Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pelicans Saved By 2 Good Samaritans



When you go to the beach or harbor on a sunny summer day, it is easy to get mesmerized by the tranquil waters and beautiful surf. The last thing you might expect is to see an animal fighting for its life. My husband Stuart went kayaking for a few hours just outside the Dana Point Harbor. He was enjoying the peaceful breeze and crystal blue water when he saw some commotion out in the water. There were two pelicans flapping about. He couldn't figure out what they were doing and thought they must be playing. He thought it was strange they were so close to one another so he paddled closer to see what might be going on. He soon saw that they were desperately trying to separate themselves and were locked together by a fishing line. Each Pelican had a fish hook (double hook line) stuck in its beak and they were attached by the small amount of line in between. The poor birds were exhausted and would drown if they couldn't get free.




Stuart stayed with the birds until another kayaker came upon them. Thankfully the other kayaker was a fisherman and happened to have a pair of plyers. Unbelievably, each pelican (these are huge birds with 4 foot wing spans) allowed them to hold them and pull the hooks out. Stuart thought he was going to get bit to pieces and would have to let go but the pelicans allowed the men to hold them and remove the hooks. The reason they were so compliant is that the birds were simply exhausted and probably sensed this was their last hope. What the two men theorized is that the pelicans must have swooped in to grab a fishermans's catch and since there was a double line of bait, rather than pull the birds in, the fisherman cut the line. The birds would have died. What they needed to do was actually pull the birds in and remove the hooks from their beaks.




In any case, I am happy to report that both pelicans flew off to safety and were saved because two good men cared enough to help them!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

3 Myths About Your Pet's Prescription Diet


3 Myths About Your Pet’s Prescription Diet
By Susan Blake Davis, CCN
Copr. © 2011 eNewsChannels™ and Susan Blake Davis.
When your veterinarian recommends a prescription diet for your pet, it is because your pet has a health condition that requires dietary modification. Your veterinarian has your pet’s best interest in mind and is trying to help you take better care of your pet.
What is a pet prescription diet? A prescription diet is a commercially prepared food scientifically formulated to address a specific health condition. For example, a kidney diet has reduced protein and phosphorous. When pets are diagnosed with various health conditions, dietary modification can make a significant impact on their health and well-being. The adage “you are what you eat” holds true.
There is an important point of clarification however. Yes-- your pet needs to follow a diet based on a scientific formulary prescribing specific nutritional requirements (e.g. low fat, high fiber, low sodium). But, what is often misunderstood however, is that the only option for achieving this dietary formulary is by using commercially prepared prescription food. In other words, just because your pet needs a low fat, high fiber diet doesn’t mean that there is only one way to serve it using a canned or dry commercially prepared “prescription food”. There are homemade and combined homemade/commercial alternatives and it is important for you to know your options so that you can make an informed decision about what is best for your pet.  

All pets can benefit from using a good multi-strain probiotic. Power Probiotic is a veterinary approved probiotic that is easy to use and can be given to even the smallest and youngest of pets. Tiny kittens and puppies, as well as older dogs and cats, will benefit from Power Probiotic. Power Probiotic boosts digestion, balances the GI tract, improves immune function and makes all pets feel better overall. 

