Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PET FIRST AID TIPS


April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month and a great time to refresh and update your animal safety plans. Our pets are surrounded by household hazards, that can lead to accidental injury, choking on a toy, or ingesting something toxic.  If an accident happens, being prepared, and knowing what to do in the initial moments, can make a big difference in the outcome.  

HEAT STROKE

Heat stroke is a common problem pets face in the warmer weather. You should remember that the inside of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees, and not leave an animals in the car, even during short trips.   I'm sure you have felt the anguish of walking by a car where the windows are barely open and a dog is crying or barking in the car.

The signs of heat stroke include:
  • heavy panting
  • unable to calm down 
  • gums may be brick red 
  • fast pulse rate
  • pet may have difficulty walking or standing
If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, call your veterinarian immediately.  Heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage so getting the pet to an emergency clinic is crucial.  If not near a veterinary facility, call the vet and try to cool your pet down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose or placing cold wet towels on your pet.

INJURY

During warmer weather, we all tend to leave doors and windows open, which if heights are involved, can be hazardous to a pet. The pet could fall from a window or run outside of your home and get hit by a vehicle. If you find an injured animal, it is important to use caution:
  • Animals in pain can be aggressive--if possible, muzzle the pet and try to keep them calm
  • Clean the area, to determine the extent of the injury   
  • Apply bandage to stop bleeding 
  • Transport, to the nearest veterinarian, using a board or blanket to lift the animal. (use extreme caution to protect their spine)
POISONOUS SUBSTANCES
Plants, flowers, candy containing XYLITOL, chocolate and other foods can be hazardous. Visit the ASPCA Poison Control web site to find out which plants and flowers are poisonous to animals. If you think your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance,  please contact your veterinarian immediately.

CHOKING

If your pet’s airway is completely obstructed by an object, there will be no time to go to the veterinarian for help—you need to take immediate action. Here are the recommended steps from PetMD.com
  1. Use both hands to open the mouth, with one hand on the upper jaw and the other on the lower.
  2. Grasping the jaws, press the lips over the dog’s teeth so that they are between the teeth and your fingers.
  3. Look inside the mouth and remove the obstruction with your fingers.
  4. If you can’t move the object with your fingers, use a flat spoon handle to pry it away from the teeth or roof of the mouth.
EMERGENCIES AND YOUR PET
Don’t forget to include pets in planning for emergencies in your home or neighborhood, which could be a fire, flood, hurricane or earthquake. Most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns. Know which friends, relatives, hotels, or boarding facilities will accept pets in an emergency. In case of an emergency, it is important to have the following for your pet: 
  • Assemble an easy-to-carry kit with emergency supplies for pets: Leashes, harnesses and/or carriers
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, manual can opener
  • Medications and copies of medical records
  • Current photos of the pets (in case you get separated)


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Is Dairy Bad for Your Pet?

Food for thought Friday:  Milk and Other Dairy Products
A cat lapping up a saucer of milk seems very natural and your cat may love it, but in reality it can be very problematic for your pet.   What is dairy?  Cheeses such as butter, cream cheese or hard cheese; milk, ice cream, cottage cheese and products containing dairy.

Possible Problems From Giving Cats and Dogs Dairy:

  • Digestive Issues - Dairy foods containing milk can be hard to digest and can result in diarrhea. If your pet has loose stool, vomiting, diarrhea, your pet may have food allergies or acid stomach.  Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic can relieve acid stomach and digestive enzymes such as the Soothing Digestive Relief will firm up the stool.
  • Food Allergy- Dairy is a big allergen for people and pets. Many times veterinarians may even recommend dairy such as cottage cheese, when a pet has digestive problems.  However, dairy products are one of the most highly allergic foods to people and pets and should be avoided.  Symptoms of a dairy allergy are scratching, itching, ear infections, diarrhea, vomitting and gagging.
  • Weight Gain- Cheese and butter are high in fat and can trigger a pancreatitis attack.  They can also contribute to weight gain.
  • Yeast Overgrowth-Cheese contains lactose (milk sugar) which feeds yeast overgrowth and bacterial infections. If your pet has an odor, is licking at the groin area or is getting yeast infections in the ears, sugar is the worst food you can give them.  K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic have been extremely helpful in controlling yeast overgrowth. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Natural Brain Supplements Help Labrador with Epilepsy



"To all of you at Ask Ariel,
Thank you for the amazing supplements you provide. We see a tremendous improvement in the lives of all our cats and dogs! They have more energy and are far healthier. Subsequently we spend a lot less time at the veterinary office.  With your supplements we are looking forward to having our babies with us for many more years! The picture attached is of my Lab mix Julie.  Just shy of her 3rd birthday, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. The day after the test came back we went online to email you guys about her condition. We bought everything that was recommended and a year later we've been seizure free and have seen a remarkable improvement in her attitude and energy  She is taking her NeuroFlam, Dog Brain Booster, Purrfect Pet CoQ10CurcuminEFA oils, and probiotics daily.  She is only 3 years old and is the sweetest girl! Thank you for giving me many more healthy years with her!"


