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.

 

 

Pop-In@Nordstrom Celebrates Year of the Dog with Skout’s Honor!

We’re excited to announce that Nordstrom has selected three of Skout’s Honor’s Better, Faster, Stronger cleaning products to be featured in their “Pop-In@Nordstrom Celebrates Year of the Dog” pop-up shop from Feb 16-March 25!  If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the 8 locations where the Pop-In@Nordstrom is taking place, we hope you’ll drop in and check it out (see list of locations below).

This exclusive, limited-time shopping experience celebrates all things dog in honor of the Lunar New Year and 2018 being “Year of the Dog.” The shop features a wide assortment of exclusive apparel, accessories, toys, treats and surprises for dogs and the humans who love them. Curated by Olivia Kim, dog aficionado and Nordstrom vice president of Creative Projects, the shop will carry our:

 

Stain & Odor Remover (MSRP: $14.99, 35oz.)

  • For everyday clean up and unexpected accidents
  • Eliminates stains and odors quickly
  • Ideal for removing urine, feces, vomit, blood, mud, grease and even wine!

 Odor Eliminator (MSRP: $14.99, 35oz.)

  • For quick and easy odor elimination
  • Breaks down and destroys surface and airborne odors
  • Ideal for pet bedding, car seats, furniture and upholstery, waste-baskets!

 Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer (MSRP: $14.99, 35oz.)

  • For the worst cat spray stains and odors
  • Quickly eliminates feline pheromones and urine, feces, vomit, hairball, marking scent!

Pop-In@Nordstrom Celebrates Year of the Dog is available in eight Nordstrom locations and online at Nordstrom.com/pop from February 16 to March 25:

  • Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Wash.
  • CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver, B.C. (Canada)
  • CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ont. (Canada)
  • Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
  • Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas
  • South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • The Grove, Los Angeles, Calif.

About POP-IN@NORDSTROM

Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops that transitions every four to six weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of new, often exclusive merchandise. Pop-In takes two forms: a shop curated around a theme featuring brands across different product categories (fashion, beauty, lifestyle, home/garden, sports/outdoors, etc.), or a partnership with a single brand to bring “the world of” to customers.

Pop-In@Nordstrom partnerships have included: Aesop, Alexander Wang, Converse, Everlane, Gentle Monster, goop, Hanes, HAY, Liberty London’s Flowers of Liberty collection, Nike, Opening Ceremony, Poketo, rag & bone, The Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store, The North Face, Topshop/Topman, the U.S. debut of Hong Kong fashion collective I.T., VANS and Warby Parker. http://www.nordstrom.com

 

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

Skin Care for Pets?

Laura Nativo, pet expert & her fury baby Delilah
Skout’s Honor Probiotic Skin Care for Pets!

You heard us right. Skin Care for Pets is here, thanks to the ALL NEW Probiotic Skin Care/Grooming line from Skout’s Honor.  Finally, pet parents everywhere are realizing that keeping their pets’ skin and coat healthy is a must for ensuring their overall wellness.  

When the American Academy of Dermatology calls topical probiotics “one of the new beauty breakthroughs…” and companies like CliniqueColumbiaAndalou and Pacifica start to include it in their products, you listen. If you are a pet parent trying to do what’s best for your fur family, you wonder if that applies to them too. The good news is: YES!

Why do Probiotics matter for pets’ skin?

The skin is home to trillions of bacteria, some good and some bad. The good bacteria serve as the first line of defense against the environmental damage and inflammation commonly associated with excessive shedding, itching, dryness, infection and odor. Unfortunately, that environmental damage, commonly caused by over grooming, a dip in the pool, heat, wind, an over-sanitized environment and pretty much everything else a pup faces on a day-to-day basis also disrupts the natural environment on the skin (also known as the biome) and leaves our loved ones open to all of the ailments mentioned above. Ailments that, if the skin were left in its natural state, would not be an issue.

These problems are currently dealt with passively. Grooming products utilize everything from oatmeal to essential oils to deal with the negative effects of a disrupted biome but have done nothing to help revive and support the skin’s natural protective layer. Until now. Topical probiotics provide a scientifically-proven natural active solution for supporting and maintaining the skin’s natural ability to defend against and repair the damage associated with excessive shedding, itching, dryness, infection and odor.

When applied to the skin, probiotics make it difficult for harmful bacteria to take over and allow the good bacteria to flourish. This allows them to block-out opportunistic pathogenic bacteria and naturally calm the immune system. The result, a noticeably healthier-looking skin and coat in 2-4 weeks and the immediate gratification of knowing that your dog’s natural defenses are being supported in an effective and natural way!

More on Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Skin Care for Pets

Additional information about the groundbreaking trend of Topical Probiotics in Beauty Products:

7.3.17 Happi.com “Probiotics Play a Key Role in Maintaining Skin Health”

http://www.happi.com/issues/2017-07-01/view_anti-aging–cosmeceutical_corner/probiotics-play-a-key-role-in-maintaining-skin-health/

8.8.16 Dermatology Times “Are Skincare Products with Probiotics Worth the Hype?”

http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/skincare-products-probiotics

3.10.16 Elle.com “Why You Should Put Yogurt on Your Face” 

http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a33771/probiotic-skincare/?src=social-email

5.1.16 Allure “You Should Probably Start Using SkinCare Products with Probiotics in Them”

https://www.allure.com/story/probiotics-skin-care

 

 

 

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.