Monday, October 20, 2014

Mobility Aids For Injured and Aging Pets

Our pets are an important member of our family, and we would do anything to help them. As they age, or perhaps in the event they suffer an injury, special medical attention may be required.  Hip dysplasia, ligament injury, and arthritis are a few of conditions that could affect your dog's mobility. These condition can come on suddenly or be a slow progression.  Your once active energetic dog may now be resigned to a day of just laying about, possibly in pain. Fortunately, there are options to help your pet regain mobility and a happy, active life once again.  They include joint support supplements and mobility aids.

Supplements that can help:
Arthritis & Joint Support Kit 
This kit includes three proven supplements that synergistically work together to reduce inflammation and increase mobility.  Products can be purchased together at a discounted package price or individually as shown below.
  • Amazing Arthrosoothe- Comprehensive support for pets with hip and elbow dysplasia, arthritis, injuries and slowing down due to old age. Helps to repair and rebuild joint tissue and cartilage.  
  • Curcumin for Dogs and Cats- Research on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin continue to emerge.  Curcumin is an amazing supplement that fights cancer, improves mobility quickly and offers lasting results.   
  • Amazing Omegas - The most comprehensive, pure and effective fish oil for pets.  Packed in glass bottles to prevent leakage of toxins from plastic into the oil. Reduces inflammation and cartilage break-down.  Pets show improvement in arthritis symptoms and develop a gorgeous coat.

Mobility Aids that can help:

  • Harnesses and slings-mobility devices that are for dogs that have trouble standing or that get tired easily, but have not lost all their mobility. 
  • Ramps- for dog's that have trouble climbing stairs, simply setting up a ramp will allow your dog to easily walk up.
  • Boots and Splints- If your pet has partially mobility, but is unsure of their footing or needs added joint support (perhaps from being injured) using a splint or boot could help significantly.
  • Dog Wheelchairs- For those dogs that have lost much of their mobility, a dog wheelchair--or a dog cart, as they are sometimes called.  For dogs with degenerative disc disorder, the devices can help take the weight off the dogs' damaged parts.  Dog wheelchairs allow pets to run, play, and even swim again getting the exercise they need. to live happy, healthy lives. 

Maintaining or regaining your dog's mobility is important to both you and your dog.  Just as a cane or wheelchair can help humans overcome their challenges, using the supplements and mobility aids can help your pet have the active lifestyle that they crave  and to live a happy, healthy life. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Keep Your Dogs Healthy and Happy

three amigos
Molly (12 yrs), Ben (10 yrs), Kayla (3 yrs)

Many thanks to our friend and animal rescue volunteer, Susan Oney for sending in a picture of her "Three Amigos".  Look how adorable these three posed for their July 4th Photo opportunity!
Here is what Susan had to say:
"Right now all of our pets are doing really well.  They're happy and full of energy with shiny coats which I totally attribute to your nutrition guidance - good foods and supplements.  I'm attaching a picture we took on the Fourth of July.  We call them "The Three Amigos" because they all get along so beautifully.  It was one of those rare moments when they were all being very obedient and cooperating with the camera!
My dogs use several of your products:  Kayla (Belgium shepherd-3 yrs old) has a sensitive stomach so I give her K9 Digestive Enzymes and Power Probiotics.  Ben (Golden retriever-10 yrs old) has a bad hip from an accident when he was a puppy so he takes Amazing ArthoSoothe, Curcumin Complex and Vitality Now.  Molly (Schnauzer-12 yrs old) has skin issues so she gets Power Probiotic and K9 Yeast Defense.  They also all take Onco-X every day as a cancer preventative vitamin.   Obviously, as you can see, we are very satisfied Ask Ariel customers!"  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Is Your Cat Stressed Out?

Is your cat stressed out? Domestic cats have evolved in such a way that  they handle short term stress very well, but have a much harder time dealing with chronic or "long- term" stress. Their ability to cope with stress can be influenced by their genetics or by environmental factors and learned behaviors.