Malena and Julie Santos

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Supplements for a Healthy Pet


Your pet's diet is the most important part to promoting a healthy life for your cat or dog. However, adding supplements, appropriate for your pet's specific needs and lifestyle, can help lead to a long, healthy and happy life.  The following supplements should be considered for your cat or dog.

Digestive Enzymes
When food is not properly broken down it may cause responses in the body that can lead to inflammation, allergies, digestive issues and other chronic conditions . Improving digestion and utilization of nutrients can help to prevent and eliminate many of these responses.  We would suggest K9 Digestive Enzymes and Power Probiotic  to help your dog's increase absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
For cats, use Lypozyme or Soothing Digestive Relief.

Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are important in the diet, but cannot be produced by the body. They help cardiovascular function, nourishes the skin and coat, as well as the lining of the digestive tract.  In addition, omega 3 fatty acids reduces the inflammation process in the body.  Essential fatty acid supplements are not all created equal, Amazing Omegas For Pets is a powerful supplement, whose quality and purity just can't be compared.  It is  third-party tested to ensure the product is free of mercury and delivers the highest nutritional value.   
 
Extra Support for Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens are more vulnerable than mature animals to parasites and disease because their immune systems are still developing.  Puppies and kittens diets can be helped by supplementing with Colostrum for Pets to help boost their immature immune system.   Colostrum for Pets has been shown in research studies to enhance the digestive system, immune function and repair of skin collagen, bone cartilage and nerve tissue. 

Aging Animals
As animals age they need extra support to stay healthy and maintain their best quality of life. Often the first sign of aging is stiffness.  We would recommend starting pets on extra joint support such as our,  Arthritis & Joint Support Kit , which is recommended by veterinarians and promotes joint repair,reduces inflammation and increases mobility.

Also, adding a  senior vitamin and extra antioxidants to your cat or dog's protocol can help fight the damage caused by free radicals and give their immune system a little extra help. Purrfect Pet CoQ10,  formulated to absorb easily with maximum benefits.  It can improve immune function, fatigue-related disorders, periodontal problems, neurodegenerative conditions and supports a healthy heart.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What To Say After the Loss of a Pet



Anyone who has lost a pet knows it's like losing a beloved member of the family. The grief that follows is a natural process that you must go through. It will differ for everyone, some may go through it quickly and others may have a tougher time. There are resources for the grieving pet owners, websites, books, forums, and counseling, but often a friend just knowing what to say and more importantly what NOT say can be the the kindest act.

Top Five Things Not To Say or Do To Someone Who Has Lost A Pet 

1. He is in a better place
 The pet owner may not think that is the case. Chances are that they think the "better place" is here with them. 

2. How old was he? 
Seems like an honest question, but somehow it may feel like the amount of grief is dependent on the age of the pet. Young dog...tragic. Old dog... to be expected. But the grief they feel will not matter the age of the pet. 

3. My pet had cancer too-- 
It is natural to want to empathize through sharing similar experiences, but at this time they will not want to hear your tragic story. They just want a friendly ear.

4. Too bad you didn't try XYZ treatment ... 
Pet owners have to make healthcare decisions based many factors including their beliefs in treatment, availability of medical support and financial ability. The treatment plan may not have been your choice, but now is not the time to address them with the heartbroken owner. There is no benefit to second guessing. 

5. You should consider getting a another dog, cat... 
This may be a good recommendation, in it's right time, but a pet cannot be "replaced" and this is not the time to make the suggestion. The owner needs to go through the grieving process (whatever the time frame maybe) before they can open up to another pet. 

The Five Best Things To Say or Do For Someone Who Has Lost A Pet 

1. I’m so sorry for your loss. 
A simple, heartfelt sentiment that acknowledges the pain they are in at this time of loss. 

2. My favorite memory is...
Sharing something sweet, touching, and memorable about the lost pet will sure to bring a smile to the owner. 

3. Take as long as you need to grieve 
 Giving the owner permission to feel the way they are feeling is a gift. Grief does not work on a timeline. It can come and go, with some days being better than others. 

4. Offer something in memory of the pet. 
A donation to their favorite rescue, a candle lit in memory on Rainbow Bridge, posting on a pet forum, simply a card acknowledging the loss. 

5. A hug 
Sometimes no words are the best

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Best Pals Bella and Juno Need A Home

Juno

Bella
Best pals, Bella and Juno, found each other when they came to Siberian Husky Haven on L.A. They keep each other company, bunk together and play all day. They would love to find a forever home together. If you could open your heart to two lovable dogs, this is the pair to consider.  They have already bonded with each other, which will  help make the transition to a new home all the easier.   These two adorable dogs would be a perfect fit for a working family.  Huskies are cuddly, friendly dogs that are loving and affectionate with children.   For adoption information, please contact  HUSKY HAVEN of L.A.   

Husky Haven of LA:  661-266-9779   Email:  huskyhavenofla@hotmail.com