Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017

Babies Born in a Home With Pets

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics found that babies that live in a home with a dog or cat during their first year of life are less likely to get sick and suffer allergies symptoms.

Perception, Communication And The Link Between Autism And Animals

 This article was contributed by guest author:  Dr. Lynette Gebler of
I’m suspicious of people who don’t like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn’t like a person.”
Are dogs more sensitive to human nature or do they simply perceive the world in a different manner such as those with autism?  In the book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, by Temple Grandin, Grandin examines the surprising similarities between an animal’s mind and an autistic mind.  Autism is a neurological disorder with various theories on causation. Scientists who study autism believe that the disorder is caused by under development of certain brain circuits, and over development of other brain circuits. The imbalance of the nervous system results in the common symptoms you see in autism such as speech delays, sound and texture sensitivities and developmental delays.  Grandin observes that people with autism, 'are closer to animals than normal people are.' Grandin contributes the differences between typical human mentality and animal mentality, not as a matter of IQ but as a matter of perception and emotion.
 Grandin, autistic herself, states that she has no language based thoughts; all of her thoughts are in pictures. Since animals do not have verbal language and many children with autism are non-verbal, memories and thoughts are stored as pictures, sounds, or other sensory impressions. Sensory-based information by its very nature is more detailed than word-based memories; therefore animals may understand intentions, emotions, images, or thoughts behind the words, even if the words themselves aren't totally understood. You may also observe an animal “sensing” something  before a human and thus dogs can even be trained to alert others to seizures and illness. Primarily, animals and people with autism are visual thinkers; while most people use a combination of verbal and visual skills for communication.  
We would all love to communicate better with our pets and that communication strengthens our bond with them.  Grandin, who is an expert in animal behavior, claims that her autism helps her understand and empathize with animals.  Grandin is also a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, an advocate in the autism community and an activist for the humane treatment of animals.
 Find out more about theories on autism and treatments at:
Sunday, May 28, 2017

With Thanks To All Who Served Our Country

Thank you to all who served our country. Special needs rescue dogWrangler and all of us at want to wish you and your pets a happy and healthy holiday weekend!

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Natural Treatment for Feline Upper Respiratory Infections (URI)

Does your cat have one Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) after another? The sneezing, nasal congestion, discharge from the nose and eyes and conjunctivitis can be very discouraging.   Since feline upper respiratory infections are viral in nature, antibiotics are not especially helpful (unless a secondary infection is present).  However, introducing a holistic approach (diet changes + a few supplements) along with conventional veterinary care  can make a significant improvement in your cat’s immune system and quality of life.

Protocol For Upper Respiratory Infections

Holistic supplements can make a significant improvement in your cat’s immune system and quality of life.

Anti-Viral Supplements:

QuentaSAN powerful anti-viral drops are especially helpful for targeting infections in the lungs.  

Silver Immune Support For Pets (NEW! Meet the Germinator--Attacks viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Easy to use, anti-infection liquid.  These nontoxic drops are safe for tiny kittens and shown in research to help  reduce viral replication)

Anti-Bacterial Supplements: 

NotaSAN-  natural homeopathic drops that control inflammation and infection - used alternatively with QuentaSAN drops for best results.  

Power Probiotic - essential for all cats and dogs, especially if your pet has been on antibiotics which kill off the friendly bacteria.  Enhances overall immunity and helps with bad breath and digestive problems.

Long-Term Immune Health:
Immune Harmony  - contains plant sterols proven to effective for treating autoimmune disease in both dogs and cats, helps to modulate the immune system and long-term immune health.

Immune Support & Asthma Kit  - Trio of three liquid immune support formulas that provide gentle, natural support for pets with asthma and upper respiratory infections. Can be used in combination with asthma medication. Clears up sinuses, nasal tract and improves breathing.

