Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Is Your Dog Genetically Predisposed to Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis?

Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS) is a type of heart disease that can cause sudden death to your pet.  It is one of the most common types of inherited heart diseases found in Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and Rottweilers. The disease restricts the blood flow from the heart to the aorta, due to a ridge or abnormal tissue growth. It can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Fortunately, genetic testing is now available and hopefully new methods of treatment can be implemented.

Symptoms and Life Span

  • Mild- typically no observable clinical signs of disease.
  • Moderate to Severe- difficulty breathing, weakness, fainting, and in extreme cases, sudden death.
Dogs with severe SAS usually have a lifespan of about 18 months without intervention and up to 5 years with treatment. Dogs with mild to moderate SAS have a longer life span, with some living to average age for the breed. Intervention can help significantly. It is important to work with your veterinarian for the best course of action.

In mild cases, your pet may not require treatment, however, in moderate to severe cases of SAS you should work with your veterinarian  to determine the best course of action. A combination of life style adaptions (limiting the workload on the heart by avoiding intense physical exertion), traditional treatment (beta blockers) and holistic support can improve the quality of life for your pet.  We recommend a heart healthy diet and including Peppy Pet Carnitine BlendAmazing Omegas for Pets, and Purrfect Pet CoQ10 into your treatment plan.

It is important to keep follow-up appointments with your veterinarian to monitor your pet’s progress, so that changes can be made to the treatment plan.

If your dog is having trouble breathing or collapses, even if they recover quickly, see your veterinarian immediately.
Monday, October 26, 2015

Beagle's Pancreatitis Helped with Use of Natural Supplements

Holly (on the right) with Daisy and Precious
"I just want to let you know I have a 13 year old beagle who was diagnosed with pancreatitis.*  She wouldn’t eat and she also already had congestive heart failure and liver disease.  Her liver score was so high it wouldn’t register on a chart.  I was desperate and searched the internet and found your product (Pancreatitis Support Kit).  I was worried it wouldn’t get to me in time to help her, luckily it did.  Twenty-four hours after giving her first pills, which I had to do by mouth, she very slowly started to improve.  I had planned to go away within the month and had someone coming in to take care of my dogs.  I typed up a daily chart to take care of Holly after the second week of treatment.  By the time I actually left and reviewed the chart to give my friend, it was completely different.  Holly has improved dramatically and has the energy of a dog years younger.  She is actually behaving better now than before she got pancreatitis.  Your pancreatic and liver care kit will remain a part of her daily care.

Thank you for giving me back my baby,
Williamsport, PA, (2015)

*Pancreatitis is inflammation and swelling of the pancreas. It can occur in mild or severe forms and can be triggered by eating table scraps or a fatty meal.  Pets can also get pancreatitis from eating spoiled food so be careful to keep trash tightly closed.

With a change to a hypoallergenic, low fat, high fiber diet and using Ask Ariel's Pancreatitis Kit, pets can recover and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Novel Protein Diets for Pets with Food Allergies

Have you noticed your dog excessively chewing on his paws? Is your cat vomiting excessively or missing patches of fur? Are your pets getting constant ear infections or smelling after a bath?  All these symptoms could mean your pet is due for a diet change.   A diet change will be necessary to eliminate potential offending foods, but what should the change be? One approach is to switch your pet to a novel protein diet.

What is a novel protein diet?

It is a diet that contains a protein source that your pet has not eaten before. The most common protein sources included in most brands of pet foods include beef, chicken, lamb and turkey.  However, these same proteins are common sources of food allergies or food sensitivities (from eating the same food for an extended period of time).  Your pet may exhibit symptoms that include upset stomach and/or skin problems. By substituting a new, exotic novel protein your pet's symptoms may be alleviated. Some proteins to try may include:   Bison, Rabbit, Salmon (dogs only--cats are often allergic), Venison, Ostrich, Quail and Kangaroo.  Select a LOW carbohydrate, grain-free diet such as a raw frozen diet .  We do not recommend any dry food for dogs and cats with allergies as they are high in carbohydrates that can also cause symptoms such as scratching, itching and ear infections.

