Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lymphangiectasia Treatment in Dogs

Lymphangiectasia (CIL Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasia) is a disease when the lymphatic vessels in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small intestines, and large intestines) dilate and become inflamed.  This can result in the loss of protein through the intestines. It is common to be grouped with other diseases associated with malabsorption such as protein losing enteropathies (PLE). The lymphatic vessels help absorb fats from food. When the vessels are dilated and under pressure, they can rupture and the lymph, cells, fats, and proteins inside them will be lost. Often dogs with lymphangiectasia will also be diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD).  It is not clear if one occurs before the other or that both are a result of the same disease process. The disease usually appears in middle age dogs, but of course can be seen in older or younger dogs.  Yorkies are the most common breed diagnosed with this condition although it can also be found in soft-coated wheaten terriers, basenji, shar-peis, and rottweilers.   

Your pet might experience the following symptoms:  vomiting, chronic diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, fluid accumulation in the abdomen, excessive gas and difficulty breathing due to fluid buildup in the chest.   Pets with lymphangiectasia may also have been diagnosed with PLE as the symptoms can be similar.  The protocol that has worked successfully to help these pets from a holistic perspective is to reduce the inflammation in the pet's intestinal tract along with using supplements that support digestive health.  Typically pets that develop these conditions, have severe food allergies so it is important to learn about the foods such as poultry which might have set off the condition in the first place.  Ask Ariel details the foods to avoid in the attached link. 

Diet changes and supplements can help.  Pets with CIL and PLE can benefit from a high protein, low fat, novel protein diet.  For some pets, adding medium chain triglycerides (MCT) e.g. coconut oil is helpful but be cautious as some pets, especially yorkies are highly prone to pancreatitis.

The following supplements are helpful for these conditions:

Immune Harmony contains natural plant sterols that support pets with autoimmune conditions and inflammation.  The majority of a pet's immune system resides in the intestinal tract so using this natural supplement helps modulate and balance your pet's autoimmune hyperactivity.  

Liver Support Kit  Contains three gentle formulas to support digestion, reduce fluid swelling in the abdomen, improve fat absorption and discomfort.  Power Probiotic, Lypozyme and Liver & Gallbladder Support. Since the liver is integrally related to digestion, it's important to use the Liver and Gallbladder Support formula which has been shown to help reduce ascites (swelling in the abdomen).  Lypozyme contains enzymes especially contains enzymes that help break down fats making it especially helpful for pets with pancreatitis and CIL (Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasia). This Kit should also be combined with K9 Digestive Enzymes if your pet is experiencing malabsorption.

K9 Digestive Enzymes  This is the master remedy for malabsorption.  Contains pancreatin and HCL along with powerful enzymes to break down and help your pet absorb protein and fats.  The K9 Digestive Enzymes is more appropriate for pets over 7 pounds since the product is stronger than the Lypozyme.

Power Probiotic  This pure, safe and natural multi-strain formula can be purchased by itself or in a package in the Liver Support Kit.  Power Probiotic is pure, safe, natural and contains no fillers.  It replenishes your pet with friendly bacteria which are often deficient in pets with digestive conditions such as Lymphangiectasia, IBD and PLE. 

Gastro ULC Many pets with digestive conditions are reluctant to eat or experience symptoms of acid reflux which include hunching over after eating, gulping sounds, vomiting and inappetance.  Gastro ULC coats the stomach and relieves the pain associated with tummy aches and reflux.

Soothing Digestive Relief   This natural herbal remedy helps relieve gas, pain and indigestion with soothing gentle ingredients to support the stomach and overall GI tract.  It works well combined with the Gastro ULC and Liver Support Kit.   

There is hope.  There is help.  Ask Ariel has been a leader in helping pets with digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions since 2005.  Our products were used by nutritionist Susan Blake Davis in a hospital setting along with several veterinarians at VCA hospitals for over 10 years with much success.  Ask Ariel products are recommended by veterinarians nationwide.  If your pet needs help, please visit AskAriel.com  or email us at support@askariel.com  Please know we cannot provide individualized consultative advice, but we can provide links to articles and answer questions about the products so you can work with your veterinarian to make an informed decision.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Can Probiotics Increase A Pet's Lifespan?

Power Probiotic Keeps Pets Healthy!

