Monday, January 30, 2017

Love Pets? Join The Fun With Our Valentine Toy Sweepstakes

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Valentine Toy Sweepstakes

Valentine's Day is the best day to show how much your love your pet!  Beginning February 1st through Valentine's Day, Ask Ariel will give away one free cat or dog toy each day to a lucky winner!  Ask Ariel will randomly choose  the winner each day.  Here is all you need to do to enter in our Valentine Toy Sweepstakes:

1) Follow us on either Facebook or Instagram
If you haven't been following us, there is no better time as we will be posting daily tips to keep your pet happy and healthy!

2) Post a photo of your special Valentine pet(s) on either our Facebook page or tag us on Facebook or Instagram

3) Email us at so we can contact you if you win!

Eligibility:  Winners must be adults over 21 years of age and US residents only.  

Each day we will randomly choose a winner and post a photo of their special Valentine pet(s)!  So start following us now and enter to win.  Can't wait to begin the fun and share our mutual love for animals all around!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Resveratrol Can Provide Cancer Protection and Increased Longevity for Dogs

Does your dog suffer from Diabetes, Pancreatitis, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease or Cancer? What if you could find one  supplement that could help all these diseases AND aid in the natural aging process? Well there is one...Resveratrol For Dogs.

Ask Ariel’s Resveratrol for Dogs is a very special product, and is a very high quality resveratrol which has provided exciting results. It gives senior dogs energy, is helpful for autoimmune conditions and cardiovascular disease.   Resveratrol For Dogs has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidant with cancer fighting potential. Resveratrol for Dogs is made from the Japanese Knotweed plant and combined with a powerful flavoanoid quercetin for added absorption and potency.  Resveratrol has been researched heavily because it is thought to improve longevity and provide important cancer protection. 

Resveratrol and Cancer Protection
It is estimated that more than 50% of dogs over the age of ten will develop some form of cancer. Although research is still ongoing to determine the full benefits of Resveratrol on cancer, the National Cancer Institute has found that Resveratrol can reduce tumor growth in animals by affecting the cancer process in all three phases: tumor initiation, promotion and progression/suppression. However, it is important to note that while Resveratrol may be helpful for cancer protection and support, it cannot eradicate cancer from your pet.

“Thrilled to have had ONE additional year… Last year, I was informed that my girl, Greta who is closest to me, sleeps by my side, accompanies me most anywhere, etc. had two to four weeks to live at the most…I was told she had inoperable liver cancer that had already spread to her lungs and was quite widespread.  I was shocked and devastated that my girl that I had taken special care of since she was about 1 years old was now going to leave way before I had hoped… Barely being able to comprehend the bad news, I prepared for the few weeks with her.   I contacted Susan Davis of Ask Ariel (animal nutritionist) who recommended the necessary supplements to wage WAR and give it a good fight. …And now we have surpassed the ONE YEAR mark!!!  Rhonda H- California 

Products Greta Used:  Resveratrol for DogsAmazing OmegasLiver & Gallbadder SupportLypozyme and Power Probiotic for Pets.

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Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis and Her Rescue Dog Legend

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Symptoms of Feline Asthma And How You Can Treat Them

Feline Asthma  effects approximately 1-5% of the approximate 80 million pet cats in the United States; making it the most commonly diagnosed respiratory disease.  It usually effects cats between 2-5 years of age and some breeds (Siamese and Himalayan) seem to be inflicted with the condition more often. There is not one test that will determine if your cat is suffering from asthma, but your vet will most likely use a combination of medical history, x-rays and other diagnostic tests (mainly to rule out other health conditions) to make a diagnosis.

An asthma attack is when the the passageways in the lungs become inflamed,  constricting the airflow, making it very hard for your cat to breathe. An asthma attack can quickly become a serious incident and you should seek medical attention immediately if your pet is having respiratory distress. 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Feline Asthma, but often the condition can be managed very effectively using conventional and holistic veterinary care.  Researchers believe that asthma is a result of exposure to an allergen that triggers the inflammatory response and the response will be more progressive with each exposure to the allergen. Therefore the first step is to try to avoid the potential allergen causing the attacks.  Common allergens may include: pollen, grass, mold, dust from cat litter, smoke, and some foods. 

Symptoms of Feline Asthma:
*Coughing, Hacking and Wheezing
*Persistent Cough
*Open mouth breathing
*Hunched shoulders
*Rapid Breathing
*Gagging or Vomiting foamy mucus
*Blue lips and gums

Standard veterinary treatment usually includes the use of corticosteroid drugs and a bronchodilator to reduce inflammation and open up the passages making it easier for your cat to breathe. However, long term use of these drugs may cause other health problems such as pancreatitis and diabetes and the risk vs. benefit should be discussed with your veterinarian. 

