Probiotic Shampoo for Dogs: Best Practices for Use

Itchy dog? Solved.

So…you just purchased your first bottle of Topical Probiotic Shampoo from Skout’s Honor and have joined thousands of other pet parents who have put their trust in our grooming products to put a final end to chronic skin problems. In order to ensure success with the use of this new ‘secret weapon’ against itch, odor and inflammation, we’ve provided some simple tips below to help achieve the best possible results for your pup! (Or kitty!!!) 

How often should I apply Topical Probiotics?

For healthy animals, the recommended washing interval is 2-4 weeks. However, you may feel free to wash as often as you like, because the probiotic kefir in our shampoo supports the skin’s natural biome and doesn’t disrupt it. 

For animals with chronic skin issues, it is best to bathe the animal once every 3 days for the first two weeks, then once a week until the skin normalizes. We highly recommend using a daily-use product, like our Daily-use Probiotic Deodorizer or Daily-use Probiotic Detangler. The daily-use products will provide a much-needed daily “boost” of probiotics to those trouble spots.

You are fine switching to a monthly or bi-monthly routine once the skin has normalized. 

Can I dilute this shampoo? 

Absolutely, in fact we recommend it! Diluting can make it much easier to spread and lather throughout the coat and rinse out, plus it is super easy to do. Simply pour roughly 1 FL.OZ. (one shot-glass full) per 20-pounds of doggie into an old water bottle or dilution bottle (available on our website!) and top off with water. Don’t worry about over-diluting, as long as the entire contents of the bottle get on the animal, you’ll be just fine. Massage into the skin with both hands for up to 2-minutes, then rinse out. 

What if I have questions that aren’t addressed here?

Simply give us a call or email. We are happy to help! services@skoutshonor.com or 877-805-0399

Interview with a PRO Groomer!

Meet Cat Opson, Professional & Award-winning Groomer

Salon: Estrella Pet Grooming
Location: San Juan Capistrano, California
Q: How long have you been a groomer?
A: 23.5 years 

Q: What’s your favorite grooming event you’ve done? Why?
A: The World Grooming competition in Belgium. It was a life-long dream to represent the USA there. The team won gold collectively and I won a silver in the individual event.

Q: What’s the best advice you can give to a new groomer?
A: Take care of your body!

Q: What is your favorite weekend cocktail?
A: Vodka Red Bull!

Q: What is a tool you can’t live without?
A: Thinning shears

Q: Do you groom cats? Why/why not?
A: No. The last new cat I took shredded my pinky finger and I was just done after that.

Q: If you could use any fragrance what would it be?
A: Vanilla.

Q: Do you ever get attached to the animals you groom?
A: Absolutely.

Q: Have you ever groomed any exotic animals?
A: Does a horse count? Otherwise a bunny, lol.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a day off?
A: Ride my horse.

Q: Which Skout’s Honor Product do you keep in your arsenal?
A: The Probiotic Deodorizer spray!! And the Unscented Shampoo/Conditioner (2-in-1).

Skout’s Honor Featured in NYmag.com’s 25 Best Pet-Safe Cleaning Products!

Skout’s Honor is excited to announce that NY Mag.com‘s, The Strategist, an obsessively researched online shopping and product discovery guide, has featured two of our cleaning products in “What Pet-Owners Need To Clean And Protect Their Furniture According to Experts”!  Under the “Best pet-friendly furniture cleaning products” section, our Stain & Odor Remover and Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer made the cut!

As seen in The Strategist:

Posted April 19, 2019

All of the experts we spoke with agreed that it’s best to use pet-safe, natural products to clean your furniture, as many ingredients common in other cleaners (like bleach, ammonia, and formaldehyde) are toxic to cats and dogs. These sprays from Skout’s Honor come highly recommended from both Ellis and Schwab, who like that they’re non-toxic and specifically designed to eliminate odors and stains from pets.

Skout’s Honor Earth Day Hacks!

Skout’s Honor is an environmentally and socially-conscious company.