You can get serum allergy testing done at your vet's office but we prefer Nutriscan.  Nutriscan is a new test that can help determine your pet's food allergies through saliva which is thought to be more accurate than blood.  It's important to remember two points though about food allergy testing for pets:  1) even the best tests can have false negatives if the pet or person hasn't ingested the food recently (meaning the pet is still allergic even though the test says not 2) often food "families" cause a problem.  It is quite common for a dog to have an allergy to chicken and perhaps even test ok on duck, but the intolerances are there for all poultry.  Generally if there is one type of food that is a problem, it's best to stay away from all of it.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Controlling Pet Odors in the Home

We have all entered a home and the first thing you notice is that they have a pet.  It may be the friendly greeting when the doorbell rings or the cute doggie bed "front and center" in the living room. But when it is the smell that hits your nose as soon as you enter the door, that's a problem!

Here are the three main reasons for pet odor in the home: 

  • Stinky litter box: Rule of thumb...the longer the box stays dirty the longer it will take to "clear the air" after it is emptied.  The best way to avoid the litter box odor is to scoop out quickly and change the litter box frequently.  Also, remember that multiple cats may require multiple litter boxes.
  • Stinky food: Smelly pet food can also linger in the air, just like when you cook something for yourself.  If your pet's diet requires you to feed them a food that has a strong smell, we recommend you feed them as a "meal"  a few times a day and not leave the food out for free feeding (which can also lead to spoiling and insects)
  • Stinky pet: If your pet still smells after having a bath, there may be an underlying health issue causing your pet to smell and you should seek out a veterinary professional to determine the cause. A few common issues are food allergies that cause skin problems, an overgrowth of yeast, or a bacterial infection.  A change of diet and using holistic supplements such as; Power Probiotics for Pets,  K-9 Yeast Defense, and Amazing Omegas can help. If a bacterial infection we would recommend adding Notatum and Quentans to the Power Probiotics and K-9 Yeast Defense.
  • Stinky flooring and furnishings from "accidents":   Be sure to wash pet beds regularly and get the carpet cleaned as they build up pet odors from the oils in their coats.  Pets need ample opportunities to relieve themselves so they don't have accidents in the house. It might be having a private place for your cat's litter box or frequent outings for your pooch. If they are still having "accidents" please visit your veterinarian to see if there is an undetected urinary tract infection (UTI).  If your pet is having repeat UTIs adding Pet UTI Prevention Formula can be very beneficial. 

The best way to keep your home smelling fresh and pet odor free is to be proactive!   

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Submissive and Excitement Urination in Dogs

Does your dog have an embarrassing and annoying problem of unexplained frequent urination? Does it happen especially if they are scared or excited?  Your pet may be suffering from submissive or excitement urination. This is not a training issue, but an involuntary reflex that will need patience to fix.

Signs of Submissive Urination
  •          History or being shy, timid or anxious
  •          Urinates when someone (especially strangers) approaches him.
  •          Urinates when being scolded or fears being in trouble
  •          Urinates when crouching, rolling over (exposing their stomach) or has their tail between their legs, indicating a submissiveness.

What to Do:
  •          Take your dog to the veterinarian to rule out medical reasons for the behavior.
  •          Avoid direct eye contact.
  •          Get down on their level, not just bending over, but kneel down.
  •          Try approaching from the side vs. the front.
  •          Teach them commands that can be used to distract and encourage confident behaviors and then reward them for performing them.  For example have them “sit” or “shake” when being greeted.  This will help them feel in control of the situation and lessen the anxiety.
We have many patients report that using Psy-Stabil has helped their “nervous” dog feel calmer and re-balance.

Excitement Urination, most often occurs, during playtime or when they are excited to see you. It is most common in puppies and luckily usually improves with maturity.  However, it can persist if the behavior is rewarded with positive reinforcement (even if inadvertently)

What to Do:
  • Take your dog to the veterinarian to rule out medical reasons for the behavior.
  • Precautions are key, to avoid mishaps, play outdoors or places with easy clean up
  •  Keep greetings low-key…do not greet your pet with excited tones or gestures.
  •  Ignore him when he is excited, wait until he calms down.
If  a veterinarian determines that your pet suffers from a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) having a property diet and the right supplements can help and provide them with relief. The antibiotics used to treat the UTI won’t take care of the inflammation if the diet you are feeding is high in carbohydrates or allergens.  A grain-free, low carbohydrate diet and the right supplements provide your pet with the nutrients and immune support needed to fight off UTIs. Some of our featured products include Amazing Omegas, UTI Prevention and Power Probiotic.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What We Do for Our Pets

Here is an interesting study from Houzz on how we accommodate our pets into our homes and our lives.

