Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Woody - Kitty With IBD is Feeling Better!


"We are so thankful for the Ask Ariel products! Our Woody started the Power Probiotic and Soothing Digestive Relief enzyme on Dec. 1 and we are seeing such improvement. He was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, but these products have really helped…….his appetite has returned, his coat has become shiny and fluffy again, he’s actually grooming again so we think he’s feeling better, he’s not hiding - sleeping like a baby on our bed again, and the diarrhea is gone and nicely formed “poops” have returned……..yeah!! Thank you !!!"
Sue Ellen- Arizona (2014)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Canine Brain Tumors: Signs To Watch For

A canine brain tumor is a mass inside your dogs cranial cavity, it may be cancerous or non cancerous. There are different levels of malignancy and depending on the level, the treatment options will vary.The mass may be the main tumor or possibly a secondary tumor, that has spread from another part of the body. Brain tumors are more common in older dogs (and cats too), but can also develop in younger pets. It is important to know the signs, depending on the location the symptoms may vary. 

Forebrain Symptoms-responsible for "thinking," behavior, and final integration of sensory information

  • Behavioral abnormalities such as loss of learned behavior and depression
  • Increased or decreased appetite and thirst
  • Constant pacing or circling
  • Decreased awareness and vision on one side of the body,
  • Seizures
The Brainstem-regulation of motor function (the ability to walk), the level of wakefulness, and the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.   nerves that control movement of and sensation to the face, the eyes, the throat, larynx and tongue, and the muscles of mastication 

  • Head tilt
  • Leaning and falling to the side of the head tilt
  • Drunken gait with loss of balance (ataxia)
  • Circling to the side of the head tilt
  • Involuntary flicking of the eyes (nystagmus)
  • Loss of appetite and vomiting
  • Abnormal eye position (strabismus)
The Cerebellum - The cerebellum controls coordination of movements and interacts closely with the vestibular system to control balance and posture. Signs of a tumor in the cerebellum include:

  • Uncoordinated gait characterized by dramatic goosestepping (hypermetria)
  • Head tremors that are worst when the animal is intent on something (i.e., food) but disappear when the animal is relaxed (intention tremors)
  • Swaying of the trunk
  • Wide based stance
  • The animal's strength remains normal

How is a brain tumor diagnosed? 
If your pet is over five years of age and new neurological symptoms pop up, testing for a brain tumor should be performed. Testing will include a complete physical and neurological examination, routine blood work (to rule out other causes), CT or MRI (MRI will show more detail and is the first choice), possible surgery or biopsy to determine type of tumor.

Treatment and Prognosis
The options for treating brain tumors usually include surgical removal, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and palliative treatment of the symptoms or a combination. Alternative Holistic Care can also be an important part of your pet's care plan.  Holistic supplements that can help are:

  • NeuroFlam- for canine seizures, canine epilepsy, neurological inflammation, and nerve-pain, and muscular nerve pain
  • Dog Brain Booster-can help reduce and prevent dog seizures, help dogs with dementia, brain tumors and other brain disorders.
  • Amazing Omegas-Omega -3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain
We must stress that most brain tumors can be treated but not cured.  The goal should be to maintain and extend, for as long as possible,  a good quality of life for your pet.  From our experience, pets that use the supplements along with their treatment regimens have a much better outcome.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Top Gift List for Your Pet This Holiday Season


MUSIC:  Music that is tailored especially for the senses of pets. It can be used to calm pets during home alone time, thunderstorms, travel and training sessions

FASHION: How cool is your pet? Fashion remains a big category for pets.  Whether your dog  needs  a cashmere sweater or a  motorcycle helmet, it can be found. Fashion can be fun and a practical gift during the cold winter months.

DOG MONITORING SYSTEM: The mobile health monitoring trend for people is moving on to our pets. These systems attach to your pets collar and tracks your pet’s health and activity. They can then be viewed on your computer or smartphone to help you track their trends and help alert you to changes.

HOLIDAY TREATS: We all enjoy treats during the holiday season and we want to indulge our pets too. There are many good options for tasty, healthy treats.  Please check the ingredients in treats and focus primarily on feeding freeze dried protein snacks such as freeze dried wild salmon.  Many "healthy" looking treats contain problematic ingredients such as molasses and grains---both of which can give a pet a yeast infection.  The last thing you want to do this season is run to the vet. Here is an article on what to watch for 5 Treats That Can Make Your Pet Sick!

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION:  There are companies that specialize in monthly gift services for your pet. They come in a variety of themes (food, toys, fashion and more), which vary in price and content.  The boxes are shipped to your home monthly.. What a great way to spoil your pet all year.