Many pet owners have found using a holistic approach along with the standard treatment can reduce the need for corticosteroids and bronchodilators.  Feeding a hypoallergenic,  anti-inflammatory diet along with a few holistic supplements can be life-changing for cats with asthma.  This is because this natural approach will help reduce exposure to allergens, reduce inflammation and that reduce inflammation, strengthen the pets immune system and reduce the allergic response to allergens can be just the key to reducing the frequency and intensity of the attacks.

Click here for a detailed holistic plan on how you can help your cat with felline asthma on this link

Helpful supplements include:
Power Probiotic for Pets- High quality probiotic for overall immune support
Notatum- works to boost immune system from the inside out
Quentans- Powerful immune support especially for skin problems and respiratory problems.
Immune Harmony- Helps rebalance immune system
Argentyn - a natural infection fighter, that builds the immune system.

Special note: If you include your cat's diet on your order form,  AskAriel will send a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order.

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    Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis and Her Rescue Dog Legend

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    Soothing Remedy For A Dog Or Cat's Upset Stomach

    Soothing Digestive Relief- it stops dog gas and is a great remedy for cats and dogs with diarrhea, indigestion, tummy rumbling and malabsoprtion. This supplement helps pets with IBD. Great for cats and dogs!! Gentle but effective formula for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and any type of indigestion in pets. Helps with gas, loose stool, mucous in stool, tummy rumbling, diarrhea and malabsorption. Easy to administer--just open the capsule and sprinkle on your pet’s food. Soothing Digestive Relief is a calming remedy for a cat or dog's upset stomach.

    Link to full product details
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    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Many Cats and Dogs Are Allergic to Poultry (chicken, turkey, etc)

     DID YOU KNOW.... poultry is a big allergen for both dogs and cats. Pets can have digestive problems such as vomiting and diarrhea or skin problems, itching and scratching
    You may want to take a closer look at what you are feeding your pet. Poultry is one of the most common ingredients in pet food. However, poultry allergies in dogs and cats is a big problem. Even if your pet is not allergic to poultry per se, your cat or dog could be intolerant of it. Poultry is a common food allergy for allergic pets in the same way that dairy can be for many allergic people. It can cause a great deal of inflammation, which in turn weakens the immune system.
    What's a pet owner to do? Most pets love chicken & turkey .......Sure, you want to spoil your pet, but try taking a ride on the wild side and look into some exotic flavors such as rabbit or venison. There are lots of tasty freeze dried, raw and canned options. Please limit or avoid dry food as it is much harder to digest and can contribute to yeast overgrowth and digestive problems. Dry food is not recommended for cats since they need a high moisture diet to prevent urinary tract problems. #themoreyouknow #tipoftheday #holisticpet #healthycat #healthydog #holisticnutrition #cutedogs #doglover #ilovemydog #pets

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    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Are You Feeding Your Cat The Ingredients They Need?

    Cat owners often select their pet's  food  based on the packaging, company advertising or recommendations from another cat lover, rather than the actual ingredients on the labelCats are carnivores and need meat to survive.  The ideal diet to fulfill a cat’s dietary needs are raw frozen diets as they are the most natural to what a cat might eat in the wild.  What are raw frozen diets?  Click here to learn more in this article: Pros and Cons of Feeding Your Dog or Cat a Raw Food Diet Cats need enzymes, meat and other  essential nutrients that cannot be converted within their bodies and they must consume  from animal tissues.  These nutrients include Vitamin A, Niacin, Arginine, Taurine, Felinine, protein and arachidonic acid. 

    Unfortunately most cat foods are a long way away from containing the type of ingredients that can help a cat flourish.  This is due to a variety of reasons but primarily cost.  By mixing in wheat gluten for example, the perceived protein level of the cat food is elevated.  By adding in carbohydrates such as grains, peas, flours, etc, the product is less costly.  By adding in food dyes and manipulating the shapes of the treats, they are appealing to you as the owner, rather than what is actually healthy food for your cat.  

    However,  another key reason why cat food ingredients don't resemble what a cat really needs is because cats can be very finicky.   Being finicky has helped cats survive by avoiding poisonous or tainted food as they have a capability to taste bitter flavors easily.  However, many pet food manufacturers have tricked cats using less then nutritious ingredients by adding artificial flavors, salt and even sugar to their food and treats, resulting in a cat craving foods that aren't nutritious for them.

