Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dog Gulping: Acid Reflux?

Some quotes from pet owners who have contacted us:

"Recently my toy poodle began licking his lips and swallowing at the same time. Why is he doing this? It’s constant, 24/7."

"My 3 year old German Shepherd keeps me up at night smacking her lips and drooling." 

"My 11 year old Akita, has been "gulping" at night for about a year -- very loud swallowing, sometimes with even a sucking type noise and lots of lip licking."

Do any of these quotes sound familiar?  Frequent licking of the lips, excessive drooling,  gulping, repetitive swallowing and grass eating are common symptoms associated with a  dog being nauseous and uncomfortable. Digestive issues rank as one of the most common reason for a visit to the veterinarian. During your visit, the vet will try to determine if your pet had exposure to a toxic substance first and then perform other diagnostic testing.    While it might be as simple as your dog ate something that upset their stomach, these symptoms can also be a sign of something more serious so it's important to have it checked out.  The symptoms could become chronic in which case, your pet may be diagnosed with IBD,  acid reflux or other digestive health issue.

How To Help Your Pet Who is Gulping And Licking the Lips:

Diet changes along with these three essential supplements can make a world of difference.

  • K9 Digestive Enzymes- This powerful digestive enzyme is more complex than typical pet enzymes and helps pets digest protein and fats especially.  When food is poorly digested, it creates gas and pain and this product seems to really make a difference.
  • Gastro ULC For Acid Stomach in Pets- Natural stomach acid reducer-- relieves acid pain and repairs inflamed tissues.  Use  with the K9 Digestive Enzymes and Power Probiotic.
  • Power Probiotic for Pets- Helps replenish a healthy intestinal probiotic ecosystem.  The most basic supplement for any pet with digestive discomfort.
Which diet is best? It depends upon your pet and the nature of the GI problems (e.g. pancreatitis etc. ) but when you include your dog's current diet on the AskAriel order form, you will receive a diet suggestion and tips on the packing slip that come with the product directions.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tips To Minimize Your Pet's Stress When You Travel

Taking one last trip for the summer?  It's so hard to leave our pets behind when we travel.  Here are a few tips to relieve stress on your pet:

  •  Consider a pet sitter instead of taking your pet to a boarding facility.  Ask your vet, neighbors and friends about who they use when they travel. Keeping your pet in a comfortable environment is key.  For ex: offers pet sitters in many locations that you can research and meet beforehand. 
  • If you do have to take your pet to a facility, ask about doggie day care.  Even if your pet has never been to doggie day care, many pets enjoy the companionship and activity that doggie day care can provide.  Avoid if possible, leaving your pet in a cage with minimal contact.  See about extended walks if your dog isn't social.
  •  Bring your pet's regular food to the boarding facility (divided into normal meals). Pets have sensitive stomachs so keeping their diet consistent and providing supportive supplements such as: Power Probiotic for Pets, Soothing Digestive Relief for Pets, or K-9 Digestive Enzymes can help minimize the occurrence of problems during their stay.
  •  Make sure to leave any necessary items that will help keep your pet be calm and happy while you are gone.  (Perhaps a special toy or blanket)  
  • If you give your pets supplements, put them in separate meal baggies to make it easy for the caregiver to administer.  For ex: breakfast packets, dinner packets etc
  •  Make sure to leave all emergency numbers including:  your contact phone number, a local emergency contact, and your veterinarian.
  • Make some special treats for your pet using food they already consume (don't try new foods while you are away!).  For ex:  stuff a kong ball with canned food and freeze or bake treats from regular canned food.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Yorkies Digestion and Allergies Improve With Supplements

"Thanks so much for your wonderful products and the helpful information on your website. Here are pictures of our 3 year old Yorkies Bella and Blue.   Both are doing well on the Power Probiotic, Gastro ULC and AllerEaze." 
 K. Lustig and Family

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pros and Cons of Crate Training

