Friday, April 17, 2015

Why Does My Dog Vomit After Eating?

Q: My beloved rescue dog often vomits after he eats; is it a digestion issue, food issue, or how he eats (he scarfs down his food in no time)… what can I do?
A: You have reason to be concerned. Of course it depends on how soon after and how often this occurs, but scarfing down his food can cause serious health problems.  Eating too fast can cause burping and flatulence (not dangerous, but can be unpleasant), choking, gastric dilatation, or volvulus, which is also known as bloat. Bloat is a condition that needs to be treated by a veterinarian immediately.  It can occur when a dog swallows too much air when they are eating their meals and the distension of the stomach can cause it to twist. This can cause damage to the stomach and even death.
To slow down your dogs eating, you need to determine the cause. Being a rescue dog it could be a case of conditioned competitive eating (often occurs in a shelter situation). If you have another pet, consider feeding them in different locations or times. Feeding your pet regularly will also help them have food security. Also use distraction with positive reinforcement to keep them from the other pet’s bowl can help too.
However, if they are the only pet in the house you can try to change how you are feeding them. Changing the bowl can help.  You can purchase a slow feed pet bowl, or make your own at home version by turning their feeding bowl upside down or using a muffin tin to separate their food to force them to pause. You can also feed smaller, more frequent meals.
Two supplements can greatly improve your dog's digestion.  Power Probiotics for Pets and K9 Digestive Enzymes will help your dog properly digest his food and reduce vomiting instances.   Dogs can suffer from malabsorption and even though they are eating the food quickly, they will not get the benefit of the nutrients if they are not digesting the food properly. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

German Shepherd with Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) Feels Better With Amazing Omegas Fish Oil!


"Before we tried Kiko on the Ask Ariel Amazing Omegas, our boy had very dry flaky skin and his hair was very dull and dry. Within 2 weeks of using Amazing Omegas, Kiko has a healthy, thick, shiny, glossy coat of fur. I've also noticed new growth of hair around his elbows, stomach and ears. Thank you to Gina Gould for donating the first bottle for him to try. Ever since,  he has been on them. As a mom of a DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) dog, your products are working amazingly well at keeping our special boy healthy. Thank you Susan Davis and Ask Ariel!!!"
Jennifer Neal, California

Kiko is a rescue dog who needs donations to continue with his care.  To read his story, please visit:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Itchy Shih Tzu Stops Scratching Ears and Chewing on Her Paws!

Many thanks to Gina Gould for sending in this testimonial about her beautiful (and very glamorous) Shih Tzu Sophia!

"Our sweet Sophia is a 4 year old Shih Tzu and has suffered from a very sensitive tummy all of her life.  We have used the Lypozyme and Power Probiotic along with the diet Ask Ariel recommended which has helped her so much.  However, recently with allergy season, she had started chewing on her paws and scratching her ears a lot.  I wanted to find a natural option as antihistamines don't help very much and make her so tired. We started Sophia on the K9 Yeast Defense and it helped so much.  Just a little bit and she stopped scratching and chewing.  We are so grateful for these wonderful Ask Ariel products that are keeping our baby healthy."

Gina Gould is a certified acuscope myopulse therapist in Southern California.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

How to Transtion Your Dog or Cat to a New Food

There may be a variety of reasons why it's important to change your pet’s food.  It could be a health condition, a healthier option or a change in the nutritional needs of your pet. However, your cat or dog’s digestive system is much more sensitive then ours and special consideration should be used when changing their food.  When feeding your pet a new food, introduce it very slowly over 7-10 day period. We recommended the schedule should be ¼ new food with ¾ old food for 3-4 days. If no issues arise,  then increase by ¼ every two days until fully switched to the new food.  Please, keep in mind that if you introduce the new food too quickly, your pet could suffer from an upset stomach, vomiting, gas or diarrhea.  If any of these occur, slow down the process beyond the recommended (reduce the percentage of new food and/or increase days between changes) until the symptoms subside. If your pet's stool is soft, you can add a small amount of  pure canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)  to their food. The added fiber should help firm up their stools.  Also, Power Probiotic and a digestive enzyme such as K9 Digestive Enzymes  will make the transition easier.   
25% new for 3-4 days- 50 %  for 2 days- 75% for 2 days  until 100% new 

Friday, April 3, 2015

10 Year Old Min-Pin Running and Jumping like a Pup!

"Ulysse is our 10 year old Min Pin.  He is a very active little guy, loves to fetch, swim and run (he's done a few 5k with me). He had patella luxation surgery at the age of 2. As he got older, I noticed he was having some pain on his back. We did X-rays multiple times and the vet concluded he has arthritis. We started giving him Tramadol and it did help,to some extent, but I was always concerned about creating other issues in the long run. He had pancreatitis in the past and again Tramadol was given. We also did laser treatments but those stopped working after a couple of months. I started to research supplements and herbs because I  believe natural remedies do work. We tried many others before we ran into products. Another min pin mom loved the products so I said well let's give them a try. By then he had taken metacam (not for long because of all the side effects) and I just couldn't do it. 

