Saturday, December 31, 2016

In Memory Of Beloved Prince Whitey

Prince Whitey

We rescued Whitey as an elderly dog who had been severely neglected for most of his life.  He was a "tough" dog who was not initially affectionate as he had never experienced life as a family member.  We only had Whitey in his elderly years when he was sick but we hope and pray that the 1 year and 10 months we gave him helped erase all of the sadness he experienced before.  Prince Whitey died today after suffering from dementia, liver disease and severe arthritis.  We kept him going even after the first stroke but a second stroke took him.  Rest in peace beloved.  We will cherish you always!

Prayer For Prince Whitey
In sorrow and love
We remember
Our beloved Prince Whitey
Who provided companionship
And endless joy.
You were more than a pet to us,
Becoming a member of our family,
Providing consolation in times of loss, 
Setting An Example To Keep On Fighting
Even When Life Gets Tough 
An Inspiration To Us For Your CourageA True Warrier To the End
Giving us laughter and delight
And a sense of well-being,
Rich with memories,
Rich in love.
The pain is deep.
The empty space,
Too wide to comprehend.
Forgive us Whitey for our decision to remove you from
The suffering you endured.
We did it with deep sorrow
Placing kindness for you above
Our desire for more time together
G-d of the bereaved,
Grant us solace in the days ahead,
And peace of mind as time passes.
Let our memories of the time  together
With Whitey
Be an endless source of wonder
In tribute to his  memory.
Rest in peace.

If you have lost a beloved pet, we hope you can use this prayer and replace with your pet's name to give you peace.
 
   

Friday, December 30, 2016

Natural Treatments For Urinary Incontinence in Pets

Urinary incontinence is often thought to be part of the aging process and it is true that many older dogs can be inflicted with the condition, but it can affect dogs of any age.  There are certain conditions that can contribute to dogs losing control of their bladder (including kidney disease,  endocrine disorders and cognitive dysfunction disorder), but it could also be a low level infection. 

The most common signs of bladder control problems are excessive licking of the vulva or penis, often causing redness, dripping of urine, or often the pet owner noticing their sleeping area smelling strongly of urine.  
Common Causes Of Urinary Incontinence in Pets:
Hormonal Imbalance –  a low level of estrogen is often found in older female dogs and contribute to lack of bladder control.  Breeds with higher risk include: spaniels, Old English Sheepdogs, Doberman Pinschers, and Boxers
Neurological Problems- older pets often have vertebrae, or spinal issues that hinder them from being able to have full sensation and can cause incontinence.
Low Level Infection- Perhaps the most common cause of loss of bladder control (incontinence) is a low grade (often undetectable) bladder infection that can affect dogs of any age.  This can cause inflammation and pain in the urethra and/or bladder.  Some dogs are prone to repeat infections and a comprehensive approach can help alleviate frequent reoccurrences.
Steps To Eliminate Incontinence Due to Low Grade Urinary Tract Infections
1. Choose a hypoallergenic, grain-free food to reduce overall inflammation.  Grains such as oats, wheat, and corn can trigger. Certain proteins can also be problematic can cause an inflammatory response. Include your pet’s current diet on the Ask Ariel order form and you will receive a free diet suggestion based on the symtpoms you provide about your pet.  The suggestion will be on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.

2. Use natural, veterinary approved supplements to prevent future infections, reduce the likelihood of stone and crystal formation and help control interstitial cystitis. Once a pet has had multiple chronic urinary tract infections or interstitial cystitis, just changing the diet alone will not be sufficient to prevent reinfection. A combination of both diet and holistic supplements will have the best results. 
Akutur- focuses on the bladder and urinary tract to restore the balance and reduce inflammation and reduce repeat infections. Very helpful for interstitial cystitis.
Renelix- flushes out toxins accumulated in the kidneys and throughout the body. Essential for pets with urinary crystals and stones.
Notatum- acts like a "natural antibiotic" formula that fights infections. Works to boost your pet’s immune system from the inside out.  A must for pets getting chronic infections.  Start using a few days before your pet's antibiotics run out.
Power Probiotics for Pets-High potency, easy to use and pets love it. Promotes good bacteria growth!
Pet UTI Prevention-helps clear bacteria, reduces irritation, relieves pain and discomfort and promotes healing of the urinary tract and bladder.  Contains key nutrients such as d-mannose, cranberry and uva-ursi proven to help prevent repeat infections.

