Why Aloe?

Shannon Moore, NCMG Espree Animal Products, Grooming Education Director, Southlake, TX

The Aloe Vera plant is incredibly versatile and most effective on a variety of skin issues. It is not only rich in vitamins A, E, and C but it also has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, Aloe Vera can permeate the skin more effectively than other remedies including water. It is absorbed into the skin four times faster than water thus making it a powerful skin hydrator.

Aloe Vera provides a wholesome solution to meet the needs of so many pets. It has an abundance of healing properties as well. It exfoliates the skin helping to remove dead and damaged skin cells. It also helps decrease itching through its antipruritic properties. It also has anti-microbial properties with its ability to kill certain bacteria, yeast, and fungus. It promotes healing so wounds and skin irritations heal approximately 1.3 faster than normal. The healing power of Aloe Vera is like magic. It brings immediate relief to allergic rashes, sunburn, insect bites, and minor abrasions while simultaneously alleviating swelling and boosting immune response.

The inner filet of the aloe plant can provide a healthy, healing solution for a wide variety of skin issues including:

  1. Dandruff. Aloe will soothe, moisturize, and nourish the dry skin. The anti-fungal properties of Aloe will also help solve the problem as well.
  2. Dry, cracked noses and paws. Aloe is an excellent hydrator providing immediate relief.
  3. Hot Spots. Aloe provides instant relief and will accelerate the healing process if used several times each day.
  4. Cleaning facial folds. Aloe based products are great to use to inhibit the growth of bacteria and yeast in facial folds.

The healing power of Aloe Vera is like magic. It brings immediate relief to allergic rashes, sunburn, insect bites, and minor abrasions while simultaneously alleviating swelling and boosting immune response.

Achieving Healthy Skin and Coat Through Grooming and Nutrition

Shannon Moore, NCMG  Espree Animal Products, Director of Education and Grooming

As a professional pet stylist, it is important to try to educate clients on all aspects of taking care of their pet.  Some areas of pet care, I consider myself an expert and other areas … not so much.  However, what happens when your client is following your advice on grooming.  Maintenance bathing every other week, brush outs at home using a fantastic hydrating spray, and full grooming every 4 to 6 weeks but their pet still has dry skin and appears to be itchy.  We recommended the owner take the dog to the vet to see if there is an underlying health issue.  After receiving a clean bill of health, the dog’s skin and coat are still not in good condition. So, we started looking at the type of food, treats, and supplements the owner is giving.

I always try to educate my clients on the importance of good nutrition.  It is just as important as good hygiene.  A holistically balanced diet that provides the nutritional harmony that is necessary to help your pet achieve and maintain optimal health.  Diets that have a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals that is rich in high quality protein and a strong selection of nutritious vegetables is important.  Fresher food is also more nutrient dense.  Supplements are great to add to your pet’s nutritional regime as well.  They are a smart choice to target specific conditions such as hip and joint issues, allergy support, immune support, food transition etc.

The nutritional choices you make for your pet will affect the condition of skin and coat just as much as the products you choose to put on your pet.  It is a win win for your pet  if you pay attention to both …what you choose to put on the outside and what you choose to put in your dog. Optimal health is achieved by focusing on both… the inside and out!

A Good Life in the Golden Years

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Shannon Moore, NCMG  |  Director of Grooming and Education, Espree Animal Products

Our pets are living longer than ever before.  Not only are they living longer, their quality of life is better!  Some say it is good genetics, but I think it comes from understanding the changing needs of our aging pets.

There are so many ways to enhance the quality of life for our senior friends. Staying active is a crucial part of keeping your pet healthy and enjoying those golden years.  A short walk, even if it is to the mailbox and back, would not only be beneficial physically, but mentally as well.  A healthy diet is also a key ingredient to enhancing the quality of life with your senior pet.  Not only diet, but supplements are another way to offer cognitive support to promoting joint health to allow your pet to age vibrantly.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy is also imperative.  Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are not normal.  Talk to your veterinarian about ways to promote good oral hygiene.  Brushing their teeth, water additives, brushless toothpaste are just a few ways to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.  Regular visits to your veterinarian are important too.  Immune systems can weaken with aging pets.  This makes them more susceptible to disease and infection.  Keeping your pet fresh and clean plays a major role to your pet aging gracefully.  Sometimes caring owners have a tendency to not bathe and groom their senior pets.

Keeping the skin and coat clean and healthy is a major component to feeling better.  Don’t you feel better when you bathe and wash your hair?  Don’t you want the same for your loyal four legged companion? Let him have a spa day at home with a lavender infused shampoo for relaxation.  Or better yet, give your buddy a massage while shampooing him with one designed to sooth sore muscles, inflammation, and arthritis.  That will alleviate the hip ad joints providing immediate relief for your pet.  Don’t you wish you could have a spa day like that?

Take a few extra minutes out of your day and continue to develop the bond with your senior pet.  Human touch and interaction are important in their golden years.  A hug, a kiss, or a quick massage  helps assure them that everything is going to be alright.  They have been your loyal companion and always by your side.  Knowing that you have done everything you can to help your pet during the golden years.  After all, they have been devoted to you since day one!