Monday, January 22, 2018

The Adorable Dog Head Tilt

We have all experienced it…you say something to your dog and he tilts his head to look at you with those adorable eyes, but what does it mean?

There are many theories, but here are some of the most common:
  • They are trying to get an emotional response from you- many dogs have been taught that you smile every time they tilt their head  and they are just trying to make you happy.  
  • Tilting their head allows them to pinpoint the location of the sound better.  Researchers have found that, depending on the shape of the dog’s head, tilting may have some physical or sensory benefit. It is not clear why, but seems to be especially true in dogs with longer muzzles.
  • Deep concentration-It has been found that when dogs are extremely focused on the meaning of your words they tilt their head, perhaps listening and watching for social cues.
*Please note- Sudden, ongoing tilting of the head can also be a sign of a medical problem.   Dogs may tilt their head when they have an ear infection or a foreign object in their ear. 
Friday, January 19, 2018

Canine Oral Papillomas - Natural Remedies for Viral Warts

If you notice a bump on the lips, gums, or mouth of your puppy it might be a common condition known as oral papilloma or viral warts. Canine Oral Papillomas are small benign tumors of the mouth that are caused by the papilloma virus and usually affect dogs under the age of 2. Oral Papilloma is contagious from dog to dog (but not dog to human) by direct contact.  It usually occurs by dogs greeting each other, sharing toys, or eating/drinking from the same food or water bowl. The incubation period can be from 1 to 2 months, so it may be hard to determine where your pet acquired the virus. 

The main reason the Oral Papillomas affect puppies is that some may lack a mature immune system.  As a dog’s immune system strengthens, it produces antibodies against the virus and the warts can disappear. However, it is important to realize that the viral warts can come back in dogs with weakened immune systems.  The best natural treatment for oral papillomas is to build your pup's immune system using natural holistic supplements and a hypoallergenic, low inflammatory diet.  Many diets for example, are very high in carbohydrates and contain food allergens which can weaken a pet's immunity.

Supplements such as QuentaSans, Immune Harmony, NotaSan, Power Probiotic for Pets and Silver Immune help to strengthen the immune system and protect your pet.  In addition to the natural remedies for oral papillomas, using a hypoallergenic diet will also help.  Food allergies can cause inflammation and weaken a pet’s immune system.  If you include your current diet on the Ask Ariel order form, our nutritionist will send a diet suggestion on the packing slip with your order.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Why Do Dogs Bury Their Bones?

Thousands of years ago when dogs roamed the wild, burying bones and surplus food was a means of survival. Burying the food acted as a natural preservative (keeping it cooler and out of the sunlight), improved the flavor and provided a hiding place from scavengers. This ensured they would have a tasty treat available in times of need.

Dogs today still have this ancestral urge and you may notice them attempting to bury and hide their food and treats. However, food and bones are not the only things some dogs bury. Some dogs cannot resist shiny objects and often people will find their jewelry and bling buried under a cushion or in the dog’s bed. If this is a regular occurrence, it is important to know it usually occurs when the dog is lonely and bored, and an effort should be made to provide a source of entertainment to relieve boredom.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

How Often Should You Get Labwork On Your Pets?

A visit to your veterinarian is a good way to start the new year and stay ahead of any potential problems. We humans get physicals annually. When was the last time your pet got a checkup? While estimates are approximate, one year of your life is equivalent to about 7 years of your pet's. Sadly, pets age too quickly! Think about the last time your pet had a physical exam and lab tests. If it was two years ago, that would be as if you didn't see a doctor for 14 years! Going to the vet isn't just for when your pet is sick. Pets mask their health issues and a vet visit (along with laboratory testing) is the best way to take good care of them and catch any health issues early, while still treatable.  Preventive care is much less expensive than waiting to deal with a major illness or condition and it can also save your pet from suffering.  Annual laboratory tests (blood, urine, fecal) for all pets (even young pets) provides a “baseline” which can be invaluable. For seniors, twice a year blood and urine lab testing is recommended.
Friday, January 12, 2018

Your Cat's Most Important Sense...The Sense of Smell

Cats have twice as many olfactory cells as humans (over 200) and their sense of smell is one of their most important senses. It allows them to find food, determine if it is safe, identify who has been in an area (and if friend or foe) and helps them find their way home if lost.

