Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Canine Hypothyroidism And Seizures in Dogs





 Young Golden Retriever With Hypothyroidism--Notice the symmetrical hair loss and thin tail


Did You Know? Seizures in dogs are often associated with low or borderline low thyroid function.  Thyroid values can vary considerably and vets interpret results differently.  Just as in people, SYMPTOMS of hypothyroidism should weigh in heavily in the overall assessment of the pet.    Hypothyroidism is very common in middle aged dogs, but many dogs are undiagnosed.   Symptoms of hypothyroidism in dogs:  lethargy, weight gain (not due to excess treats!), symmetrical hair loss or thinning hair especially on the tail, chronic ear and skin infections, dull coat, slower heart rate, constipation, seizures and more.  If your dog is having seizures or any of these symptoms, ask your veterinarian about testing your dog’s thyroid and confirm that the values are mid-range not at the low end of "normal".   

Some holistic veterinarians believe the main contributing cause of hypothyroidism in dogs is the consumption of processed, grain-based, high-carbohydrate food. Dogs with hypothyroidism can benefit from Amazing Omegas, a powerful omega 3 supplement, along with Power Probiotic, AllerEaze and K9 Digestive Enzymes.  Maintaining proper digestive health and controlling food allergies is key as hypothyroidism is often auto-immune related.  Dogs with seizures show improvement using the Dog Brain Booster which provides key nutrients to the brain.  Seizures are triggered by allergies, stress, gastrointestinal issues and auto-immune triggers which is why it is so important to keep dogs with hypothyroidism on a regular schedule, feeding them 3 daily meals with plenty of exercise.

Monday, February 27, 2017

What Are Soybean Hulls and Why Are They in Your Dog's Food?

Soybean Hulls

Ingredient of the Week #1:  Soybean Hulls

Each week, we will be featuring a pet food ingredient to help pet owners be more aware of what is in their pet's food.  Sometimes the ingredient may be a healthy ingredient and sometimes it may not.  Our goal is not to pick on brands or pet food manufacturers but rather to encourage you to READ the LABEL!  If you can't pronounce an ingredient in your pet's food, then maybe it shouldn't be there.

What Are Soybean Hulls?

Seriously, do you really want this in your pet's food? Soybean hulls are an inexpensive filler used to add bulk to animal feeds.  It is seen in reduced calorie pet foods as a source of fiber so the pet feels satiated.  Why not add nutrient rich sources of fiber to your pet's food such as green beans or pumpkin? Soybean hulls are the skins of soybeans and a waste product remaining after processing soybeans into oil and meal.  Soybean hulls offer little nutritional value, if any, and can be problematic for a variety of reasons.

First, do you really want soybeans in your pet's food to begin with, let alone the WASTE PRODUCT of soybeans.  Most soybeans are genetically modified (contain GMOs) but pet food manufacturers like to add soybean oil, meal and hulls because they are an inexpensive form of oil, protein and bulk.  High levels of the chemical pesticide RoundUp are found in GMO soy--a potential carcinogen for your cat or dog.  The soybean itself contains toxins that can be hard to digest for some pets and cause gastic distress.  Soy also interferes with thyroid function AND is linked to seizures in cats and dogs.  The list goes on and on.  We do not recommend feeding your pets treats or pet foods containing soy and especially not soybean hulls.  Some common brands containing soybean hulls:  Hills prescription diets (some varieties), Hills Science Diet Light, Purina Dog Chow Light.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bacteria In Your Pet's Mouth Can Make Your Pet Sick

4 Fascinating Facts About Pet Dental Health

What’s fascinating about your cat or dog's dental health? A lot more than you might think. Did you know that 90% of pets over 2 years of age have some form of periodontal disease? And that untreated periodontal disease can have deadly consequences?

