Monday, January 30, 2017

Love Pets? Join The Fun With Our Valentine Toy Sweepstakes

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Valentine Toy Sweepstakes

Valentine's Day is the best day to show how much your love your pet!  Beginning February 1st through Valentine's Day, Ask Ariel will give away one free cat or dog toy each day to a lucky winner!  Ask Ariel will randomly choose  the winner each day.  Here is all you need to do to enter in our Valentine Toy Sweepstakes:

1) Follow us on either Facebook or Instagram
If you haven't been following us, there is no better time as we will be posting daily tips to keep your pet happy and healthy!

2) Post a photo of your special Valentine pet(s) on either our Facebook page or tag us on Facebook or Instagram

3) Email us at so we can contact you if you win!

Eligibility:  Winners must be adults over 21 years of age and US residents only.  

Each day we will randomly choose a winner and post a photo of their special Valentine pet(s)!  So start following us now and enter to win.  Can't wait to begin the fun and share our mutual love for animals all around!
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Resveratrol Can Provide Cancer Protection and Increased Longevity for Dogs

Does your dog suffer from Diabetes, Pancreatitis, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease or Cancer? What if you could find one  supplement that could help all these diseases AND aid in the natural aging process? Well there is one...Resveratrol For Dogs.

Ask Ariel’s Resveratrol for Dogs is a very special product, and is a very high quality resveratrol which has provided exciting results. It gives senior dogs energy, is helpful for autoimmune conditions and cardiovascular disease.   Resveratrol For Dogs has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidant with cancer fighting potential. Resveratrol for Dogs is made from the Japanese Knotweed plant and combined with a powerful flavoanoid quercetin for added absorption and potency.  Resveratrol has been researched heavily because it is thought to improve longevity and provide important cancer protection. 

Resveratrol and Cancer Protection
It is estimated that more than 50% of dogs over the age of ten will develop some form of cancer. Although research is still ongoing to determine the full benefits of Resveratrol on cancer, the National Cancer Institute has found that Resveratrol can reduce tumor growth in animals by affecting the cancer process in all three phases: tumor initiation, promotion and progression/suppression. However, it is important to note that while Resveratrol may be helpful for cancer protection and support, it cannot eradicate cancer from your pet.

“Thrilled to have had ONE additional year… Last year, I was informed that my girl, Greta who is closest to me, sleeps by my side, accompanies me most anywhere, etc. had two to four weeks to live at the most…I was told she had inoperable liver cancer that had already spread to her lungs and was quite widespread.  I was shocked and devastated that my girl that I had taken special care of since she was about 1 years old was now going to leave way before I had hoped… Barely being able to comprehend the bad news, I prepared for the few weeks with her.   I contacted Susan Davis of Ask Ariel (animal nutritionist) who recommended the necessary supplements to wage WAR and give it a good fight. …And now we have surpassed the ONE YEAR mark!!!  Rhonda H- California 

Products Greta Used:  Resveratrol for DogsAmazing OmegasLiver & Gallbadder SupportLypozyme and Power Probiotic for Pets.

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Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis and Her Rescue Dog Legend

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Symptoms of Feline Asthma And How You Can Treat Them

A Holistic Approach to Feline Asthma Symptoms and Diagnosis

Feline Asthma affects approximately 1-5% of the approximate 80 million pet cats in the United States, making it the most commonly diagnosed respiratory disease.  It usually affects cats between 2-5 years of age, and some breeds (Siamese and Himalayan) seem to be inflicted with the condition more often. There is not one test that will determine if your cat is suffering from asthma, but your vet will most likely use a combination of medical history, x-rays and other diagnostic tests (mainly to rule out other health conditions) to make a diagnosis.

An asthma attack is when the passageways in the lungs become inflamed, constricting the airflow, making it very hard for your cat to breathe. An asthma attack can quickly become a serious incident, and you should seek medical attention immediately if your pet is having respiratory distress. For owners, wheezing and coughing in cats with asthma can become a daily occurrence which can be very distressing for you and your kitty.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Feline Asthma, but the condition can often be managed very effectively using conventional and holistic veterinary care.  Researchers believe that asthma is a result of exposure to an allergen that triggers the inflammatory response, and the response will be more progressive with each exposure to the allergen. Therefore, the first step is to try to avoid the potential allergen causing the attacks.  Common allergens may include pollen, grass, mold, dust from cat litter, smoke, and some foods.

