Thursday, December 14, 2017

Best Hemp CBD Oil For Pets

 CW Paws Hemp Oil
USA Grown Organic

Ask Ariel carefully researches and tests the products we recommend.  After trying over 10 different CBD formulas, working with 4 holistic vets, Ask Ariel is proud to introduce the CW Paws formula. The CBD market is like the Wild Wild West---there are hundreds of formulas and most of the products are inconsistent, not rigorously tested and use imported ingredients.   Most pet owners who have been very conscientious about not giving their pets food from China, for example, might not realize that much of the CBD from Hemp on the market today is imported.  


1 Fl oz. (30 ml)
MCT Fractionated Coconut Oil and 750 mg hemp CO2 Extract per bottle
Approx. 25 mg CBD per 1 ml

Mix into your pet's food or add drops directly to mouth.
What is CBD From Hemp?
Both marijuana and hemp are classified as cannabis and contain CBD. However, the CBD derived from the two plants are very different.  CBD derived from marijuana contains a high amount of THC which is a psychoactive and produces a euphoria feeling. Hemp CBD has only trace amounts of THC and has the benefits without the unpleasant side effects and psychoactive response. Pet owners have used CBD for a wide range of medical and behavioral issues with their pets.

Dogs may benefit from CW Paws Hemp Oil for:
·         Cancer
·         Epileptic Seizures
·         Pacing, anxiety or inability to relax
·         Pain from arthritis
·         Muscle spasms
·         Recovery from surgery or illness

Cats may benefit from CW Paws Hemp Oil for:
·         Poor appetite
·         Anxiety
·         Stress
·         Aggressiveness
·         Constant hiding
·         Pain management

Why CW Paws Hemp Oil from Charlotte's Web?
When it comes to CBD, you get what you pay for in terms of purity, quality and efficacy. Charlotte's Web controls the manufacturing process every step of the way.  The hemp is grown in Colorado using organic farming methods and the entire plant is extracted giving your pet the full spectrum of cannabinoids.  In fact, Charlotte's Web FDA registered manufacturing facility was awarded the Mérieux NutriSciences Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) CertificationEvery bottle of Charlotte's Web contains a batch number with a certificate of analysis.  Being GMP certified ensures that the product is third party tested for potency and purity and guarantees that the product provides what it says on the label.  Unfortunately, most CBD is over refined with chemicals and may contain more THC than indicated which can cause problems for your pet.  

The Charlotte’s Web Story
CW Hemp is a family owned Colorado Company and the exclusive provider of Charlotte's Web, the World's Most Trusted Hemp Extract. Founded by the Stanley Brothers of Colorado, CW Hemp leads the industry in quality, safety, consistency and social responsibility to support thousands of lives daily through the use of Charlotte's Web.*  Charlotte's Web is named after a very special child with Dravet  syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy and her amazing mother Paige who never gave up on her daughter.  If you are not familiar with this miraculous story of the healing power of hemp, it is a must read.

CW Paws is An Excellent Value 
We are recommending the CW Paws for pets over 10 pounds.  Pets under 10 pounds can use the product but it is very concentrated and harder to dose.  In addition to its consistency and rigorous testing for efficacy, CW Paws delivers much more CBD per mL than any other pet formula.  Compare most pet formulas and you will see that the total CBD in the entire bottle is usually between 100 and 200 mg (and who knows how much THC and chemicals!). This this can mean a difference of about 2-3 mg per mL in most pet products vs. CW Paws with 12.5 mg. There are 20 drops per mL.

Monday, December 11, 2017

What Does It Mean When Your Dog Yawns?

What does it mean when your dog repeatedly yawns? Are they just tired? Perhaps, but there are many possible reasons for repeated yawning and it can signal different things.  Yawning was thought to be a way to replenish oxygen to the brain, but more recent studies have found it to be a means of communicating. 

Dog yawning could mean:

Stress or Anxiousness
Often you will notice that your pup yawns when they are in a stressful situation, such as: a visit to the veterinarian’s office, traveling, getting groomed, or visiting an unknown place. The act of yawning is used as a calming signal for themselves, but also to let you know they are not comfortable in the situation. Conversely, being too excited in a positive situation or place can also trigger yawning. The over excitement is also a stressor to their system and the yawning is a way to calm themselves down.