Myth #1---The Commercially Prepared Prescription Diet Is the Only Food OPTION My Pet Can Eat
Yes and No—The reason your pet needs to be on a prescription diet is because it is a “prescription” regarding various food groups such as fats, protein and carbohydrates as well as the vitamin and mineral content. For example, pets with kidney disease need a diet low in phosphorous. So—yes, if your veterinarian has diagnosed a disease, you should follow the vet’s prescription regarding your pet’s nutritional needs . However, this doesn’t mean that the only food choice is the dry and canned food commercial options available at your veterinarian’s office. You can prepare a homemade option or use a combination of homemade with raw frozen food or other commercial foods, but the point is that whatever you feed, it needs to meet the nutritional needs set forth in the prescription!
It would be difficult for the average pet owner to figure out the appropriate dietary alternatives for their pet within the confines of the “prescribed guidelines” In fact, there is a risk that if you are doing a lot of food combining on your own, you may end up doing more harm than good. It is quite common for pet owners to use the prescription commercial food all the while adding in miscellaneous treats and table scraps, thereby defeating the whole purpose. The point here is that there are natural, homemade and alternative ways to give your pet a “prescription” diet beyond the commercial prescription foods but it is highly recommended that you seek out the advice of a pet nutritionist or holistic veterinarian to ensure the diet meets the nutritional needs of your pet.
MYTH #2—It’s Okay to Feed My Pet’s Prescription Diet to All of My Pets
Not necessarily---Not unless all of your pets have the same health problems and require the same prescription diet. In multiple pet households, it is quite common for pet owners to feed the same food to all of their pets. Would you give the same medication to all of your pets too? Prescription diets are a dietary formulary that restrict certain ingredients—this might be advantageous for the pet for whom the diet is prescribed, but not for other pets. For example, a pet owner may have a senior cat and a 2 year old cat. A young cat needs a high protein, high fat diet. If a young cat is fed a prescription kidney diet, the cat may experience muscle atrophy and other health problems associated with a low protein diet. This is again, why it is so important to either consult with a pet nutritionist or holistic veterinarian or ensure that each pet is only eating the food that is designated for them.
MYTH #3 –If My Pet Has Multiple Health Problems, a Commercially Prepared Prescription Diet Will Address All of my Pet’s Nutritional Needs
Not necessarily—When pets have multiple health issues occurring, commercial pet food options are not nearly as successful. For example, a dog may have severe allergies and liver disease. There is no one “magic” formula a vet can prescribe to address multiple health problems. The commercially prescribed liver diets may be lower in fat and liver-friendly, but will most likely contain grains which the pet could be allergic to. And even when a pet is using a commercially prepared prescription diet for one health condition, another one may develop in the process. For example, pets that are prone to bladder stones may use a prescription diet to prevent the bladder stones but then develop hot spots and itching. if your pet has multiple health conditions, using a custom-tailored diet specifically designed for your pet by a holistic veterinarian or pet nutritionist is a more beneficial approach.
When your pet is diagnosed with a particular health condition, you want to do what’s best to help. Diet clearly has an impact but there are many ways to approach your pet’s health problem. The important point is to know that there are options.
This article may not be reprinted or published without the author's consent and is copyrighted.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Anderson Cooper Giggles Over Depardieu's Tinkle--Watch for a BIG LAUGH!





I have always wished I could bring my big dog onto a plane to sit right next to me. Of course this is not allowed because of "sanitary reasons" as I am sure airlines are concerned about a big dog having an "accident". Well...what about what this HUMAN did on a plane? I think traveling dogs would be a lot better mannered! This video is very funny where Anderson Cooper is cracking himself up over French actor Depardieu urinating on the plane instead of the bathroom....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In Memory of Maverick

In Memory Of Maverick

Expressing my heartfelt sympathy for Karen, Ask Ariel Office Manager who lost her beloved Maverick today. Maverick fought a very long multi-year fight with cancer and diabetes and died as a very senior pet (over 15 years old) with his Mom today. Karen took amazing care of Maverick and dedicated her entire life's schedule to care for him and ensure he received his insulin shots on time.

Karen rescued Maverick after his original owner died and due to her loving care, he was able to live a high quality and long life in such a loving home. At the time she rescued him, Maverick was in a state of ketoacidosis and liver dysfunction. Karen nursed him back to health, gave him a proper diet and helped Maverick regain his health.

Karen is also the head volunteer of Ariel Rescue and tirelessly gives of her time to help save so many desperate dogs at the shelters. My favorite story about Karen is when she drove several hours to help out another rural rescue whose dogs were all going to be euthanized. On the way back, there was a deep fog and it took Karen much longer to drive home than anticipated. The vet hospital where she had planned to bring all the dogs was now closed so she had no choice but to find places for all of them in her house for the night. She had to bring 11 dogs to her home that evening and when her little boy (now a college graduate) woke up to go to the bathroom, he found puppies in there and threatened to call Daddy who was on a business trip! Karen will do anything to help an animal in need and our hearts and prayers go out to her during this difficult time.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Why Bulldog is Eating Grass--Acid Stomach In Dogs

Q: My bulldog is eating a lot of grass in the morning. Sometimes he even throws up. What does this mean? Betsy

A: Some dogs like to eat a little bit of grass to graze as a treat. However, most of the time, when dogs are looking for grass to eat on a routine basis, it can be a sign of an acid stomach. This is especially true if the dog is eating the grass and then vomiting afterward. There are many reasons why a dog could have an acid stomach. It is important to have your bulldog evaluated by a veterinarian, especially if you have an older pet who is also inappetant.