Signs of Acute Stress
  • Immobility
  • Body – crouched directly on top of all fours, shaking and tail close to the body
  • Belly – not exposed, rapid breathing
  • Head – lower than the body, motionless and whiskers back
  • Eyes – fully open and pupils fully dilated
  • Ears – fully flattened back on the head
  • Hissing, growling, shaking, drooling
  • Involuntary urination, defecation
  • Aggression if approached
Signs of Chronic Stress (will be over a longer period of time and the signs may be more subtle)
  • Inhibition of feeding, grooming, urination & defecation or over-eating (dependent on personality type)
  • Increased resting or ‘feigned’ sleep
  • Increased dependency or social withdrawal (hiding)
  • Defensive aggression towards people/cats. (may also  be redirected aggression)
  • Extreme vigilance and heightened startle response (jumping at the slightest noise)
  • Changes in general patterns of behavior (spending significantly more time indoors, not interested in playing, over grooming, etc)
  • Inappropriate urination or defecation and/or urine spraying indoors
  • Increased facial rubbing, scratching on surfaces
Bottom line-Cats DO NOT like changes! Whether it is a change in your family’s schedule,  a new pet coming into the home, a loss of a pet companion or even rearranging the furniture can cause stress. If your cat is sick, this can make them feel vulnerable and anxious.  Older cats will be even more prone to the effects of stress. Cats that are stressed might exhibit behavioral changes (such as missing the litter box) or stress related health issues.

One health issue, thought to be caused from stress (stress does lower immune function) is frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Some cats may be diagnosed with urinary crystals, stones or infection, but in most cases a cause will not be identified. Be aware of the signs of urinary tract disease so they can be evaluated quickly (by your veterinarian)
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Abnormal, frequent passage of urine
  • Urinating in inappropriate locations
  • Blockage of urine flow through the urethra to outside the body
Fortunately, holistic care can help. Here is an indepth article  " 3 Steps of Cat & Dog Urinary Tract Infection Treatment"  If your pet suffers from stress induced UTIs the best holistic supplements to add  are Psystabil, Pet UTI Prevention, Akutur, and Power Probiotic for Pets Pet owners have had great results using these products and many kitties really do seem to feel a lot more comfortable on a daily basis!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pet Suite Options Are Now an Added Feature in New Homes

Standard Pacific, a California-based home builder, has begun to sell homes that include an option of adding a pet suite that is especially designed for your family pet. These suites are being offered in 27 of its 190 developments nationwide.  Jeffrey Lake, Vice President and National Director of architecture says "Devotion to pets is second-to-none...they are family" 

Their research backed them up.  It found that people are more sensitive to the needs of their four legged family members and consider them when buying a home.  Important factors for some families include whether the home is located near walking trails, has cat-friendly interior design, apartment complexes with dog-washing facilities, or space for a dog run. Considering that nearly 70% of households have pets,and pet spending in America is predicted to top $60 billion in 2014, the home-builder is "banking" on pet-friendly residential design gaining in popularity 

The selected Standard Pacific homes have an optional 170-square-foot "pet suite." These suites include everything from a tiled washing station with leash tie-downs, a hand-held sprayer, and a pet dryer. It also includes a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets (for toys, treats and food); a stackable washer and dryer; a French door that opens to a puppy run; and a flat-screen TV. There is also no need to worry about resale value, it is designed to be easily converted to a functioning room.  

Danielle Tocco, a spokeswoman for Standard Pacific, recently told the Los Angeles Times, that the "prices are beginning at $1,500, but are typically around $8,000 or more" The Avignon community, in California, features the largest plan and can add up to $35,000 to the home price.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier Diagnosed with PLN

Q:  My Wheaton Terrier was diagnosed with PLN Protein-Losing Nephropathy.  Is there anything I can do from a natural standpoint to try to help him?

A:  So sorry your dog was diagnosed with Protein-Losing Nephropathy.   (PLN) is a disease where the filtering mechanism of the kidneys is defective and the dog loses protein through the urine.  It can be a life long condition that will need special care. Certain breeds have a genetic predisposition to PLN and other protein losing diseases such as Protein-losing Enteropathy (PLE). Most common breeds effected are Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers, Bernese Mountain Dog, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers.  Usually the  first sign of PLN is an increase in urination and drinking.  Other symptoms could include: listlessness/depression, decreased appetite, vomiting, weight loss, changes in skin and coat, poor growth in young dogs, and edema (swelling) 

Treating Protein-Losing Nephropathy consists of managing symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease. Since conventional veterinary treatments are limited, using a holistic approach with natural supplements can greatly help.  Kidney Health Protein Support helps pets to break down the protein, better absorb and utilize the protein.  This is key with this condition.  Renelix is a powerful kidney detox that helps to flush out toxins and improve kidney function.  Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is an essential antioxidant that is very important for kidney function. While many pets will eat a prescription kidney diet, we have found that using a natural diet, free of glutenous grains with limited, but highly bioavailable protein is best.  Avoid dry food as it is hard to digest and dogs with kidney disease need a high moisture diet.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Safer Air Travel for Your Pet

