Saturday, August 1, 2015

Supplements for Elbow Dysplasia in Rottweilers and Other Large Breed Dogs

Rottweilers are  one of the most effected breeds of elbow dysplasia.    Other breeds include:  Chow, German Shepherd (GSD), Bernese Mountain Dog and Retrievers.  Elbow dysplasia is thought to be a failure of cartilage turning to bone during skeletal maturation.  It  can be a painful crippling disease that can progress to Degenerative Joint Disease (arthritis /osteoarthritis) and possible front leg lameness.  The primary cause of elbow dysplasia is believed to be genetics, and most dogs may be asympotmatic carriers. 

Signs and Diagnosis of Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia can be very hard to diagnose, and not be found until adulthood, when the disease has progressed. In others, it may be  detected as early as 6 months and preventive measures can be taken.  The signs may be obvious,  front leg lameness , or a swollen elbow sticking outward from the chest, but  often dogs will not show their pain and you may not have any idea how much discomfort your pet is in.  The best way to detect Elbow Dysplasia is to have a veterinarian perform a physical exam and get comprehensive x-rays of  both elbows.

Treatment for Elbow Dysplasia:

Some dogs may be a candidate for surgery, depending on their age and the actual defect, but many can be managed quite well with a holistic protocol.  It will include: maintaining an ideal body weight, using a fresh grain-free diet, regular exercise (even if limited, movement helps) and joint support supplements.  The supplements would include those to protect and strengthen the joints and those to relieve pain and inflammation. We highly recommend the Arthritis and Joint Support Kit. which will help maintain your pets quality of life.  Special SAMe is also scientifically proven to help with inflammation and joint support and seems to be the most effective specifically for elbow and hip dysplasia. Sometimes pain medications are necessary but these should be used AFTER and in conjunction with a comprehensive natural supplement program.  Medications are treating the pain while supplements are actually helping to repair and support the joints and ligaments.

Symptoms and Treatments for Canine Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, in pets, can be very serious and debilitating. In the later stages, it can also lead to kidney disease and heat problems.   Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is caused by being bit by an infected tick. It is important that you know the signs and be vigilant in checking all your pets for ticks that may be infected with the disease (especially in area where there are known cases). A pet is usually infected when the tick has been on the pet for more than 18 hours. Symptoms may not appear for months or even a year later. If infected, it can be very painful and cause lameness and arthritis. Important to note, can be transmitted to humans via tick bites too.

  • Arthritis (inflammation of joints) 
  • Stiff Back 
  • Lethargy 
  • Limping 
  • Lack of appetite Fever 
**Symptoms may be intermittent 
Many dogs affected with Lyme disease are taken to a veterinarian because they are showing signs of pain and have stopped eating. Affected dogs have been described as if they were "walking on eggshells."  The pet may have a fever and begun to limp. The systems can disappear and reappear.

Treatment: Usually treatment will involve a course of antibiotics for 1-4 weeks, which should help with symptoms, but it is impossible to eliminate the bacteria entirely and ongoing nutritional support is recommended. Using holistic supplements to help fight the infection, support the immune system and aid the kidneys, can be extremely beneficial in the battle of lyme disease .

Recommended Supplements for Lyme Disease:

  • Notatum and Quentans- natural infection fighters, boost immune system, target viral and bacterial components, can be used along with antibiotics
  • Amazing Omegas- powerful anti-inflammatory and reduces joint pain
  • Purrfect Pet CoQ10- core component of lyme disease treatment, promotes energy, antioxidant
  • Renelix- flushes out toxins accumulated in kidneys, support kidney health
  • Canine Comfort--greatly helps with overall pain and inflammation

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Natural Treatments for Feline Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a common glandular disorder in cats.  The thyroid regulates your cat's metabolism and produces a hormone called thyroxine that controls many body processes.   When your cat's thyroid is overproducing thyroxine, your cat's metabolic rate increases and your cat is said to have Feline Hyperthyroidism. It usually appears in older cats and more often in females.