Diet For Cats With Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections
Cats are carnivores.  For your convenience, manufacturers make dry food that can be left out all day.  Dry food is overprocessed, overcooked and requires high amounts of carbohydrates to manufacture the food so it will stick together.  Carbohydrates break down into sugar which feed the bacteria and viruses creating a vicious cycle.  Finally, to improve storage time, many manufacturers add chemical preservatives to keep the food from spoiling so you can leave it out all day......Click here to learn more about how dry kibble can affect your pet's health 

Other than avoiding dry kibble, feeding a hypoallergenic diet using a novel protein has been especially helpful for cats with upper respiratory infections, allergies, asthma and other chronic infections.  There isn't "one" diet that is appropriate for every cat as age, breed and health conditions vary.  On the order form at checkout, please include your cat's diet and we will provide a diet suggestion for your cat's specific needs on the packing slip that comes with the product directions. 
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Are Topical Flea Killers Safe For Our Pets?

This is what topical flea killer did to our brand new wall and tile! Please understand that whenever possible I will always try all natural and holistic ways to address a health problem first. Where we live  it can get very humid making it a prime breeding ground for fleas. Sure enough yesterday, I discovered my sweet husky Legend had, in a matter of hours, created a giant hotspot on his hip from a flea bite. We have tried everything natural including years of $500 treatments of Fleabusters on carpets perfectly timed before the hot weather started. But nothing has worked. Since Legend eats a hypoallergenic diet and takes supplements for allergies, the only culprit is fleas!!! I hated to do it but on the advice of several vets, we concluded that the best thing for my severely allergic dog is to use a smaller size doze of Advantage for the few worst months. Anguished about this, I applied the vial in between Legend's shoulder blades as directed. It should have absorbed in but I guess he rubbed against our freshly painted wall and limestone tile. About a half hour later, I noticed that the paint on the wall had eroded and that something had penetrated through the protective sealant on the tile!! It took me awhile to figure out what it was and then I realized---yukkk it was the Advantage. If it did this to paint and tile, what does it do to our pets? Does anyone know of anything less harsh that works to keep the fleas away? We have tried many treatments and the natural stuff unfortunately just hasn't been strong enough. Please know we even had our entire house tented last year but the warm weather and humidity bring the bugs!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lessons We Can All Learn From Our Pets

Lessons We Can All Learn from Our Pets
  • Unconditional Love-Pets love us unconditionally
  • Honesty-Pets Never lie to us
  • Loyalty-Pets are among the most loyal and faithful creatures on earth
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone followed the example of our pets?
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Is Your Dog Always Starved? How To Help Your Ravenous Dog Feel More Satiated

Does your pet act STARVED all the time? Always looking for food? While a good appetite is a sign of a healthy pet, never feeling satisfied can also be indicative of a diet that is too high in carbohydrates. Say what? To keep costs down, most pet foods use fillers such as potatoes, rice, grains and legumes. This is especially true in dry dog food. Ever eat just cereal or a pastry for breakfast and find you are starved an hour later? Same concept. Diets high in carbohydrates cause your pet's insulin to spike causing a drop in blood sugar which creates excess hunger. Insulin spikes lead to excess hunger and excess eating which contributes to obesity. Protein on the other hand is more stabilizing and keeps your pet's blood sugar regulated.

Here are three tips to help keep your pet feel more satisfied:

1) Add green vegetables to meals. You can purée them for small or finicky pets. Green vegetables are low glycemic fiber which helps your pet feel more full and helps regulate blood sugar.

2) Feed at least two regularly scheduled meals each day. If possible give your pet some treats or a small lunch.

3) Increase the protein in your pet's diet. Look at the label on your pet's food. If it's dry food, then your pet may be getting too many carbs and not enough protein. Be sure to add some high quality grain-free canned food or ideally raw frozen food. Limit or eliminate dry kibble if possible. Freeze dried raw food is also high in protein and a little goes a long way.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Treatments For Pillow Paw Disease

 Cats rely on their paws to help them move, jump and maintain balance. So when the pads of their paws became sore and painful, it can greatly affect their mobility. Pillow Pad Disease, also referred to as Pillow Paw is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation of the cat's paw pads. The paw pads can become inflamed, discolored, mushy and even crack open. Left untreated, cats can become lame. If your cat has been diagnosed with Pillow Paw, there is hope and help. 