    How can you as the pet owner help your kitty eat the right foods?  Don't fall for the tricks!  Read the label!  Primary ingredients in cat food should be meat, fish or poultry.  Additional ingredients should be names you can pronounce and are familiar to you.  Keep the ingredients simple and avoid grains, fillers, chemicals and food dyes. If you find that your cat's food isn't meeting the standards you would like, it may be a challenge to convert your cat to a healthier diet.  Your kitty may resist at first, but stick with it.  Start with just the smallest amount of the new food mixed into the old food and slowly, slowly you can convince your cat that it is good.  Try not to get discouraged.  There will definitely be a nutritious food you can find to keep your cat healthy without compromising on taste!

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    Thursday, January 19, 2017

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    Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis and Her Rescue Dog Legend
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    Saturday, January 14, 2017

    Wonder What My Pet Is Thinking?

    Wouldn't it be fun if we could talk to our pets? To know what they are thinking?  This photo says it all.....Look at silly Legend with his favorite friend Megan.  Wonder what he is thinking?

    We are Passionate About Pets at AskAriel.  If you need help or have a question about your pet's health, please contact the experts at Ask Ariel via email:

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    Friday, January 13, 2017

    Natural Treatments For Feline Pillow Foot (Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis)

    “Pillow Foot or Paw” (Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis) is an autoimmune condition in cats that can leave pet owners feeling helpless. The exact cause is not known, but like other autoimmune conditions, it is the body’s response to an antibody or infection that causes an inflammatory response. Autoimmune conditions can affect different parts of the body when they flare up. Some cats may show signs of red inflamed gums, indicating stomatitis, others may lose excessive amounts of weight due to hyperthyroidism, while others may develop Pillow Paw where excess plasma is produced and the padding of the paw becomes soft, swollen and inflamed. Cats of any age, gender or breed can develop Pillow Paw and if your pet has been diagnosed with Pillow Paw it important to provide your pet with immune system support. Autoimmune diseases can be controlled holistically by feeding your pet an anti-inflammatory diet and using supplements that help modulate the immune system. Allergens in food and stress are a big trigger. To learn more about how to help your pet with an autoimmune disease, click here.

    Stages of Pillow Paw

    Stage 1: Paw pad may be slightly puffy and tender
    Stage 2: Pads will eventually become purple and appear bruised.
    Stage 3: The pads become increasingly mushy and your cat will begin to “favor” the affected paws.(often more than one paw is inflamed)
    Stage 4: Sores will develop and in severe cases may split open 
    Diagnosis and Treatment of Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis
    Your vet may be able to diagnosis Pillow Pet by the the initial physical exam and the classic physical symptoms, however, for confirmation, blood tests may be run to determine lymphocyte levels. Conventional veterinary care would most likely include antibiotics and steroids to calm the inflammation and clear any infection.

    Using holistic care for autoimmune conditions can greatly reduce the need to give your cat medications and better regulate their immune system and overall well being. When cats have an autoimmune condition, the cat's immune system is so overloaded that their body forms antibodies to its own tissues and attacks itself. Autoimmune disease can be very challenging for veterinarians to treat and often involves the use of antibiotics and steroids to calm down the immune response. The onset of the attacks is often associated with triggers which could be exposure to vaccines, environmental chemicals, stress or food allergens. These contribute to a "flare-up" which may then quiet down for a period of time.

    Effective Supplements For Pillow Foot and Autoimmune Diseases in Cats

    Several products have been especially effective in helping cats with Pillow foot and other autoimmune diseases such as stomatitis. Immune Harmony, Quentans, Power Probiotic and Notatum work synergistically together, helping to calm down inflammation naturally. Generally over a few months time, pet owners start to see real improvements in their cat's overall demeanor and a slowing in the progression of the disease. Controlling the frequency and the level of flareups can transform a cat's quality of life.
    Each of these formulas works in a different way and can be used together.

    Power Probiotic 
    The Power Probiotic is a multi-strain formula that many cats like the taste of (yeah!). It can be sprinkled in food or some cats like to eat it by itself. The Power Probiotic promotes the growth of friendly bacteria throughout the intestinal tract. Why is this important? The majority of your cat's immune system resides in the intestinal tract.

    Silver Immune Support For Pets 
    (NEW! Meet the viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Easy to use,anti-infection liquid. These nontoxic drops are safe for tiny kittens and shown in research to help reduce viral replication)

    Immune Harmony
    This formula is natural plant sterols and has been specifically designed to treat autoimmune diseases. It helps to modulate the cat's immune system and is well-tolerated by cats.

