Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Abyssinian Cat Has Kidney Amyloidosis: Supplements Can Help Reduce Protein Loss

Dear Ask Ariel:  My Abyssinian kitty has been diagnosed with kidney amyloidosis.  We are devastated and want to do everything we can to help her. We are giving her the prescription food but wondering if there is any supplement that will help her condition? 

Ask Ariel:  So sorry about your Abyssinian being diagnosed with this condition.  There is a lot more you can do to help.  These supplements can help reduce the abnormal protein deposits and reduce the excess protein loss in the urine.   Our clients have reported that they are pretty straightforward to administer to cats as well.

Kidney Health Protein Support For Pets  This is a powerful enzyme that breaks down protein, helping to reduce the workload on the kidneys.  It also seems to reduce the amount of excess protein lost in the urine.  Just sprinkle on food.  Most pets seem to like the taste.

Renelix  This is a liquid formula that detoxifies the kidneys and helps to flush out toxins.  We have had excellent results using the Renelix for conditions such as urinary crystals, bladder stones, kidney disease, incontinence and amyloidosis.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

17 year old Cat With Digestive Problems and Upset Tummy Gets Better

Many thanks to Deborah Albritton for sharing this post about her 17 year old kitty Rocky.

"We can tell a huge difference with Rocky's digestion using the Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive and Lypozyme (supplements for cats with digestive problems) . He had a little upset tummy (he has IBD) and within 2 days, we could see a major improvement. Thanks again for providing such top quality supplements. These are very well tolerated and can easily be mixed in their canned or home cooked meals without the cats noticing. That says a lot, because our cats are quite the picky ones! We also use Colostrum for Pets and usually mix in a tiny, tiny bit of ham baby food. Just always make sure that it is all natural and no other ingredients--total meat. Many baby foods add veggie broth that contains onions ...highly toxic to cats."
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

5 Reasons NOT to Give Cheese To Your Dog or Cat

Does Your Pet Have Itching, Allergies, Pancreatitis or Digestive Problems?

Just like peanut butter, cheese is a treat that many pet owners enjoy and assume it is ok to give their pets.  If your dog or cat is having any scratching, itching, digestive problems such as loose stool, gas, vomiting, eye tearing, ear infections or has pancreatitis, diabetes, elevated liver enzymes, kidney disease, or is overweight (phew!--the list goes on and on), then it's best to avoid it.  Here is why:

1) Dairy is a big allergen for people and pets
Even cheese that is organic or made from goat milk can be problematic for allergic pets.  Many treats and pet foods contain dairy and cheese so read the labels carefully.  If your pet displays any signs of itching, scratching, ear infections or digestive problems, AVOID CHEESE.
If your pet has allergies,  AllerEaze and Power Probiotic  can provide fast relief of allergy symptoms.

2) Cheese is hard to digest and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in some pets

Many pets have unexplained vomiting and diarrhea and pet owners may conclude it is just "how the pet is".  Vomiting and diarrhea can be symptoms of a much deeper problem such as inflammatory bowel disease and these symptoms need to be monitored closely.  One of the biggest culprits for digestive problems are occasional treats containing food allergens such as cheese or wheat.

If your pet has loose stool, vomiting, diarrhea, your pet may have food allergies or acid stomach.  Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic can relieve acid stomach and digestive enzymes such as the Soothing Digestive Relief will firm up the stool.

3) Cheese is high in fat and can provoke a pancreatitis attack. 

Sometimes pets may be eating a low-fat diet for pancreatitis and yet the pet owner is using cheese to "hide" pills as a treat.  Instead of cheese, try using canned pet food or a lower fat alternative.

If your pet has pancreatitis, it is essential to use Lypozyme and/or the Pancreatitis Kit to aid digestion and the metabolism of fats and protein.

4) Cheese is highly caloric and can cause pets to gain weight. 

The majority of cats and dogs are overweight.  Keeping your pet at the ideal weight will extend their life and the time you can spend with them.  Excess weight can lead to health conditions such as diabetes, fatty liver, cancer and more.  Instead of cheese, use low fat treats such as fish-based treats, vegetables or a piece of lean meat.

