Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer Featured in Modern Dog Magazine!

Skout's Honor Probiotic Deodorizer
Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer Featured in Modern Dog Magazine Fall 2018 Issue

Modern Dog Magazine, the lifestyle magazine for modern dogs and their companions has featured Skout’s Honor Probiotic Daily-Use Deodorizer inside their Fall 2018 Issue.

In the article Battle of the Bath, there are tips and products listed to help pet owners deal with dogs that hate being groomed. Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer is one of the products listed to make life easier between bathing to freshen up your pet.

“Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer in Honeysuckle scent not only hydrates but also deodorizes your dog’s skin by incorporating probiotics, which make it difficult for harmful bacteria to take over while allowing good bacteria to flourish. Just spray on and brush or massage through your dog’s coat and onto skin for a fresher, better-smelling pet in between washes! Can be used daily.” skoutshonor.com

Find Skout’s Honor Probiotic Deodorizer, as well as the complete Probiotic Skin Care Line at www.skoutshonor.com.

Skout’s Honor Makes PetGuide.com’s Top Products for Crunchy Pet Parents

Skout’s Honor NEW Probiotic Skin Care for Pets

Lori Ennis from PetGuide.com lists her top 10 products for crunchy pet parents after attending the 2018 Global Pet Expo and Skout’s Honor’s NEW Probiotic Skin Care Line for Pets makes the list!

A “crunchy” person and pet parent likes organic, holistic and natural products that are safe for the family, home and of course, our pets! Among the many products Lori lists, Skout’s Honor Probiotic Skin Care makes the cut as a natural way to bring healthy and happy skin to your dog! It is designed to support your pet’s natural defenses against shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor for a healthier and better-looking skin and coat.

See the entire list here: Global Pet Expo 2018:  Top 10 Products For Crunchy Pet Parents

Skout’s Honor Ranked #1 in Pet Age 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards



Skout’s Honor’s Skunk Odor Eliminator Wins “Top Choice” Award in the Dog Cleaning & Odor Control Category

Having launched at SuperZoo last July, Skout’s Honor’s Skunk Odor Eliminator was selected by the readers of Pet Age as one of the best new products of 2017. “It’s exciting that this product has generated such positive reviews in such a short period of time,” said Macon Brock, president and CEO at Skout’s Honor.  “Dealing with a skunked dog can be a serious and urgent problem for pet owners and we’re happy to offer a quick and reliable solution during those unfortunate situations. Thanks to Pet Age’s readers for recognizing us with this honor!”

Skunk Odor Eliminator
> Breaks down and destroys skunk spray and odor molecules on contact
> For use on skunked animals, carpets, upholstery & other contaminated surfaces
> Green, odor-destroying solution


Skout’s Honor is Better, Faster, Stronger than other products in its category, due to a proprietary odor eliminating technology and BioKore™ – a revolutionary green cleaning technology that breaks down and lifts away stains on contact.  Both ingredients are biodegradable, bio-renewable and non-toxic – offering the most powerful and easy-to-use cleaning solutions on the market, while still being safe for use around pets, family and home.

The full list of Pet Age 2017 The Reader’s Choice award-winners can be found here: http://www.petage.com/pet-ages-2017-readers-choice-award-winners-list/

New Skout’s Honor Products Featured in Pet Age Magazine!

Pet Age covers some awesome new pet products in their “STOCKROOM” section of their September 2017 issue including a lineup of new Skout’s Honor products!


We are honored again to be featured in Pet Age magazine, this time featuring our new lineup of 32 oz Stain & Odor products: Skunk Odor Eliminator, Carpet Pad Penetrator and our Laundry Booster!

View and read more of the Pet Age September 2017 digital edition here.

Pet Age serves the pet retail industry by delivering timely and practical news and information about the products, trends and events that impact retailers, groomers, manufacturers and other related businesses.

Being Prepared When a Disaster Strikes

by Samantha Grant, Pet Specialty Expert & Retail Associate

I have been planning this blog post for a little while, because late summer and early fall is “fire season” here in southern California, but with Hurricane Harvey devastating Texas and the southern region, the time to discuss tips and strategies for disaster preparedness is especially relevant. I’ve personally had to evacuate due to wildfires four or five times throughout my life, several times with livestock in addition to our family’s house pets. Dealing with disaster is never easy, and the challenges of surviving a major event with your animals presents some unique problems.

 

The first thing to keep in mind is that if you are not prepared to take care of yourself and your human family members first, you will likely be unable to do much for your animals. I keep emergency kits in my vehicles (car, truck and horse trailer) as well as in the house. My mobile kits include three days worth of non-perishable food and water for one person, a blanket, a spare change of clothes including underwear, close-toed shoes, a basic first aid kit, and a few tools (utility knife, screwdrivers, flashlight with spare batteries, jumper cables, etc.).  Yes, these items take up a fair amount of space, but they’ve come in handy in emergencies more than once. The home-based kit is a little more extensive and I keep 2 weeks worth of bottled water, canned and dry goods that I rotate throughout the year. In a pinch, many canned meats and vegetables can be fed to your pets as well.

