Monday, January 26, 2015

Adopt An Adult Cat From

Know someone looking for a pet? has every breed, color, size pet imaginable. I was helping someone search for a new kitty over the weekend and was so disheartened to see how many 7+ year old cats were up for adoption. They were beautiful, housetrained, healthy and just a victim of unfortunate circumstances. Cats, especially can live very long lives so please consider adopting an older cat!

Friday, January 23, 2015

FDA Issues Warning to Nestle Purina Pet Food Plant

A letter of warning was issued to the Nestle Purina Lehigh County Plant on  January 2, 2015 for "significant violations" and was recently posted to the FDA website.  The inspection was conducted from September 15, 2014 to October 1, 2014 and says that the food was "prepared, packed  or held under insanitary conditions" and could make your pet sick. 

Some of the products involved were Alpo Chop House Originals Roasted Chicken, Filet Mignon, Rotisserie Chicken in Gravy, Prime Cuts with Beef, Friskies Indoor Chicken, mixed grill, senior Beef and Rice Entree, Salmon Dinner,  Mighty Dog Chicken Egg & Bacon Country Platter,Chicken & Smoked Bacon Combo, Lamb and Rice, Gravy Sensations with Turkey and Giblets in Gravy.

Here are the list of violations listed on the FDA website:
• Failure to produce low-acid canned food in keeping with an FDA-approved process.
• Failure to identify and record deviations from the FDA-approved process for producing low-acid canned food.
• Failure to chlorinate or otherwise sanitize cooling water for cooling canals and recirculated water supplies.
• Failure to establish a system to prevent unprocessed cans from mixing with processed cans in the event of an equipment malfunction.
• Failure to install thermometers in a location where they can be accurately and easily read.
• Failure to have all processing and production records signed or initialed by a qualified plant management representative.

Please feed your pet a high quality grain-free, raw frozen food.  Click here to learn more about the best foods to feed your cat or dog.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beagle Holly's Liver Counts Return to Normal

"Holly just had her 6 months blood test for her liver and kidney counts. Her liver is back to normal. YEA! Now we are focusing on her kidneys. She is feeling a lot better and it is nice to see her more active again. You are all a Godsend for us. We and Holly thank you for being here. Please keep up your loving healing work for those of us who love these wonderful little angel beings that depend on us for everything."  Diana 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Help My Dog Is Eating His Poop!

Q: I boarded my dog during the holidays and now he started eating his poop. I cannot get him to stop! I follow him outside and cleaning up right away, but still wonder what is wrong.  Do you have any suggestions? What diet do you suggest that will help him stop this behavior? 
A: Dogs may eat their stool for many different reasons.  One reason may be parasites.  It is important to get a stool test done by your veterinarian to rule them out and/or receive proper treatment if present.  Another reason may be that your pet is lacking the proper nutrition in their diet or that they have malabsorption of the nutrients.  Using K9 Digestive Enzymes, Power Probiotic for Pets and Colostrum for Pets, will help your pet digest and absorb their food properly and help improve their overall health.  Colostrum for Pets is essential for puppies and kittens as they often have worms and parasites.  It helps to heal the intestinal lining and is recommended especially if your pet has had giardia.

It is common for pets that have stool eating habits to be missing sufficient protein and other key nutrients.  They may also suffer from digestive problems such as diarrhea, acid stomach or malabsorption. Avoid feeding grains and dry food as they are loaded with carbohydrates which can often be "empty calories".  Just like us, if we fill up on carbohydrates, we end up feeling hungry soon after due to the insulin spike from the empty carbs.  

Using these essential digestive support supplements in conjunction with the proper diet can alleviate the problem.  If you include what you are feeding your dog on the order form at checkout, Ask Ariel will provide a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order.
Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston Terrier Survives Mast Cell Tumors

"In April of 2013, my precious Boston Terrier, Marcie had 3 mast cell tumors removed at age 7.They had been misdiagnosed by previous conventional veterinarians. Thankfully I located a wonderful holistic DVM who I have to drive 320 miles round trip to see, but well worth the travel.One of the tumors had become a grade 2. After reading the pathology report and various other articles, I was terrified of what might happen. My first Boston Terrier lived to be sixteen and my second eighteen. Naturally I am shooting for at least twenty with my little third charm.