    Quentans and Notatum
    Great things come in small bottles! These drops are easy to administer and work exceptionally well together. Notatum is a basic formula for fighting infection while Quentans is especially helpful for viruses. When used together, they seem to control the incidence of infections such as URIs, UTIs, redness and soreness associated with inflammation.

    Diet For Cats With Pillow Foot And Other Autoimmune Diseases

    Diet can also play an important role in supporting your cat’s immune system too. Even "healthy or organic" premium brands can be problematic if they contain ingredients which can cause inflammation, thereby flaring up the autoimmune disease. The wrong food can be a trigger that causes a flare up of symptoms. Food allergies and intolerances are the single biggest trigger for autoimmune conditions. A cat doesn't have to be sneezing or vomitting to have a food intolerance. The food may be causing inflammation and in the early stages, you may not make any connection that the flareups are connected to the food. Some common food allergens in cats: fish, poultry, grains, soy and dairy. Dry kibble can be a problem because the foods are very high in carbohydrates which turn to sugar. Cats are carnivores and feeding them as clean and natural a diet will go a long way to helping control Pillow Foot.

    Ask Ariel is dedicated to helping pets with autoimmune conditions. If you place an order for the products, include your cat's diet on the order form at checkout. Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis will include a diet suggestion on the packing slip based on your cat's special needs. Susan offered inperson consultations at VCA hospitals in Southern California for over 10 years and uses the knowledge she gained to help pets nationwide.

    "My 13 year old Calico named Chloe started limping terribly about 3 years ago.  When I took her to the vet, she was diagnosed with the immune system disease called pillow foot,  which was causing the pads under her paws to enlarge and become puffed out making them very sore to walk on. We started on oral steroids, and steroid injections into the pads of which all seemed to be just a temporary bandaid, and I was not thrilled with the long term effects of steroids on her liver. A pain medication similar to Ibuprofen, and oral morphine was all that they had to offer after that.  I decided to try to strengthen her core system by trying your Power Probiotic , 1 daily in her wet food, and within 2 days the problem and the limping were completely gone and have never returned. I was completely astonished and very thankful for your product!  Additionally, she is a picky cat and usually will not eat her food with anything added to it but loves the taste of this Probiotic. I was very relieved to see my elderly cat walking comfortably and not in pain finally, especially after being told by the vet that she may have it for the rest of her life.  Your Probiotic has also worked wonders on my other 2 cats as well.  Kirby was vomiting up his food daily, but with the probiotic that has completely stopped except for once in a great while. My Russian Blue cat,  Sammy, was having terrible constant bouts with eye herpes every 2 to 3 weeks. The Probiotic has cut the episodes back drastically to maybe one every 3 to 4 months.  I cannot say enough how much your supplements have helped all of my pets with their various problems." Donna, Pennsylvania 2016

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    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Tips To Help Your Dog Lose Weight

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    Dennis Now
    Pet nutrition is very important to us at, That is why this story caught our attention.   Brooke Burton, rescued her miniature dachshund Dennis at a weight of 56 pounds!   He now weighs a trim 12 pounds.  The message that diet and exercise can work to improve your pet’s health is undeniable.  See the Today article to learn about Dennis’ journey. Burton has also joined forces with Ohio State University to form Dennis’ Legacy, which is a nonprofit venture whose mission is to “support nutritional education and care of obese animals”

    Pet obesity can lead to many health concerns including: joint pain, digestive system issues, and undue stress to their heart and lungs. Unfortunately the majority of pets are overweight.  Some factors contribute to their pet's obesity---feeding too many carbohydrates in food, not getting enough exercise, free feeding and "overtreating" our pets.  When a pet has too many carbohydrates in the diet, just like with people, they feel overly hungry.  Their insulin spikes from the carbs.  To help your pet feel less hungry, you can add more fiber (e.g. vegetables such as green beans and pumpkin) and be sure you are feeding a high protein diet.  Dry kibble is very high in carbohydrates so choosing a canned or raw frozen diet and mixing with plenty of vegetables will help.  If possible, try to feed your pet a mid-day meal as it is easy to feel famished by the end of the day.  Avoid free feeding.  Feed pets regular meals to prevent overfeeding.  Finally, we all love to spoil our pets, but the best way to keep your pet fit and trim is to use the treats after exercising and keep a designated amount per day in a little bag so that you know when you reach the limit.  Food isn't the only way to spoil your pet.  A big hug, a nice walk and a little extra attention seem to work quite well too!

    Visit www.AskAriel.com for more information about the best diets to feed your pet!