Secondly, I keep emergency items for every animal in the household. Just as I rotate canned and dry goods for the humans in our home, I do the same for our animals. As a minimum, I keep a three-day supply of food at all times. This rule has come in handy even under mundane circumstances, such as when I was sick and couldn’t make it to the pet store, or when a vehicle was at the mechanic for longer than anticipated. When there is a sale on canned pet foods, which typically have a shelf life of 2-5 years, I will often buy a case. Even if you typically only feed dry kibble, keeping canned pet food on hand is a must. In an emergency, the moisture content of canned pet foods can keep your pet hydrated so you don’t have to dip as deeply into your own emergency water supply.

In addition, I keep easily accessible travel crates, or spare collars and leashes for each animal in the house, depending on what is species-appropriate. Each of these emergency items has a tag with my contact information on it, as well as anything critical to the animal’s well being, such as necessary medications or allergies. It is important to have these items in an easily accessible location in your home, garage, or vehicle.

You will also want to have a pet first-aid kit. While you can purchase pre-made first aid kits for animals, you may choose to put together your own, more complete version. If your pet requires any sort of important medication be sure to ask your veterinarian for an extra refill of that prescription to keep in your first-aid kit. Again, be sure to rotate those medications so that they are not expired when your pet may need them most.

Third, have a detailed, written plan for your family. In the event of a major disaster, having a clear plan is crucial. If a spouse, roommate, or neighbor knows where to find your family’s emergency plan, he or she will be able to determine where to go or what to do under different circumstances if they can’t immediately reach you. For instance, in case of a wildfire requiring evacuation, our county offers temporary stalls for livestock at the fairgrounds, and small animals that cannot be with their owners for whatever reason can be tagged and housed at the county animal shelter until evacuation orders are lifted. I keep a binder that has photos of each of our animals, photocopies of important paperwork (vaccination records, registration papers, microchip numbers, and so on) all sealed in plastic. In the front of the binder is a list of important phone numbers and addresses, such as veterinarians I use, the local animal shelter, and out-of-state family members.

These days, most people rely on their smartphones to remember these kinds of things, but in the case of a natural disaster, fire or flood may damage your technology, and having an old-fashioned “hard copy” is well worth the effort. Perhaps more importantly, if you are caught away from home when disaster strikes, a friend or first responder who goes to pick up or take care of your animals will better be able to help your pets if he or she knows where to take them or who to call.

Bottom line: keep yourselves and your pets safe by staying prepared!

Pro tip: most canned goods that have been properly stored
are safe to consume for 6-12 months past their expiration date.


Check out this article about the shelf life of canned goods for more information!

Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator Featured in The Hobson

The Hobson magazine has “puppy love” with July/August 2017 issue!


Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator was recognized as one of the best pet accessories in The Magpie section of the magazine and we are honored!

Our Odor Eliminator is a safe, biodegradable, daily-use deodorizer, perfect for pet bedding, upholstery, clothing and other porous and non-porous surfaces. It is quick and easy to use with lasting results. It also works great to get rid of ANY unpleasant odor including diaper pails, garbage cans, stinky shoes, gym clothes, sports gear and more!

View and read more of the The Hobson July/August 2017 digital edition here.

The Hobson magazine is a community magazine with style, depth of content and outstanding design. It serves the inner-eastern Auckland neighbourhoods of Parnell, Remuera, Newmarket, Meadowbank and Orakei and has the simple editorial tenet that everything should be of “local interest”.

Great Ways to Help Your Kids Adapt to Living With a New Pet

by Amber Kingsley

If you’ve been a parent for a while already, you know that having kids is a great responsibility. You have to take care of their health, appearance, psychological well-being, social comfort, and so on. And if you’ve ever lived with a pet, you know that’s a big portion of responsibility too. You need to ensure that your four-legged friend is healthy, happy, and not hungry.

Both kids and four-legged friends require love, care, and attention. Each one is challenging in its own right, and double-challenging when rolled into one. Below are some great ways to help your kids and newly adopted pets make friends with one another.


Make Sure Your Kids and New Pet Are Introduced to Each Other
Although it sounds like an obvious thing to do, you should make sure to introduce your kids and pets to one another. Both kids and pets are vulnerable creatures, and it takes time for them to adjust to the new circumstances and start feeling comfortable. So your goal is to take things slow and make sure the stage of the first encounter is not skipped. Give your kids and new pet some time to get to know each other. Follow the best practices of introducing pets to children, and soon enough you’ll see how great they pull together.

