Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Feline Hyperthyroidism: Supplement Can Provide Kidney Support


Feline hyperthyroidism can affect kidney function in cats.  Cats with hyperthyroidism should take kidney support supplements as the feline hyperthyroidism can mask the extent to which the kidney are affected.

Dear Susan,

"We just wanted to share with you our wonderful success with Renelix.  Our cat Delilah is hyperthyroid and late this summer she was diagnosed with slightly high kidney levels.  We started her on the Renelix immediately, per your instructions.  Subsequently, her blood tests revealed that all of her kidney values had dropped to within normal range.  It was miraculous!  And we are so grateful to you for all your help!  Any of your clients who are on the fence about this product should purchase it without hesitation.  It really works and we don't have to worry about giving our pet a lot of prescription meds that may have harmful side effects.  Thank you again, you are awesome!  Delilah sends lots of purrs and kisses!"

Suzanne Sucec
 Joanne Sucec
Pennsylvania 2013

Symptoms of a Bladder Infection in Cats and Dogs

Bladder infections are quite common and can be very painful.  Left untreated, the infection can spread to the kidneys. It’s important for you to watch for any symptom of a bladder infection:

Most Common Signs of a Dog or  Cat Bladder Infection  

  • Frequent urination
  • Straining to urinate
  • Waking up in the night to urinate
  • Blood or mucus with urination
  • Excessive licking at the genital area
  • "Accidents" or urinating in unusual places (maybe even right in front of you)
  • Excessive water drinking
  • Crying or meowing 
  • Spraying outside the litter box
  • Urine may have a strong odor 

Symptoms can sometimes show up at inopportune times (e.g. houseguests are in for the holidays) but be sure to take your cat or dog for a quick urine check at the veterinarian.  Holistic care should not be a replacement for conventional veterinary care but rather an additional treatment to help cure and prevent future infections.  Many times, the infection will return a few weeks after the meidcation is finished.. Holistic care offers you more choices and treatment options to help your pet.   Pet UTI Prevention formula in combination with Power Probiotic and Akutur has helped many pets get relief from the painful symptoms of a bladder infection.
Sunday, December 22, 2013

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS)

Dog Brain Booster helped Sophie's "Doggie Dementia"

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction or CDS was once called "Old Dog Syndrome" and is similar to the human disease Alzheimer’s. Nearly half of the dogs over the age of 10 will show signs of one or more symptoms and the disease will continue to progress as they age. It is important to support your pet as they go through the aging process. Holistic care can be helpful in supporting and improving brain functions in all pets, especially senior pets. Three products that can really help are Amazing Omegas, Purrfect Pet CoQ10, and Dog Brain Booster.  Dog Brain Booster is a unique formula that provides nutritional support to the brain.  This product is safe for even tiny dogs as small as 3 lbs. 

Early Stages of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Reduced activity
  •  Changes in sleep patterns
  •  Reduced responsiveness/apparent deafness
  •  Change in behavior
  •  Excessive panting
  •  A changed interest in food
  •  Difficulty navigating their regular environment
Late Stages of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome
  •  Persistent early stages
  •  Confusion/disorientation
  •  Inability to recognize familiar people
  •  Increased thirst
  •  Loss of bladder or bowel control
  •  Standing in corners or facing walls
  •  Wandering aimlessly
  •  Agitation/aggression
  •  Excessive barking
Sophie's Story

"Sophie, our sweet boxer, is now 14 years old. Boxers generally only live 8 - 10 years. Thanks to Ask Ariel's diet and supplement program, Sophie is going strong physically and mentally. As many senior dogs do, Sophie started to act confused and was barking for no reason. It seemed like she had dementia which affects some senior dogs. She appeared to not even know that she was barking. She would get anxious, confused and stressed. Our veterinarian diagnosed her with Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS). We tried the Dog Brain Booster for healthy brain function and we got our Sophie back within just a few days. She is once again playing with our other boxer and the barking has stopped. We would not have our Sophie with us today if is wasn't for Ask Ariel's diet and supplements."