Common Symptoms of Feline Asthma:
  •        Coughing, Hacking and Wheezing
  •        Persistent Cough
  •        Open mouth breathing
  •        Hunched shoulders
  •        Rapid Breathing
  •        Gagging or Vomiting foamy mucus
  •        Blue lips and gums
Standard veterinary treatment usually includes the use of corticosteroid drugs and a bronchodilator to reduce inflammation and open up the passages, making it easier for your cat to breathe. However, long-term use of these drugs may cause other health problems, such as pancreatitis and diabetes, and the risk vs. benefit should be discussed with your veterinarian.

Many pet owners have found using a holistic approach with a natural feline asthma treatment can reduce the need for corticosteroids and bronchodilators.  Feeding a hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory diet along with a few holistic supplements can be life changing for cats with asthma.  This is because this natural approach will help reduce exposure to allergens and reduce inflammation. By reducing inflammation, you’re able to strengthen the pet’s immune system and reduce the allergic response to allergens. This can be just the key to reducing the frequency and intensity of the attacks.

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Natural feline asthma supplements:
  •  FFeline Asthma Kit- Trio of three liquid immune support formulas that provide gentle, natural support for cats with asthma.  Can be used in combination with asthma medication. Clears up sinuses, nasal tract and improves breathing.
  •  NotaSAN- Anti-inflammatory, anti-infection formula.  These homeopathic drops are especially helpful for relieving allergy symptoms.  NotaSAN works well with QuentaSAN to relieve nasal and sinus discharge, upper respiratory infections, coughing and infection.
  • QuentSAN- Powerful anti-viral, anti-infection formula.  These homeopathic drops are the first line of defense with any upper respiratory or sinus condition as the supplement targets the lungs.  Works best when used along with Notatum drops.
  •  Silver Immune-Broad spectrum antimicrobial that can be used along with antibiotics. Safe for young kittens with upper respiratory infections.
  • Immune Harmony- natural plant sterol formula that supports long-term immune health
  • Power Probiotic- the best probiotic for pets, no fillers, pure, natural and most cats love the taste!. Power Probiotic has been third-party tested and guaranteed to contain the amounts of friendly bacteria indicated on the label.
Special note: If you include your cat's diet on your order form, AskAriel will send a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order. 
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Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis and Her Rescue Dog Legend

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Soothing Remedy For A Dog Or Cat's Upset Stomach

Soothing Digestive Relief- it stops dog gas and is a great remedy for cats and dogs with diarrhea, indigestion, tummy rumbling and malabsoprtion. This supplement helps pets with IBD. Great for cats and dogs!! Gentle but effective formula for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and any type of indigestion in pets. Helps with gas, loose stool, mucous in stool, tummy rumbling, diarrhea and malabsorption. Easy to administer--just open the capsule and sprinkle on your pet’s food. Soothing Digestive Relief is a calming remedy for a cat or dog's upset stomach.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Many Cats and Dogs Are Allergic to Poultry (chicken, turkey, etc)

 DID YOU KNOW.... poultry is a big allergen for both dogs and cats. Pets can have digestive problems such as vomiting and diarrhea or skin problems, itching and scratching
You may want to take a closer look at what you are feeding your pet. Poultry is one of the most common ingredients in pet food. However, poultry allergies in dogs and cats is a big problem. Even if your pet is not allergic to poultry per se, your cat or dog could be intolerant of it. Poultry is a common food allergy for allergic pets in the same way that dairy can be for many allergic people. It can cause a great deal of inflammation, which in turn weakens the immune system.
What's a pet owner to do? Most pets love chicken & turkey .......Sure, you want to spoil your pet, but try taking a ride on the wild side and look into some exotic flavors such as rabbit or venison. There are lots of tasty freeze dried, raw and canned options. Please limit or avoid dry food as it is much harder to digest and can contribute to yeast overgrowth and digestive problems. Dry food is not recommended for cats since they need a high moisture diet to prevent urinary tract problems. #themoreyouknow #tipoftheday #holisticpet #healthycat #healthydog #holisticnutrition #cutedogs #doglover #ilovemydog #pets

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Are You Feeding Your Cat The Ingredients They Need?

Cat owners often select their pet's  food  based on the packaging, company advertising or recommendations from another cat lover, rather than the actual ingredients on the labelCats are carnivores and need meat to survive.  The ideal diet to fulfill a cat’s dietary needs are raw frozen diets as they are the most natural to what a cat might eat in the wild.  What are raw frozen diets?  Click here to learn more in this article: Pros and Cons of Feeding Your Dog or Cat a Raw Food Diet Cats need enzymes, meat and other  essential nutrients that cannot be converted within their bodies and they must consume  from animal tissues.  These nutrients include Vitamin A, Niacin, Arginine, Taurine, Felinine, protein and arachidonic acid. 

