Thursday, July 31, 2014

LA Dogs Find Forever Homes in the Northwest

Yesterday, 150 homeless dogs from the Los Angeles area shelters got a ride of their life.  They flew from Long Beach airport to the Northwest where forever homes awaited them.
Here is the article from July 30th in the Long Beach Post:

This morning at 9:00AM, nearly 150 dogs from Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) and other displaced pets from Los Angeles County Shelters were loaded gingerly into their crates and lifted via an assembly line of hard working volunteers into a small airplane. This life-saving air transport will relocate the sheltered animals to the Pacific Northwest where more kennel space is available and adopters are waiting eagerly to give them forever homes.
Funded through the generous donations of the Bark Avenue FoundationWings of RescueShelter Me and the pilot’s volunteered time, this flight was one of several this July that gave hundreds of unwanted shelter pets a chance to keep living.
Ted Stevens, Long Beach Animal Care Services Shelter Manager, spoke about how these rescue flights are just one of the solutions for reducing pet overpopulation in Long Beach. “We get to find homes for these animals, it opens up space in our shelter. This time of year, summertime, we’re overcrowded and we run out of kennel space, so this helps us free up some of those spaces,” Stevens said.
The rescue flight, departing from FliteServ’s Terminal at the Long Beach Airport, will land in Washington today, where the dogs will then be transported to four different shelters throughout the Pacific Northwest. Stevens said that farther North, “there’s an actual demand and shortage of supply for smaller dogs under 25 lbs,” unlike Southern California, which has an overabundance of these pint-sized pets.
Not only did the LBACS and Los Angeles County Shelters deliver animals to be transported, but several private animal fosterers came to FliteServ’s terminal to make sure the pets they had found and nursed back to health were loaded safely on board.
Susan Olsen’s eyes watered on the tarmac as she said her last goodbyes to Lila and Kilani, two dogs she fostered after they had been abandoned. “Someone brought [Lila] to me from San Bernardino city, she was ‘pulled’ from there, is the term, and this boy I went and picked out at Carson,” Olsen said. Olsen said she was going to wait until the very last minute to put Lila, a chihuahua terrier mix and Kilani, a Pomeranian spaniel mix, into their crates.
Carol Ferrell found Zeke and his sister, both Chihuahua mixes, running down a four lane road in Fontana at seven in the morning. Ferrell said, “I sat down in the grass in my work clothes, I made chirping noises and he came right to me. His sister was harder to catch. She squiggled out of my arms and I had to keep driving down the street until I could get her.”
Stevens explained that although these rescue flights are heart-warming attempts to save these animals, “It’s not the solution[...] the solution is to spay and neuter to reduce overpopulation and, you know, there’s a lot of animals that didn’t make it on this flight that are still waiting at the shelter for homes. We still want to encourage people to come to the shelter and adopt, rather than shopping someplace else.”
Monday, July 28, 2014

Dogs and Cats Can Get Sunburned

Who is at risk?
Special care needs to be given to hairless pets or those pets with very short or thin fur, with regards to sun exposure. With added attention bad to the parts of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun. These include the ears, the bridge of the nose, the skin around the eyes, and the back. 

White pets and  certain breeds are more at risk for sunburn they include:  white Bulldogs, Dalmatians, Boxers, Whippets, Beagles and white or multi-coloured cats with white patches have skin that is very sensitive to light, especially on their heads. Also there are pre-existing conditions and medications that make the skin more sensitive.

