Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lymphangiectasia Treatment in Dogs

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.  Certain breeds that may be more predisposed to lymphangiectasia are  yorkies, soft-coated wheaten terrier, 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. 

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 improves digestion, reduces malabsorption and many have reported improvement in the fluid accumulation.  The Lypozyme and PowerProbiotic 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, Roqueforti and Quentans used in combination will help to heal the intestinal lining.  Pets with PLE often have an acid stomach, which also makes them not want to eat, so using Gastro ULC will help.
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.