Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top 10 Cat Breeds in 2014

Top 10 Cat Breeds in 2014

  1. The Persian- Persians are affectionate and loyal but need their long fur groomed daily.
  2. The Maine Coone-Large kitties with a long flowing coat:  gentle personality.
  3.  The Exotic-bred to be similar to a Persian but with short hair
  4.  The Siamese-They like to “chat” with their owners and are very active.
  5.  The Abyssinian-They’re slim with a shiny coat; very playful and friendly.
  6.  The Ragdoll-these kitties go limp when picked up, much like a doll...should be kept inside as they are very docile and won’t defend themselves.
  7.  The Birman-friendly, outgoing, and love to be around humans.
  8.  The Shorthair-the "happy medium" kitty--medium in size and temperament
  9.  The Oriental- a quiet breed and act a lot like Siamese cats.
  10.  The Sphynx- climbs anything, is and lively and athletic. They have no fur, and come in a multitude of colors.
Source: http://trend-junky.com/ 

Each breed may have genetic predispositions to certain conditions that will need to be addressed in their lifetime, but ALL cats can benefit from good nutrition and supportive supplements to aid in having a long, happy, and healthy life.  We have found adding Power Probiotic and using a fish oil like Amazing Omegas will help your cat fight off viruses and supports their overall health.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

When It's Too Hot To Leave Your Dog in the Car

Every year, pets suffer and die from being left in a hot car.  It may be for only a few minutes when a pet owner runs into the market, into school to pick up the kids, or to the mall for a quick gift. It doesn't have to been unbearably hot outside to be baking inside the car.  In as little as 15 minutes, your pet can suffer from heat stroke or even death. With summer fast approaching, consider visiting pet friendly establishments and taking your furry friend inside with you.  

Here is a list of some stores that have a pet friendly policy. Please, note that the dog-friendly policy may vary by location, be sure to call and verify in advance and confirm any restrictions. You want to make sure that you and your dog are welcome. 
  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble 
  • Bloomingdale’s 
  • Gap 
  • Home Depot 
  • Bass Pro Shops  
  • Nordstrom 
  • Old Navy 
  • Saks Fifth Avenue 
  • Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Siberian Husky Adoption Event This Saturday

Siberian Husky Adoption Event
Southern California, Sat 5/24 11-4
Want to know what Snow Dogs do in the summer?  They go to the beach of course!  Come join Husky Haven of LA in Hermosa Beach, CA this Saturday 5/24 for the Memorial Day Weekend Fiesta Hermosa    Hours:  Saturday  11 -4 pm  Husky Haven of LA will be bringing rescue dogs for adoption who will greet you with plenty of cuddles and kisses.  Please check out the dogs for adoption by visiting HuskyHavenofla.org  If you are interested in adopting a dog, please complete the online application and email Rhonda Hallden at huskyhavenofla@hotmail.com  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE EVENT Phone:  661-266-9779

Donations DESPERATELY needed!
 Husky Haven is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is funded solely by donations.  Dogs are rescued from high kill shelters in impoverished neighborhoods.  Many have been severely neglected and some have dire medical needs that require costly veterinary care.   Each rescued pet is given a new leash on life.  If you can't adopt, but would like to help out financially, a tax-deductible donation in any amount is greatly appreciated.  Donations can be made directly on the huskyhavenofla.org website or mailed to Husky Haven c/o Ask Ariel P.O. Box 723 Dana Point, CA 92629                       
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Feline Mammary Tumors

Mammary tumors are among the most common tumors in cats and, unfortunately, approximately 85% are malignant.  The Siamese and Persian breeds are more likely to develop mammary tumors, but any breed can develop them. The disease tends to usually develop in middle-age female cats (approximately 10 to 12 years of age) and intact females have a higher incident rate than spayed.

Your veterinarian will usually suspect the diagnosis of a mammary tumor based on its typical appearance and location. There may be a single lump or multiple lumps.  Some tumors will produce secretions (clear, milky or bloodstained fluid which may be expressed). Malignant tumors are more likely to be attached to the surrounding structures. However, more extensive laboratory testing, to determine accurate diagnosis and to recommend a course of action, will need to be done. Keep in mind that early diagnosis and treatment is of the utmost importance, as tumor size is the biggest factor in determining your cats prognosis.

Surgery is the most widely used treatment for mammary tumors in cats, because it significantly reduces the chance of local tumor recurrence.  Your veterinarian may remove just the lump or sometimes the whole gland and the draining lymph node will also have to be removed.  Chemotherapy may also be recommended in conjunction with surgery.  Side effects could include anorexia (lack of appetite) and myelosuppression (low blood counts).   The Cancer Package seems to be very well tolerated by cats and can be easily combined with Power Probiotic for Pets to help boost your cat's immune system. It's important to use natural supplements to help support your cat through the cancer treatment.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Protect Your Pet from Pancreatitis

At holiday time and all the time, it's fun to pamper our pets!  But, please be careful with table scraps.  Table scraps can be high in fat and may contain spices and unusual ingredients that can make your pet sick.  Instead, keep a variety of treat options handy (freeze dried food and treats work great!) so that you can pamper your pet with foods that will keep them healthy and happy.  Lypozyme is great to keep on hand as it improves digestion of fats and can help ward off pancreatitis. 