What to do to avoid your pet getting sunburned
  • Avoid sun- make sure your pet has a shady spot to rest, especially during peak sun periods
  • Dress your pet- put a shirt, hat and socks/booties(to protect their feet) during out door activities
  • Use Sun Protections of at least SPF 30 for very sensitive animals.
If your pet gets sunburned
Cool compresses and ointments to soothe the skin can help relieve the initial symptoms. If the burn is severe, a veterinarian should be consulted as treatment with a cortisone product may be indicated to prevent inflammation

What can happen?
In animals, sunburn results in an acute inflammation of the skin that can cause itching or even pain, depending on the individual animal. Frequent sunburns can lead to pre-cancerous conditions or even actual skin tumors.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pit Bull Saves His Deaf Owner

(Photo: Provided by the Indianapolis Fire Department. )
We often hear about the negative stories regarding pit bulls, so we wanted to share a positive one as reported in the IndyStar. It is a testament to the canine-human bond. You can read more about fire safety and your pet here.
INDIANAPOLIS — A 2-year-old male pit bull named Ace was  hailed as a hero Wednesday, after waking his deaf teenage owner during a devastating house fire.
At 1:11 p.m., Indianapolis firefighters were called to fight a fire at a home on the city's south side, officials said. Upon their arrival, flames were shooting from the garage.
Officials said Nick Lamb, 13, who is deaf, was sleeping in the house at the time. Ace was able to alert Nick and awaken him by licking his face.
"He was thankful that Ace entered his room and licked his face until he woke up," Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith said in a news release. "The boy quickly covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt and exited the rear of the house."
Lamb said he was taught at school about covering his face and finding the nearest exit. Without his shoes but with Ace by his side, he darted out of the back door before calling his mother and 911.
"I couldn't hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off. ... My dog Ace smelled it," Lamb said. "I just wanted to get out."
The fire-blackened home had $175,000 in damage. But Ace and Lamb made it out safely. No one else was home when the fire started.
Lindsay Bernard, Lamb's mother, says she rushed home from work after getting the call. Her mind was racing throughout the trip.
"I went into a little bit of a panic," she said. "When I got here ... the streets were covered. It was mainly just panic and chaos."

Bernard said Pixie inhaled a bit of smoke, and will be spending the night at the vet.
"(Lamb) told firefighters that this was the first summer he was old enough to stay home alone and was excited to have reached that milestone," Reith said. "He had just returned from summer camp on Sunday."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Reith said. The homeowners believe that it was electrical and originated in the garage.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cat with Renal Failure Recovers Using Supplements


"I can't tell you how much I appreciate Ask Ariel products and Susan Davis. Nutmeg is the THIRD kitty we have had with acute renal failure. She, like the others, was given a grim prognosis. I immediately started the regimen of RENELIX, as well as dietary advice given to me by Susan Davis back in 2007. This was in addition to aggressive IV and then subcutaneous rehydration. Within 3 days, Nutmeg's labs went from over triple the normal range to just slightly elevated. 

The owner of the veterinary clinic told me "If anyone can get her through this, it is you." However, I am a firm believer that  RENELIX is the key factor in my "Nutty's surviving"!

Ask Ariel products have never done us wrong. Years ago, our Border Collie Reagan had allergies that caused him to have a large bald spot on his back. We had tried multiple products, including steroids, with no success. After one course of PROALLER, and dietary advice from Susan Davis, his reactions completely resolved! His fur grew back beautifully, and I must admit, he now even eats peanut butter with no more reactions! Others who I advised to try PROALLER say they have had the same amazing results!
Thank you, again, Susan! I will always consult you first with any pet issues we have!"

Suzanne Reilly
Palm City, FL 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sophie The Labrador Makes People Smile with Her New Blog

We have great news to share... our very special friend Sophie the Labrador has her own blog on Smile TV. You have to check it out. SOPHIE’S SECRET DOG BLOG

Sophie (and Sandy) came to us after suffering from recurrent urinary tract infections.  After  making the recommended diet changes and adding Amazing Omegas, Allereaze, and K9 Yeast Defense, which was suggested by Susan Davis, nutritionist, Sophie is now "happier and healthier". Here is her testimonial

