Monday, March 23, 2015

Does Your Dog or Cat Suffer From Acid Stomach?

One of the most common questions we receive is what to do for a pet with a sensitive stomach.  It is not an easy question to answer as digestive disorders in cats and dogs encompass a wide range of symptoms and diseases such as acid reflux, gas, diarrhea, and vomiting, bad breath, bloat, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), colitis and many others. However we find most pet digestive disorders occur because of the pet’s diet. Just because a brand is considered “premium” or “organic”, doesn’t mean it is right for your pet.  Many of the bestselling, premium brands contain allergens or starchy carbohydrates that can cause a variety of digestive problems and subsequently, a weakened immune system.  

Signs Your Cat or Dog May Have Acid Stomach 

·    Lack of appetite especially in the morning
·    Vomiting bile or small amounts of food
·    Eating grass – Many pets enjoy the taste of grass so eating grass is not necessarily a sign of acid stomach. But, a lot of dogs will eat grass and then vomit.  If you notice this pattern, most likely your dog has acid stomach.  
·    Regurgitation noises
·    Hunching over after eating

·    Licking or smacking of the lips

Be sure to contact your veterinarian if you notice your pet has any of these symptoms.  It could be indicative of a more serious health concern such as liver disease, kidney disease or cancer.  If these issues are ruled out, then the next step is to change your pet’s diet to a hypoallergenic diet and use a few supplements to improve digestion.  K9 Digestive Enzymes, Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic for Pets can provide fast relief for pets.  The reason we recommend all three together is that the combination addresses the root cause:  poor digestion.  If you just give your pet the Gastro ULC, you are treating the symptom, but not the underlying cause which is contributing to the acid stomach in the first place. 

Regarding your pet’s diet, even if you are feeding a raw frozen diet or a holistic diet, you may be inadvertently feeding something that your pet is having a hard time digesting.  Foods that contain allergens, starchy carbohydrates, grains and even dry food can be hard for some pets to digest.   On the Ask Ariel order form at checkout, if your provide your pet's diet, Ask Ariel will include FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order! 

Which Harness is Best for Your Dog?

Back-Clip Harness

Enjoying the great outdoors with your dog can be a special bonding time for both you and your pet, but an out of control, pulling dog can make it a misery (and potentially dangerous).  The use of a body harnesses can be a great tool, it can provide control and comfort for your pet.  They can be especially important to consider for dogs that have pushed-in faces (that restrict breathing), those with trachea or throat problems, and ones with slender necks. For these pets, a traditional leash hooked to their collar can cause them injury or discomfort.  There are many options that vary in style and function. Below lists the pros and cons of the three most common types.
Back-Clip Harness
This type has a ring that the leash will hook to on the top of the dog’s back.  Usually the dog adjusts to the back clip harness easily.
·         Easy to put on and comfortable for a dog to wear.
·         Less tangling under the front legs.
·         They protect the fragile neck area.
·         They offer little control if a dog has behavior issues, such as pulling on the leash, jumping up or displaying aggression.
Front-Clip Harness

Front-clip harnesses (as the name suggest) clips on the front and is centered on the dog’s chest.  Often trainers will suggest the front-clip harnesses, because they will give the owner more control over pulling, and direction the dog is moving.
·         More control over pulling on the leash, jumping up or other poor leash manners
·         Provides the ability to direct the dog
·         The leash on the front of the chest can tangle under the dog’s front legs if too much slack is given. 

Tightening Harness

There are variations of the body harnesses that will tighten and add pressure if the dog pulls. The slight tightening can be uncomfortable for the pet, which causes him to lessen or stop the pulling and walk on a looser leash.
·         A harnesses that will apply slight pressure to a dog when they pull, but it does not cause pain.
·         They are generally easy to put on a dog.
·         The dog doesn’t necessarily learn to walk on a loose leash, only with this type of harness.

·         Some tightening harnesses can feel uncomfortable to your pet. The pet might associate the pain as a negative association with the harness and might fight the usage of the device and/or the activity. 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

So You Don't Think Your A "Cat Person"? Consider a Ragdoll!

Ragdolls Characteristics                                 
Adaptability *****
Energy Level ***                           Shedding Level ***
Affection Level *****                    Grooming **
Social Needs *****                        Child Friendly****
Health Issues ***                          Stranger Friendly ***
Dog Friendly*****                         Intelligence ***
(5* being most desirable)

So you don’t think you are a cat person…cats can be antisocial, aloof and nocturnal creatures. However, there are breeds that will welcome (and even crave) your attention. Some you can even train to play games with you.

One such breed is the Ragdoll. They are considered very lovable, easy going, social cats and as their name suggest, they become like a ragdoll when picked up or given attention. They are known to meet you at the door and will be your shadow as they follow you around the house and lucky you, they will keep their kitten like demeanor throughout their life.

