Monday, September 30, 2013

Top 10 Reasons for Veterinarian Visits for Dogs

Based on pet insurance claims the following are the top 10 reasons for people to seek out veterinarian care for their dogs.  Many of the issues can be helped significantly by holistic care.  Learn more about how pet nutrition and holistic pet care can improve your pet’s health at

Top 10 Reasons for A Veterinarian Visit for Dogs*

1. Ear infections
2. Skin allergies
3. Pyoderma (hot spots)
4. Stomach upsets
5. Intestinal inflammation/diarrhea
6. Bladder diseases
7. Eye infections
8. Arthritis
9. Hypothyroidism
10. Sprains

*Based on Veterinary Pet Insurance Company claims 
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Siamese Cat Diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Q:  My Seal Point Siamese cat Freddie was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).  She takes Atenolol .5 ml for the rest of her life.  Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a very scary condition because it shortens her life span and a cat could die suddenly at any moment.  Are there any supplements that would help Freddie?

A:   So sorry to hear about Freddie.  She is a gorgeous kitty!  Yes, there are supplements that would definitely help her Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is a kitty-approved ubiquionol that meets high standards of quality and effectivness.    Amazing Omegas is a high quality fish oil packed in glass bottles which is rich in omega 3 fatty acids.  This fish oil is naturally processed without heat and purified for heavy metals, making it more bioavailable to your pet.  The natural process ensures that the fish oil is absorbed and utilized better than other types of fish oil.  Power Probiotic for Pets The best probiotic for pets!  Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which helps replenish a healthy intestinal ecosystem that supports the immune system and overall good health.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Donations Desperately Needed For Neglected Rescue Dog

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Denali is a 9 year old Siberian Husky who was rescued from an LA County Shelter 3 years ago by Husky Haven of LA.  She was adopted to a seemingly nice family who promised to care for Denali for the rest of her life.  Even though the family was carefully screened, they did not live up to their promise and Denali turned up at a shelter looking as she appears on the right with clumps of fur missing, loss of her black pigment from severe malnutrition, sores around her mouth and a large growth on her ear.  The picture on the left is how Denali appeared just 3 years ago at the time of her adoption.  Husky Haven of LA makes a commitment to the dogs they rescue for life.  It cost $250 in fees to bail out poor Denali from the shelter and it is estimated that she will need approx. $2000 in veterinary care.  However, we are hopeful that with proper veterinary attention, supplements and good nutrition, Denali will be able to make a successful recovery.  Even the smallest donations would be appreciated.  If you would like to help save Denali's life, please make a tax-deductible donation on the Husky Haven of LA website. is dedicated to helping save the lives of homeless pets.  We donate resources and supplements to rescue groups to help give these pets a 2nd chance.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rosemary and Seizures in Dogs

Q:  Dear Ask Ariel:  My 9 month old pug Pugsley.  is having seizures.  Is there a proven link between rosemary and seizures, especially in small breed dogs?
A:      This is a GREAT question and I am so glad you asked because seizures in dogs can be greatly improved with holistic care.  Seizures in a young dog are often related to some of the following issues:
1) food allergies--food allergies can be a trigger
 2) low thyroid function---Pugsly could be borderline thyroid--be sure to discuss a thyroid panel with your veterinarian
 3) Liver problems--a comprehensive blood test will reveal if there is an issue

Dog Brain Booster  is recommended by veterinarians and has been extremely effective in controlling seizures in dogs especially when combined with AllerEaze and Neuroflam .  It is very important to put Pugsley on a completely hypoallergenic diet, preferably a raw frozen diet.  Avoid all grains and use hypoallergenic protein sources such as rabbit.  Omega 3s are extremely helpful so using the highly purified Amazing Omegas to support brain health and reduce inflammation can help greatly.  In my opinion, I have not seen a definitive link between rosemary and seizures in dogs and think addressing these other issues will yield a much more successful approach for Pugsley.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Collapsed Trachea in Yorkshire Terriers

Q:   Dear Ariel: I have an 10 yr old Yorkshire Terrier named Lily that has had problems with collapsing trachea and it is getting worse so I brought her into our vet and he did an x-ray and it showed that Lily has a slight enlargement of her heart on the left side. He felt that the heart issues may be involved with the issues with the trachea and he prescribed heart medications (Vetmedin  & Enalapril).  She seems to be feeling ok but she does make a honking sound especially if she gets excited.  Is there any holistic supplements that I can use that would help?

