Saturday, August 19, 2017

4 Tips To Reduce Hairballs

Some cats regularly vomit hairballs and this is usually due to a dietary or digestive issue. While it's true that long-haired cats have more of a hairball issue than short-haired kitties, your cat's diet and digestive health are often the biggest contributing factors. Here are four tips to help reduce a hairball problem:

1) Avoid feeding your cat dry food--Cats need a high moisture diet and dry food is high in carbohydrates which are harder to digest. Cats are not big water drinkers. A raw frozen or canned food diet can be helpful for cats with hairball issues.
2) Give your kitty plenty of Omega 3s in their diet.--Amazing Omegas provide therapeutic level Omega 3 fatty acids derived from sardines, anchovies and mackerel. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the quality of your cat's skin and coat reducing the shedding and opportunity for hairballs.
3) Mix a small amount of canned pumpkin into your cat's meals. If your kitty won't eat pumpkin, try mashed yams or sweet potatoes or even babyfood yams (no onion). Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are high in fiber which is important to keep the hair moving through the intestinal tract.
4) Brush your kitty a few times a week. This should improve your cat's skin and coat, reducing hairballs.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Soothing Digestive Relief For Pets With Tummy Rumbling And Diarrhea

 Say goodbye to tummy rumbling, indigestion, loose stool and diarrhea. Soothing Digestive Relief For Pets is a natural remedy that relieves tummy aches in dogs and cats. All-Natural, No Fillers, Safe Digestive Aid Can Be Used Every Day.  To Learn More--Please click on the link.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Natural Remedies For Dogs and Cats With Pancreatitis

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The Pancreatitis and Liver Support Kit  is an all- natural, holistic treatment that is excellent for cats and dogs who have had pancreatitis.  It includes three formulas: Power Probiotic, Lypozyme and Liver & Gallbladder Support Formula.  The three formulas are powerful, individual formulas and can be purchased separately but for best results, we recommend using the three formulas together.

Dogs and cats feel better quickly using these three clinically-proven herbal and enzyme formulas. These all-natural supplements are gentle but effective in supporting the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and intestinal tract. The enzymes and probiotics are at a therapeutic level making them highly effective in breaking down food, easing the burden on the pancreas and digestive tract. The Pancreatitis Kit is excellent for dogs and cats with the following conditions:
*Canine Cushings Disease
*Difficulty digesting fats (indigestion)
*Breeds prone to pancreatitis such as Schnauzers, Poodles and Cocker Spaniels
*Gallbladder problems
*Elevated Liver Enzymes
*Senior cats and dogs

The formulas are all capsules that can be opened and the powders inside can be sprinkled on food.

Please include your pet's diet and diagnoses on the order form at checkout.  We will include a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Best Probiotic For Cats With Loose or Runny Stool

"We love this stuff! There's finally been an improvement in our poops! Thanks for making great products."  The Rich Family, CA  
Photo courtesy of @peculiarpanther

The Best Probiotic For Pets! Pure, natural, safe---a product you can trust. 
Try Power Probiotic for Pets and you will know you have found the very best

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Human Treats Can Make Pets Sick- Just Say No!

Would you give a child a puff of a cigarette if he asked? What about giving a toddler alcohol because she grabbed your glass? Of course not! So why would you give your pet ice cream, cookies, coffee drinks, corn on the cob etc.? We all want to spoil our pets and it's very hard to resist those begging eyes. But human treats are not good for them even if in tiny amounts. For ex: most yorkies have sensitive digestion and some may only weigh 3 to 4 pounds. A teaspoon of ice cream could cause pancreatitis and worse. As much as we want to humanize our pets, their digestive tracts and immune systems are very different than ours. Sugar weakens their immune system making them more susceptible to allergies, skin problems, ear infections, UTIs, diabetes and cancer. You can still lavish love on your pets by having lots of healthy pet goodies available such as Stella and Chewys or Instinct Pet Food  freeze dried treats. It's hard but please think of your pet's health first.

