Monday, November 28, 2022

How To Increase Your Pet's Antioxidants

Most pet owners have heard that antioxidants are important for their pets. But why? Antioxidants are substances that can help prevent cellular damage from free radicals. They are abundant in vegetables and fruits (especially berries). Antioxidants are not just another gimmick. Pets often need extra antioxidants beyond what is in their food. Including antioxidants in their regimen can extend the quality of their lives as well as their longevity. Adding "live fresh food" to your pet's diet in the form of green or lower glycemic colored vegetables such as squash or raw frozen diets can greatly enhance the number of antioxidants in your pet's diet. Supplementing with antioxidants like Purrfect Pet CoQ10 or Resveratrol For Dogs can support organ health, immunity and may have an anti-aging effect. When you can, try to include some fresh vegetables and other antioxidants in your pet’s diet.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

How Can Green Tea Help Your Pet?


 

Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis) has immunoregulatory and anti-inflammatory properties.  Green tea continues to be researched for effectiveness in cancer prevention and treatment.  Green tea contains catechins--anti-oxidants that are being studied for their anti-tumor, anti-cancer effect.  The most potent catechin found in green tea is called EGCG.  An animal study in March 2015 (J Cancer Prev) shows that the EGCG in green tea extract inhibits tumor growth and may help to reduce the number of tumors.  Green tea catechins appear to target and inhibit cancer stem cells.  Ask Ariel's OncoPet contains decaffeinated green tea extract, along with medicinal mushrooms, to support dogs with cancer.  OncoPet also provides excellent immune support for senior dog breeds that have a higher incidence of cancer such as boxers.



Wednesday, November 23, 2022

What Vegetables Are Good For Your Pet?


Vegetables are nature's medicine!  Each different color of veggie provides specific nutrients and health benefits.   Yellow and orange vegetables, like carrots, yellow squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkin are naturally high in carotenes.  Carotenes are phytonutrients that  can help protect healthy cells and reduce oxidative stress.   Leafy greens and other green vegetables, like zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale, are rich in chlorophyll, vitamins and fiber. 

A recent research study showed that Scottish terriers that ate green leafy vegetables and yellow-orange vegetables at least three times a week had a significantly reduced risk of developing bladder cancer (TCC - transitional cell carcinoma)*. 

*Reference: Research study: Evaluation of the effect of dietary vegetable consumption on reducing risk of transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder in Scottish Terriers. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2005 Jul 1;227(1):94-100. Malathi Raghavan, Deborah W. Knapp, Patty L. Bonney, Marcia H. Dawson, Lawrence T. Glickman.
Monday, November 21, 2022

Keeping Your Pet Health During The Holidays


Did you know? One of the most risky times for your pet’s health is during the holidays? Pancreatitis is a real threat and veterinary emergency hospitals fill up the day after a holiday. Why? Both cats and dogs overindulge either due to excess “pampering” or getting into the trash.

What is pancreatitis? It’s inflammation and swelling of your pet’s pancreas— a vital organ that produces enzymes for digestion and hormones like insulin to regulate your pet’s blood sugar. Pets with a history of pancreatitis, diabetes or prior digestive problems are most vulnerable. Small and elderly pets are also at high risk.
What’s a pet owner to do? Check frequently on your pet’s whereabouts while guests are over. Keep safe, healthy treats readily available. Ask guests not to feed table scraps and be sure pesky paws are kept out of the kitchen. Keep your trash securely closed.
If you notice the signs of pancreatitis such as vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite or lethargy, contact your veterinarian right away. Use AskAriel’s LypoZyme enzymes to help prevent flare-ups and relieve the discomfort associated with pancreatitis.
Friday, November 18, 2022

How To Increase Omega-3s In Your Pet's Diet?


Omega 3 fatty acids provide many benefits to pets. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been scientifically shown to be helpful for allergies, arthritis, skin problems, heart conditions, kidney function and brain health. One way to increase omega-3 fatty acids in your pet's diet is to add fish oil such as Amazing Omegas for Pets. Another is to add certain fish to their diet. Sardines, mackerel, herring, trout and salmon contain some of the highest amounts of naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids. Consider adding sardines packed in water or a small amount of baked salmon to your pet's food as a healthy treat. Some pets, especially cats may have an allergy to fish so always start with just a small amount to see how your pet responds.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

What Helped Teddy's Cough?



With thanks to Katie in Florida for sending in 17-year-old Teddy’s success story:

"Teddy has had a chronic cough since May 2020. Over the course of 2 years, he has been on 3 different medications, had an EKG, x-rays, and many vet visits. The meds would work for a while but the side effects were awful for Teddy. I kept researching and finally came across a thread online where someone mentioned Ask Ariel. I learned a lot from the website and ordered some supplements. Since then Teddy is off all medication and is doing so much better! It took some time and he will have a bad day once in a while, but overall I’d say his cough is 85% better, which has improved his quality of life tremendously, and mine since the coughing was the worst during the night. Teddy takes Ask Ariel Power Probiotic, Ultra-Flex Collagen, and LypoZyme. He also takes Kidney Health to support his kidneys which were affected by the medications. I am so grateful I kept at it and finally found Ask Ariel. I had started to research end of life options because I didn’t know what else to do and didn’t want him to be suffering. I am so grateful for Ask Ariel’s educational approach and supplements.”
Monday, November 14, 2022

Why You Should Adopt A Senior Pet?

It’s so sad that wonderful adult pets are often overlooked in shelters. But you can change that. The truth is that love is ageless and adult pets are hidden gems! They already have life experience and maturity, making their transition to a home much easier. Adult pets are usually calmer, less destructive and low maintenance. With an adult pet, what you see is what you get! Their personality and size are already established, so there are no surprises. The best part is that adult pets seem to realize that they have been given a second chance and are loyal and grateful. Save a life and find a perfect pet by visiting