If you find your pet yawns often and it is stress induced using Psy-Stabil can help. It is a gentle calming formula for both dogs (and cats). It works over time to help your stressed pet “cope” better with triggers that cause anxiety.

The yawning may also be communicating indifference to a situation.  It has been observed in both domestic and wild canines that they will yawn to diffuse a situation. If your pooch is an alpha dog, yawning is a signal to calm other dogs or in the case of a submissive dog, it may to show they do not want to engage.

We all do it…one person it the group yawns then the entire group follows. Dogs also respond to other dogs yawning, but most interesting is that they will also respond to human yawning, especially if it is someone well known to them.

Can Cats See In The Dark?

Have you ever wondered what your cat sees at night? Can they really can see in the dark?

It is certain that cats see things very differently then you and I, but contrary to widespread belief, those glowing eyes cannot see in total darkness.  They can, however, see quite well in dim light. It is believed that eyesight has developed for survival purposes in both cats and humans. In nature, cats were nocturnal hunters and as such their eyesight developed to see in the night, so they can catch their prey. Human survival required us to see detail and colors as we were more fruit-eating diurnal animals and needed to discern what produce was right for eating.

Here is a comparison on what a cat sees vs. a human in dim light:

However, seeing better in the dark is not the only special ability of cat's eyes; cats also use their eyes to give "kisses". If you have found your cat staring at you and then they slowly blink consider yourself special... your cat just gave you a kiss.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nest Veterinary Neurology in San Clemente


Just wanted to spread the word to Southern California pet owners about Dr. Michelle Murray, a board certified neurologist who just opened her practice in San Clemente NEST Veterinary Neurology Legend and I went to see her regarding his seizures and she was compassionate, knowledgeable and spent a lot of time with us. For any pet owner who has ever gone to a specialty veterinary clinic, the contrast in care was dramatic. This is a low stress place to take your pet for the following: medical neurology, neurosurgery, advanced imaging (digital radiography and MRI on site), and rehabilitation. We highly recommend Dr. Murray and the wonderful staff and services.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Natural Treatments For Feline Megacolon and Constipation

Megacolon is a condition that can affect cats at any age, but most often affects older male cats. The condition is characterized by distended colon walls as a result of excess waste accumulation in the bowel, enlarging the colon.  Motility in the colon is very poor making it very difficult for the cat to have a bowel movement.  The stool can become dry, hard and impacted, often requiring medical intervention to remove the blockage.  The main goal in treating megacolon is to try to manage the condition to prevent another blockage. 

Natural Treatments For MegaColon
Oral laxatives and stool softeners are often prescribed by veterinarians to keep stool moving.  Pet owners can use some holistic treatments as well to try to help.  A change in diet and a few supplements can help cats with megacolon.   Cats can be intolerant of many common foods such as poultry or grains so feeding a hypoallergenic, moisture rich diet is essential.  When cats eat foods they are intolerant of or allergic to, this can cause inflammation making the constipation symptoms worse.  Adding a few natural fiber sources such as canned pumpkin, vegetables (if your kitty will eat them) and ground flaxseed is important.   Amazing Omegas can also help to reduce inflammation and has a
"side effect" of causing loose stool.   Power Probiotic for Pets  gives the colon support with friendly bacteria that  support normal bowel movements.  The Liver/Gallbladder Support Formula

can stimulate bile flow and help cleanse the liver which may help with this condition.

If your cat has megacolon, please include your cat's diet on the order form at checkout.  Diet is a huge issue when it comes to digestive problems.  Even though a cat may have eaten the same diet all his life, the inflammation could have been building for years.   Based on the information you provide about your cat on the order form at checkout, we can include a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.

New Website Launched

We received your feedback and are so excited to launch our new and improved holistic pet supplements website!  The new website is mobile responsive, easier to navigate and more convenient for checkout while using your phone. has been helping pet owners find the best supplements for their cats and dogs since 2005.  Our natural remedies for pets have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005.  Our herbal pet remedies are third-party tested for purity and use ingredients made in the USA. 