Pancreatitis is inflammation and swelling of the pancreas. It can occur in  mild or severe forms and can be triggered by eating table scraps or a fatty meal.  Pets can also get pancreatitis from eating spoiled food so be careful to keep trash tightly closed.  Symptoms of poor digestion related to fat absorption can include gas, bloating, swollen abdomen and elevated pancreatitic enzymes. Our veterinary-approved Pancreatitis Kit includes 3 formula (Lypozyme, Liver & Gallbladder , Power Probiotics) that contain powerful enzymes and nutrients to support cats and dogs with pancreatitis.  If you suspect your pet may have eaten inappropriate food and is now not eating or showing signs of lethargy, inappetance, vomiting or diarrhea, please contact your veterinarian immediately.  This can often happen when house guests are there so please keep a close eye on your pet when food is being served, especially on lower tables such as those near a couch.
Saturday, May 10, 2014

What Types of Squash are Safe For Pets?

Both summer and winter squash offer great nutritional value for cats and dogs. Summer squash, such as Zucchini and Yellow Crookneck,  are low in calories (which can help keep off the extra pounds) and are a good source of calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, and folate.  Cats are more particular in their tastes and tend to prefer winter squash.  A small amount of pureed pumpkin or butternut squash such as 1/2 teaspoon mixed into a  cat's meal can provide valuable nutrients.

Winter squash, such as Butternut, Spaghetti, or Acorn, are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese. They also contains folate, omega 3 fatty acids,  and B vitamins.  Cats will sometimes eat pumpkin and butternut squash in small amounts, if it is mixed into their food.   The fiber  can help relieve constipation and diarrhea as it helps to regulate the natural wave action of the intestines.  Adding fresh, frozen, cooked or squash puree into your dog's regular diet, can improve the overall nutritional content of your pet's diet and help them feel more satiated.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May is Pet Allergy Awareness Month

Your pet can suffer from allergic symptoms , just like people, when their immune systems start recognizing everyday substances (dust, grass, shampoo, food items) as dangerous. Despite these allergens being common and harmless to most animals, a pet with allergies can have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be inhaled, ingested or come in contact with your pet's skin, so as their body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of reactions can occur. They can show up as skin, digestive and/or respiratory symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Allergies include:
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly a flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring due to an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking
The first step would be to limit your pets exposure to known allergens as much as possible.  Of course it may be impossible to completely eliminate them (especially during certain times of the years). Holistic intervention can be very effective.  If you suspect your dog has a food allergy, a diet change to a hypoallergenic diet can be helpful. For skin and environmental allergies, it is important to support your pets immune system and calm the inflammation. We have had great results using the  Pet Allergy and Skin Care Package that can reduce the allergy suffering of your pet.  Also here is a great article on pet allergies http://www.askariel.com/Articles.asp?ID=256


"Thank you so much for the allergy/skin solutions! The Pro-Aller plus the Notatum alternating with Quentans not only gave my 15 yr. old Maltese, Beebop, relief from his respiratory and skin allergy symptoms --- these amazing products helped his skin to heal completely and his beautiful hair to return so thickly, he looks like a young pup again. His ear inflammation and "gunk" cleared up, and he's happy and frolicking like his "old self". He's living up to that Beebop name and wrestling with our two other Maltese, the rescued Bambi and Thumper. For the first time in years, his little tail is back up and curled as he romps around our yard. We are eternally grateful to you and continue to recommend you and your products to all our pet-owner friends and family."
Debbie, Florida

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

When You Feel Like You Are Not A Good Pet Owner

Have you ever felt this way? Recently have received a few emails from great pet owners contacting us because they wonder that they are not "good enough" or the right fit for their pets. The owner can feel badly because their pet is not feeling well or having immune challenges and the pet owner becomes frustrated thinking it is somehow their fault or that somehow they are not doing enough for their pet. The person may be working full time, or not be able to spend as much time with the pet as they would like to. Well....just the fact that the person is feeling this way, is a sign that the pet owner IS a good owner, IS sensitive to their pet's needs and is kind enough to care. It the people who leave their dogs all day in the sun with no water, or "forget" to feed their pets because they are too busy, that should be feeling this way. Please remember, your pets do love you and you are a good pet owner. Sometimes pets are just reflecting sadness, because you may be sad. Sometimes, it is just a tough time, but the sun will shine through again!  Give your pet a hug and spend extra time at your next opportunity. 
Sunday, May 4, 2014

Easy Kidney Supplement for Cats


“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. 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 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.
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

One of the most common diseases, as cats age,  is kidney disease.  Kidney disease may be hard to detect in the early stages, but some of the symptoms you may notice are increase urination, increased thirst, weight loss, vomiting, and discomfort in their back.  Early intervention can be the key to your pet maintain a high quality of life, while battling kidney disease.  A kidney-friendly diet, and supplements that help the kidney function (and remove toxins) can help a great deal, but pet owners might find it difficult to give supplements to finicky kitties.   Fortunately,  Kidney Health,  is a product that contains a very palatable powder that just mixes into your cat's food.  The enzyme, in Kidney Health, helps to break down protein, enhancing digestion and reducing the workload on the kidneys.  We highly recommend the product as it seems to improve kidney values and symptoms and is an easy supplement to administer for CRF.