Itchy ‘n Scratchy Dog Soap Bar
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Specially formulated to calm irritated skin with the added benefit of Manuka Essential Oil and hydrosols to help combat bacterial and fungal infections.
It also contains essential oils to deter fleas and leaves your dogs fur soft and skin moisturized.
This soap comes with a sisal soap saver. You simply place the soap in the sisal sleeve and use it to gently massage and lather soap through your dogs fur. When finished, just hang the sisal sleeve up and let both the soap and sleeve dry until the next time your dog needs a wash. No mess, No fuss.
Contains: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Canola Oil, Sustainable Palm Oil, Manuka Hydrosol, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Citronella Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential oil, Cedar wood Essential oil
Manuka and Kanuka Hydrosol
Manuka and Kanuka are both known for their natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and have been used for centuries by Maori as a natural remedy.
Hydrosol is produced during the steam extraction of Manuka and Kanuka essential oil. Hydrosols are especially good to use on animals as they contain minute amounts of essential oils which is great for animal’s sensitive skins.
Kanuka and Manuka have similar properties, though Kanuka is also known as an anti- inflammatory and is able to penetrate the skin and help with joint inflammation.
To use Kanuka and Manuka essential oils undiluted on dog’s skin is not recommended as they are strong and can burn sensitive skin. Hydrosols are recommended for use on dogs.
What is a hydrosol?
It is the aromatic water that remains after steam-distilling or hydro-distilling botanical material such as lavender.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being. This is now an important part of everyday life for many people, and some are even extending its use to their four-legged family members!
Aromatherapy works via the senses, and in addition to the positive effect of touch that your dog will receive when you treat him with oils, he will benefit from their smell. Since your dog’s nose is much more sensitive to smell than yours, it’s not surprising that this form of holistic therapy is gaining popularity among pet owners.
After being applied to the skin, the oils evaporate and are inhaled. Their aromatic molecules enter the nasal cavity, sinuses and lungs, and are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Essential oils are also considered to possess “vibrational energy” – this is supposed to have a positive healing effect on the emotional states of the body and mind.
There are hundreds of essential oils available, all of which can have different effects on dogs. And just as is the case in people, different dogs react differently to any one type of oil.
In this natural dog skin care range there are no fragrances used, only natural and where possible organic essential oils.
Please note that the essential oils are not recommended to be used on cats, they are unable to metabolise essential oils as dogs do.
Manuka and Kanuka
Both Kanuka and Manuka oil have properties that not only nourish and moisturise your dog’s skin, but helps to protect their skin from parasitic and fungal infections. Manuka oil is known to boost the skin’s healing capabilities, and it’s also used in the medical community to help combat some of the world’s most antibiotic-resistant infections – that’s because of its ability to draw moisture out of the bacteria in an affected area, preventing and fighting off inflammation and infection.
When added to your dog’s shampoo it helps to give them a shiny, healthy coat and also provides a natural antiseptic and skin protection.
Manuka and Kanuka Oils also work as natural insect repellents.
Lavender is considered to have a variety of benefits for dogs, and is especially noted for the
- Help calm dogs that are fearful, agitated, hyperactive or anxious.
- Repels fleas and ticks
- Provides relief when applied to dry, itchy skin.
- Effective in controlling doggy odour
As well as repelling fleas and ticks cedar wood has a relaxing effect on dogs and supports
Lemongrass oil is well-known to repel insects like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, due to its high citral and geraniol content. It can also be used to kill fleas. Not only will it keep those ticks and fleas away, it can improve the condition of your dog’s skin.
Peppermint essential oil helps to stimulate circulation which can benefit your dog’s skin and coat. Peppermint essential oil also helps to relieve arthritis, and it can even repel insects.
A well-known natural flea repellent. Citronella comes from the lemongrass family which is why it smells so bright, but it’s actually that same smell that wards off the insects.
Eucalyptus is also well-known for its numerous benefits, and is especially noted for the following properties:
- Flea control: helps to repel these parasites.
- Skin therapy: It can be useful to heal the skin after insect bites, stings, and skin rashes.
- Antiseptic qualities: Its disinfectant properties can be useful for skin rashes and
- Eucalyptus can also be very effective against pet odour.
Great for dogs who have itchy skin due to food allergies, insect bites, mild mange or really dry patches. Neem oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities and is widely used on both humans and animals. Is also an excellent natural insect repellent.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is great for your dog’s skin and coat health. It is often found in dog shampoos because it can help reduce flakiness and promote a healthy, glossy coat. Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that among many other things maintains healthy dog skin and coat.
Vitamin E not only ensures your dog has a healthy and shiny coat but also helps to prevent common skin conditions such as canine dermatitis which presents with dry itchy skin, hotspots and dandruff.
Coconut Oil improves dog’s coats and helps prevent infection and alleviate skin irritations. It is recommended to use coconut oil for dogs with allergies because it contains lauric acid, this can help to decrease the body’s production of yeast.
Coconut Oil Can Help To:
- Clear up eczema
- Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
- Minimize doggy odour
- Reduce allergic reactions
- Create a sleek and glossy coat
- Prevent and treat yeast and fungal infections
- When applied topically coconut oil can promote wound healing
Also helps with hot spots, dry skin and hair and bites on skin.
Just like it’s good for our hair when our scalp gets dry and itchy, it is also good for dogs, it moisturises and helps to relieve dry flaky skin.
One of the best treatments for dry skin is jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is a liquid wax produced inside the seeds of the jojoba plant. It is renowned for its moisturising and skin healing properties in humans and dogs alike. This emollient substance can soothe your dog’s skin, unclog his hair follicles and leave his fur as soft as a young pup’s.
Castor oil is effective for soothing and treating skin problems, it is a natural flea and tick repellent.
Canola oil has an oleic acid content similar to olive oil, but also has a higher linoleic acid content. This produces an extremely conditioning and moisturising soap with creamy lather.
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