Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Digestive Enzymes Help Dog's Food Allergies and Upset Stomach

Here is my little 13,  almost 14-year-old Welsh Terrier Bryn. She was the runt of a litter of EIGHT! and has been amazingly healthy though smaller than typical.  Her only issues have been major food allergies.  I feed her a homemade diet with a vet-made supplement and she also gets homemade treats (she loves my gluten-free ginger snaps!).  I started using the Ask Ariel Soothing Digestive Relief with every meal because the little scavenger that she is, she is often able to scrounge some of her big sister's treats or odd things she finds outside.  This capsule (I give her about 1/3 capsule with each of her two daily meals) has been perfect for eliminating the upset stomach she would awaken with after eating something forbidden.  Thanks so much for inventing it! 
Amanda McBride- North Carolina 2016

Food allergies are a common condition that effect many dogs.  The symptoms can vary from pet to pet, some dogs will have digestive problems like Bryn, but others will have skin issues and still others might have chronic inflammation that weakens their overall immune system. 
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Treatments for Cats with Red Inflamed Gums

Max and Sasha
Max and Sasha

“I adopted my 2 kitties, Max and Sasha, who had been neglected in their previous home. I took them to the vet and found out that Max was suffering from a severe case of stomatitis and Sasha also had a mild case of stomatitis. For almost a year, Max suffered through rounds of antibiotics and steroid shots, trying to calm his symptoms just so he'd be able to eat.

Then I found AskAriel, where I read the section about stomatitis. I received a food recommendation from Ask Ariel that I was able to find in my local pet store. I also started daily giving the kitties Power Probiotic for PetsColostrom for PetsImmune Harmony, and Quentans. A year later, the kitties visited the vet and she was thoroughly impressed with Max and Sasha. She said she didn't see anything unusual... no redness, no sores, no buildup on the teeth or anything!

I now have two of the happiest kitties on the planet! Thanks for coming up with such amazing products!”    Angie (with Max & Sasha), Louisiana

Red inflamed gums and bad breath in cats are usually caused by an excess of tartar buildup, but can also be caused by an autoimmune disorder.  One of the more common autoimmune disorders in cats is Stomatitis. It causes hypersensitivity to bacterial plaque and the first signs can be bad breath, red inflamed gums, drooling and reluctance to eat (due to the pain). 
If your cat has been diagnosed with stomatitis; it's a good idea to have your pet checked for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus too.  FIV or FeLV can make a cat more susceptible to stomatitis and you will need to be very vigilant in their dental care.

Early intervention and avoiding triggers (that can set off flare ups) can be the key to fighting Autoimmune diseases (where the body forms antibodies to it's own tissues and attacks itself). Common triggers are exposure to vaccines, environmental chemicals, stress, and food allergens. 

Treatment for stomatitis usually begins with steroid shots which help initially.  The disease often progresses resulting in pet owners having to resort to the most drastic veterinary treatment for stomatitis which is the removal of the cat's teeth.  Even after teeth removal,  some cats will continue to have red, inflamed gums.  That is why a holistic approach is so essential for helping your cat to modulate their immune system which may help your pet avoid the need for drastic treatments such as teeth removal.  As with any autoimmune disorder, the first step is to address your cat's diet.  This is because certain foods are triggers that tax the immune system.  When a pet has an autoimmune condition, their immune system is working overtime so bringing calm in the form of food and a low stress environment are importantFeeding your cat an anti-inflammatory diet that avoids key allergens, such as chicken, is key.  Using the right diet along with a few supplements can greatly slow the progression of stomatitis.  

The following supplements have been very helpful for feline stomatitis and have been shown to reduce red inflamed gums, bad breath and pain associated with the disease.

Power Probiotic--This promotes the growth of healthy bacteria throughout the GI tract and mouth needed to ward off the bad bacteria that contribute to the red, inflamed gums.

Immune Harmony-- this formula is designed specifically for autoimmune diseases.  It helps to modulate the cat's immune system and is well-tolerated by cats.

Colostrum For Pets-very helpful for bad breath and red inflamed gums (gingivitis).  Colostrum contains essential immune supportive ingredients, especially helpful for stomatitis.

Quentans and Notatum--These two powerful formulas help to fight infection and inflammation.  One autoimmune trigger may be that the cat has an underlying virus so the antiviral support of Quentans is essential in these cases.