Monday, August 7, 2017

How To Help A Cat With a Tummy Ache

Does your kitty have occasional bouts of vomiting, indigestion or diarrhea? Long term bowel inflammation can lead to IBD and intestinal lymphoma. What many cat owners don't realize is that there are some very common culprits in their kitty's food and treats. If your cat has a sensitive stomach, it's best to avoid poultry and fish as these are big allergens. Dry cat food is loaded with hard to digest carbohydrates and even grain-free dry kibble is problematic. What seems to work best is a combination of raw frozen, freeze dried and canned using a novel protein source. Also using a few tummy soothers such as Soothing Digestive Relief and Power Probiotic can really help too.  Finicky cats may resist change and can be very challenging but with patience, they will come around. Giving them unhealthy food they like may seem easier but it worsens inflammation and just perpetuates the problem. Take it slow with small changes and over time, your cat will feel so much better!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Dog Scratching Remedy That Realy Works!

Environmental allergies can make pets very itchy. Allergy symptoms are worse during the hot summer months. Pets can have increased itching, ear infections, hot spots, licking and chewing. AllerEaze is nature's own "Benadryl". All-natural AllerEaze contains quercetin which can reduce your pet's histamine response and take the "edge" off allergy symptoms.  Safe for both cats and dogs.   If your pet is itching and scratching, give your pet much needed relief with AllerEaze. To learn more, please click on the link

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Supplements Help Kitty With Feline Herpes

"Boris is my (now) 10 year-old domestic medium haired cat. He's a gentle and loving boy. He's had issues with allergies and feline herpes since he was 1 year old, which manifest in sneezing and runny eyes with discolored discharge.

A couple of years ago, I found AskAriel, and at the recommendation of Susan, Boris was switched to a novel canned food source, and I put him on ProAller drops in addition to his daily l-lysine and Notatum as needed for occasional flareups. The ProAller keeps his eye issues mostly under control on its own, and I can definitely tell when I've skipped a dose.

Thanks for helping my Bobo!"

Pamela  Zion, IL

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rescue Dog Rodney Comforts Many As A Pet Therapy Dog

Meet Rodney--Rodney is a pet therapy dog who provides joy and comfort to many.  He is a gentle, cuddly Old English Sheepdog who is approx. 8 to 9 years old.  Rodney's journey from a rescue dog to a pet therapy dog is an amazing tale.  Rodney was found wandering the streets of Taiwan (from a puppy mill), saved by rescuers and then shipped to California to find his forever home and purpose. He now dedicates his life to helping others as a therapy dog.

What is a therapy dog? A therapy dog is one that is trained to provide affection, comfort and emotional support to adults and children in a variety of settings which include: hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hospices, and disaster areas. They are not to be confused with service animals that are trained to perform a specific task for a person with a disability. You may see a therapy dog sitting with a child learning to read, brightening the day of the elderly, visiting patients at hospitals or offering comfort to those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a disaster or horrific experience.

Rodney underwent special training at the Betty White Foundation Actors and Friends of Animals and has been on staff at West Hills Hospital as a pet therapy dog for many years. Rodney enters the front doors of the hospital and hears his name called by doctors, nurses, and staff members. Rodney, a celebrity in his own right, travels throughout the hospital providing love and joy to all.

Here is just one example which illustrates the comfort a pet therapy dog can provide.  For several weeks, Rodney had visited the same room of a young man who had suffered a massive heart attack.  The young man had breathing and feeding tubes keeping him alive while his anguished grandmother sat with him, holding his hand.  Each week Rodney would come for a visit sitting with them hoping in some way that his presence might relieve some of their pain.  
When the final day came and the young man passed away peacefully, Rodney was there with his head in the grandmother’s lap as she gently stroked his head.  Having Rodney there made a very sad and difficult situation just a little bit easier.  Pet therapy dogs can make an amazing difference in the lives of those who are suffering.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Warning: Rat Poison is Deadly For Pets

With the summer weather, pets are spending more time outside. Beware! Many residences are using rat poison. Even if you don't use rat poison, rats can transport it into your yard. Moreover, when bringing pets to friends homes, take a moment to ask or survey the yard. Ingesting rat poison can happen so quickly without you being aware especially when you are distracted. 