Toy & Bowl Cleaner

Not only is our Toy & Bowl Cleaner a safe and effective way to clean your pet toys and bowls – but wait until you try it on your wine glasses, kid cups/dishes and even pacifiers!
$9.99

Probiotic Daily-use Products

Yes, we designed these products to be the best natural grooming solution for your pets…but guess what? You’ll love to use them too! Our Probiotic Daily-use Detangler doubles as a hydrating body lotion and our Daily-use Deodorizer works great as an underarm deodorant spray, offering long-lasting odor control!
$12.99 & $14.99

Odor Eliminator

Sometimes you can’t blame the dog. Nasty odors can exist anywhere (and everywhere)! Try spraying our Odor Eliminator on stinky sports gear, car seats, diaper pails, garbage disposals…you name it!
$14.99

Why You Need Probiotics in Your Skin Care!

Probiotics are the new buzz word for enhancing your Pet’s Grooming regimen, thanks to the award-winning line of products from Skout’s Honor…but the truth is that Probiotics in Human Skin Care/Beauty Products is where it all began…

A decade ago, the thought of embracing bacteria would have raised plenty of eyebrows. However, with growing wellness trends, a lot of health-driven individuals have no problem embracing the bacteria that is probiotics.

While bacteria does have a bad reputation, it’s important to remember that they’re not all bad. There exists microflora that can be extremely beneficial to the body. So much so that they’ve been included in foods and created in supplement form. That being said, what exactly are these good bacteria that everyone seems to be centering their lifestyle and diet on?

What Are Probiotics?

According to studies, the health of one’s gut can actually impact their general wellbeing (1). Thus it is important to keep your gut health in check, and that’s where probiotics come in.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that inhabit both inside and on the surface of the body. They are good bacteria because they keep the gut healthy by countering the harmful effects of bad bacteria. Alcohol, a poor diet and even antibiotics can upset this balance and jeopardize your health.

Aside from supplements, these good bacteria can also be found in fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha. Thus, as they can influence the health of our guts, can they also do the same for our skin?

Probiotics And Skin Care

Similar to the gut, the skin also contains a large population of microflora that can affect its appearance. A change in this microflora can result in dull and prematurely aged skin. It can also trigger inflammatory skin conditions such as redness and acne.

The topical use of probiotics on the skin can help to alleviate these concerns by balancing out the skin’s bacterial population. A benefit of this would be added protection against environmental threats such as sun damage.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, probiotics can help to diminish the signs of aging by encouraging the production of collagen.

Probiotics also help to hydrate the skin, alleviate redness and sensitivity as well as combat inflammatory skin concerns such as acne,  psoriasis and eczema (2).

Does My Skin Need Probiotics?

Our lifestyle choices aren’t only affecting our gut health but they’re also disrupting the microfloral balance in our skin. Furthermore, the use of skincare products rich in parabens and sulfates can also cause disarray.

Hence, those with sensitive skin, inflammatory flareups as well as those living in a city will each benefit from including probiotics in their skincare regimes. In fact, a study from the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that they could actually be the key to both acne and rosacea treatments.

NOTE: This blog is a re-post from an article posted on Longevitylive.com 

 

Us Weekly Features Probiotic Skin Care for Pets!

 

Skout’s Honor is excited to announce that Us Weekly, the celebrity lifestyle magazine, featured our Probiotic Grooming products in this week’s issue (on stands March 8)!  Under the “Spring Celebrity Pets” product feature, our Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner (2-in-1) and Daily-use Probiotic Deodorizer (both in Lavender) were included as a pet essential & must-have for the season!

As seen in Us Weekly:

Probiotic Skin Care for Pets!
One wash will change everything. Say goodbye to itch, odor and shedding with these luxurious grooming products that bring out your pet’s natural beauty. www.skoutshonor.com

Microbiome 101 (Why Probiotics Matter)

Probiotic Skin Care for Pets

There’s been a lot of buzz going on out there lately about the importance of a healthy “Microbiome.” But the truth is, most people have NO IDEA what that means.  We’re here to break it down for you and explain why this uber-trendy word is one that you need to familiarize yourself with.

Let’s start with the actual definition: Microbiome (Noun) 

mi·​cro·​bi·​ome | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈbī-ˌōm  \

  1. A community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the body.  

While that may sound gross or ‘dirty’ to some – the microbiome is actually our skin’s living, protective layer.  Not all bacteria is “bad” bacteria – in fact, we need “good” bacteria to thrive in and on our bodies in order to maintain a healthy life.  The skin microbiome is home to billions of bacteria at any given time – both good and bad.  When the balance of good and bad bacteria gets out of whack and the bad bacteria is given the opportunity to take over, we experience symptoms of inflammation, irritation and other health problems.  For the skin, these symptoms of a microbiome that is off-balance often appear as itch, odor, redness, dryness, etc.

