Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Supplements for a Healthy Pet

Your pet's diet is the most important part to promoting a healthy life for your cat or dog. However, adding supplements, appropriate for your pet's specific needs and lifestyle, can help lead to a long, healthy and happy life.  The following supplements should be considered for your cat or dog.

Digestive Enzymes
When food is not properly broken down it may cause responses in the body that can lead to inflammation, allergies, digestive issues and other chronic conditions . Improving digestion and utilization of nutrients can help to prevent and eliminate many of these responses.  We would suggest K9 Digestive Enzymes and Power Probiotic  to help your dog's increase absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
For cats, use Lypozyme or Soothing Digestive Relief.

Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are important in the diet, but cannot be produced by the body. They help cardiovascular function, nourishes the skin and coat, as well as the lining of the digestive tract.  In addition, omega 3 fatty acids reduces the inflammation process in the body.  Essential fatty acid supplements are not all created equal, Amazing Omegas For Pets is a powerful supplement, whose quality and purity just can't be compared.  It is  third-party tested to ensure the product is free of mercury and delivers the highest nutritional value.   
Extra Support for Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens are more vulnerable than mature animals to parasites and disease because their immune systems are still developing.  Puppies and kittens diets can be helped by supplementing with Colostrum for Pets to help boost their immature immune system.   Colostrum for Pets has been shown in research studies to enhance the digestive system, immune function and repair of skin collagen, bone cartilage and nerve tissue. 

Aging Animals
As animals age they need extra support to stay healthy and maintain their best quality of life. Often the first sign of aging is stiffness.  We would recommend starting pets on extra joint support such as our,  Arthritis & Joint Support Kit , which is recommended by veterinarians and promotes joint repair,reduces inflammation and increases mobility.

Also, adding a  senior vitamin and extra antioxidants to your cat or dog's protocol can help fight the damage caused by free radicals and give their immune system a little extra help. Purrfect Pet CoQ10,  formulated to absorb easily with maximum benefits.  It can improve immune function, fatigue-related disorders, periodontal problems, neurodegenerative conditions and supports a healthy heart.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What To Say After the Loss of a Pet

Anyone who has lost a pet knows it's like losing a beloved member of the family. The grief that follows is a natural process that you must go through. It will differ for everyone, some may go through it quickly and others may have a tougher time. There are resources for the grieving pet owners, websites, books, forums, and counseling, but often a friend just knowing what to say and more importantly what NOT say can be the the kindest act.

Top Five Things Not To Say or Do To Someone Who Has Lost A Pet 

1. He is in a better place
 The pet owner may not think that is the case. Chances are that they think the "better place" is here with them. 

2. How old was he? 
Seems like an honest question, but somehow it may feel like the amount of grief is dependent on the age of the pet. Young dog...tragic. Old dog... to be expected. But the grief they feel will not matter the age of the pet. 

3. My pet had cancer too-- 
It is natural to want to empathize through sharing similar experiences, but at this time they will not want to hear your tragic story. They just want a friendly ear.

4. Too bad you didn't try XYZ treatment ... 
Pet owners have to make healthcare decisions based many factors including their beliefs in treatment, availability of medical support and financial ability. The treatment plan may not have been your choice, but now is not the time to address them with the heartbroken owner. There is no benefit to second guessing. 

5. You should consider getting a another dog, cat... 
This may be a good recommendation, in it's right time, but a pet cannot be "replaced" and this is not the time to make the suggestion. The owner needs to go through the grieving process (whatever the time frame maybe) before they can open up to another pet. 

The Five Best Things To Say or Do For Someone Who Has Lost A Pet 

1. I’m so sorry for your loss. 
A simple, heartfelt sentiment that acknowledges the pain they are in at this time of loss. 

2. My favorite memory is...
Sharing something sweet, touching, and memorable about the lost pet will sure to bring a smile to the owner. 

3. Take as long as you need to grieve 
 Giving the owner permission to feel the way they are feeling is a gift. Grief does not work on a timeline. It can come and go, with some days being better than others. 

4. Offer something in memory of the pet. 
A donation to their favorite rescue, a candle lit in memory on Rainbow Bridge, posting on a pet forum, simply a card acknowledging the loss. 

5. A hug 
Sometimes no words are the best

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Best Pals Bella and Juno Need A Home


Best pals, Bella and Juno, found each other when they came to Siberian Husky Haven on L.A. They keep each other company, bunk together and play all day. They would love to find a forever home together. If you could open your heart to two lovable dogs, this is the pair to consider.  They have already bonded with each other, which will  help make the transition to a new home all the easier.   These two adorable dogs would be a perfect fit for a working family.  Huskies are cuddly, friendly dogs that are loving and affectionate with children.   For adoption information, please contact  HUSKY HAVEN of L.A.   