As you can imagine, when a cat develops a Feline Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) and their sense of smell is disrupted, it is very stressful for them.  URI symptoms include: sneezing, congestion, runny nose, cough, change in nasal discharge and decreased appetite. Viral Infections are the most common cause of the symptoms in cats, but allergies to pollen, dust, mold and household cleaners can also causes be the culprits and contribute to rhinitis or sinusitis (inflammation of the nose or sinuses). Using the Asthma and Immune Support Kit  can help with a URI or chronic rhinitis or sinusitis. The combination of the three natural remedies will help fight a viral or bacterial infection and can help your cat breathe better.

3 Tips for Helping Your Cat or Dog Lose Weight

  1. Avoid free feeding. Carefully measure out food and treats ahead of time.
  2. Feed a high protein diet. Carbs found in dry food and treats spike insulin and make pets hungrier sooner. Fats and protein digest more slowly and help control hunger.
  3. Add fiber in the form of low calorie vegetables such as chopped green beans and squash or pumpkin to your pet’s food. Fiber helps your pet feel full and if your pet is overweight, you can replace some of the higher calorie food with lower calorie vegetables

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Power Probiotic for Pets Helps Cats Heal from Giardia

Photo Courtesy of  @PeculiarPanther
 "Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist is an amazing company. They offer only the best supplements, and with a personal touch. They keep in contact and ask how your pet is doing. It's super nice. Hooray for small businesses!

Our favorite product has been their Power Probiotic. Mom tried countless other probiotics for us, but this is the only one to actually give visible results. Marshmellow and I for a time due to healing from giardia, had runny bowel movements that nothing else improved, and the Power Probiotic actually helped firm them up! We highly recommend AskAriel products!"

Marten and Marshmellow @PeculiarPanther
Friday, January 5, 2018

Hemp CBD Oil Can Help Dogs With Separation Anxiety

Hemp-derived CBD products have been shown to be safe in dogs* (as tested and confirmed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture) and are helpful with pain management, neurological issues, cancer and many other conditions. One area CBD is showing great promise is in helping dogs with separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety can be a very difficult condition to overcome and can affect the daily life of both the pet and pet owner.  Some common signs that your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety are pacing, hyperactivity, whimpering, digestive problems, excessive barking and/or howling, and destructive behaviors. Pet owners often try various techniques to reduce the symptoms with limited success. Ideally, having someone stay home with the pet or taking the pet to a play group works best but is not always possible. Research is emerging that using a CBD hemp oil product, such as CW Paws, can help your dog relax during high-stress situations.  This natural remedy can be used to help calm a newly rescued pet that may initially be showing signs of separation anxiety as well.

Ask Ariel has found CW Paws to be very effective. Pet owners have reported, that when the correct dosage is used, their pets have a reduction in symptoms without negative side effects. CW Paws is a high-quality CBD Hemp Oil that is grown and manufactured in the United States at a FDA registered manufacturing facility.   Slowly introducing the product along with behavioral techniques such as leaving the pet alone for a short period of time and gradually increasing, can be a very effective approach.  But it's important to remember that pets with separation anxiety have often experienced prior emotional traumas and ALWAYS care should be taken to try as best as possible to leave them alone as little as you can.

* It is important to note that this is not to be confused with a marijuana based product that contains THC which can be toxic to pets and has a psychoactive response.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Best Holistic Veterinarian in Orange County

Dr. Gordon

Holistic veterinarian Dr. David Gordon has returned to Orange County to continue his alternative and integrative approach to veterinary medicine in Laguna Beach.  As a progressive thinker and practitioner, he ​has provided outstanding veterinary care to pets for over 30 years.  Dr. Gordon ​has ​managed many veterinary hospitals including VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital, Oceanside Veterinary Hospital and Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital in Poway. Dr. Gordon also was a guest columnist for the Ask The Vet column in the OC Register for over 10 years.   Dr. Gordon has treated all of our pets for over 15 years and we believe he is the best holistic veterinarian in Orange County.

Dr. Gordon enjoys all facets of small animal veterinary medicine but has developed a special interest in acupuncture, holistic medical therapies (chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition​, therapeutic laser​ therapy and platelet rich plasma.) ​
Dr. Gordon is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

​Dr. Gordon is available for holistic and conventional veterinary exams, acupuncture and chiropractic care.He can be found at Arch Beach Veterinary Clinic2900 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, Ca 92651 To schedule an appointment call 949-494-6583 or visit their website at