Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dog Gulping: Acid Reflux?

Some quotes from pet owners who have contacted us:

"Recently my toy poodle began licking his lips and swallowing at the same time. Why is he doing this? It’s constant, 24/7."

"My 3 year old German Shepherd keeps me up at night smacking her lips and drooling." 

"My 11 year old Akita, has been "gulping" at night for about a year -- very loud swallowing, sometimes with even a sucking type noise and lots of lip licking."

Do any of these quotes sound familiar?  Frequent licking of the lips, excessive drooling,  gulping, repetitive swallowing and grass eating are common symptoms associated with a  dog being nauseous and uncomfortable. Digestive issues rank as one of the most common reason for a visit to the veterinarian. During your visit, the vet will try to determine if your pet had exposure to a toxic substance first and then perform other diagnostic testing.    While it might be as simple as your dog ate something that upset their stomach, these symptoms can also be a sign of something more serious so it's important to have it checked out.  The symptoms could become chronic in which case, your pet may be diagnosed with IBD,  acid reflux or other digestive health issue.

How To Help Your Pet Who is Gulping And Licking the Lips:

Diet changes along with these three essential supplements can make a world of difference.

  • K9 Digestive Enzymes- This powerful digestive enzyme is more complex than typical pet enzymes and helps pets digest protein and fats especially.  When food is poorly digested, it creates gas and pain and this product seems to really make a difference.
  • Gastro ULC For Acid Stomach in Pets- Natural stomach acid reducer-- relieves acid pain and repairs inflamed tissues.  Use  with the K9 Digestive Enzymes and Power Probiotic.
  • Power Probiotic for Pets- Helps replenish a healthy intestinal probiotic ecosystem.  The most basic supplement for any pet with digestive discomfort. 
Give Your Pet Lasting Relief From Digestive Problems

Does your pet have a tummy ache?  Always take your pet for a veterinary examination first.  But, if problems persist, consider a holistic approach to help your pet feel better.  Digestive enzymes and probiotics are a gentle approach that can be used along with the conventional treatment your veterinarian recommends

Need help knowing which supplements to use? Email for help.  AskAriel cannot provide veterinary advice or make diagnoses, but if you include your pet's current diet on the order form at checkout, Ask Ariel pet nutritionist Susan Davis will include free diet tips and a suggestion on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.  There is hope.  There is help!  Just Ask Ariel.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tips To Minimize Your Pet's Stress When You Travel

Taking one last trip for the summer?  It's so hard to leave our pets behind when we travel.  Here are a few tips to relieve stress on your pet:

  •  Consider a pet sitter instead of taking your pet to a boarding facility.  Ask your vet, neighbors and friends about who they use when they travel. Keeping your pet in a comfortable environment is key.  For ex: offers pet sitters in many locations that you can research and meet beforehand. 
  • If you do have to take your pet to a facility, ask about doggie day care.  Even if your pet has never been to doggie day care, many pets enjoy the companionship and activity that doggie day care can provide.  Avoid if possible, leaving your pet in a cage with minimal contact.  See about extended walks if your dog isn't social.
  •  Bring your pet's regular food to the boarding facility (divided into normal meals). Pets have sensitive stomachs so keeping their diet consistent and providing supportive supplements such as: Power Probiotic for Pets, Soothing Digestive Relief for Pets, or K-9 Digestive Enzymes can help minimize the occurrence of problems during their stay.
  •  Make sure to leave any necessary items that will help keep your pet be calm and happy while you are gone.  (Perhaps a special toy or blanket)  
  • If you give your pets supplements, put them in separate meal baggies to make it easy for the caregiver to administer.  For ex: breakfast packets, dinner packets etc
  •  Make sure to leave all emergency numbers including:  your contact phone number, a local emergency contact, and your veterinarian.
  • Make some special treats for your pet using food they already consume (don't try new foods while you are away!).  For ex:  stuff a kong ball with canned food and freeze or bake treats from regular canned food.