Fascinating Fact #1: Feeding Crunchy Dry Food Does Not Prevent Pet Dental Problems

There is a misnomer that if you give your cat or dog crunchy hard kibble that this will prevent tartar and tooth decay. This is not necessarily so……

Find out how bacteria from your pet's mouth can be making your pet sick!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

SAMe Helps Dogs With Liver Disease And Hip Dysplasia


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Special SAMe (S-Adenosyl methionine) Supplement For Dogs
200 mg 30 Vegetarian capsules
Veterinary-Approved

Recommended For:
*Dogs with elevated liver enzymes
*Dogs with liver disease or liver shunts
*Dogs with cancer (especially liver cancer)
*Dogs with hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and arthritic conditions
*Senior pets that are depressed, slowing down or having coordination issues
*Scottish terriers with "Scotty cramps", a condition brought on by low serotonin.


For joint pain, this product works especially well when used in conjunction with the Pet Arthritis Package. SAM-e is recommended by veterinarians for arthritis and joint pain treatment because it promotes cellular growth repair and helps to protect the cartilage in the joints.

For full product information, click here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Natural Remedy For Pet UTI Prevention Contains Cranberry And D-Mannose


Is your dog or cat getting repeated bladder infections? Pet UTI Prevention Formula   can help. Pet UTI Prevention Formula is a natural remedy for dogs and cats to stop pets from getting repeat urinary tract infections. Sold in veterinary hospitals since 2005, Pet UTI Prevention Formula contains ingredients such as cranberry and d-mannose scientifically proven to:

• Acidify the urine
• Prevent Adhesion of Bacteria to the Bladder Wall
• Promote a normal urinary pH

You can help your pet and stop the cycle of chronic UTIs using diet changes and the Pet UTI Prevention Formula along with Power Probiotic.  Chronic UTIs can be discouraging but when you look at the quality ingredients and see the many testimonials, there is hope!  If you need any help, please don't hesitate to email us at askariel1@gmail.com


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What To Do If Your Cat or Dog Is Coughing

If your cat or dog is coughing, this should ALWAYS be viewed as serious, especially if you have an older pet.  Dogs coming from shelters and that play in social daycare groups are prone to get kennel cough.  This is highly contagious and can quickly turn into pneumonia.  But coughing in an older dog, even if very subtle, requires a call to your vet.  Why? Because reasons for dog coughing can range from an easily treatable infection such as kennel cough to cancer.  Dogs that have heart issues, tumors on the lung, pleural effusion---all need to be seen by a veterinarian right away.  The same is true for cats.  A common reason why a cat may be coughing is feline asthma.  Regardless, coughing is a serious matter.  Please read more about the reasons your pet may be coughing in this indepth article.

Have concerns about how you can help your pet feel better using an improved diet and supplements?  Don't hesitate to contact us at askariel1@gmail.com  We will respond promptly and are happy to help.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pet Symptoms That Require An Emergency Vet Visit

Just when you are walking out the door or leaving for vacation, you notice something is "off" with your pet. But, when is it an emergency? If your pet has any of these symptoms, please call your vet right away.

· Any eye trauma
· Blood in urine or stool
· Vomiting or diarrhea--more than 1 instance
· Pet is lethargic, listless
· Insect or snake bites (a small bite can cause a severe reaction)
· Sudden limping
· Swollen stomach
· Punctures and abrasions (fur can hide a much deeper wound)


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Please know we cannot provide veterinary advice but we will be happy to provide you with articles and information regarding your pet's health concern.



Monday, February 20, 2017

In Memory of a Dear Friend


Just devastated to learn of the passing this week of a very dear friend Stanlee Phelps. Stanlee was an inspiration to all who knew her. Stanlee had a profound impact on my life and I loved her so much. Small in stature, but large in life, Stanlee lived every day to the fullest. Through her valiant battle with both breast and ovarian cancer, Stanlee was forever the optimist, uncovering new ways every day to keep on going, keep on fighting the fight. Stanlee helped me personally and professionally. She was a great source of encouragement when I wanted to pursue my dream of working with animals. She will live forever in my heart and I will miss her terribly. Rest in peace my dear friend. It was a blessing to call such a beautiful person my friend.     