A:  Amazing Omegas, Purrfect Pet CoQ10 and Resveratrol for Dogs These products will help to support the heart and breathing.  The coughing is due to the collapsing trachea which can be helped from a functional standpoint using the Ultra-Flex Collagen Support (this helps to strengthen the cartilage in the trachea).  These products are all good for your dog and can be combined with heart medications but they are not cough control medicines.  Here is a link:   
Also, some dogs do get stressed from the collapsing trachea so using the Psystabil is a gentle way to calm them. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Labrador Retriever Therapy Dog Visits Surgery Patients

Sophie Pedeflous, therapy dog,  visited Steve, a patient in a skilled nursing facility who is recovering from major surgery which led to many weeks of coma. He has been away from home for over 6 months and is undergoing rigorous physical therapy to build his strength and to walk again. Steve misses his own furry animals at home! Sophie was a welcome and comforting visitor.

Read Sophie's entire story on .  
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Safe Treats For Dogs and Cats on Special Diets

Pet Treat Tip: Have a dog or cat that has to stick to a special diet? Take your pet's canned food and gently bake it into little biscuits. You can try a dehydrator too. Either way, your cat or dog will enjoy a special treat but stay healthy too!

Click here to learn more about pet nutrition and natural alternatives to prescription diets for pets.
Saturday, September 21, 2013

Playful Husky Jumps Out of a Pile of Leaves

Love this video! Reminds us so much of our Bleu and Legend who would do this crazy circular running. They would do this frenetic running INSIDE our house, then run outside, do a fast run and crush all of our beautiful flowers, then jump on the bed and do a frenetic digging motion ripping through our covers and then dash out the door and repeat the whole cycle.  They would get so crazy that they once broke our mirrored sliding doors! Playful huskies sure love to have fun when the weather cools down.
Friday, September 20, 2013

Gremlin and Goblin: Two Special Pets Who Brought So Much Love and Joy

Goblin and Gremlin---Two Special Dogs Who Are Now Angels

Losing a beloved pet is a heartbreak beyond words.  Anyone who has ever loved an animal knows the painful grief that comes when the time comes for them to leave us.   For Kimberly Dawn Hatfield, this pain was magnified by two.  Two precious dogs, Gremlin and Goblin both passed away within 2 months of one another.  Kimberly was a wonderful Mommie and took great care of them. Some memories that Kimberly has of each of these cherished pets is below:

Goblin, happy go lucky, awesome friend, smiled and brought you a toy everytime you came home, 15 years old and strong right up to the end, dog all the way thru, hated if I cried, licked my face until I stopped.  Powerful.

Gremlin, fighter, 12 years old, chronically ill for 5 years but still hung on until his body gave out, awesome, loyal friend, old soul,
was hanging on for me, until I told him, "I would be ok and to go if he needed to, I would be alright", two hours later, he did.

