Monday, November 28, 2016

Natural Treatments For Cats with IBD and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

 
Burrito
“My 14 year old cat Burrito started vomiting hairballs occasionally.  Then it got so frequent, 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. 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.  I ordered the suggested IBD Kit combo of Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Enzymes and the Notatum drops and waited for results.  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. Ask Ariel suggested to add Gastro ULC. I ordered it and made the diet change they suggested. That did the trick.  My Burrito is happy again and back to sleeping with us.  Thanks Ariel!”  Tanja  Grand Forks, ND

Does Your Cat Have Frequent Diarrhea, Vomiting Or A Loss of Appetite?  These can be signs of IBD or IBS

Seeing our cats so uncomfortable is very distressing.  We try many different treatments to help give them some relief.  Sometimes conventional veterinary care offers some short-term options that help our cats feel better initially but then the problem returns.  Pet owners may feel very frustrated after trying a variety of "prescription diets", medications and treatments with limited success.  Thus, their kitty may be on prescribed steroids such as prednisone as a last resort to control the symptoms.

 Common signs of IBD and IBS include:
  • chronic diarrhea (may contain mucous and blood)
  • weight loss
  • vomiting (may contain hairballs)
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea (licking of lips) 
  • gurgling tummy noises in the intestines
What is Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

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. 

Cats may also be diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).   Irritable Bowel Syndrome in cats is often caused by food intolerances, possibly due to allergies, the ability of the food to effectively pass through the gastrointestinal tract, and stress.  Cats with IBD and/or Irritable Bowel Syndrome may develop intestinal lymphoma as a result of years of inflammation in the intestinal tract.  Cats may not show signs until they are older even though they may not have shown a great deal of GI distress in their younger years.

Holistic Treatments for Cats with IBD, IBS and Chronic Diarrhea:
  
Natural treatments and holistic care for feline IBD and IBS can offer long-term relief from symptoms, especially when used in conjunction with treatments your veterinarian recommends.  Using the appropriate hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory diet along with supplements specifically for IBD such as the IBD Kit can be life-changing for the cat and the owner!

Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), chronic diarrhea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be treated using a few natural supplements along with diet changes which can help your cat feel better.   These quality products have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005.  The products are available through the Ask Ariel website in Orange County, CA but are recommended by veterinarians nationwide because they really work.

Power 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 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.

Soothing Digestive Relief for Pets is a digestive enzymes that breaks down a cat's food, firms up the stool and helps increase absorption.  It is a gentle formula that has helped thousands of cat and kitten owners to finally stop the diarrhea, discomfort and slowly discontinue the steroid regimen that many cats with IBD are on.  It contains herbs to ease indigestion and discomfort and the product is safe enough for a cat to use it for life.

Notatum Drops - These gentle drops are safe for even the smallest pet or kitten.  The drops reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract and act like a natural "antibiotic".   The drops are tasteless and do not contain alcohol making them very easy to administer.  They seem to relieve pain and discomfort quickly.   There are a lot of testimonials about the formula.


Gastro ULC--This product acts like a natural "pepto bismol".  It coats the stomach and relieves the burning and pain associated with acid reflux and acid stomach.  This product should be used in conjunction with the IBD Kit as acid stomach begins with poor digestion.  Many cats with IBD and irritable bowel are vomiting and this creates a great deal of irritation in the esophagus and stomach.  Over time, the Gastro ULC enables cats to stop needing medications such as Pepcid.
 

 Finding The Right Diet Can Change Your Cat's Life
 
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.  


Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist is committed to helping you change your cat's life.  We understand that you have tried many different foods and medications.  But, there is hope and there is help.  

