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

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

 

 

 

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”.

Barking in the New Year

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In the spirit of hope for a positive and prosperous New Year, it’s not uncommon for humans to make resolutions for themselves; in fact, according to www.statisticbrain.com 45% of people make New Year’s resolutions on a regular basis. But have you ever considered making resolutions for your pets?


More than half of all New Year’s resolutions are aimed at improving a person’s health and fitness, and it may be the same for your pet. According to Banfield Pet Hospitals, obesity is the #2 most common diagnosis for companion animals and obesity has a significant link to the rapid rise of Type 2 diabetes in the pet population. Helping your pet stay fit can greatly improve their quality of life.

For best results, be sure to follow the feeding guidelines on your pet’s food and use a measuring cup or scale to ensure accuracy.
Be conscientious of how many treats you offer, and investigate lower-calorie options if necessary. Many pet stores now offer a variety of specialty diets and treats to help you achieve this goal.
Take longer or more frequent walks with your dog or play fetch as often as you can. If your dog is significantly arthritic or otherwise has trouble walking, explore opportunities to swim your dog or enroll in a pet physical therapy program that utilizes underwater treadmills for low-impact exercise.
Encourage your felines to jump, climb, and chase by providing them with different play structures and cat trees, and tempting them with exciting toys. Even little changes can have a big impact on your pet’s health over time.

If you have any questions on helping your pet lose weight or concerns about improving their fitness, be sure to talk to your veterinarian.

Another popular resolution is to spend more time with the people (and pets!) who matter to you. We all get busy and bogged-down with day-to-day routines, but spontaneity is the spice of life! Find creative ways to include your furry friends in your activities.

Invite friends with compatible animals over for play dates, or meet up at animal-friendly venues such as a dog parks or restaurants that offer a menu for the pups.
At home, take little breaks from your routine to initiate play or even just relax with your pet. Petting an animal has been proven to lower your blood pressure and slow breathing, which is just as good for you as it is for them.

Whatever your resolutions for you and your pet may be, www.statisticsbrain.com says that, “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.” Don’t be afraid to write your resolutions down, even if that just means scheduling a block of time once a week to do something positive with your animal.

“It is amazing how much love and laughter [our pets] bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

Happy New Year, friends!


About the Author
Samantha Grant is a life-long animal lover. She has been a horse trainer, PATH, INT. certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor, animal nutritionist, and writer. Samantha, or “Sam” to her friends enjoys spending her free time playing with her animals, working around the ranch, and reading.

Skout’s Honor Wins Pet Valu Award for Best Product Launch of the Year!

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We are very excited to announce that Skout’s Honor was named the WINNER for “Best Product Launch in Dog Supplies” by Pet Valu, one of the fastest-growing retail chains in the world.

In April 2016, Pet Valu began carrying the complete Skout’s Honor product line (our Stain & Odor Remover, Urine Destroyer, Odor Eliminator, Litter Box Deodorizer, Patio Cleaner & Deodorizer and Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer). To date, the line has exceeded initial expectations and is proving to be a successful brand for the international pet specialty retailer.

“This is an award voted on by Pet Valu’s category management team and we chose Skout’s Honor because it offered a variety of criteria including great packaging, new innovation and it also met and exceeded our sales goals,” said Derek Ritson, category manager in pet supplies for Pet Valu. “We are pleased with the partnership we have formed and are excited to continue to grow the business together.”

Pet Valu is a specialty retailer of pet food and pet-related supplies with more than 770 stores across Canada and the US. Pet Valu offers more than 7,000 products, including a broad assortment of premium, super premium and holistic private label brands scientifically developed by internal nutritionists. Pet Valu is currently the exclusive retailer in Canada for Skout’s Honor products.

“From the very beginning, we set out to create powerful and safe cleaning products that pet parents can rely on to make their lives easier every day,” said Macon Brock, president and founder for Skout’s Honor. “It is an honor to be recognized by one of the world’s leading retailers in pet specialty with an award that directly acknowledges the efforts we’ve made to launch a brand new product line that meets that goal.”

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 company’s eco-friendly approach is coupled with a socially conscious business model via its Skout’s Paw Pledge – a program that donates a day’s worth of food to a shelter animal with every product sold.

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