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Natural Treatments For Allergies, Scratching and Itching in Dogs


 Biscuit

"Our Wheaten Terrier Biscuit was scratching her ears and licking herself nonstop.   We took her to the vet so many times and the medications would help temporarily but within a few weeks, she would be miserable again. We tried antihistamines but she would just sleep all day.  A friend of mine had good luck with some of your products so we thought we would give them a try.   We used the K9 Yeast Defense, AllerEaze and Power Probiotic.  You gave us some suggestions about Biscuit's diet.  We thought the expensive food we were feeding was good but I guess it was just making her worse!  We followed the diet advice and used the products and are so happy because Biscuit is like a new dog.  Thank you!!!   
Lauren and Biscuit  Los Angeles, 2017


Does Your Cat or Dog Have Any Of These Allergy Symptoms?
  • Constant itching, chewing or scratching
  • Runny eyes
  • Blackened skin from licking
  • Dog Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and intestinal flareups
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Dry itchy skin
  • Red, inflamed skin or hot spots?
Allergies can be a challenge and pets can get into a vicious cycle of using antibiotics and steroids.  Symptoms improve on the medications then return as soon as the medications stop.  Eventually the medications lose their effect and can have harmful side effects.  To help your pet best, use a holistic approach for long-term success!

3 Steps To Help Allergies, Scratching and Itching in Dogs and Cats

1) Change Your Pet's Diet 
Pets with allergies need a low carbohydrate, hypoallergenic diet.  Pet owners can become discouraged because they may have already tried several diets.  Many prescription, "hypoallergenic" and even grain-free diets still cause pets to scratch because they are too high in carbohydrates or are hard for some pets to digest.  It's important to eliminate all potential food allergens AND keep the carbohydrates to a minimum. Cats especially may have symptoms such as diarrhea or asthma along with the itching.  Foods that are potential allergens are different for dogs than cats.   AskAriel has helped thousands of cats and dogs with skin and allergy problems with much success.  If you include your dog's diet and health issues on the order form at checkout, a diet appropriate for your pet  will be included on the packing slip along with the product directions.  

2) Use Natural Remedies to Control Allergy Symptoms
Pets can feel miserable when they are itchy.  An itchy dog will lick, chew and pull out their hair.  Skin problems are tricky and very allergic pets will usually have flareups every now and then.  However, you can control allergic reactions and symptoms with diet and using a few natural supplements.

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AllerEaze + Power Probiotic ---Reduces histamine response and acts like natural "benadryl".  Power Probiotic works synergistically with AllerEaze to boost immune function and is essential if your pet has taken any antibiotics or steroids.  These two formulas are the best home remedies for environmental allergies.

Proaller + Notatum--Proaller is especially helpful for environmental allergies.  Reduces itching and when combined with Notatum, can reduce odor and red spots.

K9 Yeast Defense--Some dogs with allergies can have symptoms of yeast overgrowth such as chronic ear infections, odor (even after bathing), itchy ears (even if no infection), licking at the groin, scratching the face and armpits.  The ears are an extension of the skin which is why many pets with allergies will also have ear infections and itchy ears. K9 Yeast Defense can be used along with any of our allergy formulas to prevent chronic yeast infections. It also helps especially to reduce ear infections, ear scratching and itchy ears.  How it works:  K9 Yeast Defense contains natural anti-fungal ingredients such as caprylic acid, Pau d'arco and oregano that kill off yeast and help rebalance the intestinal tract.  Using the K9 Yeast Defense along with the Power Probiotic kills off the yeast overgrowth while the Power Probiotic replenishes with healthy, friendly bacteria.  Use these two remedies along with either Notatum + Proaller (for pets with intense scratching and licking) or AllerEaze (pets with environmental allergies) to reduce hot spots, scratching, itching, hair loss, odor and ear infections. 