The Department Of Transportation (DOT) estimates that more than 2 million animals are transported by air in the United States annually. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in incidents during air travel, including; animals deaths, injuries and losses. This has led the DOT to require that domestic carriers with more than 60 seats, begin to report  the events in an annual report.  The law states that all events involving cats and dogs (it does not include other animals) be reported starting on January 1, 2015The new regulation applies not only to personal pets, but also to any cats or dogs that are transported, such as animals shipped by breeders (the previous rule did not cover breeder shipments). This will help pet owners to make an informed decision on the selecting a carrier for the safe travels of their pets.  
Here are tips to help your pet fly safely

  • Fit to fly.  Consider leaving your pet at home, if they are very young, very old or not in good health. 
  • Do your research. Regulations and fees vary depending on airlines and whether your pet flies in the cabin or as checked baggage. Be sure to check an airline's history of flying animals. Certain breeds can  also have more breathing difficulties and airlines may have restrictions (may not be able to fly in cargo hold). These breeds include pets with short snouts ( ie. pugs, and Persian cats)  Incidents of pets being lost, injured or dying have increased in recent years.  
  • Consider a pets-only airline. Pet Airways offers climate-controlled cabins outfitted with individual crates, and a flight attendant checks on the animals every 15 minutes. After landing, pets are given a bathroom break, and can be picked up by their owners at the airline’s Pet Lounge at participating airports.
  • Prepare the carrier. Make sure your kennel has room for your pet to turn around and stand without hitting its head. Check with your airline to determine any crate dimension requirements. The USDA requires the following: food and water dishes, "Live Animal" stickers, upright arrows and bedding.
  • ID tags. Attach contact information to both your pet's collar and its carrier.
  • Exercise. Before the flight, play with your cat or take your dog for a walk. 
  • Relax. Cesar Millan recommends using lavender oil as an "association scent" to help your pet relaxed while flying. In the weeks before the flight, he suggests putting a drop of oil on your hands at feeding times or before walks. Once onboard, “the positive association will allow him to calm down and remain relaxed.”

Monday, September 22, 2014

Holistic Treatments for Canine Kennel Cough

Could we be next?
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel Cough is a very contagious canine respiratory disease, similar to the common cold in humans. It is also known as Tracheobronchitis and Bordetella.  As the name would lead you to believe it is inflammation of the trachea and bronchi and that "honking" sound they are making is the classic symptom.  It is usually contracted when dogs are in close contact, for example when they are at kennels, boarding facilities, shelters, dog parks or even the vet clinic. The most at risk are puppies, senior dogs, and dogs with compromised immune systems.  Even if your dog has been vaccinated it is still possible for them to contract kennel cough. 


  • Dry hacking cough is the most common symptom
  • Cough may sound like honking
  • Retching
  • Watery nasal discharge
  • In mild cases, dogs would likely be active and eating normally
  • In severe cases, symptoms progress and can include pneumonia, inappetence, fever, and lethargy 

The symptoms usually appear about 5-10 days after exposure to an infected dog, and can last for up to 3 weeks, though symptoms may improve considerably within a few days. It is thought that dogs can remain contagious for several weeks after symptoms clear up.

Most often the diagnosis can be made by symptoms and pet history. However, blood test and bacterial cultures may be performed to determine what type of virus is causing the kennel cough.  

  • Dogs with kennel cough should be isolated from other dogs.
  • Your vet will recommend treatment based on the severity of illness in your dog. Many dogs recover without treatment, so your dog may simply require monitoring to ensure the symptoms are not worsening
  • Supportive care is very important—be sure your dog is eating, drinking and in a stress-free environment.
  • Holistic treatments can help pets recover faster and feel better. Argentyn or Notatum and  Quentans to fight infection, Amazing Omegas to support the immune system, Power Probiotic, especially if antibiotics are used.  Since kennel cough can spread and cause pneumonia, it is essential to use supplements to support the dog's immune system.
  • A cough suppressant may be prescribed, and in some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to combat bacterial infections, but the supplements are most important since kennel cough is viral in nature. If your dog has symptoms such as fever, lethargy and loss of appetite, more intensive treatment will be recommended.
  • Avoid exposure to irritating fumes that could increase inflammation
  • Pressure from a collar can make kennel cough symptoms worse, so switching to a harness is recommended for the duration of the illness.