 Like an other autoimmune disease, Pillow Paw is an inflammatory condition where the cat's immune cells are attacking itself. Feeding your cat a low-carbohydrate, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic diet, along with medications from your veterinarian, can make a big difference. It's essential to use a few supplements to rebalance the immune system. Power Probiotic, Notatum drops and Immune Harmony, a plant sterol supplement formulated to help autoimmune disease, can give your kitty a great deal of relief. To learn more about how to help your cat or dog with autoimmune disease, please click here or feel free to email us at 

To read more information about pillow paw disease as well as a testimonial, please click here to an earlier article on our blog. 
Friday, May 19, 2017

Beware of These Harmful Ingredients In Your Pet's Food and Treats

**Alert** Beware of Sharks in your pet's food and treats. Ever look at the label? There could be harmful ingredients lurking which could attack your pet's health. Here are just a few examples:

1) sugars--yes plenty of dog and cat treats contain sugar and molasses which contribute to gum disease, chronic infections, obesity, diabetes and even cancer. Sugar is included to disguise the taste of low quality ingredients and to entice your pet to eat more.

2) meat or animal by-product meal--contains unidentified sick, diseased animals, roadkill and worse--make sure your pet's food and treats always specifies what type of animal the food came from and avoid byproducts 

3) food coloring and dyes--many treats are colored to look like their fresh food counterparts. Ex: some treats are dyed red to look like real meat or bacon or orange to look like real carrots.

Better to give your pet the real food ingredient, not the chemicals. Rescue dog Legend says: "You are what you eat!"

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Only 14% Of Lost Pets Without Microchips Ever Find Their Families

Everyday lost pets wind up in shelters and many lack identification, resulting in as few as 14% returning to their family. However, if the pet is “microchipped”,  an animal control officer can scan the “grain of rice” size device (which has been placed under the skin) in a matter of seconds and identify the pet’s owner, allowing for a happy reunion.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Enzymes For Cats With Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis in cats is a condition that requires immediate attention by a veterinarian. Cats can develop chronic or acute pancreatitis. Symptoms may be subtle initially and easy to miss. Symptoms include include loss of appetite, fever, weight loss, dehydration, fatigue, depression, and increased heart rate. If your kitty displays these symptoms or just isn't acting like herself, please contact your veterinarian right away as pancreatitis can be fatal.

Cats require both short-term and long-term treatment of pancreatitis. Short-term, fluid therapy will be needed for cats that are diagnosed with pancreatitis. Food may need to be withheld for up to 48 hours if the cat is vomiting. Your veterinarian may also prescribe corticosteroids and metronidazole for chronic pancreatitis. Long-term, cats that have had a bout of pancreatitis need to eat a reduced fat, anti-inflammatory diet free of grains. Also, using digestive enzymes specific for pancreatitis is essential. Lypozyme for Pets is a powerful yet small, easy to administer powdered natural enzyme that can be mixed into food. It is veterinary-approved and has a stronger potency and purity than digestive enzymes purchased at a pet store. Cats will generally eat it readily as it has minimal taste and odor. Since the liver and intestinal tract are integrally related to the health of the pancreas, using the Power Probiotic and Liver/Gallbladder Support will help your kitty's pancreatic function and overall health. These three products are included in the Pancreatitis and Liver Support Kit  at a discounted package price. If you provide your cat's diet and heath issues, we can include a low-fat, anti-inflammatory diet that is appropriate for your kitty on the packing slip that comes with the product directions

If your cat has been diagnosed with pancreatitis and you need help, please email us at
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Natural Remedy For Cats With Arthritis

Cats suffering from arthritis may show overall stiffness, swelling of the joints, lethargy, lameness, decreased flexibility and discomfort when you pet or handle them in certain positions. You may also notice subtle behavioral changes in your kitty, including:

  • Decreased activity
  • Lapsed litterbox habits (due to pain caused by getting in and out of the box)
  • Hesitancy to run, jump or climb stairs
Be sure to take your cat to the veterinarian if you notice any of these signs. A veterinarian may conduct a physical exam, take XRAYs and perform other diagnostic tests to help determine the cause of the pain and inflammation in your cat’s joints. 