She's my baby and I will do anything I can to give her the best and all she needs. Being a huge fan of nutraceuticals, I started exploring options. Without using any western cancer solutions, my holistic vet had outlined a base diet to feed and recommended some supplements in addition to the holistic Chinese herbs she mixes just for Marcie. She did not think we needed to do any type of western intervention and I was open to whatever my pup needed.

I was concerned that I was not doing all I could though, so I consulted Susan for a nutrition consult. Susan made her recommendation and also suggested supplements from the website. I immediately placed my order for several products she recommended and have been using these now for years. Other than a couple of changes in protein sources, which is necessary with dogs with serious allergies, my baby is amazing. Everybody that meets her is in awe of her beauty and comment on the glow of her coat which I attribute to Amazing Omegas. They cannot believe that she is nine years old and has puppy energy!

I still have a twenty year goal and I thank God each day He gives me to love her. Marcie's recent bloodwork results were awesome. I know it would not be possible without Susan's help. I highly recommend her expertise and products."

Kim (2015)

Supplements that help Marcie include: Amazing Omegas for Pets, Onco X, AllerEaze, Gastro ULC, Power Probiotic for Pets, K9 Digestive Enzymes, and Immune Harmony.
Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Can't Won't Eat! Reasons Why Your Kitty May Not Be Eating Well

We were recently contacted by a client that wanted to know what to feed her 10 year old cat, who had started to  be "finicky" about food recently.  She went on to explain that, a few weeks ago, her furry baby had stopped eating her regular dry food.  She then tried a few different canned foods, only to have her lose interest every few days, and finally resorted to pieces of cooked chicken and tuna.  She did not notice any other changes in her cat's behavior.

It is important to know that a change in your cat's eating habits usually indicates a problem! It is not common for a cat to get "tired of the food". You need to get to the bottom of the issue sooner than later.  Even if your cat is drinking it can become dehydrated, which can have devastating results.There could be many reason a cat will stop eating, here are the most common:

Dental Problems-Your cat's mouth may be could be from an injury, broken tooth, an infection or from a common condition known as stomatitis, which causes it to be painful to chew.  You will need to have an assessment of your pet’s mouth, treatment of cause and possibly a dental cleaning to resolve the issue.

Gastrointestinal Issues- If your cat has nausea due to gastrointestinal (GI) problems, he or she will not want to eat. Often cats with GI problems will have weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation.  Power Probiotic and Soothing Digestive Relief provide relief for the discomfort associated with GI symptoms. There are many reasons your cat could have GI issues, some include
  • Parasites (Colostrum + Power Probiotic can help ward off parasites, especially if your cat is vulnerable and has had these previously)
  • Colitis (acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining the colon)
  • Gastroenteritis (inflammation or infection of the GI tract)
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation or infection of the pancreas)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)  inflammation of the intestinal lining which is often due to food allergies
  • Cancer (e.g. intestinal lymphoma)
Kidney Disease-Very common, particularly in older cats, not wanting to eat is kidney disease. Kidney disease causes acid to build up in the GI tract which causes nausea. Only your veterinarian can diagnose kidney disease so it is again important to have your feline examined as soon as possible.  Using Gastro ULC + Power Probiotic can greatly help.  Kidney disease is very common in senior cats.  It can be treated using the appropriate kidney friendly diet, IV fluids, subcutaneous fluids done at home along with a few supplements.

Other Possible Causes-If you rule out major diseases or conditions, your veterinarian may ask you about any changes in the cat's routine or living conditions.  Cats can be sensitive to changes to their environment and may stop eating if feeling anxious or depressed.  Or perhaps they recently received a vaccination and is not feeling quite itself.  

Refusal of food can have significant consequences, and determining the underlying reason quickly is important.  Unlike dogs, cats can get very sick quickly from not eating and early intervention is key. Seek help from a veterinarian professional immediately if your cat stops being interested in eating. 