Hyperthyroidism can have serious consequences and affects every organ in your cat’s body, including: kidneys (due to the blood passing through too quickly), digestive system, heart, liver and nervous system. 

Signs of Feline Hyperthyroidism:
Not every symptom may be present, but listed below are typical signs of feline hyperthyroidism.
  • Weight Loss
  • Increased Appetite
  • Restlessness/anxiousness
  • Changes in their coat
  • Fast Heart Rate
  • Increase in drinking and urination
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased panting
  • Low Grade Fever
  • Weakness and Listlessness (late stages)
Conventional Treatments and the Autoimmune Factor
Just as with conventional treatment of human thyroid issues, there is a vast difference between how conventional and holistic veterinarians approach feline hyperthyroidism.  From a conventional veterinary standpoint, the focus is predominantly on treating the thyroid gland itself as an isolated entity in an attempt to regulate the production of excess thyroid hormones. Treatment can consist of medications, radioactive iodine treatment or surgery.   A holistic veterinary approach can be very different.  Feline hyperthyroidism is actually a symptom of an immune system gone awry, an imbalance in your cat's overall immune function.  Feline hyperthyroidism is most often a symptom of autoimmune disease  In other words, the immune system is attacking the thyroid tissue.  Therefore, to help your cat improve, you have to get to the source of the imbalance.  Medications and thyroid treatments simply focus on suppression of symptoms and are not getting to the root of the problem.  

Holistic Treatments Address Your Cat's Health In Its Entirety
The first place to start in addressing your cat's hyperthyroidism is to revisit your cat's diet.  Typically cats with hyperthyroidism have a history of digestive problems.  Since the majority of your cat's immune system is located in the digestive tract, diet is key.  Foods such as grains, chemicals, poultry, fish, soy and starchy carbohydrates could have been causing a great deal of inflammation in your cat over the years.  Change your cats diet to a hypoallergenic regimen, preferably a raw frozen diet if possible or canned being sure to avoid the most common food allergens such as poultry, fish, grains, soy and dairy.  Check to be sure the foods you are feeding do not contain excessive amounts of iodine.  Many cat owners are unknowingly making their cat's hyperthyroidism worse by supplementing with marine products that are high in iodine such as kelp.  Iodine is a misunderstood ingredient in human and pet thyroid problems and can greatly exacerbate thyroid problems when autoimmunity is involved.  

Nutritional Supplements for Feline Hyperthyroidism
Nutritional supplements can greatly benefit your cat's hyperthyroidism by helping to regulate the immune system.  There isn't one "magic formula" to resolve the issue because hyperthyroidism is a complex autoimmune condition affected by many factors.   Here is a list of basic support needed for cats with hyperthyroidism.  More specific product suggestions for your cat's individual needs can also be obtaining by email at:  These supplements can't reverse the damage that may have already been done to your cat's thyroid so medications will most likely be needed.  But, they will help reduce the progression and severity of the condition and improve your cat's overall well being.

Power Probiotic--This product benefits all cats but especially those with hyperthyroidism.  Since the thyroid function is so intertwined with GI function, giving your cat supportive friendly bacteria is the first start in helping to rebuild a healthy immune function.

Oxicell SE for Pets--This topical cream is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients to help support your cat's overall health.  Since hyperthyroidism is fueled by inflammation, Oxicell SE For Pets is the first line of defense for bringing down the inflammatory cycle.  It contains key antioxidants such as glutathione and SOD.

Notatum and Quentans--These immune support drops are easy to administer and for some cats, can finally enable them to get off an endless cycle of antibiotics for chronic infections.  When your cat is getting UTIs, URIs or other types of infections, it wears down the immune system.  Since any type of autoimmune disease is a symptom of an overloaded immune system, using these drops can help quiet down infection and inflammation which is contributing to the hyperthyroidism.

