Thursday, November 26, 2009

SAVE ON PET SUPPLEMENTS--FREE SHIPPING TODAY!


FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $50!
Help your pet with holistic care. Save on your pet supplements by taking advantage of this terrific offer. Visit http://www.askariel.com/ today and find natural pet supplements for a variety of pet health conditions such as cat kidney disease (CRF), dog arthritis, canine cancer, elevated liver enzymes, dog itching and scratching and so much more. We have a full library of information on a variety of pet health conditions explaning how you can help your pet using holistic natural care.


As a way to say thank you to all of our loyal clients, Ask Ariel is offering FREE SHIPPING today Thursday November 26th--Thanksgiving Day.To take advantage of this first-time special offer, please use coupon code "freeship" at checkout. Please note that orders must be over $50 to qualify. You will see the shipping charge included and then subtracted out of your total. Please note only one coupon may be used at a time. This coupon cannot be combined with any other offer.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Benefits of Raw Pet Food--Natures Variety HooRAW Extravaganza!

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If you live in Southern California and have heard about the benefits of raw pet food but weren't sure if it was right for your pet, please come to our FREE seminar on Saturday December 5th at the Holiday Inn in Lake Forest from 10:30am - 12:00. We want to spread the word about holistic veterinary medicine, raw pet food and help some homeless dogs too. Michele England from Natures Variety will be discussing how raw food is made and the benefits for pets. Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist will be discussing holistic veterinary medicine and nutritional supplemens for pets and Dr. David Gordon, holistic veterinrian will be discussing acupuncture and chiropractic for pets. Dr. Gordon and Susan Davis offer telephone and inperson appointments to pet owners all over the world. To learn more, click here.
There will be a Question and Answer Panel at the end to allow for plenty of questions! Great prizes and a raffle to benefit Ariel Rescue, a nonprofit charity that saves the lives of homeless dogs from shelters in impoverishd areas. Please RSVP to mengland@naturesvariety.com or call 619-602-7013

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bad Dog Breath---Causes, Supplements and Treatments

Dogs like this one are so loveable and cute....until you smell their breath. When dogs have bad breath, many owners have a tendency to "humanize" the symptom and think they just need a doggie "breath mint". Please don't! Bad dog breath does mean something and usually it is a sign of digestive trouble. Bad dog breath is a condition that needs to be addressed and can be fixed easily--you just have to figure out the root cause. The primary reasons dogs get bad breath:

1) teeth need cleaning OR 2) poor digestion and stomach issues

However, it can be caused by other serious conditons as well such as kidney disease so a simple symptom can have very serious causes that warrant attention.
If your dog has bad breath, take a look at the last time you had your dog's teeth cleaned. There is now anesthesia- free cleaning available at most pet stores and some veterinarian offices which you can explore other than having to anesthetize your dog every time you want to get his or her teeth cleaned. If the teeth are clean, then you need to look at what you are feeding your dog. Kibble, for one can expand in their stomach and be hard to digest. Is your dog having gas and diarrhea too? This is often the case. Poor digestion is directly linked to bad breath as well as skin problems too---you need to change the food.

Try a hypoallergenic food and avoid some of the key allergens mentioned previously on the blog such as corn and grains. A raw diet using novel proteins might also help.

But bad dog breath is also an area where supplements will really help. Take a look at our Bad Dog Breath Kit.

It may seem silly but this combination of three terrific formulas--Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief and Vitamineral Green can really make a difference. The Probiotic provides the good bacteria helping to rebalance your pet's digestive flora in the mouth as well as in the intestinal tract, the Vitamineral Green acts like nature's alkalizer and deodorizer and the Soothing Digestive Relief helps the food move through your dog's digestive tract in a healthy manner. What is it you are really smelling? Well....it is bacteria arising from undigested food that is fermenting in your dog's stomach and intestinal tract. So.....the more you can help improve your dog's digestion, the better off you all will be.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Worried About Losing Your Pet? Is your dog acting like an "old dog"?Try Resveratrol Synergy

From the moment we get them, we worry, we worry, we worry. How long will my pet be with me? How long will my pet live? For the first time, there is a promising new anti-aging supplement that is backed by research. Resveratrol Synergy is a powerful antioxidant this is being heavily researched at top universtities. Resveratrol Synergy is an exciting new product that is specially formulated to help you and your pet live with energy and vitality. Resveratrol Synergy
is especially indicated for the following pets:

1) senior pets
2) pets that are acting sluggish
3) pets that are acting "old"and slowing down
4) pets with cancer
5) pets with cardiovascular (heart disease)
6) pets that have always acted "more mellow" than should be

Pets with heart disease can greatly benefit from Resveratrol Synergy as well as it helps to improve blood flow. Dosages are small so this product is very economical and will last the average large breed pet owner several months.