BOOKS:  Of course your pet cannot read them, but there is a wide range of new books out this season that can help you understand your pet's personality and needs, which can improve their quality of life. The options are unbelievable--from training resources  to cookbooks and everything in between. 

LUXURY DOG BEDS and PILLOWS: Dogs sleep on average 13 hours a day (although much of it is in the form of naps) why not indulge your pet with a special comfy place just for them.  

Most of all, give your pets lots of love and good health.  Supplements such as Amazing Omegas and Power Probiotic found on www.AskAriel.com will ensure your pet will live life to the fullest!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Is Tartar Making Your Pet Sick?

What is Tartar Accumulation?
Tartar, or calculus, is the advanced form of dental plaque. It is the result of a long and continuous accumulation of plaque that has been allowed to remain on and in between teeth. There are many  factors that lead to the accumulation of tartar including: age, health status, breed, oral hygiene, diet and mouth environment.

It is important to treat and control tartar accumulation for two very important reasons:
to maintain the health of teeth and gums
to guard against infection spreading to other parts of the body

If the plaque is not removed, it may start to combine with the saliva and begin to mineralize, into tartar, in just 3-5 days. If left untreated the tartar can cause the gums to become inflamed and red, pockets may form between the gums and the teeth and it can allow bacteria to grow, which could lead to tooth loss, bone loss and wide spread infection. 

However, good oral hygiene may not be enough to help your pet. Because saliva plays a role in tartar development, and the more acid in the saliva, the more rapid the build-up of plaque, stomach acids need to be managed. This is where diet and holistic supplementation can help. Feeding your pet a diet specifically designed to reduce the amount of plaque and tartar build up can help.  Raw frozen diets provide optimal nutrition for pets and can help with tartar accumulation.  The raw meat and bones will help to control the tartar by acting as a  gentle dental abrasive and the raw meat contains natural enzymes, that helps digestion and reduces acid.  The addition of holistic supplements such as; Power Probiotics, K9 Digestive, Lypozyme (for cats) and Gastro ULC, will further aid digestion will add another level of protection. 

Here are symptoms to watch for:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Sensitivity around the mouth
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Gums that are inflamed (red),or receding
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach or intestinal upsets
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty chewing or eating
  • Irritability or depression

Friday, November 28, 2014

Save An Abandoned Cat or Dog's Life!

The shelters and rescues are filled with thousands of needy cats and dogs that need a loving home. On www.petfinder.com you can find just the right pet to complete your family! This holiday season, let's give an abandoned pet a place to finally call home.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Signs of Liver Disease in Pets

Signs of Liver Disease
Your pet's liver is an important organ. it's main function is to help digestion and conversion of nutrients, removing toxic substances from the blood, and the storage of vitamins and minerals. Due to this function, your cat or dog's liver is highly susceptible to damage. When it is over worked,  it can become inflamed and can result in damage and loss of function.  Fortunately, liver disease is a condition that can be well managed, and progression can be limited with proper nutrition and liver support.  

What can lead to liver disease in pets?
There are four main factors that increase the likelihood of your pet developing liver disease: age (more common in geriatrics), breed, obesity, medications and chemicals that they may come in contact with.   

Signs and symptoms of liver disease in dogs and cats:
  • Poor or loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Weight loss
  • Jaundice (yellowing of gums, whites of the eyes or skin)
  • Increased thirst
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Changes in behavior
  • Excessive drooling
  • Lack of energy or depression
  • Other possible signs of liver disorders include dark-colored urine, pale gums, or a build- up of fluid in the abdomen that could be mistaken for sudden weight gain. 

What can help your cat or dog with liver disease?
It is important to help your pet rest their liver and minimizing those functions that have to do with metabolism of fats, proteins, carbohydrates and drugs.  A first step would be to transition your pet to a raw or canned low-fat, grain-free diet, adding plenty of green vegetables, carrots and even a small amount of beets.  The second step should be  adding supplements that support the liver function.  Askariel.com has the Pancreatitis & Liver Support Kit,  that contains three formulas with powerful enzymes and nutrients that are highly effective in breaking down food, easing the burden on the pancreas, liver and digestive tract. Herbs in the Liver/Gallbladder formula reduce elevated liver enzymes help flush toxins from the liver and gallbladder. With the addition of Oxicell, your pet will have the benefits of critical antioxidants delivered into the body  to help fight free radical damage and inflammation. It also has been shown to reduce elevated liver enzyme levels.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

With Thanks To All Who Serve Our Country on Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day and a time to remember all of the men, women and canines who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.