Karen Mission Viejo 2011
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital Offering Holistic Pet Nutritionist Consultations To Improve Pet Health

VCA Press Release

ORANGE COUNTY, CA. – December 11, 2013 - Premier veterinary hospital, VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital, is now offering pet nutrition consultations to help pet owners improve their pet’s health.  “Pet nutrition is an important part of overall wellness and we want to help our clients increase their pet’s longevity,” says veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Christine Priest.  With an increasing number of FDA recalls on pet foods and treats, pet owners are seeking more guidance from their veterinarians regarding the best foods to feed their pets.

As part of VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital’s commitment to their clients’ pets, the veterinary hospital has welcomed Susan Blake Davis, Certified Clinical Nutritionist to their staff.  Because many cats and dogs develop health conditions requiring a special diet that the veterinarian prescribes, VCA Mission Viejo is offering pet nutrition services to help pet owners to better care for the special needs of these pets.  While commercially prepared diets are available, some pet owners may prefer homemade alternatives as some pets may have more finicky appetites.

Susan Blake Davis, of ‘Ask Ariel, Your Pet Nutritionist,’ has extensive experience working with cats and dogs that have food intolerance and allergies resulting in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other digestive problems.  Cats and dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can have vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and decreased appetites.  “Eliminating potential food allergens from the diet can make a significant difference in a pet’s energy and quality of life,” says Davis.  Davis works closely with pet owners to help them find new ways to pamper their cats and dogs with “safe” healthy foods that help the pets thrive and reduce digestive problems.

Beginning in January 2014, Davis will be available for pet nutrition consultations at VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital. To schedule an appointment, pet owners are encouraged to contact the hospital directly.  VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital offering primary and advanced care veterinary services, as well as boarding, grooming and dental services.  The two veterinarians Dr. Christine Priest and Cheryl Wood, along with the friendly professional staff, are actively engaged with their patients, dedicating time and resources to ensure they receive the utmost in quality pet care.
Media Contact:

Denise Kahler, Hospital Manager at VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital (http://www.vcahospitals.com/mission-viejo), can be reached via phone at 949-582-1220. VCA Mission Viejo is located at 26852 Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo, California.
Monday, December 16, 2013

Colostrum Helps Vomiting in Cats

"Our cat Sebastian had problems with severe allergies this year, and was vomiting almost daily at one point.  We started him on Colostrum, per your instructions, in addition to Notatum, Quentans, and Gastro-ULC.  The change in him has been miraculous!  Not only has the vomiting stopped, but he has started gaining weight and is playing like a kitten again.  And he loves his Colostrum!  We would highly recommend all of these products after having a Consultation with you.  You give so much helpful information.  Both of our cats are happy and healthy, and it's largely because of you!  In many cases we've had no success with the traditional Veterinary approach, but notice an immediate improvement when using your holistic products.  And no nasty side effects either!  Sebastian sends his love and thanks you for your purrfect advice.  And my sister and I cannot thank you enough for all the assistance you give us to keep our babies happy and healthy!"
Suzanne Sucec
Joanne Sucec
Pennsylvania  2013
Colostrum for Pets has been shown in research studies to enhance the digestive system and immune function. If your pet is losing weight due to malabsorption, Colostrum for Pets can help repair inflamed villi in the intestinal tract. Very helpful for repairing the intestinal lining.  Use for pets that have had bouts of worms and parasites (especially giardia).
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Memorial for Two Cherished Dogs

                               Guy Richardson with Sparky and Kona

It is so hard to lose a beloved pet but especially difficult during the holidays.  Guy and Jimmy said goodbye to their precious Sparky on Wed. November 27, 2013 which was the day before Thanksgiving.  Here is Guy Richardson's wonderful recollections of his two cherished dogs which are pictured with him.  