Enter topical probiotics…

It has been proven that when applied to the skin, probiotics do an incredible job at supporting and strengthening the “good” bacteria on the skin so that it can more effectively defend against opportunistic pathogens and “bad” bacteria from taking over.  Probiotics are the ultimate protector, preventer and defender against our skin’s worst enemies (bad bacteria) – and when applied regularly can offer an effective, natural way to keep skin problems from occurring in the first place.

So it’s no surprise that the trend of Probiotic Skin Care has quickly evolved as one of the hottest, most innovative solutions in human beauty and skin care products to treat our most common skin problems: acne, rosacea, etc.  Check any beauty shelf or cosmetic counter at retail today and you’ll find a selection of items that claim probiotics as a key, active ingredient for balancing and restoring skin health.

So, since probiotics offer such a powerful solution for treating human skin care woes – just imagine the possibilities when it comes to using topical probiotics on our favorite furry family members (our pets)!  Just as we suffer from time to time from skin irritations and inflammation due to environmental factors, genetics, etc. – so do our pets.  Any pet parent can recall a moment when their dog or cat has gone crazy itching or scratching the same spot for  hours – and we all know how odor control can be a problem when it comes to a pet with ongoing skin irritations.  We want our pets to look, feel (and smell!) their best – and today’s pet parents are constantly seeking new opportunities to improve their dog or cat’s well being.

Our pet’s skin microbiome is just as sensitive as our own.  When the balance of good and bad bacteria gets off track, we start to see problems like hot spots, itching/licking, odor, shedding, dander and dryness.  Unfortunately the most common response to date has been a cycle of “treat and repeat” – using shampoos/topical treatments that temporarily relieve the presenting problem (oatmeal baths for itch, steroids for inflammation/redness, etc.).  The problem is that once those treatments wear off, the same underlying cause of the symptoms is still there – which is ultimately an imbalance in the pet’s skin microbiome.  Until the good bacteria on their skin is effectively restored and supported, pets suffering from recurring problems will never be cured.

At Skout’s Honor we are excited to offer a new solution for pet parents who have been on that treat-and-repeat cycle with their own animal(s).  We saw an exciting opportunity in the science behind topical probiotics and the results it has offered humans for transforming skin care/health.

Through the introduction of our Probiotic Skin Care line for pets – we’ve unleashed a game changer for the pet industry and the grooming category in particular.  Our Probiotic shampoos, conditioners and daily-use treatments are infused with a live probiotic kefir culture, which offers an incredibly hydrating, soothing and luxurious grooming experience – while providing a powerful boost of probiotics to the skin and coat.  That boost leaves the animal feeling clean, soft, shiny and smelling amazing.  Best of all, the probiotics that are left behind after the wash provide an active, preventative approach to skin health – helping support the good bacteria on the animal’s skin in order to keep the bad bacteria away.

Don’t take our word for it.  Since launching this innovative line, our Probiotic grooming products have received several industry awards and accolades from pet industry experts including Pet Age magazine, Pet Business Magazine, etc.  Every day we receive new testimonials and before/after images from pet parents, professional groomers and veterinarians who say that our products have been able to restore skin and coat health for animals who have long-suffered chronic skin problems.

We invite you to learn more about the Microbiome, Probiotic Skin Care Products for humans, and Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Grooming line.

If you are interested in trying a sample of our grooming products for your own pet, click here to sign up for FREE sample kit! 

What is Dysbiosis? 5 Signs your Dog’s Skin Biome is out of Whack.

About half of your pet’s bodyweight is made up of microorganisms. No joke! While this may sound gross, it turns out that the bacteria, yeasts and fungus (commonly known as the microbiome) play a more critical role in the health and well being of our fur friends than expected. In fact, the importance of the microbiome is something that modern medicine is just beginning to understand.

