Real Simple Magazine Picks Skout’s Honor for “Best Natural Grooming Products” Round Up

 

This August, Real Simple Magazine published it’s short list of top choices after reviewing more than 30 Natural Pet Grooming products and Skout’s Honor’s NEW Probiotic Skin Care line for pets made the cut!

“You won’t find any harmful chemicals in these pet grooming supplies—only pampering, moisturizing products that really work…Rethink your pet’s skincare routine with [Skout’s Honor] probiotic shampoo, conditioner, and deodorizer set. Made for pets suffering from excessive shedding and itching, this system uses beneficial bacteria to reduce inflammation while also keeping your pet smelling (and feeling) good.” – Editor, Real Simple

How Topical Probiotics Can Improve the Health of Your Pet’s Skin and Coat

By Liz Hanson, Veterinarian (DVM)

Probiotics are commonly thought of as an oral supplement used to help maintain a healthier digestive tract, however, current research is finding that regular topical probiotic use can prove beneficial to healthier skin as well. One of the most common skin conditions in our pets is skin allergies with secondary pyoderma (bacterial skin infection). Researchers are now seeing how the “healthy” bacteria applied topically with products such as Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo and conditioners may benefit these skin conditions.

In pets with pyoderma, bacteria on the skin triggers the immune system to react by creating an itchy, inflamed, bumpy skin rash. Probiotics applied topically can help prevent the itchy skin rash from forming by blocking skin cells from recognizing the bad bacteria. In addition, topical probiotics could also contribute to killing the bad bacteria with its antimicrobial properties. Lastly, other research has shown that probiotics can help reduce the sensitivity of skin cells to signal the immune system’s reaction towards the bad bacteria.

Those pets bathed with the Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo and conditioner have already shown positive results! Some of Dr. Hanson’s clients have used the Honeysuckle, Lavender and Unscented probiotic shampoo and conditioner to maintain the health of their pet’s skin. There has been overwhelming positive feedback on the cleanliness, smell and soft feel of their pet’s coat and skin. Those clients who have dogs diagnosed with skin allergies have also seen less pyoderma flare ups with weekly use of the probiotic shampoo.

Skout’s Honor Testimonials:

“My 2 year old chocolate lab mix has been treated off and on for pyoderma and skin allergies for the past 6 months. Dr. Hanson told me about a new honeysuckle scented probiotic shampoo by Skout’s Honor and I have been using it weekly on my Labrador. His coat condition has remained free from pyoderma and is less itchy. He also has a healthy sheen and super fluffy coat. I love the smell of the shampoo after he is bathed and how soft his coat is now.” Amy Directo – client of CDM Animal Hospital

“I have worked as a groomer at CDM Animal Hospital for 20+ years and feel the dogs and cats bathed with Skout’s Honor shampoo and conditioner have a much softer and cleaner coat. I have used the unscented shampoo on those dogs with sensitive skin and have seen great results with no allergic reactions. For those long haired dogs and cats such as the Maltese, Bichon, Persian and Himalayans who come in for grooming, using the detangler has made my job much easier!”  – Nellie de Leon, Groomer at Corona Del Mar (CDM) Animal Hospital

“I love the smell of the honeysuckle scented shampoo and have seen much less shedding.”  Shannon Duss – client of CDM Animal Hospital
 
“I have allergies to most smells from topical pet products and the unscented shampoo from Skout’s Honor is now my favorite!  It lathers well and my Shih Tzu always feels clean and happy.  She runs around the house feeling like a million bucks after her bath!”  Liz Sabori – client of CDM Animal Hospital
 
“My cat, Yukon’s coat has shed less and feels softer since using the Lavender Probiotic shampoo.  I would buy this again!” Lauren Henry, Receptionist at CDM Animal Hospital

5 Natural Remedies to Keep Your Pet’s Coat and Skin Healthy

1. Fish and Sweet Potato Diet

Feeding a fish-based diet will provide a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids which has anti-inflammatory properties for the skin. This type of diet may also help those with food allergy based skin conditions. It’s recommended to try the diet for 6 weeks before assessing if it is benefiting your dog’s skin. For those dogs and cats with suspected food allergies, a dietary food trial can help eliminate those foods that trigger skin allergies.

2. Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acids

Giving your pet Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can help reduce inflammation and itchiness to their skin which will promote a healthier, shiny coat. Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid found in corn, soy, flaxseed, and other nuts. Omega-6 fatty acids help pets with dry, flaky skin. Dandruff, thin and discolored hair, and increased shedding are all associated with low linoleic acid levels in the skin and diet. These fatty acid supplements can be found in capsule and liquid form as an additive to your pet’s diet.

3. Probiotic Shampoo and Conditioners

Weekly baths with probiotic shampoo and conditoners such as Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo products can help maintain the health of your pet’s skin and luster of their coat. Using a probiotic shampoo has shown benefits to help prevent infection, combat hot spots, rehydrate dry skin, naturally deodorizes, and prevents matting and excessive shedding. Probiotic shampoo and conditioners is on the forefront of a natural way to help restore the health of your pet’s skin and maintain the luster and sheen of their coat.

4. Monthly Flea Control

If more conventional flea products such as Comfortis, Simparica, Revolution, etc. are not used, external applications of coconut oil high in lauric acid and diluted essential oils have shown some benefit. Using a daily flea comb in combination with weekly baths with shampoos such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Shampoo is also a natural alternative for flea control. However, heavier flea infestations may need environmental and flea medicine treatment.

5. Regular Grooming

Weekly brushing helps to keep your pet’s coat free of mats, burrs, and tangles and their skin free of fleas and ticks. With regular brushing, it will alert you if your pet needs treatment for fleas and ticks. If your pet has a heavier amount of mats and tangles, clipping their coat and removing their mats by a professional groomer may be necessary. Using a detangler, such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Detangler will also help remove the mats and minimize your pet’s discomfort during grooming. Additional benefits of regular brushing are reducing the amount of shedding in your home and serving as special time for you and your pet to bond. Lastly, with weekly brushing, pet owners will also be able to find lumps, injuries, rashes, and painful mats that may otherwise be missed. In fact, early detection of finding potential cancerous growths could help save your pet’s life!

Even dogs have dirty laundry…

Do you sleep with your pets?  If you do, you’re not alone.  Co-sleeping with your dog or cat has now become more than a normal routine for pet parents in this country.

In fact, a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, found that nearly half of all dogs sleep in their owner’s beds.  Broken down further — that’s 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs that sleep with their owners.  And that’s nothing compared to the 63% of cats who sleep in their parents’ bed!

Whether you side with the experts who say sleeping with a pet is good for your mental and emotional health and perfectly OK, or you prefer to have your pet sleep in their own bed, the reality is that our dogs and cats live right along side us, up close and personal.

Our pets living alongside us (in our homes, in our cars, on our furniture, in our beds!) means that our lives are surrounded with the wonderful companionship of those sweet animals, but it also means we will be regularly surrounded in some not-so-wonderful things, like muddy paws, pet hair, stinky odors, urine stains, etc.

At Skout’s Honor, we get excited about creating Better, Faster and Stronger products to support pet parents in their quest to keep things fresh and clean.  One of our latest additions to the Skout’s Honor product family is our LAUNDRY BOOSTER – a Stain & Odor Removal Additive that can be used to supplement your regular laundry loads.  Whether it’s their own blankets, bedding, towels (or yours!), this extra-strength 3X concentrated solution provides the necessary boost to clean even the most “doggy” or “catty” laundry when combined with your everyday detergent.  Available in a 32oz pour spout, simply add our laundry booster to the bleach or fabric softener reservoir.

Bonus use: Got more than just fur babies in your life?  Our Laundry Booster works wonders to remove kid-related stains & odors like food, urine, vomit and more.  Calling all potty-training parents…this is a must-have for your cleaning arsenal!

Happier Bacteria = A Happier Pet!

The next big thing in skin care is finally HERE: Skout’s Honor’s NEW Probiotic Skin Care line for pets!  Pet parents, it’s time to “up” your animal’s grooming game…

The skin is the largest organ in the body. That statement is true for human, canine and feline. However, it isn’t as good at protecting us as we once thought, due to all sorts of environmental factors that can disrupt the skin’s natural balance.  Luckily, the skin has friends…lots of them.  Skin health is the result of a symbiotic relationship between the skin and the trillions of beneficial bacteria that call it home. When left in its natural state and perfect balance, the skin has the potential to provide all the protection we need against the most common ailments.