When Legend was a young pup, I brought him with me to visit my Mom. The residence had a huge yard and he loved to run around. For about two minutes, I spoke with my Mom's doctor and Legend was out of my view. As we were leaving I noticed he was chewing and I saw a tiny speck of bright blue on his tooth. They said they did not use rat poison and there was none in their yard (I later found out that their neighbor did and there was a hole in the fence.) I took him to the emergency as a precaution and sure enough he had ingested a lethal dose. If caught early, it's treatable and cureable. If you notice any signs of vomiting, lethargy, drooling or blood in vomit or stool, please don't wait to call the vet, go to an emergency clinic.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Winners Of the Ask Ariel Summer Toy Sweepstakes


Thanks so much for posting such awesome pictures of your pets in our Ask Ariel Summer Sweepstakes.   Wow---this was serious competition!!! Congratulations to Marten the panther kitty  for coming in first with the most likes. Boba the Poodle was so close behind that we decided to award two cooler totes plus ice cream toys to both. Also, these lucky winners will receive a super fun ice cream toy:  Ralphie the Yorkie (Mom: Carmen), Angel (Mom: Kim), Wrangler (Mom: Gina), Katie (Mom: Karen).  You can see all of the adorable pet contestants  on

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Win A Pet Toy Summer Sweepstakes

Since July is National Ice Cream Month, we thought it would be fun to celebrate with some awesome ice cream squeaky toys! There are cones, bars and even ice cream sandwich toys! For kitties, we have fun sprinkle balls. Here is all you need to do to win! Be sure to follow our Facebook page and post a photo of your pet. We will randomly select 5 winners on Friday July 28. Tell your friends about your post because the pet photo with the most "likes" will also win a fun Tote cooler with 3 trial bags of Instinct Mixers and a pair of Instinct Sunglasses. So join the fun and post a photo of your pet now!  🎈💕

Have a question about your pet? Email us at

Monday, July 24, 2017

Want to Pick Up Less Dog Poop?

Want to reduce the amount of daily poop to clean up? Feed your pet a raw frozen diet. Pets digest the REAL food found in a raw diet and have much smaller poops. Brands such as Stella & Chewys, Primal and Instinct offer balanced nutrition containing real meat, vegetables and omega oils. This is more natural for a cat or dog to eat so there is less poop! Pets that eat kibble have much more stool as kibble is made with carbohydrates, much of which remains undigested.  This is especially true of reduced calorie pet diets that aim to temporarily reduce your pet's hunger by adding questionable ingredients such as peanut hulls.  Instead, feed your overweight pet a high protein diet to stabilize blood sugar and reduce hunger pangs.  Basically, feeding your dog high carb kibble diets is literally throwing your money and your pet's health down the drain.    Click here to learn more about the benefits of a raw frozen diet

Have a question about how to help your pet using natural holistic pet care?  Email us at We will be happy to help.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Enzymes For Small Dogs and Cats With Pancreatitis

Yorkies, Schnauzers, Miniature Schnauzers and other small breed dogs are prone to pancreatitis. Lypozyme for Pets  is a gentle, tasteless, easy to use enzyme formula that helps pets digest protein and fats. Essential for Feline Pancreatitis, Dogs with Pancreatitis, Feline Hepatic Lipidosis, Diabetic Pets, Cats and Dogs with Liver Disease. Just sprinkle Lypozyme on your cat or dog's food every time your pet eats. Can also be mixed with water in a syringe if that is easier. This is the best enzyme formula for treating and preventing pancreatitis in cats and dogs. The enzymes help your pet digest the fat and protein, taking the workload off of your pet's pancreas.
To learn more about Lypozyme for Pets, please click here

Friday, July 21, 2017

Five Reasons NOT To Feed Cheese To Your Pet

Cheese is a treat that many pet owners enjoy and assume it is ok to give their pets.  If your pet is having any scratching, itching, digestive problems such as loose stool, gas, vomiting, eye tearing, ear infections or has pancreatitis, diabetes, elevated liver enzymes, kidney disease, or is overweight (phew!--the list goes on and on), then it's best to avoid it.  Here is why:

1) Dairy is a big allergen that weakens immunity in many pets

Even cheese that is organic or made from goat's milk can be problematic for allergic pets.  Many treats and pet foods contain dairy and cheese so read the labels carefully.  If your pet displays any signs of itching, scratching, ear infections or digestive problems, AVOID CHEESE (and all dairy products!).
If your pet has allergies,  AllerEaze and Power Probiotic 
can provide fast relief of allergy symptoms.