Unfortunately most cat foods are a long way away from containing the type of ingredients that can help a cat flourish.  This is due to a variety of reasons but primarily cost.  By mixing in wheat gluten for example, the perceived protein level of the cat food is elevated.  By adding in carbohydrates such as grains, peas, flours, etc, the product is less costly.  By adding in food dyes and manipulating the shapes of the treats, they are appealing to you as the owner, rather than what is actually healthy food for your cat.  

However,  another key reason why cat food ingredients don't resemble what a cat really needs is because cats can be very finicky.   Being finicky has helped cats survive by avoiding poisonous or tainted food as they have a capability to taste bitter flavors easily.  However, many pet food manufacturers have tricked cats using less then nutritious ingredients by adding artificial flavors, salt and even sugar to their food and treats, resulting in a cat craving foods that aren't nutritious for them.

How can you as the pet owner help your kitty eat the right foods?  Don't fall for the tricks!  Read the label!  Primary ingredients in cat food should be meat, fish or poultry.  Additional ingredients should be names you can pronounce and are familiar to you.  Keep the ingredients simple and avoid grains, fillers, chemicals and food dyes. If you find that your cat's food isn't meeting the standards you would like, it may be a challenge to convert your cat to a healthier diet.  Your kitty may resist at first, but stick with it.  Start with just the smallest amount of the new food mixed into the old food and slowly, slowly you can convince your cat that it is good.  Try not to get discouraged.  There will definitely be a nutritious food you can find to keep your cat healthy without compromising on taste!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wonder What My Pet Is Thinking?

Wouldn't it be fun if we could talk to our pets? To know what they are thinking?  This photo says it all.....Look at silly Legend with his favorite friend Megan.  Wonder what he is thinking?

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Natural Treatments For Feline Pillow Foot (Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis)

Holistic Approach for Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis Treatment

“Pillow Foot or Paw” (Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis) is an autoimmune condition in cats that can leave pet owners feeling helpless. The exact cause is unknown, but like other autoimmune conditions, it is the body’s response to an antibody or infection that causes an inflammatory response. Autoimmune conditions can affect different parts of the body when they flare up.  Some cats may show signs of red inflamed gums, indicating stomatitis; others may lose excessive amounts of weight due to hyperthyroidism; while others may develop Pillow Paw where excess plasma is produced and the padding of the paw becomes soft, swollen and inflamed. Cats of any age, gender or breed can develop Pillow Paw and if your pet has been diagnosed with Pillow Paw, it’s important to provide your pet with immune system support. Autoimmune diseases can be managed holistically by feeding your pet an anti-inflammatory diet and using supplements that help modulate the immune system.  Allergens in food and stress are a big trigger. To learn more about how to help your pet with an autoimmune disease, click here.

Stages of Pillow Foot in Cats 
  • Stage 1: The paw pad may be slightly puffy and tender.
  • Stage 2: Pads will eventually become purple and appear bruised.
  • Stage 3: The pads become increasingly mushy and your cat will begin to “favor” the affected paws. Often, more than one paw is inflamed.
  • Stage 4: Sores will develop and in severe cases may split open. 

Diagnosis and Treatment of Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis

Your vet may be able to diagnosis Pillow Paw by the initial physical exam and the classic physical symptoms. However, for confirmation, you may need to run blood tests to determine lymphocyte levels. Conventional veterinary care would most likely include antibiotics and steroids to calm the inflammation and clear any infection.

Using holistic care for autoimmune conditions can greatly reduce the need to give your cat medications and better regulate their immune system and overall wellbeing.  When cats have an autoimmune condition, the cat's immune system is so overloaded that their body forms antibodies to its own tissues and attacks itself.  Autoimmune disease can be very challenging for veterinarians to treat and often involves the use of antibiotics and steroids to calm down the immune response.  The onset of the attacks is often associated with triggers, which could include stress, exposure to vaccines, environmental chemicals, or food allergens.  These contribute to a "flare-up" which may then quiet down for a period of time.

Natural Remedies for Pillow Foot and Autoimmune Diseases in Cats

Several products have been especially effective in helping cats with Pillow Foot and other autoimmune diseases such as stomatitis. Immune Harmony, Quentans, Power Probiotic and Notatum work synergistically together, helping to calm down inflammation naturally. Generally, over a few months’ time, pet owners start to see real improvements in their cat's overall demeanor and a slowing in the progression of the disease. Controlling the frequency and the level of flare-ups can transform a cat's quality of life.