When the natural skin biome is out of balance, the resulting condition is known as “dysbiosis.” A recent article by Suzannah Weiss on Bustle.com discussed findings on the widespread affects of dysbiosis in humans, ranging from bloating to chronic depression.

While the gut biome and the need for a diet with probiotics gets plenty of attention in the pet world, current research conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology is finding that regular topical probiotic use in skin care products can prove beneficial to general skin problems associated with “topical dysbiosis.”

Most pet parents are closely in tune with their pet’s health status – but there are also some common symptoms that get overlooked, which could actually be a result of an out-of-whack skin biome.

5 Signs Your Pet is Suffering from a Dysbiosis of the Skin:

  1. They Itch a Lot

Environmental damage from wind, weather, over-grooming and even the occasional dip in the swimming pool can wreak havoc on a dog’s skin, stripping away the protective layer known as the sebum. The sebum is an oily layer on the surface of the skin that houses the microbiome and acts as the first layer of protection against pathogenic yeast, fungus and bacteria. Oatmeal shampoos and medicated products can provide some symptomatic relief, but do not address the underlying problem, and can often contribute to a relapse.  

  1. They have excessive body odor

The number one cause of excessive odor is yeast. Dogs suffering from allergies or hormonal imbalance are especially susceptible to underlying infection. A lot of the over-the-counter solutions feature anti-bacterial properties, which can actually perpetuate the problem.

  1. They shed more than normal

All dogs shed, but if things are getting out of control it is most likely due to physical and/or psychological stress manifested in an autoimmune response. Most shampoos advertised as “de-shedding” simply help rinse out unwanted hair. Addressing the cause of stress is the first step and often requires a trip to the vet.

  1. They take a lot of antibiotics

Antibiotics are good at killing the bad bacteria, but they are even better at killing the good bacteria too – and they have no effect whatsoever on fungus and yeast (which is usually the real problem). Animals that take antibiotics regularly are open to all kinds of opportunistic pathogens and lack the support of their symbiotic community. The best bet is to avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and actively replenish the beneficial bacteria (through ingestible & topical probiotics) once the drug cycle is complete.

  1. They have frequent hot spots

Pyotraumatic dermatitis, commonly known as a “hot spot” is a common form of pyoderma. Bad bacteria on the skin triggers the immune system to react by creating an itchy, inflamed, bumpy skin rash that can quickly turn into a hot spot. Products that kill the bad bacteria do nothing to prevent it from returning or calm the inflammation, necessitating additional ingredients to help mask the pain.

Supporting a Healthy Skin Biome for Your Pet:

Topical probiotics are a great alternative to traditional solutions. “Probiotic shampoos and conditioners such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Shampoo Products can help maintain the health of your pet’s skin and luster of their coat,” says Liz Hanson, DVM. “Using a probiotic shampoo has shown benefits to help prevent infection, combat hot spots, rehydrate dry skin, naturally deodorize, and prevent matting and excessive shedding.” Probiotic shampoo and conditioners is on the forefront of natural ways to help restore the health of your pet’s skin and maintain the natural beauty of their coat.

Probiotic Grooming Line Wins 2018 Industry Recognition Award!

Skout’s innovative line of Probiotic Grooming Products, was selected by the publication’s editors as the WINNER in the competitive Dog Skin & Coat category. The awards are featured in this month’s issue of Pet Business Magazine.

Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Grooming Line Includes:

  • Probiotic Shampoo (16oz, MSRP: $19.99)
  • Probiotic Conditioner (16oz, MSRP: $18.99)
  • Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner (2-in-1): (16oz, MSRP: $20.99)
  • Probiotic Daily-use Detangler (8oz, MSRP: $14.99)
  • Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer (8oz, MSRP: $12.99)

*Each product is available in Honeysuckle, Lavender and Unscented varieties, as well as in bulk sizes (gallons) for professional grooming service providers. Grooming professionals can receive a FREE full size sample of grooming products by filling out a Skout’s Honor PRO FORM here.

Why do Probiotics Matter for Grooming?
The skin’s natural microbiome serves as the first line of defense against allergens and opportunistic pathogens, responsible for a variety of conditions in pets, including excessive shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor. When applied to the skin, probiotics offer soothing hydration and long-lasting odor control without negatively affecting the function of this vital protective layer for a naturally healthier-looking skin and coat.