They are a large breed, with males reaching up to 20 pounds and females about 15 pounds (at full maturity- by age 4). The life expectancy for a Ragdoll is between 12-15 years. Your ragdoll will require some grooming, but it's a small price to pay for the love and attention they bring.

Ragdolls generally do not have many health issues, but can be predisposed to bladder stones and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) a heart condition where there is regional or diffused thickening of the ventricle wall.
Diet and holistic Care can make a world of difference in your Ragdoll’s quality of life:

When considering a new addition to your furry family, take a look at a Ragdoll. Their personality and adaptability might be a perfect fit for your busy life style.
Monday, March 2, 2015

How To Treat Collapsing Trachea in Dogs Using Natural Remedies

"My 12 year old Pomeranian Eddie was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea and he has been on the Ultra-Flex Collagen for about 6 months.  I am happy to report that it really does seem to help.  It's very hard for me to give him pills so I like that we just give it once a day."   Joanne S., New Jersey

Collapsed trachea in dogs is a progressive condition that affects certain small dog breeds such as yorkies, maltese, pomeranian, chihuahas, pugs and shih tzus. The disease can cause coughing, gagging and respiratory problems.    Symptoms of collapsing trachea can be aggravated by stress, inflammation, indigestion and allergies.  Therefore, your pet's diet and supplement regimen is essential to helping to treat and reduce collapsing trachea symptoms.  Veterinary treatments for collapsed trachea is limited so you need to do all you can to be proactive about trying to help your pet's condition using a natural approach.  

A natural, holistic approach to treat collapsed trachea in dogs has been shown to be quite effective in reducing symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease.  It is  aimed at the following goals:
1) support the tracheal cartilage
2) reduce coughing attacks and anxiety that can come with them
3) support the heart and overall respiratory system
4) reduce inflammation and allergy symptoms that can hinder breathing and worsen symptoms

 Conventional veterinary care is very limited in what it can offer for dogs with collapsed trachea, but pets show marked improvement in their symptoms with holistic care. To get the best results, it is important to use the appropriate collapsed trachea supplements along with diet changes based on your pet's issues. The supplements most effective for treatment for tracheal collapse in dogs are: 

Ultra-Flex Collagen – The hallmark product for tracheal collapse in dogs. This food-based product strengthens tracheal cartilage, helping to reduce coughing and gagging. Works best when used in conjunction with Amazing Omegas and Power Probiotic. Amazing Omegas reduces inflammation while the Power Probiotic improves digestion and immunity (which indirectly affects heart function too!). The three formulas work together to strengthen the trachea, reduce the progression of the disease and improve symptoms.

Amazing Omegas – Purest therapeutic fish oil available. It contains omega-3s in their natural state packed in glass bottles (instead of plastic that can leach toxins into the oil). These powerful omegas reduce inflammation, reduce allergy symptoms and strengthen the trachea, joints, and ligaments.  

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 Certain breeds such as Pomeranians are especially prone to heart disease. Moreover, many pets with collapsed trachea develop an enlarged heart due to the stress on the pet as it tries to breathe. Using Purrfect Pet CoQ10 (along with Amazing Omegas) helps maintain healthy heart function and respiration. 

Psystabil For anxiety and to reduce the severity of coughing attacks

Gastro ULC, Lypozyme and Power Probiotic to reduce acid reflux.  Acid reflux and stomach indigestion can greatly worsen your dog's collapsed trachea symptoms.  If your dog has a sensitive stomach, please be sure to use these products to reduce their discomfort.  Power Probiotic is essential to promote friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.  Some clients notice that their dogs tend to cough more after wakening or getting up.  Since the esophagus is an extension of the gastrointestinal tract, it makes sense that a dog will have more inflammation in the esophagus and trachea if there is any indigestion.  When we wake up from sleep, a dog has more acid in the stomach making them more likely to have to cough.

If you have questions about which supplements to use, please contact the staff at They respond very promptly. These supplements for tracheal collapse have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals for over 12 years.  Be sure to include what you are feeding on the order form at checkout.  Diet can greatly affect collapsed trachea.  The pet nutritionist Susan Davis, at Ask Ariel, will include a diet suggestion for your pet on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.  There is hope and help for this seemingly "untreatable condition".  Please see the testimonial below.

  Daisy and Precious 

“My dog Holly passed on from a collapsed trachea. I heard about your supplement (for collapsed trachea) about two weeks after she died to my dismay. She had a full blood work done when she started coughing and it came back wonderful due to the supplements she was on (for liver disease). They were amazed! Well my other dog Daisy... has always gagged after drinking and recently started coughing occasionally when she lies down. It shook me up because that is how Holly started a year ago. I immediately purchased your ultra-flex collagen. She has been taking it for a few weeks now and I noticed she doesn't gag anymore. Listen she has been gagging each time she drank for 2 1/2 years and now she isn't. It is very hard for me not to think I could have saved Holly if I had only known, but I am happy I've found Ultra-flex collagen for Daisy."