But most importantly 

** For the full study see :Houzz

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Old Dogs Still Have Love To Give

The book "My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts," written by Laura T. Coffey and with photographs by Lori Fusaro, has just been released and offers inspiring pictures and stories of senior rescue dogs finding a home in their later years. Many people got involved with the project, including George Clooney! The book also includes resources for people that would like to help these special pets.

To learn more you can go to MyOldDogBook.com
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

American Humane Association's 2015 American Hero Dog

Meet Harley, the 2015 American Humane Association's Hero dog !  On September 19, 2015,  Harley, a Chihuahua, who was rescued from a puppy mill four years ago, was honored as this year's American Hero Dog by the American Humane Association. Harley spent the first 10 years of his life suffering from abuse and neglect in a breeding puppy mill. He lost an eye, among many other health issues, but survived (much to the surprise of his veterinarian). Harley has since become the poster boy for the "Harley to the Rescue" campaign, which helps raise funds to fight puppy mills.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pet Fair and Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest

Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit

1st Annual Pet Fair and Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest
Sunday October 25th 12-4pm

Come join us as we celebrate a day dedicated to pet health and education.  Add to that the fun and excitement of a Howl-0-Ween costume contest with food, raffles, vendors, live demonstrations, prizes, and entertainment for you and your pup!  It’s our 1st Annual Dog Ranch Pet Fair and Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest! This event is free!  Proceeds from this event will go to the participating non-profit organizations.
·         Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest with Prizes ($5 registration fee)
·         Over 20 vendors
·         Live demonstrations
·         Raffle
·         Photo Spot - dress up your pup and take some fun pics
·         Food Trucks
plus a 15 minute Q & A session with Susan Blake Davis,CCN- Ask Ariel Pet Nutritionist
Well behaved dogs only please. All dogs must be on leash and in control at all times. Please call Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit for further information on this event and costume contest registration and details.


20401 Sun Valley Drive,Laguna Beach www.thedogranch.com 949-494-0484

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Top Trending Pet Costumes

Fall brings thoughts of pumpkins and Halloween. Many people like to get their pet into the action and dress them up too.  To help you with planning, here are lists of the top trending pet costumes.

Top sellers from Amazon:
  • Despicable Me 2 Minion Pet Costume
  • Rubies Costume Star Wars Collection Pet Costume
  • Pink Purple Birthday Girl Paw Prints Clown Hat For Dog Costume
  • Animal Planet PET20104 triceratops Dog Costume
  • Luau Shirt Pet Costume
  • Sombrero Multicolored For Pets
  • Rubies Costume Halloween Classics Collection Pet Costume
  • California Costume Collections Animal Planet Lion Dog Costume, Large
  • Animal Planet PET20109 Raptor Dog Costume
  • Rubies Dapper Dog Costume
Trending on Pinterest:
(Some of these are especially great ideas if your child wants to participate in the theme.)
  • Puggy Monster
  • Kissing Booth Pup
  • Chia Pet Halloween Costume
  • Batman Dog Costume
  • Boston Terrier Skunk
  • Scuba Diver Puppy
  • Beauty and the Beast Costume
  • Yoda Cat
  • Princess Leia Cat
  • Kitty Potter
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ultra-Flex Collagen Helps 15 Year Old Cat Lose Weight

Our 15 yr old feline Fred  says he loves the way “Ultra-Flex Collagen Support” makes him feel.   We only do ¼ of a capsule in the morning with his food along with the Power Probiotic.   We do Lypozyme at the dinner feeding.  Within one month we saw improvements in the way he would get out of his bed, up and down stairs and walk around his outside courtyard.  Now after 2 months, he is actually running and playing some with our 11 yr old cat.  He has even lost ½ lb since he is able to run and play more.   The other day, I saw him run across the yard, which was the first time in a year.   Fred says that  his other felines should definitely  give it a try so they can feel young again!