2) Cheese is hard to digest and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in some pets

Many pets have unexplained vomiting and diarrhea and pet owners may conclude it is just "how the pet is".  Vomiting and diarrhea can be symptoms of a much deeper problem such as inflammatory bowel disease and these symptoms need to be monitored closely.  One of the biggest culprits for digestive problems are occasional treats containing food allergens such as cheese or wheat.

If your pet has loose stool, vomiting, diarrhea, your pet may have food allergies or acid stomach.  Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic can relieve acid stomach and digestive enzymes such as the Soothing Digestive Relief will firm up the stool.

3) Cheese is high in fat and can provoke a pancreatitis attack. 

Sometimes pets may be eating a low-fat diet for pancreatitis and yet the pet owner is using cheese to "hide" pills as a treat.  Instead of cheese, try using canned pet food or a lower fat alternative.

If your pet has pancreatitis, it is essential to use Lypozyme and/or the Pancreatitis Kit to aid digestion and the metabolism of fats and protein.

4) Cheese is highly caloric and can cause pets to gain weight. 

The majority of cats and dogs are overweight.  Keeping your pet at the ideal weight will extend their life and the time you can spend with them.  Excess weight can lead to health conditions such as diabetes, fatty liver, cancer and more.  Instead of cheese, use low fat treats such as fish-based treats, vegetables or a piece of lean meat.

5) Cheese contains lactose (milk sugar) which feeds yeast overgrowth and bacterial infections

If your pet has an odor, is licking at the groin area or is getting yeast infections in the ears, sugar is the worst food you can give them.  Besides being a potential allergen, the cheese and mold enable the yeast to grow faster and stronger.  It is not unusual for a pet to be given a piece of cheese or peanut butter and develop a yeast infection the very next day.  Feed a fresh raw frozen diet or low carbohydrate canned food for best results if your pet has yeast.   K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic have been extremely helpful in controlling yeast overgrowth. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Natural Pain Relief For Pets: Curcumin Improves Mobility in Dogs and Cats

Ask Ariel's Curcumin Complex For Pets helps relieve pain and improve flexibility and mobility in cats and dogs. It's powerful anti-inflammatory effects are backed by scientific research. Excellent value - Save 10 percent now! To learn more, please click the link 

Monday, July 17, 2017

What To Feed Your Cat

Cats are carnivores yet many pet owners continue to feed them foods which have very little nutritional value and often contribute to their health issues. All dry kibble is made with carbohydrates which break down into sugar, weakening a cat's immunity. Can you imagine,  for example, a lion preferring a box of cereal over raw meat? Most cat treats have sugars and carbs added in when what cats really crave is simple proteins made from real food.

Next time you visit the pet store, please take a look at your cat's food label. Look for meat, poultry and fish and avoid the carbohydrates. Raw frozen diets, freeze dried diets (if your kitty won't eat raw) and some premium canned are your best options.

Natural Remedies for Mast Cell Tumors Help Rescued Pit Bull

"We rescued Luna, a mini pitty, from the streets of Brooklyn in September 2013. She was approximately three years old and Luna actually ran into my arms. It was obvious she had been out on the street for a while. Our house sits on Brooklyn’s Highland Park on a dead-end and cruel people abandon their animals here all the time. Over the 10 years of living here, we have grown a network of caring animal rescue organizations and people who are always ready to respond when a critter is left on our stoop or tied to a tree in the park.

Luna was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor in July 2015, and surgery was done in early August 2015. I reached out to Ask Ariel for recommended supplements, and Luna was placed on several at the time, but is now down to just two- Immune Harmony and the Resveratrol for Dogs. Thank God, she has been healthy with no recurrence.

Luna now lives a happy life with her stepsisters Sadie, and Kat, as well as stepbrothers, Wayne, and Cisco. We even recently rescued 2 chickens from the parkway who live harmoniously with all the other critters and give us our daily eggs!

As our pack grew, my spouse was moved to get certified and become a professional dog trainer. He founded Brooklyn's Finest Dog Training in 2014. Because of our up close and personal experience he has chosen to specialize in rescued dogs, especially those with issues."

Laura L.- New York 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Elderly Chesapeake Retriever Mo Returns Home after Surviving 9 Months in the Idaho Wilderness

Darwin and Cindy Cameron were on a hunting trip in September when their dog Mo, a 13 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, managed to get loose and disappear. They searched for four weeks day and night to no avail.
Their posting on Facebook yielded some sightings, but Mo, being a bit skittish could never be caught.  As the fall turned to winter the Cameron’s hopes began to fade.  They never stopped thinking about Mo and trying to find her.