If you have questions or need help for your pet, please email us at   Please know we cannot provide veterinary advice but our library of articles contains detailed information on how you can help your pet with nutrition and natural supplements to feel much better!  Our company is based in Southern California and we ship promptly nationwide.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Looking For A Special Gift For An Animal Lover?

Holiday Probiotic Gift Bag 

Need a unique gift for a precious pet or animal lover?

Give the gift of good health with these 
hand-wrapped Probiotic gift bags

They make great stocking stuffers and are a perfect holiday gift for pet lovers!

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Holiday Dog Gift with Red Bow

Includes Power Probiotics for Pets and Dog Toy

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Holiday Cat Gift with Blue Bow
Includes Power Probiotics for Pets and Cat Toy

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Holiday Cat Gift with Red Bow
Includes Power Probiotics for Pets and Cat Toy

Special Price: $34.75

***Limited Quantity*** 
Available While Supplies Last

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pet Psychic Bonnie Taplin Suggests Gratitude When Our Pets Are Sick

The holidays are wonderful in many ways but can also be a time when we experience stress, grief, disappointment and longing for a lost loved one. I would like to credit Bonnie Taplin, Pet Psychic of for this special tip. Our beautiful Legend has been going through some very difficult times with his seizures in spite of all of our efforts. It has been painful and disappointing that our beloved dog isn’t able to enjoy life the way he used to and that we haven’t been able to help him as much as we would like. The seizures are unpredictable, stressful and anxiety provoking because we never one when one could happen. Bonnie talked to us about being grateful for all the special moments that we do have and using our thanks to guide us and give us strength. Bonnie pointed out that there is clinical research that GRATITUDE can actually improve brain function (it stimulates dopamine which can elicit a pleasurable happy feeling). It works! Many of you have sick pets or family members. Please remember to be thankful for every precious moment. Sending our love and gratitude to all  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bone Treats Are Not Safe For Dogs

The FDA issued a warning against giving your dog bone treats citing numerous reports of health issues such as diarrhea, choking, vomiting, intestinal blockage and even death. Most bone treats for dogs are highly processed with chemicals and flavorings and even though our pets want them, please try to consider other safer alternatives. A better alternative is raw frozen bones. Many raw food manufacturers offer frozen bones but even these should still be supervised. While very nutritious, raw frozen bones can be problematic for some sensitive dogs because they are very fatty and can cause pancreatitis. The safest option is to take a plain sterilized bone or Kong ball and fill it with canned food or treats. You can freeze to make it more of a challenge.

Ultra-Flex for Pets Allergic to Glucosamine

Most joint support supplements contain glucosamine.  A Glucosamine supplement is often given to middle age dogs and cats to help relieve the pain and soreness within their joints. It is especially helpful for pets with deteriorating joints, dysplasia (hip or elbow) and arthritis. Glucosamine acts as a shock absorber in the joint and helps produce new cartilage and connective tissue in the joints..

Does your pet suffer from a Glucosamine allergy? While many pets can tolerate glucosamine without a problem, there is a fair amount that might experience symptoms such as Itchy skin, hot spots, diarrhea, vomiting and other digestive system problems (gas, rumbling stomach, acid stomach, etc.). The most likely culprit is a food allergy to shellfish since glucosamine is derived from shellfish. 

What can you give a pet with a glucosamine allergy for joint support? Ultra-Flex Collagen For Pets is an alternative to glucosamine and is derived from eggshells (note: It can also be used in conjunction with glucosamine).  Ultra-Flex is an easy to administer, gentle formula that is clinically tested to reduce joint stiffness and pain in cats and dogs. It also supports the rebuilding of cartilage and joint connective tissue. For best results, use Ultra-Flex with Amazing Omegas For Pets. Amazing Omegas is a research-backed, powerful source of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids) which can helpful reduce joint inflammation, which can also be causing pain for your pet. Together they can offer relief for your dog or cat and improve their quality of life. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Want to live longer? Get a Dog!