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5) Cheese contains lactose (milk sugar) which feeds yeast overgrowth and bacterial infections

If your pet has an odor, is licking at the groin area or is getting yeast infections in the ears, sugar is the worst food you can give them.  Besides being a potential allergen, the cheese and mold enable the yeast to grow faster and stronger.  It is not unusual for a pet to be given a piece of cheese or peanut butter and develop a yeast infection the very next day.  Feed a fresh raw frozen diet or low carbohydrate canned food for best results if your pet has yeast.   K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic have been extremely helpful in controlling yeast overgrowth. 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Acuscope Myopulse Therapy for Dogs Orange County and San Bernardino

Gina Gould is a Certified Acuscope Myopulse therapist for equine and canine treatments in Southern California (Orange County, San Bernardino).  How can acuscope help your pet?  Acuscope is a microcurrent biofeedback instrument used to promote healing.  Acuscope has been used for years on horses and dogs, beginning with human professional athletes and racehorses.  Acuscope reduces inflammation and speeds up the recovery time of injuries.  Pets enjoy the treatments because it is gentle and relieves pain.

To contact Gina please email her at or call 714-746-7484 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Boxer Has Mast Cell Tumor--Can Supplements Help?

Q:  My 5 year old boxer was just diagnosed with a mast cell tumor.  Our vet removed it but said he might get another one.  I know a lot of boxers get cancer but trying to see if there is anything I can do to help.  Can you recommend any herbs or homeopathic remedies for my boxer Brutus?

A:  So sorry that your boxer Brutus was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor.  It is very scary when these type of malignant dog tumors appear.  Feed your boxer a grain-free, low carbohydrate diet.  Ideally, using low allergen protein choices such as rabbit or fish would be best.  In addition, there are a few supplements that would really help.  First, be sure to give your boxer Oncopet  Oncopet is a veterinary-approved formula that we have used successfully with many dogs that have mast cell tumors.  In addition, use a powerful, therapeutic fish oil based from sardines and anchovies.  Use a quercetin-based formula such as AllerEaze  to quiet the histamine response. 
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Holistic Treatment for Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats

Holistic treatments for pancreatitis in dogs and cats will help enhance the quality of the pet's lives and reduce the likelihood of future pancreatitic attacks.  Pancreatitis can occur in both dogs and cats.  It is important to give pets with pancreatitis a reduced fat diet and add natural supplements that can aid with the digestion of fats.    

The Pancreatitis Supplement Kit is an all natural, holistic treatment that is excellent for cats and dogs with:
*Elevated Liver Enzymes
*IBD w/discomfort digesting fats
*Cushing's Disease
*Breeds prone to pancreatitis such as Schnauzers and Cocker Spaniels
*Overweight pets
*Fatty liver
*Senior pets

This veterinary-approved Pancreatitis Kit includes 3 holistic formulas that contain powerful enzymes and nutrients that break down fats, enhance digestion and reduce elevated liver enzymes.  Individual formulas such as Lypozyme, (a powerful enzyme that breaks down fats) can be purchased separately but save now by buying all three formulas together.

Sunday, July 7, 2013 A great site for information about IBD in cats

If your cat has been diagnosed with IBD, is a website to help you with the support, caring and feeding of your cat.  There are many informative articles and testimonials about how to help your kitty with feline inflammatory bowel disease.
Thursday, July 4, 2013

Quentans Drops Are Back in Stock

Quentans Drops are Back in Stock!

 Great for cats with viruses such as herpes, AIDs and also excellent for dogs with skin infections.


“Rocky, our 16 year old kitty, is doing quite well. At 15, he developed an allergy and we tried everything. However, after our consultation with Susan Davis and a process of elimination of different foods, we found that he was allergic to chicken. He does Notatum (6 drops) and Proaller (4-5 drops) every night, mixed in a very small amount of his high quality canned food.  
When he has an occasional flare-up of the Herpes virus, we alternate Notatum and Quentans at night --still with the Proaller.   He is doing so well. People can't believe he is 16... one happy camper in Eastern, NC” 

Deborah L. Albritton, MPA
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bernese Mountain Dog With Mast Cell Tumor

Q: Dear Ariel,
My Bernese Mountain Dog Buddy was just diagnosed with a Mast Cell tumor.  He had surgery and is doing ok.  I read that once a dog has had one mast cell tumor, they are prone to get another one?  Is there anything holistic I can do to give Buddy that might help prevent another mast cell tumor?

A:  So sorry that Buddy developed a Mast Cell tumor.  They can be of a genetic nature.  Having said that, there is a lot you can do to keep Buddy on a good diet and supplements to help him.  Cancer thrives on sugar so it is important to keep your Bernese Mountain Dog on a grain-free, fresh diet.  Raw frozen diets combined with homemade baked fish can work well.  It's essential that Buddy use a premium, purified Omega 3 fish oil such as Amazing Omegas in his diet.  Our veterinary hospital uses Amazing Omegas because the fish oil is naturally processed and purified for heavy metals and toxins.  Avoid potential allergens in food and proteins that your dog might be allergic to.  The attached is a good summary of food allergies and foods to avoid.  Supplements such as quercetin, probiotics and antioxidant formulas will also help.