3.  Work with your vet to determine the best way to test your pet's urinary pH regularly.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Benign Sebaceous Growth On Husky's Paw


Here's our beloved rescue dog Legend celebrating with our girls. He is wearing a sock because we found a malleable, protruding tumor on his paw a few days ago that Dr. Gordon removed immediately. Any tumors on the feet or paws can signal cancer and need emergency attention. So blessed to receive the report on XMAS that Legend's tumor is a benign, sebaceous growth!

This is Legend's second tumor.  The first was melanoma on his eye.  Please familiarize yourself with the warning signs of cancer.  We check Legend all the time and he just happened to be lying comfortably on his back with his feet up in the air.  Underneath the fur,  I noticed a TINY red, bleeding area which I thought was a cut as he loves to run in the woods.  Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a formed mass.  Any small growths on the paws require immediate attention as these lumps could very well be cancer which can appear to be "nothing".  The sooner the growth is removed, the less risk your pet has of metastasis.  In our case, we were very fortunate and now know that Siberian huskies are susceptible to these type of benign tumors.   Please don't wait---show your vet any growths to be sure they are benign.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Giving Thanks To Pet Rescuers and Owners of Special Needs Pets



 Wrangler

 Wishing Happy Holidays to all! Wrangler is a special needs rescue dog who has an esophageal disorder (cricopharyngeal achalasia) that requires a feeding tube and constant management by his Mom Gina. Ask Ariel friend Gina Gould is an acuscope therapist and her treatments, TLC and the dedicated support of Leashes of Love Rescue have given him a chance to live a "normal" life. Thanks to all the caring parents of special needs pets and the wonderful rescuers who save thousands of dogs and cats that would otherwise perish in the shelters.  Having a special needs pet is a lot of work and requires extra time that many of us don't have.  It's always a miracle when a doggie as special as this one is able to live out his life because of the incredible dedication of a group of people who are deeply dedicated to the welfare of animals.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Holistic Treatment for Perianal Fistulas in Dogs

We wanted to share a recent question that we received from a client so that pet owners who are dealing with perianal fistulas can view our response.

Q: Are there products you sell that would help or support canine anal fistula in a 90lbs. German Shepard? 

Perianal Fistula can be a serious medical condition that can make your pet miserable. It can occur in any breed of dogs, but most commonly Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters, Old English Sheepdogs, Border Collies, Bulldogs, Spaniels, but especially German Shepherds.  By definition fistula is an abnormal connection between either tissue, organs, or vessels and perianal has to do with the area surrounding the anus. When the condition is mild you may not notice there is a problem, but as it continues to progress  watch for signs of your pet straining to defecate, having blood in their feces, and a decrease in appetite. You might also notice that they excessively lick their tail and hindquarters, often leading to infection with chronic draining ulcers that are very painful for the dog

The cause is not exactly known, but it is believed that the most common causes could be impaction of infection of the anal glands, poor air circulation around the anal region, genetics and most recently an allergy and/or autoimmune reaction.

Treatments
  • Clipping of the perianal region to increasing ventilation, in conjunction with bathing and cleaning as a palliative measure
  • Treatment with medications (often oral and topical) to clear up the infection and reduce inflammation.
  • Change of diet to a grain-free, novel protein, hypoallergenic food is recommended since many cases may have an underlying allergic or autoimmune cause
  • Use of holistic supplementation including;
1) AmazingOmegas--reduces inflammation and will make bowel movements easier
2) Power Probiotic for Pets- replenishes good bacteria reducing the possibility of infection
3) K9 DigestiveEnzymes- helps with digestion and allergies
4) Notatum--this helps to fight infection as many of these dogs have constant skin weeping and infections
  • As a last resort, in severe cases, surgery may be need to clear the infected tissue that will help the healing process.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Holiday Time is Often Pet EMERGENCY TIME!



