Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Family Never Gives Up Searching For Their Lost Golden Retriever

Murphy reunited with her family

Love this story reported by Reuters this week.

Reuters June 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM ET
A golden retriever that got separated from her owners during a camping trip in California's Tahoe National Forest was reunited with her family and doing well after apparently surviving on her own for nearly two years in the wilderness, the family said.

Erin and Nathan Braun were on a camping trip in October 2012 when the dog, named Murphy, went missing, according to the Los Angeles Times. The couple posted fliers and created a Facebook page about the disappearance to no avail.

Twenty months later, a camper at the French Meadows Reservoir, not more than five miles (eight km) from where the Brauns lost Murphy, spotted the pet and alerted the family, according to a Facebook post written by the couple earlier this month.

After several unsuccessful days of trying to track the dog down, the Brauns decided to leave her bed and several items of their own clothing with the camper, hoping Murphy would pick up their scent and return to the area.

It worked, and a week later the Brauns were notified that the camper had coaxed Murphy onto a leash after finding her sleeping on the clothing left for her. Murphy was reunited with her family in mid-June.

“As you can imagine, we are completely shocked and amazed with the miracle of her surviving this long,” the Brauns wrote in a June 16 Facebook post. “She is on the road to recovery, very thin and frail but happy to be home with her family. Words cannot describe how grateful we are.”

It appears Murphy could have spent nearly two years in the forest, though parts of the neighboring area are more developed than others, according to Tahoe National Forest spokesman Michael Woodbridge. “It can get pretty good snowfall, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s not too far from wilderness. French Meadows Reservoir is a dammed-up river, so it’s developed around there. Depending on where you are on the reservoir, there are developed recreation sites and a road there.”

Tim McGagin, kennel manager for golden retriever rescue and sanctuary organization Homeward Bound, sent out volunteers to retrieve Murphy after she was first sighted.
“She was slightly emaciated, but she wasn’t dying,” he said. “Somebody probably left food out, or left their garage door open. Generally in that area, she wouldn’t have made it through the winter months.” 

Copyright 2014 Thomson Reuters.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June is Adopt- A-Shelter-Cat Month

The month of June has been selected as the national adopt-a-cat month. It has long been believed that spring is known for being "kitten" season and unfortunately many will find themselves joining their adult counterparts in over crowded animal shelters throughout the country. If you are considering adding a feline friend to your household, the American Humane Association has these 10 tips:

  1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves – and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile. A great place to start your search is online. Sites such as   enable you to search numerous shelters in your area simultaneously to help narrow your search and more quickly find the match that’s right for you and your new feline friend.

  2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active. Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.

  3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. Kittens in particular should accompany you to make the appointment – even before the exam itself – so staff can pet the cat and tell you that you’ve chosen the most beautiful one ever.

  4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption facility how to make a proper introduction.

  5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. A cat adopted from a shelter is a bargain; many facilities will have already provided spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip for permanent identification.

  6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Be prepared so your new cat can start feeling at home right away. Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush and nail clippers.

  7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow).

  8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember – take it slow.

  9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.

  10. If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process. Though well-meaning, the surprise kitty gift doesn’t allow for a “get-to know-one-another” period. Remember, adopting a cat isn’t like purchasing a household appliance or a piece of jewelry – this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being.
It is also important to start out on the right foot, with a good diet.  The best diet for cats is a raw frozen diet if your kitty will eat it.  Otherwise, use high quality grain-free canned food and try not to rely too much on poultry which can be a big allergen.  Giving newly adopted cats Colostrum for Pets and  Power Probiotic , is especially helpful as it will help to prevent worms and parasites, as well as strengthening their immune system.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lipomas - Fatty Tumor Lumps on Dogs

Have you ever felt a lumpy bump under your pets skin?  Your first reaction might be panic, does my dog have a tumorous cancer? The most common cause are Lipomas, which are a benign tumor, often referred to as a fatty tumor. They are more common in overweight female dogs and certain breeds are more likely to develop them including: Doberman Pinschers, Schnauzers (miniatures), and Labrador Retrievers. The fatty tumors usually show up  on the torso, neck, upper legs and armpits. It's a way for the body to get rid of toxins when the body cannot eliminate them through other ways such as the kidneys, livers and intestines.  

The first step is to visit your veterinarian to make sure it is a Lipoma and not something more serious.  Often a fine needle aspiration or biopsy will be done to confirm that it is a Lipoma.  Your veterinarian will work with you to monitor the size and determine if surgical removal is needed.

Holistic care can help lipomas.  Omega 3s such as  Amazing Omegas, and liver support supplements can help your pet eliminate toxins and help prevent another fatty tumor.  Many times the fatty tumor is developing due to a lack of essential fatty acids (good Omega 3) in the diet.