In the middle of June 2017, a rancher found a dog that collapsed on his ranch.  The dog was flea invested and skin and bones.  He dropped her off at the Chesapeake Rescue.  Luckily, Cheri Glankler with the Rescue remembered the story of Mo and contacted the Camerons to be reunited. After being lost for 288 days in the Idaho wilderness, Mo was finally home.

For the complete story:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Natural Remedy For Feline Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs)

Upper respiratory infections are a common occurrence in cats and kittens. Often there is an underlying viral component making them hard to resolve. Symptoms include nasal discharge, sneezing, congestion, fever, squinting or rubbing of the eyes and lack of appetite. Upper respiratory infections can recur and can become a chronic problem. They are most common in multicat households, shelters and in cats that have herpes virus or calcivirus. The Immune Support Kit contains three liquid, tasteless formulas that you can give your kitty to support long term immunity. These formulas fight viruses and bacteria. Please click here to learn more about the Asthma and Immune Support Kit:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Grain-Free Pet Food Doesn't Always Mean Healthy

Even "grain-free" foods contain many ingredients such as beet pulp, pea starch, salt, Yeast and "dried egg product". Many big name manufacturers such as Purina, Mars and Nestle are joining the grain-free market (certainly an improvement from the corn, rice and wheat-filled pet foods) but these are not on par with the nutrition provided by a raw frozen or freeze dried diet. Please don't be fooled! If you include your pet's diet and information on the order form, we will include a diet suggestion for your specific pet's needs on the packing slip that comes with your order. 

How Can A Holistic Vet Help My Pet?

Many pet owners have heard about holistic veterinary care but are not sure about how it could help their pet. Holistic treatments are not just the latest fad in caring for a pet. It is a science-based approach used in conjunction with conventional veterinary treatments. There is no doubt that feeding a pet REAL nutrition, giving them vitamins & antioxidants along with plenty of exercise can be life changing. Holistic care gives you more options to keep your pet happy and healthy by addressing your pet's health as a WHOLE looking at diet, lifestyle, nutritional supplements and using alternative modalities such as acupuncture and chiropractic. To find a holistic vet in your area, the @ahvma American Holistic Veterinary Association has a helpful vet directory.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Safety Tips For Hiking With Your Dog

One of the best summer activities is hiking in the great outdoors.  There are so many hiking options for you and your dog to enjoy and the long summer days offer the perfect opportunity.    It is important though, when considering the appropriate trail, to take into consideration your dog’s ability, health and conditioning.  Hikes at higher altitude can bother any dog and excessive heat combined with a steep hike can lead to heat stroke.  Even young dogs can develop heat stroke given the right set of circumstances.

Here are some more tips to help ensure you have a  fun and safe hike:
  • Be prepared- Pack a Doggie Bag: include a leash, poo bags, first aid kit, vet information, a picture (in case the pet gets lost and plenty of food and water (with a collapsible bowl). Always bring treats along for your dog even if it is just a one hour hike.  A dog's blood sugar can drop with excessive exercise and giving them a snack at the halfway point is recommended.
  • Check the ground material--hot asphalt can burn through paw pads quickly and booties may be necessary.  Also, steep rocks and plenty of foxtails can be a problem too. 
  • Keep your dog hydrated: A dog’s temperature rises faster than a person and adequate hydration is critical. You should consider avoiding the hottest part of the day and make sure you have plenty of fresh water with you.  Do NOT allow your dog to drink from streams or ponds as they may contain giardia and bacteria which can make your pet sick.
  • Keep your dog in sight: there are many potential dangers in the outdoors and the best way to protect your pet is by knowing your environment and to keep a watchful eye.  Do not let them chew plants (especially wild mushrooms) and watch for other wildlife such as rattlesnakes that could attack/bite your pet. If an attack occurs or you believe your dog ingested something poisonous, seek immediate medical attention.  Time is of the essence when it comes to a rattlesnake bite.
  • Watch out for other dogs:  just because your dog is friendly doesn't mean everyone else's dog is.  You may be walking in an area where locals frequent regularly with their dog's offleash.  As tempting as it is to let you dog run wild, it is highly recommended to keep your dog on an extended leash instead.
  • Check your dog during the hike: look for wounds, paw cuts/cracks, and ticks on your dog during your hike.  If a tick is found, remove it immediately to avoid exposure to Lyme disease.  Lyme disease is a tick borne infectious disease causing tiredness, fever, joint pain and loss of appetite and can be contracted within hours.  
  • Keep your dog cool after the hike: even young dogs can develop heat exhaustion quickly.  Too much hiking in one day with high altitude can cause them to become extremely fatigued.  Contact an emergency vet if you notice your dog has suddenly become lethargic, drooling, red gums, excessive panting.  Hyperthermia is common and can become an emergency.