Ownership is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death, finds a new Swedish study in the journal Scientific Reports.

For people living alone, owning a dog can decrease their risk of death by 33% and their risk of cardiovascular related death by 36%, when compared to single individuals without a pet, according to the study. Chances of a heart attack were also found to be 11% lower.

Multi-person household owners also saw benefits, though to a lesser extent. Risk of death among these dog owners fell by 11% and their chances of cardiovascular death were 15% lower. But their risk of a heart attack was not reduced by owning a dog.

There is no better time to save a homeless dog from a shelter or rescue.  Dogs can change your life and bring so much magic into your home.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giving Thanks To All Of You

With sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of you for following our posts, reading our newsletters and being such awesome clients. It is truly an honor to help you with your pets! You are all such kind and loving animal lovers and we are so thankful for your support. Wishing you and your pets a very Happy Thanksgiving!

❤️Legend and The Ask Ariel Team

Sunday, November 19, 2017

What Can Cause Blood in Your Cat or Dog's Urine?

Seeing blood in your pet’s urine is scary and warrants immediate action.  If you see blood in your cat’s or dog’s urine (also known as hematuria) call your veterinarian immediately to determine the cause. It can occur at any age or breed and the most common causes are Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Stones, Urethral plug in cats, interstitial cystitis and cancer.  Many bladder issues are a result of inflammation and while conventional medications can help get rid of the infection, adding natural treatments can help support your pet’s overall urinary health and reduce inflammation  Since many urinary tract infections commonly repeat, using a holistic approach (diet changes along with supplements) is essential to use along with the veterinary protocol recommended by your veterinarian.    The most beneficial supplements for pets with blood in their urine are:
  • Power Probiotic for Pets-  A powerful multi-strain formula that repopulates your pet's digestive tract with healthy "friendly" bacteria which boost the immune system.
  • Pet UTI-  Ingredients scientifically proven to help prevent recurring infections and help prevent bacteria from clinging to the urinary tract.  Helps maintain proper pH of the urine.
  • NotaSANs drops or capsules- Natural anti-infection formula that is very effective at helping to prevent infections from recurring and reduce inflammation in the urinary tract 
  • Renelix (If pet has stones or crystals)-Flushes out toxins accumulated in the kidneys and bladder.   Excellent product for cats and dogs with bladder cancer, chronic renal failure, urinary crystals and urinary incontinence.  
These veterinary-recommended supplements have successfully been used in veterinary hospitals since 2005.  On the order form at checkout, please include your dog or cat's diet and urinary tract issues.  We will include a free diet suggestion for your pet on the packing slip that comes with your product directions.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Natural Alternatives To Prescription Diets For Cats and Dogs

At some point in your pet’s life, your pet will develop a health condition and your vet will recommend a prescription diet. Prescription diets are scientifically formulated to provide the right balance of protein, fats, carbohydrates and nutrients to address that particular health condition. For example, if your pet has pancreatitis, the prescription diet will contain reduced fat to take the burden off the pancreas and ease digestion. While the overall strategy of the diets are effective in obtaining the desired goal (e.g. reduced pancreatic inflammation) the problem is......the ingredients.

What frequently happens is that while the goal of the treatment is successful, the pet then develops OTHER health issues related to the food.  For example, it's common for pets eating prescription diets to develop allergy symptoms and skin infections when they didn’t have them previously. Why? Because unfortunately the prescription diets are loaded with carbohydrates, grains and synthetic chemicals. Ingredients such as brewer’s rice, modified rice starch, egg product—what are these??? There isn’t one prescription diet that outshines another as they all contain similar fillers. What’s a pet owner to do? If your pet needs a special diet, you do have options for a natural food.