Teach Your Kids the Basics of Pet-Friendly Etiquette
The least you can do is to teach your kids to treat pets respectfully. It might sound a little bit overdramatized, but your goal is to make sure your kids understand that they should treat pets the way they’d like to be treated. It’s not polite to come play with a pet when it’s sleeping or eating. It’s also not a good idea to try to pull pet’s fur or jab fingers in pet’s face. All these rules of treating pets are about common sense, and they are necessary to follow. Not only will these tips help your kid and pet make friends faster, but it is also a way to ensure your kids are safe when pets are around.

Ask Your Kids to Help Take Care of Your New Pet
Another great approach to follow is to encourage your kids to take part in pet-caring activities such as washing, feeding, walking, and so forth. This way, your kids will gradually develop the feeling of responsibility regarding your new pet. And the benefit of this idea is twofold. On the one hand, you’ll be able to relax and be sure that your kids are safe when your pet is around. On the other hand, you’ll get a great deal of help. After all, who wouldn’t want a helping hand when it comes to taking care of fluffy friends?

And What’s the Bottom Line?
When it comes to introducing pets and kids, time is key. Just like making new friends with people, making new friends with pets consists of many stages. Don’t rush it, and your loved ones will make a great team before you even know it.


About The Author
Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her pomeranian, Agatha.

Summer Safety for Your Pup

by Samantha Grant, Pet Specialty Expert & Retail Associate

The days are noticeably longer, which means summer has swiftly approached. We’re all thinking about vacations and tan lines, but if you have a dog, now is also the time to be thinking about steps you can take to help your pooch keep cool in the dog days of summer.


While everyone knows a hot car is no place for a pet, one of the most significant, yet underrated threats to a dog’s well-being is pavement. Asphalt and concrete are typically much hotter than the surrounding air temperature. A comfortable 75-degree day means that the asphalt your dog’s bare paws are touching is over 120 degrees! A good way to tell if a surface is safe for your dog is to place your own hands, palm down, against the ground for 5 seconds. If that’s uncomfortable for you, the ground is too hot for your dog. Also, realize that asphalt especially stays warm for hours, even after the heat of the day has passed. Try to take your longest walks early in the morning or late in the evening. However, if you still need to take your pup for a walk in the hotter parts of the day, try to get him or her to “do their business” in a shady spot close to home, or consider purchasing protective socks or booties to spare them burns or blisters.

Don’t forget the sunscreen! You hear it all the time – from doctors to newscasters – sunburns and skin cancer are on the rise, and sunscreen, applied frequently, is a great defense against these preventable conditions. You may even already be putting sunscreen on your dog’s nose and face, but be careful! Human sunblock is not safe for dogs – even those labeled for babies. Your best defense is to use a sunblock designed just for animals. I personally use My Pony Sunblock for faces, and Healthy Hair Care brand Sunflower Suncoat for the body. My Dog Nose It is also a great travel-size sunblock for dogs.

Stay hydrated! No hot-weather excursion is safe without adequate water. Keeping a collapsible bowl with you is a great, but most pet stores now carry dog water bottles that allow you to freeze water or add ice cubes to keep your pet’s water cool. Many pet water bottles also come with features that allow you to keep unused water, rather than pouring out what your dog can’t finish. One of my favorites is the Dog Is Good canteen with a ball and nipple (like a mouse or rabbit water bottle). Dogs adapt to these kinds of bottles easily, and the high-quality stainless steel water bottles are easy to use, stay cooler longer, and are top-rack dishwasher safe.

Cooling pads, vests, and bandannas are great for dogs who have an especially difficult time cooling themselves by panting alone, such as elderly or ill dogs, short-faced breeds, or heavy-coated breeds. Some cooling products require a soak, other use ice or gel – be sure to pick the product that best suits your pup and lifestyle. Because this category covers so many different types of items, your best bet is to visit a local independent pet retailer. Chances are you’ll be able to talk with a knowledgeable salesperson who can help you identify and fit the right kind of cooling product for your dog.

Summer is a time of fun and adventure. Stay safe and enjoy all this season has to offer!

Every Day Should Be Earth Day!

by Samantha Grant, Pet Specialty Expert & Retail Associate

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April 22nd is Earth Day – a time to celebrate the beauty of nature by bringing awareness to environmental issues and advocating for positive changes in our lifestyles, our society, and our government in order to help protect our world’s most vulnerable natural resources. Many people choose to do so by volunteering to help clean up wildlife habitats, fundraising for environmental causes, or participating in educational events. Even if you seek to be as “green” as possible in your own home, there may be an angle to eco-friendly living you might not have considered – your pet!