We decided to give him ARTHROSOOTHE and COLLAGENEX (collagen for pets) it took about one week and we were done with the Tramadol. He stopped growling when we touched his back and he started to jump, climb and run non-stop like a crazy little man that just turn two yrs old instead of 10 years. We just couldn't believe it!!! People at the dog park noticed the difference in his attitude and could tell he was feeling 100% better!!! My old man had turn into a young pup . When winter came along, I was concerned about the cold and his pains, but it didn't faze him. We continued going to the dog park and he  would just run and run and run and play with the snow! His two sisters ( min pin), the other people and I at the dog park couldn't believe him!

We are so grateful we found  It changed my Ulysse's life completely!

Ana, Michigan 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Does Your Dog or Cat Suffer From Acid Stomach?

One of the most common questions we receive is what to do for a pet with a sensitive stomach.  It is not an easy question to answer as digestive disorders in cats and dogs encompass a wide range of symptoms and diseases such as acid reflux, gas, diarrhea, and vomiting, bad breath, bloat, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), colitis and many others. However we find most pet digestive disorders occur because of the pet’s diet. Just because a brand is considered “premium” or “organic”, doesn’t mean it is right for your pet.  Many of the bestselling, premium brands contain allergens or starchy carbohydrates that can cause a variety of digestive problems and subsequently, a weakened immune system.  

Signs Your Cat or Dog May Have Acid Stomach 

·    Lack of appetite especially in the morning
·    Vomiting bile or small amounts of food
·    Eating grass – Many pets enjoy the taste of grass so eating grass is not necessarily a sign of acid stomach. But, a lot of dogs will eat grass and then vomit.  If you notice this pattern, most likely your dog has acid stomach.  
·    Regurgitation noises
·    Hunching over after eating

·    Licking or smacking of the lips

Be sure to contact your veterinarian if you notice your pet has any of these symptoms.  It could be indicative of a more serious health concern such as liver disease, kidney disease or cancer.  If these issues are ruled out, then the next step is to change your pet’s diet to a hypoallergenic diet and use a few supplements to improve digestion.  K9 Digestive Enzymes, Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic for Pets can provide fast relief for pets.  The reason we recommend all three together is that the combination addresses the root cause:  poor digestion.  If you just give your pet the Gastro ULC, you are treating the symptom, but not the underlying cause which is contributing to the acid stomach in the first place. 

Regarding your pet’s diet, even if you are feeding a raw frozen diet or a holistic diet, you may be inadvertently feeding something that your pet is having a hard time digesting.  Foods that contain allergens, starchy carbohydrates, grains and even dry food can be hard for some pets to digest.   On the Ask Ariel order form at checkout, if your provide your pet's diet, Ask Ariel will include FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order! 

Which Harness is Best for Your Dog?

Back-Clip Harness

Enjoying the great outdoors with your dog can be a special bonding time for both you and your pet, but an out of control, pulling dog can make it a misery (and potentially dangerous).  The use of a body harnesses can be a great tool, it can provide control and comfort for your pet.  They can be especially important to consider for dogs that have pushed-in faces (that restrict breathing), those with trachea or throat problems, and ones with slender necks. For these pets, a traditional leash hooked to their collar can cause them injury or discomfort.  There are many options that vary in style and function. Below lists the pros and cons of the three most common types.
Back-Clip Harness
This type has a ring that the leash will hook to on the top of the dog’s back.  Usually the dog adjusts to the back clip harness easily.
·         Easy to put on and comfortable for a dog to wear.
·         Less tangling under the front legs.
·         They protect the fragile neck area.
·         They offer little control if a dog has behavior issues, such as pulling on the leash, jumping up or displaying aggression.
Front-Clip Harness

Front-clip harnesses (as the name suggest) clips on the front and is centered on the dog’s chest.  Often trainers will suggest the front-clip harnesses, because they will give the owner more control over pulling, and direction the dog is moving.
·         More control over pulling on the leash, jumping up or other poor leash manners
·         Provides the ability to direct the dog
·         The leash on the front of the chest can tangle under the dog’s front legs if too much slack is given. 

Tightening Harness

There are variations of the body harnesses that will tighten and add pressure if the dog pulls. The slight tightening can be uncomfortable for the pet, which causes him to lessen or stop the pulling and walk on a looser leash.
·         A harnesses that will apply slight pressure to a dog when they pull, but it does not cause pain.
·         They are generally easy to put on a dog.
·         The dog doesn’t necessarily learn to walk on a loose leash, only with this type of harness.

·         Some tightening harnesses can feel uncomfortable to your pet. The pet might associate the pain as a negative association with the harness and might fight the usage of the device and/or the activity.