Many pet owners may feel hopeless but by taking some simple steps to improve the cat's diet and use a few of the supplements above, cats will slowly start to show improvement.   The earlier the program is started, the easier it will be to help the cat's condition.  This is not to say that a cat with advanced stomatitis can't be helped, but rather being proactive early on will yield the fastest and effective results. 

If you include your cat's diet on the order form at checkout, AskAriel.com will provide a diet suggestion and tips that have helped other cats with stomatitis.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Senior Cat with IBD Stops Vomiting After Using Supplements



“My cat Burrito, 14 years old, started vomiting hairballs occasionally back in the fall of 2015. It wasn't an everyday thing but as fall turned into winter, it became worse and more often.  Something wasn't right! It was like clockwork, every morning we knew to watch out when we got up from bed that there would be vomit on the floor. Finally we had to seclude Burrito to the basement every night. She hated this very much because she had always slept between my husband and myself. Poor kitty!  Well most of the time she would vomit undigested food during the day and then early in the morning, it was a white foam liquid grossness. So we took her to the vet and they thought she could have acid reflex, so we put her on 1/4 Zantac pill twice a day.  She didn't like that at all and it didn't work--she still vomited the same.

So we went back to the vet and they said it could be IBD and they wanted to put her on prednisone to see if the inflammation that was causing the vomiting would go away and then some other testing. NO NO NO! I didn't want  to do that. So I did some research and found Ask Ariel. In March 2016, I ordered the suggested IBD Kit combo of probiotics, Soothing Digestive Enzymes and the Notatum drops and waited for results. I did notice a difference the first week but still wasn't amazed yet.  I had to be patient and let the combo Kit do its thing. Then one day in May Burrito stopped vomiting. Wow it really worked!  After I was done with the Notatum drops, we were doing our twice daily regimen of Probiotic and digestive enzymes. But every once in awhile, I would find a white foamy liquid on the floor but this was way better than before. I could live with that. Well I reordered the probiotics and ask Ariel suggested to add Gastro ULC. I ordered it and yes nothing to clean up in the past months. I also switched her food to Natural Instinct lamb or rabbit wet cat food. My Burrito is happy again and back to sleeping with us.  Thanks Ariel!”  Tanja  Grand Forks, ND

                    Holistic Treatments for Cats with IBD

Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a diagnoses used for a variety of intestinal disorders found in cats. The disorders are characterized by an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lining of the intestine. Your veterinarian may have diagnosed feline IBD after obtaining a biopsy which shows an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells. Other causes of inflammation such as parasites, bacterial or viral infections, exposure to toxic substances and pancreatic causes of small bowel disorders would have been ruled out. Signs that your cat may have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) include chronic diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea (licking of lips) and gurgling noises in the intestine. The vomit may contain bile or hairballs. There may be mucus, blood and straining with bowel movements and fecal matter outside the litter box. 

Unfortunately, all too often, by the time many cat owners find out their cat has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), they are usually frustrated from trying a variety of "prescription diets", medications and treatments with limited success.  It may even include prescribed steroids such as prednisone as a last resort to control the IBD symptoms. Conventional veterinary care is very limited in the level of care and results that can be accomplished with cats that have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, natural treatments for feline IBD which include a change in diet and using supplements specifically for IBD such as the IBD Kit can change a pet's life.

Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) protocol can be treated using a few natural supplements along with diet changes which can help your cat feel better.   Here are the supplements that Burrito found helpful. 

Probiotic--it is important to use a multi-strain, powerful Probiotic that has been used extensively with cats that have IBD. Most probiotics are not manufactured in such a way so that they can survive the stomach acid, let alone a hot day.  We recommend the Power Probiotic for Pets which is easy to administer, very effective and well tolerated by cats and dogs. The product has been third-party tested and guaranteed to contain the amounts of friendly bacteria indicated on the label.

Digestive Enzymes---digestive enzymes help breakdown your cat's food, firm up the stool and help increase absorption. 
Soothing Digestive Relief for Pets is a gentle formula that has helped thousands of cat and kitten owners to finally stop the diarrhea. It contains herbs to ease indigestion and discomfort and the product is safe enough for a cat to use it for life.

--This kit includes 3 unique formulas that have been specially formulated for IBD and  used successfully to help cats with inflammatory bowel disease.  The Kit includes Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief and Notatum Anti-Inflammatory Drops. When a cat has severe IBD, it is necessary to use a combination of formulas because they work differently to help reduce the symptoms and repair the intestinal lining.  We have seen many cats improve using these three formulas together.