It's the holidays! Lots of family and guests in the house.  Lots of new food and snacks left out.  Doors left wide open and candles burning.  Pet owners get busy and unknowingly, holiday time becomes PET EMERGENCY time.  Here is what you can do to help keep your pets safe:

1) When opening the door, please ask guests to wait just a moment and check for the whereabouts of your pets
2) Leave out safe, designated treats for guests to give your pets and ask them not to give pets food from the table. 
3) Be sure your pet is fed before guests arrive!
4) Keep cats and puppies away from burning candles and holiday lights.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Perfect Gift Idea For a Friend Who Has a Pet

Need a purrfect gift for a family member or friend? Select one of Ask Ariel's quality products such as Power Probiotic or Amazing Omegas and put it in a pretty holiday box. Giving the gift of good health for their pet is a wonderful way to show someone how much you care!  Visit www.AskAriel.com

Friday, December 16, 2016

Expect Holiday and Weather Delays With Package Deliveries


   
Surprise! Your supplements may be running out and with all the holiday hustle and bustle, you may not realize it until you are down to the last pill. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SUPPLIES! Please take a minute to visit www.AskAriel.com to restock so your pet's health isn't jeapordized.  There are holiday and weather-related shipping delays. Please take a moment to be sure you have a two week supply of everything so your pets stay happy and healthy!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Green Vegetables Can Help Your Dog Maintain a Healthy Weight

Has your pup put on a few pounds? Winter is a common time for pets (as well as their owners) to gain weight. It may be caused from overindulgence or weather-related inactivity. Obesity in pets can be a serious problem leading to many health conditions including pancreatitis, diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems, and lean dogs tend to live longer (and healthier) lives.  To keep your pet's weight down,  feed a high-protein diet and add veggies.   Most weight reduction diets contain fiber fillers that at best contain controversial benefits and can be problematic to your pet's digestion.  "Healthy weight" diets are usually very high in carbohydrates, making the dog feel even hungrier faster as insulin levels spike.  To control appetite, use a REDUCED amount of a high protein food and add green vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, zucchinni which contain valuable vitamins and minerals and help your pet feel full without consuming too many calories.  You can even use 1 part pet food to 2 parts vegetables for a large breed dog that is really hungry.  Also, special bowls are available that help slow down the dog's eating.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Natural UTI Remedy Helps Clumber Spaniel With Chronic UTIs

Natural Remedies can stop the cycle of chronic UTIs found in many senior female dogs.  Here is another happy dog who no longer has UTIs using   Ask Ariel’s Pet UTI Prevention Formula 

Sissy
Sissy is a female Clumber Spaniel who is nearly 13 years old and had suffered with frequent Urinary Tract Infections.  Her owner purchased the Pet UTI Prevention for Dogs and Cats and said “She (Sissy)  has been on your UTI Prevention and continues to be free of UTIs…our vet is surprised that “a natural remedy” works so well…Thank You So Much”  JoAnn White -Maine 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Have You Checked Your Pet's Teeth Lately? Pet Dental Health Facts


Have you checked your pet’s teeth lately?  Four facts to know about about pet dental health:
  • Feeding dry food does not prevent dental problems.
  • The longer you wait the more it will cost.
  • Anesthesia is not always required for teeth cleaning.
  • Ignoring dental disease can lead to bigger health problems for your pet.
To help your pet, add Ask Ariel’s K9 Digestive Enzymes and Power Probiotic for Pets to their regimen as these products can help reduce tartar accumulation which leads to dental problems.