These two dogs were my life, my loves, my true friends, but I let them both go, 40 days apart, with love and happiness, I celebrate their life and good time memories which will always be in my heart, wait for me boys, I will see you again.
 Your Mommie
Monday, September 16, 2013

In Loving Memory of Toby--Cherished Persian Cat

In loving memory of sweet Toby, an elderly Persian kitty who lived life to the fullest.  In his senior years, like many cats, Toby developed kidney disease.  Toby's family took wonderful care of him, gave him the best food and diligently gave him his AskAriel supplements.  Due to their wonderful care, Toby still acted like a kitten and truly enjoyed his golden years.  Toby's family was dedicated to holistic pet care and as a result, Toby lived many years after his diagnosis.   We will miss Toby very much and are very sad about his passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Peden family who lost a precious kitty.
Friday, September 13, 2013

Hair Loss Around the Mouth or Tail in Dogs and Cats

Some cats and dogs can experience hair loss especially around the mouth or on the tail.  Hair loss can be a sign of allergies in pets.  Sometimes after my dog Legend eats something he is allergic to it, he will start scratching at the mouth which leads to hair loss.  While we keep Legend on  very strict hypoallergenic diet, on occasion, we might try something new to see how he responds to it.  Amazing, but even a different type of fish or small piece of pork is a huge trigger for him.  He will start scratching at the mouth.  Also, we have seen cats where they lose hair around the tail and then by changing the diet, the hair grows back.  For more about pet food allergies, please read the following pet nutrition health articles.
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Raw chicken can cause food allergies in dogs and cats

Raw Chicken is still chicken and could be an allergen for your dog or cats.  There is a popular opinion that if a cat or dog has allergies and then eats raw food, their allergy symptoms such as diarrhea, eye staining, itching, scratching and hair loss will improve.  Yes, it is true that raw food is easier to digest and anytime a pet is switched from dry kibble for example to a raw frozen diet, it is typical to see improved digestive symptoms which in turn can improve allergy symptoms.  However, if a cat or dog is allergic to chicken or poultry, whether the food is raw, cooked, overcooked or in whatever form---it is still chicken.   To learn more about why chicken could be a potential allergen for your dog or cat, please read this detailed article about chicken food allergies.  So, many pet owners can become extremely frustrated and erroneously conclude that a raw diet won't help their pet's allergies, when in fact it can.  But, what is important, is to understand that when choosing a raw frozen diet, the pet owner needs to look for a hypoallergenic "novel" protein such as rabbit.  Rabbit seems to work very well for dogs and cats with allergies.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Husky With Loose Stool Gets Better with Soothing Digestive Relief


" I just wanted to thank you so much for recommending the Power Probiotic and Soothing Digestive Relief.  I've had my dog Sammy on a home cooked diet for the last 7 years.  He's never had a real firm poop since being on this diet. I was told this wasn't good for his anal glands.

I've tried several different things, but this was the only thing that's worked! His poops are finally firm and totally normal.

Thank you again, and Sammy thanks you too!  ^..^" 


Linda M.
Friday, September 6, 2013

Joint Support For Cats Really Helps a 17 Year Old Senior Kitty!

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"We've added a new product to our 17 year old cat Rocky's regimen.  Rocky needed a little something extra for his joints.  We had used Cosequin in the past but it seemed to bother his tummy after many years.  Collagenex 2 from AskAriel was the answer!  Within a week....Rocky was running and chasing crickets and playing again like a kitten.  We can tell his back legs are already feeling better.  Plus, I can't say enough about the power of "Power Probiotic", Lypozyme and Soothing Digestive.  All 3 of my babies are taking these now.  Thanks again for such wonderful, gentle products to make the babies healthy."    Deborah Albritton
Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tribute to Beautiful Molly, 14 1/2 Year Old Border Collie Mix


Our hearts are saddened by the loss of beautiful Molly, a 14 1/2 year old Border Collie Mix.  Molly lived a long and wonderful life and brought so much joy and love.  Such a sweet, special dog!  Her family is heartbroken and have treasured memories which they will cherish forever.   Their favorite memory is when Molly would do a little dance which they called the "Molly-wog". 