Husky Haven of LA:  661-266-9779   Email:  huskyhavenofla@hotmail.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

Green Beans- A Healthy Treat For Your Dog

Green beans also known as string beans, are a good source of vitamins, minerals (including vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese) and dietary fiber for your dog.  They can also improve digestion and absorption. If you have an overweight dog, adding green beans to your dog's food can greatly help.    This would allow you to replace the higher calorie food with a low calorie, nutritious alternative.  Simply reduce your dog's food by 1/3 and replace with an equivalent amount of green beans or other vegetables.  For small pets, you will need to chop them up small.  While the picture shows the dog eating greens beans straight out of a bowl, more likely they will be a food you need to mix into the dog food. Green beans are also inexpensive, compared to some specialty weight loss dog foods on the market.  Dogs can eat them either raw or cooked, but don’t add any spices like salt, pepper, garlic or sugar,  just keep them plain. We have found many dogs enjoy frozen green beans as a healthy treat.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Shaving Double Coated Dogs: Reasons Why Not To Shave Your Dog

Sometimes pet owners may shave their dog in the summer thinking it will make them cooler.   Contrary to popular belief, dogs DO NOT have a large network of sweat glands designed to regulate the body temperature during hot weather (they only have them on the pads of their feet). Most of their cooling takes place through panting.  However, there may be serious consequences from shaving your dog.  Which dogs are most at risk for having problems with shaving? Double coated dogs.  A double coated dog is any dog with an outer coat and a soft undercoat.  The soft undercoat is what sheds.  These two coats grow independently of one another and to different lengths.  The outer coat is longer, and tends to grow slower.  The undercoat is shorter and grows faster, and also turns over, or sheds, twice a year.  Some examples of dogs with double coats are German Shepherds , Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Australian Shepherds, and Siberian Huskies.

You should consider not shaving these double coated dogs as they have sensitive skin.  Skin can become irritated from razor burn and it is much more likely to be sunburned.  The thick hair protects their skin from the sun and also bug bites. Also, the undercoat provides insulation in the winter and cools the dog in the summer.

Shaving does NOT make them shed less. Your double coated dogs will shed their under coat twice a year, and shaving them does not prevent this from happening. It can also cause permanent damages to the dog's coat. There is no outer coat to protect the under coat and it will become brittle and break off. Also, the under coat is dull and dense and not visually appealing. Instead of having your dog shaved to get rid of unwanted hair, having the dog professionally groomed on a schedule will remove all the dead undercoat.  Use Amazing Omegas fish oil to reduce shedding. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Times Have Changed for Veternarian Care

In previous times, a veterinarian was more or less expected to do it all. This still holds true in many areas where specialty care is not readily available. What has changed is the increased availability of specialists, more and more speciality clinics are opening and the Internet has given you a world of information and specialist at your fingertips. It is important to remember that you must do your due diligence and make sure your sources of help are of the highest quality. Don't just believe everything you read! 

There are so many great veterinarians and many may really be "good at it all", but most realize their strengths and weakness. Just as in human medicine, they understand when to allow a specialist to step in and help your pet. Respect and cooperation between referring veterinarian and specialist is key to the smooth and effective handling of your pet’s care. This is especially true since specialists are typically brought on to address only one area of concern, but will refer you back to your own veterinarian for routine care or when the situation is finally resolved.

We at AskAriel.com  specialize in Holistic Pet Care and Nutrition services. Our nutritionist, Susan Blake Davis, provides expert advice about how holistic pet care can improve the health of your pet and can be used successfully along with conventional veterinary care. Based in Orange County, California, Ask Ariel offers holistic pet care and veterinary services for dogs and cats, including natural pet supplements and pet nutritional counseling. Our holistic pet care advice is backed by scientific research and our natural pet medications and supplements are third-party tested to guarantee the purity and effectiveness of the ingredients.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)," a veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has completed additional training in a specific area of veterinary medicine and has passed an examination that evaluates their knowledge and skills in that specialty area." The most common area of specialist veterinarian medicine include:

  • Behavior: veterinarians with additional training in animal behavior 
  • Dentistry: veterinarians who perform procedures on animals' teeth 
  • Dermatology: veterinarians who study diseases and conditions of the skin 
  • Emergency and Critical Care: the "ER docs" and intensive care specialists 
  • Cardiology: the study of diseases and conditions of the heart and circulatory system 
  • Neurology: the study of diseases of the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the nervous system Oncology: the study of tumors and cancer Microbiology: veterinarians who study viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. 
  • Holistic Care and Nutrition: veterinarians working to make sure that animals' diets meet their body's needs for nutrients 
  • Oncology: specialist who deals with the treatment of cancer 
  • Ophthalmology: veterinarians studying diseases and conditions of the eye 
  • Radiology: veterinarians who focus on the study of x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (often called CAT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and other imaging procedures that allow us to see "inside" an animal's body 
  • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation: veterinarians who focus on returning animals to normal function after injury, lameness, illness or surgery 
  • Orthopedics: these surgeons focus on bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, etc. of the body's skeletal system 
To find a specialist in your area visit myveterinarian.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pumpkin is a Miracle Food For Cats and Dogs

Pumpkin a Miracle Food

If your cat or dog has any type of digestive problems or has an occasional loose stool or constipation, a small amount of pure canned pumpkin (not raw or the sugary, spicy pie filling) mixed into the food can really help. Pumpkin is high in fiber and helps regulate the natural wave action of the intestinal tract. It is also a good source of natural Vitamin A and antioxidants.  Too much pumpkin can have a laxative effect,  but a couple of teaspoons a day for little pups, or a couple of tablespoons for big boys, should keep them right on track.

Two Reasons to Add Pumpkin to Your Pet's Diet

  1.  Digestive Health: It can  help dogs and cats with indigestion or upset stomachs and can aid dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea as it helps to promote the natural wave action of the intestines.
  2. Weight Loss:  Due to the high fiber content, their tummy will feel full longer, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.