One primary reason for grass eating however is the food you are feeding. Could be your bulldog is not digesting the food properly because it contains grains such as wheat and corn or your bulldog could be allergic to the meat proteins such as chicken. A lot of bulldogs have allergies and the problems start in the digestive tract. First and foremost, give your bulldog some digestive support by using a digestive enzyme and probiotic. We recommend Soothing Digestive Relief and Power Probiotic. These products will help breakdown the food in your bulldog's tummy, provide necessary flora to help with overall digestion and provide soothing pain relief. In addition, you can try an acid reducer such as Gastro ULC.

Be sure you are feeding your bulldog at least 2x a day and if possible, try to do a small snack at bedtime as well as mid-day. You can use the digestive formulas every time your dog eats to help breakdown the food and enhance digestion. By feeding regular mealas, it helps to reduce acid buildup which can cause a lot of discomfort. Be sure to avoid treats that might cause acid stomach such as chicken jerky treats or dog biscuits, especially if your dog has any itching or scratching.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shop For A Cause: Help Husky Haven of LA--Save a Life & On Your Purchase at Macy's


Bleu Davis
Rescued by Husky Haven of LA
wwww.huskyhavenofla.org

Donate to a worthy cause and help save a life--- save 25% on your purchase at Macy's too!

Husky Haven of Los Angeles is proud to be selected by Macy’s as a charity partner for Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass for exclusive savings in every Macy’s store and online at macys.com on Saturday August 27.

DETAILS
$5 Shopping Pass give you 25% off storewide.
Each shopping pass includes an entry form for a $500
shopping spree, to be drawn from each store location.

All ticket sales go directly to Husky Haven of LA. Be sure to look at all of the wonderful huskies available for adoption. Husky Haven has been saving Northern Breed dogs since 1982 and is a very reputable 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

TO PURCHASE
Go to the Husky Haven of LA website and donate $5 via Paypal.
http://www.huskyhavenofla.org/

Indicate “MACY’S SHOPPING PASS” in the comment and your electronic
ticket will be emailed to you.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Prevent Cancer, Liver Disease and Kidney Disease in Your Pets By Getting Blood and Urine Laboratory Testing

Can you really prevent cancer, liver disease and/or kidney disease in your cat or dog by going to the vet? The answer is yes. Early detection is key and by going to get your cat or dog's blood and urine values checked out when your pet ISN'T sick can prevent future problems from getting worse. Most of us rely on how our pets are "feeling" and acting and mistakenly think their pet is fine. This is because pets will hide their symptoms. "In the wild" it is a sign of weakness and a primitive signal to predators that they are vulnerable. It is very common for pet owners to say "my pet was fine" and then all of a sudden developed cancer, kidney failure or other serious diseases. Don't delay--get the immediate preventative blood and urine tests done now and don't wait until your pet is sick.

Visit AskAriel for immediate help if your pet has cancer, kidney failure or liver disease.

An ounce of prevention can save your pet's life and give you a lot more time with your cat or dog. All you need to do is make the upfront short-term investment and go to the veterinarian for laboratory testing. Even if your veterinarian doesn't suggest it (many won't due to the added expense for the pet owner), be your pet's best advocate and request a comprehensive blood test AND urine analysis. This will give you a good baseline that you can use in future years. How can this help prevent disease?

Well....one of the most common issues is that diseases can sneak up on your pet. So, for example, your cat's most recent blood value BUN and creatinine (measures of feline kidney disease) may be on the high range of normal. But, then the next time you come back, your kitty is in full renal failure. By having the baseline, you will be able to assess how quickly your kitty's kidney disease is progressing and the type of action steps you will need to take to prevent further decline.

Don't know what to feed your pet? We are here to help. We offer telephone consultations personalized to the needs of your special pet. We will help you stop the chronic itching and allergies and your pet's continued suffering. Please click here for more information and products available at Ask Ariel. And don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook!



Regarding cancer, one of the most common situations occurs when an older pet stops eating very well. Owners mistakenly conclude it is just "old age". Quite often, it is some type of disease setting in such as kidney or liver disease that is giving the pet acid stomach and making them not want to eat. By getting the proper laboratory tests done, you can be assured, you are truly taking care of your pet from the inside out.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wonder Why It Seems Dogs Can Read Our Minds and Know What We Are Going To Do Next?