For the more information read:
Pet Dental Health: 4 Fascinating Facts!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Digestive Enzymes Help Dog's Food Allergies and Upset Stomach

Bryn
Here is my little 13,  almost 14-year-old Welsh Terrier Bryn. She was the runt of a litter of EIGHT! and has been amazingly healthy though smaller than typical.  Her only issues have been major food allergies.  I feed her a homemade diet with a vet-made supplement and she also gets homemade treats (she loves my gluten-free ginger snaps!).  I started using the Ask Ariel Soothing Digestive Relief with every meal because the little scavenger that she is, she is often able to scrounge some of her big sister's treats or odd things she finds outside.  This capsule (I give her about 1/3 capsule with each of her two daily meals) has been perfect for eliminating the upset stomach she would awaken with after eating something forbidden.  Thanks so much for inventing it! 
Amanda McBride- North Carolina 2016

Food allergies are a common condition that effect many dogs.  The symptoms can vary from pet to pet, some dogs will have digestive problems like Bryn, but others will have skin issues and still others might have chronic inflammation that weakens their overall immune system. 
Visit our Askariel website for more nutritional information click here

Monday, November 28, 2016

Natural Treatments For Cats with IBD and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

 
Burrito
“My 14 year old cat Burrito started vomiting hairballs occasionally.  Then it got so frequent, we had to seclude Burrito to the basement every night. She hated this very much because she had always slept between my husband and myself. Poor kitty!  Well most of the time she would vomit undigested food during the day and then early in the morning, it was a white foam liquid. So we took her to the vet and they thought she could have acid reflex, so we put her on 1/4 Zantac pill twice a day.  She didn't like that at all and it didn't work--she still vomited the same.

So we went back to the vet and they said it could be IBD and they wanted to put her on prednisone to see if the inflammation that was causing the vomiting would go away and then some other testing. NO NO NO! I didn't want  to do that. So I did some research and found Ask Ariel.  I ordered the suggested IBD Kit combo of Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Enzymes and the Notatum drops and waited for results.  Wow it really worked!  After I was done with the Notatum drops, we were doing our twice daily regimen of Probiotic and digestive enzymes. But every once in awhile, I would find a white foamy liquid on the floor but this was way better than before. Ask Ariel suggested to add Gastro ULC. I ordered it and made the diet change they suggested. That did the trick.  My Burrito is happy again and back to sleeping with us.  Thanks Ariel!”  Tanja  Grand Forks, ND


Does Your Cat Have Frequent Diarrhea, Vomiting or A Loss of Appetite?  These can be signs of IBD or IBS.

Seeing our cats so uncomfortable is very distressing.  We try many different treatments to help give them some relief.  Sometimes conventional veterinary care offers some short-term options that help our cats feel better initially, but then the problem returns.  Pet owners may feel very frustrated after trying a variety of "prescription diets", medications and treatments with limited success.  Thus, their kitty may be on prescribed steroids such as prednisone as a last resort to control the symptoms.

Common signs of IBD and IBS include:
  •       chronic diarrhea (may contain mucous and blood)
  •        weight loss
  •        vomiting (may contain hairballs)
  •        loss of appetite
  •        nausea (licking of lips)
  •        gurgling tummy noises in the intestines


What is Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a diagnosis used for a variety of intestinal disorders found in cats. These disorders are characterized by an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lining of the intestine. Your veterinarian may have diagnosed feline IBD after obtaining a biopsy, which shows an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells. Other causes of inflammation such as parasites, bacterial or viral infections, exposure to toxic substances and pancreatic causes of small bowel disorders would have been ruled out.


Cats may also be diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Irritable Bowel Syndrome in cats is often caused by food intolerances, possibly due to allergies, the ability to effectively pass food through the gastrointestinal tract, and stress.  Cats with IBD and/or Irritable Bowel Syndrome may develop intestinal lymphoma as a result of years of inflammation in the intestinal tract.  Cats may not show signs until they are older even though they may not have shown a great deal of GI distress in their younger years.



Holistic Treatments for Cats with IBD, IBS and Chronic Diarrhea:
  
Cat IBS natural remedies can offer long-term relief from symptoms, especially when used in conjunction with recommended treatments from your veterinarian. Using the appropriate hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory diet along with supplements specifically for IBD, such as the IBD Kit, can be life changing for the cat and the owner!

Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), chronic diarrhea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be treated using a few natural supplements along with diet changes, which can help your cat feel better. These quality products have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. The products are available through the Ask Ariel website in Orange County, CA but are recommended by veterinarians nationwide because they really work.

Power Probiotic -it is important to use a multi-strain, powerful Probiotic that has been used extensively with cats that have IBD. We recommend the Power Probiotic, which is easy to administer, very effective and well tolerated by cats and dogs. The product has been third-party tested and guaranteed to contain the amounts of friendly bacteria indicated on the label.  Pure and natural with no fillers, Power Probiotic is the best probiotic to use for pets with IBD and IBS.

Soothing Digestive Relief for Pets is a digestive enzyme that breaks down a cat's food, firms up the stool and helps increase absorption.  It is a gentle formula that has helped thousands of cat and kitten owners to stop the diarrhea, vomiting and discomfort associated with IBD and IBS. It contains herbs to ease indigestion and discomfort, and the product is safe enough for a cat to use it for life.

NotaSAN Drops - These gentle homeopathic drops are safe for even the smallest pet or kitten.  The drops reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract and act like a natural "antibiotic".   The drops are tasteless and do not contain alcohol, making them very easy to administer.  They seem to relieve pain and discomfort quickly.   There are many testimonials about the formula.

Gastro ULC -This product acts like a natural "pepto bismol".  It coats the stomach and relieves the burning and pain associated with acid reflux and acid stomach.  This product should be used in conjunction with the IBD Kit, as acid stomach begins with poor digestion.  Many cats with IBD and irritable bowel are vomiting, and this creates a great deal of irritation in the esophagus and stomach.  Over time, the Gastro ULC enables cats to stop needing medications such as Pepcid.
 

Finding The Right Diet Can Change Your Cat's Life

In addition to the supplements, some diet changes are needed.  Cats with IBD should not eat grains, which are often found in prescription diets.  Dry kibble is high in starchy carbs, which can cause indigestion.  Cats may also have food allergies or intolerances, which further the inflammation. 

Ask Ariel is committed to helping you change your cat's life.  We understand that you have tried many different foods and medications, but there is hope and there is help. We want to help by tailoring a program specific to your feline ibd symptoms and treatment needs.


Please just add a note on your order with AskAriel about your cat's current diet and current symptoms.  You will receive diet tips from the Ask Ariel Pet Nutritionist on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.  Susan Davis, the Pet Nutritionist at Ask Ariel, offered holistic consultations for over 10 years at VCA Hospitals and online and now uses her expertise to help all cat owners who use the Ask Ariel supplements. Most cats show improvement within a few weeks, although it is important to remember that this condition is characterized by an occasional bout of gastrointestinal distress.  Our goal is to help reduce the frequency and severity of these bouts, giving your cat a good quality of life.   Holistic care can make a difference, and we look forward to helping your cat finally feel better!

"Our cat Tipper had feline IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease and while we tried many different foods, supplements and medications, he still did not have a formed stool. About a month using the IBD Kit and diet suggested by Ask Ariel, Tipper started having normal bowel movements and has been normal ever since. My husband and I want to thank you and the staff at Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist very much for your advice and your products which have worked, what we consider to be a miracle in the life of our cat. I can imagine you are also very gratified when people like us let you know how your efforts to help us have resulted in a life for us and our cat." Fennema Family, Michigan 


Need help for your cat?  Please contact support@askariel.com and we will be glad to assist you. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Deepen the Bond With Your Pet


Spending quality time with your beloved pet can be hard to do when you have a busy schedule.  But the benefits are enormous.  It can improve a pet's behavior, be calming for both of you and most of all, strengthen the bond you have together.   The key is to add a meaningful activity to your daily routine.  This can be hard when one is juggling work, family and many responsibilities.  Adding just a few minutes a day to live life together can be good for both of you.  It can be anything--taking your dog along for a ride to the store, cuddling your cat while you talk on the phone, obedience or agility training, or even taking your pet to work with you.  These simple acts can deepen the bond you have with your pet and can bring peace especially during stressful times.  Give it a try!