Instead of worrying about your pet's longevity, take action and give them something that will help. Of course, feeding a nutritious diet and using Omega 3s and vegetables is important, but Resveratrol Synergy is definitely worth a try. We are not aware of side effects and only hear wonderful reports of increased energy and joie de vie (zest for life!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cat With Oxalate Stones and Chronic UTIs

Q: About this topic, I am having a similar problem with my 8 year old male cat, but he had oxalate stones earlier this year, and surgery to remove them, and is now on Hills C/D and has had chronic UTI's only since being on this food. I want to switch him off to a grain free quality food (like Wellness) but am concerned if this would cause new oxalate stones to form. The effectiveness of Hills C/D has not been proven to me yet - although he has not had additional oxalate stones. Any advice?

A: Diet is an extremely important factor when a pet is developing stones or chronic UTIs. Grains and food allergies can greatly contribute. Once a pet has required surgery for stones however, this is a very serious matter that should be handled by a veterinary professional. Most likely it is the corn and grains contained in the Hills C/D that is causing your kitty to get the UTIs and I would highly recommend ordering our PET UTI Prevention Kit for starters. In addition, we have had proven success using Renelix to help pets with crystals and stones. Many clients with crystals use our diet protocols along with Renelix and retest with the crystals no longer present. As far as diet, I would need to work with you in the context of a telephone or inperson appointment to help you develop the appropriate diet for your kitty. To help you select the best diet, a comprehensive discussion regarding his medical history, food preferences and laboratory tests would need to be done so that you could be sure the diet selected is the right one for your kitty.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bleu--One Year Anniversary of His Adoption

Today is November 1st and is the one year anniversary of our adoption of Bleu, our white Siberian Husky. I remember vividly how hard it was to get another dog and how initially it was so tough to bond with him. But, in looking back now, I realize it was a great decision to adopt when we did. We had just lost our Tessie to hemangiosarcoma and watched her waste away in those final days. We decided to adopt Bleu just a few weeks after Tessie died when we learned he had been waiting for a family to adopt him for over 2 1/2 years.

When Ariel had died, we waited a long time to get another dog and it wasn't until Tessie was in such desperate need as a foster dog, that we decided to take in another pet months later. It is a personal choice whether to get another pet sooner or later following the death of a beloved family member. I remember that I felt so disloyal to Ariel in thinking about another pet and that somehow it would take away from her memory. That did not end up being the case at all--I loved each of them so much and they both made a profound impact on our lives.

The one thing I do know was that both times we lost a pet, it was so empty and sad in our home without one. The loneliness was so profound and I dwelled on the last few weeks prior to their death obsessing and wondering if there might have been something else I could have done. This is a natural feeling and all good pet owners feel this way. But, now, after seeing wonderful pet owners lose treasured pets every day in my profession, I have to say, that it is the circle of life and we each have a certain amount of time to live and then sadly it is over. And so....there are so many homeless, abandoned, needy pets out there, if you have love in your heart but are still mourning the loss of your pet, you may want to reconsider helping make the life of one of these pets better while you can.

When Tessie died, I was devastated because we had only three short years. She had suffered such a hard life prior to our rescuing her, there was no escaping her past. I felt as though I were ripped off, but then after getting Bleu, I did realize what a noble gift it was for Tessie to make room for Bleu who also desperately needed a loving home. Bleu was advertised on http://www.petfinder.com/ as a "special needs" dog who suffered from an unusual pancreatic disorder and the rescuer stated that the "time and expense giving him a special diet and supplements would be well worth it because his exceptional temperament would outweigh the extra effort". The rescuer could not have been more right. We fell in love with our Bleu and he has brought so much joy into our lives. He really did need a pet nutritionist to help him with his health care and he has been nothing but a gift to us. He is a happy, fun loving dog that makes us laugh each and every day. He howls with delight when we take him to Doggie Care--so much so that my husband and I leave each other messages with his howling antics. He helped us forget the pain and loss with Tessie and move on with our lives. This year, we made beautiful photo frames, one for each of my special girls memorializing all that they had meant to us. We will never forget them and no other dog will ever replace them. They will go on in our hearts forever but with the help of Bleu, we were able to move forward and feel the joy of having a beloved pet with whom to share a beautiful life.