Each of these formulas works in different ways, and they can even be used together. All of these products are beneficial in creating a pillow paw cat holistic treatment plan.

Power Probiotic -The Power Probiotic is a multi-strain formula and is simply the best probiotic for pets.  It is safe and natural without any fillers and most cats love the taste! It can be sprinkled in food, or some cats like to eat it by itself.  The Power Probiotic promotes the growth of friendly bacteria throughout the intestinal tract.  Why is this important? The majority of your cat's immune system resides in the intestinal tract.  An autoimmune conditions such as Pillow Paw occurs due to an overactive immune system so using supplements to modulate and support, but not overstimulate the immune system is helpful.

Silver Immune Support for Pets - Broad spectrum antimicrobial that can be used along with antibiotics. Safe for young kittens with upper respiratory infections.

Immune Harmony - Immune Harmony is the first line of defense for cats with autoimmune disease.  It is made with natural plant sterols and one bottle will last a long time. It helps to modulate the cat's immune system, and is well tolerated by cats.

QuentaSAN drops (especially helpful for cats with viral conditions) and NotaSAN drops are two homeopathic formulas that are most effective when used together.  They relieve allergy symptoms, redness from inflammation and help prevent infections from recurring.  Safe and gentle, these drops act like “natural antibiotics” and are easy to administer.  They are very important for the treatment of autoimmune disease as they gently reduce infection and inflammation.  Very well tolerated by cats and results are generally seen within a few weeks.

 Immune Support Kit - Contains all three liquid formulas:  Silver Immune, NotaSAN and QuentaSAN drops.  These three remedies can provide fast relief for your cat's Pillow Paw and are easy to administer.  Save on the package price when you buy all three natural remedies together.  

"Just am so happy to tell you how well Boo is doing after 3 days of treatment (Asthma & Immune Support Kit) She is more energetic,comfortable, walking easily and most important her front left Pillow Paw is already healing. Amazing."  Sue and Boo-Pennsylvania

Diet for Cats With Pillow Foot And Other Autoimmune Diseases

Diet can also play an important role in supporting your cat’s immune system too. Even "healthy” or “organic" premium brands can be problematic if they contain ingredients that can cause inflammation, thereby flaring up the autoimmune disease.  The wrong food can be a trigger that causes a flare up of symptoms.  Food allergies and intolerances are the single biggest trigger for autoimmune conditions.  

A cat doesn't have to be sneezing or vomiting to have a food intolerance.  The food may be causing inflammation and in the early stages, you may not make any connection that the flare-ups are connected to the food.  Some common food allergens in cats: fish, poultry, grains, soy and dairy.  Dry kibble can be a problem, because the foods are very high in carbohydrates, which turn to sugar.  Cats are carnivores and feeding them as clean and natural a diet will go a long way in helping control Pillow Foot.

Ask Ariel is dedicated to helping pets with autoimmune conditions.  If you place an order for the products, include your cat's diet on the order form at checkout.  Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis will include a diet suggestion on the packing slip based on your cat's special needs.  Susan offered in-person consultations at VCA hospitals in Southern California for over 10 years, and she now uses the knowledge she gained to help pets nationwide.

"My 13 year old Calico named Chloe started limping terribly about 3 years ago.  When I took her to the vet, she was diagnosed with the immune system disease called pillow foot,  which was causing the pads under her paws to enlarge and become puffed out making them very sore to walk on. We started on oral steroids, and steroid injections into the pads of which all seemed to be just a temporary bandaid, and I was not thrilled with the long term effects of steroids on her liver. I decided to try to strengthen her core system by trying your Power Probiotic , 1 daily in her wet food, and within 2 days the problem and the limping were completely gone and have never returned. I was completely astonished and very thankful for your product!  Additionally, she is a picky cat and usually will not eat her food with anything added to it but loves the taste of this Probiotic. I was very relieved to see my elderly cat walking comfortably and not in pain finally, especially after being told by the vet that she may have it for the rest of her life.  Your Probiotic has also worked wonders on my other 2 cats as well.  Kirby was vomiting up his food daily, but with the probiotic that has completely stopped except for once in a great while. My Russian Blue cat,  Sammy, was having terrible constant bouts with eye herpes every 2 to 3 weeks. The Probiotic has cut the episodes back drastically to maybe one every 3 to 4 months.  I cannot say enough how much your supplements have helped all of my pets with their various problems." Donna, Pennsylvania 2016

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