“I am writing this testimonial so that others like me who are very hesitant to follow instructions from someone (I didn't even know) on the Internet can help their dog. Sophie had recurrent urinary tract infections that became resistant to antibiotics. As a result of the large amount of antibiotics, she started to have digestive and itching issues. After two different vets, with multiple visits, costing lots of money and no improvement, I was extremely frustrated.
After much Internet research, I came upon Susan Davis, the nutritionist at Ask Ariel, someone who took the time to explain the importance of proper nutrition for dogs and the extreme role that it plays in their health. I must admit that I was hesitant as first as I looked at the cost of some of the natural supplements and food changes. However, when comparing it to the continuing veterinary bills and medication, it ends up to be less expensive. But more importantly, I was able to stop the cycle of ill health (UTI'S, digestive etc) and Sophie was so much happier and healthier! Susan not only gives you solid advice on how to help your pet feel better but truly cares about you (the owner) and the dog as you can feel it in her compassionate way of discussing the nutritional plan that she sees fit for your particular situation. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that I would highly recommend her and the Ask Ariel supplements.”
Sandy & Sophie
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"National Pet Fire Safety Day" July 15, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that each year over 500,000 pets are impacted by house fires.  In the effort to increase awareness,  July 15th has been designated National Pet Fire Safety Day. The goal is to educate pet owners to the dangers of an unexpected emergencies, such as a fire,  and to help plan for the safety of their pets.  

Here are tips from the American Kennel Club to keep your pet safe from house fires:

  • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Pet Proof the Home - Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards. 
  • Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.
  • Keep Pets Near Entrances - When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. 
  • Practicing Escape Routes with Pets - Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling - Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. 
  • Keep Your Information Updated - Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.
  • Use Monitored Smoke Detection Services - As an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pets who can't escape when left home alone.
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Motion Sickness in Pets

The official travel season has begun and with it comes road trips. Many pet owners will want to include their pets, but for a great deal of pets, even the shortest trips can be stressful and cause motion sickness. Dog motion sickness is real and is more common in puppies, but not all dogs outgrow travel sickness. The symptoms are similar to those found in people and you may need to plan ahead to make it a fun trip for all. 

Signs that your Dog is suffering from motion sickness:

  • Inactivity
  • Listlessness
  • Uneasiness
  • Yawning
  • Whining
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
Things that might help Motion Sickness:

  • Have your pet face forward while you’re traveling, rather than looking out the side windows.
  • Lower your car windows a couple of inches  will help balance the air pressure inside the car and relieve ear pressure.  
  • Limit your dog’s food consumption prior to travel. Using holistic supplements like Soothing Digestive Relief and Power Probiotic can also help calm down an upset stomach.
  • Taking short car trips initially to places your dog enjoys to acclimate them, such as the park.
  • Gradually build your dog’s tolerance to car trips.
  • Use Psystabil for anxiety to help your relax about getting in the car
  • Pets with severe motion sickness  may benefit from the use of medication prescribed by your vet.
If stress is a contributing factor to your pet's travel issues, other pet owners have found that using a product called Psystabil (which is a gentle remedy for anxiety) has helped calm their pet while traveling.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Feeding Tips For Your Finicky Kitty

Rocky (17+); Fred (14) and Smokey (10 )

Deborah Albritton

Meet Deborah Albritton, M.P.A.
Ask Ariel friend and client

Ask Ariel friend and client, Deborah Albritton is an experienced cat owner with three senior kitties.  Rocky, Fred and Smokey are pampered to the fullest!   Over the years, Deborah has educated herself and learned from experience about all different ways to transition her finicky kitties to healthier food.  Since she has had so much success, we would love to share her tips with you!

First and foremost choose a high quality food.  I have seen first-hand the difference that a true quality diet can make.  Choose brands that do not contain grains or chemicals and limit poultry and seafood since these foods can be inflammatory for a lot of cats with health conditions such as feline herpes and stomatitis.  Some of my kitties' favorites are Addiction, Instinct and Ziwi Peak.  I only use canned food or freeze dried raw as toppers.  I don't use dry kibble due to the added carbohydrates,  poor digestibility and overprocessing of the food.