Immune Harmony---This natural plant based sterol formula has helped many cats with all types of autoimmune conditions including stomatitis, IBD and hyperthyroidism. 

Renelix--Hyperthyroidism can mask kidney problems in cats.  Renelix is a powerful kidney detox that will protect and preserve your cat's kidney function. It also helps to flush out toxins related to the hyperthyroidism.

If you need a diet suggestion for your kitty, please include the diet you are feeding on the AskAriel order form at checkout.  A diet suggestion for feline hyperthyroidism (based on your cat's preferences) will be included on the packing slip that comes with your product order.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stella & Chewy's Recall of Poultry Freeze-Dried Patties

This week, it was reported  that a great pet food company Stella & Chewys has issued a voluntary recall of some of their foods as a safety precaution.  Unfortunately, these things can happen to even the best companies. The list contains mostly poultry versions, which due to the high occurrence of allergies in dogs, we do not generally recommend. We still think using Stella and Chewy’s rabbit and/or venison verisons are a great healthy option for pets. For the safety of you and your pet, always use safe handling procedures. Wash your hands well before and after handling the food, and disinfect the preparation area and dishes/ utensils. 
Here is their press release with the lots being recalled:
Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling some of its products due to concerns of a possible presence of Listeria Monocytogenes. The recall was prompted by a positive test confirming Listeria monocytogenes in Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs, 15 ounce, Lot #111–15, during routine surveillance testing by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. There have been no reported pet or human illnesses associated with this recall.
Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Retailers and consumers can find the full product recall list at should look at the lot numbers and UPC codes printed on the bag to determine if it’s subject to the recall. People who have purchased these products are instructed to dispose of the food or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Monday, July 6, 2015

What To Do If You See a Pet Locked in a Car

Summer is in full swing, and with it comes certain dangers for your pets. We recently came across this article titled “Here’s What To Do When You See an Animal Trapped in a Hot Car" on One Green Plant website.  Leaving a pet in a locked car can have potentially deadly consequences.  As the article states, the temperature can reach 160 degrees (inside a locked car) on a hot day and a pet can suffer from heatstroke in a matter of minutes. Symptoms of heatstroke includes; restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, rapid heartbeat, fever, and vomiting.  If the dog shows any of these signs it is important to get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. The article lists the steps that can be taken, if you come upon a pet locked in car.
1. Write down the car’s make, model, and license plate number
2. Find an authority figure nearby
3. If no officer is nearby, call the police
4. If the police are slow to respond, contact animal control
5. Watch for signs of distress in the animal
     6. If Authorities still haven’t responded, try opening the door*
        *know the laws in your community, pertaining to pets being left in cars.
The entire article can be found here

Dogs Run For Their Lives on July 4th

July 4th aftermath. Pictured is a neighbor's deaf white husky playing with our dog Legend. The dog is neglected and stays at our home for extra TLC whenever we are given permission by the owner. He looks so happy here but not on July 4th. There were 2 beautiful July 4th shows near our home and he was inconsolable, panting, pacing and terrified. As soon as the fireworks started, even though he was inside the house, he ran to the front door and tore the screen, frantically trying to run. The dogs don't know where to run, they are just afraid they "run for their lives". What is amazing is that he is deaf but the vibrations of the booms must affect him. Legend did not have an issue at all. Some dogs are more afraid than others.  Many dogs will run and run not knowing where they are going just to try to escape the scary noise.  Many pets are now at the shelters awaiting pickup so please, if your animal is missing, head to the shelter right away.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Acuscope Therapy For Pets: Casper swimmer puppy After Treatment

Acuscope really works! Casper wasn't able to walk and lie flat on his belly.  He wasn't able to move very much and it was heartbreaking to watch. He would have been put to sleep had it not been for the excellent and fast results of the acuscope treatments.  Acuscope can help with hip dysplasia, arthritis and overall mobility issues.  To learn more, read our prior blog article about treatments and how this state of the art treatment can help.