Canine connection: Study explores how dogs think and learn about human behavior

ScienceDaily (2011-06-09) -- Dog owners often attest to their canine companion's seeming ability to read their minds. How do dogs learn to beg for food or behave badly primarily when we're not looking? According to one research team, the way that dogs come to respond to the level of people’s attentiveness tells us something about the ways dogs think and learn about human behavior. Their research suggests it is down to a combination of specific cues, context and previous experience. ... > read full article

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

5 Treats That Could Be Making Your Pet Sick

We love our pets and want to spoil them. But be careful, as some treats can cause more harm than good. Not every pet will have a problem with the treats listed below but some might and it is better to be safe than sorry!

For more information about healthy treats for your pet visit AskAriel





  • Peanut Butter--This is often a favorite method for administering pills to dogs. Peanut butter can be a huge allergen and should definitely be avoided if your dog has any type of allergy or skin problems such as ear infections, hot spots, or paw chewing/licking. Also, it is very high in fat and should not be used for any dogs with liver or pancreatitis conditions. Alternatives for administering pills are canned dog food, hummus or hypoallergenic Pill Pockets.





  • Tuna Water--Many pet owners add tuna water to their cat's food on a routine basis. This is usually because the cat isn't eating well due to health concerns such as kidney disease. Tuna water is high in phosphorous (bad for the kidneys) and contains mercury. This just isn't a good habit to get into. Safer alternatives are low sodium chicken or beef broth or an alternative canned cat food used as a "topper".





  • Commercial Hot Dogs--Hot dogs are highly processed, loaded with salt, chemicals and are high in fat. In addition, most contain nitrates which are a known carcinogen. A contributing factor to the high rate of cancer in pets is the reduced quality of foods we are feeding them. If you want to eat a hot dog, then take a look at Applegate Farms which is a lower fat, no-nitrate, no-antibiotic version. But for your pets, stick with a piece of homecooked meat over a hot dog





  • Fat From Meat e.g.Tablescraps--The fat from your meat should go into the garbage---not into your pet. Pancreatitis can occur from a simple incidence of cutting off fat from meat and giving it your pet. Pets thrive on lean meats, fish and poultry. Please give them the very best in these foods and don't give them fat from the table.





  • Cookie Dough and Other Baked Goods--Pets can get sick very quickly from too much sugar. Most baked goods not only contain sugar but also flour which can be problematic for allergic pets. Some contain raisins which are poisonous. Many pets get urinary tract infections especially from eating grains and high carbohydrates. Please avoid giving your pet grains and especially human baked goods that contain sugar


    • Healthy Treats For Your Pet

      Feel free to give your pet healthy treats such as Wildside Salmon Treats. These tasty treats are great for cats and dogs and are made of just pure wild salmon. Venison jerky from holistic brands such as Natures Variety and Ziwi Peak are good options. A baby carrot, slice of apple, vegetables are all good choices as well as a small amount of baked or canned salmon or a lean meat. Please look at labels carefully---if you can't pronounce the ingredients--don't give it to your pet. Finally, be sure to avoid treats with food dyes that are made to look like fresh ingredients--e.g. orange-colored dog treats that are made to look like a fresh carrot.
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      Sunday, August 7, 2011

      Symptoms of Heart Murmurs and Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs and Cats



      Symptoms of heart murmurs and congestive heart disease in dogs and cats can include:
      • Easily tiring after exercise
      • Bluish discoloration of the tongue
      • Sudden collapse
      • Difficulty breathing
      • A persistent dry cough
      • Accumulation of fluid in the lungs, leg or abdomen
      Pets with heart disease need a diet rich in Omega 3s, low in fat and sodium. A high fat diet can create a lot of extra work for your pet's heart. Fish oil and lean protein sources are very beneficial.

      Natural heart supplements for dogs and cats can help your pet with heart murmurs and congestive heart failure:
      Amazing Omegas - highly purified fish oil delivering therapeutically high levels of Omegas without the toxins

      Purrfect Pet CoQ10 - these softgels use an advanced technology that provides an efficient and natural method of nutrient delivery, offering enhanced absorption and assimilation versus ordinary capsules and tablets containing Coenzyme Q10.