How to Transition a Rescued Pet to Their Forever Home

Adopt Me...Please!
Looking For Our Forever Home

Rescued dogs and cats make wonderful pets.  They are always so grateful to you for giving them a second chance at life!  The first step is to find the right pet for your family and lifestyle.  Different pets have different needs.  You need to determine what pet will fit with your day-to day routine.  You should consider how active the pet is and how much care they will need.  Some dogs are very active and if they do not get regular exercise, can engage in destructive behavior.  Some pets have coats that need daily grooming.  How much time do you have to devote to your pet?

Where To Find Your New Pet?

Adopting from a shelter or rescue is cost effective, and helps a deserving pet find a forever home. It can save a pet from being euthanized.  Most shelters have time limits on how long a stray or abandoned animal can be kept at the shelter.  Many times, it is only a few days.  Rescue groupos  are a great resource also as they often will have more knowledge of the history and temperament of the pets and can help you find one that fits your family.  Be prepared to fill out a application and often have an interview. Reputable shelters and rescue groups have certain criteria.  The goal is to protect the pet and to ensure a good match for your family.  For example, some families may want to rescue a Siberian Husky for their beauty, but plan to keep the dog outside.  Huskies are pack animals that crave being part of a family and our indoor dogs!  In fact, all dogs and cats ideally should be offered the opportunity to be inside the home and outside so that they can be properly socialized with your family.

A great resource to search for pets in your area is  It is surprising to many people to see the number of purebreds, even puppies and kittens that are needing a home.  Petfinder has listings of all rescues and shelter pets that are currently available.  It does not show pets from breeders.

When You Bring Your New Pet Home

With time and commitment you can transition your pet, who has had less than an ideal past, into a well-adjusted, loving member of the family.  The first few days are always the toughest and can make you question your decision.  Please know your new pet is VERY STRESSED and scared.  Your new pet was abadoned before and even if it may not seem like it, is trying very hard to do the right things, but doesn't know what you want.  Therefore, having "rules" set up will set you both up for a good start.  For example, assume that your new dog is not housetrained and keep the new dog on a leash inside going out every hour to show them where to go.   Be patient-it is a stressful time for both you and your new pet...things will go wrong.  There may be accidents on the floor and other mishaps (your favorite shoes as a chew toy? that fence you thought was escape proof...NOT). it is important that you have realistic expectations and use available resources,you can consider formal puppy or dog training class to help instill manners.  Positive reinforcement is key to changing bad behaviors and insuring good, thus making a smooth transition.

Give You Pet The Stepping Stones to Good Health:

  • What To Feed A Rescue Pet- proper nutrition can reduce your pets risk of suffering conditions such as allergies, cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease.  Many pets have been malnourished.  Feed a rescue pet a raw frozen diet along with homemade vegetables or premium, grain-free canned food.  Dry food should be limited or not used at all, even grain-free as it is high in carbohydrates and not nearly as nutritious as the raw, canned or homemade food.
  • Veterinarian Visit- always take your new pet to the veterinarian immediately after adoption.  Do not wait especially if you have other pets at home.  Some pets may have worms, parasites or fleas which you don't want to bring into your home.  They could also have contracted a virus or upper respiratory infection at the shelter so please take your new pet to the veterinarian right away.  Many shelters offer a free first appointment veterinary exam with adoption.
  • Physical Fitness- engaging in regular exercise will keep your pet strong and entertained
  • A strong and balanced immune system- including supplements such as Amazing Omegas, and Power Probiotic can help strengthen your pets immune system
Following these steps, when considering adopting a new pet, will help to ensure a smooth transition and lead to many happy times for you and your pet.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Meet Pet Nutritionist Susan Davis Sunday 6/22 in Laguna Beach


Come meet Pet Nutritionist Susan Davis this Sunday 6/22 from 12 -4 at the Dog Ranch Pool Party & Open House in Laguna Beach, CA.   Susan will be available to answer your questions about how diet and supplements can keep your pets happy and healthy!  Dog Ranch is located at 20401 Sun Valley Drive Laguna Beach, CA. (949)494-0484

You are invited to come and celebrate
the opening of our NEW custom designed
double sided dog pool!

Please join us for an afternoon of food, drinks and fun
Tour the Dog House and newly remodeled sleeping areas
Meet other Dog Ranch dog owners.

It will be a Dog-Gone good time!!

For the safety of all our guests, dogs are not permitted to attend this event.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Visit our new website:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Supplements Help Beautiful Cat With Lymphoma

Many thanks to E. Cooper for sharing her story about beautiful Princess.

"Princess is my best friend, the light and love of my life. She has always been a good sized cat, weighing between 11 and 12 lbs.  In June of 2013, I noticed that she seemed very light in my arms and that I could feel her ribs and spine.  She was diagnosed with hypercalcium and only weighed 8.46 lbs.  Her vet explained to me that the elevated calcium level is an indicator for feline lymphoma and discussed with me options for further bloodwork and chemotherapy.  At the time, I couldn't afford any kind of treatment for her.  I cried for an entire day.

