eyes and often has goopy mucous (discharge) coming from her nose.  Are there any immune support supplements that can help?

A:  So sorry to hear that your cat has been on antibiotics for so long.  Yes, there are excellent immune support supplements such as Notatum and Argentyn that will really help your cat.  Antibiotics can be helpful but if your cat's immune system is constantly fighting an infection, your kitty just gets worn down.  Chances are your cat has an underlying virus that is making it hard for her to fight the upper respiratory infections.  For example, feline herpesvirus 1 can weaken your cat's immune system and make her prone to infections.  Be sure to discuss all the possible testing for your cat with your veterinarian.

Antibiotics treat a bacterial infection but to help your cat's overall immune system, diet and supplements are needed.  There are several supplements that will help your cat's immune system:

Argentyn---these easy to administer drops help fight bacterial and viral infections

Notatum --many cats respond extremely well to this homeopathic remedy and it greatly improves their immune function

Power Probiotic -- this easy to use supplement is a must for all cats, even tiny kittens.  It supports the immune system by replacing the good flora that are killed off by the antibiotics

Be sure you are feeding a completely hypoallergenic, grain-free diet.  Use brands of cat food such as Instinct canned  rabbit which is a novel protein.  Many cats are allergic to grains and also poultry which can weaken their immune system.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy German Shepherd Had Allergies But is Not Scratching and Biting Constantly at Her Tail


 
If your German Shepherd is scratching and chewing on her tail,  learn more about how how allergies  can be helped using an improved diet and natural supplements to stop the itching.  Helpful article about dogs scratching, chewing, itching and themselves constantly.

"Hi Susan,
 I am writing to let you know that Maya is 99% scratch free. She no longer bites at  her paws or tail, no longer scratches her face after our walks. Just overall she is fantastic.

In case I have not said it already, I think the world of you, AskAriel.com and your passion and love  for dogs is evident every time I need your help. You have transformed my baby, from a dog who had diarrhea almost every week, scratched constantly and very nervous about everything to what she is today. Picture perfect healthy.

    Our sincerest thanks and appreciation,
       Olivia, Miti  and Maya
                July 2011


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats: Digestive Enzymes Can Help Pets Digest Fat Better





If your dog or cat has pancreatitis, diabetes, PLE or elevated liver enzymes, it is essential that you give your pet special enzymes that help break down protein and fat while increasing absorption of nutrients. Pets with these health conditions, especially, must be on an enzyme that helps them digest their food.  Cats and dogs with pancreatitis are very sensitive to fats in their diet.  Using the Lypozyme enables them to eat a reasonable amount of fat without discomfort.

Symptoms of poor digestion related to fat absorption can include gas, bloating, swollen abdomen and elevated pancreatitic enzymes. Lypozyme for Pets is a a veterinary-approved, easy-to-use digestive enzyme that is well tolerated by cats and dogs. Great for even tiny pets. The powdered contents in the pill can be sprinkled directly into the foods and pets don't seem to notice the taste. This is a must for pets with pancreatitis, diabetes and elevated liver enzymes.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Stomatitis Treatment Using A Natural Holistic Approach


Q:  My domestic short hair cat was diagnosed with stomatitis.  Her gums are inflamed and she has terrible breath.  My veterinarian recommended extracting some of her teeth.  This seems drastic and I was wondering if there is a stomatitis treatment I can do using natural remedies to try to help my cat?

A:  So sorry your kitty has stomatitis.  Stomatitis can be a very painful condition and like other autoimmune diseases, early intervention using a holistic approach can make a tremendous difference. Stomatitis (Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Stomatitis) is an autoimmune inflammatory condition that results in a hypersensitivity to bacterial plaque in a cat's mouth. Symptoms of stomatitis in cats can include:

• Bad breath (halitosis)
• Red, inflamed gums
• Reluctance to open mouth
• Cat not wanting to eat (anorexia)
• Bleeding from gums or mouth
• Plaque and tartar accumulation

Conventional veterinary stomatitis treatments are limited and can leave pet owners feeling hopeless.  However, holistic treatments for stomatitis can work, especially if started before your cat's disease progresses too rapidly. Early intervention is key to helping your cat feel better.  Autoimmune disease is often set off by triggers.  The body forms antibodies to is own tissues and attacks itself. Conventional stomatitis treatment (teeth removal) is designed to relieve your cat's pain and discomfort but most likely won't stop the progression of the disease.  What holistic care can do is to try to identify the triggers that is the root cause contributing to the stomatitis.  While genetics are clearly a factor, anatomy does not have to mean destiny, especially when the stomatitis is discovered early.

Natural Supplements recommended for  Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Stomatitis in Cats:

Power Probiotic--This promotes the growth of healthy bacteria throughout the GI tract and mouth needed to ward off the bad bacteria

Immune Harmony-- this formula is designed specifically for autoimmune diseases.  It helps to modulate the cat's immune system and is well-tolerated by cats.

Colostrum For Pets-very helpful for bad breath, gingivitis and gum diseases.  Colostrum contains essential immune supportive ingredients, especially helpful for stomatitis.

Quentans and Notatum--These two powerful formulas help to fight infection and inflammation.  One autoimmune trigger may be that the cat has an underlying virus so the antiviral support of Quentans is essential in these cases.

In addition to adding the supplements,  cats with stomatitis require a special diet.  Many "premium" brands contain fillers, chemicals, food coloring and even sugar!  Cats are carnivores and need a high protein diet, especially when they are fighting off an autoimmune condition such as stomatitis.  Certain proteins can be triggers for the autoimmune attacks.  Please read this indepth article about autoimmune disease to learn more about foods to avoid.  

    Max and Sasha's Stomatitis Got Better        


“I adopted my 2 kitties, Max and Sasha, who had been neglected in their previous home. I took them to the vet and found out that Max was suffering from a severe case of stomatitis and Sasha also had a mild case of stomatitis. For almost a year, Max suffered through rounds of antibiotics and steroid shots, trying to calm his symptoms just so he'd be able to eat. 

Then I found AskAriel, where I read the section about stomatitis. I received a food recommendation from Ask Ariel that I was able to find in my local pet store. I also started daily giving the kitties Power Probiotic for PetsColostrom for PetsImmune Harmony, and Quentans. A year later, the kitties visited the vet and she was thoroughly impressed with Max and Sasha. She said she didn't see anything unusual... no redness, no sores, no buildup on the teeth or anything! I now have two of the happiest kitties on the planet!

Thanks for coming up with such amazing products!”  
Angie (with Max and Sasha), Louisiana 

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