Molly  fought a valiant fight with kidney disease and then later cancer.   Molly's family took amazing care of her which enabled her to live such a quality life.  Beloved Molly was cherished and will be missed by Rick, Kathleen and her doggie brother and sister, Outback and Maggie.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Huskies From Alaska Send Thanks For Pet Supplements

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"I am sold on your products and the two dogs I am treating have shown vast improvements.  I am most impressed.  My dogs are my very best friends.   I am willing to help them and do whatever is necessary to keep them healthy and happy.  Your products are helping me do just that.  I will use conventional medicine if I have to but am always happy to find holistic pet supplements that actually work.  I will always go with them first.  Yours are amazing.  Thank you once again for having these wonderful pet supplements and being so kind with helping .”   Firmin Family, Alaska, 2013

Ask Ariel is a holistic pet care website that provides expert advice about using natural diets and pet supplements to help dogs and cats stay happy and healthy.   Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fish Oil For Pets: Glass Bottles Prevent Rancid Omega 3s

Fish oil for pets can be full of more problems than benefits.  This is because the oil is typically packed in inexpensive plastic bottles which can leach toxins into the oil.  Moreover, many pet fish oils have not been purified for heavy metals, PCBs and are overheated.  This means that when you give your pet the fish oil, you may be giving your pet more chemicals and toxins rather than a healthy nutritious food.

Veterinary-recommended Amazing Omegas are sold in glass bottles to preserve the freshness and quality of the fish oil.  The product is produced naturally and is made from anchovies and sardines.  Toxins, PCBs, mercury are gently removed from the oil.  Amazing Omegas are third-party tested to ensure that the product delivers a rich array of Omega 3 fatty acids.

The difference is in the results.  There is just no comparison which is why Amazing Omegas are sold at $30 a bottle at veterinary hospitals.  Ask Ariel sells the Amazing Omegas at a discounted price of $23.50 and the bottles are kept fresh to  prevent rancidity. Ever smell an old bottle of vegetable oil and the odor is putrid? The same can happen with fish oil.  Rancidity occurs as the highly sensitive fish oil becomes exposed to air and oxidation occurs.  By packing in dark glass bottles, Amazing Omegas reduces the likelihood of rancid oil and ensures it is fresh and highly bioavailable nutritious food for your cat or dog.
Monday, September 2, 2013

Natural Treatment For German Shepherd with Hip Dysplasia

Dear Ask Ariel:   Our beautiful 2 year old German Shepherd was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and we are just devastated.  You can tell it hurts him to walk and sometimes he limps after exercise.  Our veterinarian sent us home with Metacam and we are using glucosamine and fish oil.  Do you think that any other natural treatments will help or is this just the way it is? We would like to help him but our funds are limited so surgery is out of the question.   Betty, Ohio

Dear Betty, So sorry your German Shepherd was diagnosed with hip dysplasia.  It's very upsetting when we see our pets in pain.  Hip dysplasia, albeit a genetic condition does respond to natural holistic care and it seems that the earlier you start, the better the prognosis.  Drugs such as Rimadyl and Metacam should be a last resort to use when your dog is really uncomfortable, not a daily routine.  It is good that you are using the fish oil and glucosamine.

Special SAM-e  seems to be the most effective tool we have to fight hip dysplasia.  This veterinary-approved formula is backed by scientific research and proven to help.  Special SAMe is powerful antioxidant formula that reduce joint pain and inflammation with improving results over time. 

Curcumin for Pets  Curcumin (turmeric) for Pets has shown excellent safety in clinical studies and works as a natural anti-inflammatory.  It can be used along with the Special SAMe to help ease your dog's pain and inflammaton. 

In addition to supplements, acuscope therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic are all very viable holistic therapies that relieve pain and discomfort.  Regular daily exercise and maintaining a healthy weight will ensure your German Shepherd can maintain his mobility too.