      Vitality NOW! - provides much needed support for heart tissue. Carnitine plays a critical role in energy production. It transports long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria so they can be oxidized to produce energy. Carnitine is concentrated in tissues such as skeletal and cardiac muscle that utilize fatty acids as a dietary fuel. Pets have greater stamina and energy when using both Purrfect Pet CoQ10 and Vitality NOW!.

      Heart Terrain - a comprehensive, state of the art formula designed to provide herbs, nutrients, essential ionized co-enzymes and co-factors for building and maintaining heart function. It supports cellular micro-nutrition and enzymatic activity of the heart terrain.

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      Thursday, August 4, 2011

      Causes of Colitis & Bloody Stools in Dogs: Diet Changes Will Help

      What is causing your dog's Colitis?

      Q: What would help a dog with colitis, that sometimes has straight bloody stools?

      A: There are many reasons why a dog might have colitis, bloody stools and/or inflammatory bowel disease. Some of the reasons are parasites, worms, viruses, bacterial infection, allergic reactions, cancer or even stress. It is very important to take your dog to the veterinarian immediately if your dog is having bloody stools as dogs can become very weak and dehydrated quickly. Your veterinarian will do a fecal test to try to determine the cause. Worms and parasites, for example, can cause colitis and bloody stools in a dog. Giardia is a very serious parasite that requires immediate attention as it can be spread to humans. Parvovirus can cause dogs to have bloody stools and colitis and can be fatal---urgent veterinary attention is needed.

      If all of the above reasons for colitis and bloody stools have been ruled out, and no obvious cause is determined, your veterinarian may diagnose your dog with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which can be characterized by a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting  diarrhea, bloody stools, nausea, loud abdominal noises, colitis, abdominal pain and more. Inflammation builds up which can lead to bleeding in the intestinal tract. In this situation, the usual culprit is the diet that you are giving your dog. Take a close look at the label and be sure your dog is not getting grains such as wheat, corn, oats or grits---these can be irritating to some dogs and cause an allergic reaction.

      If your dog has been diagnosed with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), holistic care and a diet change can help greatly. There is no "one" perfect diet for IBD because dogs can be allergic to different foods.  Ask Ariel will provide a free diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order.  Please be sure to include your pet’s diet on the order form at checkout.

       As a general rule of thumb, use a higher protein diet that is grain-free and avoid treats that contain byproducts and chemicals. Many times pet owners are using good dog food but are giving treats that contain a variety of ingredients that can be triggering the attacks. Pet owners may notice that their dog has occasional flareups and oftentimes, this is due to the treats.

      Supplements For Pets With Colitis
      The following supplements have been proven to be effective in helping dogs with colitis.  The supplements are recommended by veterinarians and have been sold in veterinary hospitals since 2005.  They can be used in conjunction with the medications prescribed by your veterinarian.

      Power Probiotic ---first line of defense for any dog with digestive problems and colitis.  The Power Probiotic is a multi-strain formula proven to survive a dog's stomach acid.  It helps to repopulate the intestinal tract with friendly bacteria.

      K9 Digestive Enzymes  this powerful enzyme formula is especially helpful for dogs with malabsorption, Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE), liver and kidney disease.  This special enzyme formula contains ox bile and pancreatin which break down protein and fats, reducing the pain of indigestion.  Helps promote firm stool because it contains enzymes and nutrients that help break down and absorb nutrients more efficiently.  Essential for dogs with Exocrine Pancreatitic Insufficiency.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs --this simple Kit contains three gentle formulas designed to calm down intestinal inflammation.  The Kit contains:  Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief and Notatum drops.  Ideal for small pets especially cats and dogs with IBS and IBD.


      Colostrum For Pets--Colostrum is essential for pets that have had parasites, worms or giardia.  It helps to repair the intestinal lining, strengthening the pet's immune system and thereby reducing the likelihood of reinfection.  

      If your pet has colitis, IBD or digestive problems, please include their diet on the order form at checkout.  Ask Ariel will include a diet suggestion for your pet on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.

      Need help?  Email us at askariel1@gmail.com

      This article has been updated as of 2/17/2017.

      Tuesday, August 2, 2011

      Cushings Disease in Dogs

      Have you been wondering if holistic care, nutritional supplements and/or dietary changes will make any difference in your dogs' Cushings Disease. The answer is absolutely YES! Dr. Gordon and I have worked with quite a few dogs with Cushings Disease and have seen some very exciting improvements.