If your cat has arthritis, here are a few things you can do to make her feel better:
  • Give her a cozy blanket or cat bed.
  • When she’s relaxed and at ease, give her a gentle massage.
  • Groom the areas of her body that may be hard for her to reach.
  • Make sure she has easy, direct access to her litterbox and food and water bowls.
  • Consider acupuncture as some holistic veterinarians offer this
 Ultraflex.  is a food-based supplement that is easy to administer and is made of eggshell membrane. Ultraflex is a simple formula that contains compounds beneficial for keeping joint cartilage and connective tissue healthy and shock-absorbent. Excellent value--one bottle will last 3 to 4 months for a kitty.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Is Your Cat Stressed Out? 3 Tips To Comfort Your Kitty

Is Your Cat Stressed Out?  Cat do not like change! They love a schedule and consistency.

Signs Your Cat May Be Stressed Out
Watch for any of these signs your cat has anxiety or is stressed:
  • Immobility
  • Body – crouched directly on top of all fours, shaking and tail close to the body
  • Belly – not exposed, rapid breathing
  • Head – lower than the body, motionless and whiskers back
  • Eyes – fully open and pupils fully dilated
  • Ears – fully flattened back on the head
  • Hissing, growling, shaking, drooling
  • Involuntary urination, defecation
  • Aggression if approached
Three Tips To Ease Your Cat's Anxiety and Stress:

1- Spend quality time with your kitty, play with them, give them rubs and pets.

2- Try a calming collar. These have had great success when there are any changes in your household.

3- Give Psystabil a try. This product provides a gentle, harmonizing effect on pets. It works over time to help your stressed pet "cope" better with triggers that cause anxiety.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Heartwarming Mother's Day Tale Especially For Pet Lovers

The Clarks' Precious Pregnancy Announcement

As reported in Today, we have to share this heartwarming Mother's Day tale especially for pet lovers.  On April 5, Michael and Beth Clark of Maryland gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter named Hazel.  With the joy of their daughter's birth, also came a bittersweet ending to a tale of incredible kindness and compassion.

In 2015, Beth Clark and her husband saw an elderly 17 year old dog that had been dumped at their local shelter.  Unfortunately this is what a LOT of pet owners do.  They abandon their dogs when they get sick or old.  Many potential adopters pass by older pets in shelters.  But this incredibly kind and special couple opened their heart to this loving, sweet dog. The Clarks couldn't let this gentle soul die in the shelter so they brought home this skinny, gray, frail dog and gave him the love and nurturing he needed.  Beth nursed him back to health.

Beth had enough motherly love for more than one and longed for a human child.  She became pregnant but lost the first baby to a miscarriage.  Then, she became pregnant again shortly thereafter.  Throughout this,  time Rocky was Beth's caring companion and offered her great comfort.  He was always near and by her side. Rocky was even there to help Michael and Beth spread the news when they learned they were pregnant with Hazel.  

During Beth's seventh month, Rocky’s health began to decline.  The Clarks did all they could to keep Rocky happy and comfortable. The days passed and Rocky watched the baby items move into the house. Then finally, the day came for Beth to become not only Rocky's mom, but a Mom to his new “human” sister too. On April 5, 2017 Beth gave birth to her daughter, Hazel. She and Michael returned home the next day and were so excited to introduce Hazel to Rocky.  Rocky sniffed Hazel and put his head near hers.  The homecoming was special and included priceless photos of Hazel and Rocky.  

Within a few hours after they came home, Rocky's condition worsened and he let them know it was time for him to go.   Rocky hung on until the very end waiting to meet Hazel and to make sure that everything would be ok for Michael and Beth.  That night they helped him end his journey peacefully surrounded by the family who loved him.    Beth believes that Rocky was “just waiting to see his new baby sister” before he finally let go.  I am sure Rocky’s tail is wagging, knowing that Beth has baby Hazel to celebrate on this Mother’s Day.

Rocky waited for Hazel Before Letting Go

Photos:  Beth Clark, as reported in Today April 28, 2017

Mother's Day Poem For Nurturing Dog Moms

Dog mom poem

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Is Chicken The Right Choice To Feed Your Pet?

Is your dog itching and scratching? Is your cat vomiting regularly? Has your pet been getting a lot of UTIs?

If so, you may want to take a closer look at what you are feeding your pet. Chicken is one of the most common ingredients in pet food. However, chicken can be a HUGE allergen for many pets.