Shorty and Stella
 Stella and Shorty

We are sincerely grateful to the Fountain family for providing us with this special message about how our Power Probiotic has enriched their pets’ lives.  Scott and Joanne Fountain are dedicated dog owners who have saved the lives of countless rescue dogs, personally and through their volunteer rescue work.  They have 4 adorable rescue dogs in their household now and believe that the Power Probiotic “has increased their pets lifespan and kept them healthy.”

"Our home is blessed with the love of many rescued dogs... Joanne working with CA Labs and More Rescue (www.Labsandmore.org) has helped many dogs and families enjoy the same.  Here's an update on our "Family" as it is today;
Our "Shorty" came to us after being rescued with his two brothers, at the age of about 10 weeks, saved by Labs and More Rescue from a box dropped roadside in the SoCal desert. He is a Jack Russell/Beagle mix and he has the kindest soul of any dog we have ever saved. Shorty has taken Susan/Ask Ariel supplements and Power Probiotic his entire life and has been active, energetic, happy, and healthy for all of his five years. We expect that with lifelong continuation of his diet and supplements he will live to be a ripe old age... chasing and chewing every ball within sight!

Our "Stella" is a special child... she is a Jack Russell that we rescued into the family when she was just 12 weeks old. She came from a mid-west puppy mill so ran the risk of poor health from the outset. She had digestive and intestinal tract problems that in her first year almost took her from us twice. We altered her diet several times with the assistance of the Vets at U.C. Davis until we found the best (re: healthiest) diet she could keep down and thrive on... of course this diet has included Power Probiotic and other supplements so she can have and enjoy the same long and healthy life our other dogs do. She has become a bundle of pure energy and joy.


Our "Rosie" ( 13 1/2 year old Black Lab/Coon Hound mix) came to us at 1 year old.  She has lived a full and healthy life with good food and supplements from AskAriel. She has taken probiotics her entire life and save for the few fatty tissue tumors she now sports at old age (non-malignant, non-life threatening, non health impediment) she is a happy, healthy 'Ol Gal. Rosie has always had a healthy appetite, good food, probiotics and the occasional grass snack have kept her healthy into old age.

 Our "Buddy" (Yellow Lab/Husky mix) is now 12.5 years old. He came to us after 8 years of captivity with a family that did not treat him well (he was left outside all day/night, he was not fed regularly, he had been attacked by Coyotes and bitten by a rattlesnake). He was 30# overweight from irregular eating binges. We brought him into our family and with a regular healthy diet and addition of Susan/Ask Ariel supplements and Power Probiotic, he is healthy and happy. He is a friend to all and resting his old bones in front of a fireplace is his special joy. He has some tender areas on his legs, residual from the coyote attacks, but is otherwise a very healthy and happy boy. When we take him on walks, everyone that sees him thinks he is a "puppy" because of the bounce in his step and smile on his angelic face. 

Scott and Joanne Fountain,  CA, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Supplements For Dog Diagnosed with Glomerulonephritis

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that is usually caused by inflammation or infection of glomeruli (the tiny filters within the kidney).  It can occur in any breed and age of dog, but certain breeds tend to be more prone to the condition including: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bull Terriers, Dalmatians, Samoyeds, Doberman Pinschers, Cocker Spaniels, Newfoundlands, Greyhounds Rottweiler, and Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers.   It can be a serious condition and will require a combination of home care and veterinarian care. 

Common Symptoms
  • Blood in the urine
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
Your veterinarian will most likely perform a urinalysis, complete blood count (to check anemia, inflammation, infection and platelet count) Serum biochemistry test (to measure protein concentration), urine protein/creatinine ratio (to measure protein loss in the urine) and if necessary a kidney biopsy may need to be done for a definitive diagnosis.

The prognosis will depend on the severity of your pet’s condition. It is important to work closely with your veterinarian as up to 70% of dogs with Glomerulonephritis will develop renal failure.  We have found with a change of diet and using Askariel.com holistic supplements including: Kidney Health Protein Support forPets, Renelix for Dogs and Cats, and Power Probiotics for Pets the quality of life and symptoms have improved greatly for dogs suffering with the condition.  While these products cannot cure kidney disease, they can improve the  functioning of the remaining nephrons and slow the progression of the disease.