For over ten years, we at Ask Ariel offered holistic pet consultations at VCA hospitals and via telephone. With our extensive knowledge about pet nutrition we have formulated many diet plans using commercial brands that mirror the requirements of the prescription diets without using grains, chemicals or allergens. We welcome you to please visit our site and if you include your pet’s diet on the order form at checkout with all of your pet’s current health issues, we can include a diet suggestion for your pet on the packing slip that comes with your product order.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to Take the Perfect Holiday Photo of Your Pet

It’s an exciting time of year to go to the mailbox.  Instead of the usually bills and junk mail, there soon will be some lovely holiday cards. Everyone loves to hear from family and friends and it is especially exciting when a picture is included with the card. Since pets are family, it's nice to include our four-legged family members in our holiday cards.  Here are a few tips to getting a great photo of your best pal:
  • Help your pet relax- Before the photo session begins give your pet lots of attention, let them play with a favorite toy or give them a treat. Making sure your pet is relaxed and in a good mood is your first step in getting a great picture.
  • Get their attention- Obviously, for the best shot your pet needs to look at the camera. Try to get their attention by making an interesting sound (a squeaky toy often works well) but resist calling your pet's name or they may come running to you.
  • Keep the props simple- A red bow around their neck, peeking through a wreath, sitting by a Christmas tree or playing in the snow all make great shots.
  • Don’t use a flash- Flash photography and pets are a challenge, often the pet winds up with glaring eyes. Your cat or dog could also become startled and anxious from the flash. Use the manual settings on your camera to adjust lighting or choose to take the photos outside in the natural daylight.
  • Take a selfie with your pet- Joining your pet in the photo will help them relax and create a fun, candid photo. For best results, hold the camera about a foot over your head and aim down, making sure to fill the frame with both you and your pet’s faces.
  • Create the perfect holiday card- After you have “the” shot, make it the best photograph possible by using one the many photo editing applications to fix any imperfection. 
  • As an alternative to taking the photo yourself, many rescues and charities offer Photos With Santa at a reasonable cost.  This gives you a great photo and helps save the life of a needy pet.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

5 Tips To Ease Your Pet's Holiday Stress

The holiday season is here and with it comes a whirlwind of activities. Your plans may include hosting parties and family gatherings or traveling across the miles to see family and friends. As you enjoy the season’s activities,  it is easy to let routines slip. Unbeknownst to you, this change of routine might be causing your pet to experience stress and anxiety. Pets are creatures of habit and notice far more than you think!  This is often why pet owners end up spending some holiday time at the emergency veterinary hospital.  You might notice that your pet displays nervous hyperactivity, excessive chewing, irritability, accidents in the house or  physical symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.   By anticipating the stress that can come with the holidays, you can plan ahead, keep your pet's routine as normal as possible and hopefully avoid any mishaps.  

You can help ease your pet’s stress during the holidays with these 5 simple tips:

Stick to your routine - Try to maintain your pet's normal routine as much as possible.  Our pets are creatures of habit and they may become anxious if there is a sudden change in their feeding schedule, exercise routine, bedtime or place to sleep (ex:  when Aunt Bessie takes over the guest room where you dog likes to sleep).

Make sure to maintain your regular exercise schedule - Exercise can help release energy and reduce anxiety. It will also release endorphins to help with restlessness and irritability.  Using Psystabil can help too. It is a natural calming formula that can help your pet “cope” better with triggers that cause anxiety.

Give your pet plenty of attention - We all get busy during the holiday season, but remembering to give your pet extra attention can go a long way to helping your pet feel calm and safe.

Provide a safe space - Regardless if you are traveling or having guests in your home, it important for your pet to have a safe place. Try to plan and determine the best location especially if your pet is used to relaxing in an area where guests will now be residing. 

Plan Ahead With Treats And Don't Change Their Diet - While it is tempting to give your pet a “treat” during the holidays, it can also cause a lot of unwanted problems and result in an emergency veterinary visit.  Be careful about where desserts and goodies are stored.  Keep trash tightly closed.  It's so easy for pets to get into things when you are busy entertaining guests.   Plan ahead with treats so that you have ample supply of your pet's regular treats on hand.  Keep Soothing Digestive Relief and Power Probiotic  on handThese formulas provide immediate relief for discomfort and help with diarrhea, indigestion, tummy rumbling and soft stool.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How To Give Supplements To Your Cat

Ask Ariel supplements are made with the highest quality ingredients.  They don't contain artificial flavorings, sugars or fillers.  This ensures that your pet will get the best results and won't have any harmful reactions to the chemicals and fillers used to make a lot of pet supplements.  But, one common question is  if this isn't a flavored paste or tablet, "how can I get my cat to take your supplements?"  Many cats are finicky (some small dogs too) and won't eat anything different that is on their food.  So here is how in 3 easy steps:

Step 1:  Determine how much of each supplement you need to use and combine supplements together.  Open the capsules and pour out the desired amount into a bowl.