Amazing Omegas--This is the master remedy for a dog with dry, itchy skin.  Amazing Omegas is simply the best pet fish oil made from anchovies, sardines and mackerel giving dogs a lustrous coat.  Compare the omega3 fatty acids with other brands and you will see it's therapeutic dose.  A little goes a long way.  Bottles are packed in glass bottles to prevent toxins from plastic leaching into the oil.  Many dogs like the taste of Amazing Omegas--be sure to watch the fun video on the Amazing Omegas page.

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3) Take Precautions With Environmental Triggers
Allergy season, especially ragweed growth can make your pet very itchy.  Keep itchy pets off the grass as much as possible.  Consider using an indoor air purifier.   Using a quality air purifier in the room where your pet sleeps can be very helpful.  Pets can be itchiest in the morning.  Using an air purifier can help a pet sleep much better throughout the night.  During the summer, use topical flea and tick control products as many pets are allergic to flea bites.

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Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis and Her Rescue Dog Legend

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Feline Stomatitis Symptoms Can Improve With The Right Diet And Supplements

Did You Know? Stomatitis is a gum disorder that can be helped by improving a cat's digestion? Feline stomatitis is an incurable, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that is treated with steroids and can result in the surgical removal of a cat's teeth. It is characterized by red inflamed gums, drooling, bad breath and a painful mouth.  But by changing a cat's diet and using a few natural remedies, cats can get better, especially if treated early. Think about it--the mouth is the start of digestion so if a kitty is allergic or intolerant of a food, the problems are going to start there. AskAriel.com has had solid results helping cats with stomatitis. To learn more, please click on this link or email us at askariel1@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Holistic Treatments For Mast Cell Tumors Can Help Prevent Recurrences

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What are mast cell tumors?
Mast cell tumors are among the most common tumors in dogs and are the most common form of canine skin cancer.  Skin cancer growths can be small and look like "nothing" but don't take chances with your pet's welfare as it can be cancerous.    If you notice any type of growth on your pet's skin, always bring it to the attention of your veterinarian.   Although some canine mast cell tumors are benign, most are malignant. Mast cell tumors are one of the most common tumors in dogs. They can be found on the limbs, inbetween toes and in the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. Both normal and cancerous mast cells contain chemicals that can be released into surrounding tissues. When these chemicals (particularly histamine) are released into the normal surrounding body tissues, side effects can include digestive problems (for ex: bleeding ulcers), skin rashes, shortness of breath and other symptoms. Mast cell tumors vary greatly in their size, shape, appearance and texture. The only way to definitely identify them is with a biopsy and pathology report which evaluates them based on location, grade and size. 

Conventional Veterinary Treatment of Mast Cell Tumors
Treatment for mast cell tumors almost always first involves surgically removing the entire tumor, if that is possible. It is particularly important to remove a wide margin or large area of healthy tissue (2-3 cm in each direction) around the perimeter of the tumor. Recurrence of mast cell tumors in the same area is common, however, dogs that are tumor-free after 6 months are considered unlikely to have a recurrence.   Canine mast cell tumors occur more frequently in certain breeds such as Boxers, Boston Terriers, English Bulldogs and Weimaraners.

Holistic Supplements And Diet Changes Can Help Prevent Recurrences
In addition to conventional care provided by your veterinarian, natural holistic care and supplements can help improve your dog's long-term health and reduce recurrences.  Ask Ariel has extensive experience helping dogs with mast cell tumors using hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diets and natural supplements. The supplements most important for treating mast cell tumors  include: AllerEaze + Power Probiotic, Immune Harmony , Amazing Omegas for Pets and Resveratrol For Dogs.   AllerEaze reduces the histamine response and acts like nature's "antihistamine".  Amazing Omegas reduces inflammation and is also helpful for controlling allergic response.  Immune Harmony and Resveratrol for Dogs provide important antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage.   