Friday, June 30, 2017

How To Include Antioxidants In Your Pet's Diet

Most most pet owners have heard that antioxidants are important for their pets but don't really understand why. Antioxidants are not another gimic. Pets frequently need extra antioxidants beyond what is in their food. Including antioxidants in their regimen will extend the quality of their lives as well as their longevity. Antioxidants are essential nutrients that slow the destructive aging process on the cellular level. Antioxidants inhibit the oxidation process which creates "free radicals".

How To Give Your Pet Antioxidants

Include "live" fresh food to your pet's diet. This is why we recommend green vegetables, squash, berries and raw frozen diets. Avoid dry food as it lacks enzymes, viable antioxidants and is very high in overprocessed starchy carbs. Since antioxidants and vitamins are lost in cooking, raw freeze dried food is a better choice than dry food, when fresh food isn't possible.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Golden Retriever With Canine Lymphoma Outlives Prognosis

"Riley, my wonderful golden retriever and best friend was diagnosed with lymphoma at 6 years old..  He was given 6 months or less to live.  Our oncologist gave me Susan's card and I called her immediately.  She helped me change his diet and suggested supplements that would help.  We did all this and amazingly he lived 18 more months.  He tolerated the chemo extremely well and for a time even went into remission.  The cancer center was so amazed by his progress they named him their "wonder dog" !

Thank you Susan for giving me those 18 months.  They were filled with Riley feeling good, energetic and playful.   We took long walks and runs by the beach and lots of fun play time and of course lots of love.  Riley and I never would have had this time if it were not for Susan's holistic care which used with the cancer treatment gave Harley good quality time."  Cheri, San Diego

Some Of The Products Riley Used: Resveratrol For Dogs, Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief, Amazing Omegas, Renelix

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Teaches Fire Safety

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog
Meet Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog who with, Dayna Hilton, a certified Fire and Life Safety Educator II and Firefighter II, travels all around the country teaching fire safety to children and their caretakers.  They are part of the Johnson County RFD 1 in Clarksville, Arkansas and they would like you to remember the following safety tips (especially during the busy summer fire season).  

1. Firefighters are your friends and help you stay safe. They have been trained to put out fires and rescue people.
2. Children should stay away from things that are hot which can burn them. Some examples: matches,  lighters, hot stoves, and BBQs to name a few, but there are many other things too.
3. Smoke alarms are there to keep you safe. Be sure yours are properly working.  Make sure children know the sound and that it means to GET OUT!
4. Have an escape map...know two ways to get out of your home or building and have a place outside to meet up.  Make sure it is a safe distance away from your residence.
5. In case of fire, crawl out on your hands and knees, below the smoke, where the air is cleaner and cooler.

You can learn more about Sparkles and fire safety by visiting their website, which has fun videos and activities for children:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Urgent: Volunteers Needed - LA Animal Services

The Los Angeles Animal Shelters need your help!  YOU can make that life-saving difference by fostering for four days or more or adopting in advance of July 4thUnfortunately many pet owners leave their pets outside on July4th and the loud sounds of the fireworks terrify the animals who run in fear.  Many can't find their way home and end up at the municipal shelters.  Over the last three years, the Los Angeles shelters took in over 1,000 animals each year between July 2 and July 6. These pets are counting on us to help reunite them with their families, but often this takes time and that is where your help is needed.  Thus, municipal shelters sadly become a death zone as many animals become euthanized since there is nowhere to put them!  More animals are euthanized during the July 4th holiday period than any other time of the year.  What's worse, is summer overall is the worst time at the shelters as people often go on vacation and decide to relinquish their pet to avoid having to pay for boarding......again, causing the shelters to have a huge influx of animals.