      Cushings Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) in dogs -- the production of too much adrenal hormone, is characterized symptoms such as:



    • excess water consumption



    • increased urination



    • increased appetite



    • panting



    • high blood pressure



    • hair loss - usually evenly distributed on both sides of the body



    • bloated abdomen



    • thinning of the skin and fur



    • susceptibility to skin infections and diabetes



    • weakening of the skeletal muscles and other symptoms


    • Owners might often first notice that there are skin sores that keep recurring or that their dog's drinking and urination patterns have changed. Sometimes symptoms are much more subtle or in early stages, there may not always be the obvious symptoms. Laboratory tests can be inconclusive and/or show abnormal liver values.


      While it is important for the pet owner to work closely with their veterinarian and determine the exact cause for these symptoms, there are some natural holistic care treatment options you can explore for Cushings Disease in dogs. Since this is a very serious condition and a doctor's supervision is advised, it is a good idea to either work with Dr. Gordon in a  telephone appointment or run these suggestions by your own veterinarian. First, while there are several drugs available for Cushings Diseasee, many can have very harsh side effects. You might want to try pursuing natural care first and then if you don't get significant enough results, you can then try the medication. We use Canine Cushings Support , a supplement that naturally helps the body reduce cortisol levels.  Canine Cushings Support contains nutrients that reduce elevated cortisol levels and are essential for brain function. 

      Liver support is critical for dogs with Cushings Disease. AskAriel has a full range of liver support products include Oxicell SE- a one-of-a-kind cream that delivers critical antioxidants into the body helping fight free radical damage and inflammation and Liver & Gallbladder Nutritional Supplement For Pets- a comprehensive formula that includes a blend of important lipotrophic nutrients, combined with methyl donors and herbs that are used to support bile flow and healthy liver function. Giving your dog plenty of green vegetables will also help to cleanse the liver and provide important nutrients. In summary, holistic care can definitely help dogs with Cushings Syndrome and pet owners should explore both conventional and holistic veterinary care options.
      Check out the section of www.askariel.com devoted to Cushings Disease.


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      Monday, August 1, 2011

      Dog Odor? Look for hot spots, fleas, genital licking and skin flaking during the summer




      Does your dog have an odor? During the summer you need to be your pet's best detective and look for hidden problems. If you have a hairy dog or a dog that has a thick coat such as a husky or golden retriever, many skin issues could be lurking below. An odor is the first sign that something is off. The best way to check out your dog is to pet him gently and see if you can get your pet to rollover on his back. Then, inspect in the inner thighs, tummy and under the armpits and neck. Inspect your dog's paws to see if there are lumps or areas of fur missing.

      Even though your dog's coat might look nice on the back, you might find hair loss, hot spots, fleas and skin flaking. Hot spots are oozing areas that can develop in areas where your dog might not even be able to lick. The skin gets "hot" and moist oozing with infection and the hair falls out. It is really important to get your dog treated right away. Your veterinarian can give you some medicated antibacterial shampoos which help a lot. Also, be sure to check for fleas too. They are hard to detect so using a flea comb will help.

      Many times summertime dog odors are due to a cumulative effect of food allergies combined with environmental allergies. Be sure your dog is eating a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet. Carbohydrates such as potatoes and grains can give dogs a lot of yeast! If your dog is licking at his genitals or groin area, chances are your dog has a yeast infection. You can use K9 Yeast Defense to quickly give your dog relief from groin licking, genital licking, chewing on paws and scratching in the armpits. Yeast thrives in moist areas so this is why using a product such as K9 Yeast Defense can be so helpful. Also, using Power Probiotic can be so important too. It is very important when looking for a dog probiotic that you use a multi-strain formula that is hardy and will hold up in the stomach acid. Probiotics help to restore your pet's immune defenses improving skin, coat and digestion. Finally, products such as Amazing Omegas and AllerEase help control allergic itching as many dogs can have environmental allergies, allergies to flea bites and this results in a lot of inflammation in the skin. Odors in the skin, especially after giving a bath can be a sign of yeast or bacterial infection, so be sure to bathe your dog, check in with your veterinarian and use the necessary supplements for yeast and overall good health for your dog to keep dog odors at bay!

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