What's A Pet Owner To Do?
Most pets love chicken.......Sure, you want to spoil your pet, but try taking a ride on the wild side and look into some novel protein flavors such as rabbit or venison. To learn more, please see the pet nutrition articles on
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Many Cats And Dogs Can Live Together Peacefully

There might be some truth to the phrase “fighting like cats and dogs” and it might even lead you to believe that cats and dogs cannot live together, but that is simply not true! Many cats can coexist and even have a strong bond with their canine companion, especially when they are raised together from an early age.  Some breeds such as Siberian Huskies may view cats as prey and so the combination isn't generally a great idea but there are plenty of cases where it has worked when the husky was raised from puppyhood with a cat.  Other breeds such as Golden Retrievers and Labradors don't seem to have an issue at all.  It all just depends upon the breed, temperament of the pets and age at which they are brought together.  For the most part, many cats and dogs can live a happy life together!
Saturday, May 6, 2017

1st Winner In the Ask Ariel Pet Supplies Coupon Giveaway


Congratulations to the first winner of the AskAriel coupon giveaway! It's easy to enter and there is still plenty of time.  Here is a link with all the info. 

Here is cuddly Blanca, a 5 year old White German Shepherd rescue dog. Her Mom Mindy will receive a FREE shipping coupon for and a $6 off Coupon for Instinct Raw Frozen Diets. We will be drawing a winner tomorrow and every night through Mother's Day!

Need help figuring out what to feed your pet?  Please see our articles about pet nutrition.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Natural Treatments For Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in Pets

Our hearts go out to the Kim family on their loss of sweet Freckles who passed away from Canine Congestive Heart Failure.

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is when the heart cannot deliver enough blood to the body and fluid backs up into a pet’s lungs and abdomen, putting pressure on the heart. It is a progressive disease that can be caused by a variety of reasons, including: high blood pressure, heart defects, heartworms to name a few.  Unfortunately, in most cases, CHF cannot be cured. However,  you can provide treatment for your pet which can help improve their life span and quality of life.

Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Easily tiring after exercise
  • Bluish discoloration of the tongue
  • Sudden collapse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A persistent dry cough
  • Accumulation of fluid in the lungs, leg or abdomen
  • May have a hard time settling down (especially at night)
  • Fainting or dementia due to lack of blood flow to the brain
Natural heart supplements for dogs and cats can help your pet with heart murmurs and congestive heart failure:
Amazing Omegas -  purified fish oil delivering therapeutically high levels of Omegas without the toxins

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 - these softgels use an advanced technology that provides an efficient and natural method of nutrient delivery, offering enhanced absorption and assimilation versus ordinary capsules and tablets containing Coenzyme Q10.

Resveratrol for Dogs--  exceptional antioxidant formula backed by research that is cardio-protective and has been shown in cancer research to help fight cancer   

Have a question about your pet? Please email us at

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Free Pet Supplies Coupon Giveaway

We wanted to celebrate all the great pet Moms out there and the new spring weather!  Starting Saturday May 6 through Sunday May 14 on Mother's Day, we will be having a DAILY drawing giving away a FREE shipping coupon for + $6 off coupon for Instinct FROZEN Raw food for cats and dogs.   Here is all you need to do to enter:

1) Follow on either Instagram (www.instagram/ask.ariel) or Facebook (
2) Post a photo of your pet on our Facebook page
3) Email us at so we have your contact information (US residents only please) 

The sooner you post your pet's photo, the more chances you will have to win!  You only need to enter once (unless  you would like to post multiple pets) and if you don't win the first drawing, you will automatically be entered into the next day's drawing.   We will start the first drawing Saturday so please post a photo of your pet right away!  If you need ANY help posting your pet's photo, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to help!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Holistic Pet Care Provides More Treatment Options To Help Your Cat or Dog Feel Better!

Holistic pet care is all about finding natural options to help your cat or dog feel better. It is not a substitute for conventional veterinary care. Holistic pet care gives your cat or dog more treatment options. While laboratory tests and a veterinary exam are critical to diagnose and manage your pet's health, knowledge is power and will help you be more effective in caring for your pet. Research holistic options such as diet changes, supplements, acupuncture, acuscope and chiropractic and discuss these with your veterinarian along with the conventional veterinary treatment plan that is recommended.