Injured Husky - Donations Needed For Husky Haven of LA

Please make a donation to Husky Haven of LA to help Kiara (pictured on right) who is being fostered by these lovely people, the McDonald Family.  Kiara was adopted and returned from various LA Shelters and had saved by Rhonda Hallden of Husky Haven.  Finally, she was adopted by an experienced husky owner and within a few hours, an accident occured and Kiara was injured falling down the stairs.  The adopter returned Kiara and has not offered to help or contribute with Kiara's medical care.  It's hard enough to place an older rescue dog like Kiara in a loving home but to have her returned injured after less than a day is cruel.   Kiara is getting treated with acuscope, supplements and veterinary visits.  This is a very difficult situation and even a $5 contribution would help Kiara on her way.  It's easy to make a donation by going to the Husky Haven of LA website.

Here is the complete story from the Husky Haven Website page:
RETURNED "KIARA" Update-Kiara was returned after a few dys at her 8th attempt at a home..It was no fault of hers. The adopter had more stairs than she will be able to maneuver on a regular basis. IN FACT, she had a slip/fall and we are now treating her with hopes of improving a rear leg injury. She is now in the competent hands of our fosters; the McDoanlds of San Juan who are the adopters of our girl MADDIE.. AS well as traditional vet medicine, she is being given therapeutic treatments courtesy of our good friend, adopter and supporter Susan Davis, Founder WE cover the dogs we have committed to FOR LIFE.

And in KIARA's case, we are so grateful to all our supporters who lend a hand..(More on her hopeful progress will be coming) Pict: Janet & Mac with their HH girl tripod MADDIE out of Hrb shelter and MISS KIARA..
Sunday, September 1, 2013

French Bulldog Epilepsy Treatment

Q:  Dear Ariel:  Our 2 year old French Bulldog has been having seizures and is currently taking phenobarbital.  I really don't like to use this medication because of the side effects but don't know what else to do.  Are there any natural options I can use instead?  Thank you!  Jennifer

A:  Dear Jennifer:  So sorry your French Bulldog is having seizures.  We understand how stressful and upsetting it is to witness a dog having seizures.  First let me say, that holistic care can greatly help dogs having epileptic seizures.  The first part of helping your Frenchie is to take the cloud of "mystery" surrounding seizures and break them into parts.  Seizures have triggers.  The value of holistic pet care is to determine what those triggers are and to try to reduce the inflammatory cascade that can start the trigger.  There are many different reasons why a dog can have seizures.  Some common reasons are the following:  brain tumors, brain cancer (less likely in such a young dog), liver disease (unlikely unless a liver shunt or other severe congenital liver condition is present), food allergies, hypothyroidism, exposure to toxins and chemicals.

Let's consider food allergies.  While it may seem incredulous that a dog could experience seizures from food allergies, it is a common occurence.  You may have heard about how people can suffer from migraines or even severe reactions to foods such as peanuts.  There are common elements---inflammation caused by the food allergy response can affect the brain.  So, the first thing to do is try to eliminate potential food allergens from your dog's diet.  Similarly, when the body is inflamed and a person or pet is eating foods that increase that inflammation, this can trigger a thyroid imbalance.  And, some pets are just more prone to hypothyroidism due to their genetics. 

Autoimmune thyroiditis is common in dogs so please be sure to get a complete thyroid panel done, even in a young dog.  We have seen many occurences of low thyroid values causing seizures in young dogs.  Now, many dogs suffer from allergies and not all of them get seizures, so the next part of the equation is to try to reduce the overall inflammation in the brain and central nervous system.  It is essential to give any dog with seizures, nutritional support to reduce inflammation in the brain.  The products we have seen the best success with include the following:

Amazing Omegas---this is a highly purified fish oil that does not contain mercury or other contaminants found in most pet fish oils.  It is sold in a glass bottle to preserve the natural oil and prevent oxidation which can result in the terrible odor we often smell in rancid oils.

Dog Brain Booster--contains scientifically proven ingredients to help dogs with epilepsy, stroke recovery, seizures and other neuropathy.  Excellent results with many dogs with unusual neurological conditions.  Safe for small and large dogs.

Neuroflam--Recommended for dogs over 20 lbs only--Ingredients to reduce neural inflammation.  Works well with the Dog Brain Booster