Please just add a note on your order with AskAriel about your cat's current diet and current symptoms.  You will receive diet tips from the Ask Ariel Pet Nutritionist on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.  Susan Davis, the Pet Nutritionist at Ask Ariel, offered holistic consultations for over 10 years at VCA Hospitals and online and now uses her expertise to help all cat owners who use the Ask Ariel supplements. Most cats show improvement within a few weeks, although it is important to remember that this condition is characterized by an occassional bout of gastrointestinal distress.  Our goal is to help reduce the frequency and severity of these bouts, giving your cat a good quality of life.   Holistic care can make a difference and we look forward to helping your cat finally feel better!

"Our cat Tipper had feline IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease and while we tried many different foods, supplements and medications, he still did not have a formed stool. About a month using the IBD Kit and diet suggested by Ask Ariel, Tipper started having normal bowel movements and has been normal ever since. My husband and I want to thank you and the staff at Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist very much for your advice and your products which have worked, what we consider to be a miracle in the life of our cat. I can imagine you are also very gratified when people like us let you know how your efforts to help us have resulted in a life for us and our cat." Fennema Family, Michigan 

Need help for your cat?  Please contact askariel1@gmail.com and we will be glad to assist you. 

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


Dakota
"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.

Emma

"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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Holistic Supplements Improve Yorkie's Elevated Liver Enzymes

Bailey Rose

"I just wanted to give you an update on my Yorkie Bailey Rose.  Bailey Rose had high ALT levels and an abscess on her liver.  Her last blood work before starting the Pancreatitis and Liver Support Kit showed liver enzymes 4 times what they should be and her WBC was 40,000. She continued on her antibiotics (for a bacterial infection) and started the Kit on Oct 1 as soon as I received it. I took her for her recheck yesterday (a few weeks later) and the vet called today and was amazed that all her levels including WBC were all in normal levels and after losing a pound she has got back to her normal weight!  Even though she is almost 13 she is doing wonderful and acting like a puppy again. I also changed her food to the natural blend fish and sweet potato Ask Ariel suggested and she loves it. Thank you so much for helping me to help my sweet baby.   Cherie  Indiana 2016"

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pets are a great source of comfort

Our pets have a magical way of bringing us joy, comfort and peace!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Most Popular Pet Costumes for Halloween 2016


We thought you might be interested in knowing what the most popular pet costumes were this past Halloween.  In a recent National Retail Federation survey, 16% of pet owners indicated they were dressing up their pet for Halloween.  In addition to costumes, stores sold Halloween collars, bedding, and toys.  So....who knows what will be up for XMAS!

The most popular pet Halloween costumes reported for 2016 (based on the survey)* were:
  1.  Pumpkins
  2. Hot Dog
  3. Bumble Bee
  4. Tied Lion and Star Wars Character
  5. Devil
  6. Bat
  7. Witch
  8. Superman
  9. Other Superhero
  10. Cat   

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 1st is National Cook for Your Pet Day

New Cyprus Magazine

Every pet has their specific individual nutritional needs and one diet does not fit all.  For a pet owner it can be very confusing. Should I give a raw diet, commercial canned or dry food, home-cooked, or a combination of any of the above? It is important to work with your veterinarian to determine the best diet for your pet. However, on this national Cook for Your Pet day we thought we would give you a few food ideas that you can incorporate into your pet’s diet for added nutritional benefit. Some items can be “cooked” and others given fresh..try to maintain as much nutritional value as possible (don’t overcook). For more diet tips visit our website Askariel.com.

Foods to consider “cooking” for your pet
  • Steamed Green Beans- or frozen as a treat
  • Zucchini
  • Baby Carrots
  • Chopped Broccoli
  • Baked fish, venison, other lean meats (if pet isn't allergic)
  • Pumpkin- adds fiber to their diet
Note- make sure any item is safe to be consumed by your pet. Certain foods (such as chocolate and onions) can be toxic.  Here is a link to American Kennel Club for toxic foods. Also, make sure you consider any health conditions your pet may have, such as: weight issues, diabetes, kidney disease, pancreatitis and Cushing disease to name a few.  Remember…”You are what you eat" goes for your pet too!