Kona – Born on Halloween 1994, we discovered Kona at age 7 weeks in a pet store on December 26 – the only puppy that did not get sold for Christmas. So he became our best Christmas present ever. Kona  truly enjoyed his role as Chief of Security. Kona was 100% effective; never a break in or burglary. And that bark! There was a front security door that Kona loved to sit near when the front door was open for ventilation. Those coming up the drive couldn’t see Kona behind the security door, but nobody could ignore his bark once he became aware of them. Kona was the most fun Frisbee partner one could ever have. Total enthusiasm retrieving the disc with every throw without ever tiring. Everybody loved watching Kona play Frisbee with his Daddy at the park. And of course the countless hikes. When his Daddy found out from his doctor that hiking was the best workout for him, he began a 3-hike a week regimen that not only got Daddy in shape but allowed for the best bonding ever with his beloved Kona. Kona’s extreme hip dysplasia diagnosed at age 10 slowed him down, but never diminished his love of hiking with Daddy. Even though there may have been some pain involved, he wanted to be on every single hike which kept him in shape up age 15. Kona hiked with his Daddy until about six weeks before his passing in January of 2010.

Sparky –We met Sparky when he was age 7 when the renters across the street got him from the pound. It was love at first sight! We loved Sparky and he loved us – we just knew. Sparky began jumping their fence and coming over to our house. We wound up having cell numbers for everyone that lived over there to notify them when we found Sparky at our house. If we were gone and the front door was open, our dog Kona would be on the other side of the security door and they would commune with each other. That’s when they became buddies; Sparky and Kona really loved each other. Then on February 6, 2007, those neighbors came to our door with Sparky asking if we wanted him because they had to move to an apartment that did not allow pets. We joyously accepted and Sparky’s loving sweetness was ours to enjoy every day. Sparky loved every human he encountered and his sweetness is irreplaceable. Sparky was insistent on sleeping on our bed every night – all 55 pounds of him. He was having it no other way and we could not resist. Sparky and Kona became wonderful hiking buddies when Daddy took them along for hikes three times every week. After we said goodbye to Kona in January 2010, Sparky was diagnosed with Spinal Arthritis in February 2011. Soon after, Sparky needed help getting in the back seat. He’d put his front paws up on the floor board and Daddy would lift him by the rear hips; Sparky then put his front paws up the seat and Daddy moved his rear paws into position on the seat. The last couple of years of his life, Daddy had to have Sparky’s seat belt harness on him so he could lift him in.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

10 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

Here are 10 tips to help you and your pet to have a safe and happy holiday season.

  1. Securely anchor your tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury, if a pet is playing.
  2. Make sure  you do not let pets drink tree water out of the stand, as it can be dangerous if ingested.
  3. Try to either elevate the tree or hang ornaments only on the upper most branches, to avoid  broken ornaments that can cause injury. 
  4. Avoid tinsel...pretty, sparkling tinsel is very enticing to pets, but it can cause an obstruction if ingested.
  5. Place candles in a place where they cannot easily be knocked over by an excited pet.
  6. Conceal electrical cords with heavy duty plastic to keep a chewing pet away from danger.
  7. Be sure to keep chocolate away from pets, but be aware that dark chocolate, especially baker’s chocolate, is especially toxic.
  8. Keep the sweet treats like: gum, candy, and breath mints with xylitol (an artificial sweetener) away from pets.  It is extremely toxic. 
  9. Be careful when choosing a gift for your pet.  Dogs have been known to chew up toys, which then cause a blockage and require veterinarian assistance. Instead offer health treats or indestructible toys.
  10. With all the excitement of the season it is important that you give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle.  Pets often become anxious during this time of year. 
Thursday, December 5, 2013

What to Do for a Cocker Spaniel with Allergies?

Q. I have a 9 year old Cocker Spaniel who has suffered with allergies for years and nothing helps! She scratches until she has sores on her skin that get infected and require antibiotics.  She also has "icky" stuff in her ears.  We have spent so much on vet bills to help her and don't know what else to do...can you recommend anything?

A. We know how hard it is to see your pet suffer and it can be very frustrating when it feels as though you are just treating symptoms.  Holistic care can make a tremendous difference.  Holistic care looks at the patient as a "whole" and pieces together the various symptoms.   Sometimes pets get into a vicious cycle of repeated courses of antibiotics with no success because the dog continues to eat foods that are overloading its immune system.  Getting to the root cause of the symptom is key. Here is a link to an article on pet allergies that explains how diet can affect a pet's skin and cause allergy symptoms.