The following day, I got myself together and looked at the reality: Princess wasn't sick.    We contacted Ask Ariel and ordered her the Power Probiotic, Samento and Lymph Terrain.  She started taking the supplements once daily, and man, does she hate it!  I have to add everything to water and syringe it down her throat each day while she fights me...but I have seen such an improvement.  Within a month, she was feeling more solid, her coat was shinier and her eyes were brighter.  She was playing more and just in general acting better. 

"After about three months of the supplements, I took her back to the vet and had her full blood panel repeated.  Her calcium had dropped back into the normal range!  Her A/G Ratio had lowered but was still borderline high, and her cholesterol was down.  Her monocytes were back into the normal range also.  But her platelet count ALT levels, creatinine levels,bilirubin were all low.  So we added Notatum and Immune Harmony into her "cocktail" and again, I've seen improvements.  She was back to the vet in mid-March, and all of her levels were looking good again, and best yet, she had started gaining weight again! 

My Princess is 12 years old and she is just as lovable as ever. Thank you so much Susan for all of your help and advice. I credit you whenever possible to keeping my baby healthy :)."

E. Cooper and Princess
Trenton MI. 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats--Holistic Treatments Will Help

Does your pet have any of these symptoms?
  • Change in appetite
  • Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Unusually sweet-smelling or fruity breath
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cataract formation, blindness
  • Chronic skin infections

Could Your Dog or Cat Have Diabetes?  
It is important to seek the help of your veterinarian if your pet is showing any of the symptoms to determine the underlying cause. Laboratory testing (both blood and urine tests) is essential. Diabetes is caused by either a lack of the hormone insulin or an inadequate response to insulin. When your pet eats,  food is broken down into components including glucose and other sugars that are absorbed in the bloodstream and used as energy if insulin is present.  If there is not enough insulin present, the glucose can build up in the bloodstream and not get properly absorbed and utilized by the body.

How Is Diabetes in Pets Treated? 
Each pet will respond a little bit differently to treatment, and therapy must be tailored to the individual pet and adjusted throughout his life.  Diabetes treatment will vary depending upon upon how severe the pet's symptoms are and what the lab work indicates.  It will most likely include diet modification and possible insulin injections. The treatment plan will also will depend on other conditions that your pet develops as a result of having diabetes or normal aging.  A few common complications to diabetes, are cataract formation and kidney disease (CRF can sometimes be mistaken for diabetes due to similar symptoms) 

Using a high fiber diet with fresh, nutritious food such as a raw frozen food and green vegetables is essential.  Many pets that have diabetes are already overweight and many are eating dry food that is high in carbohydrates.  Too many carbohydrates=too much sugar!   Some pets can act starved all day long and if you take a closer look at your pet's food ingredients you may see that most likely, the diet has carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes and grains with very little meat or fish.  We all know that "carbs" make us hungry because our insulin spikes and then crashes after eating them.  

Protein helps to regulate blood sugar so diabetic pets need lean, high quality protein fed at the same times each day.  Properly digesting and utilizing protein is essential for pets with diabetes, which is why we highly recommend using the  Kidney Health -- Protein Support For Pets  to better manage their symptoms and overall health.  Since the excess sugar in the blood in diabetic pets can create an optimal environment for yeast and other infections, it is important to use the Power Probiotic as well.  Power Probiotic is crucial in that that help eliminate waste,  improve digestion and support your pet's immune system.  Each pet will respond a little bit differently to treatment, and therapy must be tailored to the individual pet and adjusted throughout his life. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hills Pet Recalls Bags of Science Diet Dry Dog Food


Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 62 Bags of “Science
Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™” Dry Dog Food in California,
Hawaii and Nevada Because of Potential Health Risk

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, KS is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The suspect product, part of a single production run, was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers in California, Hawaii and Nevada between April 24 and May 13, 2014.

Hills Pet Nutrition
Science Diet Small And Toy Breed Dry Dog Food

Chicken Meal, Whole Grain Wheat, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Sorghum, Soybean Meal, Cracked Pearled Barley, Pork Fat, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Flaxseed, Lactic Acid, Pork Liver Flavor, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach, Dried Grape Pomace, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dried Citrus Pulp, Iodized Salt, Oat Fiber, Choline Chloride, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Natural Flavors.

This diet contains grains, salt, soybean oil and other ingredients which can be problematic for   For optimal nutrition, AskAriel Your Pet Nutritionist recommends feeding your pet a grain-free, hypoallergenic diet.  Use canned or raw frozen diets for best results.  Pets with allergies or digestive problems can experience relief of symptoms using raw frozen hypoallergenic protein sources such as rabbit.  To learn more about the pros/cons of using a raw frozen diet for your cat or dog, please read this comprehensive pet nutrition article.

Allergy Drops For Cats

Thanks to Deborah Albritton of NC for sharing her success giving her 3 senior kitties a few Ask Ariel allergy products. Pictured below are three clean cat bowls which contained Proaller and Notatum mixed into a little food. 18 year old Rocky's itching is much improved and he looks terrific!  The drops are easy to use and help cats that have allergies or weakened immune systems due to viruses.