Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hope You Have a Snoozy Sunday!

Hope you can get a chance to relax and have a snoozy Sunday!

Have a question about your pet? Please feel free to email us at
Please know we can't provide veterinary advice but we have many articles about pet nutrition and how to help your pet feel better using natural, holistic care.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Giving Thanks To A Client Who Goes The Extra Mile For Her Cats

Just wanted to share this wonderful note we received from Tara in Texas.  Tara is doing a great job trying to help Kitty, her 16 year old cat who has stomatitis. It's very hard when you have a multiple cat household and one cat needs a special diet. Tara is doing an amazing job trying to convert everybody over!
‎Tara S to Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist
"I feel really complelled to write about how wonderful AskAriel is with their wonderful customer service!!! They truly care and are very knowledgable; you can tell. I always receive good advice and prompt replys in my email enquiries. I will be a customer for life. Thank you so much for all that you do! 5 stars!"

Friday, March 24, 2017

AHA Hero Dog Awards Voting Opens Soon!

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards nominees will be introduced on March 29th when voting opens.  Visit them at to vote for your favorite hero. We would like to share the story of last year's winner Hooch.

Hooch American Humane Hero of the Year for 2016
"Hooch is a French Mastiff with badly cropped ears, a broken tail, no tongue and the brightest spirit you’ll ever encounter. Zach Skow, of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, was alerted about him by a shelter in Bakersfield, and was told that the dog wouldn’t eat or drink, and would instead thrash his food and water bowls around like a maniac. By the time he was pulled to freedom, he was 35 pounds underweight – starving, dehydrated and severely malnourished. Never thinking to check for a missing tongue, they thought he might have a broken or dislocated jaw that was causing his behavior. When taken to the vet, he was sedated to ready him for x-rays, and the gruesome discovery was made… Hooch’s tongue had been savagely removed at its base, likely in an attempt to prime him for the role of a bait dog.  After using a feeding tube (Hooch kept yanking it out) it was discovered that Hooch could be hand-fed!  He tilts his head back while Zach has a handful of food and places it in the back of Hooch’s throat and they let gravity do the rest. Hooch stands for overcoming adversity, bravery and living in the moment. He spends many hours with Marley’s Mutts Miracle Mutts division, as a therapy dog.  He works with autistic, abused and special needs children.  Hooch is known for showing patience and kindness and is proof that anything can be overcome. He is our hero and the best mascot for bravery around." from American Humane Hero Dog Awards site

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Brown Rice--Is It Healthy For Your Cat or Dog?

Rice is one of the world’s most popular foods, is a major component of many people’s diet and often considered a “comfort” food, but should it be for your pet? It is important for us to remember that what is considered a “healthy” diet for humans does not always translate to be the same for our canine and feline companions.  Brown Rice is less processed than white rice and is produced by harvesting the seeds running the rice through a rice huller that removes the outer grain husk.  White rice has the added step of removing the germ and the inner husk which then removes even more nutrients and fiber.
Why Is Rice An Ingredient Dog and Cat Food?
Many pet food companies use rice as a “healthy” inexpensive carbohydrate that has less incident of being an allergen then other grains such as corn. It is a filler that can bring up the protein percentage on the label INSTEAD of using the more costly real meat, fish or poultry.   “Premium” brands may market the fact they use brown rice or even organic brown rice as a benefit, but the fact is, the rice is still a replacement for the real nutrition a pet needs.   Feeding brown rice and starchy carbohydrates can affect the pet's overall nutritional balance contributing to obesity, yeast overgrowth, diabetes and a weakened immune system Most pet nutritionists agree that dogs (and cats) were originally meat-eaters and although they have become more “domesticated”, this still holds true. Cats are carnivores and do not need carbohydrates while dogs thrive when their diet consists of minimal carbohydrates.

Effects of Rice on Your Pet's Health
If your pet is showing signs of itching, licking, chewing, digestive problems, urinary tract infections, hypothyroidism (dogs), hyperthyroidism (cats), upper respiratiory infections and so on (the list goes on and on), grains such as rice, no matter how wonderful they sound for you to eat, should not be a part of your pet's.  The ONLY time rice may be helpful (and even then our preference would be to feed sweet potatoes instead) is when the pet requires a low protein diet due to kidney failure or liver disease. Yes, there are plenty of exceptions where some pets seem to do just fine on diets with plenty of grains, but as a general rule, grains such as rice contribute to inflammation and an increased carbohydrate load.

Avoid Rice AND Grains In Your Pet's Food and Treats
We do not recommend feeding your pets treats or pet foods containing brown rice or any rice. Just a few examples of cat and dog food brands that contain rice:  Rachael Ray Nutrish Canidae Life Stages, Blue Buffalo Life Protection Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets, Nature's Recipe Limited Ingredient,  Nutro Wholesome Essentials, California Naturals Dry,  Simply Nourish, Royal Canin and Hills Prescription Diets, Purina ProPlan and many, many more.
Have A Question About Your Pet's Well Being? Read our articles about pet nutrition or email us at   Please be sure to include your pet's diet on the order form at checkout and our nutritionist will include a diet suggestion for your pet on the order packing slip that comes with your product directions.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall of Rocky Mountain Red Meat Canned Food

Blue Buffalo issued a voluntary recall for one production lot of Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountan Recipe Red Meat Wet Food for Adult Dogs because it could potentially have elevated beef thyroid hormones in the food.  Pet owners can return the food to the stores for a refund.  Would like to encourage pet owners to learn more about raw frozen diets as these contain fresh ingredients such as vegetables, enzymes and real meat.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dog Burping, Swallowing and Regurgitating During The Night May Be A Sign of Indigestion

Do any of these sound familiar? Vomiting, gulping, swallowing sounds, burping or regurgitation during the night? Excessive Grass eating? These may be symptoms associated with acid reflux and indigestion. Acid reflux is painful and your dog may be uncomfortable or nauseated.

Digestive issues rank as one of the most common reasons for a visit to the veterinarian. Your dog's diet could be a contributing factor. Diet changes, probiotics and digestive supplements can give your dog a great deal of relief, improve digestion and overall health.

Have a question about your pet?  While we cannot provide veterinary advice, we would be happy to help point you in the right direction.  We have many articles that can help.  Please feel free to email us at

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Rescue dog Wrangler (a special needs dog) wanted to make sure you smile today! Wishing you and your pets a Happy St. Patrick's Day with a pot o' gold of good health!  Wrangler is featured her with the supplements he takes.  Wrangler has a feeding tube and many health issues, but is loved and cherished by all!