Chances are you already seek out the best, most natural products you can find to take care of your beloved animals, but we’ve selected five of our favorite environmentally responsible pet products to share with you in honor of Earth Day:

Lumino Pure Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth can be tricky to pronounce, but it’s easy to use! Not made of “earth” at all, DE as it’s commonly called, is the fossilized remains of tiny prehistoric aquatic plants called Diatoms. While this white substance seems soft and powdery, it’s actually made up of tiny shards sharp enough to pierce the exoskeletons of many common parasites including intestinal worms, fleas, and mites – causing them to dry out and fall off or be harmlessly excreted. Lumino brand DE is “food grade” and thus is pure enough to be safely ingested by pets, or used externally, even for animals that groom themselves or other animals in the household. The silica in DE is also known to help digestion by binding to toxins. Lumino brand DE is safe for use on all animals and is OMRI certified. Learn more about Lumino and DE at http://luminofoodgradede.com and about OMRI certified products at https://www.omri.org.

Shelley Says! Fly Away!
This safe, effective fly spray is specially formulated using all natural ingredients, including apple cider vinegar and a unique blend of essential oils. Not just for horses, Shelley Says! Fly Away! is good for use on humans, dogs, and around your kennel, dog run, or chicken coop. The owner, Shelley, felt like many of us do – she was tired of exposing her family, pets, and home to potentially hazardous chemical fly sprays and bug repellents. She took her knowledge of essential oils and started experimenting, and it wasn’t long until Shelley Says! Fly Away! Was making waves as the brand to trust. Want to try it for yourself? Check it out at https://shelley-says.com.

Skout’s Honor®
Of course Skout’s Honor holds a well-deserved place on this list. The team here at Skout’s Honor takes both environmental and social responsibility very seriously. Our products are as green as it gets! Unlike harsh synthetic chemical cleaners and mainstream deodorizers, Skout’s Honor bottles carry no dire warning labels because all of the stain and odor removing formulas are plant-derived, making them safe for use around even the most sensitive animals and humans without sacrificing cleaning power. We strive to use only environmentally responsible manufacturing processes in order to minimize impact on the earth. We also find it very important to give back to the community, and so we developed the Skout’s Paw Pledge™ – for every purchase of a Skout’s Honor product, we donate a day’s worth of meals to a shelter animal in need.

The Original Poop Bags™
“Everybody Poops” as the saying goes. Whether you walk your dog or scoop out a litter box, chances are you are in need of a bag to hold the poop when it goes in the trash. But have you ever stopped to think about just how many little bags your pup fills over the course of his or her lifetime and just how much that may impact the environment? One man did back in 2003, and so he developed the first line of compostable poop bags! Made from plant-based plastics or post-consumer recycled plastics, the Original Poop Bags company has you covered with affordable alternatives to conventional plastic pet waste bags. Find out more at www.poopbags.com.

Open Farm™
We all love our pets and want them to live full, healthy lives. Part of that comes from feeding them high quality foods. While more and more pet owners are switching to whole, raw, or freeze-dried foods, dry kibble remains the mainstay of many pet’s diets out of necessity or preference. Open Farm is a quality kibble that sources all of its meat, fish, and produce from humanely raised or ethically sourced farms and fisheries that are antibiotic, hormone, and pesticide free, and are often organically raised. Best of all, Open Farm partners with independent growers and producers in order to meet the highest standards of safety and care, while also subjecting their sources to independent, third-party organizations that certify and guarantee that their foods are indeed humanely raised. Find out more by going to www.openfarmpet.com.

Whether you celebrate Earth Day by taking your pet for a hike, or helping to clean up a beach or park, or by reevaluating how eco-friendly your pet-related purchases are, we here at Skout’s Honor want to thank you for your interest in keeping our beautiful planet healthy and safe for all.

Happy Earth Day!

Skout’s Honor Featured as a Safe Cleaning Solution in Pet Age’s “The Green Issue.”

Pet Age Safe Products

Pet Age has served the pet industry for 45 years, so we are honored to be featured as a safe and natural cleaning solution in their April 2017 issue.


The article, “Cleaning Solutions” by Eric Stenson, covers the top products that will help remove pet messes safely. He speaks with Jenny Gilcrest, Skout’s Honor’s Director of Marketing about Skout’s Honor and the growth of natural, or “green” products in the market.

Karl Gerstner, co-owner of Beowoof, an independent pet supply store in New Jersey who stocks Skout’s Honor, says, “Everyone wants something pet safe, child safe-organic, natural solutions. They want something that works really well.” Whether it be through government regulation or customer demand, natural products are on the rise in the industry and we are happy to see it!

View and read more of the Pet Age April 2017 digital edition here.

Pet Age serves the pet retail industry by delivering timely and practical news and information about the products, trends and events that impact retailers, groomers, manufacturers and other related businesses.