In addition to the supplements, some diet changes are needed.  Cats with IBD should not eat grains which are often found in prescription diets.  Dry kibble is high in starchy carbs which can cause indigestion.  Cats may also have food allergies or intolerances which further the inflammation.    If you add a note on your order with AskAriel about your cat's current diet, diet tips and suggestions will be provided on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.   Overall, there is hope and help available for cats with feline inflammatory bowel disease. Holistic care can make a difference and give your cat a whole new life.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Deepen the Bond With Your Pet

Spending quality time with your beloved pet can be hard to do when you have a busy schedule.  But the benefits are enormous.  It can improve a pet's behavior, be calming for both of you and most of all, strengthen the bond you have together.   The key is to add a meaningful activity to your daily routine.  This can be hard when one is juggling work, family and many responsibilities.  Adding just a few minutes a day to live life together can be good for both of you.  It can be anything--taking your dog along for a ride to the store, cuddling your cat while you talk on the phone, obedience or agility training, or even taking your pet to work with you.  These simple acts can deepen the bond you have with your pet and can bring peace especially during stressful times.  Give it a try!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Rescued Golden Retriever Recovers From Acid Reflux and Yeast Overgrowth

"I want to let you know how great Dakota, our golden retriever that we rescued about 6 months ago, is doing.  When we got him, he had bad ear infections that he had for months, and his skin was so black in the armpit and groin areas that we thought it was ground in dirt.  He also had acid reflux and would bring up bile several times a day.  He obviously did not feel well and was in a lot of pain.  It has taken several months, but the blackened skin (from yeast) is almost back to normal thanks to K9 Yeast Defense.  The recommended dose made him extremely itchy so we give him ½ the dose.  It has been a slower but more comfortable process for him that way.  I wish we had taken “before” pictures of his skin because the difference is remarkable.  And, for his acid reflux, we had him on Pepcid initially.  When we first started your supplements (Power Probiotic, K9 Digestive Enzymes, Gastro ULC and Soothing Digestive Relief), we still had to give him the Pepcid, but we’ve been slowly weaning him off the Pepcid.  He had been taking 4 tablets a day at one point, and he is now down to a ½ tablet a day.  And I can’t forget to mention using your food recommendations.  His ears didn’t start to clear up until we got him eating food that he could tolerate.  We had an intolerance test done also and found that he cannot tolerate beef, chicken, lamb or salmon, all grains including rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes.  All of these are commonly used in dog food.  This is why they could not get the ear infections to clear up before we got him.  Thank you so much for your supplements and all your help.  Dakota is a much happier dog thanks to you!"

Pat & Tim- Emmaus, PA 2016 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Do you know the warning signs of cancer?  Early diagnoses is key.  We have found that the best results in cancer patients occur when the pet owner was able to catch the cancer early (using laboratory testing) AND when a combination of both conventional and holistic medicine is used. While holistic veterinary medicine cannot cure cancer, it can make a tremendous difference.  The best way to help prevent cancer is to start at the beginning of your pet’s life, giving them optimal nutrition, vitamins, Omega 3s and building a sound immune system. Click here to learn more about holistic care treatments.

Warning Signs of Cancer In Pets
• Difficulty eating or swallowing
• Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
• Sores that do not heal
• Weight loss and/or loss of appetite
• Pet just not acting like himself, behavior changes
• Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
• Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
• Persistent lameness or stiffness
• Hesitance to exercise or loss of stamina

Diabetic Husky With Pancreatitis Improves With Digestive Enzymes

We just received this wonderful report for beautiful Emma, a senior Husky with pancreatitis.


"We got some great news today...our (almost) 13 y/o diabetic Siberian Husky "daughter" Emma just got a positive report regarding her pancreatitis.  Her levels, which were almost 1,000 are now normal.  I have got to credit your LypoZyme capsules for contributing to this.   Emma is also a "new dog" as far as her activity level is concerned and we can tell that she is feeling good. 
You have a customer as long as we are blessed with Emma as a family member. The picture was taken only last week.
Errol - Phoenix, Arizona 2016

Lypozyme for Pets- helps break down food and improve digestion. It is especially helpful for pets with pancreatitis, liver disease, diabetes and those needing help with fat absorption.