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).

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.

Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner WINS Pet Age 2018 Reader’s Choice Award!

2018 Pet Age Reader’s Choice Award WINNER!

Pet Parents Love New Grooming Line for a Preventative Approach to Skin & Coat Health!

Pet Age Magazine has named Skout’s Honeysuckle Probiotic Pet Shampoo + Conditioner (2-in-1) as a winner in the “Dog: Grooming” category, and features the product in this month’s issue.

Probiotic 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner in Honeysuckle

Having launched earlier this year, the new Probiotic line signifies the first and only preventative grooming products that stop skin problems before they start. Patent-pending topical probiotic technology supports a pet’s natural defenses against shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor for a naturally-balanced and healthier skin and coat.

Infused with a live, colony-forming probiotic kefir culture, the Skout’s Probiotic grooming line brings a naturally healthier-look and feel to even the most sensitive skin. Suitable for all skin types and conditions, the products are sulfate-free, paraben-free and soap-free, with no added colors or dyes, no triclosan, no petrolatum, no DEA, no cocabetaine and no fillers. All of Skout’s Honor’s products are eco-friendly, non-toxic and are never tested on animals.

The 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner combo offers a premium grooming experience in just one wash and gently cleanses and hydrates, while leaving a pet’s fur silky and smelling amazing.

 Skout’s Honor’s Full 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.

Professional Groomers/Service Providers can receive a FREE full size sample of products by filling out the PRO FORM on Skout’s website.

For more information about Skout’s Honor’s Cleaning & Grooming products, visit www.skoutshonor.com. For national & international distribution and retail opportunities please contact Shannan Morlas, National Sales Manager, at shannan@skoutshonor.com.

About Skout’s Honor

Skout’s Honor is an award-winning company based in Irvine, Calif. that offers BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER green cleaning solutions to everyday pet stain and odor problems and a patent-pending line of Probiotic Skin Care/Grooming products for pets. Founded by a team of animal lovers and proud pet owners, the company created its “Skout’s Paw Pledge,” and donates a day’s worth of food for a shelter animal in need with every product sold. For more information on the products and for specific retailers, please visit SkoutsHonor.com

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!