I have used toppings probably as the best way to “bribe” my kitties to eat new foods!   I have 2 cats that do really well and I still have one (10 year  old) that will not eat rabbit or venison.  So, it can be very difficult.  I think the key is to use the healthy toppings—in moderation. Some favorites are freeze dried foods such as : Natures Variety Instinct Raw Daily Boost (fine powder), Dr. Harvey's tripe, Feline Instincts beef or Stella and Chewy's.

I grind up the topper in a blender and have little containers labeled with their favorite toppings in a little basket. (Word of warning…too much topping can be constipating—so, be careful – to go gingerly with these as toppers!)  Many can be mixed with warm water as a little treat for topping.. which may work like a  “gravy topping”.

Hide the Supplements in Something Yummy!
I hide their  supplements in all meat baby food (e.g. ham or beef) with no issue. ( just make sure no onions—which is often in veggie broth or chicken broth in commercial products) I also use different textures of food.  For example, Pride By Instinct offers rabbit flavors in different textures so you can see if your kitty prefers minced vs pate, for example.  Rocky, Smokey and Fred at different times, have benefited from these Ask Ariel supplements:   Colostrum for Pets, Power Probiotic, Notatum, Quentans, Roqueforti, Kidney Health, Renelix, Lypozyme and more.

Transition Your Pet's Diet Changes Slowly  
Here is a suggested transition schedule:  
  •  First 4 days   ¼ new  ¾ old
  •  Next three days  ½ new  ½ old
  •  Final three days  ¾ new food and ¼ old   
If your cat is “super fussy”,  go even slower.   Sometimes just a 1/4 teaspoon a day of the new food until eventually they get used to the new smell and texture.
We do add a little pumpkin—for our elderly cats--- helps since their mobility and motility slows with age. Also, 1/8 teaspoon ground flaxseed 2x a day mixed in food.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July...Happy Reunions

This 4th of July we would like to say thank you to all our military men, women and dogs that fight for our independence. Here is a heart warming story that was featured in the Chicago Tribune recently.
Iraq war veteran Sgt. Jason Bos and his former partner, the bomb-sniffing dog Cila, were happily reunited Wednesday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Bos and Cila, who he calls “Cici,” worked together for nearly five years. But when Bos had to leave the Army two years ago because of a back injury, the chocolate Lab was assigned to another handler. About a month ago, Bos heard that Cila was retiring, and he was contacted to see if he’d like to adopt her. He jumped at the chance and got help from the American Humane Association to bring her home from a base in Germany. Bos wasn’t sure if Cila would remember him, but she quickly showed she did by leaping into his arms, smothering him with kisses and rolling over for a belly rub. Bos and Cila headed to his home in Michigan, where she’ll kick off her retirement with the chance to sleep on the couch instead of in a kennel, as she would as a working military dog. “Her whole life has been about working. Now it's time for her to worry about just relaxing,” Bos said. —Chicago Tribune April 30, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 4th Pet Safety Precautions

The Fourth of July is a time of celebrations with family and friends, often ending with a beautiful and thrilling extravaganza of fireworks. However, for many pets it is a nightmare.  Pets' senses are different from people and the loud and unpredictable sounds and lights can cause your pet great anxiety. 

To keep your pet calm during the July 4th celebration consider the following tips:
  • Keep your pet inside the house as far away from the source as possible
  • Background sounds can help sooth the tv, music etc.
  • If you know your pet is sensitive, prescription medications or holistic supplements such as Psystabil, which is a gentle calming formula, helps dogs and cats reduce anxiety.
  • Make sure your pet has identification; including an ID tag and microchip (with up to date information).  American Humane Association reports that July 5 is one of the busiest day of the year for animal shelters due to animals panicking and getting lost. 
Fireworks are not the only danger for your pets during  Independence day. Here are a few other pet safety precautions: 
  • Make sure your pet is in a cool place with plenty of water. In many places the 4th of July can be an extremely hot time of year.
  • If you are planning a large celebration, consider keeping your pet in another location within your home.  Strangers and crowds can be stressful to your dog or cat, which can lead to aggressive behavior.
  • Keep your pet from consuming people food and drinks.  They can cause gastrointestinal problems for your pet.