Step 2:  Take the back end off your syringe and fill about half way with water, broth or "soupy liquid pet food".  Squirt this into the bowl with the powder.  Mix until the powder is dissolved in the liquid.

Step 3:  Syringe the mixture back up and into your cat's mouth.

Please note these simple instructions apply strictly to Ask Ariel supplements for cats.  Many medications and other vitamins may not be able to be combined.  Please always check with your veterinarian about the correct way to administer medications.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

SAMe Is Essential When Giving Dogs NSAIDs For Pain

Is your dog taking NSAIDs? (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories). If so, use Special SAMe along with it to support liver detoxification and mobility.

Often when dogs age, especially medium and large size dogs, they develop painful elbow and hip dysplasia. We highly recommend using the Arthritis Kit and Ultra-Flex for all senior dogs to help with pain and inflammation associated with these age-related conditions.  If your pet's pain has advanced, your vet may prescribe Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).  These medications can provide temporary relief but should be used sparingly along with the supplements as they can affect your dog's liver and kidneys.   Many NSAIDs are processed through the liver, so using Special SAMe is especially important.  Special SAMe (S-denosylmethionine for Dogs) is scientifically proven to support liver detoxification and help with arthritis and mobility.  It is an excellent companion product to give your dog if you are using a NSAID drug such as Rimadyl, Deramax, Meloxicam, etc. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

On Veteran's Day, We are Honoring All of Those Who Served Our Country

On this Veterans Day, we honor all those who have dedicated their lives to protect the freedoms that our country was founded upon. The men, women and their canine counterparts perform their duties with loyalty and honor. With heartfelt gratitude, we thank them for their sacrifice and unselfish acts of heroism.

Did you know:
  • The United States military has approximately 2500 dogs in active service today with about 700 being deployed overseas.
  • They undergo extensive training in tracking, attack maneuvers and bomb, weapons and drug detection. Only approximately half the dogs make it through training and the trained K-9s are extremely valuable (likely worth over $100,000). However, their real value is in the lives they save. With  98% accuracy in their detection skills, the peace of mind they provide to the troops is priceless.
  • Dogs in service aren’t all German Shepherds. Highly trainable Labrador Retrievers and Belgian Malinois are often used.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

3 Reasons Why Probiotics Are Good For Your Cat or Dog

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Probiotics are not only safe for pets, they are very beneficial.  Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in various parts (such as mouth, sinuses, intestinal tract) of your pet’s body.  Probiotics have been scientifically proven to benefit all pets in a variety of ways.

Here are 3 reasons why every pet needs them:

1) Probiotics Support Immune Health - Friendly bacteria found in probiotics are critical for your pet’s immune health.  The majority of your pet’s immune system is located in the intestinal tract.  This explains why pets using Power Probiotic will see improvement in  immune system health conditions such as Pillow Paw.
2) Probiotics Are Essential If Your Pet Has Taken Antibiotics - When cats or dogs  take antibiotics it is because they have an antibacterial infection such as an ear infection, UTI or upper respiratory infection. The use of antibiotics or steroids can weaken your pet's long-term ability to fight infections because they kill off the beneficial bacteria.  This friendly bacteria strengthen your pet's immune system so that when the medication is stopped, the infection won't reoccur.  

3) Probiotics maximize good digestion and optimal health for all stages of a pet's life
Probiotics are helpful for young kittens and puppies as well as for senior pets.  Power Probiotic is easy to administer.  Just open the capsule and mix into your pet's food.  Many pets LOVE the taste of Power Probiotic.  Please see the video  of Steven the rescue kitty scarfing down his Power Probiotic