The LA shelter has wonderful dogs and cats of all ages, breeds and sizes waiting to be your temporary companion or best friend forever.   When you offer to temporarily foster, you are saving two lives, the pet you are caring for and the pet who was given a space at the shelter.

To volunteer to foster, print your application at or go to the Los Angeles Animal Shelter nearest you and ask for a Foster Volunteer application.  Take your completed form to the shelter nearest you.  You can also view some of the wonderful dogs and cats that are available for the Foster Program on the LA Animal Services Facebook page:   For more information, please call:  (888) 452-7381.  If you don't live in Los Angeles and would like to help homeless pets in your area, please look up the nearest location of an animal shelter near you.  An animal's life is depending upon you!

Locations of LA Animal Services Shelters: 

South LA, Chesterfield Square Shelter

1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, 90047
West LA Shelter
11361 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90064
West Valley Shelter
20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, 91311
East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, 91405
Harbor Shelter
957 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, 90731
North Central Shelter
3201 Lacy St., Los Angeles, 90031

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Healthy Cats Benefit From Vertical Space

Vertical space gives kitties areas for safety, comfort and fun. Providing your cat with vertical options is essential, especially in a multicat household. Cat trees and furniture address the instinctual needs of cats to climb and seek different heights. It can help relieve any stress your cat can develop from sharing her territory with other pets and people in the home.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Hot Asphalt Warning: Don't Let Your Dog's Paws Get Burned

Summer is heating up and in many parts of the country temperatures are reaching triple digits. With the increased temperatures, your pet faces additional dangers. We often hear about the danger of leaving a pet in a hot car, but many pet owners do not realize the danger of their pet's paws being severely burned from simply walking on hot asphalt. Many dogs love their daily walks and are eager to go, regardless of the conditions, but if you notice them being antsy of refusing to walk, it might be the asphalt is too hot.  A good test is to place your barefoot (or hand) on the asphalt and if you cannot keep it there for 5 seconds it is too hot for your dog. It is also important to remember that it takes hours for the asphalt to cool down, so even if the air temperature has dropped, still check to see if it might be too hot.  Try to walk your dog in the early morning hours, in the shade and on grass (which is cooler). You also might want to consider buying protective booties for their paws.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Diet For Dogs and Cats With Bladder Infections

Is your pet getting frequent UTIs? Symptoms of a urinary tract or bladder infection include: frequent urination, urinating outside the litter box, blood in the urine, excessive water intake, licking at the genitals and accidents in the house.  UTIs are painful and can often be prevented with a change of diet and a few supplements. Pets with recurring UTIs need a high moisture, low carbohydrate diet using a novel protein. Raw frozen diets are very helpful. Dry kibble is high in carbohydrates and food allergens such as poultry can weaken immunity--making your pet more susceptible to getting another infection. To learn more about how to prevent recurring UTIs, please click on this link  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Natural Treatments For Feline Intestinal Lymphoma

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One of the most common forms of cancer in cats is feline lymphoma.   Feline lymphoma is a cancer that originates in the lymphocyte cells and most often affects older cats, but can affect cats of any age.  Feline lymphoma has many different forms and can show up in any part of the body, but the most common form is intestinal (alimentary) lymphoma.  Cats that have had exposure to either feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are at higher risk in developing feline lymphoma. Also, recent studies show a link between regular exposure to tobacco smoke and an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal lymphoma.

Cancer in cats may be hard to detect because cats tend to hide disease well. Young cats may show signs of difficulty breathing as the mass in a young cat is frequently in the chest cavity.  Older cats develop the tumor in their intestines quite commonly.  Symptoms of intestinal lymphoma  can resemble IBD as symptoms include weight loss, malnutrition, diarrhea and vomiting.  If a diagnosis of intestinal lymphoma is determined, treatment often includes a combination of the following: surgery, chemotherapy, steroids, nutritional and supplemental support. 

Cats with intestinal lymphoma can benefit from the digestive support provided in the IBD kit which can improve digestion, absorption and relieve discomfort.  In addtion,  Gastro ULC can also be helpful in soothing an inflamed GI tract and reducing acid.  Oxicell provides important cancer-fighting antioxidants as does Curcumin For Pets.

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