It is essential to give your pet a fresh diet, avoiding key allergens such as poultry, beef, grains, dairy, etc.  Adding steamed vegetables such as green beans can promote healthy digestion.   Pet Allergy & Skin package with the addition of Quentans works wonders with dogs that have had chronic skin conditions like your cocker spaniel's and can help your dog develop a stronger immune system.

Pet Allergy & Skin Package includes: Amazing Omegas, ProAller, and  Notatum -This comprehensive package will reduce redness, itching, hot spots, licking and chewing on paws, hair loss and also provides valuable nutrients for your dog or cat.

Quentans is a powerful anti-viral, anti-infection formula that when used with  Notatum  on alternate nights, can  boost your pet's immune system and clear up red spots and sores.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Best Fish Oil For Pets--Amazing Omegas Heals Dog's Skin Rash

"I love your products, VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital staff recommended I try the Amazing Omega oils after several rounds of skin rashes that got infected.  Since giving my dog, Mackenzie, your supplement she’s never had a relapse - keep up the great work!  You’ve won a customer for life!"   J. Ellis, Orange County, CA

Amazing Omega for Pets

Simply the best fish oil available--purity and potency guaranteed! Excellent for joint support, skin and coat and overall good health. Amazing Omegas reduces inflammation throughout the body helping pets with mobility issues and inflammatory conditions.  Unlike most fish oils, Amazing Omegas are packed in glass bottles to prevent potential seepage from toxins in plastic.  The oil is processed in a natural way to ensure it is bioavailable to your pet, thus you don't need to use nearly as much as you might use of other brands. Amazing Omegas contains the highest quality, purest fish oil available on the market.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Feline Upper Respiratory Infections


Symptoms of a feline URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) can appear as if your cat has a cold.   Symptoms include:  sneezing, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, fever,  discharges from the nose or eyes, and lack of appetite.  The cold symptoms can seem to go on for months.  These symptoms are often caused by a virus such as feline herpes.  Since feline upper respiratory infections are viral in nature, antibiotics are not especially helpful (just as with human colds or flu).  It can be discouraging to watch your cat suffer long-term with this chronic condition and there may be bouts of hope as the symptoms wax and wane.  While conventional veterinary medical options are limited, holistic treatments for feline URIs can make a significant improvement in the cat's life.

Holistic treatments for feline upper respiratory infection is covered in a more comprehensive way in this article about feline viruses.  A holistic approach encompasses a two-fold approach:  changing your cat's diet to strengthen the immune system and using a few supportive supplements to control the virus.   It is essential for cat owners who have a cat with a viral infection to keep anti-viral supplements on hand in the event of a flareup.  After trying many different supplements, we have seen the best success using two key immune support products Quentans (alternated with Notatum) that provide fast relief of symptoms.  For longer term immune support, the Immune Harmony has been very helpful as it is a plant sterol product well-tolerated by cats.  The cat's diet needs to be grain-free and hypoallergenic using a novel protein to booster the immune system. 
Zin's Story

"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

Monday, December 2, 2013

Great Holiday Gifts For Pet Owners

Great Holiday Gifts for Pet Owners. Need a gift for someone who has everything? Want to buy a gift for a coworker or neighbor who has a cat or dog? Spoil their pet with premium pet supplements that will help their pet feel and look great.  Holistic pet supplements make a special and meaningful gift showing your friend, coworker or family member that you care.

Ask Ariel Holiday Shopping Guide:  Two pet supplements that are great for all pets and you really can't go wrong with Amazing Omegas and Power Probiotic .  These two products make a great gift for all pets and are affordable too.

Amazing Omegas reduces inflammation, makes coats shiny and soft, fights allergies, and helps the fur glisten.  Give the gift of a shimmering holiday coat!

Power Probiotics provides powerful immune and digestion support for overall health and easy to administer!  Lightweight and small--Power Probiotics makes a purrfect stocking stuffer for XMAS!

Do you like to take your best friend with you when you shop? Holiday shopping season is fast approaching and some places welcome pets, which can be really great fun for all.  However, if you have to leave your pet in the car, remember that even in fall and winter, it is a lot hotter in the car than outside.  Pets can get overheated and need water even if it is cold outside.