Your Pet's Diet and Mast Cell Tumors (MCTs) 
It's important to feed your dog an anti-inflammatory dietStarchy carbohydrates, especially grains can provide "fuel" for cancer so it is important to keep them at an absolute minimum.  Similarly, certain proteins such as beef and poultry are known allergens and pets with MCTs may be especially sensitive to them.  While food allergy testing isn't especially reliable due to the possibility of false negative responses (e.g. if a dog has avoided a food he may not show an allergic response), they still provide some valuable information.  Knowing which foods elicit a positive response can at least guide you to avoid these foods.  Feeding a raw frozen hypoallergenic diet can be very helpful for most pets with allergies as they are rich in nutrients and low in carbohydrates.   Ask Ariel has helped clients achieve exceptional results with mast cell tumors using the appropriate diet and a few supplements so be sure to include what you are feeding your dog on the order form at checkout. Ask Ariel will review your pet's information and include a free diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order. 

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Sending a Smile To Everyone

Sending everyone a smile!  We can all certainly use it. And don't forget to give your pet a big hug too!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Don't Forget to Love the Abandoned Animals That Need Our Help

On Valentine's Day and every day, please remember the abandoned cats and dogs that need our help. They need our love and attention right now.  Many thanks to all of the wonderful rescuers who tirelessly go to the kill shelters to pull these animals out and all of the kind pet owners who adopt them. If you can't adopt, please consider fostering, volunteering or making a donation. #rescuedog #animalshelter #rescuecat #fosterdog #fostercat

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cute Cat Poses in Batman Outfit

Tonight's winner of the Valentine Toy Sweepstakes is Dr. Lauren Gould's kitty Mallow!

Meet Mallow the Caped Crusader! How cute is he wearing his Batman costume? So adorable. Mallow is officially entered in the AskAriel.com Valentine Toy Sweepstakes. #catcostumes #cat #petcostumes #petnutrition #lovemykitty #petcontest

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Do You Know What Is In Your Pet's Food?



SUNDAY SCOOP: DO YOU KNOW WHATS IN YOUR PETS FOOD?
When it comes to your pet's food, it's time to GET SMART! Rule #1 Read the Label. Check the ingredients! A good pet food should contain quality protein as the first ingredient, real vegetables and omega 3 fatty acids. Watch out for too many starchy carbohydrates. Many pet food companies are still fooling consumers by getting on the "grain-free" bandwagon, but the foods are loaded with carbohydrates to keep the cost down. Avoid controversial ingredients such as byproducts, soybean meal, brewer's rice, sugar, artificial coloring, peanut hulls and other sketchy fillers.   To learn more about pet nutrition, see these articles about raw frozen diets, dry food and treats.  Many pet health problems arise as a result of the diet the pet is eating. #petfood #dogfood #catfood #healthycat #healthydog #petsupplies

Friday, February 10, 2017

Support Dogs Help Children With Autism

  Dr. Lynette Gebler

This article was contributed by Dr. Lynette Gebler from Focus Formulations.com
Our history with dogs is a long one, spanning from once being an indispensible part of a work team to now becoming part of our families.   Whatever role a dog may play in your family, more and more dogs are becoming trained as “support animals”.  Support animals provide therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability and can also provide emotional support. 
Research has demonstrated that petting a cat or dog helps your body release a relaxation hormone and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone, which can lower your blood pressure.   This ability to help humans relax has made dogs a perfect companion for children and adults with autism.  This is especially true when they  find themselves in certain situations too overwhelming to handle. Children with autism may benefit from interacting with dogs, which can provide unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship.
Parents should consider their children’s sensitivities carefully when choosing a pet to ensure a good match. For example, a child who is easily agitated or is sensitive to noise may have difficulty with an extremely active dog or one that tends to bark. Bringing a dog into a home is a lifetime commitment and care should be taken that the dog is a good fit for your family. Ultimately, a well thought out decision to bring a support animal into your home is one that will bring years of joy and fulfillment to the family.
To learn more about autism, please visit FocusFormulations.com  We provide the latest on autism treatment and advances and we would love to have you share your story with us.