We understand the importance of keeping our four-legged companions healthy and happy. One crucial aspect of their well-being is skin health as this is linked directly to their gut health. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from skin issues that can lead to discomfort and distress. Fortunately, nature provides us with a treasure trove of ingredients that can help maintain a healthy coat and skin. These are five of our favourite natural ingredients for dog skin health that we use in our topical products.
1. Calendula: The Soothing Superstar
Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a flowering plant renowned for its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. When applied topically, calendula can help alleviate irritation and redness associated with various skin conditions in dogs, including allergies, hot spots, and minor wounds. It is a key ingredient in both our Hot Spot Gel and Derma Cream!
2. Manuka Honey: A Healing Elixir
Manuka honey, derived from the nectar of the Manuka tree in New Zealand, is renowned for its extraordinary healing properties. It's a potent natural antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory agent, making it an excellent choice for treating wounds, cuts, and mild skin irritations in dogs. Additionally, Manuka honey can help moisturise and soothe dry, irritated skin, promoting a healthy and lustrous coat. This is why it is a key ingredient in our Hot Spot Gel!
3. Gotu Kola: The Herb of Rejuvenation
Gotu Kola, also known as Centella asiatica, is a powerful herb known for its skin-nourishing properties. It contains triterpenoids, which have been shown to promote wound healing and collagen production, making it an excellent choice for dogs with skin issues. Gotu kola can also aid in reducing inflammation and itching, providing relief for dogs suffering from allergies or dermatitis, making it the perfect ingredient in our Derma Cream to help relieve dry and itchy skin!
4. Castor Oil: The Unsung Hero
Castor oil is a natural wonder known for its moisturising, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. When applied topically, it can help alleviate dry, flaky skin and reduce itching. The high concentration of fatty acids in castor oil helps to lock in moisture, promoting a soft and supple coat. It's also a gentle yet effective natural remedy for minor skin infections and irritations. Found in our Derma Cream.
5. Aloe Vera: Nature's Soothing Balm
Aloe vera is a time-tested natural ingredient that has been used for centuries for its soothing and healing properties. It contains a wealth of vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids that provide relief from inflammation, itching, and redness. Aloe vera is particularly beneficial for dogs with hot spots, sunburn, or allergies. Its cooling effect can offer instant relief, and its natural antifungal and antibacterial properties can help prevent infections, which is why it is our hero ingredient in our Hot Spot Gel!
Topical applications of these natural ingredients can help soothe skin irritations and allergies naturally, however the skin can be a window into the state of your dog’s inner health. Many skin irritations come from the gut, for the best results for persisting skin issues it is essential to work on their gut health. Check out our Gut Starter Pack and Gut Advance Pack, pair these with our Hot Spot Gel and/or Derma Cream for a well rounded remedy to skin irritation.