Unfortunately, daily life in an industrialized society and the products we use to groom our furry friends often disrupt the natural balance of their skin’s biome and can leave the animal susceptible to opportunistic pathogenic bacteria and an immune system that over reacts – often leading to excessive shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor.

Medications can provide relief from the effects of a pet’s disrupted skin biome, but do nothing to help the cause, often leaving the animal in a vicious cycle of treat-and-repeat. The only true product solution to the problem of an unnatural imbalance is to bring the skin’s biome back to its natural state, in a safe and scientifically-proven way: the use of topical probiotics!

Topical probiotics are not designed to treat, cure or prevent any of the ailments listed above. They do not clean the coat or the skin. Instead, they work to rejuvenate, support and maintain the bacteria naturally found on the skin and allow these trillions of “good guys” to do what they do best: protect their home from the environmental damage and inflammation that causes skin and coat issues.

Think of it this way: Happier Bacteria = A Happier Pet! 

Here is a great example/testimonial of how the use of Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Skin Care line can do wonders for your pet’s skin:

“We have tried everything from Vet-prescribed medications, to a variety of other over-the-counter products, and this is the ONLY thing that has worked to clear up my dog’s ongoing skin problem. The time frame for this before/after was less than a week. I love it!!!” – Jennifer Hively, pet parent

Photos of Jennifer’s French Bulldog, before and after one week of using Skout’s Honor Probiotic Pet Shampoo & Probiotic Daily-Use Deodorizer to treat a recurring skin problem from a blocked sweat gland/inflammation.

 

 

What the Skunk?!

Skout’s Honor Skunk Odor Eliminator

 

OOOH, that smell!!  Any pet owner who has had the [unwelcome] honor of dealing with a skunked animal knows that it can be one of the worst experiences for you and your pet. So with skunk season now upon us (February through March)…are you prepared if and when “Skunk” happens to you?

Mid-February is the prime mating season for striped, hog-nosed, and hooded skunks, which is why their signature smell is so common around this time of year. Used as a defense mechanism, skunks spray each other when competing for a mate, or when unreceptive to courting attempts.  Oftentimes, curious dogs or cats find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and end up being the recipient of a skunk’s spray — and that’s when things can get crazy.  Cleaning up a skunked animal is one thing, but once that skunked animal runs into your house and rolls around on the carpets, flooring and furniture to rid themselves of the odor, you’ve got a much bigger problem to deal with.

The age-old method of bathing your animal in tomato juice to soak out the odor may still work for some, but for most it’s not a realistic solution.  Luckily, products like Skout’s Honor’s NEW Skunk Odor Eliminator can help knock out odors quickly and effectively to provide relief for both you and your pet.  This special, award-winning formula breaks down and destroys skunk spray and odor molecules on contact and is safe to use on both skunked animals & surfaces!

More Skunk Facts:

  • Skunks are cat-sized or smaller; all of the five species found throughout North America can be identified by their distinctive black and white coloration of either stripes or spots.
  • Skunks are extremely nearsighted, yet have a very fine-tuned sense of smell.
  • Skunks are solitary, except when raising young or sharing a den for warmth.
  • Striped skunks, hog-nosed, and hooded skunks breed in February and March and the babies are born in May and June. Spotted skunks breed either later in the spring, in early summer, or in the fall — as is the case with western spotted skunks.
  • Skunks den in natural cavities like woodchuck burrows, hollow logs, and brush piles, as well as crevices in stone walls and under buildings.
  • A den is used only for brief periods because skunks are nomadic.
  • Once classified as members of the family that includes weasels, martens, and badgers, skunks are now placed in a family of their own.
  • Skunks can be active all year but will remain in dens during cold spells.
  • Skunks often tumble into window wells and are not able to climb out due to their nearsightedness and poor climbing ability. If a skunk is stuck in a window well, it is very easy to help them out.
  • Skunks follow their noses, so if a garage door is open, a skunk will likely amble in. If the skunk enters the garage, The HSUS recommends leaving a garage door open at night and sprinkling flour along the bottom of it so you can see exiting tracks.

*Reposted content from Humane Society