 Diet changes can help bring about relief very quickly.  Many cats that not feeling well are eating nothing but poultry and fish.  These protein sources, along with the grains and starches found in dry foods are hard to digest for many cats and can be a big allergen too.  Many times pet owners have tried various foods already so getting help from a professional can make a difference.  Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist will provide a free diet suggestion custom tailored for you cat with your order. Be sure to include what you are currently feeding on the order form at checkout.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Yorkie Has PLE - Holistic Treatments Can Help

Q:   I have a 5 year old Yorkie, Teddy who was diagnosed with PLE  (Protein-Losing Enteropathy) a few weeks ago. After visiting 2 different veterinarians, he is on a prescription diet, and prednisolone. I'm so worried, as he doesn't like the prescription food and often acts like he has a stomach ache and won't eat. Is there a homemade diet and/or supplement or both I could give him?  Thanks so much for your advice.  Monica

Dear Monica: So sorry to hear about Teddy.  We have worked with many yorkies that have PLE. Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE) is when excessive protein is lost from the gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to health concerns for your pet, such as digestive disease, malabsorption, lymphatic diseases, and even congestive heart failure. It is great that you are being proactive! To help Teddy, you need to start with a basic protocol to reduce inflammation and support his digestive health.

What many pet owners don't realize is that there are a lot of foods that can cause a cascade of inflammation which can lead to PLE.  Reducing the inflammation in your pet's intestinal tract can only help.  It's important to avoid highly allergenic foods such as poultry and feed your pet a fresh wholesome diet without grains, dairy and other inflammatory foods.  Since your dog is not digesting and absorbing the food he is eating, you need to use supplements to 1) improve digestion 2) support the liver and reduce fluid build up 3) relieve discomfort.

The Liver Support Kit is the first line of defense.There are three simple formulas that improve digestion and absorption of nutrients.   This combination just seems to help yorkies feel a lot more comfortable.  The Lypozyme and Power Probiotic help restore normal bacteria and increase absorption of nutrients, especially protein.  The Liver/Gallbladder support reduces ascites (fluid build up) in the abdomen and also improves digestion. Also, Colostrum for Pets and NotaSAN will help to heal the intestinal lining and improve absorption.  Pets with PLE often have an acid stomach, which also makes them not want to eat, using Gastro ULC will help.

Diet is a huge issue. Most of the time (at least in the cases of PLE) we see that the pets are not eating the right diet.  A special diet is needed, and if you include your pet's current diet on the order form Ask Ariel will provide a diet suggestion with the packing slip. 
Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top Five New Year Resolutions For You and Your Pet

The following are some of the most common resolutions people make this time of year. The same resolutions can  be good for your pet.
1. Exercise More
Many people do not get enough regular exercise, which can lead to long term health problems. Try to find something you enjoy and make realistic goals to include more physical activity into your life.
Your Pet
Regular exercise can keep your pet healthy too. Consider including your pet in your exercise goals. It can be fun and you both could benefit!

2. Improve your eating habits
Evaluate your current eating habits and make goal to improve.  It might be to lose weight or just improve the quality of your diet.
Your Pet
Evaluate your pet’s current diet. The quality of your pet’s diet is directly related to their health.  Pet obesity has been on the rise and leads to many other health problems can be life threatening for your pet. Also, many foods contain allergens that can be causing your pet problems too.

3. Detox your life
We all can benefit from detoxing our bodies and eliminating unhealthy substances from our environment. (Quit smoking, stop/limit drinking alcohol, reduce caffeine intake, use only natural cleaning agents, etc) 
Your Pet
Detox your pet’s environment. Your pet is just as susceptible to environmental toxins as you. Beware what products your pet comes in to contact with to protect them. Look at your pet products, but also your cleaning supplies and pesticides used in and around the home.

 4. Financial Checkup
Evaluate your finances and make sure you are spending your dollars wisely.
Your Pet
Being proactive with preventive care saves money. Preventive care for your pet will save you money. Providing a healthy, high quality, hypoallergenic diet, and supportive supplements (such as Power Probiotics for Pets and Amazing Omegas) can save you money in the long run by reducing your veterinarian expenses.

5. Spend more time with loved ones and have more FUN!
 Life gets busy and it is easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to have fun. Make an effort to schedule quality time with those special to you and take time to enjoy life!
Your Pet
It is important for your pet to spend time with the ones they love.. When life get’s busy it is often our furry friends that get neglected. Our pets want and need our attention, neglect can often lead to negative behavior. Make it a goal to have more “fun time” with your pet.  Who knows, it might surprise you who has more fun!