Crate training is controversial and there are pros and cons on the subject. If you have ever had an ongoing home improvement project or traveled with your dog (planes require crates) you may understand there are benefits to having a crate trained dog, but unfortunately crates are also used inappropriately by some owners. The purpose of the crate should be for the safety of the pet; this includes preventing them from engaging in destructive and dangerous behaviors and providing a familiar place when traveling that may lessen anxiety. Dogs, especially puppies, can be inquisitive, active chewers, and escape artists; a crate can eliminate the risk of accidental ingestion of something dangerous or an unsupervised dog on the loose. An added  bonus, is it can help tremendously in housebreaking puppies (dogs instinctively avoid soiling where they sleep).  Some dogs may end up LOVING their crate and go there whenever they want to feel safe. The biggest con to crate training though stems from owners acting irresponsibly. They may be keeping the dog crated for excessively long periods of time, using a crate that is too small (limiting movement and comfort), or using an unsafe crate. For crate training to be successful, it must be a safe and comfortable space for your pet, not a place of punishment!

Tips to successful crate training
  • Pick a proper crate for your dog (consider size in the future)
  • Train your dog to go into the crate by using positive reinforcement
  • Start for short periods of time
  • Have crate in an area with the family (dogs are pack animals and the family is their pack)
  • Do not keep a dog in a crate for more than 3 or 4 hours unless absolutely necessary
  • If your dog gets anxious in the crate and becomes excessively destructive, find an alternative

Monday, July 4, 2016

Be Careful With Treats on July 4th

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On July 4th,  it is very tempting to want to treat your pet to some of the holiday goodies.  Please be careful!  Foods such as hot dogs, baked beans, rolls and pie can be harmful to pets.  It is quite common for emergency animal clinics to be filled with dogs and cats suffering from a severe bout of pancreatitis during the holidays.  If your pet is prone to pancreatitis, give them extra Lypozyme for improved fat digestion and use lower fat treats such as fish and vegetables.
The following foods should not be given to pets:
* Chocolate
* Grapes or raisins
* Onions (cooked or raw)
* Sweets (cookies, pie, etc.)
* Rolls/bread (many pets are allergic to gluten)
* High fat foods such as butter and ice cream
* Cooked bones (they can cause choking and tearing in the GI tract)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Susan Davis Featured in "Help Your Pet Thrive With the Right Food" Article

We're in the news! Diet tips from Ask Ariel Pet Nutritionist, Susan Davis, are featured in the OC Register. The article states, that a balanced diet is critical to your dog’s overall health and many conditions can be correlated with ‘bad’ diets, such as chronic skin and ear infections or gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. It also talks about the pet food ingredients that should be avoided for your pet. Click Here to read the article.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Honoring our American Heroes For Their Sacrifices

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On this Memorial Day weekend, we send our sincere gratitude to all those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. Their unselfish acts have allowed us to continue to enjoy the freedoms that our country was founded upon. However, it is not only the heroic men and women of our military that has sacrificed, but also their canine counterparts who performed their duties with loyalty and honor.

Here are a few facts about these  American canine heroes you might find of interest:
  • The United States military has approximately 2500 dogs in active service today with about 700 being deployed overseas.
  • They undergo extensive training in tracking, attack maneuvers and bomb, weapons and drug detection. Only approximately half the dogs make it through training and the trained K-9s are extremely valuable (likely worth over $100,000). However, their real value is in the lives they save. With  98% accuracy in their detection skills, the peace of mind they provide to the troops is priceless.
  • Dogs in service aren’t all German Shepherds. Highly trainable Labrador Retrievers and Belgian Malinois are often used.
  • The dogs mourn the loss of their handler and their handlers mourn the loss of them. They have a special bond; many dogs will act depressed and will often reject a new handler during this mourning period. For those military pups lost in combat, the squad will turn their feeding dishes upside down, hang up their leashes, and leave the kennel door open to symbolize their loss. The poem Guardians of the Night will also be read to honor them for their sacrifice.

 Military Working Dog Teams National Monument