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

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Award Winning Filmmaker JD Disalvatore Trying to Make Los Angeles a "No Kill" City

“I was not only captivated by the ingenuity, bravery and gumption of the rescuers, but also completely sucked into the world of the animals themselves. I feel compelled to share that with everyone…”
JD Disalvatore

JD Disalvatore, an American LGBT award winning film and television producer/director and gay rights activist, was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer. As anyone knows who has been touched by cancer, it can be overwhelming, but during this difficult time (and only thinking of herself) she has made it her mission to save the dogs of Los Angeles and turn it into a “no kill” city.
Her passionate journey began when she began volunteering for the East Valley Animal Shelter and saw firsthand the reality of dogs and cats being euthanized. However, the experience also introduced her to the passionate people, rescues, and organizations that are fighting to save these precious beings from euthanasia. Those experiences led her to make the documentary called “How to Save a Dog”, and it will showcase the incredible effort it takes to rescue a dog. She will also include a series of 20 to 30 educational videos for social media to help educate the general public and different subjects (i.e. How to Foster a Pet, etc). For more information on her project visit the official website here

Ms. Disalvatore is an inspiration to us all!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Guinness Record for Oldest Cat Alive!

Scooter, a 30 –year old Siamese cat from Mansfield, Texas, has just set the new Guinness record for being the oldest cat alive.  He was born on March 26, 1986 and has lived a happy active life (including visiting 45 of the 50 states) with owner Gail Floyd. To obtain the record, evidence had to be submitted to prove the cat’s longevity (videos, witness statements, etc). He still has a way to go to obtain the record of the oldest cat to have EVER lived. That record is held by  Creme Puff who lived to be 38 years and 3 days old.

Scooter is in good health, other than recovering from a broken leg suffered over a year ago, and his veterinarian says “Scooter is quite an amazing cat, with a strong will to live’. The best way to help your pet have a long and active life is to provide them with a healthy diet and supportive holistic supplements such as: Amazing Omegas for Pets, Power Probiotic for Pets, Renelix and Oxicell.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Family Dog Takes Himself to Doggie Daycare

Our Legend loves going to VCA Crown Valley Animal Hospital playgroup and starts panting and getting excited whenever we drive by! Riley the Golden Retriever decided to go on his own! Playgroup is a great way to keep your dog happy if you work full time or gone from home.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

5 Tips For Surviving Shedding Season

The sun is shining, the days are longer and spring is in the air. However, for many, it is also the beginning of the battle of the seemingly never ending shedding season. Here are 5 tips to help you survive the season:

1)  Feed your pet essential fatty acids- Omega 3 (essential fatty acids) are essential for helping your pet maintain a nice coat and will reduce shedding.  Examples: fish oil, flaxseed oil.   Amazing Omegas provide essential fatty acids and nourish the skin and coat.  Many pets are not getting enough essential fatty acids from their diet which can make their coat appear lackluster.  Amazing Omegas can bring back the shimmer in your pet's coat.
2)  Give your pet a bath more frequently- It will help get rid of the dead hair and lessen the amount found throughout the house.
3)  Regular Brushing- More frequent brushing will help your pet's fur stay manageable. It can also be a nice bonding time for you and your pet.  Using a Furminator or other special deshedding tool is helpful.
4)  Cover the Furniture- it may be helpful to cover your furniture with machine washable covers or sheets. Remove them, throw them in the wash and you can be ready for a guest in a minute!
5) Clean out the vents and vacuum more often--shedding season is a lot of work so it's important to try to tackle it before the fur collects everywhere (under refrigerator, behind furniture, on drapes, etc.)