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!  🎈💕

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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

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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.

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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.